Aubrey Cook Executive Director, Swim & Scuba Instructor
Aubrey grew up living, playing and leading in the great outdoors. For her Wilderness Experiences was never a hobby or a job, it was always a lifestyle. Aubrey moved to Boulder, Colorado to pursue triathlons, her new passion, there she earned her professional racing license. After 4 years out of and away from the woods, Aubrey found herself back in Western Massachusetts. Her passion for leading teenagers in the outdoors took over, and now Aubrey is stepping into new shoes at WEU. She has big vision for summer camp, wilderness leadership school programs, and developing new aquatic programming. Aubrey recently earned her NAUI Scuba Instructor certification, she loves teaching swim lessons, whitewater kayaking and going on adventures with the Outdoor Wilderness Leader youth group.
Favorite Quotes: “She realized at a young age that she cared deeply for those close to her, but she had to live for herself…and she did amazing things” Favorite place to dive: Darwin and Wolf island in the Galapagos Dogs Name: “Deely” Worlds Best Whitewater: El Toro, Costa Rica or the Cheat in West Virginia. Coffee: Yes, please. Learn Something New: Surfing and Sailing!
T. Scott Cook, PhD Founder. Head Janitor. Adventurer Extraordinaire.
Scott has degrees in Recreational Leadership and Outdoor Adventure from Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts. He currently teaches in the Movement Science Department at Westfield University as a professor in the Outdoor recreational leadership program. Scott has his master degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and his doctorate in Leadership Development in Adventure Education. He also has finished his book Outdoor Leadership ~ “The Noble Gift”!
Scott is a NAUI SCUBA Course Director, ACA canoe and kayak instructor. He currently holds certificates in and is an instructor trainer for the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, CPR, Wilderness First Aid and AED training. He brings more than 40 years experience with him, teaching all ages, levels and abilities. His passion is teaching and the sharing of his knowledge of the Outdoors. Scott has worked in the Special Education field for more than 25 years. He is the man behind the magic, and proof that when big dreams combine with hard work the world can change.
Favorite Quotes: “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how” Favorite place to dive: Maldives Dogs Name: “Lovey” Coffee: Black Learn Something New: Stain Glass Making.
Laura has degrees in Animal Science and Nursing from Holyoke Community College. She continued her nursing education at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as a surgical registered nurse for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield since 1985. Her specialty is pediatric orthopedics. Laura recently retired from Shriners Hospital after more than 29 years of practice.
Laura is a NAUI divemaster and is a certified AEA Water Aerobics instructor. She currently holds certificates in Kick boxing, Hatha Yoga, Aquatic kick boxing, Life guarding, Water Safety instructor, Sports Nutrition, and Holistic Health Consultation. She is a Red Cross instructor in CPR, AED and First Aid. Laura is also a WSI instructor trainer for the American Red Cross.
Favorite Quotes: “If you haven’t traveled you are only on page one in the book of life” Favorite place to dive: Maldives & Bonaire Dogs Name: “Lovey” Coffee: Nope. Peppermint tea, please. Learn Something New: Playing the Piano.
Dylan Parrow-Senior Staff & Lifeguard
Dylan just graduated from Southwick High School and he in the fall he will start school at WPI. He has been coming to Wilderness Experiences for 11 years, participating in everything from swim lessons, summer camp, OWLS, and now camp staff. Dylan is certified in Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid, SCUBA, and Wilderness First Responder.
Quote: “If you ain’t first you’re last.”
Cathy Fraser-Senior Staff, Swim instructor, & program staff
Cathy stared at WEU as a camper and is now a member of our staff. She is a senior as Westfield State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Geography and Regional Planning.
Quote: “Walk tall as the trees, live strong as the mountains, keep the warmth of the sun in your heart” Dog: “Rambo” Favorite things to do outside: Hiking and kayaking
Sam Power- Swim Instructor & Program Staff
Sam began with WEU when she was 12 years old. Over the years she has filled the roles of Camp Staff, OWL, Lifeguard, Program staff, and recently began as a swim instructor. She is a senior at Westfield State University majoring in History and is part of the secondary education licensure program. When she graduates she plans to teach middle school history.
Quote: “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” Native American Proverb Favorite things to do outside: Kayaking and climbing Coffee: “is always a good idea!”