Deschutes Field Team

The Field Team includes outdoor experts with an array of professional and personal experience. Wilderness specialists bring expertise in safety, compassion for struggling youth, enthusiasm for utilizing the outdoors as a catalyst for positive change, and are the core of the team. They frequently bring creative use of natural resources to individualized interventions.

Rachel Grimm BS Program Director

Max McCarty Portrait

Max McCarty Field Director for Boys Programming

Bianca Milia

Bianca Milia Experiential Education Director

Aimée Seaborne Medical Coordinator and Safety Officer

Brittney Dane Logistics Specialist

Krystin Nichols AA Logistics Specialist

Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott Boys Field Specialist

Cassie Schwartz Transport Specialist

Rachel Grimm BS

Position: Program Director
Rachel graduated from UW Milwaukee with a degree in Community Education and a focus on therapeutic work. During college, she was also a full time athlete on the diving team. For the past five years, Rachel has worked with many children with disabilities as a line therapist for kids with autism and also as a volunteer for special education classrooms and horse therapy programs. Rachel took courses with her dog to achieve therapy dog certification. They visited nursing homes to help raise the spirits of those who need it most. Rachel is excited to be continuing her journey here at NVW; and in her free time, she enjoys fishing, horseback riding, skiing, hiking and going to the movies.
Max McCarty Portrait

Max McCarty

Position: Field Director for Boys Programming

Max grew up in Pittsburgh, PA where he found a love for the outdoors hiking the local State Parks. After completing his Bachelor in outdoor recreation education, Max went on to guide in North Carolina and New Zealand as well as volunteered for disaster relief in the Virgin Islands. After working with foster children and adjudicated youth in New Zealand, Max found a passion for working with individuals in crisis. This led him to New Vision where he loves combining psychology and the wilderness to help those who need it the most. During his free time you can find Max on the local trails and crags in Central Oregon, spending time in his garden, or reading a good book.

Bianca Milia

Bianca Milia

Position: Experiential Education Director

As the Experiential Education Director at Deschutes Wilderness Therapy, Bianca oversees the parts of our program that provide our students with experiences that foster a connection to themselves and others. Bianca manages our canine program, mastery, academics, graduations, family therapy days, adventure therapy, and other individualized opportunities for our students to receive the most out of our program.

Bianca grew up in Ohio and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Ohio University. After college, she worked for an auditing firm and later pursued a career with a mission-driven company. After backpacking Indonesia, New Zealand, and obtaining her 200hr Yoga Teacher certificate Bianca began her career with Deschutes in 2020 as an Administrative Assistant. Inspired by the incredible journeys of our students and families, Bianca stepped into the wilderness Field Guide role. Her experience as a field guide led Bianca to the position of young adult Field Director, where she created programming more fitting for the young adult demographic. Today, Bianca shares a passion with Deschutes Wilderness Therapy to facilitate meaningful experiences that allow our students to flourish and grow during their time in wilderness.

During her free time, Bianca enjoys a good burrito in town, swimming in the Deschutes River, skiing Mt. Bachelor, or hiking the local trails.

Aimée Seaborne

Position: Medical Coordinator and Safety Officer

As the Medical Coordinator and Safety Officer at Deschutes Wilderness Therapy, Aimée oversees the medical and risk management systems.
Coming from Winchester, England, Aimée graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Lincoln in the UK. She was president of the Women’s Football (Soccer) Team and a competition cheerleader!

Originally coming to the USA to work at a summer camp, Aimée’s love of the outdoors developed while leading adventure trips in the Adirondack Mountains in NY. Aimée has a plethora of wilderness experience that includes hiking long sections of the PCT, thru-hiking the Colorado Trail, and rafting the Grand Canyon.

Aimée came to Deschutes Wilderness Therapy as a Field Instructor before moving into the Medical Coordinator role. Aimée has been a Wilderness First Responder since 2013 and obtained her Wilderness EMT in 2021. Aimée is also a Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED instructor.

In her free time, Aimée enjoys gardening, music, cooking, and hiking with her dog Crypto, who can often be found at the Bend office.

Brittney Dane

Position: Logistics Specialist

Brittney grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and spent her childhood romping around longleaf pine-sawgrass forests. With a degree in Psychology, her early career was as a part of a clinical anxiety research team. Since her transition to the outdoor industry, she has seven years of guiding under her belt. She started her outdoor career as a wilderness therapy Field Guide, followed by two years as an Outdoor Educator in Australia, and finally, as a Backpacking Guide in the Sierra Nevada and across southern Utah. Spending time in the wilderness is her avid passion, whether it be backpacking, climbing, cross-country skiing, searching for off-trail alpine lakes, or simply settling into a pristine spot to nature journal. Britt joined the DWT logistics team in 2022 and is currently a graduate student studying clinical mental health counseling.

Krystin Nichols AA

Position: Logistics Specialist

Krystin Nichols is the Logistics Specialist at New Vision Wilderness Deschutes in Bend, Oregon. Her primary focus is to create a safe healing environment for clients, provide flexible support for coworkers, and work within a team.

Krystin is a Bend native who started at New Vision Wilderness Deschutes as a Field Instructor in June of 2015. In June of 2017, she transitioned into her current role in logistics. Since then, she has created and maintained a high level of organization to fulfill all client needs.

Krystin is dedicated to the NVW mission of creating joy and healing generations. She offers exceptional patience and support to everyone she meets. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and crochet

Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott

Position: Boys Field Specialist

Ryan has been a part of the Deschutes Wilderness Therapy community since April 2020. Prior to arriving in Bend, Ryan spent five years in youth mentorship roles across the country including positions at summer camps, residential treatment centers, before and after school programs, and more. Ryan cites the work he does at Deschutes as the most meaningful, engaging piece of his life, and never questions if his time spent in the woods is worthwhile. Ryan takes great joy in helping students realize that they can transcend the darkness in their lives and become who they’d truly like to be, while always doing his best to add some humor and lightness to their therapeutic journey.

Cassie Schwartz

Position: Transport Specialist

Cassie grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. She has been playing in the snow, wandering in the woods, and swimming in lakes for most of her life. Having earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, Cassie taught elementary and middle school in the Minneapolis school district for several years. In addition, she led various afterschool clubs and summer youth programs involving everything from inner-city youth justice work to zipline guiding. She has also spent time working with youth in the criminal legal system.

Cassie believes deeply in the power of nature to bring wholeness and healing, and she is committed to removing distractions so that students can focus on their inner work. In her free time, she loves to watch baseball, hang out with friends, and hike/run/walk/paddle wherever she can get the best view of the mountains.