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.

Liz Prather Field Director for Girls Programming

Aimée Seaborne Medication Coordinator

Matt Potako Logistics Coordinator

Max McCarty Portrait

Max McCarty Field Director for Boys Programming

Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott Boys Field Specialist

Julia Babjack

Julia Babjack Field Specialist

Bianca Milia

Bianca Milia YETI Field Director

Rachel Grimm BS Program Director

Krystin Nichols AA Logistics Assistant

Jack Brindle Logistics Assistant

Liz Prather

Position: Field Director for Girls Programming
Liz grew up camping, biking and hiking in Wisconsin. After a few family trips out west involving camping and hiking, Liz fell in love with the outdoors and knew that she wanted to end up in the mountains. After finishing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Policy with minors in Public Administration and Political Science from UW-Green Bay, Liz spent a summer in on Washington Island as an Environmental Education intern at a butterfly house. Liz became an AmeriCorps VISTA the following winter and moved out to Billings, Montana to start a community garden in a food desert. She spent weekends exploring the Beartooth Mountains and fell in love with Montana. At the end of her VISTA term, she moved to Northwest Montana to work as a Field Crew Leader with Montana Conservation Corps right outside of Glacier National Park. She co-led a crew of five adult crew members in building and maintaining trails and structures throughout the Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park, and the Kootenai National Forest for ten months. The following summer, Liz led a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew through the conservation corps up in Eureka, Montana with local teens. Liz learned to love working with youth through her time as a YCC leader. Liz joined the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in Morocco where she taught yoga, English and Life Skills to Moroccan Youth. When Liz moved back from Morocco, she knew she wanted to get into Wilderness Therapy and started searching for Wilderness Therapy Guide jobs and found New Vision.

Harrison Hill

Position: Mentor

As a young lad from the South-Eastern part of the country, Harrison grew up walking, trekking and hiking around the hilltops of beautiful Tennessee. His love for the outdoors soon led him to become a playful staff at a summer camp that he once went to. Bringing his talents to the opposite side of the country, he decided to step into this work to help aid in healing in the woods. He believes in the power of nature and disconnecting from everyday technology to reconnect with the true self. Harrison is an avid yogi and quote lover, so when not in the woods, you can catch him reading and tromping around Central Oregon.

Aimée Seaborne

Position: Medication Coordinator

Hailing from a small island known as the United Kingdom, Aimée has a natural affinity with the Oregon climate and weather patterns. Raised in the City of Winchester, Aimée was exposed to the joys of being outside early on with miles and miles of countryside to explore, trees to climb with family and friends.
Aimée graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Lincoln, UK where she was president of the University of Lincoln Women’s Soccer (Football) Team and also a competition cheerleader!

Originally coming to the US to work at summer camp; Aimée’s love of the outdoors developed while leading adventure trips in the Adirondacks, NY. Aimée has a plethora of wilderness experience under her belt including long sections of the PCT, thru-hiking the Colorado Trail and rafting the Grand Canyon.
Aimée started work for New Vision in Bend as a field guide before stepping into the role of Medications Coordinator in August 2018. Aimée spends her spare time planning and executing long distance hikes, doing yoga, reading, cooking and relaxing with a cup of Yorkshire Tea after a day of adventures with her partner and dog.

Matt Potako

Position: Logistics Coordinator

Matt hails from the woody western suburbs of Philadelphia, PA where he always preferred to play outside.  He developed an early love for the ocean, growing up sailing, surfing and kiteboarding.  While studying Hydrogeology and Music Technology at Penn State, Matt fell in love with the mountains and land-based activities such as hiking, skiing and mountain biking.  Before joining New Vision in Bend, he lived in South Lake Tahoe, CA and St. George, UT, where he worked outside as a safety monitor, a wilderness field instructor, and a residential treatment staff.  Two fateful rafting trips led to him landing at New Vision, where he oversees logistical operations to “keep this well-oiled machine running smoothly.”  He loves hiking with his thrift store children’s guitar and jamming out in his free time, whether it’s on the slopes or in his garage.

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.

Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott

Position: Boys Field Specialist
Julia Babjack

Julia Babjack

Position: Field Specialist
Bianca Milia

Bianca Milia

Position: YETI Field Director

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.

Krystin Nichols AA

Position: Logistics Assistant

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

Jack Brindle

Position: Logistics Assistant

Growing up in the PNW, I’ve always held a special connection with the natural world and have continuously strived to find my place in it. One thing I’ve learned about myself through the years is my love of sharing experiences and skills and connecting people with the serenity of the forests. After discovering wilderness therapy, I worked as a guide in Utah for 4 years, followed by another year at NVW. More recently, I’ve been able to support all the guides and students in the field through my role in logistics.