EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – LCPC, NCC
With over 25 years of experience working with at-risk teens, Bernie is the guiding star of Chicago Voyagers. Since taking over the Trips for Kids Fox Valley chapter in 2008, he continues to remain active in leading programs, and is determined to ensure that all Chicago teens have an opportunity to explore the outdoors and themselves.
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PROGRAM manager - lpc
Bess has worked as a camp counselor, a camp director, and even a wilderness therapist — all stemming from her positive experience spending time in the outdoors as a kid. She has a degree in Recreation Education and a Masters in Counseling.
As a youth care worker at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Katilin is passionate about youth development, even when it’s challenging. She discovered her love of the outdoors while attending Camp Tecumseh as a child.
Chelsea is always finding a reason to be outdoors. She snowboards, rock climbs, and hikes — plus you can always find her in Colorado climbing a fourteener mountainside.
For Bob, canoeing is his primary passion. He is also an avid cyclist (riding well over a thousand miles a year), a cross country skier, and swimmer.
Joel’s life mission is to provide growth opportunities for at-risk, urban teens since he is also a beneficiary of such experiences as a teen.He believe those experiences made him the person he is today.
On trips you can find Catalina stargazing, journaling by the water and hunting for rocks. At home, she is a bilingual Child Development Teacher for moms and young children. Catalina obtained her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and joined Chicago Voyagers as a program leader in 2017.
Juan has been involved with Chicago Voyagers for over 7 years. He started as a participant and grew into a program assistant. He now has a love of the outdoors as well as helping youth develop a growth mindset.