Growing up in Appalachia John Called southwestern Virginia home until leaving to earn a B.A. in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education from Brevard College in Western North Carolina. After several years working for programs offering recreational, educational, and therapeutic outcomes across much of North America John returned to Appalachia to pursue a M.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources at WVU.
John believes in the power of meaningful experience to build connections and foster critical thinking. A lifelong learner John seeks out opportunities to challenge both himself and his students in positive and novel ways, seeking to understand leadership and personal development on the individual level. While John has a hand in overseeing outdoor climbing programs at Adventure WV he can also be found running wild rivers and seeking culinary adventure in the kitchen!