Devin graduated from Hamilton College in 2010 with a concentration in the Geo-sciences and an unofficial apprenticeship in Outdoor Education with Hamilton's Outdoor Leadership Center. From 2010 to 2013 Devin refined his leadership development methods and his outdoor sports instruction skillset while the Assistant Director of the Bowdoin College Outing Club. He left his post at the BOC with years of experience teaching students to rock climb, winter camp and mountaineer, telemark ski, ice climb, sea kayak, white water kayak, white water canoe, white water raft, cook in the backcountry and to enjoy the outdoors in many other avenues. More notable than becoming a skilled outdoor sports instructor, he tirelessly worked to refine the BOC’s methods of teaching the decision making, judgment and risk management skills required of outdoor leaders. The inquiry of how to best develop these ‘soft skills’ led Devin to pursue a Master’s degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His studies concluded in 2015 after completing an empirical research project aimed at determining the importance of Emotional Intelligence for Outdoor Leadership.
He holds certifications as an American Canoe Association level IV White Water Kayak Instructor, an American Mountain Guides Single Pitch Instructor, and as a Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Responder. He an American Mountain Guides Climbing Wall Instructor Trainer and he hopes to take the AMGA Rock Guide Course in 2016.
He is excited to bring his experience and passion for the outdoors to the OP, the First Year Program, the St. Lawrence community and the North Country.