The Adventurelore Staff is the biggest reason our program has been so successful in impacting the lives of youth, adults, and communities. Many of our staff members are highly skilled and educated in the human services field. They also possess the high degree of sensitivity, understanding and energy necessary to answer the needs of our adventurers. Most importantly our staff excel at relating and positively connecting to others, especially youth. They understand the importance of having FUN while taking on challenges that create life enriching experiences. The adventures are important, but these amazing staff create the amazing experience. Please read more about our core staff below.
The Adventurelore Family
Ryan Holder, M.Ed, LCMHC
Director of Programs
Ryan is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and has a masters degree and certification in school counseling from the University of New Hampshire. Ryan is also a certified physical education teacher in the state of New Hampshire. At the University of New Hampshire he was a 4x captain of the UNH club wrestling team and 1x All American. Prior to working at Adventurelore full time Ryan worked for Portsmouth High School in special education, counseling students with emotional disabilities. He also taught physical education there for one year. Ryan has been working with Adventurelore since 1999. Ryan is a general practitioner that focuses primarily on treating anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, family work and ADHD. As a program facilitator Ryan focuses on leadership development.
Jason Holder, Ed.D, LCMHC
In the late 1970's and early 1980's, Jason was the Health and Physical Education Department Head at Timberlane Regional High School. During the summer, he took students who had struggled in the physical education classes, on canoe trips to make up their missed credit. After returning one summer, a parent told Jason that their child's experience was life changing and asked if Jason would consider talking with their son on a regular basis. This became a common response. Jason's success led him to go on to receive his doctorate and earn his clinical mental health counselor certification and develop a highly successful private practice. Jason founded Health Wealth Inc. and Adventurelore Programs in 1982. He has taught classes at Boston University, Bridgewater State University, and Golden Gate University. Over the past 15 years, he has published two books in Adventure Therapy and Adventure Activities. Jason is a general practitioner who primarily works with ADHD, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and family work. As a program facilitator Jason focuses on community building by learning healthy ways to communicate and interact with peers, co-workers and teammates.
Carla Femino M.Ed
Lead Facilitator, Part-time Counselor
Carla earned her Master of Education in School Counseling after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Carla’s work in education started thirteen years ago with creating a school-based alternative program for youth exhibiting risky behaviors and she is currently a school counselor in York, Maine. Carla uses experiential and solution-focused approaches to support one using their strengths while navigating through day-to-day challenges. Adventurelore has been the heart of Carla’s practice as a counselor since 2003!
Suzi Bassett, M.S.
Part- time Counselor, Lead Facilitator
Suzi graduated Salem State University and has a Masters of Science degree in mental health counseling and psychological services and she is currently working towards her mental health license. Suzi has three years of experience working as an ABA counselor with adolescents and young adults on the Autism spectrum and recently finished her internship as a school counselor at an alternative high school for at risk teenagers. Suzi has been working with Adventurelore since 2002.
Lee Holder, M.S, LCMHC
Part-time Counselor, Group Facilitator, Supervisor
Lee is a licensed clinical mental health counselor who has a Masters of Science degree in community mental health counseling from Southern New Hampshire University. She is also a state of New Hampshire approved supervisor for licensure candidates. Lee has over seven years of experience working in group homes for adolescents as well as over twelve years of experience working in community mental health with adults. Lee has been working at Adventurelore since 2012. She is a general practitioner with a strong focus in grief, substance abuse, personality disorders and clients with dual diagnosis.
Audrey Willis, M.Ed. School Psychology
Audrey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Plymouth State University in 2011 and her Master's of Education degree in School Psychology in 2014. Audrey has worked as a school psychologist for multiple school districts in NH. Audrey began her doctoral studies in the School Psychology PsyD program at William James College in 2016. Her research interests include the use of adventure therapy with children and adolescent populations. Audrey has been working with Adventurelore since 2017
Bryan Randolph MSW, LICSW
Part-time Counselor, Facilitator
Bryan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Originally starting in Outdoor Education, Bryan has an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Ithaca College. Working in a therapeutic outdoor program for adjudicated youth in Madison, WI prompted him to seek advanced training which led to enrolling in a dual master's degree program at the University of New Hampshire. Bryan obtained a Master of Social Work and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a focus on Adventure Therapy. After Graduate School, Bryan spent five years as a primary clinician at Mountain Valley Treatment Center, a premiere residential treatment center focused on Anxiety, Depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Bryan has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy(ACT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. Bryan has completed the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) intensive training on OCD through the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) Bryan specializes in the treatment of Anxiety and OCD - particularly academic perfectionism and social phobia. Additionally, Bryan has experience working with trauma, family conflict and issues related to gender and sexuality.
Nicole MacVane M.S. LCMHC
Nicole has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. She is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and certified school counselor. Nicole is a part time clinician on staff at Adventurelore and also works as the Director and Counselor of a therapeutic school. She is passionate about Adventure Based Counseling, and has been working in the field for the past 9 years. Using an integrative approach that combines CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Choice Therapy, to name a few methods, she helps children and youth overcome struggles or obstacles in their path.
Group Facilitator, Therapeutic Mentor
Mackenzie’s roots are in the mountains, rivers, and lakes of New Hampshire. She has always had an affinity for recreation and healing that stemmed from the woods. Mackenzie began her journey with adventure therapy at Adventure Lore while studying at University of New Hampshire, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Outdoor Education. Directly following her undergraduate studies, she spent four years working in wilderness therapy with at-risk youth. Most recently, Mackenzie has returned to UNH to continue her education in the Master of Social Work and Master of Science: Adventure Therapy dual degree program. Mackenzie has rejoined the family at Adventure Lore as a group facilitator.
Group Facilitator, Therapeutic Mentor, Camp Coordinator
Lexi is currently an undergraduate student studying psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. She began working for Adventurelore in 2016 as a summer camp counselor and now is a co-facilitator for therapeutic groups and school programs. Lexi loves helping children and adolescents build confidence through outdoor experiences and adventure. She often brings her fur baby Dixie to work with her, which is a favorite for many participants at Adventurelore.
Group Facilitator, Therapeutic Mentor
Seve has just joined us this year as one of our new co-facilitators and therapeutic mentors! He has been working with us as a part-time camp counselor since 2019 after he graduated from Springfield College where he studied Criminal Justice with a focus on juvenile reform. Following his studies he worked as a Physical Education/ Health Teacher at a juvenile detention center in Connecticut before he moved to New Hampshire. He is passionate about helping children and adolescents over come challenge through adventure based therapy. You can find him in the mountains skiing or in the ocean surfing!
Katharine earned her BS degree in Special Education with a concentration in Communication Disorders at Bridgewater State University in 2012. She started out her career working as a Paraprofessional in a specialized classroom for Pre-K and Kindergarten students with Autism before switching into a Speech Language Pathology Assistant role. She changed career paths four years ago, working as an Administrative Assistant before coming to work at Adventurelore. Katharine is excited to work for Adventurelore where she gets to combine her office management skills and her passion for helping kids!
Years of Experience with Adventurelore
Jason Holder, Ed.D./Founder, 41
Anne Holder, B.S./Elementary Education, 36
Ryan Holder, M.Ed./Counseling/Director, 23
Jay Holder, Ph.D. Physical Education, 25
Carole Sullivan, Office Manager, 25
Suzanna Bassett, M.S. Counseling, 19
Mike Woodworth, M.Ed./Counseling, 19
Carla Femino, M.Ed./Counseling, 18
Marty Chaput, M.Ed./Education, 15
Rob Flinn, M.Ed./Counseling, 15
Nate Bassett, M.Ed./Counseling, 15
Lee Holder, M.S./Counseling, 11
Nicole MacVane, M.S. LCMHC, 4
Bryan Randolph, MSW, LICSW, 3
Tyler Fitzpatrick, B.S.Special Education, 10
Tighe Blackadar, MSW, 6
Mackenzie Keef, University of New Hampshire, 6
Matt LaCroix, B.S. Physical Education, 6
John Gabordi, B.A. Recreation Management, 6
Vincent Silano, B.S. Applied Exercise Science, 5
Lexi Heidenreich, SNHU Student, 6
Cat Sennott, UNH Student, 5
Audrey Willis, M.Ed (doctoral candidate), 5
Derek Wilson, B.S. Psychology, 5
Will Sheldon, Rhode Island College, 5
Severianel Burgos, B.S. Criminal Justice, 3
Jennifer Donnelly, B.S. Health Science, 1
Britney Rowe, MAT Secondary Education English, 1
Nathanael Tejeda, Springfiled College Student, 1
Maggie Donovan, SNHU student, 1