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Sean O’Brien CEO 


Sean has been involved in the non-profit and education fields for the past 20 years in various capacities. He specializes in Youth Leadership development; empowering youth to live and promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle; specifically in the training of student leaders to implement alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention strategies in their schools and communities as well as improving school climate through experiential activities and open dialogue.

As the CEO of Adapt, Inc. Sean has grown the program significantly thanks to funding from various sources including Federal, State, County, Town and foundation funds for age appropriate and developmentally based programs. These programs include:

  • Teaching students about the dangers of emerging drugs, provide family and community activities designed to set clear expectations against use of illegal substances and appropriate consequences for such behaviors.

  • Dissemination of drug prevention information to schools and communities throughout the North Country of New Hampshire.

  • Professional development and training for school personnel, parents, and/or community members in mentoring, prevention education, early identification, intervention.

  • Referral services as well as community-wide planning and activities to reduce substance use and abuse.

In the education field, for the past 20 years Sean implemented the evidence based Project SUCCESS and Project Venture curriculums at Lin-Wood and Profile Public School as well as in number of other middle and high schools throughout the North Country of New Hampshire. He has consulted with North Country Education Services as well as North Country Health Consortium since 2007 as the creator and Regional Coordinator of the Youth Leadership Through Adventure (YLTA) program, Project Venture, and Project SUCCESS and CMCA Evidence Based programs. In the summer of 2011 he began the Youth Leadership Through Adventure (YLTA) Summer Leadership Institute. This course provides students with a comprehensive approach to the development of youth as leaders.  This course has since been restructured under our Wilderness Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) program. 

Sean is originally from Long Island, New York. He came to New Hampshire to attend Plymouth State College and immediately fell in love with the area. He enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, rock climbing, cooking and traveling. He's been married to his wife, Tanya, for twenty one years and has two beautiful children. He and his wife adopted their thirteen-year-old daughter, Lily, from China and their eight-year-old son, Zeland, from Ethiopia. 

In Sean's spare time he teaches the evidence based curriculum “Prime for Life” at Plymouth State University.


LYNN TILDEN SUMMER ADVENTURE & After School PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ Student Assistance program Coordinator at Thornton Central School

Lynn Tilden started off her involvement with Adapt back when she was an elementary student as a participant in the After school Program. After many years of participating in different programs offered by Adapt throughout high school, including being one of the original High School Members in the Regional YLTA, attending and collaborating  many Leadership Conferences, she graduated from Lin-Wood and moved into College pursuing a degree in Health Science with a Minor in Psychology and  Substance Abuse. Now at 24 she works for Adapt Inc as the Student Assistant Program Coordinator at both Lin-Wood Public School and Thornton Central School and is the Summer Program Director at Thornton Central School. 

Having the advantage of growing up in the North Country and the opportunities Adapt had given her throughout  her Middle and High School Career, Lynn found her passion of working with youth using many of the same experiences that she grew up with. Lynn continues to empower and educate youth through prevention methods in the school system, bringing students on service learning trips to the Dominican Republic, and community projects with local farmers in the summer program.



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Carley Elkin is the ADAPT Student Assistant Program Coordinator in the Lin-Wood Public School. She has been involved in the fields of experiential education for the past seven years. Prior to coming to ADAPT, Carley was an Adventure Coordinator and Teen Program Director for the YMCA in upstate NY. Her educational background is in adventure and experiential education from Springfield College. Carley’s true passion is positive youth development. She believes in empowering the individuals and community to lead and serve. She is committed to her students’ pursuits in growing in spirit, mind and body.

Carley is originally from Guilford, CT and loves being a New Englander. Outside of work, Carley loves to play in the great outdoors, especially when it involves her family or her two dogs, Maggie and Kona. Some of her favorite activities are backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing and reading.  She is also an avid hockey fan. Go Flyers!



Growing up in the White Mountains, Liza’s love for the outdoors, respect for the environment, and enthusiasm for sharing it all with others has been cultivated from an early age. In her youth, Liza was fortunate to be provided with many opportunities to explore her relationship with the natural world, as well as begin to understand all of the physical, emotional, & psychological benefits that come along with being immersed in the outdoors.

With an affinity for sharing all this goodness, Liza has held the rolls of river guide, Adventure Camp counselor, youth Alpine Ski Racing coach, after school tutor, Montessori school teacher, and Ecosystem Services researcher. Liza studied at the University of New Hampshire, Montana State University, and finished her degree in Environmental Science & Policy at Plymouth State University.

With a passion for understanding the patterns and processes of the natural world, and the intrinsic value in how humans relate to these systems, Liza has also studied Recreation Management, Sustainability, Permaculture Design, Geographic Information Systems, Herbal Medicine, Yoga, and Reiki. During her free time, Liza enjoys gardening, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, riding her bicycle, and yoga. Liza is joining WYLD with a holistic approach, and great enthusiasm & compassion for working with adolescents who are each individually, and communally, developing their unique relationships with themselves as well as all the wonder that the natural world holds. She believes that connecting with the outdoors is the gateway to understanding the self, and that nature holds the potential for experiencing great growth, joy and healing.


Chad grew up in Gorham, NH but shortly after high school joined the US Air Force.  After serving for four years, he decided he wanted to find other ways to serve his community and was honorably discharged.  During his first year in college he discovered the world of Outdoor Education and was inspired by the opportunity that existed.

 Chad graduated from the Adventure Education undergraduate program at Plymouth State University and earned an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.  Since 2007 he has been working in Outdoor Education as a Wilderness Trip Instructor, Environmental Educator, Teaching Lecturer, Rock Climbing Guide, and Course Director for various organizations in New Hampshire, Maine, North Carolina, and California. 

Currently living in North Conway, he spends much of his time rock climbing, skiing, hiking, reading, and continuing his education