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Staff

Sean O'Brien Executive Director 

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Sean has been involved in the non-profit and education fields for the past 18 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 executive director of Adapt, Inc. he has written and received well over a million dollars in Grant funding 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 fifteen 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 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 twelve-year-old daughter, Lily, from China and their six-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 PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ Student Assistance program Coordinator at Thornton Central School & Lin-Wood Public 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.

 

Amy manhard- wilderness youth leadership development /Program Specialist

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Originially from MA, Amy moved to New Hampshire to pursue a bachelors degree in Therapeutic Adventure Programming - an interdisciplinary combination of psychology, social work, and adventure education. The basis of her program was activity based counseling (ABC) for at-risk populations. Amy believes at-risk populations can flourish with an ABC wilderness experience, and she thrives to be a part of that growth.

Amy started with ADAPT in 2017 working with the Wilderness Youth Leadership Development Program. After a semester of graduate classes in PSU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, Amy decided to take a break from school and started working as the Student Assistance Program Coordinator at the North Country Charter Academy. Amy's favorite outdoor activities include swimming, camping, backpacking, paddling, ice skating, and snowboarding.

 

Chad Steen Student Assistant Program Coordinator Lin-Wood Public School


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BIO

Prior to joining Adapt, Inc., Chad spent the past 7 years working in the recreation industry with a focus on collegiate adventure recreation at both Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi and Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. His adventure recreation experience includes college-level instruction, outdoor trip coordination and facilitation, student development and leadership, student advisement, and budgetary forecasting and tracking.  

As the Student Services Coordinator for Lin-Wood Public School, his focus is to implement the evidence-based Project SUCCESS, Life Skills, Project ALERT, and Prime for Life curriculums with fidelity in order to serve the entire student body. His responsibilities at include providing individual and group counseling to those impacted by substance abuse; instructing the prevention-focused Project Venture elective for middle and high school; advisement for the middle and high school Youth Leadership Through Adventure (YLTA) clubs; acting as the liaison between the school and the Wilderness Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) program; and serving on various committees either on- or off-campus that promote healthy lifestyles and substance abuse support. 

During his time off, Chad enjoys being active in the outdoors with his wife Amber Wright and their golden retriever Crosby. They like to spend their time either hiking, running, or exploring many of the great recreation opportunities in the North Country. Chad is originally from Pinola, Mississippi and has earned a Master of Science in Sports Management and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Leadership from Delta State University.  



Marissa Dowd Wilderness Youth Leadership Development/Program specialist

Marissa is an outdoor enthusiast originally from Springfield MA. Her passion for working with youth in the outdoors began in her teenage years when she worked with teachers at her high school to organize backpacking trips for her and her fellow students. Years later, she came to NH to attain a bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education at Plymouth State University, and fell in love with the White Mountains of NH and the outdoor opportunities they offer. She spent her years in college climbing, backpacking and paddling and helping lead and organize adventure experiences around New England. After graduating she decided to live in New Hampshire to pursue her dream of helping youth grow and learn in the outdoors. Some of Marissa’s favorite activities are painting, skiing, climbing, paddling, and backpacking.



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