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Perry Cohen

Executive Director & Instructor

Perry Cohen realized a lifelong dream of combining his love of the outdoors, his commitment to social justice, his own trans & queer identity, and his professional life when he founded The Venture Out Project. 

Perry is an alumnus of Outward Bound where he also worked.  Perry has extensive wilderness experience, having led multi-day hiking and mountain biking trips in the southeastern US.  He is an avid backcountry skier, biker and runner and just a few summers ago rafted the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.  Perry is a certified WFR and lifeguard.  He is the former Trip Director at Camp Aranu'tiq and has  worked for many years as a coach, teacher, trainer and camp counselor with students ranging from age 7 to 65. Read more about Perry...


TRavis clough

Operations Manager & Instructor

Travis is originally from Down East Maine and currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he explores the high peaks of the Pacific Northwest.  He loves mountains, snow, pine trees, and views that go on forever.  His favorite outdoor activities are (but not limited to) backpacking, scramble hikes, splitboarding, swimming in mountain lakes, summiting high peaks, mountain biking, etc.  His other interests are quilting, playing guitar, banjo and fiddle, long road trips, contra dancing, pot-lucks, smashing the patriarchy, and connecting to queer community.  He is certified in Wilderness First Aid & AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) - Level 1. 


TAM WILLEY

Community Liason

Tam loves adventure and spent much of her 20s on a skateboard, traveling across the country, up and down both coasts detouring through many National Parks and mind blowing landscapes, which led to a pursuit of deep nature connection.  Tam loves to camp, hike, backpack, cross country ski, snowboard, canoe, kayak and surf.  Tam is self-employed living and working as a Handy Person in Boston, MA. Tam has extensive experience working with LGBTQ youth.  She has worked 8 seasons with The Theater Offensive's True Colors: Out Youth Theater training and activating LGBTQQA Youth Leaders to facilitate theater workshops, classes, and trainings to create, produce and tour original shows based on their personal experiences to schools, groups and social service agencies within our community.  Since 2010, Tam has volunteered as an Adult Support at BAGLY, Boston's Alliance of LGBTQ Youth.  In 2016 Tam thru-hiked Vermont's Long Trail and raised money and awareness for TVOP.  Tam holds CRP, First Aid and WFA certifications and is currently studying to become a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. Check out Tam's blog at www.cariboose.wordpress.com

 


Oliver REITZ

Instructor

Oliver is originally from Indiana, where he spent his youth climbing trees and swimming with catfish. As an adult, he spent years leading LGBT organizations and promoting LGBT education and advocacy all over Southern Indiana. At the age of 26, Oliver moved to Massachusetts where he got involved with The Venture Out Project from the start and rediscovered his love of the outdoors. He has since become passionate about hiking, backpacking, and map-reading. Oliver lives with his partner and their two dogs and is currently enrolled in school, where he is finishing his degree in Health Education and Promotion. He spends his free time hiking his favorite trails in Western Massachusetts and discovering new ones.