Meet our Staff

 
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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 was the 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. Perry is proud to work with High 5 Adventure as consultant around strategic planning and leadership.

Perry has two children, a partner, and a chocolate lab and calls the hills and trails of Western Massachusetts home.

Hear more about Perry's story on the Dirtbag Diaries Podcast. 

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TRAVIS CLOUGH

Director of Operations

Travis (he/him or they/them) 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, bikepacking, etc.  His other interests are quilting, playing guitar and banjo, long road trips, contra dancing, pot-lucks, smashing the patriarchy, and connecting to queer community.  He is certified in Wilderness First Responder.

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DEVONEY ERICKSON

Director of Administration

Devoney Erickson (she/her/hers) is the newest member of The Venture Out Project team.  She resides in beautiful New Hampshire where she loves being active in the outdoors. Some of her favorite things to do are running (especially on the trails), skiing & snowboarding, mountain biking, and cooling off in New England lakes and oceans.  

Prior to joining The Venture Out Project, Devoney was the Head of Talent for a large grocery distribution company.  In her role, she served as both a coach and mentor and was responsible for training and development across the company. Prior to that, Devoney enjoyed the slopes of Colorado while working for Vail Resorts as a part of the Vail Ski and Snowboard School’s management team.She graduated from Hartwick College where she was a member of the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams.  

She is a current board member of the Keene Family YMCA. She is certified Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructors of America- Level 1.  

Devoney and her husband have three children who also share a love for the outdoors.

 
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JAMES SAUNDERS

Logistics Coordinator

James (he/him/his) was born in Texas but has spent the better part of his life traveling and refusing to call one place home for too long. Whether it’s camping, backpacking, kayaking, or forcing friends to sit with him on a patio regardless of the weather, his favorite place has always been outside. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017 where, after only a few hundred miles, he decided to never work in a cubicle again. He’s now a certified Wilderness First Responder, NOLS Trip Leader trained, and worked with Colorado Outward Bound for the past two seasons. He’s a proud cat person, shamelessly rollerblades everywhere, and is constantly trying to convince squirrels to be his friend. 

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MEG BOLGER

Trainer/Facilitator

Meg Bolger (she/her/hers or they/them/their) is a social justice educator and facilitator who started their facilitator journey leading wilderness orientation trips at Hamilton College during their undergraduate years. Since then Meg has spent 8 years facilitating gender and sexuality awareness and inclusion workshops with anyone looking to make their organization and community more trans and LGBTQ+ inclusive. Meg is the co-creator of The Safe Zone Project and founder of The Social Justice Toolbox, two free online resources for social justice educational activities and curriculum and the co-author of Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation.

As the Director of Education for The Venture Out Project, Meg takes lead on all-things-training-related, communicating with folks about the different opportunities TVOP provides to learn more about creating trans-inclusive communities and co-facilitating the workshops. While Meg loves hiking, playing team sports, Vermont, and snowboarding, Meg is rarely happier than when working with a new group exploring and learning together.