Meet our Staff
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.
Director Trip Operations and Logistics & Instructor
Travis (he/him/his or they/them/their) 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 Responder & AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) - Level 1.
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.
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.
Community Liaison & Instructor
Tam is Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Tam has first hand experience of the healing benefits of spending time in nature. Through an evolving love for outdoor adventure such as hiking, backpacking, camping, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and surfing Tam has spent extensive time outside, particularly in the White Mountains of NH. Working locally as a self employed Handy Person as well as a teacher and custodian at The Eliot School, Tam is very connected to the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain where Tam has lived since 1998.
Volunteering as an Adult Support Volunteer at BAGLY (Boston's Alliance of LGBTQ Youth) since 2010 and having worked 8 seasons with The Theater Offensive's True Colors: Out Youth Theater, Tam has extensive experience working with LGBTQ youth in Boston. 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 focused on creating more inclusive and accessible Guided Forest Bathing Walks for all by offering structured support in finding one's own way towards experiencing belonging to the natural world. For more information about Tam and Forest Bathing, check out the website: ToadstoolWalks.com