Staff Directory

Derek Kingham (McKinleyville, CA)
Facilitator, Trainer, and Chief Operating Officer
(707) 840-9160
Owner/Share Holder


Growing up in England Derek attended the United World College of the Atlantic, an international outward bound school.   He has served on cliff rescue teams, as a Lifeboat coxswain and as a trainer/examiner in costal small craft. Derek has run a wide variety of adventure/outward bound programs for youth groups both in the US and the UK.  Derek is also an active business consultant in San Francisco and the Humboldt area.

Derek is the executive and administrative wing of North Coast Adventure Centers.  He helps support the companies vision, direction, and financial health.  His love however, is in the field playing and working programs.  Derek volunteers extensively with Girl Scouts, he leads two troops in McKinleyville,  organizes adventure programs for girls in the Humboldt area, and is NNCTC trainer of Girl Scout leaders.

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Karen Gomez
Director of Educational Technology
(800) 808-2836
M.S. Educational Technology
Owner/Share Holder


Karen is in charge of NCAC's leap into the future of Educational Technology.  Connecting our clients goals with technology keeps up moving toward the future.  Karen has a California  Teaching Credential and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology.  She has 18 years full time teaching experience (grades K – 8).  She is currently teaching Kindergarten with the San Diego Unified School District.

A lead teacher for technology planning and implementation at Hawthorne Elementary School.  She enjoys sewing, crafts, cooking and long walks.

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Derek Hilson (Arizona)
Guide, Facilitator, & Red Cross Instructor
(510) 828-9913

Humboldt AdventureWear Co-Founder


Derek assists North Coast AdventureCenters in connecting and building relationships with individuals, non-profits, schools, and businesses in our community. 

Derek loves riding his bike, hiking in the redwoods, exploring the dunes on our local beaches, playing Disc Golf at any one of Humboldt County's many courses, and assisting with Ropes Courses & Canopy Tours.

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Adam Wanden (Arcata, CA)
Guide and Trainer
(707) 672-3850
Owner/Share Holder


Adam has diverse set of climbing skills. He has been rock climbing in Humboldt for fifteen years, competed in the speed climbs at the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin and worked in tree canopies looking for Red Tree Voles in Oregon and California.  He and his is wife, Shoshanna, own Redwood Raks World Dance Studio in Arcata's historic Creamery Building. Adam can be found climbing at Far North Climbing gym and at local climbing "hot spots."


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Roger Pryor
(707) 822-0222
Owner/Share Holder


Roger is a building designer, general contractor, life coach, first aid trainer, community developer, team builder, and river guide (among other things). 

Roger has been part of North Coast Adventure Centers direction since before its inception.  He continues to be active in the company.  In his spare time he leads trainings of all kinds, rafts local rivers, and spends time with his wife Peggy.

Alegria Sita (Arcata, CA)
Facilitator, Trainer
(707) 845-4998


Alegria has a broad spectrum of skills and experience in teambuilding, experiential education, personal & professional development, and event organizing.  Alegria has been facilitating, training, and leading adventure programming for over 15 years.  She has also worked with parents, teachers and youth fostering Heartful Communication through private counsel, workshops and trainings.   Currently, she has launched her small business in event planning and consulting (  When Alegria is not leading groups or planning events, she can be exploring the world visiting other cultures, communities, and countries.


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Dan Coyle (Corvallis, OR)
Guide, Trainer, and Pacific NorthWest Director
(541) 760-0774

Oregon Advisor, Adventure Mentoring


Dan has worked in the Wilderness Therapy and Therapeutic School Industry for over 10 years.  He has developed and run adventure programs and most recently was the School Director for Santiam Crossing a Boarding School in Scio, Oregon.  Dan is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, a Swiftwater Rescue Technition, and a ACA Kayak Instructor.  Dan Studied at Cornell University and did Post Baccalaureate Studies at the University of Oregon.  Dan loves the outdoors, especially the California North Coast upward to Oregon.  In his off time he loves to rock climb, run canyoneering expeditions, and surf.

Paul Smith (Corvallis, OR)
Program Advisor, Adventure Mentoring
(541) 760-0132



Paul currently sits on the Accreditation Council of the Association for Experiential Education. Prior to this he sat on the board of The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), where he served a term as President. While involved with NATSAP he served as a liaison to the Joint Commission’s professional technical advisory committee. He was a founding member of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council.  Paul spent over 21 years at Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions and Programs where he was instrumental to the organizations development, quality and financial health. He began his career there as the first lead guide, transitioned into becoming Program Director and spent the final third of his tenure as Chief Operations Officer, with responsibility for overseeing all of Freer’s business endeavours.

Amy Cirincione (Eureka, CA)
Clinical Advisor
(707) 267-5926


Amy is currently the Director of Social Services for Hospice of Humboldt. Previously Amy was an staff member of Outward Bound as well as a Field Therapist, Coordinating Therapist, and later Clinical Director of Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs in Albany, OR.  Amy has led trainings on Wilderness Therapy, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Anxiety Disorders, Individual and Group Counseling Skills, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Internet Addictions, and Suicide Assessment & Prevention.

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Liz Valls (Manila, CA)
Booking Manager
(786) 200-4260


Liz was born in Spain and moved to the US when she was 7.  She speaks English, Spanish and Catalan.  She has worked mostly as a paralegal / admin assistant for the past 20 years.  When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her kids and husband hiking through the forest & sand dunes, working on crafts and reading.  She is also an active supporter to her crazy hubby with all of his extreme races.

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Seth Glenn (Blue Lake, CA)
Retreat Director
(707) 672-9665



Over the past 16 years Seth has empowered individuals and groups to reach their highest potential managing and leading challenge and ropes courses.  He has used the natural world as a classroom leading month long trips using the mediums of rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking and rafting to teach individual and group leadership. He has added classroom teaching skills to his toolkit, empowering students to apply their curiosity and drive to grow academically as well as personally.  

Seth has most recently been designing and facilitating retreats aimed at meeting the specific needs of schools and students by blending academics with the natural world in camp and outdoor education based settings.  

Dawn Guyer (Eureka, CA)
International Expeditions Director
(800) 808-2836 x9


Dawn is our International Expedition Director.  She has strong backgrounds in scuba diving and international tourism.  She has traveled most extensively throughout Latin America and is influenced greatly by the lands and cultures of that region.  When not traveling abroad or scuba diving she enjoys being at home here on the redwood coast spending time with her husband and young daughter.  Her goal is to one day soon open her own eco tourism retreat /dive center in Mexico where she can spend her days on a warm tropical beach.