Our Team

The passionate individuals behind Rooted Life Adventures: Making unforgettable therapeutic experiences possible

Austin Rogers Rooted Life Adventures
Austin Rogers

Executive Director

Austin is the creator of Rooted Life Adventures. After years of working with outdoor educational programs for young adults all over the world, she saw an increasing number of students suffering from mental health challenges. The need for increased mental health support on program or an "in between program" was clear. RLA was born.

Sharon Laney Rooted Life Adventures
Sharon Laney

Operations Director

Sharon has 30 years of experience in building and launching therapeutic programs for adolescents and young adults; guaranteeing excellence and the highest standards in the industry. A nationally recognized expert, Sharon is an operations powerhouse passionate about giving students the best care.

Christie Brock Rooted Life Adventures
Christy Brock, LISW-S, CCAT

Mental Health & Wellness Director

Christy's has been working with students and families as a social worker for almost 20 years. As our clinical support leader at HQ, you’ll first meet when going through our application process. Christy's insight will ensure the integrity of our program is upheld, and every student accepted is a fit for our group dynamics.

Jane Samuel Rooted Life Adventures
Jane Samuel, MA, CPC

Parent Coach

A life-long educator and counselor, Jane has 50+ years of experience working with children, teens, young adults - spanning ages 8 to 25 - and their families. Jane is passionate about creating and facilitating workshops that focus on helping parents and students redefine their relationships.

Elise Scribner Rooted Life Adventures
Elise Scribner, LCSW

Field Wellness Director

Elise is an advocate for integrative experiential opportunities for both teens and young adults. She has seen, firsthand, the profound positive impact that comes from combining adventure, time in nature, positive peer group culture, and therapeutic support on mental health and overall wellbeing.

Amalia Gamboa Rooted Life Adventures
Amalia Gamboa, CSW

Field Wellness Director

Amalia brings high level outdoor acumen and aptitude for therapeutic engagement with students while in adventure settings like white water rafting or repelling down a waterfall. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is comfortable working with students in either language.

Suzy Kendrick Rooted Life Adventures
Suzy Kendrick

Marketing Director

Suzy is a master storyteller with over 15 years of experience. This former journalist and TV reporter is an expert at crafting brands that speak to the right people at the right time. Suzy is passionate about mental health and the influence travel can have on opening our minds and exploring our hearts.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

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