Greg Gillett, Director
Greg has been running Outdoor Leadership programs for over 20 years. He is originally from South Africa and has worked for various Outward Bound schools around the world, including over 10 years at the North Carolina Outward Bound School. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and an adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership. Greg has a passion for developing leadership in young people and helping them reach their potential. He co-founded Asheville TAASC with Beth Hockman and Mike Fischesser, the founder of TAASC. When he is not out on trips with these kids he’s running leadership programs for other organizations and having fun with his 7 year old twin girls who are into outdoor adventures.
Lucy MacGregor, Girls TAASC Program Manager
Lucy MacGregor has been working with children and youth in wilderness programs for over 20 years. She loves adventuring with youth down rivers, up rocks, over cliffs, and into caves. Lucy found her home in Asheville through her work as rock climbing instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. She is a teacher at Rainbow Community School, a mindfulness educator, and mama of two amazing Taasc kids. Lucy is passionate about empowering girls and young women to live life to the fullest, to love deeply, and to support and uplift one another.
Amanda Campisi, Girls TAASC
Hello! I am a parent of a strong, adventurous 7 year old girl as well as a preschool teacher at Rainbow Community School. I am thrilled to be part of TAASC this year.
I have my BA in Early Childhood Education as well as my MS in Child and Adolescent Psychology. I am currently earning my M Ed in Mindfulness in Education from Antioch University in Keene, NH.
I look forward to being part of this amazing community of strong and inspiring families and girls, changing the world one adventure at a time. Feel free to contact me with any questions or just to say hello!
Beth Hockman, Girls TAASC
Beth has over 18 years experience facilitating leadership to groups in the wilderness, 16 of those years with Outward Bound. She has taught all over the U.S and Africa. She has a master’s degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University and is an independent facilitator of Love and Logic workshops. Her passion is sharing the wonders of wilderness travel, service learning and personal growth with all age groups especially young people.
Becky Kluge, Girls TAASC
Becky is a super experienced outdoor instructor and facilitator, having worked with Outward Bound and other corporate team development programs for over 20 years. Becky has taken her own children on amazing paddling trip in the Boundary waters and is committed to the development of our youth. She is especially excited to work with the girls in the program. Becky will be our skills specialist, sharing her deep experience of paddling, climbing and other outdoor skills
Niki Gilbert, Girls TAASC
Niki grew up in Ohio exploring woods and streams and making potions from the plants growing in her family’s yard. Since then, she has pursued degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies, guided outdoor adventure and learning experiences for youth, and worked as a naturalist and a teacher in both Minnesota and New England. Niki moved to Asheville with her family in 2015. She teaches middle school math and science at Rainbow and goes on many adventures with her own kids, Sara and Owen. Niki is enthusiastic about empowering girls and young women to pursue their personal passions, take on challenges together, and grow a community that is both compassionate and bold.
Connor, CFO (chief fun officer)
Connor has been in the adventure education industry for 89 (dog) years. A Border Collie by breed, Connor believes in the innate good of people, especially when they throw sticks or tennis balls. Connor loves hiking, trail-running and swimming in mountain rivers and lakes. He just loves being outside working with students. His counseling skills with younger kids is truly amazing and many, many students have been comforted and supported by Connors love!