Sebastian came to Spruce Mountain in 2013 after 10 years of working in education and wilderness therapy programs with youth. Sebastian is passionate about wilderness and experiential programming and provides leadership for Spruce’s TREK adventure program, which engages residents in multi-day outdoor trips designed to build leadership skills and increase self-confidence. He holds certifications in Wilderness First Response (WFR), Outdoor Leadership Programming, flat water and river paddling, and is a Level 1 Nordic Ski Instructor through the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Sebastian is an avid mountain biker and likes to play frisbee golf in his off time.
Sarai Hinkley, MA
Sarai holds an MA in Movement & Expressive Arts Therapy. She enjoys leading groups in drawing, printmaking, watercolor, mask-making, sculpture, pottery, candle making, mural painting, as well as creative movement, improv, hula hooping, and yoga. When not at work, she can be found deep in the forest with her dog Puck.
Brad Beaudet, MA
Brad would like people to know that he had black hair when he started working at Spruce in 2001, and that it wasn’t the residents that made him prematurely grey. Brad is our senior Residential Counselor who provides leadership and training to the entire residential staff, and is generally revered for being a font of institutional knowledge here. His humor and dedication are invaluable to our team. When not at work, Brad can be found strumming a guitar, crooning, and making music videos.
Nathan Broersma, BA
Nathan has been a Residential Counselor at SMI since October of 2013 and comes from over 16 years of experience working in residential treatment and community support work with adults and young adults. He is enthusiastic about taking clients on outings in the community and nature. During his time off he enjoys playing his violin and spending time with his dogs.
Chris Jackson, BA
Chris has been a part of the Spruce Mountain team since 2006, becoming a full-time Residential Counselor in 2013. In his non-Spruce life, he teaches ecological design and permaculture at Yestermorrow Design Build School, and volunteers as a firefighter and EMT on the Plainfield Fire Department.
TIm Aiken, BA
Tim has been with Spruce Mountain Inn for the past 14 years as a Residential Counselor and currently works the overnight shift. Aside from enjoy the rewarding work he has here at SMI, he also enjoys woodworking, gardening and collecting sports and gaming cards.
Dan Gadd, BA
Dan came to Vermont to settle down after travels to South Africa and Alaska, and joined the team at Spruce in 2009. He is nocturnal so working the night shift comes easily for him. When not at SMI he enjoys spending time with his family.
Carrie Rouillard, BA
Carrie came to SMI in 2004 after many years of working with people with mental health challenges in a variety of settings. At Spruce, Carrie coordinates client medications and works as an On-Call Residential Counselor. Carrie also leads a double life as a professional maskmaker whose work has been featured in films and on TV. In her free time, Carrie enjoys hiking, collecting horse figurines and spending time with her family.
Petra joined Spruce Mountain Inn as a Residential Counselor in December of 2016. He holds a Level I Certificate from the San Francisco Orff Course in Music and Movement Education and has worked with young children in early childhood education settings for over ten years, focusing on music, movement, dramatic play, and social skills development. Working as a massage therapist since 2006, Petra has focused on providing services to people living with chronic illness, those of modest means, and members of under-served and at risk communities. He holds teaching rank in a derivative of Yoshinkan Aikido and has been known to lead brass bands through the streets. Petra is a native Vermonter who resides in central Vermont with his family on the side of a mountain.
Emilee Vanderneut, BSW
Emilee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is a certified Horticultural Therapist (HT). She has spent the past 17 years pursuing her professional and personal passion for connecting people and plants. Emilee has developed and managed HT programs that provide opportunities for a wide range of client populations to reach self-identified treatment goals in a variety of settings. She deeply enjoys finding creative ways to integrate therapeutic and vocational HT into the Spruce community. In her free time, she can be found exploring the outdoors, creating functional art, playing music and enjoying the company of friends and family.