Sebastian Morland, WFR
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.
Brad Beaudet, MA
Brad earned both a BA and an MA from Goddard College in Cultural Studies. He 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.
TIm Aiken, BA
Tim has been with Spruce Mountain Inn since 1999, first subbing and then as a Residential Counselor. He currently works the overnight shift. Tim has a Bachelor’s Degree from Castleton University. Prior to Spruce, he worked for several years as a classroom assistant in high school and middle school. Aside from enjoying the rewarding work he has here at Spruce, he also enjoys woodworking, gardening and collecting sports and gaming cards.
Cameron Mack, BA
Cameron arrived at Spruce after several years working with gifted and special needs clients and survivors of TBI. He has a degree in Anthropology from State University of New York. Cam is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 and is now leading our yoga group. His passion is contagious for helping others explore the connection between their body and breath, while learning alignment-based poses (asana) and a variety of breathing and mindfulness techniques. Cameron’s other passions are music, movement, and wilderness, which he also shares with the SMI community as much as possible. When not at work instilling passion in others, Cameron can be found at one of the many local disc golf courses in the area slowly working towards global dominance.
Drew Sy, BA
Drew works overnight at the Inn. He comes highly recommended by many of our local staff. After years of working in early childhood education, Drew is currently working on his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, and is planning to become a play therapist. He runs a playgroup at the Plainfield Community Center and spends his free time with his family and his cats.
Conor Teal, BA
Conor is a Residential Counselor and Support Worker at Spruce. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2013 with a BA in Planning, Public Policy and Non-Profit Management. Conor has experience in labor activism and legislation promotion. He has several years’ experience working in residential treatment with children in Jasper, Oregon.
Conor enjoys music and playing bass guitar, woodworking projects and built his own tiny house on a trailer. He serves on the Energy and Tree Committees for the City of Barre, where he currently lives with his Labradoodle, Roland.
Jessica Polus, BA
Jess is a Residential Counselor and Support Worker at Spruce. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Arts and Humanities and French from Michigan State University College of Arts and Humanities. She has previously worked as a Behavioral Interventionist at ChOICE Academy, a therapeutic High School through Washington County Mental Health. She is passionate about the benefits of meditation and consciousness development and enjoys sharing this passion with residents at SMI. She is currently studying to be an instructor of Heart-Based Meditation. Jess has taught English as a second language in Forges-Les-Eaux, France. She also enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, reading and playing music.
Laura Mathieu, BA
Laura is from Ontario, Canada where she studied Ecotourism, Health, Physical Education and Visual Arts. She has experience working and volunteering in several countries, pursuing her passion for travel and being outdoors. Laura has worked with youth and young adults in a variety of settings including coaching, residential treatment, and private mentoring. She is happy to become a part of the Spruce team and share her interests with the residents. When not working, she enjoys hiking, reading, painting, or walking her dog, and spending time with family and friends.