Our Team

Jory Hanselman

Executive Director JoryH@BaMidbarTherapy.org Jory Hanselman has dedicated her personal and professional career to engaging youth and emerging adults in meaningful outdoor experiences, and helping youth build personal resiliency and the skills necessary to grow and thrive in a complex world. Jory has experienced wilderness programs from the client and staff perspective, from field and office formats, in Jewish and secular settings, and in the private industry and the nonprofit sectors. She has over 400 professional “field days” managing youth from 13-26 through organizations focused on education, recreation, therapy, and workforce development. Jory sees the wilderness therapy model as an extremely powerful environment and believes that BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy can help magnify that impact through Jewish learning, providing a foundational tapestry for clients that builds Jewish identity and provides the framework for youth to experience meaningful transitions to independent and healthy adult lives. Jory holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from Tufts University and a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Colorado – Denver’s School of Public Affairs.

Nick Magle-Haberek

Clinical Director NickMH@BaMidbarTherapy.org Nick grew up on a small farm in Richmond, Rhode Island where he developed a love for adventures in the outdoors. While attending the University of Maine, Nick fell in love with the field of Outdoor Education. After completing his degree Nick heeded the advice of a mentor, and moved to Utah to work as a wilderness therapy guide. This ultimately led him to the University of New Hampshire where he earned masters degrees in both Social Work and Outdoor Education. During his graduate career and onward Nick continued to develop his passion for the outdoors and helping others. He has worked in a variety of roles in the field including field guide, facilitator, individual therapist, clinical supervisor, program manager, family therapist and consultant. Nick is also on the leadership committee for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group where he regularly helps to organize workshops and conferences for other therapists using adventure therapy. During his career, Nick has worked with a diverse blend of adolescents and young adults who are trying to find their direction in life. Nick’s love for this work is rejuvenated during moments of connection, vulnerability, and break-through. Nick has joined the BaMidbar clinical team as a Primary Therapist and is looking forward to sharing his passion with staff and clients. When not in the wilderness helping others, Nick can be found backcountry skiing, climbing, hiking, training for triathlons, and enjoying family time with his wife and two children, Birch and River in Estes Park, CO.

Cliff Stockton

Wilderness Specialist CliffS@BaMidbarTherapy.org Cliff has been working in wilderness therapy for over 20 years in many different capacities. Cliff was born and raised in Montana, where he was part of a family of outdoor enthusiasts. From his first 100 mile hike in the Bob Marshall Wilderness at the age of 9 to 14 years as a wilderness therapy program director, his whole life has been about using the outdoors as a place to grow, learn, and heal. Some highlights from his professional career include: Helping start a wilderness therapy program for the State of Montana, Aspen Youth Alternatives for adjudicated youth. Leading change of SUWS Idaho program from a 21 day contained model to a rolling enrollment, variable length of stay program. Writing a comprehensive curriculum to address those changes and provide flexibility to varied treatment plans. Co-developing wilderness therapy program for Community Connections in Alaska to work with local youth, majority first nations children.

Emily Heeren

Admissions Director Emily grew up in Newton, MA surrounded by a strong Jewish community and nearby woods which played major roles in shaping her sense of self. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with an academic concentration in Health Science from Gettysburg College and completed her master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University while working as a high school special education teacher. Her additional work in Gettysburg College’s Office of Experiential Education and with the campus’s Hillel has further fueled her desire in uniting her passions with the mission of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy.

Nick Magle-Haberek, MS, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director NickMH@BaMidbarTherapy.org Nick grew up on a small farm in Richmond, Rhode Island where he developed a love for adventures in the outdoors. While attending the University of Maine, Nick fell in love with the field of Outdoor Education. After completing his degree Nick heeded the advice of a mentor, and moved to Utah to work as a wilderness therapy guide. This ultimately led him to the University of New Hampshire where he earned masters degrees in both Social Work and Outdoor Education. During his graduate career and onward Nick continued to develop his passion for the outdoors and helping others. He has worked in a variety of roles in the field including field guide, facilitator, individual therapist, clinical supervisor, program manager, family therapist and consultant. Nick is also on the leadership committee for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group where he regularly helps to organize workshops and conferences for other therapists using adventure therapy. During his career, Nick has worked with a diverse blend of adolescents and young adults who are trying to find their direction in life. Nick’s love for this work is rejuvenated during moments of connection, vulnerability, and break-through. Nick has joined the BaMidbar clinical team as a Primary Therapist and is looking forward to sharing his passion with staff and clients. When not in the wilderness helping others, Nick can be found backcountry skiing, climbing, hiking, training for triathlons, and enjoying family time with his wife and two children, Birch and River in Estes Park, CO.

Matt Levitt

Chief Operating Officer MattL@BaMidbarTherapy.org Matt brings his passion and dedication to experiential Jewish education to Ramah in the Rockies. A native of Chicagoland, he participated in United Synagogue Youth’s College Leadership Program in Israel,Nativ. After studying in Israel, Matt attended Indiana University (Class 2011) where he double-majored in Jewish Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and minored in Hebrew and Education. Matt has been part of the Ramah in the Rockies team since the beginning, working during the summer months as a rock climbing instructor, counselor, and logistics coordinator for camp until joining the the year-round team in 2012 as the Program Director and then as the organization’s Assistant Director until 2016. Matt took a brief break to return to graduate school at Oklahoma State University to complete an MBA and certificate in non-profit management. Upon earning his Master’s degree, Matt joined our team once again in a new role – that of Chief Development Officer. He lives with his wife, Sara, and their two dogs in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

Nola

Cliff and Marcia rescued Nola from the deserts of South Central Idaho. An Idaho “Fuzzy” or “Shaggy”, a local herding breed cross between Border Collie and Airedale terrier and others, she was found alone in the Bennet hills area and brought to a local Veterinarian. Nola (Gaelic for noble) had a little pink collar around her neck and was extremely frightened by everything, little children, loud noises, raised voices, etc. Lots of love and consistency have made her less anxious, but she still can be easily frightened. Nola has turned into an excellent, therapy dog. Always happy to see people, likes to be petted, doesn’t bark or bite. She is always up for an adventure and seems to be made for the snow and cold. At BaMidbar if you suddenly find Nola licking your face, you can be sure she is the vanguard for Cliff who will be along shortly.

Mr. Nachshon ben Amindav (aka Dav) & Ms. Ripley van Winkle (aka Ripley)

Dav (also known as Davers, Dav Dog, Davster, and Dave) was born in Tres Piedras, NM in May 2013.  After being abandoned to the wilds, he was adopted by Jory Hanselman at 6 months old, where he frolicked in the forests of northern New Mexico with a 5-dog pack, before moving to Albuquerque to brave the big city life. Ripley (also known as Rippers) was born in Bernalillo County, in Spring 2013.  After a hard start to life, Ripley was adopted at one and welcomed into a warm and loving home in Albuquerque, NM. Dav and Ripley love catching birds, chasing elk and bighorn, jumping 8′ tall fences, and romping through their natural habitat, the wilderness. Dav can generally be found winning staring contests, inveigling his way into the hearts of dog lovers and haters alike, posing for pictures, and hanging with his favorite pal, Ripley. Ripley can generally be found rolling in poop and dead things, laying on her back begging for belly rubs, and hanging with her favorite pal, Dav.