Our Team

Emily Dellinger – Program Director / Lead Adventure Guide 


Emily founded Venture Free in 2014. She has a great love for adventure and enjoys inspiring those around her to live happy and healthy lives. She started on her journey as an outdoor educator as a surf instructor and has been working with kids for over 10 years. Her positive attitude and zest for life are contagious – she makes every day at camp great fun!

Emily’s education and certifications:

  • Trained as an EMT (emergency medical technician)
  • UCSC graduate with Bachelor’s in Psychology
  • A Personal Training certificate from National Academy of Sport Medicine
  • Wilderness First Aid Certified
  • Outdoor Guide and Trainer Certificate from Adventure Out

Matt Nichols – Adventure Guide / Business Operator


Matt is finishing up a degree in earth science with an emphasis in geology and has eight year’s experience working with children. From a young age, he was spending time in nature and is passionate about environmental stewardship and outdoor fun. He is Wilderness first aid certified, loves smores, and has a thing for Rock’s ( both climbing and studying them).





 Julie Pedersen – Senior Camp Counselor 

 Julie works at Kings Mountain Elementary School as a paraprofessional in the K/1 classroom and leads the art in action program. Julie has worked with students for over 20 years, and her goal is to promote physical, mental, and social development through the implementation of outdoor recreational activities.






Alyssa Raisis – Administrative Developer

New this year to Venture Free, Alyssa earned her Master’s degree in geology at Boise State University. She can currently be found helping out around the office and is excited to be joining us this Fall as an Adventure Guide. When not working Alyssa loves exploring the great outdoors with her dog Buckbeak .





~Summer Staff~


Alena Stern – Adventure Guide

Alena stern is one of our rock star Adventure Guides this summer. Currently, she plays lacrosse and attends school at Colorado college and is excited to be back for another summer with Venture Free.