Adventure Travel Designer & Tourism Development

Raven Rocks Resources

January 1997 – Present

Adventure travel design and development for older individuals and small groups seeking transformative adventure, cultural and educational travel experiences.  

  • Services include identifying and choosing the kinds of adventure or active excursions that meet personal goals and levels of fitness and stamina; creating customized itineraries; finding specific services and products—transport, accommodations, guides and local assistance; planning and preparing for an adventure—including choosing gear and clothing, journaling, contingencies, security and emergency contacts; selecting appropriate travel insurance.  
  • Services also include working with host destinations—travel and tourism operators and community-level organizations—to design and develop adventure-focused products and services for older, active travelers using the Tourism Assessment Process (TAP) and offering workshops and presentations.

Adjunct Professor

University of Maryland University College

June 1972 – June 2017

  • Taught anthropology/archaeology courses, focusing on field trips and beyond-the-classroom learning experiences.  
  • Served as distance education Curriculum Specialist and Content Reviewer on ISD teams for Web-based, voice mail and blended courses (distance learning/ combined with lecture).
  • Taught online and classroom-based courses on management, organizational change and behavior, knowledge management, and telework management; designed case studies and projects focused on travel and tourism management issues.
  • Trained and mentored faculty to teach via distance education technology.  
  • Served on the Undergraduate Programs Advisory Council and as faculty representative to the Chancellor’s Symposium on Policy and Distance Education.

Adventure Travel Consultant 

Crystal Mountain Treks

January 2003 – November 2013

  • Provided consulting services to high-growth Nepalese trekking and touring operation.
  • Developed, helped implement, and evaluated new customer products and programs focused on older trekkers and intergenerational itineraries.
  • Advised on and review web marketing implementations.  
  • Designed and developed staff training, orientation, and team building.
  • Researched and wrote articles and marketing pieces on company’s offerings.

Museum Management Consultant

International Mountain Museum, Pokhara, Nepal

February 2005

  • Advised board members on strategic development, focusing on identification of museum competitors, best practices, potential external funding sources, collections management and exhibition planning and implementation during three-day site visit and meetings.