La Vida

Office Staff

Our core office staff of seven have a combined expertise of over 100 years. Trained in a variety of educational backgrounds, we have the knowledge to provide a well-rounded experience for people of all ages.

Abby Stroven

Abby Stroven

Executive Director

Abby has been shaped by her experiences in Ecuador South America where she spent seven years working with an adventure education retreat center called El Refugio located near the capital city of Quito. Her experiences leading wilderness trips, ministering to local Ecuadorians, and living in a different culture have fueled her passion for facilitating similar experiences with La Vida participants and staff. She is excited to be leading the La Vida Center here at Gordon College. 

Nate Hausman

Nate Hausman

Director of Outdoor Education

Nate oversees Adirondack Expeditions which takes place in upstate New York. He also oversees the outdoor education requirement at Gordon College where students participate in their first-year orientation program. He began working full-time in the wilderness education field in 2002 but has been involved with La Vida since 1997. He and his wife look forward to spending each summer in the Adirondack Mountains of New York working with the La Vida staff and their daughter Evalyn.

Michael Hill

Michael Hill

Director of Adventure Camp

Michael oversees the day camp for middle schoolers at Gordon College. Before he began working with La Vida in 2006, Michael worked with youth in a variety of settings in Pennsylvania. Through those experiences, along with his seminary training, he has developed a passion for using the ropes course and the wilderness to foster spiritual growth and encourage character development. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Joel Cox

Joel Cox

Assistant Director of Outdoor Education

Joel served as the Assistant Director of Outdoor Education for three years and is temporarily back to assist Nate with summer planning for the Adirondack Expeditions. He graduated from Gordon College and served as our intern and has filled various roles within the La Vida Center since he was a student. He is currently spending time in Colorado where he is learning more about moutaineering.

Sam Craig

Sam Craig

Director of Adventure Pursuits and Rock Gym Manager

Sam oversees the challenge course and team-building programs as well as the rock gym in the Bennett Center at Gordon College. Since graduating with his bachelors from Gordon College in 2015, Sam has been a Challenge Course Facilitator, Discovery Instructor, Program Director for Adventure Camp, and Adirondack Expedition leader and support staff. In his free time, Sam enjoys hiking, birdwatching, singing karaoke, playing guitar and a good book.

Kate McMillan

Kate McMillan

Office and Finance Manager

Kate has her Masters of Science in Financial Analysis and oversees the financial direction of the La Vida Center. Kate enjoys going hiking and camping with her husband Todd and children, Jade and Oliver. Before joining the La Vida staff, Kate worked in adventure programs in the South and Mid-West and in wilderness therapy in Utah. She has been certified as a Wilderness First Responder and trained in Project Adventure Advanced Skills and Standards for challenge courses.

Amber Hausman

Amber Hausman

Outdoor Education Registrar and Marketing Coordinator

Amber grew up going to recreational summer camps through her church but was not introduced to the wilderness until La Vida. She followed the Lord’s call to be involved with the program in 2013 and is continuing to expand her knowledge of the outdoors through more training and various roles within the La Vida Center. She enjoys working alongside her husband, Nate, for the Adirondack program while connecting with students. They spend their summers with their daughter Evalyn at the La Vida Adirondack Base Camp in NY. 

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Seasonal Staff

La Vida employs over 100 seasonal and contract staff each year for our various programs at Gordon College and in the Adirondacks at our 75-acre base camp. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us.