Ben Loveless, MS, EMT
Director of Program Development
With over 15 years of professional experience in Outdoor Education, Ben brought with him a wealth of knowledge when he joined the True North administrative team in 2010. Ben received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Education and Wilderness Leadership from Prescott college. In 2014, Ben earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
After earning his undergraduate degree, Ben trained as an EMT and worked with search and rescue teams. He currently holds a Wilderness EMT and is a Wilderness Medical Instructor. He lead wilderness trips for Outward Bound, and facilitated expeditions that took him deep into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the desert and canyons of Utah, and the steep peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Ben is also a professional rock-climbing instructor and is certified by the American Mountain Guide Association. Ben is an Open-Water Lifeguard and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. He is also a certified instructor of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention for the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Ben represents True North on the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, oversees curriculum development and manages our land permits and community relations.
In 2010, Ben’s canine companion Kelsey completed therapy dog training and was certified through Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Kelsey is now True North’s resident therapy dog and has the opportunity to visit all of the students that attend True North.
Outside of True North, Ben can be found traveling, exploring the mountains, cooking, playing music, gardening and adventuring outdoors with his wife, son, daughter and dog. Ben is a devoted backpacker, rock and ice climber, mountain biker, snowboarder, ecologist and environmental educator.