Board of Directors

All CAA board members serve a 3-year term on a volunteer basis. New board member elections are held during the member meeting at our annual conference. The Board of Directors meets at least twice a year to plan events and provide direction for the organization.

Patrick Emery - President
Patrick Emery currently lives in Poland, OH, with his wife, April, and their 3 children. He is on staff with the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach), working as a Resource Associate for the Experiential Designs (XD) Team. CCO XD is an adventure-based ministry that seeks to serve both college students and the community through the context of experiential education. Challenge Course building and facilitation, leading wilderness trips, teaching adventure education classes, and discipling college students are Patrick’s primary responsibilities. He first attended a CAA conference in 2011, joined the CAA board in 2012, and is excited to see the association continue to grow. The CAA was instrumental in helping Patrick begin a career in adventure-based ministry, and he is passionate about helping other like-minded individuals collaborate and network as they live out their callings in a variety of contexts.


Dan Harbuck - Prodeals 
Dan and his wife Andrea live with their 4 kids in the pineywoods of east Texas. He splits time between managing the challenge course and team-building program for Stephen F. Austin State University, and working as a ropes course trainer/builder/inspector for Adventure Experiences. He was irrevocably steered to a life in the outdoors as a participant on a 21-day wilderness trip in the Sierra Nevada with Summit Adventure in 2000. The last 15 years have been filled leading backcountry expeditions, rock climbing trips, and ropes course programs in Australia, California, Texas, and a few places in between. Dan’s favorite place in the outdoors is the high desert. He first attended a CAA conference in 2006.


Beth Anne Casstevens - Communications

Beth Anne is a graduate of Georgia College & State University, where she studied outdoor education. Her love for the outdoors came from growing up on the Chattahoochee River near her home city of Roswell, Georgia.  Beth Anne currently lives in Denver, Colorado where she works for CampMinder, a web-based summer camp management platform. In the future, she plans on working in camp administration and to keep seeking Jesus through adventure! She became a CAA member and joined the board after attending our annual conference in 2015. Beth Anne is excited about bringing a fresh perspective and new energy to our organization's planning process.


Jamie Jennings Martin - Treasurer
Jamie currently resides in Dresden, OH, with her husband, Clifton, and their three children Kylie, Addie & Ammon (twins).  Her love for 4-H Camp growing up inspired her to study Recreation at Messiah College.  During her freshman year she fell in love with wilderness camping in a course that went backpacking over spring break.  She loved the setting and the lessons that the Lord taught her there. Jamie first became a member of CAA (then CWLC) in 2000 when she presented a workshop at the Fall Conference for her Junior Independent Study course. Her enthusiasm for CAA grew and she was elected to the Board in 2005 as the merger of CWLC and CAEI began and served four years. Jamie has a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Adventure Education. She worked full-time for the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) in PA for six years. While living in NH for 2 years for her husband’s grad schooling, Jamie was able to facilitate rope course groups at Project Adventure and The Browne Center before becoming a UNH Residence Hall Director. Though a career in Adventure Ed has taken a backseat to raising her family, Jamie continues volunteer work with the CCO-Experiential Design (XD) team and is excited to be serving CAA once again.


Justin Shaffer - Marketing / Website
Justin attributes his love for experiential education to several team-building and wilderness experiences he had as a teenager. It was through the careful guidance of a small number of adults during these years that led Justin to pursue a lifetime of adventure and a career in experiential education. He graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a BS in Outdoor Experiential Education.

Shortly after graduating and getting married, Justin and Alice followed God’s call to serve full time at Pine Springs Camp in southwest Pennsylvania. After 12 years in his current role as Adventure Education Director, Justin still enjoys leading backpacking trips, mentoring college staff and managing the challenge course. In an effort to never stop learning, Justin earned an MS in Outdoor Recreation from Liberty University in 2014.

Justin has a healthy obsession with mountain biking, running and chocolate milk. He has competed in a handful of cycling and adventure races and ran his first marathon, 50k and 50 miler in 2017. However, life’s greatest adventure is spending time outside with his wife and their 3 awesome kids!


Hope Mashburn - Social Media

Hope lives in middle Georgia and will receive her undergraduate degree in Outdoor Education from Georgia College and State University. After graduation, She plans to attend Liberty University to pursue a Masters of Arts in Christian Ministry. 

Hope has had a love for the outdoors and for ministry since she was young and hopes to have a career in outdoor ministry. She first attended the CAA conference in October of 2016 in Black Mountain, NC and became a member in January of 2017. She looks forward to promoting CAA and networking people who love the outdoors and loves Jesus with each other. 


Lizzy Beach - Membership

Lizzy Beach is originally from Wales, WI, and she is currently a Junior at Messiah College near Harrisburg, PA. She is studying Adventure Education with a minor in Psychology. As part of her schooling, she is currently the adventure intern for the Jr. High program at Yellow Breeches Educational Center -- Plainfield Campus, an alternative schooling system for at-risk youth. 

Lizzy has been involved with the CAA since Fall of 2015, and she became a board member in January 2017. Her favorite adventure activities include caving, whitewater canoeing, kneeboarding, and backpacking. After college, she hopes to go into Adventure Therapy, working specifically with the at-risk youth population.


Brad Gearhart

Brad is our newest Board Member. He and his wife Alexa have two daughters, Rowan and Cora, and an energetic dog, Willow. The Gearhart's live in Cameron, North Carolina on the property of Cameron Boys Camp.  

Brad is a graduate of Messiah College in Pennsylvania, with a degree in Adventure Education. As part of his time at Messiah, Brad graduated a Semester in the Rockies with the National Outdoor Leadership School in the spring of his Junior year. Upon graduation he moved south to Cameron Boys Camp where he has been working for 7 years in a variety of roles. His current role is as the Program Supervisor. Brad is also a Wilderness First Aid Instructor, a Certified Outdoor Educator with the Wilderness Education Association, a Master Educator with Leave No Trace, a Safe Crisis Management Instructor, and a recently certified American Canoeing Association Level Three Tandem Canoe Instructor. 

Brad is currently working on implementing his newly acquired ACA training into the training at Cameron Boys Camp as well as looking for ways to continue to better the program. In addition to working the ACA training in, you can often find Brad working alongside the boys and chiefs building tents, making crafts, working through bad attitudes or planning their next adventure.