Tom Buckley, Manager
Tom is the Adventure Outpost Manager and has been teaching outdoors for longer than he wants to admit. He is committed to helping others discover their own adventures and challenge themselves, all within their backyard parks. He is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified Level 3 River Canoe and Level 2 River Kayak instructor, a certified Wilderness First Responder, trained as an American Mountain Guide Association Climbing Wall Instructor and United Kingdom Mountain Leader, and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Tom is currently finishing his Master’s in Environmental Science focusing on Sustainability and Experiential Education. He believes there is no such thing as bad weather.
Jen Hilbert, Coordinator
Jen began her career with Great Parks in 2001 as a Naturalist and is currently an Adventure Outpost Coordinator. She feels lucky to have been able to share her knowledge and passion of the great outdoors with others over the past 17 years. Jen has achieved certifications including American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 River Kayak Instructor, ACA Canoe Instructor, National Archery in the School Program (NASP) Instructor, Wilderness First Aid, Experiential Systems Challenge Course lead facilitator, League Cycling Instructor, First Aid, CPR, AED and Epinephrine. Jen’s training includes wilderness survival, swift water rescue, kayak touring, environmental interpretation, wildlife management and rock and ice climbing. As an avid backpacker, one of Jen’s proudest accomplishments was working with Appalachian Trail Conservancy Volunteer Crew to build scree walls and rock cairns above the tree line on Mount Washington.
Allison Cone, Coordinator
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton and interning for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Allison joined Great Parks in 2010. During her career in experiential education, Allison has served as a river guide for the Great Ohio River Paddle, volunteered as an Adventure Team Specialist and Class Mentor with the American Youth Foundation and coordinated Ohio River Foundation’s River Explorer program. She holds certifications as an ACA Level 2 River Canoe and Level 2 River Kayak instructor, National Archery in School Program (NASP) instructor, Experiential Systems (ESI) Challenge Course lead facilitator and Environmental Education Council of Ohio (ECCO) Environmental Educator. In addition, she obtained certifications in Wilderness First Aid, First Aid, AED, CPR and Epinephrine and is trained as an Associate for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) In-House Inspector. When not working in the great outdoors, Allison can be found on the ice, playing broomball with the Cincinnati Broomball Association.