“I am extremely proud of the lasting impact that ARCC students have had on people, on communities and on the environment around the world.”

—Scott von Eschen, ARCC President


Throughout the year, ARCC full-time staff members are shaping the programs for the upcoming season. This group of former trip leaders, world travelers, triathletes, and moms and dads, spend their days orchestrating and arranging the hundreds and hundreds of details necessary to operate ARCC programs in some of the most remote locations on earth.  Regional Directors spend thousands of hours planning the programs in intimate detail so that our Trip Leaders can focus their attention on their students, instead of on trip logistics.  Regional Directors are your “go to” resources when you have questions about specific trips or programs.  They are fully involved with staff hiring, staff training and trip support when programs are in the field. They are all united by their love of travel and adventure, and the desire to create positive experiences for young people.

Scott von Eschen


Scott has a diverse background in international travel, business, and adventure travel. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology as well as an MBA from Dartmouth College. He has lived in Spain, Japan and Guatemala. Scott’s passion for the out-of-doors is reflected in his love of fly fishing and whitewater kayaking. He lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife, Kristin. They have two daughters: Campbell, a kindergarten teacher and Andie, a college senior.

Kristin von Eschen

Operations Manager

Kristin has been involved with ARCC since 1993.  As Admissions Director, she will likely be one of your primary contacts with the organization.  Prior to joining ARCC, Kristin worked in Japan for 3 years for a Japanese marketing firm.  Kristin graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in economics and marketing.  She is an accomplished distance runner and when she isn’t working, you’ll most likely find her trail running in the summer or nordic skiing in the winter. She is married to Scott and is mother to daughters Campbell and Andie.

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Sophia Weeks

Director of Gap Programs,
Senior Regional Director

Sophia joined our Staff Full-time in 2012 after leading eight ARCC trips in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including our East Africa Gap semester. Hailing from the East Coast, her passion for international relations and development brought her to D.C. for a number of years, before she moved West. A huge proponent of the Gap Year, Sophia spent her Gap Year volunteering in an inner-city high school in Philadelphia as a member of City Year Americorps. Calling this year one of the most impactful in her life, she will readily attest first-hand to the enormous benefits of taking a Gap Year. When not traveling, Sophia is an avid cyclist, photographer, tennis player, reader, and all-around outdoor enthusiast.

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Bryan Salyer

Director of Custom Programs
Regional Director

Bryan has a passion for education and working with young adults. He spent two years in the classroom before jumping into the experiential education field. His passion and work have taken him all over the globe leading education and community service trips in California, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Nepal, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Bryan is passionate about creating an environment for life-changing experiences and hopes for each student to realize their potential to change the world.

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Eben Coenen

Senior Regional Director & Equipment Manager
Eben Coenen

Eben grew up splashing through ponds and pools as a competitive swimmer, lifeguard, and swim coach. He first began his venture into experiential education when he embarked on a three month study abroad program where he literally circumnavigated the globe. After visiting exotic locations, he found himself leading teen adventure and community service programs over the summers, and working as an outdoor science instructor and program coordinator for the past 5 years. His outlook and approach to life has enabled him to live on three different continents, experience countless new things, and develop a drive to motivate others to do the same.

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Whitney Hall

Regional Director
Whitney Hall

Whitney has spent over a decade traveling, studying and working abroad. For the past 3 years in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, she worked in experiential education and managed international study abroad programs with an emphasis on environmental education and service learning. Whitney also lived in Mexico, England, and Tanzania, and has a background working as a crisis counselor and social worker in youth and family programs. Her travels started with a summer spent in the Australian outback sea kayaking in the Indian Ocean and backpacking in the Pilbara Desert when she was 18, and she is thrilled to be supporting students to explore the world through life-changing travel.

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Margo Brookfield

Gap Programs Coordinator
Margo B.

Margo was born and raised in the Midwest but has spent most of the past six years enjoying the beauty and expanse of the West Coast. She developed her deep passion for experiential and outdoor education studying abroad in high school with a program that combines experiential learning with leadership training, community service and outdoor skills development. Margo joined the ARCC team in the office after leading numerous summer and gap programs for ARCC, and could not be more thrilled to continue supporting students in their journey to realize their potential, learn through travel and open their eyes to all the world has to offer.

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Danielle Baker

Admissions Coordinator / Regional Director

Danielle is a DC-area native who discovered her love for the outdoors at 14 years-old on a summer backpacking program in the Tetons. The experience led Danielle to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies and a career in environmental education. Danielle has worked to inspire youth to be better stewards of the planet since graduating from Elon University in 2014. Danielle’s curiosity about the natural world has led her to study and work in Wyoming, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York City, Spain, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Alps, and now California.

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Clarcie Howell

Regional Director

Clarcie grew up outdoors on the rivers of the Colorado Plateau, where she first found her passion for adventure. She guided whitewater expeditions for ten years and taught secondary English for six, then spent a semester traveling through Asia before finding ARCC. Through leading a Gap Semester for ARCC in 2017, she was able to finally marry her passion for adventure with her passion for education. She is now happy to be a part of creating lasting experiences for students from behind the scenes.

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Jacob Swarsen

Director of Marketing

Jacob joined ARCC in 2015 after working with a broad range of non-profit organizations spanning causes from rainforest conservation to human rights and services projects. Jacob is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where his love for the outdoors was incubated and is an avid skier, hiker and mountain biker. Jacob lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife Deirdre and son Tommy.

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