John Willson, M.S. | John Willson received his M.S in Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation Administration from Aurora University in 1993.
He has spent 30 years working in youth programs with an emphasis on youth diagnosed with learning and attention challenges and has led hundreds of adventure courses around the world.
He is currently the Executive Director of SOAR, a non profit residential boarding school, adventure camp, and gap year program serving youth diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD. John is also the Past President of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of North Carolina and served on the national board for CHADD.
He actively presents to teachers, parents, and professionals at local, state, and national conferences. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University and Mars Hill College teaching Outdoor Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, and Leadership courses.
His certifications include Wilderness First Responder, PADI Rescue Diver, State licensed Recreation Therapist, and Nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
Finally, and most importantly, he is an adult thriving with ADHD and the proud parent of two magnificent, creative, children living with learning and attention challenges.