Derek has spent much of the last decade working with individuals to create sustainable life changes. He began facilitating personal growth experiences as a head instructor with Red Cliff Assent in 2001. In 2004, as a senior field guide for Aspen Achievement Academy, he co-created an education resource manual designed to help guides understand and teach program curriculum. Derek was a key member in the startup and program development of Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. In 2006, he welcomed Open Sky's first student into the program and during the next 5 years served in such roles as Assistant Field Director, Guide Trainer and Field Manager. Derek played a key role in the medical and emergency response teams and is experienced in field-based incident command, medical first response and medication administration. During Derek’s time spent working in the wilds of the West, he has witnessed the influencing power of nature many times. Derek seeks to harness and share that innate power of nature.
Derek’s philosophy is based on the belief that within each person lies undiscovered strengths and the capacity to live a balanced and rewarding life. He is passionate about his work and deeply committed to the people who are in need of help and are interested in the process of self-discovery. Born and raised in Utah, Derek is now raising a family of his own. His love and appreciation of family and community serve as the foundation of his work.
The founders and leadership team of Juniper Canyon bring together a breadth of experience across the full spectrum of Residential Treatment and Wilderness Therapy. Members of the team include, Gil Hallows, Dr. Madolyn Liebing, Mike Hinkle, Kim Belair, Troy Faddis, Ray Barlow, Derek Daley, and Flora Hallows