About Ekaterini Vlamis, MS
Owner & Director’s Biography:
Ekaterini Vlamis has been described as "the quintessential experiential educator." Ekaterini believes firmly in her ability to act as an agent of change. Ekaterini Vlamis facilitates & guides experiential programs to help people learn, grow & connect through meaningful experiences.
She is a New York State certified teacher with classroom experience and a seasoned outdoor and experiential educator, facilitator, and trainer. Ekaterini holds first aid certification as a Wilderness First Responder and is a licensed hiking guide in New York State. Ekaterini is also a certified Level 2 challenge course practitioner, which demonstrates she has extensive work experience, technical skills, and knowledge around how to safely managing low and high challenge (or ropes) courses. Additionally, she is trained in principles of mediation. Ekaterini holds a Bachelors degree in Biology & a Masters degree in Kinesiology.
In the past she has worked for companies including Project Adventure & The Browne Center for Innovative Learning. Currently she facilitates per-diem for Outward Bound Professional working with business groups in Boston. She started her own business, Edgewood Consulting & Services, in November 2009. Edgewood Consulting & Services offers customized teambuilding programs, professional & facilitator skill development workshops, private guided hikes and consulting on related topics.
She is an active member of the Association for Experiential Education and has led many conference workshops. Ekaterini has been an author on two published journal articles. Her undergraduate thesis was entitled "Cost of Reproduction in Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor)" and was published in The Auk in October 2000. Ekaterini published a condensed version of her Master’s thesis in the academic Journal of Experiential Education in October 2011. The journal article discussed the effects of a college adventure program on student development behaviors.
She volunteers regularly for the Dispute Resolution Center, helping to settle small claims cases in the New Paltz town court and volunteers as a recruiter & fundraiser for the annual New Paltz CROP walk to fight hunger. She is also involved in the leadership of her church and serves regularly as an usher. Ekaterini resides in New Paltz, NY where she was born and raised and later returned.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain
Ekaterini Vlamis at the Mohonk Preserve
(photo by D. Newhard)