Meet the Team
Lead Course Supervisor
Jess is in her third season with TreeRunner and one of the few to have worked at multiple locations (Rochester and Grand Rapids!). A certified yoga instructor and personal trainer, Jess loves being a part of the eco-tourism industry. She loves the contagious positive energy that each team member and guest brings to the park and when she leaves the park, you can always find her in her hammock or on her longboard. Jess looks up to Jane Goodall because of her demand for peace and perseverance against all odds!
Top bucket list item: to adventure in South America, at least to visit Machu Picchu, and Rio De Janeiro
In his third year with TreeRunner, Eric has been our Business Supervisor every year. He is currently studying at Grand Valley State University towards a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. His favorite part about his job is the relationships he builds with his co-workers. An avid sports fan, you can always find Eric watching a game!\
Top bucket list item: to travel and watch a game at every NFL stadium
Training and Equipment Manager
In his 4th year at TreeRunner, Mike is a graduate of Wayne State University. He loves everything about TreeRunner, especially giving climbers a one-of-a-kind experience they will never forget. Being outside in the fresh air is Mike’s go-to, along with his guitar, or camping trips. He admires Paul McCartney, because who doesn’t love his music?
Top bucket list item: backpacking through Europe
Park Coordinator and Youth Program Director
An avid outdoorsman and jack of all trades with TreeRunner, Dana is in her 4th year with TreeRunner! Dana has a degree in Business Management from Grand Valley State University, and her favorite part of working at TreeRunner is being outside and working in a fun environment. She is a certified trainer and loves helping others learn the ropes (literally!). Outside of work, she spends all of her time with her baby (he’s really cute).
Top bucket list item: heliskiing or surfing in Hawaii
Call Center & Office Supervisor
A student at Central Michigan University studying Music, Psychology, and Organizational Leadership, Connor loves being able to see the positive impact a visit to TreeRunner leaves on climbers. He has a huge admiration for nurses and thinks they never get the credit they deserve! Outside of work he enjoys playing piano or Mario (even though they both frustrate him).
Top bucket list item: to see every show on a Broadway season rotation
Social Media Specialist
In his first year with TreeRunner, Conner has risen through the ranks to become the TreeRunner Social Media Specialist. Conner is a student at Oakland University, studying Anthropology/Sociology and Filmmaking. He loves chatting with guests about everyday life, and has 4 years of customer service experience, spending 2 of those years lifeguarding! When he’s not working, you can find him playing guitar, or fencing. He admires Fred Rogers for reminding everybody to be kind to their neighbors.
Top bucket list item: finish getting his pilot’s license.
Jeremy joined the TreeRunner team in October of 2019. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Wayne State University (GO WARRIORS!) and loves spending time with his family, watching sports, or enjoying some quiet time in Charlevoix, Michigan. The person he admires most is his dog, Yofi, because he gets to sleep all day and is always in a good mood. He says the best part of his job is seeing guests come to the park as timid travelers and leaving as confident conquerors.
Top bucket list item: learn how to fly a plane
Director of Operations
A graduate of Alma College, Amanda is an outdoor recreation hobbyist and has been with our team since July of 2019. She loves encouraging people to spend time outside, and in the present. When she isn’t working, she enjoys skateboarding, and hanging with her friends. Fun fact, Amanda has been to zipline parks across the world! Just a few include Peru, Costa Rica, Germany, and Mexico.
Top bucket list item: to base jump
Guest Experience Coordinator
In her second year with TreeRunner, Destiny graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Recreation Management. She also has 4 years of experience as a Wilderness First Responder and swim coach. When she’s not at TreeRunner you can find destiny kayaking, playing with her 3 dogs, or painting. Her favorite part about TreeRunner is that it is a place for people to have fun! She loves the energy from everyone in the park – both the staff and guests!
Top bucket list item: to go dog-sledding under the Northern Lights
TreeRunner Adventure Park
2121 Celebration Dr NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525