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Chris Bio PicDirector of Programs: Chris Getoor

Chris Getoor earned his B.S. in history with a secondary education minor from St. Joseph’s College in 2000. After a three-year period of travel through South America and the islands of the North Pacific, he settled on Nantucket, teaching Spanish and ecology at the Nantucket New School. In 2007 he was employed by John and Elizabeth Edwards as the home school teacher for their two young children during the presidential primary campaign. Chris began working at Strong Wings in 2008 and took on his current role as Director of Programs in 2009. An avid surfer and outdoorsman, he holds CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard, Advanced Skills and Standards for Challenge Course Professionals certifications and is a licensed CPR and AED instructor. He has a true passion for working with children and sharing his love for nature and adventure with people of all ages.

Jon Bio PicExecutive Director: Jon Alden

Jon Alden was appointed Executive Director on July 1, 2012 and also serves as Head of School for Nantucket New School.  He earned his B.A. from Denison University, his M.Ed. from Middle Tennessee State University and has been employed by camps and/or independent schools since 1982.  As an ardent supporter of experiential learning, he played an integral role in the creation of the Wilderness Skills program at the White Mountain School, NH and coordinates the Strong Wings programming with Chris Getoor for Nantucket New School.  Prior to moving to Nantucket, he served as Head of School at the Lowcountry Preparatory School, SC and the Virginia Beach Friends School, VA as well as other senior level administrative positions in independent schools since 1986.  His love of the outdoors was born as a camper at Camp Winona in Bridgton, ME and he is a parent ambassador for Camp Wabun in Temagami, Ontario.  Alden says: “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be in a position where I have the opportunity to expose children to the wonders of the outdoors year round.  Strong Wings provides kids with opportunities for success in areas beyond their comfort zone and builds self-esteem, independence and life-long memories”.