JOHN KEOUGH the owner has been guiding in Vermont for over 20 years and is intimately familiar with the region’s hiking trails, mountains, valleys and villages. An outdoor enthusiast, John has been caving for over ten years and discovered the largest cave in New England, located in Vermont. He has worked for the E.P.A., The Nature Conservancy and the State of Vermont, exploring mines, caves and documenting bats. John was vice president of the Vermont Cavers Association for a number of years, where he guided numerous trips for the organization. For seven years John worked in the hiking spa industry before starting ATA. During the winter months, he has been a snowmobile guide and currently a ski instructor. John started to visit Vermont during his high school days and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland, Vermont. Guests have commented on how John’s passion for hiking and Vermont clearly shows in his work. He has an incredible knowledge of Vermont history, flora and fauna.
RASCAL is everyone’s favorite guide he is a fourteen year old beagle who has been hiking the trails of Vermont with John.“Raz” moved up from the Boston area during the winter of 2002. He is a great addition to the hikes, with a personality like no other dog. You will be amazed how well behaved he is. Long distance hikes and rock scrambles are his favorites. When climbing the trails he makes them look so easy with his “four paw drive”. His favorite snacks on the trail are carrots and apples. A very smart dog, Rascal has negotiated a “no rain clause” in his contract and chooses to stay at home and nap when it is too wet. But if there’s a light, warm rain, Rascal grabs his rain poncho and hits the trails.
Rosa J. Donohue, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian and nutrition consultant. She obtained the Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University in New York City and completed post-graduate courses in endocrinology and gastroenterology at the Medical School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Born, studied and worked in Peru and also lived and worked in Brazil and Switzerland. For the past 15 years, her experience has been in community health and nutrition. Her areas of special interest include nutrition and wellness, the immune system, cooking, and growing vegetables as well as culinary and medicinal herbs.
Jill L. Corey, MA, RD is a Registered Dietitians and trail guide. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics at the University of Vermont. Jill completed her dietetic internship at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she also obtained her Master of Arts degree in dietetics. Her areas of interest are weight management and diabetes care. Jill is a native Vermonter, having grown up in Rutland. She enjoys getting outside no matter what the weather is like, and is always taking advantage of Vermont’s beautiful mountains and lakes.
Darlene M. Kepneris one of our yoga instructors and has a BA in Psychology with a strong background in Alternative Medicine. She is trained in Foundational Vinyasa and in the Anatomy of Yoga. Darlene is the wellness coordinator of Central Vermont Public Services and the owner of Plan B Yoga and Wellness. Graduating from Johnson State College here in Vermont, where she concentrated on alternative medicines. Darlene received her first formal yoga teacher training in April of 2006 with a world renowned instructor. Darlene looks forward to sharing the gift of yoga with ATA guests.
Beth Roberts is ATA's Boot Camp Instructor and Personal Trainer. Beth has been teaching fitness for over 16 years. Her experience ranges from personal training to multiple styles of group fitness including sport specific training, strength training, pilates, spinning, and specializing in unique outdoor cross training. Her certifications include AFTA personal fitness trainer, AFAA group exercise instructor and Johnny G Spinning instructor. Her versatility in training experience allows her help any client achieve their goals. For more information check out Killington Boot Camp.
Grant Moran has been hiking and kayaking for ten years in Minnesota and the Green Mountains of Vermont and living here since 2005. Grant is an outdoor enthusiast, he finds time to snowshoe and snowboard during the winter. In summer months, besides hiking & kayaking, he loves to ride his motorcycle. Over the past years he has been a snowboard supervisor at Okemo Ski Resort. He has an excellent knowledge of the Vermont, Flat and white water kayaking, local trails, wildlife, mountains, wild flowers and camping with an emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle.