About Us

How do you pronounce DSOTO? (Dee-so-toe)

Our name Discovery School of the Outdoors (DSOTO) was intentionally designed to describe our passion for teams to discover, grow, learn and unite through our experience together.

DSOTO offers excellent programming tailored to each team and their overall goals. Our staff is passionate about facilitating a process that is specifically designed with your team in mind. We utilize several acres on the Emerald Hills campus of Team Expansion, a non-profit organization that we partner with.

Meet the team of facilitators below!

THE TEAM

Tara Woolard

Head Facilitator & Founder

Tara Woolard has served as the Director/Founder of Discovery School of the Outdoors since 2009. With a heart for team sports, adventure and the great outdoors, this role has been the perfect fit since day one. Her accomplishments as a collegiate level athlete in team sports fuels her passion for seeing others grow and succeed in the area of teamwork and cooperation. She has logged over 500 hours of professional facilitation and leadership development since founding DSOTO. She enjoys the lessons learned with each group and considers it a privilege to watch others grow as they accomplish their goals.

Allan Witkowski

Head Facilitator

Allan has put his experience as a business leader, chemist, and outdoor enthusiast to good use since becoming a head facilitator several years ago. He has helped facilitate hundreds of leadership and team building experiences for DSOTO and around the world. Allan takes great satisfaction in helping participants overcome their challenges on the course and in life. “I really enjoy seeing people rise and conquer their fears, especially in the environment of trust and support that DSOTO brings.”

Joshua Rodenbaugh

Head Facilitator

Through opportunities in college, Joshua experienced the benefits of team building and outdoor education and even had the chance to receive training and experience facilitating these initiatives for others. Since this time, he has had a great respect for the value of team building and was eager to engage in this again when he joined the DSOTO team in 2011. He loves to see all the lessons we can learn from each other, from nature, and from the simple challenge of pushing ourselves a little further than we thought we could go. It’s always a pleasure to see that light bulb come on, whether it’s in a classroom, or outside clinging to a tree… but it’s more fun outside.

Brandon Weiss

Facilitator

Brandon is one of the newer additions to our team of facilitators. One of his favorite things to do when he’s not belaying you or asking you open-ended questions is to read (or listen to audiobooks); he also says he loves cycling but doesn’t do it very often. If he had to eat pizza every day for the rest of his life, he’d be okay with that. He’s benefited greatly from past experiences going through team-building challenges and activities. He loves connecting the dots between the activities and the “real world,” and seeing people rely on each other to accomplish a task.

Brian Snivley

 Facilitator

Brian joined the DSOTO team in 2018 but has always incorporated some aspect of experiential education or team building in all of his previous employment. In his teen years he recalls being positively affected by this type of activity.  He has used it with Executive Boards to middle-school programs.  He enjoys helping lead participants through an intentional process and seeing both what he learns about the participants, but even more, what the participants learn about themselves.  The fun part for him is seeing the moment when participants have that “ahhh haaaa” moment. Brian’s favorite food is street tacos, his favorite color is green, and his favorite pastime is origami.

OUR PROMISE

Our programs are led by certified facilitators who have a passion for experiential learning and adventure based education. Our staff aims to make each program uniquely tailored to the goals of your team.