Our staff is specially chosen for their technical skills and ability to make your visit memorable and entertaining.
Terrapin Adventures all began with our Chief Adventure Officer, Matt Baker when he decided to forge the next thrill in his life from the ground up. Matt received his MBA from the University of Maryland, is Wilderness First Aid certified, and has a 30 year track record of running successful businesses. He has traveled the world seeking adventure from the glaciers of New Zealand, to the Rockies, to the Serengeti plains of Africa, to the cloud forests of Costa Rica. He finds joy in helping people improve their performance when it comes to working together. His specialty is guiding groups on various types of adventures and has extensive experience exploring the wonders of Central Maryland.
Jeryl Baker – Director of Marketing
Jeryl provides us with over 30 years of marketing, environmental and community relations experience to insure that we are good neighbors and good stewards of the land. Please let her know how she can make your experience even more enjoyable.
We are very proud of our guides, they all have extensive training, love the outdoors and care very much about providing our guests with an exceptional experience; All are CPR and first aid certified.
Daniel Baker – Guest Relations Manager
Prior to joining TA, Daniel was in charge of Digital Communications at the JCC of Greater Washington. Before that, he was a producer at SiriusXM for five years — and now, he’s ready to produce the best day for you and your group! He’s traveled to 24 countries (and counting) and wants to share his zest for adventure with you. Highlights of his travels include exploring Europe, backpacking in the Grand Canyon, trekking to Machu Picchu and a Safari through Tanzania. Every day presents a new opportunity to create, learn and, most importantly, have fun! Daniel has a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Brett Self- Operations Manager
Brett has worked with children in a daycare setting as well as a summer camp counselor and supervisor for 3 years. Brett’s passion for the outdoors stemmed from his rock climbing history, reaching back 13 years and has been participating in many outdoor activities and sports for as long as he can remember. After graduating high school he spent time in Alaska participating in both ground and sea tours, most notably in Denali state park. In 2015, Brett spent a month backpacking in Europe where he ran with the bulls and played soccer on the beaches of Nice, France. He always enjoys being outside, rock climbing, playing soccer and football, or playing with his dog, Lana. He graduated from Howard community college with an associates degree in 2014 and in 2016 he earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Stevenson University. Brett began his team building career with Terrapin Adventures and developed a knack for facilitation with a creative (but mostly sarcastic) flare.
Brian Gehrdes – Facilitator and Guide
Brian hails from Annapolis Maryland and grew up with an appreciation and passion for both the water and the wilderness. He’s spent time exploring the mountains and rivers of the east coast, the heights of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and the windswept soggy peaks of mountainous Western Ireland. He is Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified. He attended University of Maryland for a degree in English and Literature. When not joking around, he enjoys spending time rock climbing, exploring the vast expanses of space, and honing his skills as a guide and good time facilitator.
Emily Minter – Camp Director
Emily is the camp director at Terrapin Adventures. She studied dance for two years at Slippery Rock University before pursuing travels abroad. Emily thrives when working with children and has been doing so for 7 years. She decided to pursue a career in team-building after her experiences attending and counseling Girl Scout sleep-away camp for most of her life. Team building is an exciting way for her to give back to the community after the way it changed and affected her life. Emily is also trained in Wilderness and Remote First Aid. Her favorite team building activity is the king’s finger because it challenges groups to make concise plans and the reward afterwards is well worth the planning time. Aside from adventure activities, Emily has a passion for art, the color yellow, rock climbing, and lots of glitter.
Susannah Waldman – Facilitator and Guide
Susannah is currently a student at UMBC, studying Human Geography and Environmental Studies. Susannah is also an avid outdoorswoman. She likes spending as much time outside as possible, whether it is taking her kayak out for a spin, backpacking, or just taking her dog out for a walk. Susannah has spent three months backpacking through Tanzania on a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course, she has backpacked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Massachusetts, and she loves to take her kayak out on the Chesapeake Bay.
Susannah is a NOLS graduate, a a Wilderness First Responder, and figures to have spent over a year of her life inside a tent. She even spent a spring living in Santiago, Chile where she studied Spanish.
Amber Slattery- Facilitator and Guide
Amber is currently a student at Anne Arundel Community College for an associates degree in American Sign Language. She has been an employee of Terrapin since the fall of 2015. She is First Aid and CPR certified. Her favorite team building activity is Rear View Mirror because it stimulates overcoming challenging communication situations, reinforces a lack of blame in miscommunications, and strengthens reception skills. Her first experience with an adventure course was at camp as a child, sparking her love of heights and adventure. In her free time, she often hikes throughout central MD and spends time skiing/tubing on the Chesapeake Bay.
Steve Cohen – Facilitator and Guide
Steve is a native of Maryland and first experienced the excitement of the outdoors as a Boy Scout which introduced him to many of the activities that he would pursue through the years; water sports, hiking, mountain and road biking, skiing and a love of new challenges. Having discovered windsurfing in the early 80’s, this passion has taken him to Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Brazil, Venezuela and the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Raising three daughters with his wife Barbara resulted in a seemingly nonstop calendar of events ranging from coaching soccer and lacrosse to breaking boards in karate classes. Now after a successful career in real estate development, Steve has set his sights on learning to speak Spanish, kite boarding and helping others to have outdoor adventures.
Janeanne Levenstein – Facilitator and Guide
Janeanne has a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Goucher College; she uses her educational background to challenge guests to think critically not just about their roles within their group, but also within a larger social context. One of Janeanne’s greatest strengths is “individualization;” she has a keen eye for reading group dynamics and adapting her approach to fit the needs of the group. Janeanne is Wilderness First Aide and CPR certified and brings with her diverse experiences of experiential and outdoor learning – she studied eco-tourism and sustainability in Costa Rica for four months and has just returned from a year in New Zealand. Away from work, she’s likely to be hiking a mountain or training for her ultimate frisbee team.
Rachal, born and raised in Highland Maryland, first became interested in outdoor activity through a summer camp. Through rock climbing, scuba diving, dance, karate, and other activities, she has grown to love the joys of being active. She currently studies at Howard Community College for a generalized degree in General Studies. She has traveled to several countries around the world including the Switzerland Alps and Italy’s fine Amalfi coastline. She looks forward to continuing her gorgeous trips over the years to come and exploring their unknown treasures.