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Behavioral First Responder Advisory Board

The Behavioral First Responder curriculum was first started to be developed in 2015. Because of the dynamic nature of the mental health field, Alpenglow established an advisory board in 2018. This board meets bi-annually and advises on curriculum, policy, and best practices in the field. To learn more or join our board contact us today!

Meet the Members

Taylor Zurlinden, M.A.

Taylor is currently a doctoral candidate in ClinicalHealth Psychology at East Carolina University. Taylor’s love for the outdoors developed while growing up in Northern Maine. Taylor has worked with patients across the lifespan, utilizing evidence-based treatments for a variety of clinical presentations. Taylor is most passionate about working with service members, both Active Duty and Veterans. Her research is focused on sleep and Traumatic Brain Injuries. When she’s not busy working on her PhD, you can find her enjoying biking or hiking with her husband and hound-dog Chester.

Danielle (Miller) Hajdini LCSW

 Danielle has a B.A. in Political Science and Telecommunications from Indiana University and an M.S.W. (Masters of Social Work) from Boston College. After 3 years of clinically supervised, postgraduate, real-life work, she earned her clinical license to practice therapy independently in 2009; however, Danielle has been working in the field of social work since 2001. She holds a LCSW in the state of Georgia (#CSW007037) and an LSCSW in the state of Kansas (#4263)


Brian Croft M.S

Brian has been an administrator, academic, and practitioner in the field of outdoor adventure and experiential education for the past 15 years. Brian currently serves as the Assistant Director of Outdoor Education and Recreation at SIUC’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center. Brian is also a faculty member of the Recreation Professions department in the School of Human Sciences at Southern Illinois University teaching courses in adventure therapy, experiential education, and technical outdoor skills. He is a former board member for the Association of Experiential Education and has certifications in Challenge Course Programming, Wilderness Medicine, Leave No Trace, Rock Climbing, and Paddling. Brian’s passion is using the outdoors as a classroom to teach the things that matter most. 


Ellen Henderson

Ellen graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Outdoor Recreation. Combining her passion for the outdoors and therapeutic work, she instructed for Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, working with teenage girls in a wilderness therapy setting. After college, Ellen served as the Coordinator for the CORE Program at Indiana University, an immersion semester in outdoor leadership. Ellen has been instructing for Outward Bound and Alpenglow Education but is now a graduate student in Marriage and Family Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. When not working or studying, she enjoys reading, working on her sailboat, and questing around the desert.

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