Joel Black

  • SET Staff (Summit Experiential Team)

    Currently pursuing MSW-Walla Walla University
    B.S. Recreation/Outdoor Management- Lock Haven University
    Prosthetic Practitioner Advanced Specialty Degree- Century College
    Prosthetic Technician Diploma-Century College

    "There is more to be learned in one day of discomfort, poverty, and anxiety than in a lifetime of apparent happiness, security, riches and power." -Ralph Stanbury

  • Phone:

    (406) 758-8100
  • Where did you grow up?

    I was born in New Jersey and grew up for a while in South Jersey. At the age of 13 I moved to Central Pennsylvania where I lived until I went to college.

  • Tell us about your family.

    I come from a small broken family. I have 2 sisters and my parents divorced when I was 6. My mom died when I was 13 and then I moved to Pennsylvania where my grandparents raised me.
  • Share something about yourself that might surprise people.

    Something that might surprise people is that I am an amputee or my laugh!

  • Briefly describe your work experience.

    I have been in the outdoor industry for 19 years at this point and have been in most roles: instructor, facilitator, trainer, supervisor, house director, and program director. I have led 30 day wilderness trips, worked in wilderness therapy, worked in boarding schools as well as therapeutic boarding schools, and transition programs. I have also worked in the prosthetic field making prosthetics, giving pre op and post consults, observing surgeries, patient care post op, and training/teaching amputees how to use their prostheses.

  • If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?

    If I had a week anywhere I would return to the South Island of New Zealand. This has been one of my favorite places that I have had the opportunity to explore.

  • What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

    In my free time I love being on the water, snowboarding, being outside, hunting, fishing, traveling, and hanging out with friends.

  • What draws you most to this type of work?

    I have been drawn to this line of work because of the healing and impact it has had on me, being able to enjoy the outdoors and share it with others, and the opportunity it provides to help others.

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1605 Danielson Rd Kalispell, MT 59901
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