Since graduating from Western State College in Colorado with dual degrees in Business Administration & Entrepreneurship and Recreation & Outdoor Leadership, Dr. Zimmer has excelled in both the academic and business spheres. For ten years, Dr. Zimmer was a co-owner of two outdoor guiding outfitters and the sole owner of The Colorado Wilderness Institute (an adventure education program for young adults and adolescents). He has guided in various settings during the summers including rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater kayaking and rafting, mountain biking, canyoneering and more. Winters were spent ski patrolling and snocat ski guiding and working with his two certified avalanche rescue dogs. After working in the seasonal outdoor industry for 10 years and working for over 20 different outdoor programs he pursued his Master’s degree and then his Ph. D. in Outdoor Education at the University of Utah. Prior to Wyoming Catholic College he held many positions in an educational setting, including serving as Director of Outdoor Education for a therapeutic boarding school (2006-2009); Camp Wojtyla Risk Management Director (2008 to present); Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation at Utah Valley University (2005-2006); Adjunct Instructor of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah (2006-2009); and Visiting Professor in Western State Colorado University’s Department of Recreation and Outdoor Education (2009-2011). In addition to directing COR Expeditions, Dr. Zimmer teaches Outdoor Education and Leadership at Wyoming Catholic College. Some fun facts about Dr. Zimmer include that he has logged over 20,000 river miles and has led outdoor trips all over the United States, from Alaska to West Virginia, as well as internationally in Ecuador, Austria, New Zealand, and Costa Rica. Tom currently resides in Lander, Wyoming, with his beautiful wife, Cristin, and their two children, Theo and Sophie Ann.
Kristin is passionate about empowering others to reach their potential through interaction with the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. In her undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University (ASU) in North Carolina, Kristin studied Outdoor Experiential Education and minored in Psychology. Additionally, she worked for ASU’s Outdoor Program managing logistics and leading student outdoor trips (backpacking, rock climbing, caving, white water rafting and challenge courses). Since earning her degree, Kristin has worked as a challenge course facilitator, guide, naturalist, and certified climbing instructor for schools and programs around the nation, including Outward Bound. (She has been certified by the American Mountain Guide Association three times, and first earned her Wilderness First Responder certification in 2003.) Though Kristin never stopped exploring the outdoors on a personal level, she did spend five years working for an international research company (D3 Systems, Inc.) based near the nation’s capital, where she honed her administrative and management skills as an Office Manager and eventually became their Human Resource Manager. She loves supporting a team by making sure needs are met, and streamlining processes to maximize efficiency and retention. Kristin earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certificate in 2015, but decided to relocate to Wyoming to be closer to the wilderness. In the past, Kristin has served as a short-term missionary for Solid Rock – Climbers for Christ, and now serves as the Lander Chapter Coordinator, and as a Chairperson on their Board of Directors.