Mat has a four year degree in Adventure Education from AUT University in New Zealand, and has worked extensively in the outdoor sector for various companies and organizations including NOLS. He is a two time veteran of the Iraq War, and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who worked in the medical field in Senegal. Before the Peace Corps Mat was a Special Needs educator in New Orleans, and a Special Needs job coach in Fargo, North Dakota. He has lived in over 20 different countries and for three years taught Physical Education, English and Health in Thailand, Cambodia and Taiwan. Mat is currently working with the Disaster Services department of the Red Cross and cannot wait to return to Lenox for his 3rd summer as Director of the Ropes Course.