Rick Heizer, MS
Owner & Executive Director of Evoke Therapy Programs
As the Executive Director at Evoke Therapy Programs, Rick ensures overall program evaluation and consistent quality of finance, administration, communications, and effective program systems. He provides strategic direction for both ongoing operations and the creation and implementation of future programming. Rick supports the management teams through collaboration, empowerment, and a common goal of greater health and wellness for all participants and employees.
Rick received his Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College and his Masters of Science from Aurora University. Rick’s prior work experience includes being a Senior Field Instructor and administering outdoor education and adventure-based programs at an outdoor education center. Rick has also held positions as Field Coordinator, Assistant Field Director, and Field Director, and played a significant role in wilderness program development, including adolescent and adult wilderness therapy models.
Rick stays involved in the industry by attending a variety of conferences and trainings and retains memberships with AEE and NATSAP. Rick is also actively involved with maintaining industry standards for Wilderness Therapy programs through his membership with OBH and consistently attends their conference, The Outdoor Behavior Healthcare Wilderness Therapy Symposium.
Rick is from a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He grew up road and mountain biking, canoeing, and camping with his family. His outdoor experience is supported by his many personal adventures. Rick has backpacked throughout Europe and taken many solo backpacking and rock-climbing trips throughout the west and southwest. In recent years, Rick enjoyed adventures with his wife exploring the glaciers of Iceland, trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal, and backpacking the wilderness of southern Utah. In his free time, Rick can be found exploring the west by foot, waders, skis, or rope, and loves hiking and camping with his wife and three children.
Rick also directs one of the new and exciting programs offered at Evoke, Pursuits Outdoor Adventure Trips.