Cara Dunn

Staff Development Specialist

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As Staff Development Specialist for Evoke Entrada, Cara ensures consistency with the quality of care provided by our Field Instructors for Evoke clients. Cara utilizes her 8+ years of passionate field experience with Evoke to promote the longevity, enthusiasm, and resiliency of our staff. She works closely with the Field Department Team to promote a growth mindset towards the personal & professional development of our Field Instructors. She does two overnight field visits per week to different groups providing logistical and clinical support to the staff team. Cara pours energy into coaching therapeutic interventions to address group dynamics, maintaining programmatic expectations, teaching approaches that address underlying issues linked to behavior patterns and role modeling responsiveness to escalated situations. Cara encourages staff to implement & maintain sound systems of self-care to propel sustainability.

Cara graduated from Illinois State University with an Associate of Art in Studio Arts. She pursued this passion as a Freelance Artist painting murals on commercial buildings and inside home residences in the Chicagoland Area. Cara graduated from William Rainey Harper College with an Associate of Science in Horticulture and A.S.S. in Landscape Design. She worked as a Landscape Designer and Custom Container Creator at Knupper Nursery & Landscape for 4+ years fusing her passions to create art with plants. Cara graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation specializing in Experiential Education & Adventure Programming. Since then she has been working with Evoke as a Field Instructor and Mentor for nearly a decade. Cara believes in the raw power of Therapy in the Wilderness setting when all distractions & masks we hide behind are removed.

Cara has a lively, playful disposition that delights in anything ridiculous! She loves to laugh, scuba dive, climb, sail, paddle, golf, surf, dance to live music, mountain bike, canyoneer, snowboard & digĀ in the dirt with plants. Cara believes in fostering a strong sense of community around her and actively pursuing activities that nurture her adventurous spirit.