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Phillip Bateman
Founder, Owner and Director of New Horizons

Phillip is the founder of New Horizons. With 24 years of experience in the field of group process and team development, Phil has dedicated his career to the industry of helping businesses, work groups, sports teams, and individuals improve their functioning through experiential education.  Phil’s reputation has been established through keen observational skills of group dynamics, coupled with an ability to meaningfully transfer those actions in the "here and now" to real-life situations.

A graduate of The University of Tennessee, Phil academic focus was in Psychology,  Therapeutic Recreation and Religious Studies. Phil is a native Knoxvillian having grown up among the mountains, lakes and streams of the East Tennessee region. He along with "Molly Brown," an activity assistant canine live in Knox County and enjoy just about any recreation in the outdoors.


You can contact Phillip directly at horizons05@comcast.net


Judy Pearson
The most adventurous grandmother you'll ever hope to meet...Judy Pearson
Judy's climbing days began around the age of five when she would climb the giant maple tree in her Pennsylvania backyard. Throughout her youth she actively engaged in sports and found her second home at the YMCA. As Judy grew, she discovered truth in the saying, "You can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it."
Judy is a founding member of the Horizons team. Judy is now 65 years old and the grandmother of five. She has an infectious passion for hiking, camping, fishing and gardening. Judy has been working with groups at Horizons since 1991. Her passion is facilitating the local community to reach its potential. Judy and her husband Hugh now live in a home surrounded by the forest in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

You can contact Judy directly at hspearson@att.net

Horizons Core Team of Facilitators

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Asha Garretson is originally from California, now calling Knoxville home. After spending 2006 in Southeast Asia (Indonesia & Burma), Asha brings to Horizons a B.A. in International Community Development and Philosophy & Religion from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. She has worked as a consultant and family counselor in post-disaster communities and is currently exploring ways to harness creative potential in communities, families, and teams. Many of Asha's peers recognize her gift in connecting with people and appreciate the way she "tunes in" to what others are saying. Asha is coordinating marketing efforts as well as facilitating training groups.

Brad Smith
lives in Knoxville with his wife Allison and daughter Kylie.  A big fan of ultimate Frisbee and an occasional supporter of the Kentucky Wildcats, Brad acquired his B.A. in Psychology from Maryville College.  Currently pursuing his Master's degree, Brad has he been in the adventure/experiential learning field for over ten years and manages an adventure - based counseling alcohol and drug prevention program for teenagers.

Dawn Arnold
completed her B.S. in Recreation, with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Professionally, Dawn has primarily worked in Kentucky with abused and neglected children, including creating and directing the annual Wilderness Adventure Camp for emotionally-behaviorally disturbed adolescents. She loves working with people and thoroughly enjoys outdoor pursuits. Dawn thrives on playing a part in helping people to overcome challenges and encouraging growth. Her enthusiasm and zeal are contagious; she brings a fresh energy to Horizons' groups and assists with program marketing!

John Nowell
earned a B.S. in Human Ecology, with a specialties in Business Management and Recreation from UT Knoxville.  He has been working in the Recreation-Adventure Field for 14 years. John is active in the climbing world, serving on the Board of Directors for the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition. John's climbing motto is, "There's a perfect challenge for everyone!" He also holds an American Mountain Guide Certification and an American Association of Snowboard Instructor Certification. John is a magician too!

Oliver Lang
has worked as a Horizons facilitator for over 7 years.  Oliver is an avid outdoorsman with a love of fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and kayaking.   When not working with Horizons' clients, Oliver is the Director of Facilities Management at Tennessee School for the Deaf  and is assistant Scout Master with Troop 36 there.  Oliver is a certified American Red Cross Life Guard, CPR, First Aid and AED instructor.  Oliver also serves as President of the South Knoxville Lions Club.

Tracy Kalina is originally from Kansas. Tracy has been working in the Experiential Education field since 1999. She began working with Horizons after she and her husband moved to Tennessee in March 2007. In her spare time, she loves hiking in the Smoky Mountains, riding her bike and walking with her dog, Flip.

Thanks Phil. They all seemed to have a wonderful day yesterday, despite the cool temps.
Thanks for another great experience!

Kimberly Mallory-Adler
The University of Tennessee
Center for Executive Education

"Your Facilitators did a great job of adapting to our group's needs and desire!"
-Client Evaluation 
The informal feedback has been very positive!  Thanks again for seeing to it
that we met our objectives, and had some fun while we got to know each
better.  I believe that you and Judy did a great job for us! Now, to move on
to strategic planning....
Keep in touch!