Olivia Holbein, RN, BSN
Olivia was born in South Carolina, the oldest of 3, in a family that spent much of their time outdoors hiking, camping, or skiing. Olivia’s first understanding of the transformative power of wilderness came at the age of 12, when she and her family embarked on a 200-mile backpacking trip to complete the John Muir Trail in California. While on the trail, her mother would offer encouragement by telling Olivia and her siblings to, “keep putting one foot in front of the other.” And they did. After two and a half weeks, they summited Mt. Whitney and completed the trail. Her mother’s inspiration on the trail continues to ring true in Olivia’s life today.
Olivia’s exposure to wilderness as a child led her to work in Yosemite National Park for four seasons. After earning a degree in Psychology, she spent two years as a field instructor at a wilderness program and then two years as a mentor at a Residential Treatment Center. She went back to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Olivia worked on a Trauma Care Unit for several years before joining SUWS of the Carolinas. Olivia is well equipped to connect young people to the outdoors while ensuring a medically safe environment. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys cooking, traveling and hiking with her husband, their son, and energetic border collie, Belle.