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Our Story

GRAB originated on the Gettysburg College campus in the mid-1990s. It evolved to become the Office of Experiential Education with the mission to provide personal and professional development services to the campus community, government, corporate, and other educational institutions. Utilizing the medium of wilderness experiences (sea kayaking, climbing, backpacking, mountaineering) as one of its tenets, GRAB grew from a localized program to an international operation. Today, as a small business, GRAB Insights is made up of facilitators who once were students for the program and now represent a range of professions that include lawyers, doctors, accountants, educators, executives, and entrepreneurs. They are still passionate about creating opportunities for participants to garner new insights through travel and adventure. With thousands of hours of collective wilderness training under their feet, you can be assured your experience is our top priority.

The Operations Team
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John & Kathleen Regentin

John and Katleen reside in historic Gettysburg, PA, with their two children. Both originally from the Washington, DC area, they moved to Gettysburg and spent their careers working for and supporting  higher education. John's background is in Adventure Based Counseling and he developed wilderness experiences for all types of populations. His hallmark moment was sea kayaking across the Baltic from Stockholm to Helsinki. He currently works for FCCS Counsulting as VP for Experiential Leadership. ​Their personal family travels with their children have taken them to Ireland, England, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Malta, Peru, Greece, Italy, Belgium, and France.


Erin Howe & Marc Schuricht

Erin and Marc live in Golden, CO with their daughter. Erin attended Gettysburg College and worked as a student with John facilitating wilderness trips and leadership programs for the Office of Experiential Education. Erin has worked in education for 23 years, first as a high school teacher and later as a new teacher mentor and program developer. She currently is a project manager for a curriculum hub at University of Colorado Boulder. Erin and Marc's love of exploration and adventure take them on many family ski days, camping, backpacking, and biking throughout CO and the mountain west, and further destinations like Mexico, Costa Rica, and Northern Ireland.

John Regentin founded GRAB and the Office of Experiential Education at Gettysburg College and has spent over 25 years providing personal and professional development opportunities through wilderness and adventure experiences. Erin Howe was a student in the program at Gettysburg during the mid-90s and continued to facilitate training and international treks over the years with John. Together with Kathleen and Marc, they actively design individual trips, create group travel opportunities, and work with families to share the world with their children. As active professionals and parents, along with the many other facilitators within the GRAB network, we want to partner with you to provide the framework for your next adventure.

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