Kevin Johnson

Director of Quest

Kevin manages all aspects of Quest throughout the year, as well as Trinity's Outdoor Education program. Kevin has previously worked for the State University of New York at Oneonta teaching for their Outdoor Education program and held the Assistant Director role at The Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, NY. Kevin brings a strong background in group facilitation skills, with experience working with Outward Bound and other wilderness pre-orientation programs. 

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Dylan Mosenthal
Assistant Director of Admissions

A graduate of Trinity's class of 2012, Dylan brings a wealth of knowledge about the program and the programs history. Dylan is a seasoned Quest veteran; he was a participant during his First-Year, when the program was traveling to Kilarney Provincial Park in Canada, and instructed for all three years. Dylan helps train the program staff and assists with the coordination of the Quest program.

Anne Parmenter

Professor and Field Hockey Coach at Trinity College, Climbing Instructor

Anne runs the climbing and rappelling portion of Quest annually. Anne's dedicated passion for the mountains and wild spaces gives the Quest community a remarkable resource. Anne has summited many high altitude mountains around the world  including Mount Everest. Throughout the year she advises the climbing club. Anne is one of  four certified American Mountain Guide Association Rock Instructors throughout the state of Connecticut. 

Student Instructor Trainers
2014 Quest Year

Abby Barton
Class of 2015

Abby is a double major in Economics with a Bachelor of Science and Studio Arts. Abby is a member of Trinity's women's tennis team and a member of the women's fraternity Kappa Kappa Gamma. As an instructor of the 9-Day trip her sophomore year Abby was able to take her experiences with Quest and to currently become Quest's only two-time Instructor Trainer. "Quest is one of my most treasured extracurricular at Trinity because it has taught me that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought possible; the experiences I have had and friends I have made on the trail will be some of my fondest memories of Trinity College."

Michael Cyr

Class of 2015

Mike is a Neuroscience major who has led two years for Quest. A scholar dual athlete, football and wrestling Mike was sidelined by injury and has used Quest to fill the void of a physical and team oriented experience at Trinity. "Quest has helped me make immediate friends arriving as a first year and allowed me to continue to meet like minded people that I have grown to truly cherish during my time at Trinity. Quest has taught me empathy, patience, communication, and leadership skills. It has also served as an outdoor outlet on an urban campus.  Quest has offered a philosophy of personal understanding and self reliance that I will carry with me throughout life."
Sarah Stutman
Class of 2015

Sarah is from West Roxbury, MA.  Sarah is a political science major with a minor in Italian language. Sarah is on the women's swimming and diving team, is an active member of the school's radio station: WRTC,  and is a first year mentor for the seminar: truth, lies and politics.   "Quest has shaped who I have become as a member of the Trinity College community.  As a freshman I benefitted greatly from the mentorship of my quest instructors. Because of that, I decided that I also wanted to help first years transition to college-life, just as my leaders had done for me.  In my four years with the program I have built the strongest friendships and have gained leadership skills that I will take with me when I enter the "real world" after graduation.  I am so grateful that I signed up for Quest as a first-year. I am looking forward to meeting all the first -years in August and I know they will gain as much from the program as I did. " 

Duncan Grimm
Class of 2015


Is a native of south-eastern Connecticut. Duncan has lived in Rome, Edinburgh, Washington, DC and Hartford.  Duncan is a History major with a minor in Legal Studies. Beyond Quest Duncan is involved with the Trinity Tripod, the Radio Station WRTC, the Trap & Skeet team. " Being an avid hiker and person who loves the outdoors, Quest appeals to me for obvious reasons.  Something not immediately apparent are the deep connections formed between  people from that common experience on the trail. I believe this is what has drawn me back to Quest every year; I enjoy introducing new people to the Trinity community. The Quest community is a tapestry of different interests, talents, past times, and personalities in part representative of Trinity as a whole."

Lily Talesnick
Class of 2015

Lily has been involved with Quest for all four years. For Lily's final year at Trinity she will be joining us as an Instructor Trainer in 2014. Lily is highly involved with Athletics and Student Life on Trinity's campus. Some of Lily's involvements on campus include: Track and Field, Volleyball,  The Fred, is a Hillel Board member, an SI leader for Biology and Chemistry and many others. "Quest has provided a community that is a mix of people completely different from my other communities on campus. Quest is composed of an amazing mix of people who entail so much of Trinity."

Evan Turiano

Class of 2016

Evan Turiano is a rising junior from New Canaan, CT.  He is an American Studies major with a minor in Legal Studies.  Outside of Quest, Evan is co-President of the Outdoors Club and is an associate at the Writing Center.  "Quest has given me the opportunity to fall in love with backpacking while spending time with some of my best friends, all while learning independence and teamwork."

Tessa Bloomquist
Class of 2016

Tess is a junior majoring in Neuroscience. She has been involved with Quest since coming to Trinity as a First Year. Lastly August Tess was one of tour few 10-Day instructors. Tess participates in a wide variety of activities on campus including The Trinity Pipes, working for the Writing Center, and conducting research on prospective memory. "I can not speak highly enough of the Quest Program! I look forward to meeting you on campus and hearing about your experiences in the woods this summer."
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Class of 2016

Alex is a Junior studying Economics. He participated in Quest as a first year and has been involved with the program since. A humble Eagle Scout, Alex provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to the trainer team. "Quest has been an important experience because it made my transition into college much easier. I met many new people that I might not have otherwise. Many Quest leaders have become my close friends and mentors who have supported me during my time at Trinity."

Student Logistics Coordinator
2014 Quest Year

Jefferson Pruyne
Class of 2015

Jeff comes to Trinity College from Amherst, MA. He is a double major in math and chemistry. Jeff's strong organizational skills help in the coordination of all the logistics involved with running the Quest program. Jeff is our senior Logistics Coordinator and trains a small team of logistical staff. "I have been with Quest because, it completely made my first year a success. Everyone involved, the participants, instructors, and directors all got to know me which gave me a lot of confidence. While I do not use the wilderness skills I acquire too often, knowing that I can survive in the woods and enjoy it, has helped put a lot of struggles into context for me."