MEET OUR TEAM

Muddy Shoe Adventures is a carefully crafted collection of change agents, coaches, and consultants who share a passion for helping people transform their lives through travel experiences. Armed with advanced degrees from some of the world's top universities, coaching certifications, decades of experience working with clients, and some of the craziest and most life-changing travel stories you will ever hear, our Program Leaders will inspire and empower you begin living a more passion-filled, purpose-driven, and meaningful life!


MICHAEL BENNETT, ED.D.

Founder, Chief Adventure Officer, Program Leader

Michael is a seasoned traveler, organizational consultant, accidental entrepreneur, and life/career coach who has dedicated his life to helping others change their lives through his coaching and travel programs. Inspired by his own transformational travel experiences and a personal struggle to find meaningful work, Michael launched MSA in 2011 as way to support others in bringing more passion, purpose, and meaning to their lives. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Delaware and both his Global MBA and his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. 

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JAKE HAUPERT

Chief Escape Artist, Program Leader

Jake is the founder of award-winning adventure travel company Evergreen Escapes as well as the recently launched Evergreen X, a pioneer company in the Transformational Travel field. Recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a 'Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in 2014,' Jake is known throughout the industry as an innovator and disruptor with tenacious ambition, an unquenchable entrepreneurial spirit, and genuine personality.

DON MANKIN, PH.D.

MSA Team Adventures Program Leader

Don is an intrepid adventurer and has traveled to the far corners of the planet. His book, Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean (National Geographic Press), was called one of the best travel books of 2008 by The Wall Street Journal. Don’s travel articles appear regularly in the Huffington Post; he also blogs about his travels on his Adventure Geezer website. Don has worked as a university dean and professor and organizational consultant, and authored several books about organizational psychology. He earned a B.S. from Drexel University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University.