Meet the fun people at Next Step.

Through creativity and a mindful approach, we work to make the world a better place. Our mission is to help people and organizations connect more deeply with themselves, their dreams and nature.

Martha McCormick, Next Step Adventure

Martha McCormick


…collaboration, challenge and creativity are key parts of Martha’s journey, and every next step is an adventure. Join her and the Next Step team as they dig deep into problems, and emerge with new solutions.

Shelly Johnson


…is sometimes described as Tinkerbell on crack. Like that little sprite she is strong and responsible, and will go to any length for the people and work she loves. Shelly motivates students of all ages with her energetic approach to learning, and taking the next step forward.

Shelly Johnson, Info & Energy Generator
Sara Lockie, Educator & Info Manager

Sara Lockie


… is all the scientist on the team. Her passion for education includes traditional and innovative approaches as she involves people of all ages and abilities in their progress. Sara has faced life’s toughest challenges and emerged with strength and a positive attitude. She brings a different perspective to Next Step, from her family’s farm in northeast Iowa, as they moved back there a few years ago.

Ashley Kirvin


…specializes in turning frowns upside down. The newest Next Step team member brings training and experience in everything from adventure to yoga. Her enthusiasm for creating mindful experiences and resources permeates her work, as well as the Next Step Adventure team.  

Ashley Kirvin Next Step Adventure