First term: 1998-2004
Second Term: June 2011-June 2014
NOLS Courses: 1972 Wind River Mountaineering, 1973 Instructor Course
Kurt took his first NOLS course (Wind River Mountaineering) in 1972, the Instructor Course in 1973 and was a field instructor from 1974 to 1983 with over 120 weeks in the field. Kurt served on the Board from 1998 to 2004. During that time, he was the chair of the Risk Management Committee and was the co-chair (with Frank Pisch) of the NOLS Base Camp Initiative, which raised $10 million for the construction of the headquarters building and renovation of the Noble Hotel.
Kurt currently works in Denver with a small private equity backed oil and gas firm – Source Energy Partners, L.P. In the past, Kurt helped form and served as counsel to Leave No Trace, Inc., a non-profit corporation located in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to spreading the “Leave No Trace” program to the American public.
Kurt was raised in Colorado and received a B.A. from Saint Olaf College, a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University, and a Law Degree from the University of Denver. After graduating from college, Kurt spent some time in the Peace Corps in Nepal, was a math and biology teacher for three years at The American School in Lugano, Switzerland, (“TASIS”), and also taught math and science at the Verde Valley School, Sedona, Arizona.
Kurt currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Rose Williams. Rose and Kurt have three boys between them – Two of them (Max Petersen and Robbie Williams) have taken NOLS courses and one (Robbie) is a NOLS Instructor.