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Meet the Development Staff
Dedicated to ensuring the NOLS Mission


Contact Pip:

(307) 335-2275


Course: Summer Instructor Seminar, 1991

Wilderness Medicine Certification: Wilderness First Responder

Pip Coe

Development Director

Pip has served as Alumni and Development Director at the National Outdoor Leadership School since late 2001. Under Pip’s leadership, philanthropy at NOLS has been integrated into all aspects of the organization, which has helped strengthen the school’s long-term financial stability. Since 1992, Pip has been an instructor primarily on NOLS river-based courses all over the world. From 1993-1997 she co-managed the NOLS Utah River Base, from 1997-1998 she served as Operations Manager for NOLS East Africa and from 2000 to late 2001 she was Alumni Relations Manager. In her free time, she is an active runner, swimmer, road biker, paddler and skier. She loves any project that utilizes her many talents in which her friends refer to her as the Martha Stewart of Wyoming.

Contact Rich:

(307) 335-2279


Courses: Fall Semester in the Rockies, 1981; Mountain Instructor Course, 1983

Wilderness Medicine Certification: Wilderness First Responder

Rich Brame

Alumni Relations Director

Rich Brame came to NOLS in 1981 as a Fall Semester in the Rockies student and worked his first course at Wind Cave National Park in 1984. Since then, he's worked varied NOLS trips and courses on five continents—with a few more on the way. Rich does some in-town shenanigans for NOLS too; he's headed up NOLS' public policy, research, Leave No Trace, Yukon programs and most recently is in Lander managing the Alumni Relations Department. In his free time, Rich can be found fly fishing in the summer and telemark skiing in the winter, always with a camera close at hand.


Contact Cindy:

(307) 335-2284


Course: 25 and Over Whitewater Expedition, 2002; Wilderness First Aid, 2010

Cindy Carey

Annual Fund Manager

Cindy is a Wyoming native, who grew up hiking, camping and fishing in the mountains around the state. Since she began her career with NOLS in September 2000, Cindy has grown as an individual and been inspired by the people she’s worked with. With encouragement from the people around her she has decided to continue her education and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. When not at work, Cindy can be found driving her three boys around town to their various activities and spending time with them.


Contact Aila:

(307) 335-2277


Course: Semester in the Rockies, 2005; Wilderness First Responder, 2010

Aila Brennan

Office Manager

Aila grew up in the hustle and bustle of the East Coast, but after completing a Semester in the Rockies in 2005 she was hooked on the slower western way of life. She began working for the school during the summer of 2006 at NOLS Teton Valley and has since worked in various roles at NOLS Teton Valley and NOLS Rocky Mountain, including: driver, cook, rations manager, logistics assistant, and airport greeter. She is excited to use all of the skills she acquired over the years in her latest role as Office Manager. In her spare time Aila can be found in the Winds hiking and exploring.

Contact Judd:

(307) 335-2289


Courses: Wind River Mountaineering, 1989; Mountain Instructor Course, 1992

Wilderness Medicine Certification: Wilderness First Responder

Judd Rogers

Development Officer

Judd Rogers is a 4th generation Wyoming native who discovered NOLS when he received a scholarship for a Wind River Mountaineering course in 1989. It must have made an impression because he has worked for NOLS ever since. Judd works as a mountaineering instructor and helped found our branch in Patagonia, where he also served as director from 2002-2010. He recently returned from Chile with his wife and two children to work for Campaign NOLS in Lander, Wyoming. In this role he strives to help us reach our strategic goals for 2013 and beyond by growing scholarship support and stewarding lifelong relationships with graduates, employees, and supporters of the school.

Contact Liz:

(307) 335-2283


Courses: Semester in the Rockies, 2000; Alaska Wilderness, 2002; Wilderness First Responder, 2007

Liz Hall

Development Officer

Liz Hall grew up in Tulsa, OK. In 2000, her love of international travel and the outdoors brought her to Alaska for a NOLS Wilderness Course. Hooked, Liz went to work for NOLS the following summer. A former horse-packing instructor, she has also worked as in-town support for courses, driven buses for NOLS, and put together a Wyoming state-wide event for NOLS called Creating a Climate for Change. During a sabbatical from NOLS, Liz went back to school at the London School of Economics and to intern for National Geographic All Roads Film Project, returning to work as a Development Officer in order to share her belief in NOLS with others. For Liz, NOLS has been a pivotal experience and she hopes to return that gift by building relationships with the greater NOLS family of graduates, staff, and NOLS supporters to continue growing support for NOLS scholarship programs.

Contact Melissa:

(307) 335-2286


Courses: Spring Semester in the Rockies, 2007; Leave No Trace Master Educator, 2010

Wilderness Medicine Certification: Wilderness First Responder

Melissa Hemken

Foundation Relations Officer

Originally from Iowa, Melissa completed a NOLS semester as the finale of her education at Iowa State University where she received a BS in Journalism, Environmental Studies and Rural Sociology. Melissa has worked in agriculture and journalism sectors from the Rocky Mountain West to New England, and in between and abroad, before coming to work at NOLS Three Peaks Ranch in June 2008. After juggling cooking pots and pack saddles at the ranch, and holding down a desk with programming and admissions paperwork for WMI, Melissa joined the Alumni & Development department in March 2010. Melissa spends as much time as possible exploring the mountains with her two horses and two dogs, and stays occupied feeding livestock to be able to remove their excrement later, aspiring to be a proficient Nordic skier, and with her freelance writing and photography business.

Contact Mark:

(307) 335-2326



Course: Mountain Instructor Course, 1990

Wilderness Medicine Certification: Wilderness First Responder


Mark Hamlin

Stewardship and Events Coordinator

Originally from Indiana, Mark hopped an Amtrak train in 1987 and crossed the US to participate in a NOLS North Cascades Mountaineering course. In 1991, he began working as a NOLS instructor and has accumulated 200 field weeks focusing on instructor training, wilderness canoeing, backpacking, and sea kayaking. Graduating from Northland College in 1992 with a degree in Outdoor/Environmental Education, Mark has spent the past 20 years leading expeditions and managing numerous outdoor programs. In addition to field courses, Mark has run the NOLS rations department in Mexico; program supervised and was the assistant manager for the NOLS River Program, and coordinated the NOLS Alumni trips program. His leadership experience outside of NOLS includes directing operations for an award winning eco-tourism company in Hawaii, leading a university outdoor program in North Carolina, a county park and recreation program in South Carolina, and a nationally recognized leadership organization in Maine.

Contact Larkin:

(307) 335-2276


Course: Spring Semester in Baja, 2007

Wilderness Medicine Certification: Wilderness First Responder

Larkin Flora

Communications Coordinator

A mountain girl through and through, Larkin grew up south of the Wyoming border on the Colorado Front Range, where she went on her first backpacking trip and learned to ski before she turned three. It’s no wonder, then, that Larkin decided on a NOLS semester for her gap year. With a BA in English from Lewis & Clark College, she loves playing with words as much as she loves being outside. When not at work, you can often find Larkin up in Sinks Canyon climbing, hiking to the waterfall, or scribbling in a notebook. NOLS has shaped Larkin into the woman she is today, and she hopes that she can help provide a similar opportunity for other NOLS students’ self-discovery and growth.

Contact Jennifer:

(307) 335-2281



Course: Wind River Wilderness- 23 and older, 2007

Jennifer Connell

Research and Campaign Administration Coordinator

Jennifer, a Lander resident for over 17 years, has been working in NOLS’ development office for the past five and a half years. She is a recreational alpine skier and rock climber, mother of two boys, and has an affinity for running on the many trails that can be found only minutes away. Jennifer’s passion for the outdoors started at an early age while growing up in California and Idaho with Yosemite and the Sawtooth Mountains as her stomping grounds. Although she considers herself outdoorsy, she learned a deeper appreciation for environmental stewardship when she participated in a Wind River Wilderness Course in 2007. Jennifer is often heard referring to NOLS as her second family.

Contact Diane:

(307) 335-2243


Courses: Wilderness Expedition Course, 1969; Mountain Instructor Course 1972; Winter Instructor Course, 1973

Diane Shoutis
Alumni Relations Coordinator

Diane has a long history with NOLS having taken her first student course in 1968. She completed her instructor course in 1972 and worked several wilderness courses, one winter course and participated on the New Year’s climb of the Grand Teton in 1972. Diane came back to NOLS in 1998 to work part time in the alumni office to help NOLS reconnect with the early grads. Her part time status went to full time in 2000 and she’s taken on any project or task that comes her way. Her main job is to organize and set up alumni reunions around the country, attending 2-3 each year. In addition she meets and greets all returning courses and welcomes them to the NOLS family. Diane loves the work she does and passionately believes in the NOLS mission. As a former student of Paul Petzoldt’s she is heartened to see that Paul’s principles and values are still being taught at NOLS.

Contact Chris:

(307) 335-2274




Chris Brauneis

Alumni Programs Coordinator

An instructor since 1997, Chris brings a wealth of field and other experience, including five years as program manager at NOLS' Rocky Mountain Branch and as a NOLS wilderness medicine instructor, to his position coordinating alumni programs and trips at NOLS headquarters in Lander. When not at work, you will find Chris out skiing, running or hiking around the world.

Contact Roxanne:

(307) 335-2280


Roxanne Seilaff

Database Technician

Roxanne has worked at NOLS since 1987. Before joining the Alumni and Development department in 1997 she worked in various other departments including: the dormitory, Mail Room, and Leave No Trace. Currently Roxanne is responsible for maintaining the Alumni and Development database, making sure that all of the mailing lists used by the department are as clean and accurate as possible.


Photo: Brad Christensen

The NOLS Development Mission:
We cultivate, nurture, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships among NOLS alumni, family, friends, and the greater community to enhance support for the school's mission and core values.

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