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Experience and dedication to meet your needs.

The NOLS Professional Training staff is made up of an enthusiastic group of people spanning a diverse set 0f backgrounds. Each member brings his or her unique strengths to the team, creating the best course experiences for NOLS Professional Training's clients!

 



Sarah Annarella - Senior Account Manager
Originally from Massachusetts, Sarah migrated to Wyoming in 1993 as a NOLS Rocky Mountain Semester student and made the West her new home. After taking a NOLS Mountain Instructor Course in 1999, Sarah worked as a full-time instructor for NOLS' hiking, caving, horse-packing and mountaineering programs before transitioning to in-town supervising, and eventually to NOLS Professional Training. Sarah loves working with clients to create focused custom NOLS courses, which meet client goals for long-term organizational change. Sarah has a M.S. in Environmental Studies (University of Montana) and a B.A. in Education (Wheaton College). Sarah lives with her husband in Lander, Wyoming.

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Katie Baum Mettenbrink - Senior Risk Management Consultant
Katie has worked for NOLS since 2003. She is a senior field instructor with over 135 weeks of experience on extended wilderness expeditions in the Western US, Alaska and Chilean Patagonia. She supervised faculty, risk management, curriculum and student outcomes as the program manager at NOLS Alaska and, most recently, oversaw hiring and strategic growth of the professional training instructor pool as the NOLS Pro staffing coordinator. She currently leads NOLS Risk Management Services, which provides consulting and training to organizations around the world. She serves on the steering committee for the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) and the NOLS Faculty Summit, and has a B.A. in American history from Princeton University. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and now lives in Lander, Wyoming with her husband, Pat.

Ashley's Headshot Ashley Drake - Operations Assistant
Ashley graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Political Science and International Studies and has since worked as an overseas educator and trip leader for international service-learning programs and gap semesters. She is excited to learn new skills, gain more leadership training, and work with the talented folks who are part of the NOLS community. In addition to exploring her wild Wyoming backyard, she loves playing board games, skiing, photography, and has traveled to more than 22 countries. Ashley is a proud Oregonian and after moving to Lander in the summer of 2015 with her husband Kyle is adjusting to life in Wyoming, where bears and deer roam the neighborhoods.

Kim Freitas - Administrative Assistant

Kim's interest in the outdoors was sparked when she moved to Northern Vermont and began nordic skiing and running.  After graduating from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications, Kim first came to NOLS in summer 2013 as a student on a Wind River Wilderness course. Since then, she completed a PR & Marketing Internship at NOLS Headquarters and joined the NOLS Pro team in November 2014. She is excited to make Lander her home and enjoys teaching kids nordic skiing as well as skiing, running and hiking in her free time.



Haven Holsapple - Leave No Trace Program Coordinator
Haven first attended NOLS as a student in 1967 and began instructing for NOLS in 1969. He has over 200 weeks in the field and has served in a variety positions including director of both NOLS Tennessee and NOLS Alaska. In 1996, Haven worked his first Leave No Trace Master Educator courses in the Pacific Northwest. Since then, he has worked over 30 of these courses in every region of the United States. As the NOLS Leave No Trace Program Coordinator, Haven works to create custom courses for groups, universities, and federal land management agencies. He has a B.A. in Business (Loretto Heights College) and years of experience in the financial industry. Haven lives with his wife and horses in Hamilton, Montana.


Gabi Kilko-Jackson - Wilderness Risk Management Conference Manager
Having grown up in Mississippi and Texas, in 1998 Gabi moved to Lander, Wyoming – sight unseen – less dreaming of mountains than fearing a return to the biting cold and harsh environs she’d recently experienced teaching in Russia for a year. Once in Lander, though, she felt she’d been misplaced all her life. What Gabi values most about her adopted home is the close connections she’s developed and the bright communities into which she has been so openly welcomed. In addition to enjoying her time outdoors, Gabi plays the cello in the Fremont Symphony Orchestra (her degree is in music). A NOLS graduate of a Red Rocks Climbing course, Gabi has been an integral member of the headquarters team, working in human resources, staffing, alumni and development, and now NOLS Pro. What ties it all together for her are the amazing people and their shared mission. She’s a true believer in NOLS and the power and awe of its classroom.

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Logan Maclean - Operations Assistant

A Wyoming native, Logan first came to NOLS during the summer of 2010 for his Mountain Instructor and WEMT courses.  Growing up at the base of the Wind River Range, he took an interest in public land stewardship and recreation.  This created a passion for Logan to pursue conservation work, outdoor education, and a B.S. in Rangeland Ecology from the University of Wyoming.  Spending two years after college as a full-time field instructor, he worked courses in mountaineering, climbing, backpacking, and skiing. Logan believes in the opportunities a NOLS course offers and is excited to support student experiences from the office. In his spare time, he can be found running and climbing in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains.


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Anne Magnan - Assistant Director

Following time spent running residence halls and leadership programs at colleges, Anne landed at NOLS after deciding to pursue the opportunity to be in a complete learner role. She took a NOLS Outdoor Educator semester without any prior experience outdoors. She was so impressed with NOLS’ practices and specifically its focus on expedition behavior that she moved to Lander to pursue a career with NOLS. After time as a marketing representative and then as a staffing coordinator, Anne is excited to make her home in NOLS Pro where she can combine her interest in and passion for leadership development with working with outside audiences who, like her, may have little exposure to outdoor education. Anne has a B.A. in History (University of Virginia) and an M.S. in College Student Personnel (Miami University), which focused on higher education using the lenses of organizational development, anthropology, and psychology. Anne is thrilled to be a part of the dynamic, invested team in NOLS Pro.


Lynn Petzold - Senior Account Manager
Lynn highly values the positive impacts that outdoor experiences can bring to individuals in their professional and personal lives. Since 1989, she has been coaching, and mentoring students and clients towards self-transformation in new and challenging environments. In 1994, she took a NOLS Instructor Course and has since worked 300+ field weeks leading courses in Mexico, Chile, British Columbia, New Zealand, and United States. She has also worked as a program supervisor in Mexico. Lynn has a M.A. in Leadership and Organization Development (Saybrook University) and a B.S. in Business (Bloomsburg University). She has a Spanish major and has studied and lived abroad in Bolivia, Spain, and New Zealand. Lynn is passionate about exploring wilderness areas, especially in a sea kayak.  As a certified Hatha yoga instructor she also has an appreciation for nurturing inner journeys.


Casey Pikla - Sales Manager

Casey first journeyed to Lander in 2010 for a Wilderness EMT course. Inspired by the strong community and surrounding mountains he decided to leave his San Antonio, Texas home and head west. He soon found his way back to Lander and NOLS, first as a marketing representative and eventually as the word of mouth coordinator. Casey received a B.A. in English and Spanish from Trinity University, is a four-time NOLS graduate and most recently had the privilege of completing the Alaska Mountain Instructor Course in the summer of 2013. Casey is excited to join the NOLS Pro team and spread the reach and scope of the NOLS experience as the sales manager. In his free time he delights in mountain adventures of all varieties, hosts the NOLS Cooking Show and is in eternal pursuit of the perfect southern brisket recipe.


Lindsay Priefert - Operations Supervisor
Lindsay has a strong background in leadership and program development and a passion for outdoor education. Before joining NOLS she worked in management and outdoor leadership at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she received her Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA), worked as a career mentor and program manager, and served as a trip leader for the University’s Outdoor Adventures program.  
Lindsay loves to travel and spent two years living and working in India learning Hindi, making friends and colleagues in Rajasthan, and working for an NGO. She also enjoys backpacking, paddling, climbing, cross-country skiing, and cycling and is excited about the endless adventures and opportunities at NOLS.  

Ann Reynolds - Finance Manager
Ann joined the NOLS Pro team in early 2015. In working with NOLS Pro, she is excited to be combining two of her favorite pursuits – numbers and the outdoors. Ann is originally from central California and spent most of her time on the West coast before moving to eastern Tennessee during college. There she finished her B.B.A. in Financial Services and also received a M.S.Ed. in Outdoor Education from Southern Adventist University. During school, she took a year off to volunteer in Honduras running an educational daycare program for underprivileged children in the small town of Santa Barbara. After graduating, Ann stayed at the university for four more years and taught in the undergraduate Outdoor Leadership program as well as managed the program’s finances. Ann loves rock climbing, working and playing with horses, anything high above the ground on rope, crunching numbers, watching joy and confidence dawn in students’ faces, and basking in the sunshine.


Kat Smithhammer - Senior Account Manager

With a background as a high-school teacher and running an outdoor education center, Kat took the NOLS Mountain Instructor Course 1996. She has professionally camped for 176 weeks in the backcountry, passionately instructing hiking, mountaineering, winter, canoe and sea kayak expeditions. She has an M.A. in Leadership and Training (Royal Roads University), B.Ed. (Queen's University) and a B.A. (Trent University). Kat helps learners recognize personal and group behavior patterns in order to make conscious choices that build individual and team capacities. Her creative curriculum design and diverse teaching strategies produce unique opportunities for her clients. She has a reputation for building strong relationships with her students, contacts and clients, which foster lifelong relationships and partnerships. Kat is fluent in French and German and dabbles in Spanish.


Zach Snavely - Operations Assistant
Zach moved to Lander on a whim in 2010, and since that time has worked as the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute Retail Coordinator, a NOLS Field Instructor, and most recently as the NOLS Professional Training Operations Assistant.  Building on a childhood spent exploring the outdoors in his home state of Pennsylvania, as well as “a few years” of bike touring after college, Zach is now very excited to call Lander and the Rocky Mountain West his home.  He can most often be found exploring the deserts, mountains, and rivers of this amazing region.  Zach is excited to continue upholding the history of excellent client and instructor support as part of the NOLS Pro Operations team, as well as fostering excellent learning outcomes for students when instructing in the field for NOLS.


Nick Storm - Account Manager
Nick's affinity for the outdoors was first realized after he and his siblings camped under the stars in the backyard of their home in Salinas, CA. In college, Nick attended CSU Chico and worked as a river guide and backpacking instructor for the campus outdoor recreation program, Adventure Outings. After graduating with a BA in Anthropology, Nick taught for the Colorado Outward Bound School in Utah, Colorado, Alaska, and California. He eventually made his way to NOLS as a student on the first Professional River Instructor Course in 2006. Since then he has primarily worked as a full-time NOLS field instructor in the hiking, rock-climbing, mountaineering, canoeing, and skiing programs. He is continually inspired by the sparkle in the eye of every student after their first peak ascent, lead climb, powder turn or upright passage through a rapid. Nick now strives to inspire others by designing customized NOLS courses that take people into the wilderness, under the stars. Nick enjoys coffee, crosswords, and a good view. He lives with his awesome wife Louisa in Lander, Wyoming.
 
 

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