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

 


Rick Rochelle - Director
Rick enjoys coaching individuals and teams to their full potential by simultaneously challenging them physically, intellectually and emotionally—something readily achieved on remote expeditions. Rick grew up recreating outdoors, but his twin passions through college were wrestling and academics. His life changed on a 1985 NOLS semester, when he developed a third passion—studying teamwork and leadership. Rick has worked 300 weeks in the field for NOLS, leading courses in India, Kenya, Chile and United States. He previously worked as NOLS Alaska assistant director, a biologist, and mountain guide. He earned a M.S. in Ecology (Colorado State University), B.S. in Civil Engineering (Princeton University) and certificate in nonprofit management (University of Alaska). Rick loves long trail runs with his wife, Shannon. Leading the talented NOLS Professional Training team is his dream job!


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.


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.


Katie Baum Mettenbrink - Staffing Coordinator
Katie came to NOLS as a student on the Mountain Instructor Course in 2003. She spent four years as a full-time field instructor in the rock climbing, hiking, caving and mountaineering programs before moving on to supervise faculty and risk management at NOLS Alaska, and then, eventually, to NOLS Professional Training. She taught environmental education, worked in public relations and spent time climbing and backpacking around the Western U.S. before coming to NOLS. She has a B.A. in American History (Princeton University), and led wilderness trips and taught leadership and facilitation during college. She loves working with and mentoring NOLS faculty, and matching NOLS Pro’s unique and varied clients with the individual instructors that will serve them best. Katie lives with her husband, Pat, in Lander, Wyoming.


Maren Haas - Operations Assistant
Following her interest in wilderness education, Maren joined the NOLS Pro team in early 2014.  Originally from Wisconsin, she attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where she received a B.A. in Biology, Society, and the Environment.  After college, Maren spent two years in Burkina Faso serving with the Peace Corps, where she taught math and worked on community development projects. Maren looks forward to supporting the NOLS Professional team successfully serve their clients.  She is also excited to make Lander her home and to explore the surrounding wilderness through biking, hiking, and any other adventures she can find.



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 County 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.

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.



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.



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 UT, CO, AK and CA. 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, WY.


Liz Tuohy - Senior Risk Management Consultant
Liz has worked at NOLS since 1994, serving as field instructor, admissions officer, and program manager for NOLS Rocky Mountain, overseeing risk management, student outcomes, curriculum, and staff performance for 250 staff annually. Her perspective is based on direct oversight of field staff and countless conversations with outdoor, adventure and international program administrators. She currently leads NOLS Risk Management Services, which offers consulting and training to organizations internationally. Liz is part of the WRMC Steering Committee and has a B.A. in biology from Colorado College.
   
 

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