Our Team

Credit: Eric Page



NOLS is an organization with heart. It’s filled with people committed to preparing others for leadership. We have the expertise across wilderness medicine, risk management, and expeditions to support powerful, authentic experiences. And we have wildness in our bones. Our wildness comes from exploring wilderness, learning how to manage challenging medical emergencies, and figuring out ways to help groups and organizations achieve their goals.


Join the Team

Working at NOLS means working to extend the invitation to the wilderness to anyone. Join our community and help us move our mission forward.


NOLS Board of Trustees

Marc B. Randolph, Chair
Gregory M. Avis, Vice Chair
Isobel Coleman, Secretary
Noah Gottdiener, Treasurer

James B. Barnes
F. Fox Benton III
Robert O. Bethge
Caroline B. Burnett
David W. Cohen
Isobel Coleman
Danielle Dignan
Jane Foley Fried
Noah Gottdiener
N. Stuart Harris
Stefan J. Jackson 
Ethan O. Meers
Rahul Narang

Medical Advisor
Herbert G. Ogden, M.D.

NOLS Board of Trustees Emeriti
Joan K. Chitiea, Trustee Emeritus 
Howard P. Colhoun, Trustee Emeritus 
Fred J. Kleisner, Chair Emeritus
Douglas S. Luke, Trustee Emeritus
Homer L. Luther, Chair Emeritus
Michael Schmertzler, Chair Emeritus
Gene R. Tremblay, Chair Emeritus

Executive Team

John Gans, President
Jeff Buchanan, Finance and Investments Director
Gary Wilmot, Development and Alumni Director
Deborah Nunnink, Operations Director
Scott Robertson, Faculty and Studies Director

Advisory Council

Sarah Hiza, Co-chair
Rob Bethge, Co-chair
Andrea (Auny) Abegglen
Scott Bass
Augie Bering
Susan Chen
Scott Clark
Suraya DeSorrento
Priyanka Dhanda
Lawrence Field
Catherine Fogelman
Eric Gilbert
Gordon H. (Hunt) Harper
Brad Hirsch
Josh Huffard
Rob Hussey
Chris Kirtley
Trice Koopman
David L. Lucchino
Carter McBride
Bill Murdock
Laurie Nash
John Pfeister
Jil Pollock
Brett Shanaman
Chris Sicuranza
Laura McGiffert. Slover
David T. Watson
Terri Watson
Neill Wessell

Advisory Council Emeriti
Anne Cannon
David F. Gorter
Fred J. Kleisner
Allen B. Macomber
Peter Simer
Herman L. Stude