Daniela grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but spent many summer vacations adventuring in Colorado with her family. When she graduated from high school, she was finally able to move out west to go to Colorado State University. And she never left. After getting a degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism from CSU and working as a commercial raft guide for 10 years, she pursued a degree in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado. She was certified as a WFR in 2002 and a WEMT in 2004, and has been teaching for NOLS since 2007. When not taking her two young daughters into the backcountry on rafting and backpacking trips or teaching NOLS wilderness medicine courses, you can find her working as a School Nurse Consultant in Northern Colorado.