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; but, once in Lander she felt she’d been misplaced all her life. Now an avid winter skier and summer hiker and biker (and year-round cellist for the Fremont Symphony Orchestra; her degree is in music), she values most about her adopted home the close connections she’s developed and the bright communities into which she has been so openly welcomed. Today she is a NOLS graduate (25 and over Rock Climbing) and an integral planner and organizer at Headquarters, but when she got her start at NOLS more than a decade ago, as a temporary “map folder” at NOLS Rocky Mountain, she had no idea she’d be starting a career, let alone igniting such a passion and appreciation for wilderness education. Working her way though NOLS – Human Resources, Staffing, Alumni and Development, and now Risk Services – Gabi has seen many aspects of the school, but what ties it all together for her are the amazing people and their shared mission. She’s a true believer in NOLS and in the power and awe of its classroom.