Originally from Portland, OR, Katie has worked in outdoor education since 1999. She currently leads NOLS Risk Services, which provides risk management training and consulting for organizations around the world, and chairs the annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC. She is also a senior field instructor at NOLS, with 140 weeks of experience on extended wilderness expeditions in the backpacking, rock climbing, caving, and mountaineering programs. Before landing in her current role, she oversaw staffing for NOLS Custom Education, was the program manager at NOLS Alaska, taught environmental education in the Pacific Northwest, and worked at a university outdoor program. She lives in Lander, Wyoming with her husband.