Meet Our Team

Heart, Expertise, and Wildness

Our team works behind the scenes and all over the world to give you the best experience possible. Click below to read their stories.

Aaron Divine
(Instructor)

Aaron began working in-town for NOLS in 1998 and started field instructing for the school in 2000. He primarily serves as a glacier mountaineering ...

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Adam Baxter
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

After graduating from an Atlanta, Ga. High School in 2002, Adam picked up an extraordinarily heavy backpack for the first time and marched through ...

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Adam Crenshaw
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Originally hailing from the Peach State, Adam began his westward migration towards larger mountains during college when he pursued work in outdoor ...

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Adam "Scooter" Timm
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Originally from New Hampshire, and currently living in Los Angeles, Scooter has been working in the outdoor education field since the late 90's. Du...

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Aiyana Green
(Wilderness First Responder)

Aiyana began climbing when she was 14 years old in the Pacific Northwest, and spent her 20s guiding rafts, instructing Outward Bound courses, and l...

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Alan Neilson
(Instructor)

Born in Australia, where he grew up sailing off the beaches of Adelaide, Alan is an '85 NOLS Alaska Semester grad who started as an instructor in '...

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Aleson Rietow
(River Instructor)

Born and raised in Hawaii, Aleson made her journey across the Pacific to Lander WY in 2014. She spends most her days nerding out about front end de...

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Alex DeGolia
(Instructor)

Alex's dad was on an early NOLS course led by Paul Petzoldt in 1970, so he knew growing up that NOLS was in his future. He took a student course o...

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Alice Hill
(Wilderness First Responder)

Alice gets her fill of wilderness medical field experience as a mountaineering and whitewater instructor who has taught extensively at NOLS’ high l...

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Allie Maloney
(Instructor)

Allie started her career as an outdoor educator at age sixteen, as a summer camp counselor in beautiful western Washington. After graduating from t...

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Alyssa Rainbolt
(Instructor)

Alyssa first came to NOLS in 2013 on an Outdoor Educator Course out of Lander, Wyoming. It wasn't long before she decided to leave a big-city life ...

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Amanda Dickson
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Formerly a commercial fisher-lady in Alaska, a fisheries technician in Yellowstone, and ski patroller in Colorado, Amanda began teaching mountainee...

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Amanda Fehring
(Admission Officer)

Amanda grew up in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana. She spent most of her free time adventure seeking in the outdoors. During college, she ...

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Amber Guzzardo
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Amber graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Movement Science and has since explored her own movement across the country and to...

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Amy Gordon
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Amy Gordon is an avid outdoor adventurer with midwest roots and a bi-coastal spirit. She is goal-oriented, striving for the next challenge, which a...

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Amy Mautz
(Marketing Representative)

Amy had an itch to explore the great outdoors ever since she was a youngster. She is a NOLS New Zealand semester grad and has been hooked on the ou...

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Amy McCann
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Amy discovered her passion for the outdoors while leading backpacking trips at a summer camp in New Hampshire during college. After college she li...

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Amy Shambarger
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Amy has been teaching community and workplace CPR and first aid classes for over 12 years along the Front Range of Colorado. She got the teaching b...

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Amy Waeschle
(Wilderness First Responder)

Amy Waeschle spent 5 years working as a field Amy Waeschleinstructor for NOLS and other outdoor programs before going back to school for a Master's...

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Andrew Breunig
(Instructor)

Andrew is an alumnus of the Outdoor Educator Semester ’07 and the Rocky Mountain Instructor Course ’14. He leads hiking, rock climbing, and sea kay...

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Andrew Megas-Russell
(Instructor)

Andrew learned the value of living simply, in a small community, on his NOLS Southwest student semester. He believes in the power that outdoor expe...

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Andy Blair
(NOLS Rocky Mountain Assistant Director)

Andy has been working for NOLS since 1992 as a field instructor and since 2001 as a wilderness medicine instructor. He is known to state repetitive...

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Andy Paul
(Instructor and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Andy started his NOLS journey as a student on an Outdoor Educator sea kayaking and hiking course in Alaska in 2010. He later completed an Alaska In...

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Anna Horn
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Anna ran away from the circus (where she practiced flying trapeze and contortion) for a less sedentary lifestyle as a NOLS Wilderness Medicine and ...

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Anna Talucci
(Instructor)

Anna started NOLS work as a horse packer at Three Peaks Ranch. In 2007 she completed her Instructor Course concentrating mostly on wilderness, cany...

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Anne Harmann
(Wilderness First Responder)

Anne grew up playing in and on many of MN’s 10,000 lakes. During college, her career plans pivoted from neuroscience to marine ecology following a ...

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Anne Slaughter Perrote
(Wilderness First Responder)

Anne has enjoyed exploring the outdoors since before her first backpacking trip in a WV wilderness when she was 13. For the past 30 years she has w...

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Annie Graeter
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Native to the seven hills of Cincinnati, Annie made her way Westward and has never looked back. When asked “mountains or water?” Annie always chose...

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Arianne Zwartjes
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Ari came to NOLS from a background in search & rescue, as well as outdoor education and guiding, and a little experience as a medical interpreter i...

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Asa Pape
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Åsa has a teaching degree from Uppsala University in Sweden and taughtAsa Hultman, WFR Physical Education and Swedish at Junior High School in Swed...

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Ashley Drake
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

Ashley Drake is a proud Oregonian who moved to the town of Lander, Wyoming to work for NOLS in 2015. Ashley is the Operations Supervisor for NOLS C...

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Ashley Wise
(NOLS Alaska Program Manager)

Ashley started with NOLS in 1998 after completing the River Instructor Course in Vernal, UT. As a field instructor, he works sea kayaking, hiking, ...

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Atila Rego - Monteiro
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Atila has held various administrator jobs at NOLS from Program Manager at the southern NOLS Patagonia base in Magallanes and in NOLS Brazil from 20...

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Audrey Kruse
(Instructor)

Audrey currently lives in Albuquerque, NM but loves to travel and explore new places whenever she can. She became hooked on outdoor adventure and e...

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