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.

Becca Backer
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

A born-and-raised California girl, Becca grew up playing in the Sierras. She began guiding river, backpacking and winter trips as a student studyin...

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Ben Huber
(Instructor)

Ben came to NOLS in 2006 as a New Zealand semester student after an internship that forced him to spend far too much time behind a desk. He returne...

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Benjamin Kain
(Instructor)

Ben was a Scuba Instructor and Commercial Pearl Diver when he first learned about NOLS in Australia in 2004. He became an Instructor in 2006 and ha...

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Ben Tettlebaum
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Ben grew up on a farm in Missouri and has held a love for the land ever since. He has worked in outdoor education for 20 years, enjoying over half ...

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Ben Urmston
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Ben has worked in outdoor education since 2001 in places such as Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Wyoming, Utah, Maine, Florida and Baja, Mexi...

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Ben Venter
(Assistant Director NOLS Southwest)

Ben Venter took his NOLS instructor course in 2006. Since then he has worked as a field instructor, program supervisor, staffing coordinator and, m...

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Bethany Elson
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

A dream of guiding on the Yampa River brought Bethany to Utah 13 years ago and she is happy to call Utah home today. Bethany has worked in the out...

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Beth Boehme
(Instructor)

Beth has been instructing with NOLS Wilderness Medicine since 2013. She once worked year-round in the outdoors, mixing guiding, environmental educa...

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Bhaskar Bhat
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

Bhaskar Bhat a.k.a Muggy is from Bangalore, India. Back in 2009, he was invited by a friend to try rock climbing in Hampi, inarguably India's bould...

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Brandon Schwartz
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Best labeled as a general educator, Brandon has taught a wide variety of students ranging from 4th graders to college graduate students and adults....

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Brett Gallagher
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Brett grew up playing in the backwoods, rivers and mountains of Oregon. Brett worked as a fisheries biologist, before becoming a professional guide...

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Brett Simpson
(Wilderness First Responder)

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Brett has been working in the field of outdoor and experiential education for over 20 years. He currently lives i...

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Brett Webster
(Instructor & Wilderness First Responder)

Brett got his start in outdoor education at UC Santa Cruz where he developed a whole-hearted love of both the Sierra Nevada and teaching groups in ...

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Briana Mackay
(NOLS Yukon Program Manager)

Originally a city girl from Montreal, Quebec, Bri found a love of the wilderness through summer camp and family road trips as a youngster. The incr...

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Brian Barrett
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Brian lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Lander, WY. He volunteers for the Lander Valley Fire Department in between teaching WEMT and WFR courses in...

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Brian Gee, MD
(Wilderness First Responder)

Brian was raised in rural northern Michigan where phones were on party lines and TVs looked like rabbits. After finishing his BS in mechanical engi...

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Brian Kasavana
(Instructor, Paramedic, WFR)

Brian has worked at NOLS since 2007. He began as a mountaineering instructor leading field courses in Alaska and Patagonia and various places betwe...

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Bria Schurke
(Instructor)

Born and raised on a lake in the Northwoods of Minnesota with a pack of burly sled dogs, Bria Schurke spent her childhood exploring the Boundary Wa...

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Bronwyn Burman
(Wilderness Emergency Medicine Technician & Instructor)

Bronwyn started her outdoor education career at UC Berkeley where she managed and taught sailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and paddleboarding prog...

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Brooke Ortel
(Writer)

Brooke is a runner and writer who enjoys finding adventure in the everyday. True to her island roots, she loves sunshine, that salty ocean smell, a...

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Brooke Retherford
(NOLS Mexico Assistant Director)

Brooke was lucky enough to be raised in the mountains of Colorado where her passion for adventure was nourished. It wasn't until she was a student ...

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Bryan Green
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Bryan grew up skiing & hiking in the Pacific Northwest. During high school, he became a volunteer ski patroller on Mt. Hood and began his wildernes...

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Bryan Taylor
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician-A)

Originally from Brevard, NC he now lives in Colorado with his wife; has served in EMS since 2007; public service, outdoor education and leadership ...

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