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 studying …

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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 returned …

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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 has …

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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 of…

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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 outdo…

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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 educati…

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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 boulder…

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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. I…

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Brenna Meagher
(Instructor)

Brenna came to NOLS in 2011 as a student on a spring semester in Baja (Mexico). She walked away from the course feeling inspired to spend as much tim…

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Brett Friedman
(Wilderness First Responder)

Originally from New York City, Brett has worked in outdoor education for close to 20 years. He spent many years unsuccessfully fighting an addiction …

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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 in …

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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 th…

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Briana Mackay
(Instructor)

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 incred…

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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 W…

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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 engine…

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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 between…

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Brianne Oehmke
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor )

Living in P.A., Brianne fell in love with the outdoor education field in 2005 and has not looked back. Along her path, she combined her passions, ex…

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Bronwyn Burman
(Instructor)

Bronwyn grew up in a suburban town bordered by the foothills of Northern California. Her childhood was filled with tree climbing, tadpole catching an…

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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 wilderness …

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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 si…

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