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.

Caio Poletti Romano
(Instructor)

Caio comes from Brazil, growing up on the beaches of Southeast Brazil and the Atlantic Rainforest. He has a Sports Science degree by the University o…

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Canyon Woodward
(Instructor)

Canyon honed his wilderness skills growing up in the mountains of North Carolina and the North Cascades of Washington state. He began instructing for…

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Carlyn Cook
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

Carlyn hails from a small ranch just north of Lander, Wyoming. She grew up packing horses with her family in the Wind River Mountains and is still am…

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Cass Colman
(Instructor)

Cass grew up exploring the mountains, coastlines, and rivers of New Zealand. From a young age, her adventures have taken her across the world. Adv…

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Chandra Llewellyn
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Chandra spends her time split between her two passions wilderness and science. She has a graduate degree in ecology and has worked all over the worl…

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Chris Brauneis
(NOLS Alaska Director)

Chris Brauneis is the current NOLS Alaska Director, a senior field instructor, and a Wilderness Medicine instructor.

Chris first came to …

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Chris Bruno
(Instructor)

Chris starting working for NOLS in 2009 after leaving active service in the U.S. Coast Guard. He works mountaineering, sailing, hiking, and winter c…

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Chris Froehly
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

Originally from Maryland, Chris is currently based in Wisconsin. He graduated from Unity College in Maine with a BS in Adventure Education Leadership…

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Chris Mader
(Wilderness First Responder)

That’s me on the left…with NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor Doug Caum! It’s been an interesting road to teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine! I s…

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Chris Manchester
(Wilderness First Responder)

Chris Manchester has kayaked thousands of coastal miles since the '90s. He is a senior field instructor for NOLS Expeditions and has been teaching fo…

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Christian Martin
(NOLS New Zealand Director and Wilderness First Responder)

Hailing from the antipodes, Christian is now based in Colorado and splits his time working as an environmental planner and as an instructor for NOLS.…

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Clair Smith
(Expedition Field Instructor )

Clair was an elementary school teacher in Virginia for eight years before she decided to go to Wyoming to work NOLS courses. She thought it was just …

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Clemencia Caporale
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Clemencia lives in Western Massachusetts and works for Hampshire College, teaching co-curricular classes to the 5-Colleges in Amherst, MA. She obtain…

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Coulter Stone
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Coulter has always lived around his hometown of Jackson, Wyoming or at least near the Rockies (except for a 2-year stint, after getting his Masters o…

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