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.

Caleb Walker
(Social Media Manager)

Living in Virginia throughout high school and college, Caleb fell in love with backpacking, hiking, and climbing in the Appalachian mountains and h...

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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 f...

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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 ...

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Caroline B. Burnett
(Board Member)

Caroline obtained her nursing degree from St. Luke’s Hospital, NYC, a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Union College in Maryland, master’s degree...

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Cass Colman
(Instructor & NOLS New Zealand Program Supervisor)

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

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Catherine Bigney
(Wilderness First Responder)

Cat has been an outdoor educator since the early 00's, specializing in desert environments. She is passionate about and advocates knowledge of sur...

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Chad Dayton
(Wilderness First Responder)

Chad is a passionate outdoor educator. Having taught college English and writing for nearly a decade, Chad transitioned to outdoor education in 200...

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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 wo...

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Chris Agnew
(Wilderness First Responder)

Originally from an island in the Puget Sound, Chris grew up cruising the Olympic Mountains and exploring the shorelines of the northwest. While ear...

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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 NOLS in 19...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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Chris Sparks
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Chris Sparks spends most of his time outside, usually wandering the mountains and rivers as he backpacks, climbs, and fly-fishes. He has worked in ...

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Christian Martin
(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 NOL...

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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 jus...

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Claudia Pearson
(Rocky Mountain Rations Manager)

Claudia discovered NOLS in 1974 as a teenager on a Wind River Wilderness course. Three years later, she came back to work in the Gulch as an intern...

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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 obta...

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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...

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Courtney Heller
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Living in her hometown of Denver, CO Courtney works as an EMT on an ambulance, an ER and ski patrol in the winter. She got her start in EMS when sh...

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Craig Lenske
(Director of NOLS Pacific Northwest, Yukon, India, & Scandinavia)

Craig came to NOLS in 2000 having previously worked for outdoor education programs in Australia and Canada. He graduated form the first Alaska Inst...

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Cristina Edwards
(Financial Aid Counselor, Field Instructor)

Cristina joined NOLS as the Rocky Mountain Fellow in 2015 and became a field instructor in 2016. She currently enjoys supporting students in her...

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