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.

Felipe Jacome

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

With experience as a mountaineering guide in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor Felipe Jacome has made leaps and bound...

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F. Fox Benton, III

(Board Member)

Fox has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas exploration and production business, serving in various executive roles in both private a...

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Fil Sanna

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

After a fifteen-year corporate career, Fil returned to his childhood dream of working and playing in the outdoors. He has been a hiking, mountainee...

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Forest Hietpas

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Forest is native to an island off the coast of Washington called the Olympic Peninsula. He has been involved in EMS since 2009. When not teaching c...

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Forrest Young-Taft

(Program Supervisor and Senior Faculty)

Forrest started his journey with NOLS after a suggestion from his mother who had taken a course when she was nineteen. He took his River Instructor...

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Fred J. Kleisner

(Chair Emeritus)

Fred graduated from his first NOLS course, a 25 and over Wind River Wilderness course in 1992. The following year he attended a 25 and over Sea ...

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Fredrik Norrsell

(Wilderness First Responder)

Fredrik is a photographer, adventure guide and educator from Sweden. He has worked as a field instructor for NOLS since 1994. He has worked backpac...

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