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.

Jacob Wallace

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, MPH)

Wallace was born and raised in the corn fields of Iowa where he learned how to fix fences, build barns and generally thrown hay bales large than co...

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Jacob Weiss

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Originally hailing from outside of Washington DC, Jacob has lived and worked in the Rocky Mountain Region since 2005. His passion for outdoor educa...

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Jake Blackwelder

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Jake Blackwelder has been teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine since 2010. He is a Flight Paramedic and WEMT and has been taking care of people in...

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Jake Schepps

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Jake has taught for NOLS Wilderness Medicine since 2001, and has had the fortunate opportunity to teach wilderness medicine around the world, from ...

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James B. Barnes

(Board Member)

Jim is a retired international oil and gas lawyer. He has more than 40 years of experience in more than 45 countries counseling, and negotiating...

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Jamie Hunt

(Instructor)

Jaime grew up catching frogs, and prefers rock climbing to elevators and fishing to Whole Foods. An instructor since 2007, he seeks to help others ...

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Jamie O’Donnell

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Jamie O’Donnell has worked as an educator in numerous capacities since the early 90's: as an outdoor educator, a high school biology teacher, and u...

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Jane Foley Fried

(Board Member)

A dedicated educator with more than 28 years of experience in independent schools, Jane Foley Fried was named Head of the Brearley School in Dec...

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Jared Apperson

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic)

Jared has been an instructor for NOLS Wilderness Medicine since September 1999. He has been involved professionally in EMS since 2001, and currentl...

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Jared Steinman

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Originally from Kentucky, Jared moved to Lander, Wyoming in 2011 to be closer to mountains, snow, and wild places. He has held numerous jobs at NOL...

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Jason Carter

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Jason's been lucky enough to travel in 20 different countries and live in four of them, although the list is bound to grow. Recently graduating fro...

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Jayson Owens

(Wilderness First Responder)

Born and raised in Texas, Jayson led his first climbing trips during college to Reimer’s Ranch outside Austin in 1995. After moving to Colorado, Ja...

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Jayson Simons - Jones

(Wilderness First Responder)

Jayson hails from beautiful Crested Butte, CO, and began teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine in 2003. He first started working in the outdoor edu...

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Jeff Wohl

(Instructor)

Jeff has worked as a NOLS instructor since 1999 hiking, climbing, horsepacking, caving and in winter programs. He loves fueling students' sense of ...

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Jen Latham

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Jen was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, but somehow ditched the Southern accent when she left. She studied Geology at Colorado College, and really ...

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Jennifer Miller

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Jen grew up in the hills of Colorado, is partial to the intermountain snowpack and took her first WFR course when she was 18. After 12 years in the...

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Jeremy Johnson

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, EMT-I )

Jeremy Johnson is a faculty member of the Experiential Education Department of Albuquerque Academy. He has been an outdoor educator since the early...

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Jesse Beightol

(Wilderness First Responder)

Jesse Beightol is the Outdoor Education Instructional Specialist at Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, CO. He has led outdoor trips since 1997 at Wi...

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Jessica Boucha

(Customer Service Representative)

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Jessica wasn’t introduced to the outdoor industry until college, where she received a B.S. in Recreation & To...

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Jessica DeMartin

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Wilderness adventure has always been a part of Jessica’s life; however, it was only after recovering from weeks of malaria sweats, and a secret sha...

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Jim Hutchison

(PA-C)

Jim has worked in outdoor education since the early 90's, instructing in multiple environments for skills such as canoeing, canyoneering, climbing,...

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Joan Chitiea

(Trustee Emeritus)

Joan joined the Board of Trustees in December 1980 as the first woman to be elected. These were the years when a young NOLS was working to estab...

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Joëlle Baird

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Joëlle (Jo) grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and has worked eclectically in many jobs for the National Park Service since the mid-2000s. After ...

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John Burrows

(Environmental Stewardship Coordinator )

John grew up in the small town of Brevard, North Carolina where he spent much of his childhood roaming the mountains of Southern Appalachia in sear...

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John Crouse

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

John Crouse is a paramedic based in Austin, TX. When he's not teaching for WMI or riding shotgun in the ambulance he is out on the river sailing, i...

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John Gans

(President)

John Gans has served as the president of NOLS since 1995. He is responsible for strategic planning, mission leadership, and community building a...

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John Hovey

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Hovey graduated Cornell University in 2000 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and went on to become a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2000...

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JohnRey Hassan

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, RN)

Little did JohnRey know taking a WFR in 2002 would spark an adventure with the outdoors and emergency medicine which would lead him to his present ...

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Jon Lowrance

(Instructor, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist)

Jon has worked as an outdoor educator since 2005 teaching a range of courses with Landmark Learning and NOLS Wilderness Medicine. His student expe...

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Jorge Anhalzer

(Instructor)

Originally from Ecuador, when he is not climbing or exploring the mountains or deep valleys he is dehydrating his own beef jerky! He's now living i...

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Jo Rolls

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, PA-C)

Jo Rolls is a Wilderness EMT and Physician Assistant. Her background includes coaching and teaching snowboarding, guiding mountaineering and climb...

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José Gonzalez

(Wilderness First Responder)

Jose was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He started his professional career in outdoor education in the 90's working for major organizations includ...

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José Miguel Iturra Escala

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

José Miguel was born in Costa Rica and from a very young age, accompanied by his father, he traveled thru the natural corners of the Rain Forest. H...

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Joseph Kim

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Joe is a recently retired U.S. Army Special Forces officer whose goal is to be a lifelong learner. Joe can proudly say that one of the highlights ...

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Josh McNary

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Josh hails from the rolling soybean fields and verdant suburbs around Memphis, TN. It was in this environment that Josh vowed to go West andonly re...

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Josie McKee

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Josie grew up in Pescadero, California, a small town along the central coast, where there was plenty of space to develop an adventurous spirit. She...

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Joy Thompson

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

When Joy is not working as a Trail Crew Supervisor, wildland firefighter, ski patrol, racing her downhill bike, skiing, or riding horses she teache...

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Judd Rogers

(Development Officer & Instructor)

Judd Rogers is a 4th generation Wyoming native who discovered NOLS when he received a scholarship for a Wind River Mountaineering course in 1989. ...

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Julia Fairbank

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Julia has been involved in outdoor education since the early 00's. She got her start in Vermont leading wilderness trail crews for four years befor...

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Julie Brown

(Wilderness First Responder)

Julie Brown has been working with NOLS since 2002. As a NOLS Senior level field instructor she has worked in Alaska, Mexico, Wyoming, and Washingto...

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Julie Henningsen

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

As a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor, Julie teaches both Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT courses. She has a degree in forestry an...

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Julie Polhemus

(Wilderness First Responder)

Originally from the Northeast, Julie has now called Oregon home for most of her adult life. She has a Bachelor’s degree in geology, and she taught ...

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Justin Dayley

(Wilderness First Responder)

Justin Dayley has been teaching outdoor education since the 90's. He is currently involved in instructing for the Outdoor Education Major and Minor...

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Justin Doroshenko

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic)

Justin (aka Doro) grew up between​ lush tobacco fields and ever-expanding suburbia in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. His passion for wilder...

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Justin Lemon

(Wyss Campus Facility Assistant )

Lean green Wyss Campus Assistant machine!

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Justin Satterfield Padgett

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Justin Satterfield Padgett is Executive Director of Landmark Learning, a training service for outdoor educators based in Western North Carolina. Ju...

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