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.

Karin Silberberg
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine and Field Instructor )

Karin is a physical therapist with a masters degree in Chinese medicine and neuroscience. As a PT, Karin divides her time between patient care, and...

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Kary Sommers
(Associate Director of Admissions & Marketing)

An instructor since 2007, Kary often taps her passion for horses, cameras, llamas, and fishing on NOLS courses in Wyoming. Prone to constant eru...

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Kat Bruck
(Admissions Officer )

Kat is a NOLS alum, archaeologist, returned Peace Corps volunteer, and sea turtle enthusiast. Growing up in Chicago, she always imagined a life of...

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Kate Koons
(Senior Instructor)

Kate began her career in outdoor education when she was 19. Over the past 23 years, Kate has worked in a variety of capacities in the outdoor indus...

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Kathleen Opeka
(NOLS Custom Education Account Manager)

Kathleen has worked in outdoor education since 2002 as a field instructor of mountaineering, sea kayaking, rock climbing, and backpacking. She curr...

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Kathryn Martin
(Wilderness Emergency Medicine Technician & Instructor)

Kathryn sparked her accidental relationship with Outdoor Education when she picked up a heavy backpack and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. From ...

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Katie Andrews
(Instructor)

Originally from Tennessee, Katie lived and worked all over before deciding to call Boise, ID home where she currently resides and works as an inter...

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Katie Baum Mettenbrink
(Risk Services Manager & Instructor)

Originally from Portland, OR, Katie has worked in outdoor education since 1999. She currently leads NOLS Risk Services, which provides risk managem...

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Katie Hammonds
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Katie was (very literally) born and raised on an apple farm in Maine. Growing up in a world where the work changes with the seasons led Katie to lo...

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Katie Price
(Registrar)

A native of Lander, Wyoming, home of NOLS World Headquarters, Katie Price needed no introduction to the school. She enrolled in the fall Semester i...

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Kaylan Scott
(Development Stewardship Coordinator)

Despite a childhood spent in the woods of the Berkshire Hills in Massachusetts, Kaylan never considered a career in the outdoor industry. She studi...

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Kelly Pyke
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Kelly began working in the outdoor education field in 1998 as a student at WWU in Bellingham, WA. She became a WEMT in 2004 and started teaching fo...

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Kelsey Wicks
(Human Resources & Diversity Director)

Kelsey is the Human Resources & Diversity Director for NOLS and was the 3 Peaks Ranch Manager. She grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and first ...

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Kenji Stasiewicz
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

After taking his first WFR course in 2009, Kenji was hooked by the challenge, ingenuity, and fun that wilderness medicine provides. Greatly inspire...

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Ken Thompson
(Wilderness First Responder, MS)

Ken became a WEMT in 1989 and began teaching for NOLS Wilerness Medicine in 1992. He has served on urban and mountain rescue teams, and contributed...

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Kevin McGowan
(Outfitting Manager)

Kevin took his Outdoor Educator course with NOLS in 1978 and started working for outfitting at the Rocky Mountain branch shortly after. He is origi...

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Kiki Wykstra
(Wilderness First Responder)

Kiki grew up rafting, skiing and adventuring in Flagstaff, AZ before heading south to Tucson, Arizona for college. After graduating from the Univer...

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Kirk Rasmussen
(Senior Video Producer & Exploration Film Tour Coordinator)

Kirk is a storyteller and ambitious rambler, who often takes the path less traveled and ends up bushwhacking 50 degree willow slopes in a tangle...

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Kyle Abrams
(NOLS Rocky Mountain Assistant Rations Manager)

Kyle grew up in New York, climbing and skiing his way across the Adirondacks to the Green Mountains where he decided that this would be a pleasant ...

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