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 t…

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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 erupt…

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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 industr…

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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 th…

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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 interna…

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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 managemen…

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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 love…

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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 studied…

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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 for …

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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 st…

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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 inspired …

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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 t…

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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 Universi…

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