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.

Kary Sommers

(Associate Director of Admissions & Marketing &Instructor)

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

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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 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 Hawkins

(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 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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Kat R. Smithhammer

(Instructor)

Kat's passion for wilderness was initially sparked by her parents and her backyard access to Toronto's Rouge Park, North America's largest urban pr...

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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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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 inspir...

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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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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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Kim Freitas

(Writer & PR Specialist)

Kim's love of the outdoors was first sparked when her family moved to Vermont in 2005 and she joined her high school nordic ski team. After graduat...

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Kirk Rasmussen

(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 of...

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Kris Salisbury

(Wilderness First Responder)

Introduced to the outdoors before she could walk, Kris loves to return the favor to young people, especially girls. She has been working with teens...

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Kristen Brown

(Senior Admission Officer)

In 2007, Kristen moved to Wyoming in order to work in NOLS Custom Education. Originally, from California she enjoys the mountains and Wyoming winte...

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Kristin McInaney

(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Kristin McInaney has taught for NOLS Wilderness Medicine since the early 90's. She worked in Jackson Hole Wyoming as a ski patroller for three year...

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Kristin Roth

(NOLS Pacific Northwest Operations Manager)

Originally from New Jersey, Kristin began her westward migrations after graduating from Villanova University. She quickly identified that she woul...

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Kyle Abrams

(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Admissions Officer)

A New York native, Kyle began his outdoor forays hiking around the Hudson River Valley and climbing in the renowned Gunks. During his time at the U...

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