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)

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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Kelsey Wicks
(3 Peaks Ranch Manager)

Kelsey is the 3 Peaks Ranch manager for NOLS. She grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and first started coming to Wyoming in the summer of 2008 w...

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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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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
(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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Kristen Brown
(Admissions Manager)

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 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)

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

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