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.

Lance Elzie
(Wilderness First Responder)

I was born in Murray, KY, grew up in Tallahassee, FL, and lived all over the Carolinas and in New Zealand. In 2014 I graduated from Clemson Univers...

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Lance Taysom
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, RN)

Lance Taysom has many fun jobs: teaching wilderness medicine, outdoor living, and survival skills, caring for patients on a rescue helicopter an...

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Laura Farrell
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

Laura grew up in the flatlands of Florida, but moved to North Carolina to work as a whitewater raft guide immediately after graduating from high sc...

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Laura Hudecek
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Laura teaches NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses and works in the field for NOLS. In recent history she has also worked a ski patroller, raft-guide, ...

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Laura McGladrey Griebling (Glad)
( EMT-W, RN, FNP, FAWM)

Glad has been an instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute for many years. Her background in international work, emergency medicine, infecti...

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Laura Minster
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Laura seizes every opportunity she can to work and play in the great outdoors. Laura graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Env...

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Lauren Nord
(Instructor)

Lauren is a Wilderness EMT and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor. Originally from Los Angeles, Lauren discovered outdoor education through the Wi...

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Lena Conlan
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Lena has a teaching degree from University of Umeå, Sweden. Lena, a native of Sweden, has worked as a wilderness educator since the early 80's. Len...

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Leon Hudson
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Leon is a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor and a graduate of the NOLS Outdoor Educator with Wilderness First Responder course. He calls Austin, ...

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Liam Downey
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic)

Liam Downey spent much of his adult life in a Chicago office, staring out a grimy window at a brick wall. He walked away from that, and now lives i...

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Libby Gadbois
(University Relations Coordinator)

Libby was introduced to NOLS in October of 2007 when she took the Baja Ocean Semester—a three month exploration of the Sea of Cortez by sea kaya...

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Lindsay Nohl
(NOLS Southwest Director)

After a graduating from the College of William & Mary ('00) and then spending two years playing professional soccer, Lindsay enrolled on a NOLS Fal...

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Lindsay Yost
(Instructor)

Lindsay first came to NOLS as a participant on a Rocky Mountain Instructor Course in 2008. From here on, she has found herself most at home camping...

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Liz Fischer
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

After growing up in Salt Lake City, and attending college in Colorado, Liz’s love of wild places and working with young people and teaching culm...

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Liz Schmohl
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Born and raised in San Rafael, CA, I moved to Colorado and graduated from CU Boulder and have remained in the Rocky Mountain Region since. I recei...

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Logan Maclean
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Native to the windy state of Wyoming, Logan has yet to find a reason to leave. The state’s open spaces created a passion for him to pursue conserva...

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Lori Karker
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Admissions Officer)

The outdoors have always been a part of Lori’s life for as long as she could remember. She worked as a camp counselor and cabin leader at Courage C...

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Lou Gordon
(WEMT Admission Officer)

Lou has always loved being outdoors, from climbing trees as a kid in Iowa, then climbing mountains in Colorado. Her first stop at NOLS was for the ...

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Louis Bodin
(Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

In 2011, Louis graduated college with degrees in Jazz and Geology and returned to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest intending to become a baker. I...

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Lynn Petzold
(Custom Education Account Manager & Instructor)

Lynn values the positive impacts that outdoor experiences can bring to individuals in their professional and personal lives. She has been a NOLS fi...

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