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.

Laine E. Smith
(Instructor and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Laine grew up in Madison, WI. Exploring the forests and country around her home state was the extent of her wilderness adventures before moving to ...

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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 and i...

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Laura Bonner
(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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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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Lauren Cantwell
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Originally hailing from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Lauren can now be found lurking in various corners of the Mountain West. After graduating fro...

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Lauren Nord
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

With an upbringing analogous to the '90's movie Clueless, it took a large amount of High Sierra granite to knock Lauren out of the valley and into ...

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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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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 (now retired) Baja Ocean Semester. Inspired by her experience, she sought out an ...

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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
(NOLS Northeast Program Manager)

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 culmina...

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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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Lou Gordon
(Enrollment Support Supervisor)

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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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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