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.

Maggie OBrien
(NOLS Alaska Operations Manager)

Maggie O'Brien is the Operations Manager for NOLS Alaska. Maggie first came to NOLS as a Pacific Northwest North Cascades Wilderness student in 199...

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Maija Pukkila
(Scandinavia Program Manager & Instructor)

Maija comes from Finland, growing up by the clear lakes and quiet green forests. She is passionate about being in water in all its forms, meeting p...

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Mairi Stone Padgett
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Mairi Stone Padgett is a Director at Landmark Learning. Mairi is a WEMT and wilderness medicine instructor with over 20 years of experience leading...

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Mara Gans
(Instructor)

Mara has wanted to be a NOLS instructor since she was a kid, and finds that working as a real NOLS instructor is much more rewarding than her child...

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Marc B. Randolph
(Board Chair)

Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor and investor. Marc was co-founder of the online movie and television streaming s...

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Marco Johnson
(Senior Instructor)

Marco took his NOLS Field Instructor Course in 1985 and has worked 630+ weeks in the field. Marco took his NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor Cour...

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Marc Yeston
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Marc loves to train NOLS Wilderness Medicine students. He took his initial EMT course in 1981 and became a Paramedic in 1983. After working for a f...

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Marissa Bieger
(Instructor)

Marissa grew up in Buffalo, New York and fell in love with climbing in New Hampshire while studying mechanical engineering at Northeastern Universi...

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Marjorie Mazie
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Since 1991 Mazie has spent much of her time working with service learning and wilderness therapy programs. She also managed a women’s health clinic...

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Mark Cornwell
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Mark is a WEMT and senior lead instructor for NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Winters find him at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon working as a professional ...

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Mark Crawford
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Mark is the Director of Training and Special Projects at North American Rescue Products. He is a Colorado and Wyoming state EMT instructor, a natio...

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Mark Hamlin
(Stewardship Coordinator & Instructor)

Originally from Indiana, Mark hopped an Amtrak train in 1987 and crossed the US to participate in a NOLS North Cascades Mountaineering course. In 1...

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Mary Breunig
(Instructor)

Mary Breunig PhD has been involved in outdoor and experiential education with a focus on social and environmental justice for 20 + years. She is an...

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Matt Duarte
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

Originally from North Carolina – and with an interest in the outdoors born in the Appalachian Mountains – Matt’s steadfast love for wild spaces too...

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Matt Halliday
(WFR Instructor)

Matt hails from the Seattle area and calls the PNW home. His "formal" education in the outdoors started on a NOLS course. Since that wonderful expe...

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Matthew McGee
(Wilderness First Responder)

Matt has worked professionally as a wildlife biologist in Montana, Wyoming, California, and Alaska, including studies of coyotes, wolves, mountain ...

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Mattie Guelinas
(Wilderness First Responder, RN)

Mattie is currently working as a flight nurse in Flagstaff, AZ where she specializes in pediatric emergency care. In her spare time she is a backco...

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Matt Stauffer
(Instructor, MA, MD, FAWM)

Matt has brought his experience in the outdoors and medicine to the students of NOLS since the late 1990's. He has worked as an educator and leader...

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Maureen Fox
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Born and raised in Woody Creek, Colorado, near Aspen, Maureen grew up skiing, hiking, and biking in the Rockies. After receiving a BA from Lewis an...

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Megan Budge
(NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

Megan Budge grew up in the shadow of Utah's Wasatch Mountains and was skiing and climbing by the age of three. The daughter of a mountain guide and...

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Megan T. Guffey
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Megan is from Mammoth Lakes, California and graduated with a BA in Kinesiology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. 2003 to present,...

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Melis Coady
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Melis Coady has been an instructor since 2002. Often she can be found jet-lagging for NOLS Wilderness Medicine to teach Wilderness First Responder ...

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Melissa Gray
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Melissa got her start in wilderness medicine in 1985 by teaching with SOLO in Conway, NH, where she also volunteered for various urban and mountain...

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Meriwether Hardie
(Instructor )

Meriwether works in climate-smart agriculture, natural resource protection, sustainable rural community development, and wilderness education. Alon...

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Michael Schmertzler
(Chair Emeritus)

First elected to the NOLS board of trustees in 2001, Michael’s term was extended to fill a vacancy and extended again so he could serve as chair...

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Mike Ditolla
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Mike became a NOLS Instructor in 2000 and is still teaching a variety of skills for the school. His rescue experience includes many technical SAR o...

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Mike King
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Mike grew up backpacking and climbing in the southern Appalachian Mountains. After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and working with at-risk youth...

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Mike Moxness
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, RN)

Mike is a registered nurse living in Anchorage, Alaska, where he spent much of his career in the emergency room. He received his first EMT certific...

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Mike Perez
(Admissions Officer)

Mike was born in Miami and learned to love the ocean from a very early age. Accompanied and supported by his big Cuban family, he gained an appreci...

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Mike Schiller
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Mike has been an EMT since 1997, a WEMT since 2001 and teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine since 2003. A serial entrepreneur, Mike is currently C...

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Mike Shaw
(Wilderness First Responder)

Mike has been working in outdoor education since the mid 90's. In this time he has led canoeing, kayaking, caving, climbing, mountaineering, backpa...

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Mike Zawaski
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Mike has been teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine since 2000. As a scientist and science educator, he looks at the world in a different way than...

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Missy White
(Instructor, WFR)

Missy began her outdoor career canoeing the swamps of southern Louisiana. Tired of the hot, flat, and humid lands, she headed to Wyoming in 1988 an...

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M. Justin Moynihan
(Wilderness First Responder)

Justin has worked in the Outdoor Industry since 2005, developing programs, guiding rock, ice, winter mountaineering, backpacking, and cycling; and ...

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Molly Herber
(Writer, Blog Editor & Instructor )

Molly loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's runn...

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Muthoni Muriithi
(Program Manager NOLS East Africa)

Muthoni Muriithi is the Program Manager of NOLS East Africa. She took the local educator course in 1997, and then received a scholarship to take a ...

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