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.

Sam Talucci
(Instructor)

Sam Talucci is a facilitator, educator, leadership coach and entrepreneur whose personal and professional mission is to help people and groups iden...

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Sarah Cuddy
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Hailing from Central Oregon, Sarah can often be found enjoying the recreational opportunities around her home of Bend, Oregon. Sarah studied Enviro...

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Sarah Kleinschmidt
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Sarah's interest in wilderness medicine began in second grade, when she was kicked out of class for bringing a dead bird to show-and-tell. Since th...

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Sara Nelson, MD
(Wilderness First Responder)

Sara is passionate about the outdoors and about medicine. After working as an outdoor educator in Colorado and Vermont, her path veered sharply whe...

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Sascha Paris
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Sascha is the Sierra Club's Outdoor Activities Training Manager, designing and facilitating leadership and program manager trainings for the Club's...

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Scott (Griz) Kelley
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Born in Geneva, raised in Rome, and educated in Troy - all in New York State. Scott K Kelley (a.k.a. Griz) grew up in upstate New York and earned a...

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Scott Hipwell
(Instructor)

A Colorado native, Scott has ties to almost every corner of the state. He grew up in the Denver metro area and spent his youthful summers backpacki...

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Sean Barnacastle Williams
(Instructor)

Sean came to NOLS as a student in 1999 and as an instructor in 2003. After earning a doctorate in philosophy, he chose NOLS over academia, and curr...

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Sean McEvoy
(Admissions Officer)

Sean originally hails from New Hampshire, where he grew up snowboarding, playing music, and hiking in the White Mountains. After high school, Sean ...

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Sean Smith
(Instructor)

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sean has migrated from Washington to Montana, California, and finally settling down in the City that never s...

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Shana Lee Tarter
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, FAWM)

Shana was a student in the first NOLS Wilderness Medicine course in July 1990. She joined the NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructional team in 1995 a...

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Shari Leach
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Shari Leach has worked in outdoor and adventure education since the early 90s, starting as an assistant counselor in the Panda Bear Cabin. She has ...

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Stasi York
(Wilderness First Responder)

Stasi grew up exploring Southern woods, rivers, and coastlines. She began guiding canoe trips as a Girl Scout, and spent several years leading whit...

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Stefan J. Jackson
(Board Member)

Stefan is the founder of NATURAL DIFFERENCE, LLC, a consultancy specializing in diversity and inclusion for natural resource conservation organi...

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Stephanie Bonucci
(Instructor)

Steph is a pun-loving outdoor enthusiast . She first came to NOLS in 2012 as a student on an Alaska Mountaineering course. After that, she was hoo...

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Steve Harrington
(Instructor)

Steve has been leading wilderness trips for over 30 years working for a number of programs including Outward Bound, Higher Rock Wilderness Adventur...

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Steve Lanwermeyer
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Steve began working for NOLS Wilderness Medicine in 2003 after earning a BA in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound. ...

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Steve Rasmussen
(Wilderness First Responder)

Steve has worked in outdoor education since the mid 90’s. He worked as a river guide and managed a rafting operation on the Kern River in Californi...

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Steve Wiseman
(Wilderness First Responder, RN)

Steven received his initial wilderness first aid training from NOLS Wilderness Medicine in 2001. The course sparked an interest and after following...

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Susan Powell
(Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician)

Growing up camping and spending time outdoors in Kentucky, Susan Powell realized she wanted to have a career working with people outdoors. She earn...

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Sydney Clark
(Diversity and Inclusion Manager)

Sydney hails from the midwest where she earned a BA in Sociology and Political Science and played Division I volleyball at Southern Illinois Univer...

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