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 identi…

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Sandy Chio
(Marketing Director)

Sandy joined NOLS in August 2018 as Marketing Director. She brings a background in consumer and content marketing and shares a passion for the outdoo…

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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 Environm…

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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 then…

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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 v…

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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 Bac…

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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 backpacking…

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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 curren…

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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 and…

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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 si…

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SJ (Sarah Johnson)
(Field Instructor)

SJ came to NOLS through the River Program in 2017—it continues to guide her path at the school. She is a warrior of the heart, a lover of the world's…

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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 whitew…

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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 organiza…

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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 hooke…

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Steve Harrington
(Field and Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

Steve has been leading wilderness trips for over 35 years, working for a number of programs including Outward Bound, Higher Rock Wilderness Adventure…

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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. S…

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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 California …

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Susan Bentley
(Wilderness Medicine Instructor)

“The real meaning of wilderness will open our eyes like an Idaho sunrise on a summer morning.” —Frank Church

Susan was born and raised on the Ida…

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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 earned…

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