Instructors 2017-05-21T22:03:56+00:00

SOLO Instructors

The list below represents a partial list of SOLO Instructors.

NAME:  Dorothy Adler
CERTIFICATIONS: NREMT, WEMT, AHA BLS Instructor, ASHI Advanced Wilderness Instructor, Avalanche Education Instructor AIARE Level 1

DESCRIPTION:  I live work and play in the great far north of Alaska.  My current passion in life is experiencing the mountains and wilderness with my four year old son; however, much of my time in Alaska has been spent on the high mountains, including Denali and a plethora of peaks in the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains.  I currently teach SOLO courses throughout Alaska, work as the Education Director for the North America Outdoor Institute, and teach Avalanche courses throughout the state.

NAME:  Ty Atwater
LOCATION: Adventure Leadership Institute, Oregon State University
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, ACA Raft & Swift Water Rescue Instructor, SPI-AMGA, TMCI – PCIA, Climbing Wall Instructor Provider Trainer – PCIA
DEGREES: BS in Zoology – Oregon State University, currently working on MA in teaching (Health Education) from Western Oregon University

DESCRIPTION:  I currently work as The Climbing Coordinator for Oregon State University’s Adventure Leadership Institute (ALI). At the ALI I teach WFA & WFR courses in both term long and concentrated versions. I enjoy working for SOLO because of the outstanding curriculum and friendly, welcoming staff. My interests include climbing, rafting/kayaking, skiing, and I am learning to love ultra distance running. If you’re ever in Oregon, feel free to stop by and share your wilderness medicine stories.

NAME:  Bill Aughton
CERTIFICATIONS: NH EMT, AHA instructor, Red Cross disaster trained/certified

DESCRIPTION: I am a former certified Alpine guide, ex British Special Forces paramedic, combat arenas Borneo and Middle East. I have done medical work in 17 countries – 5 continents. Risk management consultant; University Southern Maine, AMC, School for Field Studies. NH SAR 35 years. (Three gubernatorial commendations) I love road and mountain biking, hiking, climbing and red wine. I have been a member of the Wilderness Medical society for 16 years and conducted numerous society presentations. I am passionate about wife Jeanne, daughter Sage and healthy lifestyles.

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NAME:  George Aukerman
CERTIFICATIONS: NREMT, WEMT, AWEMT course, PCGI guide, RMI mountaineering school, NCRC level 2, AHA BLS instructor, CPI instructor.

DESCRIPTION:I am an outdoor trip leader and staff instructor for a wilderness school in Western Pennsylvania. My climbing experience includes Mt. Rainier, Grand Teton, the Bolivian Andes and various climbs in Northern Italy and Sicily. My experience also includes 8 years as a SERE instructor for the U.S. Navy. I passed my 1st SOLO course in 1996. Other activities include Mountain biking, caving and camping with my wife, Kim and our 3 dogs, Bailey, Bella and Gracie. My passion is sharing my experiences with others to encourage their appreciation for the world we live in and experiencing it safely and responsibly.

NAME:  Brent Bell

DESCRIPTION:I am a professor at UNH in the outdoor education program. I teach outdoor leadership classes and conduct research on wilderness orientation programs. I have been around EMS since 1980, including 26 years as a ski patroller and 9 years on the Henniker, NH Rescue Squad. My loves are named Beth (wife), Holden (son), skiing (all forms) and biking.

NAME:  Charlie Bloedon
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, AHA BLS Instructor, AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor, PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor, PCIA Course Provider, US Avalanche Level I, Canadian Avalanche Recreational

DESCRIPTION:My passion for the outdoors and love of instructing has landed me in the outdoor field. I am a Coordinator in the Maine Bound Adventure Center and instruct through the Kinesiology and Physical Education Department at the University of Maine. My favorite activity changes with the seasons, from rock climbing & hiking to mountaineering & ice climbing to backpacking & paddling.

Brad Boehringer
NAME:  Brad Boehringer
CERTIFICATIONS: Registered Nurse, W-EMT paramedic, PHTLS, ACLS, NRP, PALS, CPR (instructor), PHTLS (instructor), TNCC, DAMS, CEN

DESCRIPTION:Cutting my medical teeth as a prehospital provider I began teaching for SOLO and developed my passion for medicine. This led me to a second degree in nursing and eventual work in the Emergency Room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. My ongoing passion for outdoor expeditions and international travel has seen me hike the Appalachian Trail, work for Outward Bound in Maine, volunteer yearly at a clinic in the Dominican Republic, and to guide high altitude expeditions through Field Touring Alpine in Nepal and Ecuador. On any given spring weekend I can be found ski patrolling in Tuckerman’s Ravine. I yearn for the telemark turn in deep powder, good coffee and tasty beverages….all amidst friends.

NAME:  Gerry Brache
LOCATION: Maine & beyond………..
CERTIFICATIONS: NREMT-B, WEMT, AWEMT, BLS/CPR Instructor, High Angle Rescue Certified, BASAR certified, PCIA Climbing instructor, AMGA.

DESCRIPTION:My wife, son and I make our home on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to hosting and teaching courses for SOLO I work with a local high angle search and rescue team that services Acadia National Park.
I am also a trip leader, climbing instructor and LNT instructor for Squeaky Wheel Adventures, a Maine based outdoor environmental camp for foster kids.
I am currently working with my friend Chandra Ale, owner of Initiative Outdoor, a Nepal based mountaineering, trekking and outdoor education company. With SOLO’s guiding hand, Chandra and I hope to develop Nepals first SOLO certified wilderness medicine courses for aspiring Nepali guides in training.

NAME:  Richard Bravo
LOCATION: Pucon, Chile
CERTIFICATIONS: NREMT, Wemt, SRT-1, AHA BLS Instructor, Kayak/Rafting Instructor, Chilean National Ski Patroller.
Graduate of “The University of Colorado, Boulder” Over 20 years of professional guiding\Instructor experience between North and South America.

DESCRIPTION:My passion is exploring the Southern Andes with my three children Agatha, Mateo y Ismael.

Jono Bryant
NAME: Jonathon Bryant
LOCATION: North Carolina
CERTIFICATIONS: EMT-I, BLS Instructor, Mountain Leader UK

DESCRIPTION: I manage SOLO Southeast, and direct NOC adventure travel, and am the owner/director MedicForce. I am trained as an ecologist, spent seven months in the Amazon working as a jungle guide and resident naturalist. I have spent the last 10 years leading jungle expeditions throughout the world. I am now committed to developing SOLO Southeast and leading medical relief expeditions. I am passionate about the outdoors, motorbikes and my home country, Great Britain.

NAME: David Calvin
LOCATION: Bloomington, IN
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, Indiana EMT-B, AHA BLS Instructor, ARC CPR Instructor

DESCRIPTION: The wonderful rolling hills and plentiful trees of southern Indiana serves as home to me and my wonderful family. I am a full-time firefighter/EMT and spent 16 years as the Outdoor Program Coordinator at Indiana University. I spend a fair amount of my time off of work at my children’s sporting and organizational events. My outdoor passion is any whitewater activities, but I find myself spending much less time in a boat the last couple years. I have been a SOLO instructor for almost ten years.

Seth Campbell
NAME: Seth Campbell
LOCATION: Maine and New Hampshire

DESCRIPTION: I live in Hanover, New Hampshire and work full time for the Army Corp of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) as a research physical scientist. My outdoor pursuits include mountaineering, rock climbing, and ice climbing, and I work part time as an EMT-Intermediate and climbing guide. Along with teaching for SOLO, I occasionally teach short courses for Maine EMS and the University of Maine. I have been fortunate to work and play in a number of remote regions around the world including Alaska, Greenland, South America, Australia, and throughout the continental United States.

NAME: Jon Clancy
LOCATION: New England
DESCRIPTION: I currently teach full-time for SOLO, but have previously worked as a raft guide, wilderness therapy guide, camp counselor and swim instructor. I’m a member of SOLO SAR, and have been teaching for SOLO since January 2007.
NAME: Brent T. Cochran
CERTIFICATIONS:WEMT, EMT-I, Rescue Technician & Red Cross CPR/AED Instructor
DESCRIPTION: I am a cutflower farmer, following 20 years of outdoor instruction & guiding for university outing programs, organizations & outfitters. I volunteer with Watauga Rescue & continue to play outdoors from time to time.
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NAME: Jim Cole
LOCATION: San Juan Island, WA
DESCRIPTION:I am an accomplished EMS and Wilderness educator, having instructed for SOLO since 2001. I currently direct the San Juan School of Wilderness EMS. I serve as the EMS Chief for a rural/remote county EMS system in the San Juan Islands and Washington which operates ground, marine and air rescue and response. I am a happily married father of 3 school-aged kids who all love the outdoors where they love to go hiking, camping, and boating.
Guy deBrun
NAME: Guy deBrun
DESCRIPTION:I currently live in Belchertown, MA. I am a full time instructor for the outdoor program at Hampshire College where I teach WFA and WFR. I enjoy skiing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and throwing rocks in bodies of water with my son.
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NAME: Nathan Duclos
DESCRIPTION: I currently work as an EMT-I for an active 911 ambulance in Durham, NH. I am a licensed EMS I/C and I teach EMT Basic and Intermediate courses for the McGregor Institute of EMS as well as for a local high school. In addition I run the statewide CPR Safe program for schools and am an AHA TCF. Outside of EMS I teach theater at a high school in Maine. I spend my free time biking, kayaking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and playing soccer.
Jon Duff
NAME: Jon Duff
LOCATION: Current hometown: Gainesville, FL
CERTIFICATIONS: :Education: AS Emergency Medical Services Sante Fe College, Gainesville, FL.BS Management – Stetson University, Deland, FL.MS Sports Administration – St. Thomas University, Miami, FL

DESCRIPTION: I currently work as an adjunct faculty member for Sante Fe College and Central Florida College teaching Emergency Medical Responder, EMT, and Paramedic lectures and labs. I am a BLS, ACLS, and PALS American Heart Association instructor and am a current EMT – Paramedic in FLorida. My passion from the outdoors stems from my experiences around the water. I did my thesis on drowning and drowning prevention and have a long background in teaching aquatic safety. The SOLO philosophy of prevention and systematic approach to wilderness courses is what excites me the most.

NAME: Coleman Griffith
LOCATION: St. George, ME

DESCRIPTION: I currently lives in St. George, ME where I work for the Americorps at an outdoor education centre. I also run as an EMT and fireman on the St. George Fire and Rescue Service. I spend my spare time snowboarding, cycling, canoing and backpacking.

NAME: Francois Guilleux
LOCATION: Pittsburgh, PA
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, AHA and ASHI CPR instructor, American Canoe Association Coastal Kayak Level 3 Instructor, Wilderness Education Association Outdoor Leadership Certifying Instructor, Avalanche Safety Level 1, The Leadership Circle Profile administrator, The Leadership Culture Survey administrator, Immunity to Change facilitator.
DEGREES: B.A. in literary and cultural studies and psychology; Carnegie Mellon University Ed.M. in self-designed program in experiential education; Harvard University Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Studies; University of Pittsburgh

DESCRIPTION:Full time job: Assistant Director for Program Development, CCO Experiential Designs
Why did you want to become a SOLO instructor: To train outdoor leaders SOLO was contracted to teach a WFA at the organization where I worked right after college. Over the next few years, I followed up with a WFR and a bridge course the WEMT and my appreciation for SOLO’s approach to teaching wilderness medicine grew.
Career Highlights with SOLO: Teaching a WFR in Kenya with outdoor educators, park rangers, and safari guides. Buying lipstick in Romania to use for moulage in a WFA course with local guides and park rangers!
Hobbies/Other interest: I enjoy helping people discover my native country of France, especially its mountains. My wife and I are renovating a home from 1890’s. I love drawing on my education and research to teach leadership in and out of the wilderness environment.

Todd Wright
NAME: Todd A Johnstone-Wright
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, VT-EMT-B, AHA BLS Instructor, ACA L5 Coastal Instructor, ACA L4 Coastal Instructor Trainer, ACA L4 Whitewater and Surf Kayak Instructor, BCU L3 Sea Coach, BCU 5 Star Sea Leader, BCU FSRT Provider, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AIARE L1, Registered Maine Guide and Team Paddler for P&H Kayak.

DESCRIPTION: I am the Director of the Saint Michael’s College Wilderness Program, a part-time SOLO Instructor and an Alumni Member of Saint Michael’s College Fire/Rescue. I have a passion for paddle sports which affords me the opportunity to paddle and teach throughout North America, South America and Europe. In my free time I can be found spending time with his family and skiing or climbing in the hills of Vermont and New Hampshire.

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NAME: Andrea Kane
LOCATION: Vergennes, Vermont
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, Vermont EMT-I, AHA BLS Instructor, PHTLS, PEPP, Ice Rescue Technician

DESCRIPTION: I’ve been hooked on experiential education since first working with at-risk youth in 1995, hooked on outdoor education since first teaching the J-stroke in 1997, and hooked on wilderness medicine since first watching a coworker impale his head on a tree in the Adirondacks in 1998. Along with over a decade of “working” outdoors for various organizations, I have taught for SOLO since 1999 (my favorite era of which was spent living on the incomparable SOLO campus). I now spend lots of time outdoors with my husband and two young children, looking forward to hiking the Long Trail end-to-end as a family in the next few years. Other time I spend teaching street EMTs for the University of Vermont and volunteering as an EMT-Intermediate with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad. I’m particularly interested in endurance sports and technical rescue, and my favorite part of teaching for SOLO is hearing about all the fabulous outdoor jobs SOLO students have managed to score.

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NAME: Leo Kelly
LOCATION: West Haven, CT

DESCRIPTION: I am a retired career firefighter, now volunteering for Appalachian Mountain Club and US Forest Service as Boundary Monitor along the 53 miles of AT in Ct. I am a AMC Mountain Leadership School Instructor, UConn Extension Service Master Gardener, and certified Tree Whisperer. “No Pulse No Problem!”

NAME: Joe LaRue
LOCATION: New Hampshire

DESCRIPTION: I currently live in New Hampshire and work part-time for SOLO. My primary employment is as a pharmacist in a hospital. I am the SOLO SAR Coordinator and the Secretary of the Board for AVSAR. In my free time, I enjoy cycling, trail running, swimming and developing my tracking skills

NAME: Courtney Lewallen
LOCATION: Conway, New Hampshire

DESCRIPTION: I currently live in Conway, NH working as a full-time instructor at the home campus. I also work in the office and am currently working on SOLO marketing. I am part of SOLO SAR and I volunteer on the local ambulance service in my free time. I enjoy being outside skiing and backpacking.

NAME: Rowan Lewis
LOCATION: Zimbabwe Africa

DESCRIPTION: Introduced to SOLO on a WFR course in Zambia with Overland Missions, I exchanged the wilds near Victoria Falls for the frozen winter of the White Mountains to become SOLO’s first African instructor in 2007. Back in Africa I head up SOLO’s pioneering efforts there and have taught courses in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya, with exciting new ventures developing steadily. Every second year the need to recertify my EMT, and reconnect with the world of SOLO, brings me back to a White Christmas, travel and teaching adventures. I have also done relief work in Haiti.

Ben Loveless
NAME: Ben Loveless
LOCATION: Waitsfield, VT
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, NREMT-B, AHA BLS Instructor, Basic First-Aid/CPR Instructor for the Red Cross, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, LNT Master Educator

DESCRIPTION: I currently live amongst the beautiful Green Mountain in the Mad River Valley and I work for the following organizations: True North Wilderness Program as the Program Director and in a part-time capacity for the NOLS and Outward Bound as a Wilderness Instructor and for SOLO as a WFA and WFR Instructor. I enjoy being outside period. I love of the outdoor activities but focus mostly on land-based activities including mountaineering, snowboarding, rock climbing and backpacking. My passions include educating people out of doors, reading, nature photography and spending time with my wife, son and dog Kelsey. I have witnessed first-hand the value of wilderness medical training and am very happy to be instructing for such a beneficial organization like SOLO.

Sue Lowley
NAME: Sue Lowley
CERTIFICATIONS:WEMT, NR EMT-B, American Red Cross Instructor, National Ski Patroller, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

DESCRIPTION: I have worked as field instructor for NOLS and Outward Bound. I am currently coordinating the adventure program at James Madison University in Virginia. In my spare time I enjoy telemark and backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and climbing. I miss living where there is “real winter” . My favorite part of the WFR course is when students start to put it all together and the assessment begins to flow – you can actually see their faces light up and a light bulb appearing in the bubble above their heads!

NAME: Josh MacMillan
LOCATION: Conway, New Hampshire
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, NREMT-I, AHA BLS Instructor, PEETE Evaluator, Fire-Fighter-1

DESCRIPTION: I am a firefighter/EMT-II. I have been working in the field and teaching for eight years. I am currently the assistant director of education for SOLO. I am also part of a backcountry rescue team in the White Mountains. In the winter I work part time for a ski patrol when I am not teaching for SOLO.

NAME: Kelsey MacMillan
DEGREES: BA in English & Elementary Education, Minor in Leadership Studies – University of Rhode Island

DESCRIPTION: I am originally from Massachusetts but quickly fell in love with SOLO and New Hampshire upon attending a WFR course at the SOLO main campus. From my experiences in college through my minor, I had taken many classes that were taught through experiential education. I loved this method and felt that so many people could understand topics and concepts if things were taught this way. After being a student myself, I couldn’t think of a better place to want to work because of SOLO’s ability to teach in the same way. When I am not teaching, I can be found in the SOLO office as an Assistant Director, hiking, or running.

NAME: Mathew May
LOCATION: Ventura, California
CERTIFICATIONS: EMT-P, WEMT, Wildland Firefighter, Professional Structural Firefighter, Kayak and Backcountry Hiking Guide with Blue Sky Wilderness Guides.
DEGREES: BA in English & Elementary Education, Minor in Leadership Studies – University of Rhode Island

DESCRIPTION: I have a graduate degree in Outdoor Education and serve as a Professional Firefighter/Paramedic. In 2007 I spent one year serving in Iraq. I currently operate my own wilderness guide service and training company, leading backpacking trips to The Grand Canyon and kayak trips to Channel Islands National Park. My hobbies are Backpacking, Climbing; Kayaking, (and a new one) Paddle Boarding; Wilderness Travel; hiking with my dog! My passions are spending time with my kids; exploring new wilderness areas; travel; fitness; and teaching!

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NAME: Chris Nafziger
LOCATION: Fillmore, NY
DEGREES: BA in English & Elementary Education, Minor in Leadership Studies – University of Rhode Island

DESCRIPTION: I currently live in Fillmore, NY working as an Instructor in the Recreation Department at Houghton College. I also teach WFA courses on a part-time basis. I enjoy writing, reading and learning.

NAME: Josh Norris
LOCATION: Corvallis , OR

DESCRIPTION: I currently live in Corvallis, Oregon coordinating and working as an instructor at The Adventure Leadership Institute housed within Oregon State University. I am an instructor and instructor trainer for several organizations. I also teach for the San Juan School of Wilderness Medicine. I love my job and enjoy spending time with my family and being outside.

NAME: Will Owen

DESCRIPTION: I currently live in Conway, NH and work for Memorial Hospital as an emergency department RN and Nursing Supervisor. I am also a call member of the Conway Village Fire Department, and ski patrol at Cranmore Mountain. If I’m not working, I am outside skiing, biking, running, or getting ready for the next adventure race.

NAME: Stuart Remensnyder

DESCRIPTION: Living in Amherst Mass and working part time for SOLO, I work mostly full time running the US office for a trekking and mountaineering company ( We offer SOLO WFA programs on many on our trips around the globe including Nepal, Pakistan, Argentina and Ecuador. My wife, Nicole (a SOLO grad!), and I are also busy full time raising two young children who are sure to be SOLO students one day!

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NAME: Jeremy Robichaud
LOCATION: Bangor, Maine
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, AHA BLS Instructor, Registered Maine Guide, AMGA and PCIA Single Pitch Instructor

DESCRIPTION: To be honest, until I took my first SOLO course I would never have imagined myself in the medical field. I have been playing in the woods, leading trips and working with youth in various wilderness and therapeutic setting for almost a decade. So, when I enrolled in my first WFR course it was more out of a sense of obligation than of interest. However, within the first day I was hooked and knew that I had stumbled upon something that would become a big part of my life! Since that day, I have gone on to become a WEMT, nationally registered EMT-B and work for Capital Ambulance in Bangor, Maine. My full time position is Director of Adventure Recreation at the Bangor YMCA but I also do some work for Acadia Mountain Guides and Project Adventure. I am a Registered Maine Guide and an AMGA and PCIA licensed climbing instructor. My primary outdoor passion is technical rock climbing.”

NAME: Wayne Rodrigues
LOCATION: Western Massachusetts
CERTIFICATIONS: Licensed/ Certified Athletic Trainer, Mass Licensed Paramedic, AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support, WEMT, AHA BLS HCP/ Instructor, ARC First Responder/CPR /AED for Professional Rescuer

DESCRIPTION: I teach Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder courses for SOLO, and I am qualified paramedic and AMC trip leader and Mountain Leadership School instructor. I bring 26 years of experience teaching courses in sports medicine, CPR and emergency care at Springfield College. Also a certified athletic trainer, I have provided athletic health care to numerous athletic teams at all levels. In addition to my work for 7 years as a Medic in the US army, I have worked as an EMT/Paramedic for the last ten years for American Medical Response in the city of Springfield, MA. Certified in outdoor emergency care I have volunteered as a National Ski Patroller for a local ski area in New England for 10 years. A life long outdoor enthusiast, I volunteer leading hiking/backpacking trips for the AMC and have been an instructor for their Outdoor Leadership courses and Mountain Leadership School.

NAME: Matthew Rosefsky
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, NREMT-B, AHA BLS HCP, trained in Cave Rescue; LNT Instructor

DESCRIPTION:Living in Charlottesville, Virginia, I full-time manage and lead expeditions for Outdoor Adventure Social Club (, which has ~40 guides taking people on just about every outdoor adventure that exists. I also am a volunteer board member for our local trails nonprofit, and I volunteer for our local search and rescue group when scheduling permits.
Continuous field experience and continuous SOLO education keep me well-prepared for teaching SOLO wilderness medicine, mostly in Virginia.

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NAME: Dundar Sahin
LOCATION: Istanbul Turkey
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, Accredited as a consultant for various agencies and organizations including: Nordstrom Social Compliance Projects in Turkey, DuPont Safety Resources, World Bank I.F.C. Health & Safety and Social Compliance projects in Turkey. I am a SOLO WFR, WFA, and CPR instructor. I am an active member of AKUT and most recently responded to the quakes in Turkey and in Haiti.

DESCRIPTION: I am a freelance consultant offering solutions in the area of Public Safety and Social Compliance in Istanbul. I have worked with AKUT, the Turkish organization that handles both search and rescue in the wilderness and response to natural disasters since the late 1990s. I got my first SOLO training in 1999-2000. I love being outside, mostly diving and camping. I used to climb, but I am feeling older and getting busy these days, so I have to be satisfied with sitting around the occasional campfire.

NAME: David Schullinger-Krause
LOCATION: Vermont and Massachusetts
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT-B (paramedic student), BLS Instructor, Open Water Diver

DESCRIPTION: I have practiced professionally as an EMT-I and as former Assistant SAR Director for SOLO. I am on the medical advisory board of Portland Mountain Rescue and have functioned as expedition medic on a trip to Kyrgyzstan to climb virgin peaks. I am an amateur naturalist and have lately been doing a lot of sea kayaking. In my eight years in the National Guard I was made to jump out of perfectly good airplanes. I have done some guiding and worked for years with emotionally disturbed kids in the outdoors.

NAME: Amy Smallwood
LOCATION: Redding, CA/ Buena Vista, CO
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, Vertical Rescue Technician, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Cave Rescue, Avalanche 1, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, BCU 3 Star Paddler

DESCRIPTION:I am currently an Assistant Professor at Simpson University’s Outdoor Leadership program. I took my first SOLO WFR course in 2001 as part of a wilderness instructor training program. I have always been interested in the medical field, and my SOLO course was one of the best educational experience I had been a part of. It’s a privilege to teach for SOLO and to help outdoor enthusiasts to learn to prevent and care for medical emergencies. When I’m not teaching, I love to spend time with my nieces and nephews and to play in the great outdoors.

NAME: Ellen Stein
LOCATION: Northampton MA
DEGREES: Dartmouth College AB Engineering Sciences, Stanford University MBA, Dartmouth Medical School MD

DESCRIPTION :Why SOLO? I took a WFR with SOLO in the early 1990s and have been hooked since. The material, the way it’s taught, the people who teach it, and the incredible sense of family within the organization are all exceptional. There are other organizations that offer the same certifications but they don’t do it in the same way and it’s the delivery and again…the people most notably….that make SOLO the leader in my mind. And then there is the SOLO campus including the food…how could I want to train anywhere else???
Career Highlight with SOLO: 4 days after teaching a WFA to a college student who was taking the class for credit and said she would never use the information, I received an email from her thanking me. She said she came upon another student who had been hurt while sledding and she put her training to use until the ambulance came. She was beyond-thrilled with the fact that she knew what to do and the EMTs commended her on her stabilization and assessment of the patient, which of course made me proud!
Hobbies/other interests: Pretty much anything outdoors, especially biking, skiing (every type), hiking, running, etc…

Cliff Stockton
NAME: Cliff Stockton
LOCATION: Hagerman, ID
CERTIFICATIONS: WFR, CPR Instructor Red Cross, Non Violent Crisis Intervention Trainer, CPI

DESCRIPTION:I am the Program Director for the oldest Wilderness Treatment program in the United States. SUWS has been in continual operation since 1982. I am a member of the Gooding County SAR team and I have held EMT-B and OEC certifications and been a member of National Ski Patrol. My wife, Marcia, and I live in Hagerman, ID where we ski, hike and ride our motorcycles.

Joshua Allen Strom
NAME: Joshua Allen Strom
LOCATION: Northeast, Tennessee
CERTIFICATIONS: NREMT-B, Tennessee EMT-IV, Virginia EMT, BL S Instructor, Ropes Rescue I & II, Firefighter I & II, Wildland Firefighter

DESCRIPTION: I am native from the Appalachian Region of Tennessee. I work as a traveling instructor for SOLO. I have 10 years experience working in SAR and EMS. I currently serve as an EMT for Bristol Lifesaving Crew. In my spare time I like to go backpacking and playing disk golf.

NAME: Raelyn Viti
LOCATION: Henniker, NH

DESCRIPTION: I am happiest when I show students all the wonders the wilderness has to offer. I have been a SOLO instructor for many years, primarily teaching the WFA and WFR courses to align with school curriculums and degree requirements in the private boarding school and college settings. I became a WEMT when I was honorably discharged from the Army. I have led wilderness experiences throughout the country from the White Mountains to the Sierra Nevadas. I have climbed peaks in the Indian Himalayas and Ecuador. Currently, I am the Outdoor Leadership Lecturer and Adventure Bound Advisor at New England College in Henniker.

NAME: Douglas Wagoner
LOCATION: Georgetown, Indiana (Louisville, KY area)
CERTIFICATIONS: NR-EMT, WEMT, AHA BLS Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator, ACA Canoe Instructor, BS Business Administration, Indiana University

DESCRIPTION: Douglas Wagoner is owner and chief guide at Green Earth Outdoors, a Southern Indiana/Louisville, KY-based, outdoor specialty retailer, adventure travel service, and outdoor skills course provider. Gaining experience and a respect for the outdoors at a very young age, Douglas has a deep passion for sharing outdoor skills with others. A professional guide and outdoor educator since 1991, he has lead hundreds on numerous backpacking, canoeing and climbing expeditions and teaching the skills that go with them. Seeing a lack of quality wilderness medicine instruction in his home area, he sought to become a SOLO Instructor because of their high instructor standards and best-of-class curriculum. He is available to provide courses at Green Earth Outdoors or anywhere in the Midwest.

Whitney Ward
NAME: Whitney Ward
LOCATION: Carbondale, IL
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, NREMT-B, AHA BLS Instructor, LNT Master Educator Instructor, Wilderness Education Association Certifying instructor

DESCRIPTION: I currently teach in the Department of Health Education and Recreation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I am the coordinator for the Outdoor Recreation Leadership courses and curriculum for the department, which includes curriculum from the Wilderness Education Association, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and SOLO. My interests include just about anything outside, but my true loves are the desert and mountains.

NAME: Allen White
LOCATION: Northeast Georgia
CERTIFICATIONS: NREMT-Paramedic (PALS, ACLS, ASLS, PHTLS); WEMT; AHA BLS Instructor; AMGA SPI; NOLS OEC/Mountaineering ʼ94; WEA NSP ʼ96; Wilderness Medical Society FAWM candidate

DESCRIPTION: Based out of northeast Georgia, I am in my eleventh year of owning/ operating a year-round outdoor program ministry for youth, and eighth year of working as a full-time ALS-unit medic and member of the High Angle Rescue Team as a climbing medic (Tallulah Gorge and Currahee Mtn). I also guide for Fox Mountain Guides contractually in the NE GA/North Carolina/Alabama areas. My first experience with SOLO was attending the “mothership” for a WEMT module course in the winter of ʼ93. The ripple effect of that first course, both personally and professionally, continues even today. As a traveling ʻambassadorʼ for SOLO, it is exciting to see students of all backgrounds unite around the common table of ʻpatient careʼ in becoming backcountry samaritans.

Eben Widlund
NAME: Eben Widlund
LOCATION: Jeffersonville, VT
CERTIFICATIONS: WEMT, NREMT-B, AHA BLS Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AIARE Level One Avalanche

DESCRIPTION: I am a recovered full time SOLO road instructor, now teaching WFA and WFR part time. I am the Assistant Director of the Wilderness Program at Saint Michaels College in Colchester, Vt where I train college students to be professional guides. My outdoor passions include ice and rock climbing, mountaineering and scuba diving.

Bob Wiley
NAME: Bob Wiley
LOCATION: Williamstown, MA

DESCRIPTION: I have been a SOLO instructor since 1978. I am a hiking guide at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Ma., and a wilderness landscape photographer. I love to ski, snowshoe, backpack, and wander in mountains.

Jed Williamson
NAME: Jed Williamson
CERTIFICATIONS: WFR, AMGA Certified Alpine Guide, Professional Certificate – NH Dept. of Education

DESCRIPTION: Former President of Sterling College; practitioner and consultant in education and outdoor pursuits; co-authored – Manual of Accreditation Standards for Adventure Programs; former faculty member and director of Live, Learn, and Teach,” experiential M.Ed. program – University of New Hampshire; former instructor, program director for Outward Bound; served on boards of the American Alpine Club, NOLS, SCA, and AEE; member of Wilderness Risk Managers Steering Committee.


Bryan Yeaton
NAME: Bryan Yeaton
LOCATION: New Hampshire

DESCRIPTION: I live on the coast of New Hampshire, in easy distance of most of the courses Jill pleads with me to take. A former full-time SOLO instructor, I now instruct the youth of our nation in the finer points of the English Language and its literature (okay… I’m a high school English teacher). Prior to getting back into education, I worked in the backcountry for the AMC, and spent 8 years at the Mount Washington Observatory. In addition to Search & Rescue, I volunteer on Bartlett-Jackson Ambulance, and lead wilderness trips and trainings for various organizations.

NAME: Katherine Riley Yousif
LOCATION: Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION: The eastern section of Massachusetts is home, which is perfect for being close to the ocean as well as the mountains of New Hampshire.
Favorite activities are biking, four-season hiking, and volunteering: search and rescue, ambulance, animal shelters, trip leading, and leadership training instructor. SOLO instructor since 1994.