Conservation College Board of Directors & Adjunct Faculty

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Senior Instructors & Adjunct Faculty
Bill Baroch, M.Ed., Lead Instructor, Storyteller
Lorien MacAuley, Ph.D. Agricultural, Leadership, & Community Education
Nikki van Schyndel, Lead Instructor, Artist, Tracker, Survivalist
Chris “Huck” Anderson, B.A., Lead Instructor
Carol Goulet, Lead Instructor & Staff Advisor
Rachel Edwards, M.A., Lead Instructor & Herbalist
Jason Patterson, Lead Instructor & Artisan
Chelsea Jacobs, EMT, Camp Instructor
Torrey Burke-Weeks, B.A., Lead Instructor & Artisan
Scott Fanello, M.S., Lead Instructor, Appropriate Tech
Kate Hedges, Lead Instructor, Founder of Blue Skies
Griz Chambers, Lead Instructor & Artisan
Orion Baker, B.A.Ed., EMT, CDL, Lead Instructor
Krista Rome, B.S., Conservation Consultant, Farmer
Alexandra “Squirrel” Bunker, B.S., Assistant Instructor
Andy Jacobs, Website Guru, Assistant Instructor
Elissa Pemberton, B.S., Assistant Instructor
Benjamin Kleiber, Camp Instructor
Andrea Jacobson, M.OT., Occupational Therapist
Tom Livny, M.A., Farm Specialist, 2e Instructor

Conservation College Board of Directors
Ellen Blanchard, Esq., President
Nessa Rothstein, Vice President
Jamie Jamerson, Secretary
Diana Wadley, Treasurer
Adam Arabian, Ph.D., P.E., Vision Committee Chair
Ken Fellows, M.S., Transition Committee Chair
Rikki McGee, Ph.D., Fundraising Committee Chair

Max Davis Scholarships Director
Scott A. Davis, CPA

Ellen Blanchard, Esq., Board President

Roles/Work: Conservation College Board of Directors
Hometown(s): Mercer Island, WA
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2015
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018

Ms. Blanchard earned her J.D. from American University, and Bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Japanese Studies and Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is admitted to the Washington State Bar, Virginia Bar, and District of Columbia Bar. She currently serves on the Board the MAMA USA and previously served as Director on the MAMAs Seattle board and Women in eDiscovery. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences around the country on technology and the law. In her spare time, she loves to hike, canoe/kayak/paddleboard, and is an avid photographer. Her children also attend Wolf Camp in the summer.

Nessa Rothstein, Vice President

Roles/Work: Conservation College Board of Directors
Hometown(s): Camano Island, WA
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2011
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018

Ms. Rothstein has 25 years experience as a bookkeeper, 20 years as a homestead farmer, serves as treasurer of the non-profit META Performing Arts, and spent 4 years working as a Financial Manager and Director for an Acupuncture College, Daoist Traditions, undergoing National and Master’s Level Accreditation. Her professional practice includes running transformational groups, which works on bringing aliveness, embodiment, and cohesive intention into a group of people. She has a degree from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing in Energy Healing Science, with a 4 year completion certification from Psychoenergetics – a mindfully based therapeutic training program. She also spent the past 2 years running a small outdoor program for 7-15 year olds helping to bring a deeper awareness of nature and connection to the students. Her three children have attended Wolf Camp for several years.

Jamie Jamerson, Board Secretary

Roles/Work: Conservation College Board of Directors
Hometown(s): Kenmore, WA
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2016
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018

Ms. Jamerson has worked professionally for 14 years overseeing the finances and staff of a not-for-profit organization, with administrative and managerial experience in strategic hiring, conflict resolution, financial reporting, budgeting, salary negotiations, communications, and insurance policies. Previously, she was an active member of what would become the Woodinville Wine Country association. She is currently studying Business Administration & Accounting at the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business, and has two wonderful children who attend Wolf Camp.

Diana Sjogren Wadley, Board Treasurer

Roles/Work: Conservation College Board of Directors
Hometown(s): Bellevue, WA
Alma Mater(s): Kansas State University
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2017
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018

Ms. Wadley has been passionate about the Earth since a very young age. Growing up in Kansas, her pets included horses, cats, box turtles, tons of bugs, a toad, snakes, earthworms “rescued” from rainstorms, and a baby raccoon truly rescued after he was orphaned by a tornado. She now enjoys discovering the flora and fauna of Washington with her husband Scott and two children, Athena and Wolf. Gardening, kayaking, yoga, and picking up litter fill her “spare time,” and she fantasizes about improving her guitar, Spanish, and survival skills. Her experience with grants, environmental education, and community-building are great assets to the Wolf Camp board. She believes the best way to protect our Earth is to ensure as many humans as possible are knowledgeable about and connected to our little blue spaceship.

Gerd Weyer, Vision Committee Member

Roles/Work: Conservation College Board of Directors
Hometown(s): Enumclaw, WA
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2006
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018

Mr. Weyer has a Mechanical Engineering Degree, and was VP of Sales and Marketing for Helac Corporation for most of his career until 2007, when he moved into a board position until 2017. Since then, he has been working on an economic model that takes the environment and the unmeasured sector of the economy into consideration, and is currently working to publish his first book, Economics of Choice. He believes that our appreciation for, and our connectedness with, the natural environment is threatened, and his mission is to see these values supported through environmental education and economic policy initiatives.

Amy Moreno-Sills, Vision Committee Member

Roles/Work: Conservation College Board of Directors
Hometown(s): Puyallup, WA
Alma Mater(s): The Evergreen State College
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2015
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018

Ms. Moreno-Sills discovered her passion for agriculture while studying the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture at The Evergreen State College in 2001. The next year, she interned at Jubilee Farm in Carnation, WA, and after the internship, was hired on at Full Circle Farms as their crop manager and intern program director. She and her husband Augustin met at Full Circle, and they moved to Pierce County after their daughter was born. They managed Tahoma Farms for several years before staring their own organic Four Elements Farm in 2014 in Puyallup with their their two children, Gabriela and Hector. Amy is a trained facilitator, has served as a board member for the Tilth Producers of Washington, is currently chair for the Agriculture Community of Interest, a part of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, and works as the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for Futurewise Pierce County.

Adam Arabian, Ph.D., P.E., Vision Committee Chair

Roles/Work: Conservation College Board of Directors
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2016
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018

Dr. Arabian is Associate Professor, Engineering and Computer Science, and Coordinator, General Engineering Programs, at Seattle Pacific University, and is also actively involved with international nonprofit organizations. His daughter has a huge passion for Wolf Camp which has had a very positive impact on her view of the world. His goal is to help Wolf Camp reach more kids in the same way and lay out a future for earth-aware cultural and experiential training, as well as helping the Conservation College move forward with an academic engagement mission, seeking opportunities for alignment with post-secondary educational institutions for academic credit.

Ken Fellows, M.S., Transition Committee Chair

Roles/Work: Conservation College Board of Directors
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2013
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018

Ken Fellows is an Environmental Engineer with a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. Through his career as an environmental engineer, Ken has had to opportunity to contribute to bettering the world through designing and implementing habitat restoration projects, cleaning up historic chemical contamination, and assisting industry and government with meeting a wide range of environmental regulations (hazardous waste, air quality, water quality, solid waste, etc.). His knowledge of practical aspects of our natural world that affect our environment, including soil and erosion, stream flows, fish passage and habitat, flooding, etc. is also key to the Conservation College. His project management will help guide the Conservation College with experience dealing in OSHA and WISHA safety procedures related to evaluating workplace safety in unique situations, pro-actively identifying workplace hazards, safety work practices, personal protection equipment, etc.

Ken recently served a 3 year term as a voting member on the Pierce County Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He has also completed several 14-day long wilderness canoe camping trips in the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area and adjacent Canadian Quetico Park, as well as a 9 -day canoe trip through remote British Columbia in the Bowron Lakes Wilderness. Ken also completed a 2-year sailing trip in his 35 ft sloop Discovery to Mexico and traveled throughout the Sea of Cortez, and 2 months sailing through remote islands in the Bahamas. He sails and hides regularly in Washington State and sees these trips as allowing him to connect deeply to nature, observe wildlife in their natural settings, and see thriving and imperiled eco-systems, gaining a strong appreciation for the need for wilderness conservation.

Ken is motivated to serve Wolf Camp and the Conservation College so today’s youth can experience wilderness and learn about sustainability and conservation. His sons Thomas and Jackson took many Wolf Camp courses and now work as instructors, demonstrating Wolf Camp’s process of positive role modeling and mentoring, exceeding his expectations in being a positive factor in his sons’ process of growing to men. Ken also has experience working with children in boy scouts, by tutoring high school students in math, and participating in joint youth-adult activities like tae-kwon-do.

Rikki (Patricia) McGee, Ph.D., Fundraising Committee Chair

Rikki McGee is an educator, naturalist, and dedicated eco-citizen who was encouraged at an early age to revel in all things natural. Living across the United Stated and abroad, she gained an understanding that valuing and preserving the natural world cannot be a priority for everyone given economic, political and social dissonance. She has worked in K-20 education for many years and holds two graduate degrees in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on adult learning and technology. She is also a Texas Master Naturalist, a National Wildlife Habitat Steward, and certified as an Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation. Her goal in life is to help others be successful through transformational learning. And she likes getting muddy.

 Bill Baroch, M.S.

Instructor-Bill-Baroch-and-wife-Chama-ArchimedeRoles/Work: Lead Instructor, Storyteller
Hometown(s): Deming, WA
Approximate Age: 50
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 1999
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2000

Bill teaches using story as a technique for subtly sharing insight and information. He emphasizes stories which celebrate the natural world and human-nature interactions. From 1991-98, Bill was Co-Director & Instructor at Free Spirit Nature Camp in Warwick, NY, conducting six-week summertime camps for 4-12 year olds, presenting pre-camp staff orientation, acting as camp medical director, and planning/implementing activities focusing on nature study and exploration, survival skills and conflict resolution. Bill was also Program Director at Pathfinder Outdoor School in Mountain Center, CA from 1991-92 & 1993-94, administrating the residential outdoor education program, communicating with schools to set schedules, giving school site presentations to students and parents, developing/implementing new classes and programs, and teaching classes in natural science and other outdoor pursuits. Bill was also Teaching Fellow at Montclair State University’s N.J. School of Conservation in Branchville, NJ, from 1992-93, where he taught environmental education classes and developed teacher training workshops. From 1990-91, bill was a Naturalist Instructor at Greenkill Environmental Education Center in Huguenot, NY, where he designed and taught classes natural history to grades 410 during 3-5 day visits, using Project Adventure, High Ropes and the Climbing Wall to establish cooperative learning. Bill was also an Environmental Education Intern at Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation in Springville, CA from 1989-90, at Ryerson Conservation Area in Deerfield, IL , and at Northcoast Environmental Center in Arcata, CA in 1988. Bill was also a Docent at the Nature Conservancy’s Lanphere-Christensen Dunes Preserve in Arcata, CA from 1985-88, leading interpretive walks for school groups and the general public which focused on the geology and ecology of the dunes. He was a trail crew member for the U.S. Forest Service in Tongass National Forest,, Misty Fjords National Monument in Alaska in 1985, a Wildlife Technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks, AK in 1994, working on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and again a Wildlife Technician for the U.S. Forest Service, Institute of Northern Forestry in Fairbanks in 1993, assisting a biologist on a moose foraging ecology study in Denali National Park.

Lorien MacAuley, Ph.D. Agricultural, Leadership, & Community Education

Roles/Work: Lead Wildlife Instructor, Sustainable Ag Specialist
Hometown(s): Mannassas, VA
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2004
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2004

Lorien MacAuley, B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Life Sciences, PhD in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech while working for the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition. She now researches on-farm apprenticeships at Virginia Tech, with areas of interest including beginning farmer education, community-based food systems initiatives, food justice, alternative agrifood movements, sustainable development discourses, and labor issues within the food system. In Fayette County, WV, she managed an educational market garden for two seasons, in which youth grew, harvested, and sold veggies at the farmers market. Lorien holds a PhD in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education; a Masters Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education; and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization; from Virginia Tech.

Lorien graduated from our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2004, and due to her expertise in wildlife tracking & birding, already was a lead day camp instructor in August of that year. She also lived at Wolf Camp as part of our Wolf Journey Ethno-Ecology Apprenticeship, helping to develop our organic gardens and farm animals while also studying earth skills to a great depth. Lorien lead several of our camps in 2005-06. She was Wilderness First Responder certified, and trained in Site/Risk Management. Lorien did environmental research in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest during the summer of 2007, worked at Southern Appalachian Labor School in West Virginia, received her masters from the Virginia Tech in 2015, and her Ph.D in 2017. For a personal note from Lorien, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2004

Chris “Huck” Anderson, B.A.

Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Founder of Lost & Found Adventures; Now Working As Lead Guide for Arizona Outback Adventures and chosen as one of 5 Most Exceptional Worldwide REI Guides for 2014
Hometown(s): Phoenix, AZ
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2005
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2006

Huck served as our camp nurse and graduated from our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in 2005, when he also co-taught our Rock Climbing course and assisted with several day and overnight camps as well. In 2006 he ran the GeoTRIP, and he taught a variety of camps for us in 2007. He comes to us with a plethora of previous experience, including as an ambulance driver EMT. He is a gifted musician, having played with many of the great jazz artists of our time who visited Arizona State University during his years there. As you can read in his Arizona Outback Adventures bio where he heads up their risk management and instructor training divisions, plus his Most Exceptional Worldwide REI Guides write-up, the list of his attributes and accolades goes on and on. We are proud to be part of his history and future.

Nikki van Schyndel

Becoming Wild Book CoverRoles/Work: Survivalist, Herbalist, Artist
Hometown(s): Alert Bay, B.C.
Approximate Age: 40
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 1999
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2000

Nikki is a 1999 graduate of the Dominion Herbal College, illustrated Wolf Journey – Trail of the Naturalist, and recently authored an account of her 2 year primitive living experience in the western wilderness called Becoming Wild with our apprenticeship graduate Micah Fay, where they succeeded in reaching the “stone age living” level all of us in the field wish we could pull off. She was mentored in wildlife photography by William Gibbons, a great Rocky Mountain wildlife photographer. She has been a loved volunteer for Wolf Camp since 2000, and our most advanced student having progressed through the Wolf Journey course. Nikki is a natural teacher and excellent tracker, herbalist, artist and survivalist. It is an understatement to say that Nikki is now one of the most highly trained earth skills educators in the field. We don’t know of more than a couple other people who claim to have accomplished what she has, and we are more than proud to have her advising us. Nikki is currently running her own wilderness guide programs and selling her prime crafts off the northeast Vancouver Island coast near Port McNeill, B.C. Please see bcraincoast.com for all the details. For more details on Nikki’s trek, check out our book review on Becoming Wild.

Kate Hedges

Roles/Work: Advisor, Founder of Blue Skies – Earth Skills
Hometown(s): Helensburgh and Edinburgh, Scotland
Approximate Age: 32
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2001
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2002

Kate Hedges was the first graduate of the our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship. She came specifically to learn earth skills and to learn how a functioning earth skills school ran in order to go back home to found the first official earth skills training institute in Scotland, all in the same year she graduated from the University of Edinburgh. Due to her skill, talents and fun, she made her Blue Skies earth skills training institute a popular success in its very first year! If you live in Europe or are travel in to the British Isles, contact her through us or telephone (international prefix varies) 0131 228 9608/ 07984 893436 to find out about attending one of her great courses or to arrange a custom-designed programme. Most exciting is that Kate recently acquired a new permanent home for Blue Skies, a beautiful piece of land called Roeburn Wood, and it is situated about 30 minutes walk from Helensburgh, west of Glasgow. It is best accessed by train to Helenburgh Central railway station, a short journey from Glasgow. It’s harder and harder for Kate to get free to fly over and teach with us anymore due to her packed schedule at Blue Skies. For a personal note from Kate, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2001.

Carol Goulet

Roles/Work: Staff Advisor, Co-Founder of B.C. Primitive Adventures
Hometown(s): Vancouver
Approximate Age: 48
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 1998
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 1998

Carol has extensive experience teaching in a variety of settings, and was co-founder of B.C. Primitive Adventures in 1996. She has worked as a counselor at Leyline for several years, and all the students who have attended Wolf Camp can attest to her fun, nurturing, and challenging leadership. She is a graduate of many Tracker School courses, including Advanced Scout, and has become a highly skilled herbalist, survivalist, and teacher.

Jason Patterson

Instructor-Jason-Patterson-blows-bow-drill-coal-into-flameRoles/Work: Lead Instructor, Artisan & Survival Specialist
Hometown(s): Woodinville, WA
Approximate Age: 42
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2004
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2005

Jason came to us with many years experience guiding wilderness therapy courses, and many years of dirt time with survival skills. He is co-teaching a variety of camps with us this summer, and has been a great help to our program since starting to work with us years ago. He is a great craftsman in the field of primitive skills, and has an amazing, calm, happy, humble and welcoming energy with young people. Among many other accolades, Jason most recently earned a Level I Cybertracker Track & Sign Certification in 2013.

Torrey Burke-Weeks, B.A.

 Instructor-Torrey-Burke-Weeks-tracking-bear-near-Cle-Elum.jpgRoles/Work: Lead Instructor & Artisan Contractor
Hometown(s): Bellingham, WA
Approximate Age: 24
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2001
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2010

Torrey first came to a Bellingham day camp when he was a wee little 7 year old, and has been coming back ever since. Growing up without TV or video games, his entertainment and education has always come from nature and the outdoors. His interests include teaching, tracking, backcountry camping, woodworking, traditional survival skills, foraged food, blues/swing dance, and sustainability. After 10 years of Waldorf education and 4 years at Bellingham High School, he received his Bachelors in Sustainable Design from Quest University Canada in Spring of 2016. Most impressive about Torrey, in addition to his advanced outdoor skills, is his natural teaching ability. Balancing what he learned at Waldorf with his Wolf Camp experience, he just knows how to inspire students to learn, and take them safely through lessons like a pro. For a personal note from Torrey, check out our apprenticeship testimonials and scroll down to 2012, and check out his personal construction business website at Cedar Creek Designs.

Krista Rome, B.S.

Roles/Work: Advisor, Environmental Consultant, Farmer
Hometown(s): Bellingham, WA
Approximate Age: 40
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2000
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2004

Krista Rome holds a bachelors degree in environmental studies from WWU Huxley College and after college, worked at a prestigious wetlands consulting firm in Washington State. She has extensive experience working with native plants, and guiding school groups in habitat restoration. She is also a talented basket and drum maker, and her passion is to live as sustainably as possible on the land, and to teach those around her the values and joys of simple living. Krista was also certified as a Wilderness First Responder. She graduated from our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2003 after returning from the Peace Corps in Uganda, taught camps all summer in 2004, and continues to be a close advisor throughout the year. Krista has also gone on to become proprietor of the Grains & Beans Project. For a personal note from Krista, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2003.

Scott Fanello, M.S.

Roles/Work: Lead Instructor
Hometown(s): Boulder, CO
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2004
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2004
Scott Fanello, B.S. in Biology, graduated from our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2004, and due to unprecedented experience, soon became a lead day camp instructor in August. He lived at Wolf Camp as part of our Wolf Journey Ethnobiology Apprenticeship, helping to develop our organic gardens and farm animals while also studying earth skills to a great depth. Scott lead several of our camps in 2005-06, including the development of the Old School Pioneers camp. He is Wilderness First Responder certified, and trained in Site/Risk Management. Scott received his masters in stormwater engineering and relocated to the mountain west where he works in the field. For a personal note from Scott, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2005.

Rachel Edwards, M.A.

RachelRoles/Work: Instructor, Herbalist
Hometown(s): Rutherfordton, NC
Approximate Age: 29
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2010
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2010

Rachel completed the Wolf College Summer Teaching Apprenticeship in 2010 after coming to us with great experience teaching environmental education and an herbal degree from Bastier University. After her apprenticeship, she continued to teach and then returned home to Asheville NC where she attained her masters degree and now works as a counselor. For a personal note from Rachel, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2010.

Griz Chambers

Man blowing bow-drill-made coal into flame in tinder.Roles/Work: Earth Skills Consultant, Traditional Craftsman
Hometown(s): Crows Nest Pass, AB
Approximate Age: 27
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2001
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2004

Griz graduated from the Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2003. He first came to Wolf Camp as a young camper in 2001, then returned in 2002 as the first graduate of our Youth Mentoring CIT Program. Bill specializes in Primitive Artisanry, with expertise in hunting, fishing, and tracking. He lead our Primitive Fishing and Stone Age Technologies camps, plus co-taught a variety of day camps in 2005. He is an Emergency Medical Responder, a Wilderness First Responder, and is trained in Site/Risk Management. He hails from his hometown of Crow’s Nest Pass, Alberta, and is currently developing his own Earth Skills programs near Calgary. For a personal note from Griz, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials nd scroll down to 2002.

Alexandra “Squirrel” Bunker, B.S. Environmental Studies

Apprentice-Alex-Bunder-with-Chris-ChisholmRoles/Work: Camp Instructor, Videographer
Hometown(s): Altamonte Springs, FL
Approximate Age: 25
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2001
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2004

Alex first came to camp in 2001 as part of our wilderness survival and seaside kayaking courses. She returned at age 15 to help with our rock climbing and other courses as part of our Youth Mentoring CIT Program in 2004, graduating from our Wilderness First Responder course and other trainings that year. After returning from studying in Italy during high school, she become Florida’s youngest public official as supervisor of the Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District, and went on to work as a rock climbing guide throughout college. Alex recently graduated from Central Florida University with a degree in Environmental Studies and is embarking on a project to film green businesses around the world.

Alexandra is currently working for the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce as the Deputy Executive Director in their Southeast Regional Office. She served the citizens of her county as an elected Supervisor for the Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District for over four years. She had been active in fundraising, event planning and educating land users on the best land and water use management practices.

While finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at Central Florida University, Alexandra received a scholarship for the Global Citizenship Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, and was a youth ambassador for Rotary International while studying abroad in Rome. In the business world, she has both trained and managed other employees for the Sanford Book Shoppe and the Aiguille Rock Climbing Gym in Central Florida.

Alexandra’s commitment to the environment has been vividly demonstrated over the past 10 years through her diligent work with several conservation organizations and committees, including the Florida League of Women Voter’s Climate Change Committee and the League of Conservation Voters. In acknowledgment of her strong advocacy on behalf of the federal Wild & Scenic Wekiva River, Alexandra was invited by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to speak at the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act signing in 2004. One year later, she received the prestigious “Conservation Award” from Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc.

At last update in February 2013, she was speaking at the “Imagine Florida Without Water” event along with Former Governor Bob Graham, Former Senator and current Commisssioner Lee Constantine, and National Outdoor Book Award Winner Bill Belleville. Alexandra is now developing Follow Your Green which is an adventure to film, document, and inspire people who follow their passion as entrepreneurs in Green Business.

Elissa Pemberton, B.S.

bio picRoles/Work: Camp Instructor
Hometown(s): Mt. Vernon, WA
Approximate Age: 29
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2015
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2016

Elissa attended UC Santa Cruz where she received a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus in environmental education. It was during this time when she developed her passion for working with kids in the outdoors. She has experience teaching all over the world with kids from many different backgrounds. From teaching English in Thailand, to running arts projects with kids in refugee camps in Greece. She was recently certified Wilderness First Responder. Her interest include gardening, mountaineering, traveling, cooking, crafting and dancing.

“I met Chris and Kim through my cousin Marco. He had been a participant in Wolf Camp for many years and later joined their team as an employee. He had told me lots about the camp but I still had no idea what to expect. During my first week of training I felt slightly overwhelmed with the idea of learning all these new wilderness skills. I was wondering how I could possible retain all the new information in order to teach others.

“Once camp started I was too busy to worry about how I was going to learn everything. I simply had to jump in and start learning. The returning staff were incredibly helpful, I had a million questions and they had a million answers. I never felt alone, we always had so much support from fellow staff or directly from Chris and Kim. Chris pushed me to be more comfortable and confident with rolling with the punches. Which is a necessary skill if you want to work with children. Kim taught me the importance of taking care of yourself while hard at work. I already knew this of course, but she was a great reminder.

“By the end of the summer I couldn’t believe how many new skills I had gained. Not only had I learned what was required from me but I learned so much more from the staff, as well. They taught me how to tell stories, introduced me to new interactive games, and helped me develop different teaching techniques. I now find myself stopping to examine little animal scratches on a tree, looking up unidentified plants and explaining to friends how to build the best fire. I feel like I am more connected and fascinated by the outdoors than I ever have been before. Being a part of Wolf Camp has opened up my senses and installed an even deeper appreciation for the wilderness.”

Benjamin Kleiber

Wolf Camp Instructor in Training Ben Kleiber on Mt Rainier 2013Roles/Work: Camp Instructor
Hometown(s): Ferndale, WA
Approximate Age: 21
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2007
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2011

Ben Kleiber attends the University of Washington. When he wasn’t at Wolf Camp, you could find him drumming for the high school marching band or working as a Ski Instructor at Mt. Baker. He also played soccer and wrestled for Ferndale High. Ben immensely enjoys outdoor adventures such as rock climbing, snowboarding, and back-country ski trips. He began his career as a Wolf Camper when he was 9 years old, and has been coming back to teach as much as he can. His specialty is survival and scouting, but he enjoys everything about the outdoors.

Chelsea Jacobs, EMT

Chelsea

Roles/Work: Camp Instructor, EMT
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2011
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2013

Chelsea started our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in 2014 and became a certified EMT in 2015. She works on ambulances and performs burlesque when she’s not teaching at Wolf Camp.

Andrew Jacobs

Andy Jacobs

Roles/Work: Website Guru, Assistant Instructor
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2011
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College 2013

Like our website? Andy is our tech guru and helped our SEO considerably. He started his Earth Skills Apprenticeship in 2014 and has vast outdoor recreation experience as well as a delightful teaching personality.

Orion Baker, B.A. Education, EMT Firefighter

Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, EMT
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Approximate Age: 35
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2002
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2016

Andrea Jacobson, M.OT.

Roles/Work: Occupational Therapist, Assistant Instructor
Hometown(s): Moreland Hills, OH
Approximate Age: 40
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2018
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018

Tom Livny, M.A.

Roles/Work: Farm Specialist, 2e Instructor
Hometown(s): Allentown, PA
Approximate Age: 33
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2018
First Leadership Year at the Conservation College: 2018