Anissa Vasquez

Anissa began her career in the outdoors while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education & Recreation from Central Michigan University. She spent time working in Yosemite National Park and Custer State Park in South Dakota. The majority of her outdoor experience comes from a wilderness therapy program in Utah guiding “at-risk” adolescents. Her passion… Read more »

Jeremy Womack

Jeremy is an EMT Intermediate with Telluride Fire, San Miguel County Search & Rescue, and a Telluride ski patrol. He is also a Whitewater/Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, teaching from Costa Rica to Idaho to everywhere in between. Jeremy’s wilderness background includes 25 years of Whitewater Kayaking, guiding, rafting, and more. Now his focus has shifted toward… Read more »

Josh Martin

Josh has been teaching Wilderness Medicine for 22 years after leaving the USAF as a Pararescueman.  He currently is a Critical Care/Intensivist DNP in a mixed ICU and maintains his Paramedic Certification.  A Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and Matterhorn Recipient, he has a passion for teaching and sharing his experience with his students.

Joe Thacker

I’ve been in healthcare as a West Virginia state and National EMT-B for 10 years. I worked on an ALS truck with a medic for most of those. I am involved with ski patrol and I am a teacher of OEC, which is the equivalent to EMT for patrol. I am a trainer at ACE… Read more »

Sophia Rago

Sophia currently lives in Maine, and has been a travel nurse for over 5 years. She has been in emergency medicine since 2010 through various roles. She spends most of her time working in the emergency room or exploring different hikes around her area. Sophia loves to explore new places and says her highlight was… Read more »

Jon Bouffard

Jon Bouffard is the Deputy Chief of a small rural ambulance in New Hampshire.  Bouffard has been in the emergency services for nearly 30 years and holds board certifications as a tactical, ground critical care and flight paramedic as well as numerous instructor and fire service certifications.  Jon has worked as a paramedic in rural,… Read more »

Nicki Ripple

Nicki has been working in wilderness settings for over 7 years. She currently works as a captain and course director for Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and during the off season works as a carpenter in Philadelphia. Her wilderness experience began while working on tall ships on the East and West coasts. Soon after she… Read more »

Anthony Stevens

Anthony was born and raised in Wyoming, growing up avidly adventuring in the mountains and working on the family ranch. He is a life-long resident of Jackson Hole. As a child, the Tetons and the Absarokas were his playground, which gave Anthony a passion for remote locations. After attending college in Arizona, he decided to… Read more »

Rob Sanders

Rob Sanders is a Pediatrician in San Antonio, Texas and assistant instructor with WMAI. He is a relatively recent transplant to South Texas, moving from the front range of Colorado a few years back. Since moving there has found a deep connection to west Texas and spends a great deal of time in the Big… Read more »

Paul Lovaas

Paul is a former summer camp director, wilderness trip leader, staff training manager, semester school teacher, and a recurrent WMA student. From directing hundreds of youth wilderness trips each summer at Camp Manito-wish YMCA to guiding students and staff through winter camping excursions in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with Conserve School, Paul’s professional outdoor experiences… Read more »