Meet Our In Town Staff
Behind the scenes at Wildland are teams of veteran professionals providing exceptional support and leadership to support our guides in the field.
We invite you to learn more about the exceptional individuals who form the leadership and logistical infrastructure that is behind every Wildland trip. Many of these team members have been with Wildland for 8, 10, 12 or more years. These are passionate professionals who are solidly aligned with the mission and goals of our organization. They handle everything from hiring, training and staffing of trip leaders to customer service, screening, permits administration, gear ordering, vehicle purchasing, payroll, HR, insurance, 24/7 support and truly a ton more. Without these amazing staff, Wildland trips would not be possible.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the people behind the scenes, supporting our phenomenal guides, who make Wildland an exceptional organization!
General Managers & Founders
Co-founder, General Manager, Director of Sales
Steve, co-founder, worked as a natural resources specialist for federal and state governments before discovering his passion for leading people into wild places. After this revelation, he spent his working life as a wilderness counselor for at-risk youth in Utah and as an outdoor educator and hiking guide, before co-founding the Wildland Trekking Company. Steve is a personable and attentive owner and guide who is dedicated to seeing that his guests get as much out of their wilderness hiking experience as possible. Also an avid rock climber, he can usually be found scaling the cliffs of his usual haunts when not in the office or the field.
Co-founder, Marketing Director
Scott, co-founder, grew up hiking and backpacking with his family in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. He’s sure backcountry hiking fever is severely contagious and doesn’t have any known cure, because once afflicted with it, the constant desire to “get out” has plagued him his whole life. He has a B.A. degree in English and Professional Communication and worked in the ski industry, outdoor retail world and leadership and personal development domain before Wildland. In 2005, along with partners Steve and Brad, Scott co-founded Wildland Trekking with a mission to enrich guests’ lives and contribute to conservation.
Co-founder of Wildland Llamas, Llama Program Director
Beau teamed up with Steve, Brad and Scott in 2014 to begin offering llama-supported treks in Wyoming. His company is the largest breeder of pack llamas in North America, and he is a co-founder of Wildland Llamas, a sister company to Wildland Trekking. His family has been making a living off the lands of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming for over 100 years and he wanted to see these special places preserved for years to come. With a common goal of preservation by conservation he believes that together we can protect use on public lands, the heritage of the West, and the pack llama breed used for millenia by the Incas and others.
Mikaela R. | Domestic Operations Director
Mikaela grew up in the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. Her family traveled often and the wild outdoors was something she was always drawn to. She often went hiking and camping with her father and valued the art of living off the land. She graduated with a Medical Sciences degree from Northern Arizona University and spent her time after school abroad working in the medical field in India. However, it was her dream to work in the outdoor industry. Mikaela became a professional cycling, hiking and backpacking guide for several years in various states and National Parks. Mikaela grew into management roles within the industry and with Wildand Trekking. She was the Sedona hiking program manager and then served as the Director of Partnerships before becoming the Director of Operations in January of 2021. She lives in Sedona, AZ with her 2 dogs and is an avid mountain biker.
Chris H. | International Operations Director
International Operations Director
Chris developed a love of backpacking and climbing in the Appalachian Mountains of his home state of Tennessee. After earning a B.A. in Recreation and Tourism Management from the University of Tennessee, he headed West looking for a change of scenery. His quest landed him in Flagstaff, Arizona where the Grand Canyon grabbed firm hold of him, and where he guided Grand Canyon hiking and backpacking trips professionally for more than 5 years. He also migrated north in the summer to lead trips in Yellowstone. Eventually the green mountains and laid back hospitality of his Southern roots drew him back home, where his extensive experience, professionalism, and knowledge of the Appalachians were put to work in the position of Great Smoky Mountains Program Director and Lead Guide. His long held affinity and experience with international travel and hiking led him to his current position as the Director of International Operations.
Larry A. | Assistant Domestic Operations Director
Assistant Domestic Operations Director
Larry fostered his love of the outdoors growing up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania and on family camping trips to PA’s old-growth forests. Larry’s career path began with leading trail crews. 3 years as a wilderness therapy field instructor preceded a move with his wife to Flagstaff where he began Grand Canyon guiding in 2010. Larry started working in the WTC warehouse 2011, and through hard work, dedication, wisdom beyond his years, and a natural ability to lead he worked his way up to Operations Director.
Shane R. | Operations Coordinator
Shane comes from an Arizona family dating back to 1918. He spent his youth outside with his dad and grandfather hiking, camping and exploring Arizona and the western USA. While spending much of his youth in northern Arizona on and near the Navajo Nation, his educational focus became Native American Anthropology and Religious Studies at ASU. He ventured into the art world, with a small ownership stake in a gallery, owned a construction business, and spent years in the motorcycle industry. A chance of a lifetime opportunity resulted in him spending years traveling the world- visiting, hiking and backpacking in 35 countries. At that point, the light came on and he sought work in the outdoor industry. Shane especially enjoys discussing gear requirements and the challenges of Wildland Trekking’s Level 5 backpacking adventures, which is his hiking passion. “As an athlete, I like pushing personal limits, and assisting our challenge-seeking guests to find that their ultimate adventure is extremely rewarding!” When not building trips for our guests, Shane is a competing trail runner, road cyclist and triathlete, and is out paddle-boarding or kayaking Arizona’s waterways.
Ken P. | Staffing Manager
Ken’s passion for the outdoors was born at the age of 10 when he first visited his grandfather in Arizona; they went hunting together and it opened up a whole new world to him. Soon after that trip his family moved to Arizona, his father’s home state (the Parkers have lived in Arizona for 5 generations and a love for the Sonoran deserts is deeply ingrained). Ken’s love of the southwest wilderness continued to grow, and eventually he graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with a BA in Psychology. He worked as a mental health professional for several years, and felt his greatest successes came when he and the patients participated in outdoor activities together. His dream is to one day combine his expertise in guiding (on hiking and backpacking trips), his love of the outdoors, and his passion for helping the mentally ill with a customized wilderness therapy program in Arizona.
Tyler L. | Staffing Systems Developer
Staffing Systems Developer
Tyler’s passion for the outdoors started as a kid from Ohio with family vacations to National Parks in the Rockies. While earning his B.A. in Computer Science from Ohio University he spent summer breaks working in National Parks building his ever-growing love for all things wilderness related. After graduation, he decided he wanted to be as close to the outdoors as possible and spent the next decade-plus working in various National Parks, Recreation Areas, and ski resorts throughout the American West enjoying all the great recreational activities that the natural landscape has to offer. He now resides in Northwest Montana just outside of Glacier National Park crushing spreadsheets and spending his free time picking his banjo and searching for the next mountain top, river, or high alpine lake to take his breath away.
Emily R. | Hiring Director
Emily grew up in Massachusetts yet climbed California’s 14,000ft Mt. Shasta in her early teenage years. The experience surrounding this was very impactful in her desire to be outdoors adventuring. She has been guiding backpacking, multi-sport adventures, and supporting youth-at-risk in wilderness settings since 2005. Emily has worked as a Medical Case Manager, Field Manager, Assistant Field Director, and Regional Director as well as guide. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Prescott College with an emphasis in leadership and outdoor programming. She is also a Wilderness EMT. Emily loves the soul recharging power of the wilderness, community created when groups travel together, and the growth that comes from outdoor excursions. When not working you can find Emily running, road and mountain biking, backpacking or thru-hiking, cooking, skiing and playing with her dog Pepper.
Doug C. | Philanthropy Director
Doug is a Santa Fe native and was raised in New Mexico and Oklahoma. His first backpacking adventure was in the New Mexico mountains when he was 10 years old. A Grand Canyon guide since 2008 (with Wildland Trekking since 2009) he has guided over 175 treks into “the Canyon”. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School and earned a degree in history from Penn State University. In addition to guiding for Wildland Trekking he coordinates the company’s Philanthropy Program, is a Santa Fe area tour/hiking guide and since 2008 has instructed field courses for NOLS. He is a passionate wilderness educator and enjoys sharing with others the unique natural and human history of the Colorado Plateau region. Doug resides in Albuquerque.
Stefan B. | Grand Canyon - Sedona Program Manager
Grand Canyon – Sedona Program Manager
Stefan grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He moved out west to attend NAU in Flagstaff, and graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management, with an emphasis in Outdoor Leadership and Education. Since moving to Flagstaff he has fallen in love with the southwest. He is also an Eagle Scout, NOLS alumni, avid rock climber and backpacker. He is an attentive guide who cares about the safety and enjoyment of his guests, and he’s extremely knowledgeable about being in the outdoors and about the natural and cultural history of the Colorado Plateau and the Southwest. Stefan’s goal with leading any sort of trip is to inspire a sense of stewardship and appreciation in others around him.
Jordan D. | Assistant Grand Canyon - Sedona Program Manager
Assistant Grand Canyon – Sedona Program Manager
Jordan grew up exploring the creeks and woodlands of Oklahoma and beaches of Texas. After high school, he joined the U.S. Marines which took him to several far-reaching corners of the United States and the World. By his mid-twenties, Jordan developed a passion for our planet’s remote wildlands–be they mountains, deserts, or oceans–and environmental stewardship. Upon his return to the States, Jordan met his wife on a backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon. They share an adoration for the American West and would eventually call Arizona home. After studying anthropology, earning a law degree, and practicing as an attorney, Jordan decided to leave the office behind and become a guide in the backcountry.
Lura S. | Utah Program Manager
Utah Program Manager
Lura was born and raised in Northern Arizona, right on the Utah border, and has spent a lifetime exploring the remote corners of the Colorado Plateau. She began guiding in 2008 and loved her years spent sharing the majesty of the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce and the Grand Staircase while leading hiking, canyoneering, river trips and Jeep tours. Her time teaching as a Naturalist in Zion National Park helped her realize her dedication to education and conservation. She is passionate about responsible recreation and stewardship of the places she loves. She lives outside Zion National Park in Southern Utah with her husband and her cat, and in her spare time enjoys reading about Colorado Plateau geology and immersing herself in that geology on long hikes.
Fletcher H. | Assistant Utah Program Manager
Assistant Utah Program Manager
Fletcher was born and raised in Southern California, exploring the nearby coasts, mountains, and deserts. While earning a BS in Environmental Sciences and Ecology, Fletcher found a love for introducing others to the outdoors and crafting personalized outdoor experiences through his school’s outdoor recreation program. He then transitioned to full time guiding, getting his start on the rivers of the southwest and California for three seasons, and hiking in the winter. However, after his first backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon he couldn’t look back and began working as a full time hiking and backpacking guide in Flagstaff, AZ. Fletcher now resides in St. George UT, expanding his love of the desert through exploring Southern Utah’s canyon country. When he’s not in the field, you’ll find him mountain biking, deep in a canyon, or rockhounding around Southern Utah.
Jake R. | Sierra Nevada Program Manager
Sierra Nevada Manager
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jake’s love for the outdoors started at childhood. Every summer he would head north and go hiking and camping with his dad and brother. After a 15 year career as a chef, Jake wanted something different. He quit his job, packed up, and headed west. Jake has been in California now for 9 years and has hiked and backpacked all over the state. His most notable and favorite hike was the John Muir Trail, which he hiked in only 11 days. Jake oversees the Sierra Nevada program which includes Yosemite National Park, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Eastern Sierras and the Lost Coast.
David Q. | Pacific Northwest Program Manager
Pacific Northwest Program Manager
David’s love for the outdoors was fostered early by his family, exploring the woods and White Mountains of the great state of New Hampshire as a child. David graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2012, with a degree in Kinesiology: Outdoor Education, and has been working in the outdoor industry ever since. He spent a few years after school as a whitewater guide in northern Maine during the summer, and a ski and snowboard instructor in Vermont before heading west for Colorado. Once he transitioned to Colorado, there really was no looking back. David has been guiding and managing outdoor programs ever since in various states across the country for the last 7 years. In 2019, David sat on the Executive Board for the Nevada Outdoor Business Coalition, establishing Nevada’s own Office of Outdoor Recreation for the first time. In his spare time depending on the season, you’ll likely find him backpacking, backcountry skiing, or exploring new waterways of the Pacific Northwest!
Eddie B. | Greater Yellowstone Program Manager
Greater Yellowstone Program Manager
Eddie is originally from Mississippi, where his love of the outdoors developed early while spending summers at “the lake” with family and friends. It wasn’t until 2003 that he discovered the beauty of the Western United States, and after that visiting as often as possible until moving west several years later. Eddie has since racked up well over a decade of full time guiding experience in the Grand Canyon and Greater Yellowstone area of Wyoming and Montana. Since 2015 he has been a program manager in the Yellowstone National Park area. When not guiding or running the Wyoming program for Wildland, he enjoys snowboarding and climbing Colorado’s famous 14ers. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Kyle F. | North Carolina Program Manager
North Carolina Program Manager
Kyle grew up in Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains and developed a love for the outdoors on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, and James River. He graduated from The Golf Academy of America in 2012 and worked in the golf industry for several years before leaving to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2014. After completing the thru hike, he realized how passionate he was about backpacking. In 2016 he traveled to the Pacific Northwest exploring several national parks and wilderness areas. He has now settled down in Asheville to guide in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Ann Marie B. | Customer Relations Director
Customer Relations Director
Ann Marie is an avid hiker, backpacker, climber, and skier. She has been living in Southwest Colorado for 25 years, exploring the wonders of the San Juan Mountains and the Colorado Plateau nearly that whole time. As long time co-owner of an outdoor gear store, Ann is an expert in almost all things outdoors. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois and has had guided trips in the four corners region. When not helping Wildland Trekking guests find, prepare for, and get the most from their trips – or out having adventures of her own – she can often be found volunteering, enjoying local music festivals and spending time with friends.
Jacqui M. | Partnerships Director
Assistant Customer Relations Director / Partnerships Director
Jacqui discovered the Grand Canyon at an early age on a family vacation, and it has inspired and guided her life ever since. She went on her first Grand Canyon backpacking trip as a student at Arizona State University, where she earned a BA in Geography. That first trip triggered a passion for backpacking that she immediately felt compelled to share with others. She has now been backpacking in the Grand Canyon for more than 13 years as well as learning about its cultural history, flora, fauna, and geology. She has also explored wild parts of Southern Utah, Oregon, and Hawaii, and has made it a lifelong goal to share her passion for hiking and backpacking with others. She spent more than a decade in customer service/sales before being inspired to join the Wildland Trekking team in 2012. Jacqui is a certified Wilderness First Responder and currently resides in Phoenix. When not guiding, she is busy raising her two young children and hiking with them every chance she gets!
Scott A. | Screening Director & 24/7 Team
Screening Director & 24/7 Team
On his first mountain climb near Yellowstone, at eight years of age, Scott decided anything worth doing is worth doing on foot. That decision, made more then 30 years ago, sparked a passion in him to extensively explore the fantastic mountain ranges near his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. Eventually his passion for hiking the mountains led Scott to a career working with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). His next leap landed him at the Wildland Trekking Company doorstep, where he now shares his love of hiking and outdoor adventure with all who are willing. Scott is our Screening Director and in the past has guided trips in the Grand Canyon, Utah and Yellowstone, as well as managed operations for multiple programs.
Ron B. | Screening Team & 24/7 Team
Ron has been living, working, hiking, backpacking, skiing, kayaking, and canoeing in the four corners region for more than 25 years. He has an MBA and worked in state government before leaving his home state of Illinois for the west in 1996. Since that time, he has opened and operated three outdoor gear shops in Durango and Pagosa Springs, Colorado and started guiding for Wildland Trekking in 2008. “I want to help people get into the backcountry and experience the nature world close up.” Ron lives his purpose by guiding trips in the Grand Canyon, Utah, Rocky Mountain National Park, The Greater Yellowstone Region and North Cascades.
Brian C. | Screening Team
Brian has been exploring the great outdoors and chasing adventure from a young age. Originally raised in Illinois, he moved to Northern Arizona in 2004 after falling in love with the area. In addition to hiking and backpacking, Brian is an avid rock climber and spends a lot of his free time climbing with friends throughout Arizona, California, and the great Southwest. Prior to joining Wildland Trekking, he worked in the Phoenix area as an Emergency Department Technician, EMT, and an artist. Brian finds great joy in sharing his adventures and stories with others and looks forward to meeting new adventurers and friends every day!
Robyn L. | Lodging Manager
Robyn grew up on a wheat and barley farm under the Big Sky in Central Montana. She earned a BS in Geography and Political Science from Montana State in Bozeman MT while playing on the college golf team. Robyn worked in the golf industry holding positions from sales to production manager for 10 year prior to taking time off to raise her three girls.
Robyn started her career at WTC June 2017 as an AC and moved into the group contracts and lodging administrator role. She loves the many different aspects of WTC and thinking outside the box to work as a team to provide our guests with best experience possible.
Outside of work she keeps busy chasing after her family and enjoying every Montana season with the big open plains to the majestic mountains outside her back door. During the winter months she is cross country skiing every chance her family gets, but nothing beats the long summer lake days and hiking around Flathead Lake.
Claire R. | Adventure Consultant
After leaving the corporate music world behind, Claire traveled and worked seasonal jobs to fuel her passion for hiking. She worked at hostels in Alaska and Colorado and at the Activities Desk in Grand Canyon National Park. During off seasons she backpacked the West Highland Way in Scotland, The Kerry Way in Ireland, the Slovenian section of the Alpe-Adria Trail, and Hadrian’s Wall in England. As a remote working Adventure Consultant at Wildland Trekking, she is able to continue her nomadic lifestyle and has most recently been based in the North Cascades and the Smoky Mountains.
Michelle P | Adventure Consultant
Michelle is a globetrotter with a passion for wildlife and active outdoor adventures. She has a degree in Travel & Tourism and over 36 years of experience booking clients on adventure tours worldwide. Michelle loves running, water sports, scuba diving, and hitting the trails with her family every chance she gets.
Ann S. | Adventure Consultant
Ann grew up in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. She spent most of her free time adventuring around her family cabin or skiing at the local ski area. Ann enjoys helping others enjoy the great outdoors and loves recreation so much she has two degrees in it! Ann spent some time in the Pacific Northwest and then returned home to Wyoming where she now hikes with her sister and nephews and helps her mom add to her bird count. If she’s not exploring the great outdoors she is probably reading.
Lorraine B. | Adventure Consultant
Lorraine grew up hiking and camping with her dad and brother in the Sierras, but has lived in Arizona for the past ten years. She wanted to get out of California for college, stumbled across Northern Arizona University, and decided to give it a shot. She was totally shocked to find that not only is Flagstaff an awesome town, but northern Arizona is filled with little pockets of beauty if you’re willing to put on some boots and find them. She has lived in the Phoenix area for the past two years and is excited to be moving to Boise, ID soon! She is looking forward to new hiking trails and expanding her biking and kayaking skills in greener pastures!
Danielle R. | Marketing Manager
Danielle became fascinated with the natural world when she found a fossilized fern as a young child. As an undergrad, she participated in two study abroad programs in England, Vietnam, and Cambodia. In 2014, she received her Master’s Degree in International Literature, writing her thesis on the return to nature in early 20th century novels. Danielle took her first Wildland Trekking trip to the Grand Canyon in 2017 and joined the Wildland team in late 2021 as Marketing Manager. When not planning her next adventure, Danielle can be found knitting, cuddling with her dog, or learning more about home maintenance.
Dan P. | Gear Guide Manager
Gear Guide Manager
Dan is a professional content and story writer and assists with Wildland’s digital footprint in addition to his regular guiding work. His handiwork is readily visible on the Wildland Blog and Gear Guide. Outside of his Wildland duties, Dan’s work has also been published in Northwest Travel & Life and Outside Magazine.
Finance and HR Team
Shelly C. | Finance and HR Director
Finance and HR Director
Shelly grew up in Colorado in a tiny farming and ranching town (she graduated high school with 7 other people!) As an avid athlete, she went to college in Wyoming on a full ride scholarship for basketball and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business. In 1996 she hiked the length of the Appalachian Trail. In the following years she completed multiple thru-hikes in Colorado’s San Juan mountains. Today Shelly heads up accounting, payroll and human resources at Wildland, and is a member of the leadership team.
Ashley M. | Finance and HR Assistant Director
Finance and HR Assistant Director
Ashley grew up in Tucson, AZ, spending her childhood exploring the Sonoran Desert. She was a competitive runner which took her to Southern California for college. After graduating with a degree in Sustainable Food Systems, she moved to rural Arkansas as an AmeriCorps volunteer and started running a small farm and teaching about sustainable agriculture. This eventually took her to Costa Rica where she earned her MA in Environment, Development, and Peace from the United Nations mandated University for Peace. From there she became a Course Director for Where There Be Dragons and taught throughout Central America and Senegal. After being away from home for so long, she made her way back to Arizona where she currently raises her young family and they enjoy going on mini adventures hiking and camping around Northern Arizona.
Marilyn K. | Accounting Associate
Marilyn grew up in north Texas but calls wherever she is living home. She graduated from Tarleton State University with a BS degree in Business Administration along with a secondary teaching certification and continued her studies at Loretta Heights College of Denver and Colorado State University. After taking an early retirement from the teaching profession, she enjoyed family businesses in lodging and rafting, as well as outdoor gear and apparel retail. She has also had experience in banking and property management. Marilyn joined the Wildland team in May 2015 where she continues her accounting career with the day-to-day challenges of accounts payables/receivables and credit card management for WTC. In her spare time she still enjoys hiking, biking, dancing and life in general.
Laura E. | Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Manager
Laura E is an Arizona native and enjoys all things outdoors. She likes to go hiking, dirt bike riding as well as doing archery in her spare time. Laura, her husband, and their two dogs live in the mountains of Northern Arizona near the beautiful Mogollon Rim. Laura has always loved working with people and loves being a part of the Wildland Team. Please reach out to her as she is happy to help you with all of your HR needs!
Matt D. | Human Resources, Payroll and Accounting Assistant
Human Resources, Payroll and Accounting Assistant
Matt was born and raised in the beautiful landscapes of Minnesota. He earned his B.A. in guitar construction, but these days his main hobby is photography. Matt helps with all things HR, payroll and accounting related.
Elaine M. | Accounting Associate
Elaine was raised in Arizona and has spent much of her time hiking and backpacking in the southwest. Elaine has been a professional guide for over 20 years. She started with Wildland in 2007 making her one of the original guides for Wildland. In 2018, Elaine moved from Grand Canyon, AZ to Northern Idaho and continued to guide at the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. Prior to pursuing her dream to become a hiking guide, she did Accounting for many years in the hospitality industry. With joining the Wildland accounting team, she is able to blend both her guiding and accounting knowledge together. Elaine continues to enjoy hiking, biking and time with her family and dogs.