Oakland Office Staff
Scott Wolland – Executive Director and CEO
As Director of Operations for the Turtle Island Restoration Network from 2008-2010, Wolland managed assets,day-to-day operations, and co-managed the budget. Prior to joining Turtle Island, from 1999 to 2008 he was Director of the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center for Point Reyes National Seashore Association, where he directed all programmatic aspects including marketing, budgeting, Education Center fundraising and facility operation. During his tenure, Wolland increased scholarships 600%, enabling families from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds to participate in the organization’s environmental education programs. He is a member of the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) and the Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators (AEOE).
Aaron Gilbert – Program Director
Aaron grew up in suburban Chicago. As a young person he excelled in team sports and dreamed of playing shortstop for the Chicago Cubs. When he wasn’t throwing, kicking, or shooting a ball, Aaron loved to explore the forest and ravines surrounding his house. Aaron first came to California to attend college, and it was during as three-day canoe trip before his freshman year that he first slept out under the stars. The wide rivers, majestic mountains, rolling hills, and vast deserts of California stole his heart and he has been playing in the outdoors ever since. In 2005 he moved to San Francisco where he merged his passion for the outdoors with interest in youth development. For the next 5 years he ran outdoor leadership programs for youth in the Mission District. Aaron is deeply committed to social justice and believes that urban youth around the Bay need to have access to experiences in the outdoors, which will empower them to realize their fullest potential. Aaron completed his Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT) in June of 2006 and has been a member of the BAWT instructor faculty since 2007. In 2011, he completed a year-long facilitator’s training with Diversity Works. He loves to travel, cook, ride bikes and speak Spanish. He is trained as a Wilderness First Responder.
Steven Fredericks – Director of Development
Steve grew up in Florida where he spent the first part of his life stomping around in the hot and humid wilderness of the southeast, floating down rivers and fishing in the gulf. He joined the Boy Scouts of America at the age of 12 and went on to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. He started his career in the classroom teaching science and social studies before moving into development shortly after relocating to Boston in 2005. Since then he has helped raise money for Camp Hale, a summer camp for underserved youth from Boston situated on New Hampshire’s beautiful Squam Lake; created a beer tasting benefit for United South End Settlements called Brewers Helping Neighbors; and consulted on sports related crowdfunding projects throughout the world. Steve moved to the Bay Area in 2012 following the call to the West. He is passionate about backpacking, mountaineering, snowboarding, cooking, beer, and the Tampa Bay Rays!
To email Steven: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley has been a California kid her entire life and has called the Bay Area home for the past 9 years. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources. Her education was focused on environmental justice and political ecology, though a great portion of her time was spent playing on Cal’s Division I Field Hockey team. Ashley grew up surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and playing every team sport under the sun. You can probably spot her riding her bike around Oakland on the way to the BAWT office, where she manages the Gear Library along with her counterpart, Theo. Ashley also has a passion for rescuing feral kittens from her backyard. “Go camping, go exploring, go find your passions, but above all: GO BEARS!”
Theo Fitanides – Program Associate
Theo Fitanides developed his love of the outdoors growing up in the Sierra Nevada foothills. He grew up camping with his family, and his dad took him on his first backpacking trip at age 10, which included a late summer snow storm with no tents. Since then, Theo hasn’t stopped enjoying the outdoors and can usually be spotted carrying entirely too much gear. He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2010, where he was a co-leader with Poly Escapes. He went on to a horticultural internship, followed by two years working as a biological consultant searching for bird nests on the southern and central coast. After extensive travel to Southeast Asia in 2013, Theo has decided to grow some figurative and literal roots here in the Bay Area. When he is not managing the BAWT Gear Library with Ashley, Theo also works part-time as manager of Native Here Nursery in Tilden Park. The other part-times he can be found listening for birds, staring at flowers, leading nature walks, and climbing on rocks.
Milpitas (South Bay) Office Staff
Ashley Glosz and Theo Fitanides - Program Associates
Ashley and Theo coordinate all gear library requests for both the Milpitas and Oakland Gear Libraries (please see above for their bios).
Terry Williams – Lead Instructor
Terry integrates a wealth of experience in adventure-based learning, leadership and organizational development in her work with people from diverse backgrounds within schools, non-profit organizations, and corporations throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her work focused on strength-based experiential curriculum and facilitated programs emphasizing participatory processes, performance, and teamwork. She has a PhD with a specialization in Leadership. Her doctoral studies began with several intensive international community studies and service projects with the Mayan people and their villages including a 40-mile trek through the backcountry of western Guatemala and climbing the highest peak in Central America. Terry has also traveled over 15,000 miles on a bicycle, including a solo 8,000 cross-country journey for a national youth advocacy project, meeting with the President, representatives, U.S. senators, governors, mayors, and community leaders of over 24 states and 150 communities.
Zak Klein – Lead Instructor
Originally from Pennsylvania, Zak’s foundational outdoor experiences were fishing with his father, building forts with friends, followed by more frequent and farther-flung backpacking and boating trips as an adolescent. In 2000, Zak thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, an experience which solidified his desire to share with others the delights of backcountry travel and outdoor living. After early work establishing two student-outing organizations and environmental initiatives, Zak worked as a field instructor for NOLS and Outward Bound USA across the country from the Florida keys and the Appalachians to Yellowstone highlands and nearby Big Basin. Zak has instructed whitewater canoe, alpine backpacking, climbing, sailing and caving courses. Serving students from the public school systems in Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Oakland, Zak has witnessed the acute impact of expedition living and experiential learning for students not often exposed to a natural classroom. The simplicity of outdoor living fosters friendship and connection among people in a way that’s elusive among 2014’s gadgetry and distractions. Knowing that he can reveal a special nook for a camping experience right in San Francisco’s Presidio is very unique, exciting and keeps Zak motivated.
Amelia Vigil – Instructor
Amelia Vigil was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been an outdoor recreational leader since high school, attending urban pioneers. She continued her education in the outdoors by earning an Associate Degree in Outdoor Recreational Leadership from Feather River Community College. A poet at heart, she studied at Mills College, receiving a BFA in literature with an emphasis in creative writing. Amelia has taught rock climbing and belay techniques at gyms in the Bay Area and Brooklyn. She continues her passion for the outdoors with BAWT as a field instructor. Holding true to BAWT values, she doubles as a youth worker with Peer Resources and climbing instructor.
Raised in Marietta, Georgia, David had easy access to the beauty of Southern Appalachia. Although as a child he used to think they would simply be the backdrop of family outings and friendly hangouts, the outdoors began to emerge as a key player in his life. With his Boy Scout years behind him and a hunger for more than the bi-annual family backpacking trip, David took the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Wind River Wilderness 30 day backpacking trip in Wyoming. Not only did his experience there solidify his backpacking basics, but there he confirmed that the outdoors had a larger role to play in his life. He attended the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park where he graduated with a liberal arts degree and an array of Pre-Medicine courses under his belt. Continuing his outdoor education, David was certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA). He also found his knack for Ultimate Frisbee, playing on the UMD team throughout his collegiate experience. After a big move to the Bay Area, David was glad to join the BAWT team where he shares his enthusiasm for the outdoors with others.