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!
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Miranda Fry – Program Associate
With the Sierra’s in her backyard, Miranda developed an early appreciation for the California landscape and outdoor recreation. She came to BAWT as an intern, after earning her BFA in Pictorial Arts from San Jose State in 2012. Because Miranda is an avid backpacker, climber and outdoor enthusiast, the majority of her artwork reflects the places she explores. After her first ascent of Mt. Shasta in June 2012, she realized that outdoor education was going to be apart of her career. “I have become so empowered by my experiences outdoors that I have to give it back to the community. There’s no reason why such beauty and power should be kept from anyone, especially young people.” She currently leads backpacking trips with high school students and teaches art enrichment classes at Alpha Charter School. On her days off, you can find her surfing, climbing outdoors, backpacking or in the studio painting. She is Wilderness First Aid certified and hopes to get her Wilderness First Responder by the end of 2013.
Milpitas (South Bay) Office Staff
Miranda Fry - Program Associate
Miranda coordinates all gear library requests for both the Milpitas and Oakland Gear Libraries (please see above for her bio).
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.
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 and outdoor education enrichment instructor at the June Jordan School for Equity.
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.
Jen discovered her love for the outdoors while camping with her family in the Sierras every summer. However, it was not until Jen reached college that she began to explore farther into the outdoors through back packing, rock climbing, slack lining, and various other outdoor actvitives. Jen recently graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Latin American studies. She hopes to use her degree to pursue a career in the global non-profit sector, specifically with a focus on sustainable practices and cultural preservation. Jen came to Bay Area Wilderness Training to further expand her non-profit experience and learn more about the outdoors. While interning with BAWT, Jen hopes to complete the Wilderness Leadership Training and Wilderness First Responder courses. Jen wants to be able to share her passion of the outdoors with others and provide opportunities for everyone to get involved in the outdoors.