Oakland Office Staff
Scott Wolland – Executive Director
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 Byrd – Program Director
Aaron grew up in suburban Chicago, where he 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 moved from the Midwest to California to attend college, and never left. 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 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 and in 2015 we was a Rising Leaders Fellow with Youth Outside. He loves photography, travel, and riding bikes. 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!
Amy Spierling -Gear Library and Operations Manager
Amy was lucky enough to grow up in beautiful Missoula, Montana. She loved playing in the rivers and mountains, exploring caves, kayaking, snowboarding, and camping. Amy moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend the University of Washington. There, she added long distance running to her hobbies, exploring much of Seattle while training for half-marathons. Amy joins BAWT from a career in retail management, where she was passionate about outfitting women for their various sports activities and outdoor adventures. Amy is excited to have made the leap into the non-profit world, especially one focused on making the outdoors more accessible to Bay Area youth.
Stella Carnegie – Development Associate
Stella is a California native and new Bay Area resident who moved from Boston where she studied Social/Cultural Anthropology at BU. Stella grew up using every excuse to get outdoors, from playing sports to camping and hiking with family and friends along the Southern California coast. During her four years in Boston she fell in love with the colorful magic of the seasons, but also longed for the energy of the Pacific ocean and the warmth of the California sun. Back on the west coast among the beauteous Redwoods of Northern California, Stella is constantly reminded of the power of nature in her life, on its ability to inspire gratitude and perspective, and to demonstrate how small she is in this vast world, yet how significant her actions can be in caring for it. An avid explorer, yoga instructor, and herbalist in training, Stella believes that nature, healthy food, and mindfulness are powerful forms of healing and catalysts for social change. She looks forward to growing and learning alongside the movement that is Bay Area Wilderness Training!
San Francisco Gear Library Staff
Tigre Velarde – Program Associate
Tigre grew up in Ohio where she spent her youth trying to be outside as much as possible. She spent much of her childhood exploring the woods behind her house and staying out until the very edge of sunlight. She found her way from the flatter parts of Ohio to the hills of Athens to attend Ohio University where she studied Communication and explored everything the hills and river had to offer. From there, she has been working at several camps and outdoor education facilities from Ohio to Missouri, Florida, and finally California. She has spent the past 3 summers living in the Oakland Area and fell in love with it. Tigre is excited to jump right in to BAWT and help get the youth of the Bay Area outside!
South Bay Staff
Andrea Fraume – Outreach Coordinator
Andrea has been calling San Jose home since 2005. Raised in Manizales, a growing city in the Colombian Andes, Andrea’s grandmother taught her from a young age to appreciate and respect nature and the environment. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz. There, she not only learned about the importance of community organizing and social justice, she also enjoyed hiking to class every day. She has outreached for the Eviction Defense Network to promote renters’ rights in Los Angeles County and helped bring critical services to affordable housing residents living in San Jose through Project Access. If you live in the South Bay and want to talk about taking youth outdoors or just want to go on a woodsy hike, hit Andrea up! She enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping, gardening, and just about anything fun in the outdoors.
Tigre Velarde, Andrea Fraume, and Amy Spierling – Gear Library Coordinators
Tigre, Andrea, and Amy coordinate all gear library requests for South Bay (Milpitas), San Francisco, 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 2016’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.
Miranda Fry – Lead Instructor
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 outdoor adventures for the Youth Empowerment Institute and manages outdoor gear rentals for Sports Basement. Previously, Miranda had been a Bay Area Wilderness Training intern in Milpitas and later became the Gear Library Program Associate in Oakland . On her days off, you can find her surfing, climbing outdoors, backpacking or in the studio painting.
Zotunde Morton – Instructor
Zotunde Morton was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He received an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Laney College, and after working in various public schools throughout the Bay Area, he co-founded Ujimaa Foundation. He currently works as the Secretary and a Program Coordinator for Ujimaa Foundation. His interest of nature and human rights led to his involvement in community activism and outdoor education. In 2012 and 2013 Zotunde completed the Triple Crown of Bay Area Wilderness Training courses by participating in the Frontcountry Leadership Training, Wilderness Leadership Training, and the Camping at the Presidio Training in one 12 month period. Now, Zotunde is one of our top instructors with experience leading all of our courses. Zotunde is a Wilderness First Aider.
Rabbi James is a 2008 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and is the Program Director at the Addison-Penzak JewishCommunity Center of Silicon Valley in Los Gatos, CA. He is the chair of the Cantors and Rabbis Association of Greater San Jose, and is a past Chair of the Reconstructionist Educators of North America. Rabbi James is a TorahTrek Jewish Wilderness Guide, a Wilderness Leadership Training graduate, and holds a certification as a Wilderness First Responder. In his free time, Rabbi James enjoys spending time in the woods with his partner and two daughters.
David Pon – Instructor
Growing up, David spent his summers backpacking through the Sierras, where he cemented a lifelong love for nature. He studied Environmental Science at UC Berkeley and earned his undergraduate degree in in 2012. Since then, he has focused his career on community building, youth development, social justice, and environmental restoration. Currently, David works for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy leading teenagers in outdoor shenanigans. He lives in his hometown of San Francisco with his partner and five apartment mates.
Jen Antonuccio – Instructor
Jen is a Middle School counselor at Willard in Berkeley. She loves combining outdoor education with her work as a school counselor where she prioritizes getting kids outdoors whenever possible. She has been on the BAWT Faculty since 2002 and has experience instructing all of BAWT’s courses. Jen is Wilderness First Aid certified. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, backpacking, camping, kite boarding, and climbing.
Kyle Macdonald – Instructor
Kyle grew up in Somerville, MA and Ann Arbor, MI where he kindled a love of the outdoors. His favorite activities include hiking, camping, skateboarding, tele- and cross- country skiing, and snowshoeing. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Outdoors Empowered Network (OEN) after having served as Founder and CEO of Bay Area Wilderness Training for more than 13 years. Kyle has instructed over 30 WLT and FLT training courses with BAWT and continues to be involved as a Faculty member. His passions include sharing the BAWT model (train and support) with the world and watching his kids Sofia and Miles learn and grow.
Ethan Kerr – Instructor
Ethan currently serves as a Lecturer at San Francisco State University and an Associate at White Men as Full Diversity Partners. Although he is a recent addition to BAWT’s instructor team, Ethan has over 15 years of experience leading and directing outdoor experiential education programs for urban youth with Outward Bound, Naturalists at Large, and others. His favorite outdoor activities include hiking, skiing, backpacking, making sand castles, and splashing in creeks with his daughter. Originally from Maine and Boston, Ethan is now making a big impact in California. He is passionate about social justice, dancing, and catalyzing personal and collective transformation starting with himself, being a dad.
Eduardo Gonzalez – Instructor & BAWT Care Bear
After growing up in Sacramento, Eduardo now works for Latino Outdoors as a Sacramento Outing Leader. He enjoys backpacking and learning about local geology and natural history. His passions include working with youth, getting people outdoors, and outdoor education. Eduardo first got involved with BAWT as a participant of a Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT) course in July 2014. He is a member of the Program Committee and will be serving in a new role as a BAWT Care Bear in 2016. Care Bears provide logistical support for WLT courses, especially during the “launch” and “landing” portions.