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 10 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, Jeni. Ashley also has developed a passion for rescuing feral kittens from her backyard.
Jeni graduated from UC Berkeley with a Geography degree and a false assumption that she really liked plants. Trips zooming past Tahoe, Mammoth, and Bishop down HWY 395 quickly taught her that her passion was embedded in rocks. Now, she is in avid pursuit of combining her passions of geomorphology and design. Jeni lives by John Muir’s famous quote: “The Mountains are calling, and I must go.” Catch her playing guitar on her stoop, grimacing as she sets up her slackline, reading books from Moe’s, or flailing on a boulder problem- either way, she’ll be having a great time.
Milpitas (South Bay) Office Staff
Ashley Glosz and Jeni Chan - Program Associates
Ashley and Jeni 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.
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 C
Sam is a Bay Area native. Growing up in the East Bay as a member of the Boy Scouts, Sam was exposed to a great array of wilderness opportunities from a young age. From hiking, canoeing, and climbing across much of Northern California, to backpacking and rafting in New Mexico, these experiences and more like them have helped contribute to Sam’s great love and appreciation of the great outdoors. Shortly after obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout, Sam moved to the South Bay to study Health Services Administration at San Jose State University. This education was an eye opener in the world of programming and community-based organizations, and has led to Sam’s desire to work in the nonprofit arena helping youth lead happier and healthier lives. When you don’t see Sam helping out at BAWT you can probably find him planning his next backpacking trip, biking around town, or going crazy cheering for the Giants.
Natalie was born and raised in Los Angeles. As a child, her family took yearly summer trips to Mammoth Lakes for hiking, biking and fishing, which fostered her passion for the outdoors. She loves traveling to hike in new places and has been to Mt. Whitney, the Zion Narrows, Shenandoah National Park and Denali National Park, to name a few of her favorites. Natalie studied communications and linguistics at UCLA and law at USC, and in a previous life she was a practicing attorney. Now, recovering from a serious nature deficit due to long lawyer hours and seeking to provide others with an opportunity to experience the outdoors, she is helping out at BAWT in the area of development. When she’s not at BAWT, Natalie enjoys running, biking, attending Giants games with her husband, and playing with her energetic husky mutt.