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).
Liza Dadiomov – Program Director
Liza spent her childhood exploring the beaches and deserts of Israel, and later relocating to the lush and mountainous Pacific Northwest. She fell in love with the outdoors on Orcas Island, where she spent her summers as a camper, later joining as a staff member during summers in college, and then returning as an outdoor educator after graduating from Santa Clara University. From then on, she was hooked on creating access to the outdoors to all youth. She went on to teach outdoor education to 5th graders, lead middle and high school students on backpacking trips, and spend a year in the North Cascades National Park as a resident in a graduate program focusing on environmental education and non-profit administration. Liza then returned to the Bay Area, working at several non-profit organizations in environmental education, most recently as a Program Manager at Education Outside greening schoolyards in San Francisco elementary schools. Liza is passionate about skiing, backpacking, reading, food, and spending time with friends and family. She 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!
Tigre Velarde – Gear Library & Operations Manager
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!
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!
Nina Wala – Program Associate
Nina grew up in Michigan, the only place they’ve ever known until thy decided to join AmeriCorps. Nina moved to Atlanta, GA where they completed a year of service with Habitat for Humanity. During this year Nina was a construction lead and led groups of volunteers on the construction of 11 homes. After this year Nina decided to join another AmeriCorps program. They served with 12 other team members and traveled to 5 different states working with a variety of nonprofits. This is when Ninabecame more comfortable in the outdoors and discovered their passion for youth and connecting them to these beautiful lands we all share. Before Nina became part of the BAWT family they worked with The Golden Gate National Parks for 8 months as part of their trail stewardship crew. Nina led groups of volunteers on the maintenance and construction of trails through out the park. For Nina it is a blessing to live in such a beautiful and diverse area and they are excited to be apart of BAWT’s mission in bringing youth of color into the outdoors and most of all making them feel comfortable in the outdoors
San Francisco Gear Library Staff
Gabriel Sul – Program Associate
Gabriel has spent his entire life in the Bay Area. He was born and raised in San José and moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University. At San Francisco State University, Gabriel received a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism. He has interned and worked with various outdoor agencies throughout the Bay, including the National Park Service as a Interpretation Education Volunteer and Youth Fellow. Gabriel is inspired by the mission of Bay Area Wilderness Training to create equitable access to outdoor experiences for youth of color and low income youth.
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, Gabriel Sul, and Nina Wala.- Gear Library Staff
Tigre, Andrea, Gabriel and Nina 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
Miranda is a Sierra Foothills native who came across BAWT just after her graduation from San Jose State in 2012. After reaching the summit of Mt. Shasta (a gift for fundraising +$4,000 in Climbing For Kids) in June 2012, her outdoor leadership path began. “I have become so empowered by my own experiences outdoors that I have to give it back to all communities. There’s no reason why such beauty and power should be kept from anyone, especially young people. I can be a catalyst for thousands to find themselves in the outdoors.” She has led outdoor adventures for multiple organizations in the Bay Area including honorable mentions REI Outdoor School and Blue Water Foundation nonprofit. She has also been a youth worker and teacher in the Bay area for multiple school districts, serving all youth K-21. Some highlights of her adventures in educating youth and adults in the outdoors were: teaching kids how to surf for the first time in a hail storm (no one wanted to stop they just paddled harder) and utilizing games to let adults play, have fun and learn. On her days off, you can find her SUP-ing, backpacking with her dog Argo or in the studio drawing. She is a Wilderness First Responder and active Instructor on all courses with a knack for WLT’s and Instructor Retreat curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
Tony Passantino – Instructor
Tony has been involved in watershed conservation and environmental education for the last decade all over the West. An AmeriCorps alumni, California Naturalist instructor, youth backpacking guide for Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and most recently a volunteer trekking guide serving youth in a non-profit based in Western Guatemala. He is an excited gear junkie and addicted to the Sierra Nevada. He currently manages the Education program for Sonoma Ecology Center teaching in classrooms and at varied field sites, and oversees a teen “Enviroleader” program.
Chris Hawthorne – Instructor
Chris grew up just outside Louisville, and discovered his love of the woods and mountains from a very young age. At thirteen, his family moved him down to Tampa Bay for more warmth, sunshine, and adventure. There, he graduated from high school and college, and afterward worked as a reading teacher and eventually as the Education Program Director at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm. In 2015, never having been out west, Chris decided he wanted to move to a place with mountains, so he packed up his car, and travelled across country to live in the Monterey area. Now an educator at Seaside High School, Chris enjoys nothing more than taking youth outside to explore the wilds of the central coast. He serves on the board of The Outdoor Collective, a project of the Children Are Our Future Foundation that like BAWT, works to train youth workers and leaders to get young people outdoors. He is honored to be a part of this outstanding community of leaders, and looks forward to continuing to work with BAWT in the future.
Jenna Topper – Instructor
Jenna graduated from Sonoma State in 2016 with a degree in Environmental Studies. She began facilitating youth in the outdoors as a young teen, and over the years she has developed a strong skill set and comprehensive understanding of what it takes to ensure a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for participants in the outdoors. Jenna has expertise in environmental education using informal learning settings and immersive experiences. She coordinates kayaking, rafting, backpacking, hiking, zip lining, and camping trips for high school youth. Jenna is Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Certified and has been a participant in all of BAWT’s educator training’s. Jenna is constantly seeking adventure, new experiences, and new relationships. She looks forward to exploring the outdoors and learning together with you!
Katie Gialketsis – Instructor
Katie grew up in Southern California where she first learned to love the outdoors. She attended UC Davis, where she spent many weekends adventuring to the Sierra Nevadas, and eventually received a degree in Environmental Science. She continued her graduate work at UCSB, where she received a masters in Education. Now a science teacher at Seaside High School, she loves organizing trips to get youth outdoors and connected to their environment. She also serves on the board of the Outdoor Collective, a project of The Children Are Our Future, working to inspire educators to get youth outdoors. She looks forward to exploring the outdoors on BAWT’s wonderful trainings with you!