WHO WE ARE 

BAWT staff, interns, and instructors all work together to support more youth leaders every year. For any questions or inquiries for staff, feel free to reach out through our Contact page or email us at info@bawt.org. 

staff

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Zulma Y. Terrones, Executive Director

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Zulma Y. Terrones is a multidisciplinary professional specializing in youth advocacy; outdoor whole body health; adventure psychology; and organizational management. She draws from a unique combination of high-intensity academic environments (University of Chicago, AB’12; University of Cambridge, PhM’18); service in non-governmental settings domestically and abroad; and entrepreneurial and startup venture experience. Zulma is excited to synthesize her knowledge and skills at BAWT and help create healthy, inclusive and sustainable connections to the outdoors for local youth, community leaders, and the wider Bay Area. In her free time, Zulma enjoys spending time outdoors and being active; she has a regular practice of trail running, cycling and yoga.

Genevieve Gandal, Director of Development

Born and raised in northern California, Genevieve spent years living in the Midwest and outside Washington, DC. But longed to return home to the Bay Area, and the 4 season outdoor life we appreciate here.  She has professional experience crafting development strategy for private foundations, promoting the mission and values of the organizations to business leaders and the greater community, as well as working with business leaders and the greater community in order to secure funding and support for a variety of advocacy organizations.

Genevieve is thrilled that her professional path has led to her passion for sacred time in nature. She  believes that giving our youth exposure to the outdoors provides a grounding  awareness of self and surroundings  that can only come from connecting to nature.  When not at work, you will likely find Genevieve camping and angling on the McCloud, the Upper Sac, or Trinity Rivers

Amy Cummings, Gear Associate

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Amy grew up camping around San Diego as a kid. She returned to outdoor adventure while working at a high school in East Palo Alto, CA which has long partnered with BAWT to power its successful outdoor education program. Amy has since become an avid backpacker, hiker, and climber, and attended a NOLS Fall Semester for Outdoor Educators in 2021 before landing at BAWT to work in the Oakland Gear Library in 2022. Amy also organizes queer community events in the Bay Area and dabbles in instructing for youth outdoor programs.

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Lindsay Zapata, Associate Director of Development

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Lindsay is a true desert dweller coming from the high temperatures of Phoenix, Arizona. Graduating from Arizona State University with her degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Lindsay has dedicated her career to learning the ins and outs of fundraising. Outside of work, Lindsay has spent countless hours exploring her favorite Arizona trails around the Sedona Red Rocks and kayaking on the desert’s many lakes. Inspired by the wonder of Grand Canyon National Park – her favorite spot in the West, Lindsay believes every child deserves the opportunity to connect with wild sceneries that awes and empowers them.  Understanding the system of oppression that prevents youth of color from exploring the outdoors, Lindsay is motivated for her start at BAWT! 

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Danielle Morse, Gear Library Associate

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The power of nature captured Danielle’s heart at a very young age. Annual camping and backpacking trips in Yosemite opened her eyes to the natural wonders and heightened her appreciation for the outdoors. Her passion to protect the sacredness of nature can be credited to this early and deep exposure to it. As an educator and mother of two, Danielle has been privileged in helping young eyes open to the beautiful details in nature. She joins the BAWT team with great enthusiasm for the mission and the long-term impacts on the youth of the Bay Area. The more positive experiences we all have in nature, the more honored and obligated we feel to protect it for generations to come.

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Ilana Unger, General Program Manager

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Ilana is a true mountain lover, growing up in Vermont and Colorado, the healing effects of spending time in nature were ingrained from a young age. Ilana is an experienced non-profit project and program manager, with a 5-year career spanning environmental stewardship and community building with a degree from Dickinson College in Environmental Studies. My work focuses on experiential education, community building and regenerative justice. Ilana is passionate about regenerative agriculture, and the intersection at which diversity, equity and inclusion meet. Ilana is ecstatic to join the BAWT team and bring her skillset to uplift community leaders in creating inclusive and connective outdoor experiences for youth. In her free time, Ilana enjoys making various seasonal recipes, practices yoga and explores the various natural wonders of California!
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Anya Diamond, Oakland Goes Outdoors Program Manager

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Anya is from Oakland, and grew up spending summers in our hometown redwoods at Roberts Regional park . She was introduced to ropes courses while at UC San Diego, and has since worked in teambuilding and youth development on challenge courses in San Diego and the Bay. Taking the WLT with BAWT was an important experience for her, and she is excited to pay that forward, along with the mentorship she’s received from incredible educators, to support the OUSD community to take students outside. Anya is proud that BAWT specifically aims to challenge systemic oppressions that create financial and social barriers for all youth to have equitable access to nature, and looks forward to continuing to partner with Oakland teachers and staff to create great outdoor experiences for young people.

INTERNS

Faculty Instructors

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Miranda Fry, Instructor Ambassador

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. 

Javier Meléndez

Javier Meléndez graduated from Andrews University in 2015 with both a Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in Youth and Young Adult Ministry. He now works as a Behavioral Health Clinician serving mainly high school aged youth who have emigrated from various Central American countries. Javier’s therapeutic philosophy and practice aims to reconnect client’s to their Emotions, to their Body, to Others, to Nature, and to the Divine. As a result, he has an affinity towards Nature-based therapies, where Nature becomes a co-facilitator for the therapeutic process and allows clients to experience a more holistic sense of healing and well-being. Because Javier believes reconnection to nature can bring emotional, physical, and spiritual healing, he aims to incorporate outdoor experiences in both his professional and personal life every chance he gets. 

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Jen Antonuccio

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.  

Zotunde Morton

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.