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Rebecca Barnes is on the Leadership Board of the ESWN and an Assistant Prof. in the Environmental Program at Colorado College (link). Barnes has contributed to and facilitated professional development skills’ workshops for early career scientists on university campuses and at professional society meetings. She is currently co-PI on a NSF-funded, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education project to improve the recruitment and persistence of women in the geosciences.

Andy Clifford is passionate about outdoor and environmental education and leadership development. Born in the UK, Andy graduated with a degree in geology from the University of Oxford, before moving to New Zealand to conduct Masters-level research on ice shelves in Antarctica. From a foundation of field-based science in remote environments, Andy's career has evolved to focus on outdoor education. He worked as a senior instructor and program supervisor for the National Outdoor Leadership School in NZ and USA, directed the Outdoor & Environmental Education program at Earlham College, IN, and, most recently, moved to Eugene, OR to lead the City's 50+ year old River House Outdoor Center. Andy sees risk through the institutional lens and enjoys working with teams to establish a healthy risk management culture.

Paul Dreyer is a self-proclaimed “mercenary educator,” having had the opportunity to work with numerous organizations to support a diverse spectrum of students and clients.  Paul has worked throughout the world with organizations working in remote field environments as a facilitator, curriculum designer, coach, expeditionary leader, risk management consultant, staff trainer, and team builder.  Currently, Paul is the CEO of Avid4 Adventure (link), helping support the mission to empower kids to lead active and healthy lifestyles outdoors. Paul is also a senior instructor for Wilderness Medicine of NOLS (link) 

Alice Hill is an environmental researcher, experiential educator, and team builder. Alice’s post-doctoral work focuses on the hydrology of data scarce, remote mountain environments, where she conducts field work in austere regions of High Mountain Asia and the Andes. She is also a senior field instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) where she works with populations managing high-risk environments to develop high functioning teams in adverse or uncertain situations including NASA astronauts, Navy SEALs, and Ivy League business schools. Alice also applies risk management-related frameworks while teaching for Wilderness Medicine of (NOLS). Leveraging her expeditionary experience in educational and research contexts together with her formal risk management facilitation skills, Alice developed and delivers the ESOC Risk Management Workshop series for field scientists at University of Colorado.

Mylène Jacquemart is a graduate student researcher with an interest in natural hazards in high mountain environments. Much of her fieldwork takes her and her team to remote parts of Alaska. During and after her Master's degree, Mylène installed monitoring systems for natural hazards in alpine environments. For a decade before her academic career, she toured Europe's music venues as a sound engineer, stage & production manager and rope access worker. Born and raised in the Swiss Alps, Mylène has been exploring wild and preferably icy places for over two decades, and is certified to co-guide backcountry skiing and mountaineering trips. She also co-founded Girls on Rock, an experiential science and mountaineering program for high school girls from underserved communities.

Willy Oppenheim is an educator, a researcher, and the leader of a social enterprise working to make international volunteering more ethical impactful as Founder and Executive Director of Omprakash (link). As a Rhodes Scholar Willy earned his doctorate in Education from Oxford University. His Ph.D. research focused on demand for girls' schooling in rural Pakistan. Willy has worked in classrooms in the United States, India, Pakistan, and China, and in the wilderness as a field faculty member at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) (link) and adjunct professor at the University of Washington. He is a founding Board member of Good Lad Initiative (link), a UK-based social enterprise which confronts sexual violence and promotes 'positive masculinity' via facilitated workshops and trainings for university students and professionals. His personal climbing and skiing expeditions have taken him to Pakistan, Patagonia, Morocco, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.