Jason Carter

WEMT, Paramedic, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, SAI Wilderness Lifeguard Instructor

Recreational backcountry guiding and instruction since 2006 and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services since 2009. He likes trail or road running and whitewater kayaking, but dabbles in anything outdoors.

Danny Clements

Facility Manager

 

Rachel Clements

Student Services Coordinator, A.A.S.

Rachel has been serving students through Landmark Learning for the last 5 years. She enjoys being outdoors, exploring through travel and photography. Her favorite part about what she does at Landmark, is being able to interact with the students on a daily basis.

Adam Davies

Paramedic, WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, EMT Intensive Instructor

Currently employed as a Flight Paramedic (rotor wing) overseas in addition to working with Landmark Learning. Adam loves adaptive nature of wilderness medicine. He has been in Rescue and Emergency Medical Services since 2001.

Justin Doroshenko

WEMT, Paramedic, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, EMT Intensive Instructor, SAI Wilderness Lifeguard Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor

Justin is a medical student at the University of New England near Portland, Maine. An outdoor educator and guide since 2003, Justin spends his time mountain biking, studying cardiac dysrhythmias, and exploring the Maine coast.

Lance Elzie

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, SAI Wilderness Lifeguard Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator, ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, ACA Canoe Instructor

Lance loves learning, teaching, and spending time outside. Lance’s favorite outdoor activities involve laughing with friends and not getting injured. Lance’s least favorite activities involve writing in third preson.

David Fifer

Paramedic, FAWM, M.S. in Safety & Emergency Management, EMT Intensive Instructor, Future NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor

David is a career educator and wilderness medical responder. When not teaching at Landmark, he’s a Lecturer in Emergency Medical Care at Eastern Kentucky University, the coordinator of the Red River Gorge Special Treatment, Access and Rescue (RedSTAR) wilderness EMS team, and an Emergency Management Specialist for the National Disaster Medical System. He joined the Landmark faculty after taking a Landmark course himself and discovering that the instruction was, in his words, “simply excellent, and something I wanted to help share with the next generation of EMS providers. ”

Andy Glas

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor, ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

When not helping build tomorrow’s crop of outdoor professionals for Landmark Learning, Andy is a faculty member at North Greenville University where he teaches in their Outdoor Education and Leadership department. Andy loves getting deep into the forest of Western North Carolina where you will likely find him climbing, biking or paddling with his favorite two and four legged friends.

Phil Hart

Paramedic, WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor

With backcountry guiding and instruction experience since 1985, Phil has always had a passion for the outdoors. He also has been involved in Rescue and Emergency Medical Services since 1985 and loves teaching because it expands his understanding of different types of people and improves his medical skills.

Seth Collings Hawkins

Medical Director, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, MFAWM

Having been a backcountry instructor since 1993, Seth is one of the most experienced members of the Landmark Learning team. He also happens to be the medical director and says that the reason he joined Landmark was because he believes in the mission and for the wickedly good-looking hats.

Eli Helbert

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Eli Helbert has been an outdoor educator since 1987. A reformed raft guide and international competitor, he is currently an open canoe IT for the ACA, a lead instructor for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, and a swiftwater rescue instructor. He considers himself fortunate to be aligned with Landmark Learning.

Susan Herndon-Powell

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor

Susan has been an outdoor instructor since 2000, and has been working at Landmark since 2017. She loves all things outdoors, but especially long backpack trips, biking, and trail maintenance. She is passionate about helping people feel knowledgeable and prepared for spending time outdoors.

 

Deane Hodde

Retired Paramedic, EMT Intensive Instructor

Deane has worked at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral from 1980-1982 as a Paramedic for the first 5 shuttle launches. He has been teaching Emergency Medicine since 1978.

Priscilla Hunt

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor

Priscilla loves long backpacking trips and during the summer and fall, she instructs backpacking and mountaineering courses in Colorado and Alaska. She plays the fiddle and enjoys playing the music of the Appalachians, the British Isles, and from the contra dance tradition.

Felipe Jacome

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Felipe has been a mountain guide since 2000 and a wilderness medicine instructor since 2006. After spending a lot of time in the outdoors, he decided to start sharing his knowledge and experience. He is also the founder of Mingai, providing training and care in remote settings of Ecuador.

Scott Lipscomb

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, EMT Intensive Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor, Community Relief Medic Instructor

Scott has been backcountry guiding and instructing since 2007 and enjoys rock climbing, whitewater canoeing, trail running, snowboarding, slack lining, and generally being better at things than Jason Carter. He loves empowering other outdoor leaders with medical skills and judgement. When he is not teaching he enjoys playing in the Mountains of WNC, PNW and the Rockies! 

Jon Lowrance

MSN, CRNA, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor, ACA L4 Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

Jon has worked as an outdoor educator since 2005 teaching a range of courses with Landmark Learning and NOLS Wilderness Medicine.  His student experience on a Wilderness First Responder course in 2003 served as the spark for a career in both outdoor education and medicine.  Jon’s passion for emergency medicine and critical care led him to become a Wilderness EMT, a critical care Registered Nurse and ultimately a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).  He currently practices anesthesia at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.  He remains an educator at heart and loves to help others gain the skills, knowledge and attitude needed to become competent wilderness medicine providers and anesthesia providers.  He enjoys traveling, whitewater canoeing, trail running, snowboarding and ocean SUP/surfing.

 

Fritz Orr

WFR, ACA Canoe Instructor Trainer

Fritz’s canoeing career began 50 plus years ago at a local summer camp his family owned and operated. Besides instructing at a young age at camp, Fritz has shaped several boats in Dagger’s and Perception’s R&D and competed internationally on the US Wildwater C-1 Team. Fritz is an ACA Level-5 IT Canoe Instructor and today focuses his time at Camp High Rocks, Landmark Learning, and multi-day wilderness river trips. During the winter months, Fritz is in his studio handcrafting wooden canoe paddles. “ Working for Landmark is a treasured experience, genuine leadership, inspired students and positive fun atmosphere!”

Graham Neville

Paramedic, EMT Intensive Instructor, SAI Wilderness Lifeguard Instructor

Graham keeps out of trouble by working as a Respiratory Therapist and a Paramedic. He fully blames his interest in the medical field on Landmark Learning, starting when he took his EMT course with us in 2012. Graham knows more about Star Wars than the rest of the Landmark staff combined. Aside from binge watching Star Wars, Graham also likes to go hiking and climbing, and recently got into mountaineering.

Justin Padgett

Executive Director, M.S., WEMT, Paramedic, I teach most courses at Landmark Learning.

I love teaching!  I really enjoy the interaction with students and helping them grow and develop as individuals. Teaching with Landmark Learning allows me to teach swiftwater rescue, then wilderness medicine, then EMT, then wilderness lifeguard….I grow in the presence of students!

Mairi Padgett

Administrative Director, MA.Ed., WFR, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor

Mairi has been guiding and instructing since 1989 and founded Landmark Learning with her husband, Justin Padgett. It took a long time for her to realize there is NO wrong way to enjoy the outdoors, and she enjoys anything she can do with their two kids in the wilderness.

Dan Payton

WEMT, NRP, PA-C , NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor providing instruction for WUMP, WMPP, WFR/WFR-R, and EMT Intensive programs

Dan is retired military and has been involved with lower mountaineering and backcountry instruction since 1985. He has been an EMT since 1983 and involved in rescue and Emergency Medical Services since 2011. He loves to boulder, backpack and ski deep powder!

 

Connor Prendergast

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Connor has been an Outward Bound Instructor and Course Director for five years, and has a deep interest in medicine. He is currently going to school to finish prerequisites for Medical School. He teaches for Landmark Learning because he gets to meet great people along the way, develop more experience in medicine, and because he was hooked when he took his own EMT in Cullowhee with Landmark.

Ron Ramsey

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, SAI Wilderness Lifeguard Instructor, Community Relief Medic Instructor

Ron has been leading trips and teaching in the backcountry since 1999 and volunteering with search and rescue since 2001. He joined Landmark Learning in 2014. As a high school teacher, he has a passion for helping his students develop a sense of place while exploring Southern Appalachia. When he is not teaching he loves spending time with his family and seeing the world through his daughter’s eyes.

Heidi Riley

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Our curriculum is so good at empowering people to make good decisions for themselves and for other people, and that has implications for them far beyond our classroom, the backcountry, and whatever reasons they choose to take a wilderness medicine course. I love working to create opportunities to accentuate and capitalize on this, and I learn more about it every time I teach!

Mike Smith

WFR, ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer

Mike is a native of Northern Maine and has worked professionally in the outdoors since 2001. He is an avid paddler, skier, and mountain biker, whose passion for teaching and exploring keeps him traveling across North and South America. In his full time capacity Mike serves as the director of the Outdoor Sport Institute, a 501c3 non-profit that seeks to strengthen communities through outdoor sport. Mike is also a registered Maine Guide, registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide, and BICP L1 Mountain Bike Ride Guide.

Ryan Smith

Program Coordinator, WFR, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor, ACA Swiftwater Rescue and Canoe Instructor

Ryan loves the outdoors and has a passion for program design. As a whitewater canoeist, he has experience with outdoor medicine and the unpredictability of the wilderness, making him an excellent Program Coordinator.

John Vogler

NREMT-Paramedic, Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, BS Forest Resources Management- WCU, AS Emergency Medical Science- Southwestern CC, EMT Intensive Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

My full time gig is as a paramedic at the local service here in WNC.  I teach the EMT Intensive at Landmark because we get students from all over the country and from all walks of life.  The students are fired up and I have to work hard to be prepared… it makes me a better paramedic. When I’m not involved with EMS, I’m kayaking and getting out in the woods with my wife and dogs.  Teaching the ACA Swiftwater Rescue curriculum is fun, and also hopefully giving something back to a sport that I love.

Katie Wall

Ed.D, WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor

Having been involved in backcountry guiding since 2006 and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services since 2008, Katie has tons of experience in the field. She currently works as a professor at Lees-McRae College teaching Outdoor Recreation Management.  She enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

Deb Whitmore

WFR, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor, ACA L4 Open Canoe Instructor, ACA Swift Water Rescue

Deb works full time as Director of Wilderness Operations for North Carolina Outward Bound School. An outdoor educator and guide since 1996. Deb spends her time racing bicycles, hunting with her two weimaraners and home renovation projects.

Kevin Williams

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

Kevin did his BS at Western Carolina University and enjoys playing in whitewater, downhill mountain biking, underground exploration (aka caving) and yard art. 

Ben Woodard

WEMT, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor

Ben is a born-and-bred Georgian who adventures primarily in the Tennessee-Alabama-Georgia triangle. Facilitating meaningful, skills-based wilderness medicine classroom experiences is among his passions, as are reading, yoga, and trail running with his dogs. He has worked as a Landmark instructor since 2016.