OUR TEAM

AMBASSADORS

Laura

Julia

Laura McGladrey has instructed for the NOLS Wilderness Medicine for the past 20 years and is a Nurse Practitioner with dual certification, practicing both emergency medicine and psychiatry across the lifespan. She currently in the Emergency Department and the Stress Trauma Adversity Research and Treatment (START) Center trauma support for Emergency and Wilderness Responders.,. She has a background in international and relief work and continues to work teaching courses to teach wilderness medicine to providers and lectures nationally on Psychological First Aid and Stress Injuries. She is the Stress and Resilience advisor for Portland Mountain Rescue, Colorado Outward Bound and Eldora Ski Patrol.

Julia is an EMT on a 911 ambulance. She brings to the Alliance a diverse background having obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Outdoor Recreation.  She has traveled the world as a guide and outdoor recreation facilitator in Alaska, Australia and most recently with the North Carolina Outward Bound school. Julia has worked with adults, teens, at risk youth and veterans in wilderness settings.  Julia additionally volunteers her time with her local search and rescue and ski patrol where she operates as a wilderness medical provider. Julia has a passion for fostering provider resiliency and helping to empower organizations to foster a culture to proactively help mitigate stress injuries in responders. As a member of the Alliance, she looks forward to networking with organizations, agencies and providers around the world to help ensure responders can live rewarding, healthy lives while caring for others.

Ben

Mike

As a kid, I always wanted to be outside and moving, probably because dyslexia made school hard for me. Throughout high school, college and young adulthood, I just went where my impetuousness led me with little clear direction. 

At 32, I started my career of service as a firefighter and found a sustaining purpose for the first time. Over 20 years as a paramedic and firefighter for the South Metro Fire Rescue, I’ve been blessed to work with great people, helping others and ourselves through all matter of challenges, from the trivial to the ultimate.

Over the years, I began to see a very specific need in emergency responders of all types: the development of resilience techniques and cognitive tools to mitigate stress, both in the field and throughout the transition of retiring. 

Fitness and health are a big part of my life, and I believe it plays a huge role in our mental health as well as physical. In my spare time, I love just about everything that can be enjoyed outdoors! I’ve found great fulfillment skiing, pheasant hunting, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking with my daughter Maddie and Lacrosse with my son Charlie.

Marcel

Mike has been involved in the outdoor education industry for over 15 years as an educator, trainer, administrator, and importantly a wilderness first responder. He has a long history with Outward Bound (OB) Australia where he served for several years as the Safety Director, and then General Manager overseeing wilderness medicine protocols and a (CISM based) incident support system. Mike joined OB in the US in 2015, and has worked as the Director of Operations at Colorado Outward Bound School and the National Director of Safety for OBUSA building and promoting a peer support crisis intervention system based on psychological first aid principles. Today Mike is also a member of the OB International Risk Management Committee, the AEE Accreditation Council, and the WRMC Steering Committee.

Marcel is an “unpaid professional” Search & Rescue Team Member, Board Member and Rope Team Leader with Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue in Portland, Oregon, as well as a member of Bjögunarsveitin Suđurnes in Keflavik, Iceland (a member team of Icelandic Search and Rescue).

Marcel has been working with a dedicated group of PNWSAR members to build resilience into all aspects of the team activities and processes.

Marcel currently holds qualifications as an EMT, NOLS WEMT, and Technical Rope Rescue-Technician Level Instructor for Rescue3. When not engaged in teaching and SAR activities, Marcel works in Mergers & Acquisitions for an international software company.

Nick

Nick joined Search & Rescue in 2008 after 10 of his close friends were killed in a plane crash in the Cascade Mountains.  He felt the helplessness of not being able to assist in the search for their downed aircraft and he vowed to never be a bystander to bringing loved ones home to their friends and family.

Nick is currently a member of both the Explorer Search & Rescue team as well as Seattle Mountain Rescue.  He has held leadership positions that include Field/Operations Leader, Technical Rescue Leader, Board of Trustees member, Chairman of the Board as well as being a member of the CARE Team.

Nick knows what it feels like to lose friends and family in mountain accidents and has worked for over 10 years to bring as many people home as he can.  As a member of the CARE Team, Nick manages the education elements in hopes of proactively building resilient rescuers who have the skills and tools to best manage psychological stress trauma so that they can be stronger members of our backcountry rescue community.

David

David is a former member of Yosemite Search and Rescue and has traveled the world as a guide and climber looking for adventure and community.  As a rock climber and a member of the YOSAR team he has seen first hand the effect that stress injuries can have on emergency personnel and bystanders alike.  In his opinion, while the modern world seems well equipped to handle visible physical issues, the less concrete but equally if not more important mental side of the equation has largely been ignored.  He is passionate about changing that dynamic. When not out in the mountains David deals with a different type of stress during his work as a tax accountant. As a member of the Alliance he looks forward to building a communal approach to EMS trauma throughout the country.

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