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Our Dedicated Staff

We are The Nature People!

You won't find more avid nature and travel enthusiasts than our Boulder, Colorado office staff, committed to providing you with the most extraordinary nature expeditions on the planet. There are two main facets to our work: 

— to create and fine-tune the world's most unique nature adventures
— to help our travelers choose the trip that's best for them

As the winner of Outside magazine's award for the best company in the country to work for four years running (we are humbled!), we can confirm that there is absolutely no crew of individuals more enthusiastic about their mission than our Natural Habitat Adventures staff. We get to travel the world regularly, exploring the world's most amazing natural places. We each have a deep passion for helping our guests discover their own inspiring nature travel experiences. And, if all that does not keep us motivated, our boss, Ben, buys us lots of beer and pizza. Mostly beer.

Get to know us by reading our bios and viewing our personal travel slideshows!
Ben Bressler

Ben Bressler

Nat Hab Founder & President
NHA Staff Member Since: 1985

Ben was raised in New Jersey (he claims there are parts of Jersey that are absolutely beautiful, but he admits that he didn't live in those parts) and received his higher education at Skidmore...

Aly Jacobsen

Adventure Specialist
NHA Staff Member Since: 2003

Aly was born and raised in the rustically charming countryside of southern Pennsylvania. She spent the majority of her childhood trying to get lost in the woods...

Amanda Jamieson

Adventure Specialist
NHA Staff Member Since: 2012

Amanda Jamieson discovered the seductive allure of travel as a teenager growing up just outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, and she’s been on the move ever since! She first traveled overseas during...

Andrea Reynolds

Adventure Specialist & Expedition Leader
NHA Staff Member Since: 1994

Andrea caught the travel bug at an early age, having grown up in such diverse places such as Japan, Colombia, New Zealand, and New Jersey. After earning an...

Becky Pahl

Adventure Prep Specialist
Everything You Need to Know Before You Go
NHA Staff Member Since: 2010

Becky’s love for the mountains brought her to Colorado, from Kansas, in 1998. First order of business, upon arrival, was to secure a ski pass—never mind getting a job. A girl has her...
Ben Forbes

Ben Forbes

European Adventure Sales Manager
NHA Staff Member Since: 2004

Ben was born into a military family in England and grew up on a diet of forces jargon, Monty Python and the belief that his dad must have a machine gun hidden in the house somewhere...
Christy Lavoie

Christy Lavoie

Adventure Director
Worldwide Nature Safaris
NHA Staff Member Since: 2005

Christy grew up in the Northeast, where she spent most of her time outdoors, tirelessly exploring nearby forests, rivers and beaches. At age 5, along with her mother and brother, she embarked...

Conor Frantzen

Adventure Director
NHA Staff Member Since: 2013

Conor grew up in Maine where he spent a lot of time outside, usually hiking with his family, skiing with friends or playing sports year-round. He went to Dartmouth College where the green hills lured him...

Court Whelan

Conservation Travel Specialist
NHA Staff Member Since: 2013

Born and raised in Florida, Court spent much of his youth outdoors fostering a strong love and appreciation for nature and wildlife. This fascination led him to attend the University of Florida, where he received...

Don Martinson

Director, Travel Industry Relations
Nature Ambassador to the Travel Industry
NHA Staff Member Since: 1995

Born and raised in Utah, Don was fortunate to have the best “natural playground” imaginable, with mountains, deserts and canyons in his backyard. He caught the travel bug while studying...
Emily Deemer

Emily Deemer

Marketing Specialist
NHA Staff Member Since: 2013

Although Emily is a Hoosier at heart from Indianapolis, IN, she chose to go to college across the country in Boston. She studied psychology and environmental studies at Boston College, where she embarked on...
Greg Courter

Greg Courter

Senior Adventure Specialist
NHA Staff Member Since: 1996

Greg grew up in the Mad River Valley in central Vermont where it’s nearly impossible to step outside without developing a profound appreciation for the outdoors. After graduating from the University...

Holly Glessner

Sky Ambassador
Flying You to Nature's Edge
NHA Staff Member Since: 2008

Holly grew up in Iowa and was fortunate enough to have parents who loved to travel. Every year her family would take off to a different part of Mexico or Europe and would spend summers in...

Janet Kazmierski

Sky Ambassador
Flying You to Nature's Edge
NHA Staff Member Since: 1997

Janet was born and raised in the suburbs of the Motor City where cruising in hot rods and attending rock concerts were her pass times of choice. After several trips to northern Michigan camping...

John Holahan

Adventure Specialist
NHA Staff Member Since: 2014

John was born and raised in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and developed a strong passion for adventure travel from a young age. While completing his bachelor’s degree in philosophy...

Jordy Oleson

Adventure Specialist
NHA Staff Member Since: 2014

A moment of truth hit Jordy shortly before graduating college. With a business degree and summa cum laude honors under his belt, the “good” job offers he received just didn’t feel right. Taking a leap of faith, he...

Kelly Dellinger

Director of Group Sales
aka: NHA’s Groovy Nature Travel Groupie
NHA Staff Member Since: 1999

Kelly grew up outside of Philadelphia, finished high school in Florida and graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Biology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. While...

Mark Hickey

Creative Director
NHA Staff Member Since: 2002

Mark was born in Hinsdale, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Part of an active family, Mark's appreciation of the outdoors was instilled at an early age. Camping and fishing trips played a big part in his...

Matt Goddard

Director of Adventure Funds
NHA Staff Member Since: 2001

Born and raised in Colorado, Matt has a natural affinity for the mountains and nature. He spent his childhood hiking and camping, exploring the backcountry. In 1992 he moved to Durango to take...

Mat Unger

I.T. (International Traveler)
NHA Staff Member Since: 2005

Mat has been on the move all his life. Born in Chicago, raised in both East Berlin and Denver, Mat is a traveler at heart. Before joining Natural Habitat Adventures, he studied aerospace sciences at the...

Megan Bryant

Africa Adventure Director & Developer
NHA Staff Member Since: 2012

Megan was born in Oklahoma, but didn’t stay there long. In fact, in her first 10 years, her father’s career took the family of four to Texas, Florida and Mississippi, ending up in north...

Megan Koelemay

Digital Marketing Manager
NHA Staff Member Since: 2009

Born in Texas and raised in Louisville, Colorado, Megan is truly a Coloradan at heart. Her family vacations were spent camping and hiking in the nearby Rocky Mountains, and she quickly...

Rick Guthke

Vice Pres., Natural Habitat Headquarters
NHA Staff Member Since: 1999

Rick was raised outside of Cambridge in Massachusetts, but spent all his summers and Christmas vacations with his extended family in Germany. His parents always combined these family visits...

Sandy Shannon

Adventure Operations Manager
Worldwide Nature Safaris
NHA Staff Member Since: 2001

Growing up in the Midwest, Sandy got her first taste of international travel on a two-week high school trip to Europe (at the time she was more interested in that fact that there was no legal...

Sara Higgins

Adventure Director
Staff Member Since: 2010

Sara grew up in the great state of New Jersey (the nice part, not like Ben) with wanna-be-ski-bum-but-became-lawyers-instead parents and two older brothers who made sure she could climb...

Sarah Knight

Adventure Prep Specialist
Everything You Need to Know Before You Go
NHA Staff Member Since: 1998

Born and raised in Colorado, Sarah was introduced to adventure at an early age. Childhood vacations were spent hiking, camping, backpacking and skiing with her parents and brother. Sarah's...

Sarah Raby

Adventure Director & Group Specialist
Africa Nature Safaris
NHA Staff Member Since: 2007

Raised in the Fox River Valley, 40 miles west of Chicago, Sarah was centrally located to roam the U.S. at a very young age. Some of her fondest memories include her six member family piling into...

Shelby Campbell

Explorer’s Registrar & Billing Coordinator
NHA Staff Member Since: 2006

Shelby has always had a passion for new places to visit, the outdoors and new friends to meet. Growing up in Milwaukee, WI there was always something new to do. Whether it was camping...

Suzanna Spencer

Adventure Specialist
NHA Staff Member Since: 2005

Suzanna was born and raised in the Granite State, New Hampshire. She developed a love of travel and peanut butter sandwiches as a young child when her family packed her and her two siblings...

Suzanne Kiser

Adventure Gear & Pre-Trip Services Coordinator
NHA Staff Member Since: 2000

Suzanne grew up in Massachusetts and headed to Colorado in 1980 where she fell in love with the magical Rocky Mountain beauty and has called Boulder home ever since. She has always loved to...

Ted Martens

Vice President of Marketing & Sustainability
NHA Staff Member Since: 2011

Ted’s journey into the travel and tourism industry began the summer after his sophomore year of college. A two-month backpacking trip throughout Europe ignited what has come to be...

Tricia Brennan

Operations Manager
NHA Staff Member since: 2014

Tricia grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in the Northern Neck of Virginia, where every waking moment was spent outside, usually catching crabs, building forts in the woods or horseback riding...

Valerie Wimberley

Sky Ambassador
Flying You to Nature's Edge
NHA Staff Member Since: 1998

Growing up in a Navy family, Valerie lived in a different state every year of her life from Alaska to Hawaii, from east coast to west. The love of travel and experiencing new and interesting places...

Wendy Klausner

Senior Adventure Specialist
NHA Staff Member Since: 1996

After graduating from Wharton Business School with an undergraduate degree and NYU with an MBA, Wendy worked for nine years in traditional marketing roles at big companies in...

Wendy Redal

Editorial Director
Wielding Words About the Wild
NHA Staff Member Since: 2011

Wendy’s passions are travel, nature and communication, which intersect in her position as Nat Hab's chief writer and editor. A Northwest native who got hooked on the Colorado...

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