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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 and exciting 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 multiple 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!
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Ben Bressler

Ben Bressler

Explorer, Founder, President
Nat Hab 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...
Alex Haas

Alex Haas

Lead Systems Engineer
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Alex was born in Sicily and raised in Virginia. He grew up with a love of the outdoors stemming from his time camping with the Boy Scouts and living in the Shenandoah Valley...
Alex Hopkins

Alex Hopkins

Junior Front-End Website Developer
NHA Staff Member Since: 2019
Augmenting Nat Hab's tech support staff, Alex is a junior front end web developer. And while her day-to-day work may involve computers, her passion for travel makes her a perfect fit for the company culture...
Aly Jacobsen

Aly Jacobsen

Senior Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab 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 Rofheart

Amanda Rofheart

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Amanda was born in New Jersey, but she’s an East Coast girl with a West Coast heart. Before she moved to Colorado three years ago, she left Jersey to attend the University of Maryland...
Ami Jones

Ami Jones

Destination Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
Born and raised in Colorado, Ami has always been in search of adventure, satisfying her pursuit of curiosity in nature in the Rocky Mountains. She remembers being taught at a young age...
Anne Avellana

Anne Avellana

Adventure Director
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2013
Anne climbed her first mountain at age 3, learned to ski at 5, and scraped up her hands riding a bike at 6. Growing up in New England, she has cheerful memories of hiking the high peaks of...
Annie Van Dinther

Annie Van Dinther

Guide Development Director
Expedition Leader Since: 1999
Annie's career as a naturalist began on a whale-watching vessel off Cape Cod. With degrees in biology and geology, and with her enthusiasm for teaching and understanding animal behavior...
Arthur Leforestier

Arthur Leforestier

Payroll & Financial Analyst
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Arthur is an analyst helping out multiple departments at Nat Hab from finance to sales and marketing, focusing on driving efficiency in our business practices...
Becky Pahl

Becky Pahl

Adventure Prep Specialist
Everything You Need to Know Before You Go
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2010
Becky’s love for the mountains brought her to Colorado from Kansas in 1998. The 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
Nat Hab 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...
Brooke Mitchell

Brooke Mitchell

Adventure Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Born on Guam in the middle of a typhoon, Brooke has been an adventurous spirit all her life. When she was 8 months old, her family moved back...
Camie Kirkevold

Camie Kirkevold

Administrative Assistant
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2016
A Colorado native, Camie spent plenty of time exploring the Rocky Mountains, developing a great love and fondness for wildlife as her mother rescued many homeless and injured animals...
Christy Lavoie

Christy Lavoie

Director of Custom & Group Travel
Nat Hab 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...
Chrys Olson

Chrys Olson

Adventure Payables Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Chrys grew up in the heart of the Midwest—born in Kansas and raised in Nebraska—with three brothers and three sisters. One of her most vivid childhood memories is...
Conor Frantzen

Conor Frantzen

Head of Adventure Systems
Nat Hab 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...
Corrin LaCombe

Corrin LaCombe

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Passionate about primates as a girl growing up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Corrin first proclaimed to the world at age 8 that she was going to be a “monkey doctor” and travel to Africa to save gorillas...
Court Whelan

Court Whelan

Director of Sustainability and Conservation Travel
Nat Hab 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...
Courtney Nachlas

Courtney Nachlas

Adventure Communications Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Courtney was born and raised in South Florida, where she developed a love for nature at an early age after spending countless hours wandering the beach...
Davis English

Davis English

Adventure Facilitator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Raised near the sunny foothills of Colorado’s Front Range, Davis began his love affair with nature at an early age. The mountains at his doorstep provided all the wonder a kid could ever need...
Devin Law

Devin Law

Graphic Designer
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Devin was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. As a child, she frequently road tripped with her parents around the country where she developed a love of nature and animals. Growing up, she traveled around Europe visiting family...
Devon Petersen

Devon Petersen

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Devon was raised in Michigan, but fortunately her parents forced her to travel and learn to ski in Colorado at an early age. She studied Commercial Recreation and Event Management...
Don Martinson

Don Martinson

Director, Travel Industry Relations
Nature Ambassador to the Travel Industry
Nat Hab 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...
Emily Deemer

Emily Deemer

Director of Digital Marketing
Nat Hab 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...
Emily Goodheart Kautz

Emily Goodheart Kautz

Marketing Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2019
During her childhood in Seattle, Washington, Emily developed a deep love for the natural world while camping in the temperate rain forest, horseback riding through wildflower meadows in the Cascades...
Emily Kleinburd

Emily Kleinburd

Adventure Director
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
Emily grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where she spent most of her time outside with friends, playing field hockey, soccer and lacrosse. She went to Gettysburg College where she studied psychology and...
Flannery Davis

Flannery Davis

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
At age 2, when Flannery fell into Havasupai Creek in Arizona and gleefully embraced her first impromptu river float, her distressed parents knew she would be destined for adventure...
Francisco Di Poi

Francisco Di Poi

Destination Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Born in Buenos Aires, Francisco’s first international adventure happened at the age of 4 when his parents moved the family from Argentina to New York City...
Greg Courter

Greg Courter

Senior Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab 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...
Hazleena Hashim

Hazleena Hashim

Vice President, Business Process Improvement
Staff Member Since: 2014
Hazleena was born in Kuala Lumpur and grew up in Malaysia. At age 19, she moved solo to the United States for her Electrical Engineering degree and then later moved to Chicago...
Holly Glessner

Holly Glessner

Sky Ambassador
Flying You to Nature's Edge
Nat Hab 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

Janet Kazmierski

Sky Ambassador
Flying You to Nature's Edge
Nat Hab 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 pastimes of choice. After several trips to northern Michigan camping...
Janet Wood

Janet Wood

Adventure Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Janet grew up in Michigan, where she received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan. After 20 years in the environmental consulting field, Janet switched her career focus to conservation travel and has never looked back. She is married to her high school sweetheart...
Jennie Lay

Jennie Lay

Writer & Editor
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2016
Jennie Lay is a writer and editor who works from her off-the-grid log cabin at the rural edge of Steamboat Springs, a Colorado mountain community where skiing cowboys and hot springs...
Joey Sudmeier

Joey Sudmeier

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Joey grew up in Colorado, camping, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and doing everything active in the outdoors can imagine. He studied ecotourism...
John Holahan

John Holahan

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab 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

Jordy Oleson

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab 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...
Karin Delany

Karin Delany

Air Travel Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
Growing up in Munich, Germany, Karin spent her summer vacations camping with her family by the Mediterranean Sea and skiing the Alps in winter...
Kate Willingham

Kate Willingham

Adventure Director
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
Kate became a connoisseur of adventure as a child in Atlanta, spending much of her time in her large forested backyard catching butterflies...
Kelley Fisher

Kelley Fisher

Adventure Billing Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2013
Kelley grew up in Ontario, where making snow forts and skating on flooded backyard ice rinks were the norm in winter. She enhanced her love for the outdoors through summers spent...
Kelly Knowles

Kelly Knowles

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Born on the island of Key West, Florida, Kelly learned to snorkel before she learned to ride a bike. A fifth-generation native of the Florida Keys, Kelly's heritage may include pirates down the line...
Kelly Pleffner

Kelly Pleffner

Adventure Office Faery
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Kelly was born under a full moon in San Diego. Raised by a single mother who made a living in a man’s world, they lived in tents on the beaches of small surf towns until Kelly was 8 years old...
Kendal Bower

Kendal Bower

Marketing Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2013
Kendal grew up in Kansas and Iowa where she spent most of her time outdoors with the neighborhood kids exploring and getting dirty or playing sports. Summer road trips to visit...
Kendra Olson

Kendra Olson

Executive Assistant to the President
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2016
Kendra grew up just outside of Chicago, where she spent most of her time in the pool swimming and playing water polo. Family trips inspired her love for travel...
Kit Longnecker

Kit Longnecker

Special Projects Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2014
Kit is a Colorado native who has always treasured having so much beauty in her own backyard. Kit graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014 earning a degree in advertising...
Kristyn Tobey

Kristyn Tobey

Adventure Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Kristyn’s mom once gave her a card that read, “Not all those who wander are lost.” There is an unidentifiable magic that happens when you step out of what you know and cross into a something new...
Laura Capra

Laura Capra

Adventure Prep Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2019
Laura spent her childhood between New York's Hudson Valley and the backwoods of Maine where most of her extended family still lives. After graduating high school she traded her horses for a bicycle...
Lauren Deeley

Lauren Deeley

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
For as long as she can remember, Lauren has been compelled to get out and explore the world. Her first solo expedition was a furtive trip to a playground across town that was fueled by wanderlust...
Lindsay Buchanan

Lindsay Buchanan

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Hailing from the land of crab cakes and football, Lindsay grew up in Maryland, where she filled her childhood days playing sports and getting outside whenever she could...
Malia Kiser

Malia Kiser

Adventure Services Facilitator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Malia has been influenced by Natural Habitat Adventures for nearly her entire life. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, she grew up with an incredible mom...
Mandy Scott

Mandy Scott

Office Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2013
Mandy Scott grew up in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts where she enjoyed numerous outdoor pursuits including skiing, horseback riding, tennis and hiking...
Mark Calder

Mark Calder

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
A veteran traveler who has visited 39 countries, Mark loves to share his global knowledge with anyone who will listen—so it’s appropriate that he holds a position as an Adventure Specialist...
Mark Hickey

Mark Hickey

Creative Director
Nat Hab 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...
Mark Jordahl

Mark Jordahl

Adventure Communications Director
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2016
Mark has spent more than 20 years working in conservation and travel and is passionate about helping people learn about and explore the world's most amazing natural places...
Mason Brannon

Mason Brannon

Adventure Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2019
Following his parents around the world for his father’s job, Mason lived in six different countries by the time he graduated high school, returning to the U.S. to finish his senior year in North Carolina...
Matt Goddard

Matt Goddard

Director of Adventure Funds
Nat Hab 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

Mat Unger

Systems Operations & Support Manager
Nat Hab 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

Megan Bryant

Director of Custom Africa
Nat Hab 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

Megan Koelemay

Director of Digital Marketing
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2009
Born in Texas and raised in Louisville, Colorado, Megan spent family vacations camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. She quickly developed a love for nature photography and...
Michelle Estrella

Michelle Estrella

Chief Financial Officer
NHA Staff Member Since: 2019
Michelle was born in the Philippine Islands and immigrated to the United States when she was 4 years old. She’s lived all over the U.S. since, and before moving to Boulder, Colorado, she lived and worked in Germany....
Mike Shron

Mike Shron

Adventure Gear Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Originally from Boston, Mike joined Nat Hab as an Operations Assistant at the Boulder headquarters in 2017. It was a welcome return to the Rockies for Mike, who had come to Colorado...
Nick Grossman

Nick Grossman

Marketing Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
Growing up at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Nick took advantage of convenient access to the many incredible outdoor opportunities that Colorado has to offer...
Paul Conzemius

Paul Conzemius

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Born in Tucson, Arizona to parents who met while traveling the world, Paul spent the winters of his youth in South Dakota and his summers in Minnesota and New Hampshire...
Rachel Milton

Rachel Milton

Adventure Prep Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Growing up in Louisiana in the heart of Cajun Country, Rachel's early nature adventures embraced the Cajun way of life by sharing the outdoors with alligators and mosquitoes...
Rashel Gandhi

Rashel Gandhi

Adventure Concierge
NHA Staff Member Since: 2019
Rashel was born in Ottawa, Canada, and grew up in Toronto. Being surrounded by people from all over the globe catalyzed her drive to learn as much as possible about the world’s many cultures and ecosystems...
Renata Haas

Renata Haas

Head of Adventure Guides
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2014
Proudly calling the “Cheese State” her home, this Wisconsite started her outdoor adventures at a young age like any good outdoor enthusiast by playing in the dirt...
Rick Guthke

Rick Guthke

Chief Operating Officer, Natural Habitat Headquarters
Nat Hab 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

Sandy Shannon

Adventure Director
Nat Hab 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

Sara Higgins

Adventure Director
Nat Hab 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

Sarah Knight

Adventure Prep Specialist
Everything You Need to Know Before You Go
Nat Hab 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

Sarah Raby

Adventure Director
Africa Nature Safaris
Nat Hab 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...
Sarah Warren

Sarah Warren

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2019
Sarah grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut where she spent her childhood turning over every rock in search of burrowing bugs or crabs. Summers were focused on exploring tide pools...
Shelby Campbell

Shelby Campbell

Adventure Relations Director
Nat Hab 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...
Simon Krejcik

Simon Krejcik

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
After graduating from college, Simon set off to explore Southeast Asia, where a serendipitous scuba diving trip in Thailand inspired him to pursue a career in adventure travel...
Sunny van der Star

Sunny van der Star

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
Sunny was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where the woods at the end of her street provided the backdrop for endless adventures and taught her  to notice and appreciate the natural world...
Suzanne Kiser

Suzanne Kiser

Adventure Gear Specialist
Nat Hab 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

Ted Martens

Vice President of Marketing & Sustainability
Nat Hab 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

Tricia Brennan

Adventure Director
Nat Hab 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 Wimberly

Valerie Wimberly

Sky Ambassador
Flying You to Nature's Edge
Nat Hab 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

Wendy Klausner

Senior Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab 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

Wendy Redal

Editorial Director
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2011
Wendy’s passions are travel, nature and communication, which intersect in her position as Nat Hab's head writer and editor. A Northwest native who got hooked on the Colorado...
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