Our Story

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Like you, our home office team believes nature is vital for our souls, our health and the health of our planet.

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!
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...
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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...
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Alexis Campbell

Alexis Campbell

Canada Field Operations Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021 
Alexis grew up on the shores of Hudson Bay in the Polar Bear Capital of the World. As a child in Churchill, Manitoba, she could be found exploring the boreal forest, berry picking...
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Aly Jacobsen

Aly Jacobsen

Director of Conservation Group Travel
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...
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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, she left Jersey to attend the University of Maryland...
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Amit Sehgal

Amit Sehgal

After-Hours Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Amit was born in New Delhi, India, and spent most of his childhood discovering nature in the rural green space on the outskirts of the city. Summer vacations were for running... 
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Andrew Christofil

Andrew Christofil

Video Editor
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Andrew grew up in the village of Kimberly, Wisconsin 30 minutes south of Green Bay. By the age of 8, he was hooked on The Crocodile Hunter, science fiction movies...
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Anne Avellana

Anne Avellana

Senior 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...
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Anne Snow

Anne Snow

Adventure Incident Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
A proud daughter of a USAF U-2 pilot, she grew up in many places, including Europe, which instilled an early love of travel and other cultures. She spent her childhood skiing, playing soccer and...
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Annette Bray

Annette Bray

Administrative Assistant 
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Annette developed her love of nature in the High Sierras of California. She began skiing, hiking and biking at a very young age, and despite being raised in the middle of the..
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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...
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Becky Pahl

Becky Pahl

Adventure Prep Director
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...
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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...
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Beth Payne

Beth Payne

North America Project Manager & Voyage Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Born and raised in Michigan, Beth spent her childhood in the countryside, immersed in the beauty of the woods and the Great Lakes. A musty shelf of old National Geographic magazines...
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Brittany Rennison

Brittany Rennison

Adventure Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Brittany grew up in Upstate New York in the Catskill Mountains, where the outdoors was her playground. Bike riding, exploring the woods, playing in the snow, hiking and playing sports took...
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Brooke Frarck

Brooke Frarck

Human Resources and DE&I Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
A Colorado native, Brooke grew up in Fort Lupton, a farming town northeast of Denver. Her family owned a small chunk of land, raising chickens, sheep, goats...
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Brooke French

Brooke French

Adventure Payables Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Brooke was born in Omaha and raised in Burwell, in the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills. As a child, she spent a tremendous amount of time outside, playing by the river and...
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Caitlin Moore

Caitlin Moore

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2024
Caitlin grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where she relished living a stone’s throw from nature. After studying psychology at the University of Washington, she was compelled to explore the nooks and crannies...
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Camie Kirkevold

Camie Kirkevold

Adventure Fulfillment Specialist
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...
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Carol Brice

Carol Brice

Adventure Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Carol was born and raised in Texas. Her career began in marketing, public relations and event planning for a national franchise, but following a trip to Colorado, she realized that she was living in...
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Charles "Chaz" Crawford

Charles "Chaz" Crawford

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Charlie has been a science and nature super fan since the start. At his elementary school book fair, he used his allowance to buy every "Science Experiments for Kids" book he could find, leading to many...
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Charlie Thurston

Charlie Thurston

Adventure Director - Europe & Asia
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Charlie grew up playing sports and exploring the outdoors. He attended Duke University where he majored in Public Policy and International Studies while...
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Cheryl Contreras

Cheryl Contreras

Financial Analyst
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2024
Cheryl's story begins outside of Boulder, Colorado, where the mountains served as the backdrop to her childhood home and ignited her passion for the outdoors. Whether navigating the rapids of a whitewater river...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Corbin Hawkins

Corbin Hawkins

U.S. National Parks Field Operations Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2014
Corbin grew up in Breckenridge, Colorado. As a kid living in a mountain town at 9,000 feet, he cultivated a love for nature and outdoor activities early on, becoming an avid skier and nurturing...
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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...
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Court Whelan

Court Whelan

Chief Sustainability Officer
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...
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Dana Cama

Dana Cama

Social Media Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Dana grew up on Long Island, New York, along a canal that led to the Atlantic Ocean. Her father is a fisherman, and from the time she was young, he would take her out on his boat...
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Davis English

Davis English

Director of Guest Experience
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...
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Don Martinson

Don Martinson

Director, Travel Industry Relations
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...
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Duntavius "Tae" Morrow

Duntavius "Tae" Morrow

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Duntavius was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but despite growing up around skyscrapers and concrete, he developed a pure love for natural water...
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Elisabeth Niccore

Elisabeth Niccore

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
A native of the East Coast, Elisabeth was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her early childhood memories of nature revolve around sunshine, blue skies, salt air...
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Emily Cottingham

Emily Cottingham

Senior Adventure Director - East Africa
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
Emily grew up in Louisville, Kentucky (yes, she’ll talk Derby to you!), but her thirst for adventure began at a young age traveling abroad with her family and continued throughout her life. A semester abroad in college...
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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...
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Emily Goodheart

Emily Goodheart

Content Marketing Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
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...
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Emily Kleinburd

Emily Kleinburd

Senior Adventure Director - South Pacific
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2015
Interested in nature and wildlife from a young age, Emily spent her early childhood reading wildlife encyclopedias, watching nature documentaries, road tripping with her family through National Parks and...
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Emma Vawter

Emma Vawter

Adventure Manager - Canada
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
A love of nature, adventure and wild places has been a constant in Emma’s life, from a childhood spent in the field with her father in pursuit of rare birds to teaching 5th graders about ecology...
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Erica Anderson

Erica Anderson

Air Travel Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Born in Whangarei, New Zealand's Northland, Erica grew up on her parents' property, adjacent to a native bush reserve. She spent her childhood exploring the rich flora and fauna that was her backyard. In...
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Erick Malver

Erick Malver

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Erick Malver developed a passion for outdoor adventure at an early age as the son of an intrepid father who pioneered multiple first ascents of peaks, and never-before-paddled kayak routes...
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Erin Mihm

Erin Mihm

Adventure Sales Associate & Lindblad Voyage Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Erin grew up in the Dallas and Houston suburbs but has always loved getting deep into nature. As a young adult, she took a multi-day course on wolf behavior in Yellowstone...
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Francisco "Paco" Di Poi

Francisco "Paco" Di Poi

Adventure Director - Latin America
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2017
Born in Buenos Aires, Paco’s first international adventure happened at the age of 4 when his parents moved the family from Argentina to New York City...
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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...
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Hayley Oswald

Hayley Oswald

Adventure Manager - Asia & Latin America
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Hayley was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She was fortunate to be able to explore the Rockies as her backyard, and her days were not complete without a daily dose of Steve Irwin or...
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Heather Ardis

Heather Ardis

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Heather came to Boulder from the mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado, where she enjoyed outdoor adventure as a ski patroller. Prior to joining Nat Hab, she worked in sports medicine...
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Heidi Anderson

Heidi Anderson

Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Nat Hab's head finance and operations chief, Heidi Anderson got her start in overseas travel very early on. She was born in Colombia in South America, where she lived in a remote village...
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Helene Sokol

Helene Sokol

Adventure Fulfillment Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Helene grew up in Michigan where summers meant biking and camping in forests near lakes and streams, and winters meant skiing up north. These experiences instilled...
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Holly Glessner

Holly Glessner

Travel Desk & After Hours Team Manager
Flying You to Nature's Edge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2008
Holly grew up in Iowa and was fortunate to have parents who loved to travel. Every year her family would take off to a different part of Mexico or Europe...
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Jack Reppy

Jack Reppy

Adventure Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Jack had an early introduction to Natural Habitat Adventures, after his grandparents traveled with the company to Glacier National Park and came back raving, when Jack was a kid...
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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...
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Janet Wood

Janet Wood

Director of Business Operations
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...
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Jazmin Pena

Jazmin Pena

Accountant
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Jazmin was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. Each year, her family embarked on a trip to a U.S. national park or Mexico—since her parents hail from Mexico, returning to their...
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Jen McNally

Jen McNally

Adventure Prep Specialist
Nat Hab Staff member Since: 2022
Jen grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, but her favorite childhood memories are of weekends spent hiking, canoeing and catching toads at her family’s cabin in the woods of western Pennsylvania...
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Jessica Levhofer

Jessica Levhofer

Adventure Fulfillment Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Jessica grew up in Massachusetts, and after spending her childhood as a competitive ice skater, Jessica left the Boston area in search of adventure (and better weather)...
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Jessica Gutschenritter

Jessica Gutschenritter

Senior Controller
NHA Staff Member Since: 2021
Jessica grew up in Athens, Georgia where she played playing softball and basketball throughout her childhood. When her family found spare time in between sports events, they were always seeking outdoor adventures...
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Jimmy Nguyen

Jimmy Nguyen

Senior Operations Coordinator - Europe & Latin America
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Jimmy was born and raised in Orange County, California, where his father helped him develop an appreciation for the outside world at an early age...
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Joey Sudmeier

Joey Sudmeier

Sales Systems Manager & 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 you can imagine. He studied ecotourism...
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John Holahan

John Holahan

Senior 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...
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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...
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Josh Campanella

Josh Campanella

Junior Web Developer
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Josh was born in Los Angeles and spent his formative years in Portland, Oregon. Childhood excursions to the San Diego Zoo and the Long Beach Aquarium ignited a deep-seated passion for animals. This love further...
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Josie Reed

Josie Reed

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Born along the North Shore Mountains of Vancouver, Josie developed an affinity for alpine terrain through her early ski adventures at nearby Whistler. So, when her family unkindly uprooted her to move to Toronto...
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Joseline Cardoso

Joseline Cardoso

Senior Field Operations Manager - Galapagos
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Josy was born in Quito, Ecuador and moved to the Galapagos at the age of 10. To this day, she considers it the best thing that ever happened to her. She attended school in Puerto Ayora...
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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...
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Kate Shew

Kate Shew

Senior Adventure Director - Canada
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...
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Katrina Sisco

Katrina Sisco

Adventure Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Born and raised in New Jersey, Katrina has connections to Nat Hab that go way back. In fact, her mom, Christine Sisco, was Nat Hab’s very first employee...
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Kelley Wilde

Kelley Wilde

Senior Operations Coordinator - Asia & Latin America
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Born in Dallas, Texas, Kelley was raised on the softball field. Between softball tournaments, her summers were spent road-tripping, camping and traveling internationally. Those...
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Kelly Faulkner

Kelly Faulkner

Senior Operations Coordinator - Africa
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Kelly grew up in Wisconsin and spent her childhood summers on Lake Michigan, immersed in nature and wildlife. Her days were filled with fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, camping and...
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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...
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Kendal Bower

Kendal Bower

Senior Marketing Manager, Web & Email
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...
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Kendra Olson

Kendra Olson

Chief of Staff & Executive Assistant
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...
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Kenzie Zaumseil

Kenzie Zaumseil

Destination Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Kenzie was born and raised in Telluride, Colorado, which fostered her love for mountains and wild places. She spent most of her childhood chasing new...
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Kirsten Barker

Kirsten Barker

Air Travel Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Kirsten was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, where she spent her childhood enjoying the great outdoors—at the beach, on the water, camping...

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Kirstie Trinka

Kirstie Trinka

Digital Asset Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Kirstie was born in New Jersey in the Watchung Mountains. Every summer, her family traveled to Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, for a technology-free vacation on an island in the middle of the lake...
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Krista Cullen

Krista Cullen

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Born and raised in Colorado, Krista spent her childhood summers traveling with her family, which fostered a love of exploration and adventure at a young age. She attended Ozark Christian College, majoring...
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Kristyn Fenton

Kristyn Fenton

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2018
As she rolled her bike to a stop on the top of the Austrian hillside, Kristyn couldn’t believe what she was doing. Here she was, leading bike trips through Europe. As. A. Job. Her heart and soul belonged out...
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Laura Capra

Laura Capra

Adventure Concierge Team Manager
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...
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Laura Farrell

Laura Farrell

Head of Field Staff
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2024
Laura's path to the travel industry started when she moved from Florida (where she grew up) to spend her summers as a raft guide and kayak instructor in the mountains of North Carolina. Upon graduating from...

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Lavanya Sunkara

Lavanya Sunkara

Adventure Prep Writer & Content Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2024
Lavanya grew up in a small town in South India and moved to New York City with her family as a teenager. She attended Fordham University and received a degree in philosophy and media...
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LeNia Stitt

LeNia Stitt

Administrative Assistant 
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
LeNia was born and raised in Denver. Holding a Fine Arts degree in comic art from the Savannah College of Art and Design, LeNia aims to integrate her artistic passion with her role at Nat Hab. Her journey...
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Lila Woolman

Lila Woolman

Administrative Assistant
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
It was amid the Garden of the Gods sandstone rock formations behind her house in Colorado Springs that Lila would hike as a child, her trusty dog in tow. Hours spent there planted seeds of her lifelong curiosity...
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Mandy Lahey

Mandy Lahey

Air Travel Specialist
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...
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Marga Morrissey

Marga Morrissey

Air Travel Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Born and raised in New York, Marga attended high school in Manhattan. Commuting daily to the city gave her a sense of independence and a strong desire for adventure...
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Maria Sceva

Maria Sceva

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Maria was born and raised in Oregon, spending her summers outdoors. Her first real taste of travel came at 10 when her grandparents took her and her brother on a summer road trip...
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Mariah Sbrocca

Mariah Sbrocca

Adventure Fulfillment Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Mariah grew up in Niwot on the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies as part of a very adventurous family, spending many hours backpacking, skiing, kayaking and rock climbing in mountains...
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Mark Calder

Mark Calder

Adventure Concierge
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 Concierge...
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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...
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Marybeth Coghill

Marybeth Coghill

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Marybeth grew up exploring the Pacific Northwest, searching for agates on Puget Sound shorelines and trekking through Seattle's urban parks and forests...
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Mat Unger

Mat Unger

Director of Information Technology
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...
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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...
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Mayella “Maya” Krause

Mayella “Maya” Krause

Marketing Project Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Hailing from the picturesque town of São Bento do Sul in Brazil, Mayella has always been known as a force of nature—sometimes quite literally. With a razor-sharp passion for all things...
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McKenzie Daigle

McKenzie Daigle

Field Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2024
Growing up in Orange County, California, McKenzie never quite clicked with the local vibe. Her family was big on sports, so she was enrolled in swimming lessons at the age of five. Although she was not...
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Megan Brief

Megan Brief

Marketing Coordinator 
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Megan’s passion for nature travel was ignited at 10 years old, when she embarked on Nat Hab’s first-ever adventure to observe harp seal pups in the Canadian Arctic...
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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...
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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...
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Mike Hillman

Mike Hillman

Photography Adventures Co-Director
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Mike grew up in the North Woods of Michigan and spent his early years learning all he could about the natural world. As an Eagle Scout, he led...
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Nancy MacLean

Nancy MacLean

Air Travel Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2019
Nancy’s roots in New England run deep. Born and raised in coastal Massachusetts, she’s proud to have a great-grandfather who was a schooner builder in Gloucester...
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Natalie Baker

Natalie Baker

Office Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Natalie is a Colorado native with a traveler’s soul and a huge heart who grew up camping, skiing and exploring the backcountry trails of the Rocky Mountains...
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Niceto Yalan

Niceto Yalan

Adventure Director - Latin America
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Niceto, or Nice (pronounced "Knee-Say") was born in a small village in the foothills of the Andes in Central Peru. He grew up camping with his parents on the beach and picking avocados and mangoes...
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Nick Grossman

Nick Grossman

Director of Marketing Production
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...
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Rachel Milton

Rachel Milton

Director of Adventure Fulfillment
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...
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Rachel Walker

Rachel Walker

Senior Copywriter 
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2024
Rachel discovered the joys of writing in third grade when she completed her first “book.” That same year she fell in love with reading...
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Rasa Zukaite

Rasa Zukaite

Adventure Sales Associate Manager & Lindblad Voyage Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Rasa was born and raised in the small Baltic nation of Lithuania. She grew up in Kaunas, a charming city in the middle of the country, and spent summers...
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Renata Haas

Renata Haas

Head of Adventure Operations
North America

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...
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Rhoslyn Anderson

Rhoslyn Anderson

Field Staff Facilitator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Rhoslyn was born and raised in Homer, Alaska. Growing up on a property in the woods overlooking Kachemak Bay, she always felt connected to nature, from building forts in the yard...
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Rick Guthke

Rick Guthke

Chief Sales Officer
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...
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Ritika Sehgal

Ritika Sehgal

Travel Desk Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2024
Ritika was born on September 13, 1980, in Amritsar, home to the famed Golden Temple. From a young age, she exhibited a keen curiosity about her environment and a deep sensitivity to nature, which...
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Sandy Shannon

Sandy Shannon

Head of Adventure Operations
Europe, Asia, Latin America & Polar Regions

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. She continued this interest in foreign affairs...
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Sara Higgins

Sara Higgins

Senior Adventure Director - Europe & Polar Regions
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...
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Sarah Hazlitt

Sarah Hazlitt

Operations Coordinator
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Sarah was born and raised in Hector, a small town in western New York in the Finger Lakes Region, and is the 7th generation of a fruit farming family. Growing up, she spent most of her time exploring creeks and gorges or the lake...
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Sarah Knight

Sarah Knight

Adventure Prep Specialist
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...
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Sarah Raby

Sarah Raby

Head of Adventure Operations
Africa & South Pacific

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...
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Shelby Campbell

Shelby Campbell

Guest Accounts Operations 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...
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Shelley Suri

Shelley Suri

Travel Desk Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Shelley loves to travel to unexplored destinations and is very passionate about nature. She graduated from college with a degree in travel and tourism and...
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Stacey Dixson

Stacey Dixson

Adventure Director
NHA Staff Member Since: 2022
Born and raised in North Carolina, Stacey spent summers at the beach and winters on family adventures in the Appalachian and Great Smoky Mountains. During her junior year at UNC Chapel Hill...
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Suzanne Spencer

Suzanne Spencer

Adventure Director - Custom Africa
Nat Hab 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...
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Suzanne Hunt

Suzanne Hunt

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...
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Tara Dunn

Tara Dunn

Administrative Assistant
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Born and raised in the Denver, Colorado area, Tara was encouraged to spend time outside cultivating a relationship with nature as a child. She spent summers in Steamboat Springs and enjoying the outdoors...
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Ted Martens

Ted Martens

Chief Marketing Officer
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...
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Theresa Muczynski

Theresa Muczynski

Adventure Payables Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Theresa grew up in Michigan, riding bikes on rural roads and climbing trees with her older brother. Winters of sledding, ice skating and creating snow angels...
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Tom Mountford

Tom Mountford

Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2023
Born and raised in England, Tom’s first forays into international travel began when he was offered diplomatic postings in Mumbai, India, and then Shanghai, China, with the UK Foreign Service...
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Tonya Nelson

Tonya Nelson

Adventure Concierge
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2021
Tonya grew up in the Denver area and developed a love for travel early on, a perk of being an only child tagging along on travels with Mom and Dad. Her love of travel was ignited...
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Tracy Schuh

Tracy Schuh

Junior Web Developer
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Tracy grew up in San Diego and spent summers camping and boating on the Colorado River in Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Always more comfortable being outside than indoors, she enjoyed de than indoors, she enjoyed...
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Valerie Gleaton

Valerie Gleaton

Content Marketing Manager
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 2022
Valerie’s childhood in Alabama—one of the most biodiverse states in the country—afforded her plenty of opportunities to explore nature, from camping and backpacking in the national forests and...
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Valerie Wimberly

Valerie Wimberly

Sky Ambassador
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...
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Wendy Klausner

Wendy Klausner

Senior Adventure Specialist
Nat Hab Staff Member Since: 1996
After graduating from Wharton Business School with an undergraduate degree and an MBA from New York University, Wendy worked for nine years in traditional marketing roles...
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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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