Jason Luthy, MS, WEMT, FAWM, AWLS
Owner and Program Director
Jason grew up in the midwest where he developed a passion for the outdoors. He became interested in medicine early in life though regular ER visits as a competitive BMX bicyclist. After college, Jason became an instructor for Outward Bound and facilitated wilderness expeditions throughout the U.S. gaining comfort in a wide variety of environments from the Florida Everglades to high in the Cascade Mountain Range. Jason earned a Master Degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State - Mankato focusing his study on designing productive learning environments. In addition to being an EMT, Jason holds an Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification. Since 2009 Jason has worked as a content developer and instructor for Longleaf Wilderness Medicine. In his current role, Jason uses his educational expertise to design curriculum, train LWM instructors, and teach LWM courses. Jason is the member of Priest Lake Search and Rescue in North Idaho, volunteers in the local emergency room, and serves as the Co-Chair of the Idaho Section of the American Alpine Club. Jason finds time to enjoy the outdoors through rock climbing, running, and exploring the Selkirk Mountains.
Katie Cartier, WFR
Katie Cartier, originally from Massachusetts, has spent the last 11 years working facilitating expeditions and outdoor programming for youth and adults in a variety of environments for organizations including the YMCA and Outward Bound. After studying business in college, she spent two years serving with AmeriCorps NCCC providing community service to non-profits in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Not being able to give up the positive challenge provided by living and working with a team, Katie found opportunities to live, work, and teach with the rivers and trails of the Southeast US as her classroom. She enjoys supporting the learning experiences for groups of all types, including teens, leadership groups, parents and professionals. When she isn't working, she can be found reading a book, eating ice cream, and adventuring in the mountains.
Justin Brewster, WEMT, AWLS
Justin grew up in snowy northern Wisconsin, and has enjoyed cold weather and wild places ever since. He has worked for Outward Bound since 2007, both as an instructor and staff trainer. He leads dog sledding, canoeing, and sea kayak expeditions. Justin enjoys teaching wilderness medicine because it combines his passion for human physiology and medicine with his extensive experience in the backcountry. When not working, Justin spends his time exploring Lake Superior, skiing, fly fishing, climbing, and learning tricks from his dog Bandit.
Mariah Christensen, WEMT
Mariah was exposed to wilderness travel at the young age of six weeks when she took her first trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Since then she has embraced many adventures including bike touring with her family, dogsledding on Hudson Bay and most recently circumnavigating Lake Superior by sea kayak. Mariah graduated from Northland College with a degree in Art and Environmental Science. She currently works at the Voyageur Outward Bound School in Ely, Minnesota, where she leads wilderness expeditions by canoe, kayak, dogsled and skis. Mariah is a wilderness EMT and teaches wilderness medicine because she believes that everyone should have basic medical training so they can be of service to others. When she isn't working Mariah enjoys running, mountain biking, hanging out with her dog Bandit and sleeping in a heated building.
Ben Hoffman, WEMT
Ben Hoffman grew up in Massachusetts and moved around the world until he found his most recent home in the Midwest. He received a degree in Wildlife Biology with minors in Fisheries and Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University, which led to his discovery of the environment through recreation and stewardship. He has been an active outdoor professional for the last 11 years. Ben currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska where he is the Program Director for an Outward Bound program designed to focus on the critical, unmet needs of Omaha youth. The program works primarily with young men beginning in fifth grade, with the goal of helping them grow into healthy, educated, employed contributors to the community. Ben is a Wilderness EMT and also holds an Outdoor Emergency Care certification. Ben teaches wilderness medicine because he believes in the positive impact that it can have on a person's life by empowering people to respond in both front and backcountry settings.
Matt Kostle, EMT, WFR
Matt grew up in the small town of Walford, Iowa where he began his love for the outdoors camping and fishing with his family. Matt earned the Eagle Scout award through the Boy Scouts. He has since graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, served two AmeriCorps terms and worked as a wilderness field instructor. Matt received his EMT certification through the University of Iowa and worked on ambulances in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Currently Matt instructs courses with Outward Bound. In his free time Matt enjoys serving the community on the Fairhope, Alabama Volunteer Fire Depart and other volunteer activities as well as traveling. He has visited over a dozen countries and most of the United States. Matt is also still an avid outdoorsman and enjoys mountaineering, canoeing, sea
kayaking, ice climbing and cross country skiing among other outdoor pursuits.
kayaking, ice climbing and cross country skiing among other outdoor pursuits.
Martin Mufich, MSN, RN
Martin grew up in Colorado where he spent much of his youth hunting, fishing, prospecting and panning for gold. He became invested in wilderness medicine after volunteering at the 2006 Primal Quest Utah adventure race, and shortly thereafter became a WEMT and an EMT-B. After receiving both an associate’s and master’s degree in nursing, he worked as an RN in an ICU in Austin, Texas. Currently, Martin works as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing, where one his main goals is to introduce student nurses to wilderness medicine and disaster medicine/management/preparedness. Martin is a current member of the Wilderness Medical Society and the National Disaster Life Support Foundation.
Nathan Page, WEMT
Nathan grew up in the mossy Pacific Northwest and has lived in the shadow of Mount Rainier for most of his life. After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Geosciences and Environmental Studies he fled south trying to find that the ever-elusive, “endless summer.” After a year in Central America working on an organic farm, he returned to the US finding a happy medium in sunny California. Nathan taught outdoor and environmental education programs for various elementary schools the spring and fall seasons. When California grew a bit too hot, he returned to Seattle and instructed outdoor leadership expeditions with youth for BOLD & GOLD. Nathan is currently a WEMT and works as an EMT aboard an ambulance in south Seattle. He has been an avid trail runner and rock climber for the past 7 years and enjoys teaching and guiding others in high places. Nathan believes that wilderness medicine can empower individuals to enjoy wild places with a healthy balance of confidence and humility.
Sarah Schneider, WEMT
Sarah was born and raised in southern Illinois. She started her career as a lifeguard before moving into outdoor recreation and eventually, specifically expedition leadership. Sarah Has worked for multiple locations of the YMCA and Outward Bound as well as a contractor for Bucknell University, Rhodes Scholar programs, and others. In her current role at TexasA&M University, she oversees part of the Outdoor Adventures program in the Department of Recreational Sports. She enjoys working with students, staff and the community provide training, recreation, and resources to encourage the lifelong pursuit of active healthy lifestyles – and adventure. She says “I’m in the business of wonder and awe.” When not working, you can find Sarah playing with her dog, reading, or planning her next great escape.
Colin Sesek, Paramedic
Colin Sesek has spent over 10 years in the medical field starting in 2004 as an army medic in the 82nd Airborne division. He is currently a nationally registered paramedic and a Special Operations Combat Medic in 19th Special Forces Group. He has spent 15 months in Iraq with the Army and 14 months in Afghanistan with the U.S. State department. He is also the Medical Coordinator for Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit. He has a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and an Idaho K-12 teaching license. He enjoys teaching to a variety of students and the extra challenge of wilderness medicine.