Program Coordinator & Mentor
Aimee has been mentoring youth in the outdoors since 1986. She founded Explorers Club in 2004 and helped create Wild Whatcom in 2009 by following her passion for exploring and learning in nature and contributing through community service.
Aimee’s love of the outdoors comes from her own childhood rooted in outdoor exploration; her interests and skills as a mentor and naturalist have been gathered over years of being taught by children, and as an outgrowth of her keen curiosity, immense energy, and strong desire to facilitate connections.
Aimee was honored to receive the Whatcom Dispute and Resolution Center's Peace Builder Award in 2012, an Environmental Heroes Award from Re Sources for Sustainable Communities in 2013, and was profiled as a local "Wonder Woman" in Bellingham Alive magazine in 2014.
Aimee is also a small business owner, committed wife, and proud parent of two thoughtful, young adults and one happy dog.
Brian grew up in the “wilds” of Brooklyn. Throughout his childhood years, vacations in upstate New York were highlighted by the scent of the forest, which is why living in Bellingham and working with Wild Whatcom feel like a perpetual vacation for Brian.
“I admire your courage, if not your intelligence.” was a friend's reaction to the news that the Mulligans were moving to western Washington in 1979, but when the outdoors beckon it’s best not to question. The ensuing 35 years have been punctuated by numerous family camping trips, lots of local hikes, volunteering for community groups, and a stroll on the Great Wall of China. A primary focus of almost all these activities has been kids.
Guiding kids as they mature into young adults, connecting with their increasingly imperiled natural environment and beginning to take responsibility for their lives and their world is important work. Brian is privileged to do his small part.
Chris grew up in Kansas City, but it was canoeing on the Current River in Missouri with her family that sparked her love of adventure and nature. While working with at-risk teens after college, Chris saw firsthand the incredible challenges that marginalized populations face. These experiences ignited two enduring passions: wilderness and advocacy.
As Program Director at the Wilderness Awareness School, Chris helped participants deepen relationships and strengthen communities by getting children and adults outdoors to share the experience of learning from nature. Chris later put this learning into action advocating for communities within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Her life experience as a mother to four girls and her professional experience managing non-profits inspires her to build and sustain strong, safe, and rewarding outdoor programs. You might encounter Chris exploring the beach with her daughters, kayaking, biking, or practicing yoga.
After spending much of his childhood adventuring throughout the Blue Mountains and Cascadian Plateau, Conor made Whatcom County his home in 2000. He has put his BS in Environmental Science and Education to immediate use, working in the field as a mentor and environmental education instructor since graduation.
Conor aspires to expand each student's awareness into their community, the natural world around them, and the unique human ecology of Cascadia, all while developing their interpersonal communication skills, stewardship, self-confidence and sense of adventure.
Adventuring is Conor’s calling and favorite activity, be that backpacking throughout the Cascades and coastal ranges, tracking wildlife along the banks of the Nooksack River, or running the Interurban trails with his four (and two-legged) friends.
With over a dozen years in leadership roles at non-profits, Emily brings a wealth of experience and insight to Wild Whatcom. One of her best traits is the capacity to link heart and head, leading with a blend of compassion and strategic thinking. She emphasizes collaboration and open communication and enjoys being part of a dynamic and engaged team.
Emily holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, an MS in Geography from the University of Wisconsin, and graduate work in Organizational Leadership from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. In her ‘in-between’ life, she has worked as a whitewater river guide and feels deeply at home atop the swirling, feisty currents of rivers. Emily is thrilled to bring her passion for the outdoors and belief in the transformative power of nature to Wild Whatcom.
Greg grew up roaming the Chuckanuts and seeking adventure throughout the Pacific Northwest. This passion for exploring rich landscapes led him into environmental education, where he gently guide students to follow their curiosity. Whether it's finding tracks in the sand or culturally modified trees, the landscape is rich with stories and begs to be read.
Greg holds a B.A. in History from Lewis & Clark College and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington. Greg has encouraged students' curiosity in a number of settings from the wilderness lakes of Northern Minnesota to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. He has been fortunate to work with students from a wide range of ages, cultures, and experiences.
When his own curiosity is not leading him off to wild places, you can find him building canoes, playing old records, drinking coffee, and enjoying a laugh with his family.
Program Coordinator & Mentor
Hannah split her upbringing between suburban New Jersey and the Issaquah Alps. Upon arriving in Bellingham, she immediately noticed a rich network of community connections and deepened these while attending Huxley College (B.A. in Outdoor Education), working for North Cascades Institute, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and teaching dance classes.
Through her work with Wild Whatcom, she aspires to connect participants to a variety of personalities, places, and creatures in the greater Bellingham area, creating lifelong stewards for both the local community and the natural world.
Adventuring is Hannah’s favorite activity. She can easily be lost (and generally found) romping through western red cedar groves with her dog, sliding in mud, and making friends with banana slugs (her favorite!). Additionally, she appreciates time spent snuggling with her family, lost in conversation, rock climbing, and improving her cooking skills.
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Holly has been a bug watcher and nature nerd for longer than she can remember. As a child growing up in Michigan, she roamed fields and creeks on the eternal quest for creatures to bring home and freak out her mother.
In 1992, Holly migrated to Washington, graduating from Western Washington University with a B. A. in Environmental Studies, majoring in Environmental Education. Holly has worked in outdoor education for more than 20 years, as a camp counselor, director and coordinator for children’s nature day camps at the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, and at Discovery Park and the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center in Ferndale.
For Holly, nature is an ideal playground, research laboratory, and sacred place of wonder. She spends as much time as possible playing outside with her two sons. Holly's goals are to foster wonder and share knowledge about the natural world, creating relationships that will inspire living with care on the Earth.
Jedidah has kindled his passion for the outdoors in the fields and forests of the Northwest. As a wildlife tracking and primitive skills instructor, Jedidiah works with community members to help bring them into closer relationships with wildlife and build a deeper connection with the natural world. He studied primitive living skills at Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School and holds a professional certification in the Art of Wildlife Tracking Jedidiah put these passions into purpose by helping start the Cascadia Naturalist Association, an organization dedicated to developing eco-literacy and place-based connection. He now co-coordinates their programs and co-hosts a radio show designed to help foster a culture of empathy and ecological awareness in our community.
Joey grew up climbing trees, making forts, and generally getting lost and muddy in nearby green spaces. His love of being outside flourished during many family trips throughout Washington and Oregon and he considers himself lucky to call the Pacific Northwest home.
Since completing a B.S. in Biology from WWU in 2013, Joey has worked with salmon in Alaska, studied skunk populations in New Zealand, led youth sailing camps in Massachusetts, and lived (and surfed) in Nicaragua. For him, traveling ignites a deep appreciation for the diversity of ecosystems and cultures present in our world and for the wondrous beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Throughout his life Joey has found comfort, inspiration, and renewal in the woods. He is humbled and honored to help children spend time outdoors and have the chance to form their own relationships with our natural world. In his spare time you may find him riding his bike in the Chuckanuts, fishing for trout in a cool stream, or marveling at the odd shape of a coral fungus.
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Laura was born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont. She spent much of her childhood building forts and fairy houses with her two sisters, catching frogs by her pond, and backpacking throughout New England. It is her greatest desire to share the outdoor experience with others.
Laura graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. As a UVM Outing Club Leader she guided backpacking weekends, whitewater kayaking day trips, and week-long canoe trips. Laura also worked as an Environmental Educator for K-12th graders in Vermont and as a camp counselor.
Laura is thrilled to foster new discovery, self-growth, and environmental stewardship for kids and herself. In her free time, Laura enjoys mountain biking with her dog, cooking large dinners with friends, snacking on veggies from her garden, and camping in as many new places as possible.
Laurel is a relatively new explorer to the Pacific Northwest. Prior to moving to Washington, she taught high school in Michigan for four years while earning a Master's in Special Education, exploring the dunes of Lake Michigan, mountain biking as much as possible, and swimming in the pristine waters of Lake Superior. Before moving to Michigan, Laurel thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and fell in love with mountains while studying English, Education, and Women and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.
On a given weekend, you can find Laurel on an adventure with her dogs, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, trail running, or gardening.
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Lauren grew up creekin’ and camping in the hills of Tennessee and expanded on her love of the outdoors while studying biology at the University of Tampa. Science and education have always captured Lauren’s interest, but it was not until her junior year of college that she discovered she could combine the two disciplines into one incredible career path in the environmental education field. Subsequent work with the National Park Service inspired Lauren to continue her education at WWU and the North Cascades Institute.
After two years of wandering the trails of North Cascades National Park and sharing her love of natural history with anyone and everyone, Lauren earned an M.Ed. in Environmental Education and a clear path for following her life's calling. Lauren is thrilled to continue connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to their human and other-than human communities with Wild Whatcom!
Registrar & Administrative Coordinator
Lisa is one of the original Explorers Club parents and is thrilled to be working with Wild Whatcom. Lisa is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, born and raised east of the mountains, where she spent memorable summers at family lake cabins in North Idaho.
Lisa came to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University (WWU), graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Huxley College. She's been here ever since. Her work roots are in resource conservation and providing outreach services for local waste reduction, recycling, and composting programs.
Lisa lives within walking distance of Fairhaven, downtown, and WWU with her husband and daughter, an original Explorers Club member. She is an early morning runner, a fan of 2-3 hour door-to-door local adventures, loves to sleep outside, and looks forward to weekends in the Methow Valley, visits home to the lake, and backpack trips with her dad, uncle, and family friends.
After spending more than a decade working in youth programming in Denver, Colorado, Meredith followed the call of the water and headed west to Bellingham. She has been creating and sustaining youth development programs for more than 15 years and holds fast to the motto that together we achieve more. Breaking down barriers and bringing Wild Whatcom’s nature programming to where the kids are… (in schools) is how she is currently serving our community.
You will most likely find her year-round in flip-flops on the beach or bobbing in the lake, followed by three young girls. She considers it a privilege to be a part of an organization that is empowering youth to serve and amplifying youth voices in our community!
Rachel hails from southern Illinois, where a childhood spent catching bugs and getting muddy cemented her desire to be a biologist when she grew up.
She obtained a BA in Zoology, a Masters in Ecology, and a PhD in Conservation Biology, working as a research scientist for many years.
Happily transplanted to the Pacific Northwest in 2005, she spends as much time as possible outside with her husband and two children. Watching her children’s transformation into their best selves with the guidance of Wild Whatcom’s mentors made her realize that she wanted to be part of Wild Whatcom too! Rachel joined the Wild Whatcom Board of Directors in spring 2014 and lives happily ever after.
Rebecca grew up in the hills and woods of Western Pennsylvania. She was enthralled with the outdoors, climbing trees and making forts, collecting bugs and buckeyes. Summer vacations to National Parks introduced her to far-flung natural wonders, and her grandparents' rural farm brought endless explorations of nearby streams and lakes. For Rebecca, these journeys resulted in a love of adventure and a deep connection to the outdoors.
Rebecca’s love of children and play strongly influenced her choice of education as a career for over thirty years. She has spent most of this time in Colorado, teaching physical education in public and private schools and experiential education with organizations such as Outward Bound. She also spent time volunteering with youth in Guatemala and Mexico and is committed to mentoring youth around their sense of self and their inherent brilliance.
Program Coordinator & Mentor
Steve was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. In his youth, Steve developed a deep relationship with the land through backpacking trips in the Olympics and North Cascades. Explorations around his hometown of Seattle soon led to adventures further afield - from the wilderness of Southeast Alaska to the deep jungles of Costa Rica, and west to the cirques of the high Himalayas. Through his travels, Steve came to realize the value of connection with place and community. He firmly believes that the land has offered him many gifts and continues to restore him daily.
Steve holds a B.A. in Outdoor Recreation and a Minor in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. Steve and his wife, Danielle, are firmly rooted here in Bellingham. In his free time, you can find Steve outside - bicycling, surfing, hiking, and backcountry snowboarding.
Stormie spent her childhood running amok in the forests of Pennsylvania and exploring the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico and Colorado. As a kid, she took every opportunity to scramble up trees and swim across rivers. As she grew, her love of nature manifested itself as a fascination with local flora, a case of wandering feet, and desire to work on and for the land.
Stormie holds a B.S. in History from Skidmore College and has worked as an organic farmer for the past seven years. She is delighted to be working with Wild Whatcom because she believes that a healthy love and respect of the wild should be fostered in all people, especially kids. She loves learning, experiencing, and getting muddy alongside fellow explorers. When Stormie isn't farming or on an outing, you can probably find her practicing yoga, working in her garden, or going down a mountain on something fast.
Program Coordinator & Mentor
Tim grew up in Bellingham, spending countless hours with friends and family in the woods building forts, playing with sticks, and scurrying around in sword ferns.
He graduated from WWU with a B.A. in Outdoor Recreation and a minor in Environmental Education and Anthropology. Tim credits his professors, mentors, and family for nurturing his personal philosophies surrounding environmental education, the role of community, and deepening connections to the natural world. A summer internship with the Wilderness Awareness School was particularly meaningful.
Tim is grateful for the opportunity to give back to his community and make a difference in the lives of youth. In his time off, he is usually hiking with friends, honing his primitive skills, deepening his natural history knowledge, listening to music, shooting hoops at a local park, reading a book with a cup of coffee, or relaxing around the fire at home.
- Alexa Brandt
- Anna Hunt
- Carly Glaze
- Ginna Campos Malley
- Hannah Newell
- Ilana Newman
- Katrina Dank
- Kayla Guettich
Board of Directors
- Rachel Budelsky, Board Chair
- Allison Roberts
- Ann Boustead
- Bob Mitchell
- John Hatten
- Laurel Peak
- Meredith Hayes
- Michael Williams
- Dr. Terri van der Vlugt, Medical Director
- Jeff Lewis, IT
- Kirsten Barron, Atty, Legal Council
- Evan Freedman, Licensed Psychologist