CWS Faculty + Staff

With backgrounds in wilderness medicine education, tactical medicine, urban emergency medical services and Search and Rescue operations, you'll find the staff of CWS to be among the most highly trained remote medicine specialists in the field. Experienced and passionate outdoor professionals and those new to the out-of-doors will find that our training courses help to prepare them both physically and mentally with the knowledge, skills and ability to provide patient care far beyond what they thought possible.

 

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Aaron_PeppelAaron Peppel
Instructor
NORTH CAROLINA    EMT-I, WFA, CPR/AED

An avid rock climber and ultra-light backpacker, Aaron takes the "less is more" approach to the outdoors. "Everything you need for 5 days shouldn't weigh more than 15 lbs." Aaron was introduced into wilderness & rescue medicine back in 2009 and has done anything and everything he can to enhance his knowledge of how to live off the land and test his skills in the outdoors ever since! He currently runs as a career Medic with a local rescue squad in Charlotte, NC.

  
Amy_CastlemanAmy Castleman
Instructor
VIRGINIA    WFR, CPR/AED

Amy has a passion for being outdoors - and it shows. Then again, she also has a passion for teaching, as well as animals (she has a degree in veterinary technology). A wilderness first aid instructor of many years, Amy teaches many courses in the Northern Virginia-DC-Maryland area. She's known for her ways of taking complex concepts and breaking them down into fun and easy ways for students to learn and understand them.

  
Andrew_GoldbergAndrew Goldberg, M.D.
Co-Executive Medical Director
MARYLAND    M.D., PALS, WFA, CPR/AED

Dr. Goldberg currently serves on our executive board of directors, offering his guidance in the field of emergency medicine and curricula.

  
Beth_GoldbergBeth Goldberg
Intern
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA    WFA, CPR/AED

An instructor in training, Beth recently served in Kenya, Africa and now works with a local non-profit in our nation's capital. A graduate of Georgetown University and former student leader of its outdoor education program, Beth is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to help people. She also wants you to know that she's not related to Dr. Goldberg, above. 😉

  
Bethany_MulcherBeth Muchler
Intern
MARYLAND    WFR, CPR/AED

Bethany recently joined us as an intern and hopes to become an instructor someday soon! As a Wilderness First Responder and park ranger, her experience with handling outdoor emergencies (as well as her degree in experiential education) make her an asset to the CWS team! Welcome aboard, Bethany!

  
Christopher_PattonChristopher Patton
Instructor
VIRGINIA    NREMT-P, ACLS, ICASC FF-2, CPR/AED

Chris is an asset to CWS (and the US). He recently returned home from being deployed in Afghanistan for nearly a year, serving as a combat medic and tactical medicine educator. Chris is also a firefighter and works with our special events on occasion.

  
Clay_WilkinsClay Wilkins, M.D.
Instructor
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ISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    M.D., MSSM, ATLS, WFA, CPR/AED

A West Point graduate and experienced physician, pilot, and educator, Dr. Wilkins currently serves on our executive board of directors. He recently moved from Alabama to Northern Virginia, where he joined CWS to not only continue his passion as an emergency medicine educator, but also to lend his years of expertise in the military to help CWS develop new, advanced training courses that focus primarily on advanced medical practitioners and military operators. Clay is heavily involved in Scouting and volunteers as an assistant scoutmaster with a local troop in Northern Virginia.

  
Clifton_CastlemanClifton Castleman
Executive Director, Co-Founder

VIRGINIA    WEMT, CPR/AED

An Eagle Scout and long-time member of the Wilderness Medical Society, Clifton is one of the co-founders of Center for Wilderness Safety stemming from central Pennsylvania. A Wilderness EMT and former American Red Cross instructor of nearly two decades, he was awarded the American Red Cross' Patricia M. & James M. Hudson Health & Safety Award for his outstanding leadership and instruction in 2010. Clifton was formerly the director of the Penn State Outing Club for many years, and has a degree in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management, as well as a degree in Acarology from Penn State. He specializes in envenomation (toxicology), and tick safety, and is the founder of the CWS Tick Safety program, TickSafety.com.

He has served as the volunteer medical director for the Sierra Club's annual One Day Hike, has served as a volunteer EMT with rescue squads in both Loudoun and Fairfax Counties (VA), is a former member of the Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group (SAR), and has been a volunteer medic with the National Park Service.

  
Corey_VezinaCorey Vezina
Risk Management Consultant
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA    WFR, CPR/AED

Corey is a Wilderness First Responder and Multi-Pitch certified AMGA (American Mountaineering Guides Association) climbing instructor. While not off around the US climbing, helps to design and maintain our climbing safety and risk management programs.

  
Dale_SaxbyDale Saxby
Instructor
VIRGINIA    EMT-B, WFA, FF-II, CPR/AED

A southwestern Pennsylvania native, Dale now lives and works in Northern Virginia; spending most weekends volunteering as a Potomac Appalachian Trail Conference trail overseer and certified sawyer in the Shenandoah National Park, Central District, and George Washington National Forest.

In his spare time, he enjoys circa 1860’s re-enacting, backcountry camping, and canoeing. Since his first Wilderness First Aid course, he has put his new found expertise to use as a First Aid Team Leader for special events and festivals and is a volunteer EMT and Firefighter in Frederick County, Virginia. He is now looking forward to teaching wilderness medicine courses.

  
Danielle_TinkerDanielle Tinker
Instructor
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA    WFA, CPR/AED

Danielle just returned from Oregon, where she was working with a program that offers outdoor adventure for underprivileged and at-risk youth.

  
Dan_MehanDaniel Mehan
Instructor
VIRGINIA    RN, BSN, EMT-P, WFA, FF-II, CPR/AED

Dan is an EMT with a volunteer EMT for a rescue squad in Loudoun County, Virginia, and attended George Mason University. An Eagle Scout, Dan has been at almost every WFA course that has been offered in the Northern VA area for the three years after he earned his WFA certification nearly almost a decade ago. Dan has now graduated from George Mason as an RN and BSN. Congrats, Dan!

  
Dianne_BullachDianne Bullach
Office Guru & Gear Shop "Mom"
VIRGINIA    CPR/AED

Dianne plays an integral part of the CWS machine. In our Gear Shop, she is constantly helping with order fulfillment and financial accounts. When she's not working in the shop, she's helping us get ready for courses by helping to prep course materials and paperwork for class.

  
Frances_MeekerFrances Meeker
Assistant Medical Director
VIRGINIA    RN, MSN, ACLS, TNCC, WFA, CPR/AED

Serving as our assistant medical director, Frances has a passion for education and has just completed her master's degree in nursing as a nurse educator. An emergency room nurse of many years, she offers CWS a great deal of insight into the definitive care aspect of emergency medicine.

Frances is also a licensed radio operator and has assisted with communications in many large scale emergencies including post 9/11 recovery operations at the Pentagon in Washington DC. Frances assists our program department with ensuring that CWS continues to offer the latest medical protocols accepted in the field.

  
Michael_RoseMichael "Gunner" Rose
Disaster Preparedness Program Director

VIRGINIA    EMT, MA, MS, WFA, CPR/AED

"Gunner" as he's known, a retired Army Colonel, started his 'Be Prepared' lifestyle as an Eagle Scout and throughout his 30 years with the US Army (22 years in Special Operations). He has served in more than 40 countries and has provided humanitarian support in the aftermath of numerous natural and man-made disasters.

A volunteer EMT and Wilderness First Aider serving in Northern Virginia, Gunner conducts prevention and preparedness classes along the Mid-Atlantic states and heads up our new Disaster Preparedness program department.

  
Henry_BoothHenry Booth
Instructor, Ast. Gear Shop Mgr.
VIRGINIA    EMR, WFA, CPR/AED

If he's not out on the trail, he's Eskimo rolling his kayak, climbing a nearby rock wall or trekking through the wilderness. Henry is a great asset to our team and is a great resource for everything outdoor safety; including the CWS Gear Shop, which he helps run! Try catching him at the gear shop sometime; he is the assistant manager, after all!

  
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We are extremely proud of our passionate and experienced staff and instructors. Our instructors come from all walks of life and have a broad range of experience from serving in the military, to volunteering with local rescue squads, working in hospital emergency departments, and more.

  
Jake_BenneckJacob Benneck
LNT Instructor
VIRGINIA    WFA, CPR/AED

Jake is a Senior at Old Dominion University who enjoys the outdoors and is heavily involved in guiding (hiking & backpacking primarily). We met him at Eastern Mountain Sports and his interest in learning wilderness medicine has grown as he starts the trail of becoming a wilderness medicine instructor. We wish him the best of luck - and really enjoy his Leave No Trace programs!

  
Jed_DrillJed Drill
Gear Shop Mgr., Instructor

VIRGINIA