YiW Team

Youth in Wilderness Outings are led by passionate individuals from all walks of life and each Outing takes on the personalities, strengths, and passions of its leadership team. As program representatives, we strive to...

  • Be compassionate educators, facilitators, and mentors.
  • Be self-aware of our own privileges and biases.
  • Honor and highlight others' voices and unique lived experiences.
  • Be active listeners.
  • Facilitate a welcoming, fun, and inclusive outdoor education experience.
  • Raise awareness about public lands and instill an environmental conservation ethic.
  • Offer knowledge and guiding principles for responsible outdoor recreation.

We are also proud members of the Woodsy Owl Conservation Corps and are excited to impart his conservation messages! woodsyowl



Toan P. Do, VWA Field Programs Director


Jacquelyn Bergner, Program Manager

Francisco Guzman

Francisco Guzman, Field Instructor

Fabiola Lopez

Fabiola Lopez, Field Instructor, Community Leader Training Initiative

Jose Sanchez   

Jose Sanchez, Field Instructor, Community Leader Training Initiative

Estefani Hernandez

Estefani Hernandez, Field Instructor, Student Leader Initiative

Daniela Cervantes

Daniela Cervantes, Field Instructor, Student Leader Initiative

Ethan Atkins

Ethan Atkins, Field Instructor

James Farber

James Farber, Field Instructor

Nena Terrazas

Maria Elena "Nena" Terrazas, Field Instructor

Ruby Diaz

Jahaira "Ruby" Diaz, Field Instructor, Student Leader Initiative

Elise Fleishman

Elise Fleishman, Field Instructor


Nicole Schrad, Field Instructor


Mark Moehling, Field Instructor


JJ Hernandez, Field Instructor


Seth Cohen, Field Instructor

If you would like to learn more about joining our team, please email Program Manager, Jacqui () and 'cc VWA Field Programs Director, Toan ().