Meet the Guides
Shilpi Ganguly, MS - Founder & chair
Seth Lisle - Vice Coordinator
Claire Grosgogeat - Vice Coordinator
Nathan Mercado - Communications Coordinator
Valerie Nunez - PR Coordinator
Val lives in the southwest region so many of her wilderness experiences have been mountainous and VERY dry. During her free time she enjoys volleyball, bouldering, and wrestling. Val has a strong interest in wilderness medicine and throughout her time in medical school and beyond she hopes to explore more about mountain, tactical, and rescue/disaster medicine. Val is excited to be working with like minded individuals and maybe even get to go on a few wilderness trips with some of you (when Covid is a long lost memory).
Sarah Jacobson - Resource Coordinator
Katrina STevens - Webmaster
Catherine Lawton - Australian Delegate
Catherine completed a Bachelor of Science at The University of Michigan majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and minoring in Biochemistry. Her specific interest in wilderness medicine lies in ultra-endurance, space, and rescue medicine. She has run a variety of full and half marathons including the Detroit International Marathon and will be training soon for her first ultra. Catherine finds the physiological changes in endurance sports such as ultra running or Iron Mans fascinating and loves the detailed work that goes into competing at such distances. Full Bio
Nikos Donegan - European Delegate
Nikos completed his bachelors in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a blend of Physics, Cellular Biology and with a focus on Chemistry graduating in 2016. Since his freshman year at WMS he has sat on the committee of the Warwick Wilderness Medicine Society (WWMS) and will soon be running for the presidency. Nikos has been growing his appetite for Wilderness exploration ever since catching the bug for hiking and orienteering in secondary (high) school through his time with the Combined Cadet Force (Royal Navy) and Silver/Gold Duke of Edinburgh award (DofE).
Aniekan Etesin - African Delegate
Leo Diamond - Undergraduate Delegate
Leo is a pre-med undergraduate at the University of Chicago majoring in geophysical sciences and English literature. He started his wilderness medicine journey when he got his WFR in high school and instantly fell in love with it. Since then he has upgraded to a WEMT, worked as a ski patroller during his gap year, and attended the National Conference on Wilderness Medicine. In his free time he is an avid triathlete. Leo is excited to help grow the project and help bring wilderness medicine to a wider audience.
Owen Spencer - Undergraduate Delegate
Owen is a third-year Cell and Molecular Biology student at Northeastern University. Although he was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, he found a passion for the ocean while traveling with his family. Owen became a certified Open Water diver in high school and conducted research on Giant Barrel Sponges in the British Virgin Islands. He has now been SCUBA diving in many locations around the globe, including the Mediterranean Sea during his first semester of college in Thessaloniki, Greece. Owen plans to bring his knowledge and excitement for the environment and medicine to this organization!