Michelle Pugh is an active wilderness enthusiast with a passion for outdoor education. In addition to holding certifications as a Nationally-Registered Advanced EMT and a Wilderness EMT, she has experience in survival and other experiential outdoor class instruction. An accomplished long distance hiker, Michelle has completed six world-class trails, including the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail and the Wonderland Trail. Her most recent adventure was completing the Tour de Mont Blanc, in which Michelle found herself exploring the French, Swiss and Italian Alps on foot. A published author, Michelle has chronicled her experiences in two books, "Love at First Hike" and "Lost and Found." She raises awareness for safe outdoor activities by serving as an advisor for a local high school backpacking club and previously served on the advisory board for the League of Adventurous Women. Michelle encourages active student participation by using real-life stories and personal experiences to enhance her teachings
Mark DeJong, Nationally-Registered Paramedic and founder of Off Grid Medic LLC, has over 22 years of experience in treating victims of trauma and sudden illness. Mark has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and is a certified Georgia Paramedic Instructor. As part of a military assignment, he spent two years providing remote medical care to the indigenous people of the Philippines, where his passions for medicine and primitive living fused together. He serves on the Advisory Council at the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, and has trained alongside elite members of the US Army and the US Marshalls Service. Mark currently serves as the Director of Emergency Medical Services for a rural county in Southwest Georgia. His teaching style is very interactive and informal, and he often uses personal experiences and humor to reinforce his material.