Meet our team
Brad Bafaro (he/him)
Founder & Executive Director
Brad grew up in the Pacific Northwest and he has always enjoyed outdoor recreation with family and friends. He founded Adventures Without Limits in 1995 as a year-round program to provide all children with a quality outdoor experience.
Brad has worked in Special Education in the Forest Grove School District for over 33 years and is currently the director of the department. Brad has worked within the district to develop and implement an inclusive education model for students with disabilities, taught Adapted Physical Activity courses at Pacific University, and acted as a special physical education consultant for the US Department of Education.
Jennifer Wilde (she/her)
Director of Outreach and Development
With a BA in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina and an MSW from Portland State University, Jennifer combines her personal passion for the outdoors with a lens for equity and the importance of physical activity for all populations. Jennifer has spent years advocating for the accessibility of outdoor spaces and developing adaptive sports programs since moving to Portland in 2011.
In her free time, Jen can be found canoeing, hiking, camping, and exploring the Pacific NW with her dog, Sawyer.
Carrie Morton (she/her)
Carrie, born and raised in Austin, TX, spent her childhood summers traveling with her family and their carnival throughout the midwest. This nomadic lifestyle instilled a love for roaming unknown places and capturing them in photographs. Carrie earned an Associate’s Degree in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Communication Design from Texas State University. A strong desire to use her skills for positive change shifted Carrie’s focus from graphic design to educational program design. She received her M.S. in Arts Administration, along with a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, from the University of Oregon. Carrie has worked as a camp counselor, art instructor, paddling guide, environmental educator, event coordinator, and mentor for youth and adults in the outdoors.
Through her work as an educator/ guide/ mentor, Carrie hopes to inspire individuals and communities to live more closely with nature in their daily lives. By way of conservation, education, recreation, and creation, she dreams of cultivating a culture of stewardship, one that has a ripple effect across the nation, the globe, and future generations. Carrie also hopes to travel the world and someday build a tiny home.
Laura Stallard (she/her)
Laura, a local Forest Grover, has been involved with Adventures Without Limits since she was a child. Firmly believing in it's mission to get everyone outside and enjoying Oregon's great outdoors, she has been a tremendous asset to AWL. Office management and administration, fundraising, and even volunteering her time outside of the office when she can.
Laura herself loves going to the beach, family campin', hiking, eating lasagna, going to movies with her friends and going on road trips with her cat Lucy.
Chris Stanton (he/him)
Chris is a local math and science teacher who cannot wait to be in nature and explore the outdoors. Even more, he loves sharing these experiences with his family and others. Last summer was Chris' first full season as being a trip leader with AWL and he had a blast. Though Chris mostly loves the geology of Oregon and its neighboring spaces, he loves the cultural and biodynamic history as well. It is tough at times to get him to stop talking about all that is around us. Chris spends most of his time in the outdoors perfecting his skills in what he calls his Trifecta: mountain biking, kayaking and rock climbing. He looks forward to being apart of one of your adventures of a lifetime.
Jaime (pronounced "Hi-May") started working as lead guide in November 2014. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Geology from “Universidad de Puerto Rico” (UPRM) and a Master degree in Environmental Assessment Management of Risk from “Universidad Metropolitana” (UMET). Jaime is a passionate naturalist and is grateful for the opportunities he has to apply his multidisciplinary knowledge in outdoor schools and as outdoorsman. Nothing makes him happier than to share his knowledge and be able to help the Latin community.
In addition to being a lead guide for AWL since 2007, Keith has played a key role in open enrollment and logistic coordination for our organization. Keith has taught rock climbing since 1996, cross-country skiing since 1976 and whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking since 1991. When he's not out instructing others, he's outside pursuing adventure himself with his family and two dogs.
Keith is a well-rounded individual who in addition to teaching Tai Chi, holds a B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resources/Ecology, and spent three years as a Ph.D. Candidate studying natural ecosystems. He has a Secondary Teaching certificate, and has taught 17 years of middle and high school sciences and math.
Laura Jamison (she/her)
Laura is working her third season at AWL as a trip leader and needless to say, is loving it! Before this, she spent three summers working with a nonprofit on the American River guiding accessible/adaptive whitewater rafting trips. She did undergraduate studies in Linguistics, French, and Speech and Hearing Sciences in hopes of being a speech pathologist in the future. In her free time, she eats lots of tacos and Thai food and play as much soccer as possible.
Anika Morkowski (she/her)
Anika is a student at Pacific University completing her undergraduate degree in Public Health and Outdoor Leadership. She grew up in Northern California, camping and exploring the wilderness with her family. This is her second year with AWL-- She has had a blast sharing her love of the outdoors with everyone. Anika is passionate about making the outdoors a more accessible place. In her limited free time, you can find Anika curled up in blankets watching movies.
Morgan Spalding (she/her)
Morgan spent four years working for a company in San Diego, CA that helped adults with developmental disabilities reach their goals of maximum independence. Currently, she is finishing her B.A. in English Literature at Multnomah University. She loves all things outdoors, especially, but not limited to, backpacking, rock climbing, snowboarding, and kayaking.
Morgan started working for AWL because she is passionate about people of all ability levels and all walks of life having access to the outdoors. She came from a difficult upbringing where the outdoors saved her life multiple times by giving her a safe space to breathe and cope. Morgan would love to see more people find themselves outside!
Joe Jermain (he/him)
Joe is an Oregon transplant by way of Pennsylvania. Entering his second year of guiding with Adventures Without Limits, Joe is excited to share his love of mountains and climbing with others.
When he is not adventuring outdoors, Joe sustains himself with cat videos and sushi.
See loves to kayak, bike, and snowboard. She has worked for Adventures Without Limits for three seasons and enjoys introducing people to new sports.
Jesse Yelvington (they/them)
Jesse grew up in New Mexico and loves the smells of roasting green chilé and rain-soaked desert dirt. Jesse holds bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from the University of New Mexico, where they completed a thesis project on LGBTQ+ empowerment and poetry. Jesse is also a Wilderness EMT and NOLS Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Semester graduate.
In addition to guiding for AWL, Jesse loves: climbing, cats, backpacking, poetry, mountains, rafting, hot-spring-ing, and pretty much anything that gets them outside.
JoJo Smyth (she/her)
JoJo originally hails from Northern California (Chico). She received a B.A. in Kinesiology from Chico State where her passion for working with individuals with disabilities began. She then went on to receive a Master's in Adapted Physical Activity at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
JoJo is stoked to work for AWL because she is given the opportunity to empower individuals of all ability levels through outdoor experiences. Her favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, climbing, rafting, soccer, skiing, surfing, and anything with a burrito in hand.
Aubrey Romero (she/her)
Assistant Trip Leader
Aubrey Romero is heading into her sophomore year at Pacific University, and isn’t quite sure what she’s majoring in (most likely Public Health) but she’s definitely minoring in Outdoor Leadership. Aubrey grew up in Palms Springs, CA but found her perfect fit home up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She is a woman of many skills, with passions for boating of all kinds, surfing, hiking and an interest in learning to climb. Although it needs to be noted that white water sports are her favorite! When she’s not livin’ it up in the backcountry, Aubrey is lighting up every space she enters with her kind heart and goofy spirit. Aubrey is stoked to be working at AWL this summer, because not only will she get to improve her outdoor leadership abilities, she will get to connect with so many incredible people and share her passion for the outdoors with them.
Michael Hernandez-Michalski (he/him)
Assistant Trip Leader
Michael was a swimmer in all four years of college and competed for a total of 12 years. He is originally from the Central Coast of California but has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest, and lived in Oregon for 5 years now. Michael graduated from Pacific University with a B.S in Exercise science and hopes to go into Adaptive Physical Education. Michael's favorite outdoor activities are fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, mountaineering, and whitewater rafting. Michael works for AWL because he loves the fact that he gets to be a part of an organization that provides the opportunity for people of all ages and ability levels to come out and enjoy the great outdoors and all it has to offer. For Michael, the outdoors is where he feels the most balanced and connected with the earth.
Michelle De Oliveira
Occupational Therapy Trip Staff
Michelle grew up in Utah where she spent time camping, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, fly fishing and backpacking, and was lucky enough to have all these activities within a short drive from home. She moved to Oregon in 2013 to complete her Doctoral degree in occupational therapy at Pacific University, and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. In 2016, she completed her Doctoral experiential capstone internship at AWL and loved it so much that she stayed on as an adventure guide. Michelle combines her passion for the outdoors and occupational therapy in order to bring a unique skill set to AWL and the vast clientele populations they serve. In so doing, she supports AWL's mission of making outdoor adventure accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
When she's not working as an OT or out on adventures, she loves spending time with her family and malamute, playing volleyball, cooking, and watching movies.