Our Team

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Danny Collins | founder & guide

Wilderness First Responder | Leave no trace

Get him in a canoe with his fiance and his puppy and he is right where he wants to be.  Danny grew up in the Ozarks, graduating from Glendale and Drury.  After graduation he moved to NYC for 4 years and later moved to Ecuador where he worked as the Expedition Manager for a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.  Family led him back home to Springfield and his passion for the outdoors led him to start 37 North Expeditions.

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CRistina Bustamante | founder & guide

Cristina moved to the Midwest from Ecuador, South America.  Her passion for anything outdoors comes from a culture there that truly appreciates their vast and surreal natural landscapes.  In her free time she loves getting on her mountain bike or trail running with her husky puppy.  She is an avid outdoors woman, that passionately enjoys helping others explore the great outdoors.




By day, Sarah is a Stormwater Specialist at the City of Springfield, where she protects local water quality by enforcing environmental regulations. She has degrees in Environmental Science and Biology and believes in the power of nature to help heal mind, body and spirit. When 37 North came along, she jumped at the chance to help people connect to nature and themselves through outdoor meditation. In her spare time, Sarah can be found exploring Ozark trails, hugging trees and planning adventures! 



Wilderness First Aid

Moved here from the Pacific Northwest in 2004 and fell in love with the changing seasons and scenery of the Ozarks and surrounding area. Works for a local solar company helping to provide alternative energy options as well as promote renewable energy for the state of Missouri. In the off time she loves floating down the river and exploring the Ozarks with her family as well as helping others connect with the outdoors to create new memories and spark new passions.

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Velona and Verna Tawfik| AMBASSADORS

We are twins that both study exercise physiology at Drury University and love the outdoors! We are Egyptians born and raised in Kuwait, growing up in the desert we’ve never encountered such beauty. When we came to America we loved the nature that this place offered and we wanted more opportunities to be able to see it. As President and Vice President of Drury’s international student association, respectively, we wanted to give an opportunity for other Internationals to see the outdoors and that’s how we encountered 37North Expeditions. We love to get out and explore and show others The beautiful Midwest area!



Lexie moved from Massachusetts to Springfield, Mo to start a graduate program in audiology in 2017. Doing my undergraduate at university of New Hampshire I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be near any mountain ranges or the ocean. Still wanting to explore outdoors I researched places to go and things to do. I fell across 37 North’s booth at an MSU event and immediately knew I wanted to be a part of this organization! Not only does it help me explore, but it also allows me help other likeminded people to get outside as well.


Want to join our team!?

We are always looking for individuals that would fit with our already stellar group:

Guide - Do you love the outdoors? Do you feel comfortable taking the lead? Is your dream day surrounded by others exploring the Ozark and introducing more people to the beauty of nature? Email us (37northexpeditions@gmail.com) for guiding options - we help you get everything you need to fill this position.

Ambassador - Do you love the outdoors? Do you excel in specific skills such as social media promotions or blog writing? Would you love to attend events to represent 37N and tell our story? Do you want to come on free trips and to get free swag? Email us (37northexpeditions@gmail.com) for more information on becoming an ambassador.