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.

 

 
 
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EMILY WILSON | Guide

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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Rhianon brown | Guide

Wilderness First Aid

Rhianon is just a girl trying to live her best Bilbo Baggin’s life. She grew up in the Ozarks, but has always had a heart for travel. She studied abroad in Greece, has visited Iceland, Italy, Croatia, England, the Netherlands, and many US states (Colorado being her favorite). In 2017 she moved to Alaska where she lived for a year as a travel nanny in Sitka. Now she’s back in the Ozarks as a photographer and fitness instructor. When she heard about the opportunity to spend time outside, take pictures, and help other people fall in love with nature and cultivate a desire to protect our public lands and our planet- she knew 37 N was the right place for her. If she’s not out exploring the Ozarks, editing photos, or creating a new workout- she can be found eating peanut butter, watching The Office for the millionth time with her dog, and booking a flight for her next adventure. 

 
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Emily Rapp | Guide

Wilderness First Aid

Emily has roots in the countryside of southwest Missouri, where dirt roads meet century old farmsteads and bare feet plant garden seeds. As a Naturalist by heart she works alongside the National Park Service by providing a partnership with Eastern National. 37N gave her the opportunity to connect with the local community and provide a unique outdoor experience. On the weekends you can find Em seeking rays of sunshine, winding trails and days full of belly laughs!

 
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Sharlyn todd | Guide

Sharlyn is a true jack of all trades. She is a professional musician, singer, and certified personal trainer, but what may describe her best is: adventurer. Sharlyn loves hiking, paddling, climbing, horseback riding and traveling the world. Since the age of 6 she’s toured all over the US with her music and had since added plenty of domestic and international travel to her resume. While she may be a Florida girl at heart, she loves the Ozarks and can’t wait to share her passions with you as a member of the 37N team.

 
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Jaqui Martinez Schoville | Guide

Wilderness First Aid

Jaqui is a Springfield native with a passion for adventure! She fell in love with the great outdoors during her time running high school cross country. As an adult she has discovered the true beauty of the Ozarks and the changing seasons. Her full time job consists of guiding people on their journey through the natural food realm at MaMa Jean’s Natural Market and that knowledge carries on to her everyday life, on and off the trail. She strives to help the Earth live and to be as green as possible. She was head over heels when she discovered 37 North Expeditions and knew she wanted to be apart of it in some way. On her days off you can find Jaqui cooking something nutritiously delicious; sharing laughter with friends; and hanging out with her cat, Winston.  

 
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Shannon Cochran | GUIDE

Wilderness First Aid

Shannon was born and raised in Arkansas & Missouri. She loves to be outside regardless of the Season. She is an avid runner, cyclist, hiker, walker, stair climber, most anything active. She has been married to her High School sweetheart for 27+ years and together they have three children. She has degrees in Psychology & Criminal Justice and currently works part time at Cox Health System and is both a RRCA & USATF certified running coach who loves to show others the outdoors and what their bodies are capable of! She is thrilled to be a part of 37North and share her love for the outdoors with others!

 
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MORGAN WETZEL | GUIDE

Wilderness First Aid

It's all part of the adventure! Morgan works for the Army National Guard and is a full-time student at Missouri State University studying Sustainable Landscape and Ecological Management and is an avid environmentalist.  Her goal with 37 North is to help connect people from all walks of life to nature and the benefits it offers. In her free time, she works on her garden, goes on walks with her dog, and plays with her cats! You can find her in the forest- exploring and looking at plants or traveling around the world to see new places!

 
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Marisa Frazier | Guide

Marisa is an avid swimmer, trail runner, paddle boarder and outdoor adventurer who is passionate about holistic wellness. She graduated from Missouri State in 2016 with a degree in Exercise and Movement Science. She is an ACSM-Certified Exercise Physiologist, NCSF-Certified Personal Trainer, and RYT-200 Yoga Instructor. 

Marisa also works for the Sierra Club as the Ozarks Conservation Program Coordinator. She aligns herself with the Sierra Club mission: to explore, enjoy and protect nature. She works to expand Missouri's public lands and ensure protection of our beloved Ozarks rivers, and hopes to connect others to these beautiful spaces. Marisa spends her free time exploring new trails, camping with friends, and chasing waterfalls throughout the Ozark mountains.

 
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SARAH DAVIS | Guide

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! 

 
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Meaghan duda | AMBASSADOR

Meaghan came to Springfield to study Intercultural Communication at Missouri State University. She is actively involved in the campus Title IX Commission as well as the American Association of University Women. In her spare time, Meaghan enjoys spending time outside with her pets and loves visiting National Parks! 37 North is a perfect blend of her passions for activism and the environment. She is dedicated to making the outdoors accessible and welcoming for everyone and advocates for sustainability, diversity, and equality. 

 
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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!

 
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LEXIE Arbour | AMBASSADOR

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.