Josh Goldbach is the director of Bold Earth and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eckerd College. He’s worked as an environmental educator for Nature’s Classroom, a glacier guide in New Zealand, and a wilderness instructor for the Boojum Institute; he also spent four years as a director for Adventure Treks. Josh is a Leave No Trace master educator, wilderness first responder, and Level 5 swiftwater rescue technician. He is also a passionate world traveler, having lived in New Zealand for a year and traveled through South America, including Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Josh’s favorite countries to visit have been Israel, Tanzania and Kenya, Costa Rica, and Italy. In his free time, you can find Josh whitewater kayaking and mountain biking on the many rivers and trails of western North Carolina.
Hayley hails from the sunny state of California! After growing up in Santa Cruz, Hayley pursued a bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University. Hayley first joined Bold Earth in 2014 as a trip leader in the American West. Since, she’s led campers on trips all over the Lower 48 and in Hawaii, Fiji, and Africa. Before Bold Earth, she worked as the Southeast Asia program manager for The JUMP! Foundation, a non-profit that uses experiential education to teach youth about leadership and global citizenship. When she’s not throwing herself into film, photography, yoga, or writing, she is traveling in the backcountry and spending her free time outdoors. Hayley is certified in CPR and is a wilderness first responder.
Originally from Michigan, Michelle has called Hendersonville, NC, home since 2010, though she spent many childhood summers in the western NC mountains. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University, and then pursued at TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification while studying and teaching in Thailand. More recently, she completed her master’s degree in mathematics education through East Carolina University. Along with her position at Bold Earth, Michelle is also the event coordinator at Camp Pinnacle and is heavily involved in the local community: She sits on the boards of several non-profit organization and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Leader in Me program. In her free time, Michelle can be found planning her next travel adventure, practicing yoga, and cooking for her family and friends.
Sarah grew up in a small town in Minnesota exploring the countless acres of farmland in her backyard. She attended Northeastern University and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and communication studies. When she isn’t traveling the world with students, she’s doing it herself! Last winter Sarah spent two months bike touring Patagonia. In the last decade, Sarah has traveled to 24 countries and six continents. Sarah has lead Bold Earth trips to Iceland, Costa Rica, Spain, Fiji, and the western US. She has worked as a gap year instructor most recently leading a semester in New Zealand. She is a wilderness first responder, advanced PADI open water diver, and lifeguard, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work through the University of Denver.
Dr. Andrew Morris
Dr. Andrew Morris is a family physician in Hendersonville, NC, where he serves as the assistant program director of the MAHEC Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program; assistant clinical instructor of Family Medicine at UNC School of Medicine; medical director of Blue Ridge Community Health Services; and medical director for four regional summer camps. He began his career as a full-time volunteer for two years at Clinica Hombro a Hombro in Intibucá, Honduras, and continues his involvement in global health as the course director of the Missionary Medicine for Physicians course at Equip International. He currently provides inpatient care at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC, and full-spectrum outpatient care at Blue Ridge Community Health.
This summer, Dr. Morris will be our COVID protocols advisor and medical director.