Leadership Team

Josh Goldbach

Executive Director

Josh Goldbach is the executive 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.

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Hayley HucksA smiling blonde woman


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.

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Sarah Silverstein

Program director

Sarah grew up in a small town in Minnesota exploring the countless acres of farmland in her backyard. She attended Northeastern University in Boston 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! Pre-COVID, 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. In addition to her time at Bold Earth, she has worked as a gap year instructor in the South Pacific and a wilderness therapy guide in central Oregon. 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.

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Izzy Perry

Staffing manager

Originally from Northern California, Izzy has spent the last 8 years leading trips for Bold Earth all around the world. She originally pursued a career as a librarian at Cal Poly Humboldt but fell in love with outdoor education. Izzy has led Bold Earth trips to Costa Rica, South Africa, Hawaii, the Southwestern US, and the European Alps. Some of Izzy’s proudest moments include taking her 80-year-old grandmother on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks and winning a corn dog eating contest. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cycling, eating, yoga, and crocheting hats that look like vegetables. Izzy is a certified wilderness first responder and lifeguard.

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Maren Helfrich

Program Manager

Originally hailing from Virginia, Maren attended university at Virginia Tech where she earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management before working on the executive management team at a country club. Her passion for adventure, hiking, backpacking, and exploring outdoors led her to guide backpacking trips for youth in North Carolina where she currently resides. Originally a trip leader with Bold Earth, Maren now brings her background in hospitality management into play as a full-time Program Manager on the team. She is passionate about helping facilitate outdoor and interpersonal experiences that empower young people. In her free time, Maren enjoys painting, working with textiles arts, reading, and spending time in the woods. She is certified in CPR and is a wilderness first responder.

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Jacqueline ComolaJacqueline Comola

Admissions manager

Jacqueline is passionate about guiding others through life-changing outdoor experiences, which is exactly what drew her to work at Bold Earth. Prior to joining our team, Jacqueline worked in admissions and student life at a girls’ boarding school, was a wilderness therapy field guide for teens and young adults and managed a women’s outdoor-adventure-focused recovery home. Jacqueline works year-round in our office and also teaches yoga and guides hikes. She loves everything Appalachia. From hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding in the mountains; to paddle boarding the rivers, Jacqueline has worked her way down the range from Virginia to Asheville, where she currently resides.

Jacqueline is a certified yoga instructor and wilderness first responder. When she isn’t at work, you can usually find her practicing yoga, enjoying the outdoors, making art, or jamming out on the guitar and singing with her pet parakeet!

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Dr. Andrew Morris

Medical advisor

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.

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