Jaylyn Gough, Founder & Executive Director
Jaylyn, is from the Navajo Tribe in New Mexico. Native Womens Wilderness was created out of the frustration of the lack women of color, let alone a Native Woman, represented in the outdoor industries. Her desire is for NWW to be a platform for Native voices, a place to express the love and passion for the Wild, and to provide education of the ancestral lands we all love to explore. Jaylyn has been a guide, a mountain bike race coordinator for eight years, and an avid mountain climber, hiker, mountain biker, climber, and a landscape photographer. You can always find her exploring the Wild with her camera in hand!
Cali Wolf, Coordinating Director
Cali is from the Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta Tribe from Rosebud, South Dakota. She resides in Denver and works as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse and hopes to spend more time at the Denver IHS as a volunteer RN with the goal of working directly with our Native Community. She’s an activist who brings awareness to native issues within Native and non-Native communities. By sharing her story, she hopes to bridge the gap between all Natives, including those like herself who are reconnecting with the culture as an adult.
Erynne is from the Saulteaux-Cree Métis. She has worked with diverse projects which focus on community health, wellness and Indigenous knowledge in response to climate change. She is the Founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb created to inspire Indigenous communities into experiences of active and healthy life-styles on and with the Land, as well as educate non-Indigenous outdoor communities in themes such as: cultural protocol, permission to access Land, Indigenous land-based knowledge systems and dynamics of privilege and power within outdoor sports. As a mixed Indigenous person (Saulteaux-Cree Métis, Filipina, Irish and Scottish), Erynne embodies a light-skin privileged experience which she believes makes her accountable to educating non-Indigenous communities, including her own relatives, about the living legacies of colonialism in our lives and the conditions necessary to transcend colonial relationships and embody vibrant Indigenous leadership in ALL spaces.
Pınar is a living confluence of Huanca, Turkic & Chinese lineages. The art of belonging and the gift of the liminal informs their work as a genderqueer nature-connection mentor and vision fast guide. As an indigenous futurist, they root for those in our communities who are scarred, those brilliant survivors reshaping a narrative of Belonging. They’re also here to represent and uplift the in-betweeners in our native communities who have a lineage of place-based queerness that’s ancient and vitally emergent. Pınar is the co-founder of Queer Nature, an organization that works on exploring decolonial queer futurism through natural history and ancestral, survival, and tactical skills. Pronouns: they, them, theirs
Verna is from the Navajo Tribe, in the Four Corners area of New Mexico. As a child, she remembers exploring the sandy rocky canyons with endless sagebrush around her. As she got older, she clung her childhood experiences to help her explore her current residency of Minneapolis. She is the Founder of Native_Women_Running. NWR was created under the frustration of lack of Native Women represented in the running world, running websites, blogs, social media accounts, and products. She wants to show Native Women can do anything that other runners do. She hopes this will be a springboard to show her ultra running journey as well. Running has always been good for her physically but running in nature has brought her peace. You can find her running the trails in preparation for a 50k race!
Sarah Ortegon is from the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes from the Wind River Reservation. She resides in Denver, CO and is the office manager for Smith & Shellenberger, LLC a Native American owned and operated law firm that focuses on Tribal Law, Family Law and Criminal Law. Ortegon was crowned Miss Native American, USA in 2013 and has since then dedicated herself to traveling around the world and country, speaking to the youth and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Her Alaska expedition taken through NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) taught her the importance of a clean environment that offers support for the individuals residing on lands that have been around long before human contact. She has a passion for acting, art, dancing and running. She hopes to lead by example and to see the Earth start to thrive again during her
Shyanne is from the Navajo (Diné) Tribe of Page, Arizona. She works as a Grand Canyon Whitewater guide on the Colorado River. While rafting, she has the opportunity of meeting people from different nationalities all over the world. She is also passionate about sharing her people's traditional values, culture and ancestral history of the Southwest. As a contemporary river guide, she's enthusiastic about educating people in values of protecting, preserving and respecting all sacred lands. Aside from the river, Shyanne's hobbies while off-the-river consist of hiking, backpacking, and exploring theoutdoors with family and friends.
Aurelia (Rella) is Siletz and Yurok Native enrolled in the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon. She grew up in Washington state only ever knowing her family from Quinault Indian Nation and looks forward to connecting more with her Siletz and Yurok family, she is also of Japanese descent from her mothers side. Rella graduated from Chemawa Indian Boarding School. She now works in Finance for Quinault Indian Nation. Rella is passionate about the outdoors, motivating healthy lifestyles, and sharing ways we can environmentally protect our land. She has found empowerment in the outdoors and has reclaimed her connection to the land. Her desire is to see more Natives active in the outdoors, to be a positive role model for the native community, and to assist in bringing forth motivation and inspiration for Natives to partake in the outdoor lifestyles, like our Ancestors.
Patricia is Navajo (Diné) Tribe from Naschitti, New Mexico. Owner of Enchantment Physical Therapy/Massage Therapy and Wellness Center, RoseB Art and a 3rd generation rancher. As a entrepreneur/mentor in her community, she sets a great example for our youth. She is a firm believer in Native empowerment.Working in the health and wellness field helps her strive to be more active for herself and others in their recovery journey. Her love for the outdoors has grown with her since she was a child, where she spent her days riding her bike, walking/running and swimming for “the gold medal.” She now teaches her own children to love the outdoors and the land.
Amanda is from North Pole, Alaska! She comes from a long history of Athabascan, her Grandparents raised her 11 aunts and uncles in a village on the Yukon River, they lived off the land and have passed down their traditions to each generation! She has a great love,respect and appreciation for the outdoors, She loves to hike,fish and paddle board! Every year her family brings in harvest from the land! Amanda has helped her friends and youth in her life by bringing them outside to a new outlet, Somewhere that they can destress and appreciate what this land has to offer. New adventures are always on the horizon for her!
Renee is from the Navajo Tribe and holds a BA degree in Native American Studies a Master of Public Health (MPH). She resides in Fort Collins, CO and currently works as a Health Communications Manager working in the area of substance abuse prevention for Native youth populations. Renee loves to explore through mountain biking, hiking, climbing, running, fly fishing, and photography. She has her PMBI (Professional Mountain Biking Instructor) Level 1 certification and enjoys sharing her passion for mountain biking with other women and youth through coaching. By sharing her own journey and story with intention she hopes to inspire and encourage others to own their story, honor their voice, and strengthen their connection with themselves, others, and the wild places we all love to explore.