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Ambassadors & Advisors

Karl Schmidt

Project Operations


Zuzana Vanha Montagne lives in Bryson City, North Carolina where she and her husband are building a small rug weaving business, Montagne Handwoven. She enjoys sharing her passion for the outdoors as a kayak instructor and guide, and is involved with Nantahala Racing Club, a local non-profit promoting youth involvement in whitewater sport. 
Zuzana works with MedicForce to organize fundraising events such as the Tsali Adventure Triathlon.

Trevor is a United States Army combat veteran as a Forward Observer having served four years. In 2006 he gained fourteen months of experience in the Nineveh Province of Iraq. During his tour he was the recipient of the Combat Action Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and many other unit awards with the 5-82 Field Artillery, part of the Long Knife 4th Brigade 1st Calvary Division. The opportunity to see the world through his various deployments, including thirteen months in Korea with 2nd infantry Division, gave Trevor determination to help others who are less fortunate.  He has served MedicForce as an intern assisting with the planning of a Belize Expedition following the completion of his WFR, and  is currently attending classes at Southwestern Community College towards and Associate of Arts in Outdoor Leadership, along with many certifications like the WFR, Swift Water Rescue, Challenge Course Facilitation, and Climbing. 

Trevor C. Brown 

MedicForce Ambassador

Leigh Holbrook

Director

Since joining MedicForce in 2012 Karl has been involved in project reconnaissance, trip logistics, pit latrine building and medical training.  Outside of MedicForce Karl mixes work and play instructing wilderness medicine, swiftwater rescue, rafting, kayaking, and backpacking.  Karl's international travels have taken him to Uganda, Norway, Belize, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. He happily calls the Western North Carolina's Nantahala Gorge home.

Zuzana Montagne

Tsali Adventure Race Director

Kirsten Wehner

Business Operations

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Leigh currently lives in Atlanta with her daughter. She has over a decade of experience with non profits and working with youth and young adults in a variety of roles which include establishing outdoor programs and organizations, serving as a high school teacher, and directing international outreach programs and youth programs. She caught the adventure bug in high school through an outdoor program run by a magnificent teacher who took students on outdoor adventures all over the U.S. including Yosemite National Park, the Havasupai Reservation, paddling the Rio Grande, and traveling the entire length of Route 1. The pursuit of adventure and the desire to do good has brought her to MedicForce to join in the movement of emphasizing education as the key to sustainable health solutions worldwide. 


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Stephanie Lareau is an emergency physician and assistant professor at Virginia Tech- Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. She completed medical school and EM residency at Wake Forest University. She completed a wilderness medicine fellowship at Goergia Regents University. She is active in wilderness medicine, currently serving as the president of the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine.  She is also a co-director for the WMS Student Wilderness Medicine Elective and the VT-Carilion Student Wilderness Medicine Elective. She served as the medical leader for the MedicForce Women's health initiative in Belize in 2014. 

Randy Howell

Belize Education Director

Stephanie Lareau

Belize Medical Director

Advisory Board

Randy is a PA practicing Emergency Medicine at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va. Prior to this he practiced orthopedic surgery, and rural primary care. He is also the Advanced Practice Clinician Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director at Carilion Clinic. He is an assistant professor at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in the PA program and an Assistant Professor for the Department of Interprofessionalism at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Randy has been active in wilderness medicine for many years. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine. He also works at Snowshoe as a ski patroller during winters and ACE Whitewater as a river guide during the summer and fall seasons. He is an AWLS and OEC instructor.​

Operations Team

Jono Bryant

Founder & Director of Expeditions

"MedicForce was founded to help the disadvantaged by challenging the advantaged to get off their butts and make a difference." ~ Jono


Jonathon (Jono) Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of MedicForce. Following a Master's Degree in Resource Management Jono spent 12 years working as a jungle specialist, guiding scientific expeditions, on service projects and occasional TV appearances. After completing his Wilderness EMT with SOLO Schools in New Hampshire he was invited to stay on as an instructor and went on to manage SOLO Southeast Wilderness Medicine School for six years. During this time he qualified as a nationally registered paramedic and founded MedicForce. In February 2014 Jono resigned his position at SOLO to work full time with MedicForce. He continues to work as a part-time Paramedic.