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Summary of Qualifications

  • More than 2,500 days spent in the field; more than 25 years of experience working in remote locations

  • More than 30 years of teaching experience

  • Extensive experience providing consultations in medical screening, medical protocols, and emergency evacuations

  • Extensive experience providing consultation in risk management, program development, and crisis response planning

  • Extensive experience assisting programs following serious incidents, including fatalities

  • Awarded the Charles (Reb) Gregg Award in 2012 for Exceptional Leadership, Service, and Innovation in Wilderness Risk Management

  • Awarded the Paul K. Petzoldt Award in 2014 for Excellence in Wilderness Education

  • Extensive experience as author, editor, and national speaker on risk management topics

PUBLICATIONS. Deb Ajango has written two books on safety-related topics: Lessons Learned I: A Guide to Accident Prevention and Crisis Response, and Lessons Learned II: Using Case Studies and History to Improve Safety Education. She has written numerous articles and chapters on risk management, emergency action planning, and wilderness medicine.


PRESENTATIONS. Ms. Ajango has presented nationally and internationally on risk management, emergency action planning, and wilderness medicine. She has asked to be keynote speaker for several conferences, including Australia's 2021 National Outdoor Education Conference in Sydney.


EDUCATION. Ms. Ajango received her Master of Science degree in clinical psychology and education from the University of Wisconsin Madison.


COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS. Deb is currently a member of the faculty committee for Wilderness Medical Associates International. She has served on the Safety Committees for the Student Conservation Association and Outward Bound. Ms. Ajango served as a member of the Alaska State Parks advisory board for six years. For nine years, Ms. Ajango was a member of the Association for Experiential Education’s (AEE’s) Accreditation Council, during which time she co-edited AEE's Accreditation Manual.

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