Our Founders and Staff

Our Number One Core Belief is if a student is passionate about what they are learning the outcome is going to be positive. We believe for our staff to be effective mentors to your child they must not only be passionate about their craft or trade, but they must also be masters with tens of thousands of hours of professional experience performing the skills they will model to our students; they walk the talk. This is not your typical summer camp or even school.

Toni on her mare.

Toni King: Founder, COO, Mentor

Toni King Founder/ Operations Director/ Mentor I have worked with Toni since 2008 and NOLI is a reality because of her temperament, talents, knowledge, experiences, and vision. Read More about Toni A. King

Brian King.

Brian D. King: Founder, Director of Education, Mentor

A visionary, a teacher of teachers, a polymath, a passionate educator Read More about Brian D. King

Christini R.

Christine Riley: Board President, Mentor

A major supporter of all our programs, community organizer, and a mom. Read More about Christine Riley

John Mahkewa

John Mahkewa: Elder and Mentor

Tewa/Hopi is a member of the Hopi Nation, Artice Story Teller Read More John Mahkewa

Archie Cris Miller

Archie C. Miller: Alaskan Bushcraft and Tracking Mentor

Archie Miller a second gerneration Alaskan trapper has spent his life, over 50 years trapping, hunting, and living in the Alaskan Bush. Read More about Archie C. Miller

Casey Hufstader

Casey Hufstader: Equine and Packtrain Director, Mentor

Casey is fourth generation rancher, packer, and Oregonian (Elmira, Oregon). He spends much of his year packing and guiding in the mountains of Oregon. Read More about Casey

In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.

— R. Buckminster Fuller

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
—Benjamin Franklin