We are still finalizing our roster of race directors. If you are interested in joining or volunteering otherwise, please contact us!



MedWAR NW Lead Director, PNWM Vice President

Cassie is currently a senior medical student from Pacific Northwest University. Her roots in wilderness medicine started as a Wilderness EMT with search & rescue and ski patrol prior to medical school. She is a co-founder of the Northwest Wilderness Medicine Conference and VP of Pacific Northwest Wilderness Medicine, a new non-profit founded to deliver wilderness medicine training to professional medical students in the region. Also an active member of Everett Mountain Rescue and the Mountain Rescue Association MedCom, Cassie continues to study, research, and teach topics in clinical prehospital care in remote settings including trauma, injury prevention, hypothermia, altitude, and the use of ultrasound in austere environments. She is a FAWM Candidate, currently pursuing a residency in Emergency Medicine, and spends much of her spare time with her husband traveling, skiing, climbing, mountaineering, and sharing rescue missions in the Washington State region.


craig warden, MD, MPH

MedWAR NW Medical Director, PNWM Treasurer

Dr. Warden is an attending physician in the OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine and medical director of Clackamas County EMS. He earned his M.D. at the University of Colorado and M.P.H. at the University of Washington, and has completed residencies in pediatrics and emergency medicine as well as fellowships in pediatric emergency medicine and medical toxicology. Dr. Warden is faculty advisor to the OHSU Wilderness Medicine Interest Group and enjoys rafting, cross-country skiing, and mountaineering; his mountaineering experience includes ascents of 14,000’ peaks in Colorado, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Grand Teton.


Carlton Heine, MD PhD, FACEP, FAWM

MedWAR NW Medical Director, PNWM Board Member at Large

Dr. Heine is a practicing emergency medicine physician with a special interest in wilderness medicine. He moved from Alaska to Spokane to be the Clinical Education Director for Emergency Medicine and the Foundational Sciences Education Director for Physiology at the new Elson S Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. He founded the ACEP Section of Wilderness Medicine and has been a long time member and currently on the board of directors of the Wilderness Medical Society. He has been active with the National Ski Patrol for over twenty years and is passionate about backcountry skiing and other outdoor activities in wild places.



PNWM Board Member at Large

Dr. Wiley is an emergency medicine resident at OHSU. She grew up in California and attended medical school at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (go Tarheels!). She has been active in mountain search and rescue since 2009, volunteering for the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (BAMRU) as well as South Orange Rescue Squad’s Technical Rescue Team, Statewide Medical Assistance Team and Central NC SAR. During medical school, she co-led the wilderness medicine interest group, pursued interests in international emergency medicine working at an ED in Thailand, and had the privilege of being one of the wilderness EMS externs with Dr. Seth Hawkins, assisting special ops paramedics with EMS responses in Linville Gorge and on Lake James in the mountains of western NC. Prior to medical school, she participated as a research subject in a high altitude study to Everest Base Camp and worked with Divers Alert Network, conducting physiological research on technical divers in the Caribbean as well as at Duke University’s hyperbaric chamber. She has a strong love of octopodes, enjoys scuba diving, backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, hot-springing, traveling and making (non-lopsided) pottery objects.



NWMC3 Chair

Ryan is a third year medical student at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. A native Oregonian, Ryan developed a passion for outdoor sports through rock climbing and became interested in medicine’s role in the pre-hospital setting while taking a technical rescue course with the University of Oregon Outdoor Leadership Program. Ryan is a former lead of the OHSU WMIG and worked on NWWMC17. His favorites: “Wherever I May Roam 5.9,” the Goat Lake Loop in the Gifford- Pinchot Wilderness, and anything from Backpedal Brewery.



NWMC3 Assignment Chair

Alex is a 2nd year medical student at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Alex worked as EMT while attending college in New Orleans, and developed an interested in wilderness medicine while living and working in Yosemite National Park as a member of Yosemite Search and Rescue. In subsequent years he worked as an NPS Ranger in both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. During his free time Alex enjoys biking, trail running, climbing, and skiing.