Ground Team

All NORSAR members are first and foremost ground team members.  Requirements follow the search standards for certification from the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association. These areas include proficiency in map and compass, land navigation, radio communications, base operations, shelter building and extensive survival techniques, patient assessment and stokes operations, helicopter safety, knots and rope work. Once an individual has their OSSA card for search certification, they are considered a ground team member and can now assist in active searches.

MEET OUR GROUND TEAM MEMBERS

Katie Ouzounian

Katie Ouzounian is OSSA certified and has been a member of NORSAR since 2011.  She enjoys supporting the K9 teams, participating in ground team missions, and working to improve her Search and Rescue skills. Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice.  She is employed full-time as a Registered Nurse and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder.  Katie volunteers in a local Medical Reserve Corps unit and as a foot care nurse for individuals experiencing homelessness. Katie loves most outdoor activities, especially hiking, backpacking, beach walks, and photography.

Trisha Schultz Hayes

Trisha Schultz lives in Clackamas County and works at Clackamas County 9-1-1. OSSA Certified in 2011, she works navigation and communication support for K9 teams.  In her spare time she enjoys training with NORSAR as well as gardening, hiking, fishing and camping with her family.  She enjoys the challenges of Search and Rescue and the important work of NORSAR.

Jeremy Williams

Jeremy Williams is OSSA certified and has been involved in SAR since late 2009. He transitioned from a wilderness-based ground team to NORSAR in order to work with canines full-time. While his German short-haired Pointer mix is not suited for K9-SAR after surviving a near-death battle with anemia, he hopes to train a second canine in the future for SAR work, as well as to become a Wilderness First Responder. Jeremy thrives on helping people and doing so with a great team and smiling canines. In his spare time from being a 13year small business owner, he enjoys overlanding and remote camping, outdoor exploration, hiking, photography, German vehicles, and of course time with animals.

Austin Carter

Austin Carter

Austin Carter joined NORSAR in May 2013 and provides ground support. He is OSSA certified.  Austin goes to Clackamas Community College working for his Fire Science Certificate and his Associates Degree in Manufacturing Technology.  In his spare time he likes snowboarding, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with his friends.

craig_mdCraig Stephens joined NORSAR in 2012. He provides ground support for the K-9 handlers and is also the Treasurer. Craig is certified by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association for search and rescue, holds a Wilderness First Responder certification from the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, and has a Track Aware certificate from Universal Tracking Services. Craig has degrees in mechanical engineering and computer science from Cal State Chico, and is currently working as a project manager for GE Energy.
Tina Schurter

Tina Schurter

Tina Schurter became a NORSAR member in May 2012 and is OSSA certified. She has been working in Forensic Evidence for the Portland Police Bureau as an Identification Technician (all things to do with criminal fingerprints) for the past 27 years. Tina is training her dog Jax in Wilderness Air Scent. In her free time Tina enjoys cycling, hiking, camping and traveling.

Steve KorpiSteve Korpi has been involved with Search and Rescue since 2001 and is NORSAR’s President.  Steve has extensive outdoor experience and is a buyer at a local outdoor shop. He enjoys back country skiing and motorcycle touring. He spends most of his days with his daughter Sofia and son Thomas.  Steve is a certified K9 Handler and worked many searches with his now retired dog Seasha.
  Zackary Weyer is a Deputy Sheriff with Multnomah County. He enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs, hiking, swimming and restoring emergency equipment.
John McNeil is a IT Infrastructure Admin who enjoys the outdoors, helping others and spending time with his family.