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

Looking to merge her love of the outdoors and passion for helping others, Katie Ouzounian joined NORSAR in 2011. She is OSSA-certified and a Wilderness First Responder. Katie’s dog-training experience began as a child in 4-H, and she now enjoys the fun and challenge of working with SAR dogs! When she is not looking for missing people, Katie works as a nurse practitioner and enjoys most outdoor activities, especially hiking, gardening and photography.

Trisha Schultz

Trisha Schultz lives in Clackamas County and works at the City of Portland as a Contract Administrator. OSSA SAR Certified in 2011, she works navigation and communication support for K9 teams. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, fishing, camping as well as gardening. She enjoys the challenges of Search and Rescue and the important work of NORSAR.

Craig Stephens

Craig Stephens

Craig 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.

Steve Korpi

Steve Korpi

Steve 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.

John McNeil

John McNeil

John McNeil is a IT Infrastructure Admin who enjoys the outdoors, helping others and spending time with his family.

Evelyn Wilkins-Green

Evelyn Wilkins-Green

Evelyn Wilkins-Green has been a member of NORSAR since 2015.  She is an RN with experience  in Obstetrics, Public Health, Bereavement and Disability.  She is currently working as a Nurse Manager at a local disability insurance company.  She has certifications in CPR/AED, Wilderness First Aid and Case Management.  She has trained dogs in obedience, therapy work and agility, and is looking forward to training her dog, Abby, in Human Remains Detection.  In her spare time, she likes spending time with her family, being outdoors, gardening, reading and knitting.

Tony Ahman

Tony Ahman

Tony Ahman joined NORSAR in 2011 when he moved the Portland area. However, he started volunteering for search and rescue with Summit to Sound in 2007. He immediately enjoyed working with the dog team. Tony often provides support to dog handlers. He first joined search and rescue to apply his skills learned as an Eagle Scout.

In Tony’s other life, he is an electrical engineer in the automotive industry. He graduated from Western Washington University, former member of the WWU X-Prize Team, and worked for Tesla Motors. After kick starting his career, Tony found more permanent employment with Daimler Trucks.

Katie Grimes

Katie Grimes

Katie Grimes

Jacqueline Riddle

Jacqueline Riddle

Jacqueline Riddle

Kyler Kelso

Kyler Kelso

Kyler Kelso

Tim Cuscaden

Tim Cuscaden

Tim Cuscaden

Erica Cuscaden

Erica Cuscaden

Erica Cuscaden

Megan Grimes

Megan Grimes

Megan Grimes

Dennis Franklin

Dennis Franklin

Dennis Franklin