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.

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.

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 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.

  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.
Donna Lippincott

Donna Lippincott

Donna Lippincott became involved with Search and Rescue and NORSAR in March, 2015. She worked at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor for 17 years. She is currently working part-time at the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA. She has extensive experience in the outdoors, and loves running, hiking, mountaineering, backpacking, as well as hunting and fishing. Other activities include strength training, cycling, and riding motorcycles. She is also involved in Women’s Ministry at Athey Creek Christian Fellowship. Donna spends much of her time with her husband, Al Lippincott. They have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

Al Lippincott

Al Lippincott

Alvin (Al) Lippincott recently became involved with Search and Rescue and NORSAR. Al retired from USW International Union as a representative in 2008, and served on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Safety and Health for about 6 years prior to his retirement. He has extensive experience in the outdoors, is an avid hiker, climber and also enjoys hunting and fishing. He serves as a lay pastor/elder at Athey Creek Christian Fellowship in Wilsonville, Oregon, is married to Donna Lippincott, who is also involved with NORSAR, has five (5) children and eleven (11) grandchildren.

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.

Svetlana Antonyuk

Svetlana Antonyuk

Svetlana Antonyuk has lived  in Oregon since 1995. She works full time at Chemeketa Community College. In her free time she is raising and caring for five kids and training her dog Henna in Wilderness Airscent.