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Our Staff

Meet the people who make Wilderness Works possible.
Ebonie Martin
Ebonie Martin
City and Summer Camps Director & Recruiting Coordinator

Ebonie designs and leads children’s programming. Ebonie also represents Wilderness Works with homeless shelters partners and homeless family relations in her capacity as Recruiting Coordinator.

Ebonie is a native of Atlanta and happens to be the granddaughter of Tuskegee Airmen Master Sargent Earl Martin. Ebonie holds a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice from Albany State University.

Specializing in Addiction Recovery Services Ebonie served as Case Manager with Atlanta’s Salvation Army – Family Program. Ebonie accepted a staff position at Atlanta’s leading shelter: City of Refuge and gained further expertise in family services for the homeless. Ebonie later established the successful EMC Day Camp (Ebonie Martin Camp) for Solomon’s Temple Shelter in south Atlanta. Ebonie’s passion for youth development is fired by much first-hand experience with inner city struggle. Ebonie joined the Wilderness Works team in 2016.

Danielle Bunch
Danielle Bunch
Conservation Instructor

Danielle grew up exploring the forests of Southeastern Kentucky. Later Danielle earned a Bachelor’s in environmental science from Morehead State University. After two internships as an environmental educator, she completed New York University’s graduate program in Environmental Conservation Education. She is currently the Senior Conservationist at Clayton County Water Authority and a volunteer bird bander at Panola Mountain Banding Station. In her free time, she Crossfits, plays pick-up soccer, and photographs wildlife.

Gary Bell
Gary Bell
Program Leader Boys Core Camp

Gary Bell brings life experience in monthly programming for middle school boys participating in the Wilderness Works Core Camp program. Gary also brings a passion for equipping young people with life skills especially around career readiness. He coordinates guest speakers and field trips associated with unique career paths so boys in particular might discover a waiting world of opportunity.

Gary spent the majority of his life growing up in Detroit, Michigan and lived in Fort Myers, Florida for about 10 years before making Atlanta his home with wife RoseMarie. Gary has his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management from Florida Gulf Coast University. Gary is a professional video game player and loves playing basketball for a good workout. He especially enjoys attending music and food festivals with his family and friends.

Donovan Stanley
Core/Field Camp Director

Donovan organizes and leads all Wilderness Works Core and Field Camps. Donovan identifies and prepares engaged campers for the next level of programming. Donovan is keenly interested in equipping students with the skills needed to grow self-reliant in the outdoors and in life.

Donovan is a native of Atlanta and a Wilderness Works alumnus. Donovan holds a B.A. in Film with a minor in Journalism, and an M.A. in Communication from Georgia State University.

Donovan was introduced to Wilderness Works when he was 11 years old through Interfaith Outreach Home (I.O.H), a homeless shelter in Doraville. Over the years Donovan and his family overcame homelessness and Donovan grew to excel in college at Georgia State University where he eventually became an instructor.

During his time growing up in Wilderness Works, Donovan has experienced outdoor living in Yellowstone NP, Cumberland Island, the Appalachian Trail, Boundary Waters and Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness. This love of the wilderness and drive to positively impact his community motivated Donovan to assist in the successful 2014 relaunching of Core Camp programming at Wilderness Works.

Donovan excels in trail and trip planning, we’re excited that Donovan joined the Wilderness Works staff in 2020.

Bill Mickler
Bill Mickler
Founder and Executive Director

Bill is actively engaged in staff management, board development, and budgeting development. He spends considerable time in cultivating donors, partners, and sponsors. Bill manages the building and property matters for Wilderness Works’ facility.

Bill Mickler is a native Floridian born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida and lives in Atlanta. Bill grew up backpacking and camping and extensively trekked major national parks and forests across the United States. He attended the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University in Macon. Bill taught tenth-grade mathematics in Macon for four years. He later attended both the Graduate College of Education and the Graduate College of Business Administration at Georgia State University. With a focus on serving homeless and disadvantaged youth, Bill launched Wilderness Works in 1997.

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