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Our Staff

Meet the people who make Wilderness Works possible.
Ebonie Martin
Ebonie Martin
Director of Programs

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

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.

Alicia DeCriscio
Operations Director

Alicia ensures the many moving parts in Wilderness Works are managed, standardized and documented. Alicia plays a special role as Recruiting Coordinator leading to a constant flow of new campers entering Wilderness Works programming. Alicia also manages camper family communications.

Alicia is originally from Pennsylvania and lived in New York City before making Atlanta her home with husband Dan and three children. Alicia is an avid long distance runner having run two marathons and five half marathons. Alicia has her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University with minors in both Product and Leadership Development. Alicia received her Master’s of Science Degree in Industrial Psychology from Baruch College. Alicia is very active in her church, City Church Eastside, and has served with a variety of non-profit and civic organizations including Wilderness Works and the Atlanta Mission.

Alicia joined the staff as Operations Director in 2014 in order to combine her passion for serving disadvantaged youth and gifting in operations and organization.

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.

Quan Contreras
Quan Contreras
Recruiting Coordinator

Quan graduated from Maynard Jackson High School with honors in 2017. In pursuit of a major in English, Quan is enrolled Georgia State University.
Quan and four siblings moved with their mother to Atlanta from Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2009. Soon after, Quan’s mother encountered a job loss and subsequent eviction.
Quan joined Wilderness Works as a camper from Atlanta Mission shelter in 2009.
Quan and his family experienced chronic homelessness for six tough years. Through this experience Quan learned much about the
challenges, struggles and strategies homeless families face. Quan attended multiple schools as the stress of constant moving disrupted continuous studies.
Today, Quan’s ample experience prepares him for earning the trust of new Wilderness Works campers. Quan is a strong and popular leaderand serves both as recruiting coordinator and field camp leader.

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. Gary 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. Gary enjoys music and food festivals with his family and friends.

Bill Mickler
Bill Mickler
Founder and Executive Director

Bill is actively engaged in staff management, board development, and budgeting development. Bill spends considerable time in cultivating donors, partners, and sponsors. Bill manages building and property matters.

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. Bill attended the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University in Macon. Bill taught tenth-grade mathematics in Macon for four years. Bill 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 Atlanta-based youth development program Wilderness Works in 1997.

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