Katrina Orthmann


Student Affairs Manager (SAM)


Turks & Caicos Islands

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Katrina grew up in Minnesota and received her B.A. in English and Biology, Society, and the Environment from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in the spring of 2019. While at the U of M, Katrina was fortunate enough to spend time abroad in places such as England, Iceland, and Costa Rica, solidifying her passion for learning abroad. She also pursued a minor in Outdoor Recreation and Education, in order to unite her interests in community and connection, the environment, and outdoor adventures.

Despite her roots in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Katrina has always been fascinated by the ocean. During undergrad, Katrina completed her Open Water certification, promptly becoming enamored by scuba diving and the incredible world beneath the waves. She also spent a semester in coastal Connecticut studying the ocean from an interdisciplinary perspective via the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program. Unsurprisingly, she fell even further in love with the sea.

Throughout college, Katrina’s love for the water led her to work as a Head Lifeguard and Lifeguarding Instructor, as well as a swim lesson instructor and supervisor. She also spent much time in the wilderness leading outdoor adventure and education trips, with a particular interest in canoeing and sea kayaking. While working in various instructor and supervisory roles, Katrina developed a passion for working with others and facilitating learning and growth; additionally, while leading outdoor trips Katrina nurtured her interests in exploring the world and connecting people through outdoor experiences, as well as protecting and educating people about the environment we inhabit, admire, and depend on.

Katrina is thrilled to join the team at the Center for Marine Resource Studies and the greater School for Field Studies as the Student Affairs Manager. She is looking forward to ensuring that students have an unforgettable and enriching experience on the beautiful island of South Caicos.