David has spent his career as a national advocate for outdoor recreation and its positive effects. After gaining his degree in recreation, he worked for Outward Bound in the UK and US before becoming the Director of Outdoor Education at the University of Colorado. During his tenure, he helped found the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, as well as the Outdoor Network, a leading outdoor trade publication. Subsequently, he became the executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association, where his accomplishments included launching a DC lobbying operation, creating the first industry census of sales, pioneering the first accreditation program for climbing gyms and designing some of the first comprehensive outdoor recreation participation studies. Additionally, he served as a founding board member for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, as well as a board member for the American Hiking Society, American Camp Association RMS and the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Later, David founded PlanetOutdoors, an online retailer of outdoor recreation products, and was awarded the designation of Small Business CEO of the Year by the Denver Post. After selling the company in 2001, he switched tracks and began working with Sequel Venture Partners and Mobius Venture Capital as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Most recently, David founded Avid4 Adventure and Workbright. He is the recipient of the Jim Rennee Outdoor Industry Leadership Award as well as the Woodchuck Award. He currently serves as the Governor Appointed Chairman of the Licensing Advisory Committee of the Colorado Department of Human Services which focuses on licensing and standards for youth programs in Colorado.
After growing up in New Jersey and graduating from the University of Virginia, Kyle moved to Boulder in 2001 and has never left. Formerly a classroom teacher both in the United States and abroad, Kyle decided to pursue his love of the outdoors and started with Avid4 Adventure in 2005 as a field instructor. Prior to Avid4, Kyle taught adaptive skiing for the Breckenridge Outdoor Ed Center, led bike trips in Southeast Alaska with Sockeye Cycle, and guided wilderness trips for adjudicated youth for Outward Bound. “To be a part of Avid4’s growth and witness firsthand its ability to continuously create smiles and laughter for children and families makes me want to stay around for a long while.” When he is not working, Kyle is traveling the world, digging in the dirt, reading on his porch, or ideally laughing and smiling with his beautiful daughters, Kiri and Willow.
Ileana joined Avid4 Adventure in 2013 after moving to Colorado and having her kids attend the Avid4 Adventure Boulder Day Camp. She turned into a true Avid4 Adventure believer after seeing her tentative 3-year-old explore different adventure activities every day and his confidence grow in one short week. Ileana has worked for over 12 years managing teams and operations for educational products and services companies. She directed leadership programs for Hispanic high school and college students at the National Hispanic Institute and was the CEO and Founder of CraniaMania, a company specializing in online academic competitions for youth. Most recently, Ileana worked as the VP of Operations for Galileo Learning, the largest day camp provider in California. In addition to her work for Avid4 Adventure, Ileana is the Board Chair for Roots Elementary, a new elementary charter school in Denver. Ileana received her BA in Psychology from Stanford University and MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. As Avid4 Adventure’s VP of New Business, Ileana oversees marketing, customer service, and staff recruiting, and supports business development.
Sarah has been teaching in the outdoors since 2002. She attended school at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and graduated with a degree in natural resource management. Sarah has a background in outdoor programming and leading backcountry trips. Much of her experience began during college, where she was actively involved in her university’s outdoor program, UNCA Outdoors. After graduating, Sarah went in search of bigger mountains and found herself in Colorado. Over the past few years, Sarah has played in the woods with different organizations, including time spent as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School. “My passions lie in teaching children and inspiring them through new activities and places. Being able to facilitate growth in young people is the most rewarding work I have found.” When not with Avid4, Sarah can be found cooking, traveling and adventuring with her husband, Brett, and her goofy Labrador, Kelsey.
Mindy has a true passion for finding the right people for the right job and believes that a company’s success starts with its staff. She loves being able to combine her professional experience with her love for all things adventure. Mindy was raised in South Texas and spent her childhood participating in equestrian competitions across the state. She received her BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio, but quickly learned that she preferred working with people over working with financial statements. She has spent the past decade helping companies implement strategies to identify and attract high quality talent. In her spare time, you can find Mindy outside, experiencing new adventures with her husband, Blake; their sons, Trey & Reid; and her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Ruxin.
Growing up in Minnesota, Haley was captivated by the remote wooded landscape of the North Woods, where she was introduced to wilderness ethics and pursuits. Here, she spent three summers guiding canoe trips for teenagers. Her love for the wilderness led her first to Lewis and Clark College where she received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics and then to London’s King’s College for an M.A. in Environment and Development. Over the years Haley has become an avid climber, which now dominates most of her free time. On rest days she loves rafting, camping, hiking or just settling in for a movie night. She has adventured extensively across five continents to work, study, volunteer and climb in new areas and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Haley is responsible for hiring Avid4 Adventure’s amazing camp staff and works in the summer as the Boulder Camp Director. She believes there is nothing greater than being able to share a passion with others.
Emily’s love of the outdoors began as a small child where she spent weekends camping in her parent’s VW bus, skiing the woods of Vermont and kayaking the summers away off the Coast of Maine. She holds an undergraduate degree in Adventure & Experiential Education from Prescott College, a Master’s degree in Environmental Leadership, is a graduate of a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) semester and is a former Student Conservation Association (SCA) Americorps volunteer. She has worked for over ten years in adventure education, conservation and the outdoor industries with organizations such as the Outdoor Industry Association, Backcountry.com, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and Grand Canyon Youth where she was lucky enough to call the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon her “office”. She has worked in the outdoor sphere throughout the country from Jackson, WY, Flagstaff, AZ to the deserts of Utah and California – and is now happy to call Colorado home. She loves being outside with her dogs, doing anything related to water (fly fishing, rafting, kayaking, sailing or stand up paddling), learning how to garden and laughing really hard with her friends & family. She loves being part of the Avid4 Adventure team, helping to get kids outside and active!
“I love seeing kids challenge themselves and accomplish something that they never thought they could do.” Paul also loves to be outside, whether it’s cycling across Europe, rafting the Grand Canyon, guiding programs in Nepal or just hiking and biking around Boulder. A self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades, he has been teaching and leading groups in outdoor settings for almost twenty years. Paul has held leadership positions at the Watershed School, the Cottonwood Institute, High Mountain Institute, Where There Be Dragons, Tandana Foundation and the National Outdoor Leadership School among others. Paul is also a WEMT and an Instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), teaching wilderness first aid courses of all levels. He holds an M.A. in School Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. As Avid4 Adventure’s Director of Program Expansion, Paul oversees new program development, and supports training, risk management, and general operations for Avid4 Adventure camps.
Ian’s connection to camping and the outdoors is deeply rooted in exploring the many mountain ranges surrounding his childhood home in California. Ian has spent much of his adult life leading participants of all ages in many disciplines of outdoor recreation and education. He was the Director of Camps and Classes at the Great Lakes Science Center in Ohio, Executive Director of several YMCA branches in Ohio, and Adventure Specialist for adjudicated youth for Vision Quest. Along the way, he has been an outdoor education teacher, camp counselor and director, international trip leader, backcountry guide, canoe & kayak instructor, and more. Ian is currently certified as a certified CPR/First Aid Instructor, Wilderness First Aid Instructor, American Canoe Association Canoe Instructor, American Camp Association Visitor, Lifeguard, Challenge Course Facilitator, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and a USA Archery Level II Instructor. Ian earned his B.S. in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education from Brevard College in North Carolina, graduating Summa Cum Laude and M.A. from Prescott College in Adventure Education. When not at work, you can find Ian competing in Muay Thai competitions or surfing some whitewater along with his wife Stephanie and daughter Kaya.
Heather’s love for the outdoors came from attending camp every summer in Michigan. As she transitioned to being a camp staff member, she fell in love with the transformation she saw in her campers, fellow staff, and herself. It was because of this experience that she decided to get a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Leadership, and Management from Northern Michigan University. After spending a summer as a backpacking guide in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, Heather headed back to SpringHill, the camp she grew up at, to direct their high school program. The lure of the mountains, however, has called her back to Colorado. When she is not at camp, Heather loves to backpack and rock climb with her best adventure buddy, her Australian Shepherd, Chaco.
Eric’s passion for outdoor adventure and youth development started early on and has only gotten stronger since becoming a camp professional 10 years ago. Born and raised in Boston, Eric started going to overnight camp at age 10 and has only missed one summer since, which he did to realize his dream of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. He spent 14 years at YMCA Camp Coniston in New Hampshire, climbing the ranks from camper to senior leadership, before becoming the Senior Program Director of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Overnight Camps and the Executive Director of Camp Bauercrest. Eric has his B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government from American University in Washington D.C. and despite the best efforts of many to draw him into a different career, he simply could not let go of his belief in the power of camp. Eric has seen and experienced first-hand the power of outdoor adventure in teaching kids the valuable lessons of life that will enable them for success, no matter their life’s pursuit. When he’s not at work, you can find him at competing at the curling club, skiing down the slopes, and exploring the backcountry in every way he can.
Heather grew up paddling a canoe with her family and exploring the woods near her childhood home in Illinois. Heather earned a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois, relocated to Estes Park, CO in 2006, and has been rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and adventuring ever since. From a young age, Heather knew she wanted to combine a career in education with her love of the outdoors. In addition to working with children at Avid 4 Adventure, Heather taught middle school and high school band, worked as a children’s ski instructor, and teaches kids cooking classes. She loves to share adventures with children and witness their growth and self-discovery along the way. When she is not inspiring children in nature’s classroom, Heather is most likely to be found climbing rocks, skiing or hiking the trails of the Rocky Mountains with her fiancé, Andy and their big, silly yellow lab, Roscoe.
Originally from Canada, Cynthia has had the opportunity to live and travel across beautiful North America and abroad; gaining an appreciation for the wonders that the great outdoors has to offer. After a few years in Japan, she and her husband, Tim, had truly found their calling in getting people outside! You can imagine her excitement when she discovered that she could make a career and a lifestyle out of her passion. After returning to Penn State University and graduating with a BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management, she packed her bags and headed west in search of bigger mountains and deeper snow. She worked closely with multiple outdoor programs throughout university, guided various adventure programs for the Army, worked as a naturalist educator in Washington’s Cascades, and developed and facilitated outdoor programs in Asia for several international schools. After working as an Instructor and Assistant Director for Avid 4 Adventure, she knew that the mission and lifestyle were a perfect fit and a place she wanted to call home. She’s passionate about getting kids outside, and loves seeing how the confidence they build at camp can transfer into other aspects of their lives.
As a summer camp kid herself, Katrina can’t help but smile when she thinks about zip-lining into lakes, crawling through caves, and laughing with her friends at camp. She never wanted to leave! She has worked at outdoor schools and summer camps ever since finishing school in Ohio, and found a world full of adventure in California that she just can’t get enough of. Exploring the forests, ocean, and mountains is her favorite thing to do, and she loves inspiring campers during the summer to do the same.
Whenever people ask Vanessa, ‘How did you get to be an outdoor enthusiast?,’ she remembers back to hiking on family vacations and summers spent at Girl Scout camp. While growing up in the California Bay Area, she had ample opportunity to explore outside and make mud pies in the backyard. Her early experiences with outdoor education inspired her to pursue a BS in Wildlife Biology at the University of California, Davis. Vanessa has worked as an on-trail teacher in the coastal Redwoods, a medic for youth, a leader of urban outdoor summer activities, a field instructor for wilderness therapy programs, and as an Assistant Camp Director for Avid4 Adventure. Vanessa spends her free time paddling on the bay, hiking in the hills, backpacking in the mountains, and traveling to far off lands. When indoors Vanessa loves a good crossword puzzle and a warm cup of coffee. She still finds time to play in the backyard, though these days it takes the form of backyard birding!
Ryne joined Avid4 Adventure several years ago seeking an opportunity to work with children, be outside, and spend time doing a job he loved. He started at Avid as an After Care Supervisor, worked as a camp instructor, and became a Camp Director and leader of Avid4 Adventure’s school programs. In his current role as a Colorado Regional Manager, Ryne oversees day camp operations throughout Colorado. Ryne brings with him a rich background in teaching Physical Education, supporting special needs youth, and working as a ski instructor at Eldora and Steamboat. He is also passionate about baseball and had fun playing in Australia’s pro baseball system. When he is not at his Avid4 Adventure day job, Ryne loves to be out on a trail or rock climbing with his puppy, Canyon, and fiance, Molly. Ryne feels he is living the best of all worlds and loves that he can combine his passion for teaching youth with his passion for being outside.
Robb was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has had a love for the outdoors his entire life. After being transferred by MicroSoft to Colorado in 2000 he has rearranged his career to better suit his active lifestyle, teaching snowboard lessons in the winter months and working for Open Space during the summer months before joining Avid4 Adventure in 2008. In his free time Robb has seized the opportunity to pursue his passion for Mountain biking, Hiking, Fishing, Rock Climbing, snowboarding or most anything else you could think to do in the mountains. ’With all of the beautiful days Colorado has to offer I can’t sit still for a moment’.
Laura moved to Colorado 12 years ago and quickly became a fan of the mountain lifestyle and all the incredible things that came with it. When her twin boys were old enough, she wanted them to grow up loving the outdoors and exploring off the beaten path. Attending the last two summer sessions with Avid4 Adventure in the Denver area multi-sport camps has been an amazing experience for them, and Laura loves that they look forward to strenuous hikes or difficult mountain bike trips knowing the end reward is pride in themselves and gorgeous scenery. Laura is thrilled to join Avid4 Adventure after working in direct and strategic marketing for over 15 years. Her most recent position was as Associate Director of Client Management for a digital marketing agency, served as a board member for MyLifeLine.org, offering personal cancer support websites for cancer patients and as an ambassador with Vela Adventures. Laura enjoys playing in the mountains with her twin boys, twin puppies and cycling fanatic husband.
Tyler spent his childhood in Southeastern Pennsylvania and loved spending as much time as he could outside. He went on plenty of hikes and camping trips with his family at a young age. Throughout high school, his focus turned from soccer, to trails. Daily trail runs and mountain bike rides through the muddy and rocky trails tested his bike handling skills. He pursued his passions through college by attending Garrett County’s Adventure Sports Institute in Maryland. Surrounded by West Virginia, Tyler had a wonderful backyard to rock climb, mountain bike, whitewater raft, and learn the skills necessary to be an outdoor professional. Tyler then went on to earn his B.S. at Slippery Rock University. Tyler’s main passion is mountain biking and racing, but he is always up for an adventure down the Colorado slopes in the winter. As Avid4 Adventure’s Warehouse Manager, Tyler gets to spend his days surrounded by impressive bikes, watercraft, and gear, and he loves ensuring our campers have the best equipment around.
Andrew grew up in Georgia spending as much time as possible outside. From building forts to developing bike trails, he learned to love the freedom of being outdoors. During college, Andrew spent his summers in Southern California teaching mountain biking. After graduating from Georgia Tech, he took a full-time position in California teaching Science and Outdoor Education which included everything from mountain biking and rock climbing to astronomy and physics. Andrew has been involved with youth development programs ever since. He returned to Georgia Tech managing STEM programs for youth and ultimately moved to Colorado with his wife and two labs to be closer to the outdoor lifestyle. When he’s not busy ensuring Avid4 Adventure customers receive a fantastic customer experience, Andrew is likely out running with the dogs, climbing, or skiing and trying to take in as much of the amazing experiences the Rockies have to offer.
Sarah graduated from the Outdoor Leadership Program in Massachusetts in 2010 and since then has worked as a zip line tour guide, whitewater raft guide, day program instructor and wilderness expedition leader. She has led many forms of multi-day back country travel trips with kids and teens, including canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, and “Huck Finn” rafting (during which participants build their own rafts!) She has also led day long GPS scavenger hunt, rock climbing, caving, and hiking adventures throughout Massachusetts, and has trained student leaders to facilitate their New Student Outdoor Orientation Program at Amherst College. Sarah has a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts and has conducted research on topics of risk and decision making in situations of uncertainty; she believes this information is relevant to her role in the outdoors. On her days off Sarah likes to climb, play games, build stuff, hike, bike, swim, play guitar, camp and explore!
One of Morgan’s goals in life has been to give back to the amazing world we live in and protect the beautiful landscapes that surround us. She loves connecting with others in the outdoors and helping kids open the door of limitless possibilities that nature offers. Growing up going backpacking with her family and climbing with her mom, Morgan’s life was rooted in outdoor adventure. Fascinated by Colorado’s flora and fauna, Morgan studied Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University and after graduating, began working with kids full-time at Walking Mountains Science Center and with the Ski and Snowboard Club in Vail. Once she found Avid4 Adventure, Morgan connected vibrantly with the mission, and became a part of the Avid4 community as an instructor. Now as a Customer Experience Specialist, Morgan finds immeasurable joy listening to parents talk about their campers’ amazing experiences with Avid4 Adventure!
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