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Our admin staff supports students, instructors and one another. Admin positions are in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco, Midpines in the High Sierra and Joshua Tree. We make our different locations work through Google Hangouts, a device called The Alien and general enjoyment of one another's company.
Departments are: Program Team, Student Services, Advancement, Finance, Human Resources and Operations
High Sierra Program Director - Midpines
High Sierra Program Director
After spending the past few years managing an accessible sea kayaking program, Rose (she/her) is drawn to her work supporting OBCA's High Sierra programming because of its intentional focus on inclusion, self reflection, and social engagement.
Rose's passion for fostering community and leadership development through personal challenge and memorable outdoor experiences truly began in 2014 when she taught a middle-school environmental class. Since then, she has worked as an outdoor educator and paddling guide for various organizations across the country and internationally – from the Mississippi River, Lake Superior and various waterways of California, to the jungles of Belize and coastal fjords of New Zealand. Outside of work, Rose's interests include trail running, audiobooks, making coffee for alpine starts, and her fur-baby Duncan.
Donor Engagement Manager - Remote
Donor Engagement Manager
Eric Cabunoc (he/him) is a creative and strategic thinker with nearly a decade of experience helping mission-driven organizations reach their goals through fundraising and development. His unconventional background, which began with a degree in ceramic arts and work experience in everything from film production to logistics, has one throughline: a passion for fostering connection.
Eric is impassioned by the thought of making sure that the California landscapes are accessible and equitable for all to experience and enjoy. In his free time, Eric keeps busy by teaching his old dog—named Chonies—new tricks, cycling or fishing with friends. His love language is cooking and feels inspired by the industrious beaver.
Program Manager - High Sierra
Jonathan is a Program Manager for Outward Bound California in the High Sierra. Previously they have been a Staff Trainer, Course Director, and Instructor for OBCA, NWOBS, POBS, and CBOBS since 2014.
He enjoys the opportunity that Outward Bound affords its students, watching their "aha!" moments, and savoring that last packet of instant coffee at 10,000 feet before a resupply.
Program Manager - High Sierra
Alec (he/him) began his outdoor education career in 2015 at Project U.S.E. in NJ. The following year, he was hired on as a field instructor at NYC Outward Bound Schools. Growing up without having experiences that an Outward Bound course provides, after stepping into the instructor role, he discovered how impactful these programs could be for participants from many different backgrounds and cultures. He gets inspired seeing students overcoming challenges, realizing potentials they were unaware of, and finding comfort in nature where some felt they didn’t belong or wouldn’t be able to go.
He is excited to support the staff and students at Outward Bound California. Even during challenging times, Alec will try to crack a joke to put a smile on others’ faces. You can find Alec gardening and climbing during his free time.
High Sierra Associate Logistics Manager - High Sierra
High Sierra Associate Logistics Manager
Hailing from sunny Southern California, Jimmy (he/him) comes to OBCA with a wealth of experiences stemming from an eclectic professional history. After working at a law firm for a few years and realizing that the office grind wasn't for him, he signed up for a TEFL course, booked a flight to Central America, and has never looked back. As a teacher, Jimmy taught ESL to students of all levels while living in Costa Rica, China, and Japan. In his positions as a trip leader and manager in student travel, he worked to provide teenagers with unique and transformative experiences to destinations such as New Orleans, Vietnam, and Cambodia. It was in this arena that Jimmy found and developed his passion for operations, logistics, and just "making things happen."
When he’s not busy applying his affinity for organization and cultural exchange to his work tasks, you can often find Jimmy getting lost in a book, hiking a local trail, learning to play guitar, or planning his next adventure.
Han (they/them) joined Outward Bound California in 2018 as an instructor in the Bay Area. Over the last five years at Outward Bound, they have instructed a variety of courses in the High Sierra and in Joshua Tree National Park. Year after year, the transformative power of intentional community in the outdoors brings them back for a new round of adventures.
Han grew up in San Diego, where they developed a love for open water swimming. Outside of work and the water, you can find them knitting, climbing, or walking their dog.
Executive Director - Remote
Nettie Pardue's (she/her) roots go deep at Outward Bound beginning as an instructor 21 years ago. She currently serves as the Executive Director at Outward Bound California and has over 20 years of global experience working for Outward Bound in 13 countries. In addition to Outward Bound, she has worked in the peacebuilding and conflict resolution field with Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding the United World College and SEEDS Community Resolution Center where she acted as facilitator and trainer for communication, conflict resolution, mediation and cultural competency courses. Nettie has a Master's in Applied Behavioral Science and has presented at conferences in the US and abroad.
In her early 20's she worked for one of the Kurt Hahn United World Colleges in NM. Working with students from over 80 countries cultivated a sense of the power of outdoor experiential learning and how it can be transformative to underserved and underrepresented populations. Today, she brings experiential outdoor learning to diverse communities. As Executive Director she hopes to inspire and provide access to more staff and students to get outside!
She is climber / mountaineer (favorite route - Sun Ribbon Arete in the Palisades), kayaker (whitewater and sea) skier, and long-distance runner, completing more than six 100 mile races in the US and Canada. Nettie thrives in pushing herself to overcome my personal limitations and I am always looking for the next NEED (new experience every day).
Director of Finance, HR, and Operations - Remote
Director of Finance, HR, and Operations
Laura Romanosky (she/her) is the Director of Finance and Operations. As a recent transplant to the Bay Area, she enjoys spending time with her sister, exploring the city on foot, and going on mini-road trips with friends.
As a former educator, turned nonprofit administrator, she has seen firsthand the transformative power of outdoor leadership experiences on young people. During her time as a teacher and Special Education Chair, she built relationships with young people with significant needs and their families that solidified her commitment to improving outcomes for all students. While at BCBS, she joined our students on weeklong outdoor education experiences and witnessed how these excursions provided leadership and growth opportunities for all who attended.
Director of Advancement - Remote
Director of Advancement
Emma (she/her) never saw herself in a direct service role - all her career and strengths finders growing up told her to be a teacher but she forged a different path, instead dedicating her career to supporting the work of educators as they change the lives of students. A serial career monogamist, she came to OBCA 7 years ago after 7 years in administration, fundraising, and volunteer organizing at Playworks, based in San Francisco.
Programs like Outward Bound formed her as a leader, channeling her energy and persuasive powers for good. She can remember vividly on a 10-day canoeing expedition in Maine at the age of 13, learning, through trial and error, her ability to tank or motivate the group depending on the leadership tack she took. These days her preferred methods of challenge and discovery include snowboarding, all-female backpacking trips, triathlons, and shaving her commute down to as close to an hour as possible.
Finance and Operations Manager - Remote
Finance and Operations Manager
Sara (she/her) is the Finance and Operations Coordinator of OBCA. In 2017, Sara started as a Logistics Coordinator in the Bay. After learning the nuts and bolts of Bay Area programming, she has transitioned into the role of Finance and Operations Coordinator to better understand how the organization operates in the nonprofit world.
Sara's first introduction to Outward Bound was through her mother, whom completed a month long backpacking and rock climbing course through Colorado’s San Juan mountains in 1974. Growing up with a family that loved backpacking and camping, Sara fell into outdoor education where she led outing trips throughout high school and college. The positive impact the outdoors has had in her life, and seeing how the outdoors brings people together, has driven her to work towards making the outdoors more accessible for all.
Director of Programs and Safety - High Sierra Basecamp
Director of Programs and Safety
Jason (he/him) started working for Outward Bound in 2007 at the North Carolina Outward Bound School before heading west in 2009 to instruct in his favorite place on earth, the High Sierra. He then followed the seasons working in Appalachia, Everglades, rivers in North FL and AL, Joshua Tree, Bay Area and always returning to the mountains of California.
Jason is a proud AmeriCorps alum who was drawn to Outward Bound during that time for OB's commitment to service. His favorite OBCA tasks revolve around service: he participated in the Service Bus, managed a beloved OBCA program, the Youth Leadership Corps, organized staff involvement at the yearly Yosemite Facelift.
Bay Area Program Director - Remote
Bay Area Program Director
Melissa (she/her) is passionate about bringing equity to opportunities that connect all young people to the power of the outdoors. Her most memorable outdoor experiences growing up were going to the park next to the library, admiring the waves at Ocean Beach, and growing veggies with her grandparents. Being born and raised in SF, Melissa has deep connections to the Bay and a commitment to bring more opportunities to grow & learn outside.
Melissa brings over 10 years of experience leading youth programs that engage diverse communities in the Bay Area. Most recently she's lead a collaborative of 10 community partners that represented diverse neighborhoods in SF for the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program. She's also engaged youth with the outdoors at Enterprise for Youth's Environmental Stewards Programs, CommunityGrows, and at the California Academy of Sciences.
Melissa completed the Youth Outside Rising Leaders Fellowship to deepen her practice in cultural relevancy and social justice. She also holds a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the USF.
During her time off Melissa loves to explore the farmers market to inspire her next dinner menu, connecting with friends and family over food, biking, hiking and gardening. She also loves to travel to off-the-beaten-path locations and always looking for an adventure.
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High Sierra Logistics Manager - High Sierra Basecamp
Sushi Au 歐瑩瑩
High Sierra Logistics Manager
Sushi (she/her & they/them) started their Outward Bound journey when the 2018 Outdoor Educators Semester course walked through the Waller Center's doors(where she was working in San Francsico at the time). Inspired by the group and OBCA's mission, she interned in the Bay Area spring 2019 and worked as a Logistics Coordinator in the High Sierra summer seasons of 2019 and 2020. They fell in love with the community, the students, and the work (even cutting 45 pounds of cheese). After a short stint in wilderness therapy, Sushi returns for the 2021 season as the Logistics Manager! They are excited to support staff, to grow and learn in their new logistics manager role, and they profess their love of "organizing chaos".
Sushi loves experiencing new cultures and connecting with people, which means leaving pieces of their heart around the world. When traveling or out in the wild, Sushi contemplates intersectionalities of identities; finding a cat that'll go backpacking; social justice and love; ways to leave the world a better place; home and belonging; how vests function; and what peak to climb/hike/backpack next.
Development Coordinator - Remote
A decade ago, Emily (she/her) was a participant on an Outward Bound climbing course that ignited her career in the outdoors. Since then, she has guided multi-day river trips through southwest canyons, instructed thousands of students in the rugged North Cascades mountains, and supported international community-based conservation programs. She believes that people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities have a fundamental right to access outdoor spaces, where they can grow a deeper connection to nature, to themselves, and to their communities. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys birdwatching, climbing, biking, and teaching at Engelmann Mountain School
Southern California Program Director - Joshua Tree Basecamp
Southern California Program Director
Jeff Podmayer (he/him) has worked for Outward Bound California in many different capacities since 2014. Jeff grew up in Washington State and found a joy for being outside, in whatever form, there. He attended an Outward Bound course in the North Cascades when he was 19 and was in his “challenge zone” most of the time. He started as an Instructor in OBCA’s High Sierra program and was amazed by how the outdoors can be used as a metaphorical container to learn, change and grow. Working with amazing people, personal growth and the fluid nature of Outward Bound programming has kept him coming back. He brings a passion for the SoCal program through the many OB courses he has worked in Joshua Tree National Park, his previous administrative experience, and a detail-oriented focus on many aspects of the changing and evolving Southern California program. When he isn’t sitting behind his computer screen as the Southern California Program Director he enjoys spending time with friends, long walks, drinking coffee, and eating pizza.
High Sierra Associate Logistics Manager - High Sierra Basecamp
High Sierra Associate Logistics Manager
Jeremy (he/they) comes to the position with an impressive range of experience, from running his own high school business "SnowZone Snowcones", to working as a farm manager, to spending most of the last ten years working for a plethora of outdoor organizations, including OBCA as a course director and instructor.
His experience in logistics from other programs--along with his proven eye for detail and solution-oriented thinking--will aid innovation and continued growth in the Sierra logistics scene. Outside of the office, you'll be able to find him cutting a rug during live music shows, playing one of the 20+ games he keeps on hand, or baking/cooking delicious things to eat.
Associate Program Director - Staffing and Programs - Remote
Associate Program Director - Staffing and Programs
Jessica (she/her) hires all field staff positions for OBCA including instructors, interns and logistics coordinators and schedules all return field staff at all 3 OBCA locations. Jessica started as an instructor at our High Sierra Basecamp in 2006 and has worked her way through many positions over the years including course director and staff trainer.
Originally hailing from Ontario, Canada, Jessica was called to the mountains of Western Canada to pursue her passion for rock climbing and being outside. She then worked her way south, working with youth and adults in the Sierra and receiving her Master's Degree in Adventure Education from Prescott College. She has now settled down in her beloved Sierra Nevada's in Mammoth Lakes with her husband where she enjoys climbing, skiing, and biking in the mountains year-round.
Development Officer - Remote
Matt (he/him) is a member of the high-energy team that helps to fund the Outward Bound California mission by engaging members of our community in our work.
Matt loves trail running, road cycling, hiking, food, reading, and exploring Bay Area neighborhoods and trails with his partner Ruth. Their college-age kids Zach and Nina are sources of pride and inspiration.
Associate Director of Student Services - Remote
Associate Director of Student Services
Lindsay (she/her) started at OBCA as a part-time member of the student services team in January 2017. She is grateful to have found such supportive and amazing people to work with!
Lindsay’s love of the outdoors truly began when she challenged herself to try something new and signed up for a 10-day backpacking trip on Washington state's Mount Adams as part of freshman orientation to college. She was pushed way out of her comfort zone, made lifelong friends, and loved the whole experience! Helping participants and their families prepare for their own meaningful and transformative backcountry experience is something she now enjoys in her role at OBCA.
High Sierra Associate Program Director of Course Delivery - High Sierra Basecamp
High Sierra Associate Program Director of Course Delivery
Elena Chin (she/her) is the Associate Program Director of Course Delivery in the High Sierra. Elena identifies as a cis, straight, half first-generation, US woman of color. At 16 she took an Outward Bound course in Sabah, Borneo, that changed her life. Thanks to that course, Elena has been working in the outdoor education field for 10+ years, including as a field instructor for OBCA in the Bay Area, with NOLS, and at UC San Diego, often spending more nights outside than not every year.
Elena is also an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide and uses her deep technical background and educational experience daily to support the High Sierra admin team.
Outside of work Elena loves rock climbing, cat GIFs, and spending quality time with people.
Outreach and Alumni Manager - Remote
Outreach and Alumni Manager
"It feels really wonderful to be working for an organization such as Outward Bound." - Eli Fox (he/him) When he was 14 years old, he had the opportunity to go on a 21-day multi-activity course in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. On that trip, like so many people, he felt a new sense of pride and accomplishment which only arises when completing the rite of passage that is Outward Bound. At that point, he learned from his instructors that working in the wilderness is a viable career path, so he set out on it, and 12 years later he now works for Outward Bound California!
He could not be happier, as it is extremely fulfilling to be offering similar transformative experiences to what he went through and seeing the different lessons and experiences these young adults (and adults and veterans) are taking away today.
Collier Honora Modell
Joshua Tree Program Manager - Southern California
Collier Honora Modell
Joshua Tree Program Manager
I (they/them) started working as an instructor at NYC Outward Bound Schools in 2017. Since then, I have instructed courses at NYC Outward Bound Schools, Philadelphia Outward Bound School, and Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. Through Outward Bound, I've had the opportunity to watch students discover their agency and power, build community and find connections with their peers, and ultimately, gain more knowledge about the positive impact they create in the world around them. Most importantly though, because of Outward Bound, I tell better jokes.
I like skateboarding (even though I am very bad at it), being funny, dreaming of a world without prisons, wearing cute outfits, building strong communities of care, driving tractors, and using the nail painting emoji.
Bay Area Associate Program Director - Pershing Base in San Francisco
Bay Area Associate Program Director
Sean (he/him) is the Associate Program Director for the Bay Area program at OBCA and helps manage staff training and development along with program leadership. Sean is also involved with the development of curriculum-rich outdoor programming for our program partners.
He grew up exploring much of California's natural spaces with his family, climbing in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and running rivers in Idaho. It wasn't until college that he understood that he could make "the outdoors" a career and graduated with a degree in Outdoor Education. Sean has worked in many aspects of outdoor programming including wilderness therapy programs in Oregon and managing a summer wilderness program in Yosemite before coming to Outward Bound in 2016. "Being a part of the shaping of our future has always been a driving force for me to work with youth in the outdoors."
When he's not working with instructors and students, he loves to work with his hands whether it's cooking, woodworking, gardening or restoring classic cars.
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