Eloise Russo

Eloise Russo

Executive Director

Eloise has been with City Kids Wilderness Project since January 2011. Eloise earned her BA in Peace & Justice Studies from Tufts University, and her MBA from Boston University’s Public and Non-Profit Management Program. She has worked for the Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership in Boston, MA, and with Kaplan K12 Learning Services, managing afterschool and summer school programs for 800 underserved DC youth. Eloise has extensive outdoor, youth development, and management experience, and oversees all aspects of CKWP operations. Eloise is certified in Wilderness First Aid.

Ryan Sarafolean

Ryan Sarafolean

Operations Manager

Ryan joined City Kids in January 2016 after earning a Master’s in Development Management at American University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an AmeriCorps alum. Ryan has worked within the youth development field for more than twelve years and is excited to serve as an advocate for Washington D.C. youth. As Operations Manager, Ryan works to ensure a positive environment for our participants to grow, and strong organizational practices and partnerships. Before arriving to City Kids, Ryan established a non-profit in 2009 which provides financial and technical support to a free secondary school for girls living in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Ryan is a member of the Eli. J Segal Fellowship and a recipient of the 40 under 40 award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ryan is certified in Wilderness Advanced First Aid.

Callie Sadler

Callie Sadler

Director of Programs

In her role as Director of Programs, Callie is responsible for overseeing and managing our school year programming in Washington, DC and our summer programming at Broken Arrow Ranch in Jackson, WY. Callie previously served as City Kids’ Middle School Program Director in 2015, and as our Camp Coordinator in 2013. Callie has an undergraduate degree from Sewanee: The University of the South, and is certified in Wilderness Advanced First Aid. Prior to City Kids, Callie ran community service and international service learning trips at Sewanee.

Mattison Boyer

Mattison Boyer

Director of Development

Matt joined the City Kids team in January 2016, though he has worked in other capacities to support City Kids’ development since 2007. He has served thousands of DC area students since 2003 in academic, outdoor, STEM, out-of-school time, and workforce development programs, and has led fundraising efforts in each area. He worked at Living Classrooms of the National Region for over 10 years, eventually leading the DC office as Managing Director. In 2013 Matt founded his own fundraising consulting company, supporting a variety of non-profit clients in development, systems building, and organizational turnarounds. Matt graduated from The George Washington University, and is excited to help connect more people to City Kids mission and community.

Crystal Baker

Crystal Baker

Ranger & Mountaineer Program Coordinator

Crystal leads our Ranger and Mountaineer programming including our afterschool program, weekend outdoor adventures, and summer camp. Crystal is also the lead on recruitment and new applicants. Crystal previously served as the City Kids afterschool site-coordinator, and we are thrilled to have her back in this role. Crystal has prior experience teaching, and leading youth development programming. She has a BA from from City University of New York-Hunter College, and Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching and Education from Queens College.

Tyrhee Moore

Tyrhee Moore

Elite & Leadership Program Coordinator

Tyrhee leads our year round programming for our Elite and Leadership youth both in DC and in Wyoming. Tyrhee was part of Expedition Denali in 2013, and is featured in the documentary film, An American Ascent. He is an alum of the City Kids program and prior to his current role, served as a weekend trip leader and summer program staff with City Kids. Tyrhee graduated from West Virginia University, is a NOLS instructor, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

David Prehn

David Prehn

JET Program Coordinator

David graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in May 2016 and then served as a City Kids Internship Coordinator at Broken Arrow Ranch. As a Bonner Leader at Sewanee, David cultivated an interest in youth development in the local Cumberland Plateau region: he helped develop a college guidance program at a local high school and expanded the "iLead Initiative," a regional training program focusing on high school student culture and leadership development. In his role as JET Program Coordinator, David coordinates our year round programming for JETs in DC and in Wyoming including City Kids Serves, college and career prep programming, outdoor adventure trips, JET training, internships, and our summer JET Camp Leader program.

Mike Ross

Mike Ross

Afterschool Educator & Adventure Trip Instructor

This is Mike Ross’s first year as a counselor this year but he is a veteran when it comes to Wyoming. Mike started as a camper when he was in 6th grade and has been backpacking and exploring Wyoming ever since. He has kayaked the Snake River, canoed on Jackson Lake, and even climbed the Grand Teton. Mike is excited to serve in a leadership role this year and help our students develop a relationship with the outdoors!

Colleen McHugh

Colleen McHugh

Camp Director

Colleen runs our summer camp at Broken Arrow Ranch, supporting camp preparation part-time during the school year and serving as our full-time Camp Director in the summer. Prior to this role, Colleen served as City Kids’ Program Director for our High School & Alumni Program. Colleen started with City Kids in 2009 as the Program Coordinator, assisting with overall operation and development of the program. Prior to City Kids, Colleen worked as a Program Director for the Living Classrooms educational vessel, the Half Shell. Colleen graduated from American University in 2007 and is a certified Wilderness EMT. Colleen is also a Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Instructor with the the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Guy Trautman

Guy Trautman

Ranch Manager

Guy has been the Ranch Manager since 2001. Guy returned to his family home, Broken Arrow Ranch, after an engineering career in the aerospace industry. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming. Guy resides on our ranch year round and manages all aspects of the 62 acre property. In the summer he not only takes care of the property, but is also involved in our Job ExperienceTraining and horseback riding programs.

Mira Taichman

Mira Taichman

After School Educator

Mira Taichman just graduated from UPenn and is so excited to join the City Kids team! Before moving to DC, Mira spent five years leading hands-on, experiential learning programs at Camp Shomria in Ontario, Canada. She has also led numerous canoe and hiking trips in both Canada and Israel, and can’t wait to get outside on City Kids weekend trips. When she’s not running City Kids programming, Mira is pursuing a career in theatre.

MaryBeth Maeder

MaryBeth Maeder

Administrative Associate

MaryBeth Maeder joined City Kids in November 2015, where she provides administrative support. MaryBeth enjoys working with children and young adults—she worked as a Montessori School teacher for five years and has spent many hours volunteering in DC public schools, including counseling high school students at the Wilson High School College and Career Center. MaryBeth has over a decade of experience in commercial banking, and in addition to City Kids, she continues to work as the CFO of her company, Healthcare Design Builders. She is thrilled to be a part of City Kids!

Em Morrison

Em Morrison

Weekend Trip Instructor

Em Morrison has been working with City Kids since 2014 when she served as an after school educator in the Peacemakers content area. She now works as a weekend trip leader. She loves sharing meaningful, silly, fun, difficult, and intense outdoor and classroom experiences with young people and holding space so they can be their most true selves.

Charlie Wang

Charlie Wang

Weekend Trip Instructor

Charlie started working with City Kids as a weekend trip leader in the fall of 2015. Previous to City Kids, he was an intern with Student Conservation Association on Catalina Island doing invasive plant removal. He also has done trail work with Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and with Santa Monica Mountains Trail Council. Locally, Charlie has been working in youth development for three years with Brainfood teaching DC high school kids to cook. He is proud to be a part of the team, and excited to share his love of the outdoors with City Kids.

Tyrone Lofton

Tyrone Lofton

Weekend Trip Instructor

Tyrone is a native of Washington, D.C. who is a current college student at Towson University studying biochemistry and bioinformatics. He was introduced in 2014 to City Kids through an AmeriCorp program called Public Allies, an organization which believes in capacity building. He worked as the After School Program Assistant and during the summer as the Camp Coordinator Assistant and last summer as a Trip Advisor for City Kids. In his down time he like playing chess, basketball, hiking, and reading.

Christine Alexander

Christine Alexander

Weekend Trip Instructor

Christine started working with City Kids in 2015. She attended The George Washington University and worked for the university as a TRAiLS guide, creating and leading trips for undergraduate and graduate students. She also enjoyed several years as a paddling instructor and lead counselor at Rockbrook Camp for Girls in Brevard, NC. She graduated GWU with a BA in Theater and has worked as a theater artist in DC, acting, teaching, and producing performances for all ages. She is excited to share her love of the outdoors, backpacking, paddling, climbing, and biking with City Kids participants.

Jordan Haferbier

Jordan Haferbier

Weekend Trip Instructor

Jordan began working with City Kids in 2015 after connecting with the program in Jackson, WY. She previously served as an AmeriCorps Field Education Volunteer and as a Program Assistant with the Teton Science Schools. Jordan holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from Dickinson College. In addition to her role with City Kids, Jordan works for a historic preservation non-profit that saves historic buildings, supports the National Park System and conserves cultural resources. Jordan is certified as a Wilderness First Responder.

Everly Jazi

Everly Jazi

Weekend Trip Instructor

Everly was first introduced to City Kids’ programs while she was working at Grand Teton National Park with the National Park Service. She visited Broken Arrow Ranch after running into City Kids campers on her patrol and talked with many participants who described their eye-opening experiences with the outdoors. As a student at The George Washington University, she understands and has a connection to both D.C. and the Tetons. After a season of leading ranger programs, day hikes and assisting on kayaking trips, Everly is excited to share her knowledge and passion for the outdoors with participants on weekend trips. Everly is also a ropes course facilitator at the SUMMIT Outdoor Challenge Course and an avid environmentalist.