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 a certified Wilderness First Responder.

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 a certified Wilderness First Responder. Prior to City Kids, Callie ran community service and international service learning trips at Sewanee.

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.

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.

Cassie Degener

Cassie Degener

Program Coordinator

Cassie leads our Ranger and Mountaineer programming including our after school program, weekend outdoor adventures, and summer camp. Cassie is also the lead on recruitment and new applicants. She graduated from Shepherd University with her BA in psychology and a minor in education. Cassie is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Ryan Sarafolean

Ryan Sarafolean

Senior Development Associate

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. Before joining 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.

Sara Ghebremichael

Sara Ghebremichael

Administrative Director

Sara supports City Kids as our part-time Administrative Director where she leads our administrative and evaluation work. She first joined City Kids in the fall of 2013 as our Director of Operations after earning a Master’s in Public Administration at American University. Sara completed her undergraduate work at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and is a DCPS alum. Sara has worked at a number of non-profits in Washington, DC and served as Administrative Director of a substance abuse treatment center for homeless men and women in Berkeley, CA.

Michelle Howell

Michelle Howell

Operations Specialist

Michelle returns to City Kids as our Operations Specialist after serving as our Camp Coordinator (2015) and our Social Justice Workshop Facilitator for our Leadership Program (2015, 2016, and 2017). As the Operations Specialist, Michelle works cross-functionally supporting all program and organizational operations. Michelle has experience facilitating local, domestic, and international community engagement opportunities with an emphasis on political engagement, activism, and social justice endeavors. Michelle graduated with honors from Sewanee: The University of the South and has a B.A. in Anthropology with a special focus in Women’s and Gender Studies.

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!

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.

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!

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.

Dieynabou Barry

Dieynabou Barry

Weekend Trip Instructor

This is Dieynabou’s first year working with City Kids. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2014, Dieynabou served as a City Year AmeriCorps member in the South Bronx. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 2015, to work with U.S. and international teachers at IREX, an international development non-profit organization.

Dieynabou also worked as an outdoor educator at Christodora’s Manice Education Center, an environmental camp for New York City students. She has extensive experience leading students on challenge courses, and overnight backpacking and canoeing trips. She is very excited to join the Weekend Trip Instructor team!

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.

Martinae Irving

Martinae Irving

Afterschool Educator & Weekend Trip Instructor

Martinae is an Afterschool Educator and Weekend Trip Instructor with City Kids, and also served as a Counselor last summer at Broken Arrow Ranch! Martinae is an alumni of the City Kids Program and a recent college graduate.

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.

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.

Meena Fernald

Meena Fernald

Lead Outdoor Program Adventure Staff

This is Meena’s second summer with City Kids and she is thrilled to be returning as a Lead Staff this summer. Since graduating from Middlebury College, Meena has worked for several organizations focused on youth development in the outdoors. She is passionate about making the outdoors a more inclusive space and believes that the wilderness creates incredible opportunities for growth and leadership. Meena is stoked to be back at Broken Arrow and to be exploring Wyoming with City Kids once again!

David Wilson

David Wilson

Lead Outdoor Program Adventure Staff

David’s worked for CKWP since August of 2015. David started off as the Middle School Program Coordinator in DC but is now the Lead Program Staff for the Rangers. When not working at CKWP, David lives in Keystone, Colorado teaching Outdoor Adventure Science Education programs for the Keystone Science School. Prior to working at CKWP, David spent the previous 6 years working for a variety of outdoor adventure programs as well as earning his degree in Sustainable Development. David grew up visiting Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park, and it is the most beautiful place he’s ever been. It is not just the incredible mountains or the frequent wildlife sightings - the best part for David is the simple beauty of the sunrise and sunsets.

Eric Newson

Eric Newson

Outdoor Program Adventure Staff

Eric from South Bend, Indiana is in his first summer at City Kids as a counselor for Program Staff. Eric is currently a student at Syracuse University and will be completing his undergraduate degree this December. Before working at City Kids, Eric was a Naturalist in Avon, Colorado last summer and an Environmental Educator for a city rec center in Syracuse, NY. His favorite aspects about living on the ranch is its beautiful location, working with the kids, and getting to be a part of their camp experience. Eric is a certified lifeguard and certified in Wilderness First Aid. Eric is passionate about working for CKWP because he loves to share his love for the outdoors and values working for an organization that is helping to diversify the outdoors.

Eliza Mott

Eliza Mott

Outdoor Program Adventure Staff

This is Eliza’s second summer working as a counselor at City Kids Wilderness Project. Eliza recently graduated from Colorado College where she majored in film and media studies. Eliza loves working with young people and hopes to continue working with youth in the future. City Kids introduced Eliza to some of the most strong, silly, kind, mature, and all around amazing young people she has met.

Charlie Martin

Charlie Martin

Outdoor Program Adventure Staff

This is Charlie’s first year working at City Kids as a counselor in the summer. During the rest of the year he lives in New York City and works for NYC Outward Bound Schools as a Field Instructor. Prior to City Kids and Outward Bound, Charlie worked as a Wildereness canoe guide for the Boy Scouts in Minnesota and Ontario. Charlie graduated from New York University in 2015 and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Joe Sadler

Joe Sadler

Outdoor Program Adventure Staff

Joe is a first year program staff member at City Kids. He graduated from Georgia Tech in Spring 2017 with a degree in Computer Science. Joe enjoys any outdoor activities that involve water.

Katiya Gombar

Katiya Gombar

Outdoor Program Adventure Staff

Growing up outside, Katiya has always felt a strong connection with the wilderness. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in Environmental Education & Interpretation. Kat has worked at a variety of camps for several years. She loves leading trips and is passionate about creating a supportive community through nature. Kat found out about City Kids after doing research on long term wilderness transitions during college. She is excited for the rest of her first summer at Broken Arrow and to continue sharing her passion of the outdoors with the campers!

Jessie Hook

Jessie Hook

Outdoor Program Adventure Staff

Jessie is a first year Adventure Program staff member with City Kids. A recent graduate, Jessie majored in Enviornmental Studies with minors in both Studio Art and Spanish. Her passion for exepriential learning and meaningful relationships with others and our environment attracted her to CKWP. She is an avid exploreer and loves to be involved with the communities to which she is a part. Thus far in her experience with City Kids, she loves learning and watching the kids grow as they try new things on adventures such as hiking in Yellowstone or canoeing on Lake Jackson.

Photo Credits

Photo Credits

City Kids Staff & Volunteers

City Kids staff and volunteers take all of the photos used in City Kids’ materials. We are very grateful for our talented team members and for their incredible contributions as a part of the City Kids community. 2016 photo credits include all year-round, school-year, and summer staff and volunteers:

Christine Alexander, Crystal Baker, Mattison Boyer, Becky Curtis, Justin Dury-Agri, Meena Fernald, Danielle Fox, Montae Franklin, Sara Ghebremichael, Ben Gorman, Jordan Haferbier, Charlotte Henderson, Matt Hirschhorn, Jules Humprey Davies, Martinae Irving, Everly Jazi, Tyrone Lofton, Colleen McHugh, Tyrhee Moore, Em Morrison, Eliza Mott, David Prehn, Max Rawson, Mike Ross, Christina Roach, Eloise Russo, Callie Sadler, Ryan Sarafolean, Emily Scharf, Jen Spencer, Ndea Stewart,Guy Trautman, Zoe Unruh, Eddie Van, Charlie Wang, Mick Wang, David Wilson, Cole York