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.

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.

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 Asecent. He is an alum of the City Kids program and prior to his current role, as 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 the City Kids Internship Coordinator at Broken Arrow Ranch. 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.

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.

Christine Alexander

Christine Alexander

Weekend Trip Leader

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.

Mike Ross

Mike Ross

Outdoor Adventure Program Staff

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!

Jen Spencer

Jen Spencer

Wrangler

Jennifer Spencer has been the wrangler at City Kids for 12 years now and joins us every summer at Broken Arrow Ranch. She loves teaching our students about horses and especially how to ride! Here is a picture of Jen with her horse Tru at home in Texas. The other nine months of the year she owns and operates J.L. S. Horse Training in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

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!