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.

Sarah Cryder

Sarah Cryder

Deputy Director

Sarah joined City Kids Wilderness Project in November 2017. She is responsible for the overall leadership of staff in the development and implementation of short and long term strategic goals, policies, and day to day activities. Sarah has an extensive strategic business planning and project management background. Prior to joining City Kids, she worked with local and national charter and district schools, foundations, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit service providers with a mission focused on improving education and life outcomes for underserved children. Sarah has also consulted with the D.C. Public Schools to implement evidence-based mental health intervention pilot programs, research successful national pilot interventions, and evaluate program outcomes through data-driven metrics. Sarah holds a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

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

Wyoming Site Director

Colleen is the Site Director working closely with staff across the organization to work towards camp and organizational goals and serving as an organizational leader for staff training, risk management, and curriculum development. Colleen has been with City Kids since 2009 serving previously as Camp Director, High School & Alumni Program Director, and Program Coordinator. 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.

Cassie Degener

Cassie Degener

Ranger & Mountaineer 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.

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.

Meena Fernald

Meena Fernald

JET Program Coordinator

After two summers working with City Kids in Wyoming, Meena is thrilled to be joining the full time staff team as JET Program Coordinator. The JETs play such an important role in the City Kids community and Meena is very excited to build the program and to create meaningful experiences for JETs both in DC and Wyoming. 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.

N’Dea Stewart

N’Dea Stewart

Program Associate

Although she just started her new position as Program Associate, N‘Dea is no stranger to the City Kids community. N’Dea started with City Kids in 2004 and has made a lifetime commitment to always be part of the program in any way possible. N‘Dea has previously worked as a JET, Afterschool Educator, Weekend Trip Instructor, and Lead Program Adventure Staff. She also spent three summers working in Jackson as a Front Desk Associate with Mad River Boat Trips. Over the years, N’Dea has gained a passion for the outdoors and promoting diversity in the wilderness. In her new position, she works closely with City Kids high schoolers and alumni. N’Dea is excited to share her experiences and skills to be a selfless, productive and unique contribution to the program.

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!

Vinette Brown

Vinette Brown

Development Director

Vinette joined City Kids in November 2017 to help lead the organization‘s fundraising efforts. She was previously Development Director at College Summit for 9 years, where she was responsible for fundraising, external relationships, and communications for the National Capital Region. Before focusing on youth in the DC region, Vinette’s fundraising and communications work was primarily with international development organizations, including Family Health International (FHI), Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and the Academy for Educational Development (AED). She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and spent two years in Haiti as an Agricultural Extension Volunteer. Vinette serves on the boards of Friends of Haiti and Perry Street Preparatory Charter School in Washington, DC. She also volunteers with local community organizations that serve youth and individuals in need, primarily Reading Partners and Food & Friends. Vinette has a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University, and a M.A. in International Development Studies, with concentrations Education and Development Management, from the George Washington University.

Ryan Sarafolean Banning

Ryan Sarafolean Banning

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.

Jane Hopkins Carey

Jane Hopkins Carey

Development Advisor

As a strategic fundraising consultant for small non-profits, Jane began leading City Kids Jackson, Wyoming Fundraising initiative in June of 2017. In that capacity she works with the CKWP leadership team, the Board of Directors and the Jackson Advisory Council to raise funds in support of City Kids programming in both Washington and Jackson.
Jane’s fundraising career has spanned more than three decades. A 19-year professional career at Georgetown University has been complemented by volunteer leadership positions there, including chairing Georgetown’s 100-person Board of Regents, and serving on Georgetown’s Board of Directors. Jane also worked for nearly a decade as a Grants Consultant for the MBNA Education Foundation in Wilmington Delaware. Currently Jane is a member of the Grants Committee of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and the Board of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation in Jackson. Jane has a degree in Government from Georgetown University.

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.

Eric Newson

Eric Newson

Intern & 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.

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!

Ali Fuller

Ali Fuller

Afterschool Educator & Weekend Trip Instructor

Ali joined the City Kids staff as one of two Afterschool Educators in September of 2017. She grew up in Minnesota and graduated with a degree in government and environmental studies from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Before coming to City Kids, she served half a term with the School and Community Forest Crew of the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa and held a research and curriculum internship with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, Wyoming. During that internship Ali fell in love with the landscapes of Wyoming and tries to get back whenever she can. Ali moved to the D.C. area in August of 2017, so she is enjoying exploring her new home! In her free time she also loves to draw, run, hike, read, and do anything that allows her to spend time outside!

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.

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.

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