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

Director of Operations

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 Director of Operations, 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.

Callie Sadler

Callie Sadler

Program Director, Middle School Programs

Callie started with City Kids in May 2015 and is responsible for our programming to support our middle school youth including afterschool, weekend outdoor adventures, and summer programming. Callie served as the City Kids Camp Coordinator in 2013 and we are excited to welcome her back to City Kids!

Carra Cheslin

Carra Cheslin

Program Director, High School & Alumni Programs

Carra joined City Kids in December 2014, and is responsible for our programming to support our high school youth and alumni, including the Job Experience Training program, Career Exploration, City Kids Serve, weekend outdoor adventures, and summer programming. Carra has a BA in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College and has worked at several non-profits mobilizing youth around environmental issues. Most recently she coordinated environmental education and outdoor recreation programs for DC residents at the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Carra is currently pursuing a professional certificate in College Admissions Counseling and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

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 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.

David Wilson

David Wilson

Middle School Program Coordinator

David Wilson has been working with youth in the outdoors for the past 7 years through a variety of non-profit organizations. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in Sustainable Development. David loves paddling, climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, and all other wilderness exploration. He is excited to join City Kids and work with our middle schoolers.

Charlotte Henderson

Charlotte Henderson

High School and Alumni Program Coordinator

After graduating from Sewanee: the University of the South in 2013 with a BA in Environmental Studies: Ecology/Biodiversity, Charlotte worked on a reforestation project in Haiti and also served as a post-baccalaureate fellow for Sewanee‘s sustainability office. She then moved up to New York City to work for Wave Hill Public Gardens as their high school programs coordinator. She is excited to be in DC and working with City Kids’ high school and alumni participants!

Crystal Jailal

Crystal Jailal

Afterschool Site Coordinator

Crystal is an energetic and caring individual committed to creating a safe and enriching environment for youth to explore in and grow. She just moved to DC after being a teacher in New York City and holds a masters degree in education.

Condrea Devine

Condrea Devine

Afterschool Educator

Condrea is a City Kids alum! She is passionate about maximizing individual student performance, inspiring student interest in learning, and giving her students a sense of self-worth. After 6 years of teaching experience and a B.A. from Penn State, she is excited to join City Kids as a staff member.

Matt Hirschhorn

Matt Hirschhorn

Afterschool Educator

Matt first joined City Kids in 2012, and has served in several different roles during his time with the organization. Prior to returning as an Afterschool Educator in fall 2015, Matt served as our Experiential Education & Volunteer Program Manager. We are thrilled to have Matt back and working directly with our middle school youth! Matt is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Americorps, and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Matt loves most outdoor activities and is particularly passionate about backpacking and rock climbing. Matt is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

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.

Jordan Haferbier

Jordan Haferbier

Weekend Trip Leader

Jordan Haferbier is working as a weekend trip leader for City Kids Wilderness Project. During the week she works for a preservation non-profit in DC. She recently returned from Jackson Hole, WY where she worked to promote placed-based education with the Teton Science Schools. She previously worked for the Urban Institute as an Executive Assistant and for the Center for Health, Environment and Justice as a Communications Associate and holds a B.A. from Dickinson College in Environmental Studies and Sociology.

Abby Kolvoord

Abby Kolvoord

Weekend Trip Leader

Abby graduated with a BA in Geography from JMU in 2013. Since then she has been leading outdoor trips in the Adirondacks during the summers and works as an EMT and substitute teacher during the school year. Abby fell in love with nature at a very young age and has continued to foster that connection. She learned how to whitewater kayak and rock climb last summer and is hoping to improve her skills this year. When she’s not in class or on the back of an ambulance you can find her cooking, reading or on a mountain.

Em Morrison

Em Morrison

Weekend Trip Leader

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.