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

Camp Director

In her role as Camp Director, Callie is responsible for overseeing and managing our summer programming at Broken Arrow Ranch in Jackson, WY. Callie previously served as the Program Director in 2017, as the 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 WY 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.

Monique Jeffers-Dailey

Monique Jeffers-Dailey

Program Director

Monique joined City Kids Wilderness Project in March 2018. As the Program Director, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership for and management of City Kids’ programs. She sets the goals and priorities for the program team and engages all program staff to ensure this work is of the highest caliber, has the largest impact, and is empowering for both staff and program participants. Prior to joining City Kids, Monique worked for six years at the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in various roles. As SCA’s DC Area Programs Manager, she managed year-round conservation service projects, outdoor recreation, environmental education, crew-based activities and community service projects for 1,000+ youth, young adults and community members in the Metropolitan DC Area. As the national Director of Member Experience at SCA, Monique had oversight over the staff and procedures that improved the connection of all SCA member candidates to SCA through management of SCA’s Recruiting, Admissions, and Member Services and Support departments. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and spent 2 years serving in the Philippines as a Coastal Resource Management volunteer. Monique is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and holds a BA in English from Mary Baldwin University.

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.

Chris Allen

Chris Allen

Outreach Coordinator

Chris is the Conservation Legacy Outreach Coordinator working collaboratively with both National Park Services Rock Creek Park and City Kids on recruitment and outreach projects. Chris is a City Kids Alumnus who first joined the program in 2005. After graduating from high school, Chris attended West Virginia University where he studied Marketing and Public Relations. Chris is excited to help bring in the next group of youth to City Kids so that they may have the same incredible experiences he once had as a camper!

N’Dea Stewart

N’Dea Stewart

Elite & Leadership Program Coordinator

As Elite & Leadership Program Coordinator, N’Dea works with City Kids 8th and 9th graders in DC and WY. She has served in many capacities at City Kids including past roles as the JET Program Associate, Afterschool Educator, Weekend Trip Instructor, and Lead Program Adventure Staff. 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. 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. N’Dea is excited to share her experiences and skills to be a selfless, productive and unique contribution to the program.

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.

Vidya Dwarakanath

Vidya Dwarakanath

Program Associate

Vidya joined City Kids in September 2018 to help support High School JET programming. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology. Post-graduation, Vidya backpacked solo across Europe for three months, her first time alone in another country. After traveling, she completed a 10-month service year with AmeriCorps NCCC, where she, along with a team of eleven others, traveled the United States in a 15 passenger van, supporting non-profits on a variety of projects, like rebuilding disaster-stricken homes, trail building and maintenance, farm and wildlife environmental sustainability efforts, and working with educational non-profits, like Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club. Vidya is so excited to spend her time at City Kids and work to change the inclusivity and accessibility of the outdoors.

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.

Sara Ghebremichael

Sara Ghebremichael

Director of Administration & Special Projects

Sara 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. She has since served in part-time capacity as our Administrative Director, and as of April 2018 now serves as City Kids’ Director of Administration and Special Projects. 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 in Berkeley, CA that promote equity, health, and learning for all.

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!

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.

Hailee Pipes

Hailee Pipes

Afterschool Program Coordinator

As the Afterschool Program Coordinator, Hailee is responsible for developing a fun and educational program for students after the school day. She gets to know and interact with students and families during the week while facilitating meaningful activities and lessons with the help of two Afterschool Educators and JET interns. Hailee received her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University (go frogs!). She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and spent two years living in Ethiopia working as an agriculture and environment volunteer. Hailee is thrilled to be a part of the City Kids team and excited to share her love for nature and the environment with CK students!

Arii Sylvers

Arii Sylvers

Afterschool Educator

Arii is from Tucson, Arizona but currently attends Howard University in DC! Arii loves to teach and teaches high school English while also writing her own novels! Arii’s favorite time outdoors is spent camping and hiking, where she loves to eat lots of pasta. Arii joined City Kids this past summer as Summer Outdoor Adventure Program Staff and continues to work with campers through the school-year as an Afterschool Educator.

Elizabeth Westbrook

Elizabeth Westbrook

Weekend Trip Instructor

Elizabeth is from West Lafayette, Indiana and has worked in non-profit management in Washington, DC. She first joined City Kids as a DC-based volunteer, then a Summer Outdoor Adventure Program Staff. She believes that everyone can gain something from the outdoors. Elizabeth can’t go a day without coffee, even when campers dare her to! She loves kayaking and enjoys a nice sweet potato hash on camping trips.

Mike Ross

Mike Ross

Weekend Trip Instructor

Mike is a veteran when it comes to City Kids and 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 has worked with middle school youth in the afterschool program and this summer he coordinated internships for high school youth in Jackson. Mike loves helping our students develop a relationship with the outdoors and have fun while doing it!

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.

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.

Martinae Irving

Martinae Irving

Weekend Trip Instructor

Martinae is an alumni of the City Kids Program and a recent college graduate. She has worked as an Afterschool Educator and Weekend Trip Instructor at City Kids, and also served as a summer counselor at Broken Arrow Ranch.

Tyrhee Moore

Tyrhee Moore

Weekend Trip Instructor

Tyrhee has worked in many capacities at City Kids and currently is a Weekend Trip Instructor. He previously worked as the Elite & Leadership Program Coordinator and worked with youth 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.

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. 2017-2018 photo credits include all year-round, school-year, and summer staff and volunteers:

Anya Lagasse, Ben Gorman, Cassie Degener, Callie Sadler, Charlie Martin, Charlie Wang, Colleen McHugh, Crystal Baker, David Holzworth, David Prehn, David Wilson, Eliza Mott, Elizabeth Westbrook, Eloise Russo, Em Morrison, Emily Scharff, Eric Newsom, Guy Trautman, Hanna Koerner, Jacob White, Jen Spencer, Jennifer Sokolower, Jessie Hook, Joe Sadler, Jordan Haferbier, Katiya Gombar, Kiersten Van Houten, Martinae Irving, MaryBeth Maeder, Mattison Boyer, Max Rawson, Meena Fernald, Michelle Howell, Mick Wang, Montae Franklin, Moriah Petty, N‘Dea Stewart, N’Jiri Hunter, Nia Abram, Philip Rogers, Rohan Chaudhary, Ryan Sarafolean Banning, Sara Ghebremichael, Theresa Meyers, Tyrhee Moore, Tyrone Lofton, Will Marshall