Our administrative staff works out of the Leak Park campus, and is dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our students. Learn more about each member below, and reach out to us if you have any questions!

GINGER MIHALIK

Executive Director
Dog Lover
Mom

GINGER MIHALIK


Executive Director
Dog Lover
Mom

Like the leader of any thriving non-profit, Ginger moves a mile a minute. She has been the Executive Director of Outward Bound Baltimore since 2010. Her first experience with OB was as a student on a one-day, high ropes program. After being hired, Ginger went on a week-long dog sledding course in Boundary Waters of Minnesota. Ginger was born and raised in Florida where she developed a life-long love of the outdoors by horseback riding with her sister and fishing with her dad.

NATALIE HANEY

Operations Director
Slope Hunter
Born Traveler

NATALIE HANEY


Operations Director
Slope Hunter
Born Traveler

Natalie is an accomplished traveler, snow sports enthusiast, and most importantly an Outward Bound Alum. She lived in California, Taiwan, Virginia, Michigan, Maryland, and Germany before the age of 12. Her childhood in Germany gave her family access to Austria’s impressive mountains where she acquired her lifelong obsession for skiing, snowboarding, and the pursuit of fresh powder.

She graduated from Towson University with a degree in English and Secondary Education and started her professional life as a teacher – celebrating her first summer vacation with a two-week alpine mountaineering course at Colorado Outward Bound School.

Natalie spent 7 years with the U.S. Postal Service in Baltimore before joining the American Red Cross where she spent 13 years in logistics, planning, and donor recruitment as the Director of Donor Recruitment for the Mid-Atlantic region. Natalie was responsible for enlisting approximately 40,000 volunteers a month to donate blood to support a safe and consistent community blood supply.

"Memories not mementos" is my motto in travel and life – one that holds so very true in what we do here at Outward Bound.

BEN WORDEN

Marketing Director
Loves Mountains
Will Travel

BEN WORDEN


Marketing Director
Loves Mountains
Will Travel

Ben hails from the Great Lakes State of Michigan, spending most of his early years camping across the Western shores and forested trails of the Upper Peninsula. He continued his passion for the outdoors in adulthood by climbing various peaks (Kilimanjaro, Pico De Orizaba & Mt Adams) with Baltimore non-profit, Climb for Hope. In 2014/15 he and his wife backpacked across fourteen different countries including long treks through Iceland, the Alps and Patagonia. Needless to say, Ben has learned all about GRIT from the outdoors and his mission is to share that same opportunity with as many people as possible.

In business, Ben attended Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School before continuing into a marketing leadership role. Throughout that time he worked as a freelance graphic designer and eventually started his own company to pursue various creative projects in web strategy, social giving and branding.

Ben emphatically enjoys his coffee, daily meditation and is a self-appointed guacamole expert.

“Whatever it takes” – Tim Worden

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ASHLEA PINKHAM

ASHLEA PINKHAM


Development Manager

HANIBAL GNAHOUI

HANIBAL GNAHOUI


Sales & Scholarship Associate
Rugby Fanatic

Hanibal has lived all over the east coast including NY, VA, FL and MD.  His life experiences have created a person with a deep appreciation and respect of the outdoors while also having a love for city life.  He has traveled to four continents and is looking to hit all seven at some point. After graduating from Towson University with a Degree in Education he spent years working in the fitness industry and remains involved in collegiate sports as a rugby coach.

After becoming an Outward Bound Alum and then eventually an instructor, he has come full circle to help provide Baltimore City youth the life changing experiences that Outward Bound can offer. His favorite thing about working for BCBOBS is knowing that his colleagues genuinely have the best interest of all we serve at heart, and work hard to be compassionate human beings.  

Not many folks can say they go home at the end of the day feeling like they made a positive impact on society, but he feels he can.

SARA GIBB

Instructional Designer
Scrappy
Grateful

SARA GIBB


Instructional Designer
Scrappy
Grateful

Sara Gibb earned her BA at Boston College in Education/English, and her MA in Education from UCONN. After beginning her professional career as a High School English teacher and soccer, swimming and diving coach, Sara worked at Boston College and Harvard Law School. She has over 20 years of experience in camping administration. Every summer Sara escapes to CT for a month to keep her practitioner skills fresh, running a teen leadership program.

Sara has held positions at multiple start-up companies, and is in greatest harmony when she is creating and running programs where she can help young people get unplugged, outside, and working together in groups. She currently serves as Instructional Designer at the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School.

A military spouse, Sara hangs out in Annapolis, MD with her Navy husband and three future Navy goats.

CHRIS WASHBURN

CHRIS WASHBURN


Associate Program Director
Willing
Able

Wild places have lured Chris Washburn from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail (2005-2006) and to commercial fishing boats on the Atlantic and Pacific. After earning his degree in environmental science (2007), Chris pursued a career with Outward Bound.

He has since served more than 1,200 days ‘in the field’ with youth and adult students on backpack, canoe or dogsled/ski expeditions. He has trained Outward Bound staff across the country and is currently the Associate Program Director at the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School.

Chris specializes in Thai green curry, pep talks, and storytelling.

KELLY REYNOLDS

KELLY REYNOLDS


Program Manager

TOM POLK

Head Logistical Coordinator
Challenging
Crossword Champion

TOM POLK


Head Logistical Coordinator
Challenging
Crossword Champion

Born in Salzburg Austria, as an Army brat with 6 siblings, Tom lived in a lot of places which inspired his passion for travel. He has a degree in British archaeology from New England College in Arundel, England and practiced Archaeology for 11 years in Scotland, London, Wyoming and then back east in Williamsburg, Annapolis and downtown Baltimore. Tom then decided to go into teaching so he got a M.Ed in instruction and curriculum from Loyola College in Baltimore. Tom is an outdoorsman so he became enticed with the idea of experiential education. In 1992 he decided to work for Outward Bound rather than a traditional class room setting. He has had the great privilege to work a huge variety of courses in a lot of different places.

NICK JANES

Admissions Coordinator
Thankful
Hopeful

NICK JANES


Admissions Coordinator
Thankful
Hopeful

Nick developed his self-confidence on his Outward Bound Baltimore course when he was 15. Over the last 8 years he has strived to give others that same opportunity. He engaged 90 middle school students in weekly service learning programming at City Year AmeriCorps from 2006-2007. Nick has instructed for Outward Bound from 2008-2013 in 6 states. He has pursued his passion for confidence building initiatives with a Bachelor of Arts at Earlham College (2006) and a Master in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University (2013).

Nick is very thankful to be working with his Outward Bound Baltimore Crew.