Our administrative staff works out of the Leakin 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.
JOHN LEE

Safety & Training Director
Quick with a laugh
Smiles a lot

JOHN LEE


Safety & Training Director
Quick with a laugh
Smiles a lot

John Lee was born and raised in Mississippi, where his love for the outdoors took root. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi — and while there, began to work with diverse populations through experiential education.  From 2006–2008, John served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania. While there a first step on a life journey began with Outward Bound Romania.  Peace Corps immersed him in social justice and human rights issues. This experience was pivotal in leading him toward graduate studies receiving a master’s degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. John has 18+ years of professional experience working in therapeutic, adventure and experiential education programs, and as a consultant and clinician for NGOs, educational institutions, government and for-profit organizations around the world. He has facilitated and instructed thousands of individuals on the themes of leadership, equity and inclusion, and character development, to global participants ranging from marginalized populations to corporate leadership. He is a student of yoga, being in the mountains, near water, traveling and learning about cultures different than his own.
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 Email Ben
LEANNA POWELL

Fundraising Manager
Committed
Curious

LEANNA POWELL


Fundraising Manager
Committed
Curious

Leanna is a Maryland native who grew up in the local waterways, forests, and farms. Her nonprofit career has taken her to Colorado and back, but her heart is in Baltimore. At Outward Bound, she draws on an outdoorsy upbringing and a faith in the immeasurable capacity of people to learn and grow at any age. Leanna enjoys tackling wild athletic challenges—the year she started running she ran 13 races including three half marathons—and believes that it’s more important to impress yourself than anyone else. Her free time is dedicated to renovating her old house, cooking for friends, fixing bicycles, and teaching wooden spoon carving. As a fundraiser, Leanna loves to hear people’s life stories and help them become a part of work that changes lives—including their own.
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.
AVI RUBINSKY

AVI RUBINSKY


Program Manager

Avi grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He was first introduced to Outward Bound while studying at the White Mountain School in New Hampshire. He began his career in the outdoor industry with Outward Bound in 2008 as a field instructor and climbing specialist. Traveling between Baltimore, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, After six years as a full time instructor he and his wife Linda moved to Chicago so she could begin her PhD in Neuropsychology. While in Chicago Avi worked with many different climbing gyms helping them build their team building and youth programs, the American Alpine Club as the Chicago chapter chair and educational chair as well as starting his own climbing and backpacking guide service, Adventure With Avi. Avi is still an avid climber and guide working with the American Alpine Club trying to grow community and foster positive change within the industry, which is what he would like to do here at the Baltimore Chesapeake Outward Bound School.
KELLY REYNOLDS

KELLY REYNOLDS


Instructional Designer

JO COYLE


Marketing & Communications Coordinator

An avid adventurer whose most recent trip was to Patagonia, Jo believes wholeheartedly in the importance, brilliance, and incomparable impact of wilderness experiences on physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Born and raised in the woods of Monkton, Maryland, Jo has served the outdoor community throughout the years, whether leading trips as an Outdoor Adventures Leader for her university, coordinating excursions for adolescents as an Adventure Camp Counselor, or selling gear and clothing at REI to fellow enthusiasts. Jo has enthusiastically taken the opportunity to combine her love of experiential education and +5 years of professional experience in marketing and design by joining the Marketing Department at BCOBS. When not working or downing espresso you can find her hiking, rock climbing, camping, spending quality time with her husband and pit bull on the couch, drawing, printmaking, writing novels, or playing video games.
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.
LARRY SHAW

LARRY SHAW


Community Coalition Coordinator
Humanitarian
Human

Like any community leader, Larry is always looking to create or organize solutions. He has been a Social Entrepreneur for the past 3 1/2 years after leaving corporate America as a District Sales Manager. Over the years Larry has self-published two books and created a mentorship program and other youth/community initiatives. He is a well-traveled young man who has made great friends in on several continents and in several countries. Larry was born in Charleston South Carolina. At the end of your life, you will be either remembered for the problems you helped solve or the problems you help created ~Mama Udeze
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.
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.
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