Our instructors are not camp counselors – they are highly trained outdoor professionals. All instructors are Wilderness First Responders (WFR). This isn’t just outdoor first aid; acquiring your WFR takes 70 hours. This certification is recognized by medical professionals worldwide. Additionally, all of our staff are required to have Federal and State background checks.
All courses are staffed with a Lead Instructor and Assistant Instructor. Becoming a Lead Instructor requires many seasons of trip leading and demonstrating consistent, excellent decision making skills, exceptional judgment and numerous extensive trainings.
Paula A Cheatwood
Colin first joined the Outward Bound community as a participant on a winter expedition in the wilds of northern Maine. Since that time he has worked with Outward Bound Professional as a facilitator, program manager, and director of OBP’s operations in Boston. His consulting practice focuses on leadership development and building effective teams. He is also a certified executive coach assisting leaders in their growth and efforts to affect positive change. Colin has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Colin’s clients with Outward Bound have included American Express, the U.S. Air force, Yale School of Management, Harvard JFK School of Government, and the World Bank. In addition, Colin is a past President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development. Colin holds an MBA with course work in organizational development from the University of Southern Maine. When not consulting, Colin enjoys the outdoors and teaching martial arts.
Yoshie Fujimoto Kateada
Sara A Ghavidel-Asgari
OBP has benefitted from Lynne Lindsey’s dynamic, creative and energetic leadership since 2000. She has worked as program manager, lead facilitator and ropes course specialist with a variety of clients including government agencies, NGO’s and corporations. With graduate and undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and Education, Lynne brings a deep commitment to creating and delivering the highest quality learning experience for all participants to her work with OBP. In the winter, Lynne’s passion for skiing leads her to spend as much time as possible on the snow. She has been a volunteer ski patroller for more than 10 years, helping coordinate and lead skill training for incoming candidates.
Laurie L McPherson
Gary is an Organizational Development consultant with a graduate certificate in that field from Georgetown University. Since 2000, Gary has focused on working with Outward Bound and a few other leading professional development organizations. He utilizes action learning and experiential methods to promote team development and leadership skills. Utilizing proven learning models and mental modes, Gary designs and administers unique developmental programs to global and small businesses, applying a philosophy of adventure and challenge, systems thinking, learning by doing and social and environmental responsibility and character building. Gary gets especially energized when he has the opportunity to work for longer periods with clients. Gary has worked with Fortune 500 senior and middle managers in organizations like the World Bank, CIA, JP Morgan, GE Capital, Under Armour, Merrill Lynch, TRowe Price, BB&T, McCormick, and many others. He is an ACA Whitewater-Kayak Instructor and has led adult and teen wilderness expeditions for over 20 years. Gary lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Dian. When not working he can be found fishing on streams far and near or bounding along mountain trails.