Meet the Directors

A full time permanent staff of 30 educators and support personnel work year round to improve and update programs, facilities, and equipment. They provide mature guidance for every camp program and trip.
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Jane Sanborn

Executive Director and COEC Officer and Board Member

Jane began her career as a counselor at High Trails and has worked with the camps and COEC since graduating from Colorado College with a degree in English and Education. She served as the Director/Program Director at High Trails 1970-99, and has been Executive Director of COEC since 2006. Jane is active in the American Camp Association and has served in many leadership roles. Currently she is the Program Chair of the ACA National Conference.

Mike MacDonald

Executive Director and Director of Big Spring, COEC Officer

Mike came to Big Spring in 1991 and, after working in a variety of roles from counselor to Program Director, became Director in 1999. In 2016, he was appointed co-Executive Director by the COEC Board of Trustees. Mike has a BS from Center College and a Master’s Degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University Seattle. He has also been active in the ACA and recently served two terms as President of the Rocky Mountain Region.

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Jerry McLain

Director of Alumni Relations and COEC Officer and Board Member

Jerry has been with Sanborn Camps and COEC since 1959, including many years as Program Director and Associate Director at Big Spring. He also directed the High Trails Outdoor Education Center program for many years and served as COEC Executive Director during the early 2000’s. He currently sits on the board of the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds. Jerry is a former teacher and school board member; his degree is in Social Sciences and Education from the University of Colorado.

Ariella Rogge

Director, High Trails

Ariella began her career at Sanborn when she was twelve. After five years as a camper and five years as a staff member she continued her work with young people as a high school teacher. She and her family returned to camp in 2001 and she became Program Director at High Trails. In 2013, she became Director. Ariella received a B.A. in English from Colorado College and is a certified secondary English educator and WEMT. She has been active in developing Outcomes-Based Research for the ACA and often presents at conferences.

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Elizabeth Rundle-Marable

Director, High Trails

Elizabeth came to camp in 2002 as a counselor. She also taught at HTOEC for a number of seasons. In 2003 she joined the COEC Staff as Sanborn Junior Director and became High Trails Director with Ariella in 2013. Elizabeth sits on the Local Council of Leaders for the ACA, Rocky Mountain, and is co-author (with Jane) of “101 Nature Activities”. Elizabeth graduated from Benedictine College with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Business.

Maren MacDonald

Medical Liason and Riding Program Director

Maren was a High Trails camper for many years and then worked during the summer as both a counselor and wrangler. She returned to camp full-time as Riding Program Director in 2007. Maren graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in French, and then earned her Physician’s Assistant degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition to directing the riding program each summer, Maren is also an important member of the camps’ medical team.

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Carlotta Avery

Associate Director, High Trails and HTOEC; Director of Support Services

Carlotta has worked at COEC since 1978, after graduating from Olivet College with a BA in Instrumental Music Education. She directs the camps’ trip program, organizing everything from Forest Service permits to Trip Leader training. She is also Associate Director of the HTOEC program and is COEC’s resident naturalist and photographer. In addition, she manages the food and laundry services for the camps and HTOEC.

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Jessie Spehar

Marketing Director, Photographer, Water Sports Supervisor Jessie began her career at camp as a counselor in 2006 and returned each subsequent summer, taking on more responsibilities each year, including those of Camp Photographer and Supervisor of Canoeing and River trips. She joined the year-round staff in 2013 as Marketing Director for the camps. Jessie has a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Special Education and taught for 4 years before joining the COEC full-time staff.

Mike Adler

Assistant Director, Big Spring

Mike was a counselor at Big Spring during the summers of 2014-15, and has been a member of each HTOEC staff since 2014. During the summer of 2016, he was an Instructor with the Colorado Outward Bound School before joining the COEC Staff year-round in September. He received a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan in 2011 and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder.

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Mark Rutberg

Assistant Director, Big Spring

Mark has a B.S. in Kinesiology and Pedagogy from the University of New Hampshire as well as a Masters degree in Health Education from Lehman College. He was Athletic Director and Teacher for a private school in New York for 4 years and also spent 4 years teaching PE and coaching for the American School in the Netherlands. Mark was a counselor at Big Spring in 2016 and served as an instructor in the Fall HTOEC program before joining the COEC year-round staff. Mark is certified as a Wilderness First Responder.

Martie Adams

Program Director, Big Spring

Martie has been on the Sanborn Camps year-round staff since September of 2014. During the summer of 2015, she served as the Head Wrangler at Big Spring; in 2016, she was the Logistics Coordinator. Martie has a degree from Geneva College and spent 2 years as an intern at Ligonier Camp and Conference Center. Her program certifications include: Level 1 Instructor from the Certified Horsemanship Association, Wilderness First Responder, Level 2 Ropes Course Instructor, Certified Top Rope Manager for Rock Climbing, and Wilderness First Aid Instructor.

Jalen Bazile

Program Director, Big Spring

Jalen has been a counselor and Ridge Leader at Big Spring each summer since 2014. He has also been an instructor in the HTOEC program since 2015 and joined the year-round staff in 2015. He attended the University of Missouri and is a Community Team Leader for Outdoor Afro, as well as an organizer for the ACA, Rocky Mountain, EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Camping) group. Jalen’s program passions include mountain biking, hiking, and the arts.

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Anne Shingler

Program Director, High Trails

After 18 years as a camper and staff member at other camps, Anne joined the High Trails summer staff in 2015 as Outcamp Coordinator. She returned in 2016 as Assistant Counselor and Kitchen Coordinator, instructed for the HTOEC program, and joined our year-round staff. Anne graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Education and Recreation Management.

Valerie Peterson

Program Specialist, High Trails

Val has spent five summers on the High Trails staff as counselor and Ridge Leader, and joined the year-round staff in 2016. She has a degree from the University of Kansas in History and Sociology and has worked as a special education teacher, in a foster care home and as a volunteer on a Crisis Call line. She has led many mountain trips at High Trails and is also passionate about the Arts program at camp.

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Megan Blackburn

Ridge Leader, High Trails

Megan has been a counselor and Ridge Leader on the High Trails staff since 2014 and joined the year-round staff in 2016. She has a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University and worked as a Nutrition Assistant for the CSU Athletic Department. She is a supervisor for the camps’ mountain biking program and has led multiple mountain climbing and backpacking trips.