The Leadership TeamA 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. Mike MacDonald is the director of Big Spring Ranch for Boys.
JANE SANBORN -- Executive Director and COEC Officer and Board Member
Jane has worked with the camps since graduating from Colorado College with a degree in English and Education. She was the Director/Program Director at High Trails from 1970 to 1999. She is active in the American Camp Association and has served twice as President of the Rocky Mountain Section. She is currently a member of three National ACA committees: Public Policy, Children and Nature, and the National Conference Committee. She wears many hats at Sanborn, but she is extra experienced with the balloon variety.
JERRY McLAIN -- Director of Development and COEC Officer
Jerry has been with Sanborn Camps since 1958, 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.
MIKE MACDONALD -- Director, Big Spring
Mike came to Big Spring in 1991, and after working in a variety of roles from counselor to Program Director became Director in 1999. Mike is a past-president of the American Camp Association, Rocky Mountain. He has a BS from Centre College and a Master's Degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University Seattle and provides enthusiastic, nurturing leadership at Big Spring. Mike and his wife Maren have 3 children and are camp marriage #53.
ARIELLA ROGGE -- Director, High Trails
Ariella started her career at Sanborn when she was twelve. After five years of camper and five years of Sanborn staff experience, she continued her work with kids in the high school classroom. Ariella and her family returned to Sanborn in 2001 to take on the Program Director role which she held til 2012. She lists mountain golf, Gymkhana, climbing mountains and making Pad Thai in the backcountry as some of her favorite activities at camp. Ariella received a B.A. in English from Colorado College and is a certified secondary English educator and WEMT.
ELIZABETH (Izzy) RUNDLE -- Director, High Trails
Elizabeth first worked as a cabin counselor in 2002. After staying for a series of HTOEC seasons, she was hired as a ridge leader/program director for Sanborn Junior. Elizabeth was the Director of the Sanborn Junior program from 2003-2012. She continues to enjoy marshmallow roasting competitions, role playing in large groups and singing silly songs for the entire lodge to enjoy. Elizabeth graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Business.
CARLOTTA AVERY -- Associate Director, High Trails; Director of Support Services, COEC
Carlotta has worked at camp 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, and leads rock climbing programs at High Trails. She is co-director of the High Trails Outdoor Education Center program and is our Resident Naturalist, always willing to help identify flowers, birds, and other plants and animals on the ranch.
MAREN MACDONALD -- Riding Program Director and Medical Liaison
Maren has a long history with Sanborn which dates back to her first year of six years as a camper in 1986. Since then she has had many roles: counselor (1994), wrangler (1995-1999), certified Physician Assistant (2001-present), and Riding Director (2007-present). Maren received her BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Physician Assistant degree at Rochester Institute of Technology, and her CHA Riding Instructor certification in Lexington, KY. She still claims her 3 beautiful children: Taggert, Finley, and Lleyton (with husband Mike MacDonald) as her greatest life achievement.
JULIE RICHARDSON -- Director Emeritus, High Trails
Julie attended High Trails as a camper in 1962 and has been associated with the camps in many roles since then. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director at High Trails from 2000 to 2002 and was the Director from 2003 to 2012. She has a strong background in education and youth development and has more than 20 years of teaching experience in Kansas City. Julie graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Education.