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.
Director, Sanborn Western Camps
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 and Elizabeth Marable became co-directors of High Trails in 2013 and then Ariella became the High Trails Director in 2020. In the fall of 2022 she became the Director of Sanborn Western Camps, overseeing the director teams of both Big Spring and High Trails. 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,an ACCT Level 2 Ropes Course Technician, an ARC lifeguard and NREMT and WEMT. She has been active in developing Outcomes-Based Research for the ACA and often presents at conferences.
Director, High Trails
Krista is a long time camper who has been working in summer camps since she was seventeen years old. Her first summer at High Trails was in 2016 and she returned in 2022 as the year round In-Camp Program Director. She has held many roles at camp including, Barn Director, Pilates Instructor, Adventure Staff, Art Barn Fairy, Registrar, Program Director and more. Krista graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Recreation Management: Outdoor Experiential Education and a minor in Business. She sits on the Local Council of Leaders for the ACA, Rocky Mountain, as chairperson of the Emerging Professionals In Camping and is an ambassador for the NASA GLOBE Goes to Camp program.
Trips Program Director, High Trails
Carly grew up in Idaho and has always had a passion for the outdoors and sharing the outdoors with others. Her time at Sanborn started in the summer of 2018 as a counselor, and she has returned every summer since then. In the Spring of 2022 Carly worked as a HTOEC instructor before joining the year round staff. Carly graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelors degree in Political Science, a minor in environmental studies and a Masters in Business Management. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Lifeguard.
In-Camp Program Director, High Trails
Callie grew up in Kentucky in a family who spent most of their vacations camping throughout the state and is passionate about empowering others to experience the transformative power of the outdoors. She holds a BS in Outdoor Recreation Administration from Western Kentucky University. Callie created and led a program for college students, most of whom had little outdoor experience, to have the opportunity to go backpacking. Her time at High Trails started in 2021 when she fell in love with the mission of Sanborn, counting granola bars, and being a support system for counselors as the Outcamp Coordinator. She returned the summer of 2022 as the Kitchen Coordinator before joining the year round team that fall. Callie looks forward to supporting creative programming at High Trails and bringing her guitar to vespers each week.
Director, Big Spring
Oliver grew up at camp. He viewed COEC and Sanborn as a safe place that enabled growth and development. He was a junior in Redcloud, climbed lots of mountains, and worked as a counselor, ridge leader, and wrangler during his early twenties. Oliver was part of our year-round staff from 2016-2018 where he focussed on fundraising efforts and preparing for the 70th reunion.Most recently, Oliver has been consulting for tech-education organizations with the goal of bridging digital and technical skills gaps and creating more equitable work environments. He is committed to maintaining and continuing to improve the Big Spring experience for campers, staff, alums and camp families.
Trips Program Director, Big Spring
Before arriving at Big Spring in 2018 as a Counselor Kado spent the previous 10 summers either attending or working for summer camps. During the summer of 2019 Kado completed his capstone internship at Raquette Lake Outdoor Education Center to earn a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation Leadership from the State University of New York at Cortland. Kado instructed for HTOEC in the fall of 2019 before joining the full-time staff. In addition Kado is also a certified Lifeguard, Wilderness First Responder, and LNT trainer.
In-Camp Program Director, Big Spring
Will joined the Sanborn team as a counselor in the summer of 2019 and returned as a ridge leader in 2021 and 2022. He served as an instructor for HTOEC in the fall of 2022 before joining the full time team. He grew up in South Florida, but spent multiple summers at Big Spring as a camper. Will graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Science and minors in Education and Psychology. He holds certifications in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding.
Executive Director, Colorado Outdoor Education Center
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.
Director of Development, 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 from 1970-1999, and was Executive Director of COEC from 2006-2017. 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.
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.
Jeremy DeWall, MD, FAEMS, NRP
Medical Director, Colorado Outdoor Education Center
Dr. DeWall currently practices as a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine and Board-Certified Emergency Medical Services physician at UCHealth Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and Center for EMS Excellence in Woodland Park, Colorado. He previously worked at Centura Health Penrose - St. Francis as an Emergency Medicine physician for 10 years at a level 2 and level 3 trauma center. He also is the Chief Executive Officer of Wilderness & Emergency Care Consulting, PLLC in Woodland Park, Colorado. Furthermore, he is the dedicated Medical Director for over 23 EMS services and nursing / camp programs ranging from EMS education services, tactical EMS services, mine rescue, urban and wilderness services, and nursing services throughout the Pikes Peak and Custer County Regions. Dr. DeWall joined the Sanborn Western Camp team as Medical Director of the nursing and health programs starting in 2021. His expertise in wilderness and remote care, emergency medicine, pandemic management, and tele-health support the safety and health needs of our campers, guests and staff.