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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Elizabeth Marable

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.

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Jane Sanborn

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.

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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.

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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.

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Jessie Spehar

Office Manager, 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.

Ariella Rogge

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.

Krista White

In-Camp Program Coordinator, 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.

Carly Liebich

Trips Coordinator, 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.

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Mark Rutberg

Director, Big Spring

Mark came to Big Spring in 2016 and has served as an instructor in our HTOEC program. He has a B.S. in Kinesiology and Pedagogy from the University of New Hampshire as well as a Masters degree in Health Education. He was an Athletic Director and Teacher for a school in New York City for several years and also spent 4 years teaching at an American International School in the Netherlands. Mark holds a certificate as a K-12 teacher, a level 2 ropes course instructor and Wilderness First Responder. He has also participated in a NOLS 30-day outdoor educator mountaineering course.

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PJ Ruder

Associate Director, Big Spring

PJ joined the Sanborn team back in the summer of 2018 as a counselor and the following summer returned as a ridge leader. He grew up in western Kansas and obtained a B.S. in Physics from Baker University as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University. While in college, he served on 4 different executive boards for school organizations in addition to being a co-captain for the golf team. PJ has many years of experience working with adolescents as a golf coach, tutoring, and volunteering with the Special Olympics. He holds certifications as a Top Rope Climbing Instructor as well as a Wilderness First Responder.

Jill Reasor

In-Camp Program Director, Big Spring

Jill joined our team at Big Spring in the spring of 2021. Before Sanborn, she spent eight summers working for an overnight camp in the Sierra Nevadas of California, where she counseled, directed their high school leadership program, and served as their program director. Jill also worked as a counselor for a day camp in Southern California. In the off-seasons, she has worked for various after-school programs for both elementary and middle school students, volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club, and worked as an ESL kindergarten teacher in Thailand. Jill graduated from California State University, Chico with a BA in History and minor in International Studies. Jill has certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid.

Kado Marino

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 Lifegaurd, Wilderness First Responder, and LNT trainer.