Youth Program Staff

We hire enthusiastic science educators who love working with children in the outdoors! Each staff person must pass a background check as well as have First Aid and CPR certifications. Our youth program team is trained not only in safely managing groups in the outdoors, but in how to engage children in both fun and meaningful field science learning experiences.  Staff are typically hired after already having experience as teachers and guides for youth in a variety of camps, schools or non-profit organizations.

Meet our 2019 Youth Program Instructor Team!

Jennifer Fenwick
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia (but more recently, Durham, NC)
Degree(s): Master of Environmental Management candidate at Western Colorado University
B.S. in Biology from Colorado State University
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? I would be multilingual in animal communication.
Favorite Animal: Canis lupus familiaris
Favorite Insect: Monarch butterflies and dragonflies
Favorite Plant: Pasque flower and Sycamore trees.
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  Chocolate chip cookie dough
Commonly Seen: Rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, birding, studying at Tributary Coffee in Gunnison, watching movies, and occasionally playing basketball.
How many summers have you spent at RMBL?  This will be my first summer at RMBL.

Erin Goggins
Hometown: Hastings, Michigan
Degrees: Just graduated with a BA in Secondary Education and Business Administration, with an emphasis in Environmental Science and English at Alma College in central Michigan.
Superhero Power: I would like to be able to fly because I love to travel and because it would be amazing to see the world from a bird’s eye view.
Favorite Animal: Peregrine Falcon
Favorite Insect: Firefly
Favorite Plant: Queen Anne’s Lace or Giant Sequoia Redwoods
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chip
Commonly Seen: Hammocking by the river, hiking, reading, or playing with my new pup, Zelda!
How many summers have you spent at RMBL?  This will be my second summer with RMBL!

Katie Lawn
Hometown: Lake Villa, Illinois
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: B.S. in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Education
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? I would like to be able to have gills to breathe underwater.   
Favorite Animal: Bison and sloths (this is a tough one!)
Favorite Insect: Caddisfly
Favorite Plant: Sassafras trees
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food
Commonly Seen: Skiing, hanging out on water, adventuring with my pup and relaxing in hot springs.
How many summers have you spent at RMBL? This is my second summer at RMBL, and I’m so excited to be returning!

Morgan Milmore
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Degree(s): BA in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Western Colorado University in Gunnison.
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? To speak every language—especially to animals!
Favorite Animal:  Nudibrachs (Sea Slugs)
Favorite Insect:  Butterfly
Favorite Plant: Redwood
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: B&J’s “The Tonight Dough”
Commonly Seen: Hiking with my dog Zeus, reading in the sun, journaling, playing guitar/singing, theatre, on coffee dates with friends, running, camping, dancing.
How many summers have you spent at RMBL?  This will be my first!

Taylor Shelafo
Hometown: Gunnison, Colorado
Degree(s): I am currently finishing up a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?
I would love to fly! There are so many super cool places to see!
Favorite Animal: Any kind of Jellyfish!
Favorite Insect: Praying Mantis
Favorite Plant: Succulents
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Salted Caramel
Commonly Seen: Cruising around town on my little blue bike, hiking with my dog, camping with friends and family, paddle boarding, and teaching myself how to slackline and rock climb!
How many summers have you spent at RMBL?  This will be my first summer at RMBL. I am so excited!

Sarah Slankard
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Degree(s): Child Development
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? To always make water or any beverage I want appear
Favorite Animal: Hippopotamus
Favorite Insect:  Dung Beetle
Favorite Plant: Redwood Tree
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  Mint Chocolate Chip
Commonly Seen: Mountain biking; cheering on the town softball league; hiking as many peaks as possible; strolling the river with friends; lake; and skiing all winter long.
How many summers have you spent at RMBL?  This will be my first!

Jason Slaughter
Hometown: Hastings, Michigan
Degree(s): B.A. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Culturally Linguistic Diversity
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?  My superhero tool would be Thor’s Stormbreaker (if I’m worthy).  I could use the bifrost to teleport wherever, which is great for travel, and because I’m a huge Avengers fan.
Favorite Animal: American Bison
Favorite Insect: Dragonfly
Favorite Plant: Quaking Aspen
Favorite Ice: Cream Flavor: Cookies and Cream!
Commonly Seen: Hiking to mountain peaks, camping, fishing, running, and doing workouts for wrestling
How many summers have you spent at RMBL?  This will be my first year at RMBL, and I’m very excited!

Ann Colbert
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: B.S. Natural Resources/Environmental Interpretation from Colorado State University and M.A. Teaching from Colorado College, Certified Elementary Education and Secondary Science Teacher, Wilderness First Responder
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?  Tigger Power – to be able to bounce from mountain tops to valley bottoms and back to mountain tops again.   
Favorite Animal: Morgan horses, black bears, snowshoe hares, and all members of the family Mustelidae especially weasels, otters and badgers.  I also like long neck dinosaurs and pocket gophers.
Favorite Insect: Leafcutter bees and lady bugs
Favorite Plant: Alpine forget-me-nots, Parry’s primrose, fireweed and aspen trees
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Dulce de leche and chili chocolate cherry
Commonly Seen: Riding horses, climbing mountains, ski touring and swimming in hotsprings.
How many summers have you spent at RMBL?  Hooray for #5!!!

 

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