Meet Our Trip Leaders

Parents, we want you to breathe easy when you send your teenagers to Bold Earth. Our trip leaders are professional adventurous educators, united by a firm belief that safety always comes first (fun is a very close second). In addition to years of leading trips with youth in the outdoors, our staff have, at minimum, medical certifications of wilderness first responder and CPR; all senior staff (at least one on each trip) have lifeguard certifications. Many of our trip leaders are former Bold Earth students!

2019 staff at a glance
  • Minimum age is 21
  • Average age is 27
  • 95 percent have a bachelor’s degree, with numerous staff holding additional degrees
  • Average tenure is 3.7 years, but many have been with Bold Earth up to 18 years
  • Our hiring process includes at least three interviews, three reference checks, and a complete background check
  • Our instructor return rate exceeds 60 percent every year (in 2019, it is 65 percent)

Alex Wind

Senior trip leader: Spain France Pyrenees

Cahill Sphall

Trip leader: Alps

Casey Hayes

Senior trip leader: Colorado Bold

Chris Fletcher

Senior trip leader: Costa Rica Active 1 & 2

Ciaran Reddy

Senior trip leader: Ultimate Hawaii

Conrad Bergeron

Senior trip leader: Hawaii Adventure

Dan Zahn

Senior trip leader: Ecuador Peru

Dani Rennard

Senior trip leader: Spain France Pyrenees

Darcy Book

Senior trip leader: Alps

Emily Kokotan

Senior trip leader: Hawaii Adventure

Hannah Bartlett

Senior trip leader: Colorado Bold

Hayley Hucks

Senior trip leader: Iceland: Fire and Ice

Ian Silberman

Senior trip leader: Ultimate Costa Rica

Izzy Perry

Senior trip leader: Epic Africa

Jack Douglas

Trip leader: Iceland

Kate Rhodes

Senior trip leader: Thailand's Best

Leah Di Fillippo

Senior trip leader: Ultimate Hawaii

Mackinzie Thomas

Trip leader: Colorado Discovery and Costa Rica Discovery

Maddie Omeltchenko

Trip leader: Grand Canyon

Michael Boone

Senior trip leader: California

Michelle Zimmer

Trip leader: Ultimate Costa Rica

Rob LeMeur

Trip leader: Thailand's Best

Sam Steiner

Senior trip leader: Bold West

Samson Swanick

Trip leader: Epic Africa

Sara Grove

Senior trip leader: Thailand's Best and Fiji Dive Service

Sarah Geier

Trip leader: California

Sarah Silverstein

Senior trip leader: Iceland Adventure

Sully Kiley

Trip leader: Colorado Bold 1

Taylor Reierson

Trip leader: Bold West

Tessa Janicke

Senior trip leader: Costa Rica Active 1 & 2

Tyson Hale

Senior trip leader: Colorado Discovery and Costa Rica Discovery

Zack Doherty

Trip leader: Grand Canyon and Fiji Dive Service

Zoe Paddon

Trip leader: Ecuador Peru