A little about me:Hey I’m Jodie! I’m originally from Severna Park, MD. I love to run long-distance and bike around Baltimore, where I now call home. I have a degree in Middle Grades Education for Language Arts and still love to read (though preferably outside!). I love a good outdoor fire-pit hangout, hula hooping, casual doodling, and doughnuts.
Favorite field meal to cook:Chili Mac
A stand out course memory:On day 10 of a 12 day backpacking expedition we “shipwrecked” our students, leaving them to navigate the trail and function as a group on their own for a day of hiking. My co-instructor and I sneakily watched from behind bushes and trees, observing our students debate which way was the correct one to go at tricky intersections of trail. We saw our students encourage one another through tough terrain, take turns carrying the heavy water supply, make food for each other, and support one another in an unknown environment. It was awesome!
Something you love about your job:I love giving folks the opportunity to see that they can do so much more than they think they can. Sunsets and Sunrises at trail overlooks are also magical.
Advice for a future student:Share when something scares you or makes you nervous, chances are others are feeling the same way and we can support one another.
Patrice “Rice” Ermilio began her Outward Bound career as an apprentice in the fall of 2017. Outdoor education brought her through many states until she built her nest at CBOBS. Rice currently serves as the People and Culture Coordinator where she works to build and support the CBOBS community. What Rice loves most about OB is the impact it has made on her mindset about challenge. If it is hard to do, it’s probably worth it.
Rice enjoys scanning the forest for mushrooms, sunrise cowboy coffee, and paddling in a fleet. Rumor has it she once saw a monkey on the Potomac.
Gracemarie grew up in NY/NJ with a love for day-hiking in areas from the Delaware Water Gap to the Hudson Valley. Shortly after graduating from Bucknell University, she backpacked from NH into Maine with Outward Bound. The courage and confidence she gained through that course was instrumental to her success as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service and in every challenging role she has undertaken since. Gracemarie has visited 42 states and 7 foreign countries, enjoys growing in her faith, trying new GF recipes, solving puzzles, and researching ancestry. Her greatest adventure is with her husband as they parent four amazing young women. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” ~ Mark Twain