Our administrative staff works out of the Leakin Park Campus and is dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our students. Learn more about each member below, and reach out to us if you have any questions!

GINGER MIHALIK

GINGER MIHALIK


Executive Director

Like the leader of any thriving non-profit, Ginger moves a mile a minute. She has been the Executive Director of Outward Bound Baltimore since 2010. Her first experience with OB was as a student on a one-day, high ropes program. After being hired, Ginger went on a week-long dog sledding course in Boundary Waters of Minnesota. Ginger was born and raised in Florida where she developed a life-long love of the outdoors by horseback riding with her sister and fishing with her dad.
GAVIN WARE

GAVIN WARE


Deputy Director

Gavin has joined the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School as of December 2019. Gavin was born in Washington DC and graduated from high school in Montgomery County Maryland. Gavin then went on graduate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing in the spring of 2009 and is a proud brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.  Gavin has always believed in the power & impact of service to a cause greater than self and has dedicated his life to the service of others. For the past ten years Gavin has served the DC community as an Americorps member, program director, and lead fundraiser with City Year Washington DC.  Gavin is also a recent alumnus of the Voyageur Outward Bound School having spent eight-days camping in northern Minnesota and has a newfound love for dog-sledding & cross-country skiing. Gavin loves movies, dancing, hiking, and french fries. Gavin is incredibly excited to support the CBOBS expansion and growth in the DC area. "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. -Fredrick Douglass"
NATALIE HANEY

NATALIE HANEY


Chief Operating Officer

Natalie is an accomplished traveler, snow sports enthusiast, and most importantly an Outward Bound Alum. She lived in California, Taiwan, Virginia, Michigan, Maryland, and Germany before the age of 12. Her childhood in Germany gave her family access to Austria’s impressive mountains where she acquired her lifelong obsession for skiing, snowboarding, and the pursuit of fresh powder. She graduated from Towson University with a degree in English and Secondary Education and started her professional life as a teacher – celebrating her first summer vacation with a two-week alpine mountaineering course at Colorado Outward Bound School. Natalie spent 7 years with the U.S. Postal Service in Baltimore before joining the American Red Cross where she spent 13 years in logistics, planning, and donor recruitment as the Director of Donor Recruitment for the Mid-Atlantic region. Natalie was responsible for enlisting approximately 40,000 volunteers a month to donate blood to support a safe and consistent community blood supply. "Memories not mementos" is my motto in travel and life – one that holds so very true in what we do here at Outward Bound.
BEN WORDEN

BEN WORDEN


Marketing Director

Ben hails from the Great Lakes State of Michigan, spending most of his early years camping across the Western shores and forested trails of the Upper Peninsula. He continued his passion for the outdoors in adulthood by climbing various peaks (Kilimanjaro, Pico De Orizaba & Mt Adams) with Baltimore non-profit, Climb for Hope. In 2014/15 he and his wife backpacked across fourteen different countries including long treks through Iceland, the Alps and Patagonia. Needless to say, Ben has learned all about GRIT from the outdoors and his mission is to share that same opportunity with as many people as possible. In business, Ben attended Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School before continuing into a marketing leadership role. Throughout that time he worked as a freelance graphic designer and eventually started his own company to pursue various creative projects in web strategy, social giving and branding. Ben emphatically enjoys his coffee, daily meditation and is a self-appointed guacamole expert. “Whatever it takes” – Tim Worden Email Ben

MYCAH BERRYMAN


Finance & Administration Director

Mycah is a natural-born investigator.  She has always loved figuring out how things work in the world around her.  During her childhood in Annapolis, Mycah spent countless hours observing nature; building ant farms, catching lightning bugs, raising box turtles; and documenting her observations by writing stories about her adventures.  Her inquisitive nature and love of the water led her to study marine biology at the University of Miami and the University of Maryland. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Mycah began working in an administrative role at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).   During her time at CBF, Mycah was able to gain experience in several areas of business administration.  She found that all the investigative techniques and problem-solving strategies used in scientific research could easily be applied in the business world to establish infrastructure and improve efficiency.  Mycah went on to work at various non-profit organizations and educational institutions in Maryland and DC while earning an associate’s degree in forensic science and a certificate in business accounting from Anne Arundel Community College. If Mycah’s not in the office crunching numbers, she’s likely relaxing with her pit bull, Lilly, or teaching 5:30 am Jazzercise classes at the Edgewater/Annapolis Jazzercise Fitness Center.

CHRIS WASHBURN


Program and Safety Director

Wild places have lured Chris Washburn from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail (2005-2006) and to commercial fishing boats on the Atlantic and Pacific. After earning his degree in environmental science (2007), Chris pursued a career with Outward Bound. He has since served more than 1,200 days ‘in the field’ with youth and adult students on backpack, canoe or dogsled/ski expeditions. He has trained Outward Bound staff across the country and is currently the Associate Program Director at the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. Chris specializes in Thai green curry, pep talks, and storytelling.
JOEY BARNESS

JOEY BARNESS


Program Administrator

MIKE COX


Associate Program Director

Mike came to Outward Bound looking for challenge and adventure. At first a lawyer, the desk at the law firm didn’t cut it. The courtroom was not his preferred office either, so he chose to get outside and pursue a longtime goal of becoming an Outward Bound Instructor. For 4 years he has led students of all ages and backgrounds around the country’s woods, rivers, mountains, and of course, Maryland’s beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Colorado adopted him, but as a native of Washington, DC, Mike is now part of the team bringing that Outward Bound magic to the nation’s capital. Like most instructors, he’s not great at sitting still, but when he’s around, talk to him about skiing, the Washington Capitals, live music, surfing, and the next trip somewhere.

JEN CUSICK


Marketing & Communications Manager 

A city dweller with a love for nature. Between New Jersey, Philadelphia PA, and Baltimore MD, Jen has always lived in what she calls the "Mid-Atlantic Triangle". Jen has dabbled in outdoor passions including farming, floristry, landscaping, and eventually outdoor education after completing a 28-day expedition in Alaska. She graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Urban Environmental Studies. Over the past 8 years, Jen has worked in outdoor education in a variety of capacities. She has taken on roles from instructor and course director at Outward Bound, to Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure at Loyola University Maryland. Jen is currently at the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator to continue to share her passion of experiential education with the community at large. She currently is pursuing her master’s degree in Emerging Media, and can also be found shucking oysters at a local restaurant. Her personal adventures have taken her across multiple states on a bicycle, through tidal bays in a sea kayak, and down the street in her community garden.

HANIBAL GNAHOUI


Sales & Scholarship Associate

Hanibal has lived all over the east coast including NY, VA, FL and MD.  His life experiences have created a person with a deep appreciation and respect of the outdoors while also having a love for city life.  He has traveled to four continents and is looking to hit all seven at some point. After graduating from Towson University with a Degree in Education he spent years working in the fitness industry and remains involved in collegiate sports as a rugby coach. After becoming an Outward Bound Alum and then eventually an instructor, he has come full circle to help provide Baltimore City youth the life changing experiences that Outward Bound can offer. His favorite thing about working for CBOBS is knowing that his colleagues genuinely have the best interest of all we serve at heart, and work hard to be compassionate human beings. Not many folks can say they go home at the end of the day feeling like they made a positive impact on society, but he feels he can.

LAINIE GRAY


Insight Program Coordinator

Lainie grew up in upstate NY surrounded by beautiful landscapes and endless outdoor adventures. Her love of nature led her to pursue a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership (OAL) from Ithaca College. As part of the degree program, OAL students participated in a 90-day multi-element expedition with the Colorado Outward Bound School. After graduating from Ithaca with high honors, Lainie worked as a day program facilitator and an expedition leader for a handful of different outdoor organizations before finding herself at the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. Lainie was a field instructor for 3 years before stepping into her current role as the Insight Program Coordinator.   “I love the work that we do here. Our incredible students and the amazing community of CBOBS is what keeps me here.”

NICK JANES


Admissions Coordinator

Nick developed his self-confidence on his Outward Bound Baltimore course when he was 15. Over the last 8 years he has strived to give others that same opportunity. He engaged 90 middle school students in weekly service learning programming at City Year AmeriCorps from 2006-2007. Nick has instructed for Outward Bound from 2008-2013 in 6 states. He has pursued his passion for confidence building initiatives with a Bachelor of Arts at Earlham College (2006) and a Master in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University (2013). Nick is very thankful to be working with his Outward Bound Baltimore Crew.
KELLY REYNOLDS

KELLY REYNOLDS


Instructional Designer

Kelly Reynolds came to Outward Bound in 2014 after five years of teaching in the traditional classroom. She has a passion for the deep learning and insight that can come from personal experience, challenge, and reflection. Mindfulness, community, the human connection to others and the natural world are values that drive her methods of instruction. Kelly Reynolds currently serves as the Instructional Designer at Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. Her duties include strategic planning and in-school support on CBOBS Character Curriculum, staff training and development, and curriculum design. Reynolds co-authored the CBOBS Character Curriculum, which serves as a bridge for schools to effectively engage with Outward Bound programming. B.A. Education, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, 2009
ANDREA ROMESSER

ANDREA ROMESSER


Admissions Coordinator

Andrea hails from Philadelphia and took her first Outward Bound course at the age of 22 in the beautiful High Sierras. After four years of dancing professionally in the city, she was craving the outdoors and couldn’t shake her incredible experience being on course in California. After thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2018, she began instructing at the Chesapeake Bay school in 2019 and is very excited for her transition to the admissions team.
AVI RUBINSKY

AVI RUBINSKY


Program Manager

Avi grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He was first introduced to Outward Bound while studying at the White Mountain School in New Hampshire. He began his career in the outdoor industry with Outward Bound in 2008 as a field instructor and climbing specialist. Traveling between Baltimore, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, After six years as a full time instructor he and his wife Linda moved to Chicago so she could begin her PhD in Neuropsychology. While in Chicago Avi worked with many different climbing gyms helping them build their team building and youth programs, the American Alpine Club as the Chicago chapter chair and educational chair as well as starting his own climbing and backpacking guide service, Adventure With Avi. Avi is still an avid climber and guide working with the American Alpine Club trying to grow community and foster positive change within the industry, which is what he would like to do here at the Baltimore Chesapeake Outward Bound School.
BRIAN SCHACHTER

BRIAN SCHACHTER


Logistics Coordinator

Born in Miami, Florida to Linda and Howard. Brian went on his first Outward Bound course when he was 14 in the Florida Everglades. With ambitions of becoming a venture capitalist, Brian attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts studying Philosophy, Economics, and Psychology. After a few years in the corporate world, Brian decided the venture capitalist life was not for him. Brian joined the Outward Bound team as an instructor in 2015. He instructed for 3 years before transitioning into his current role as Logistics Manager. In his time off you will probably find Brian rock climbing or baking.
ANDREW TAYLOR

ANDREW TAYLOR


Donor Relations Manager

Andrew joined Outward Bound in Fall of 2018 as an instructor. His thirst for the unknown stems from a childhood of moving back and forth across the U.S. before settling in Boulder, Colorado, and a young adulthood full of independent international travels. As a traveler, language has always inspired Andrew, and because of this he finds profound meaning in its ability to inspire, fill a room with laughter, comfort a friend, and most importantly, connect with others. Whether paddling on the Chesapeake Bay (his favorite CBOBS course area) or enjoying a delicious meal together, Andrew can be guaranteed to provide smiles and authentic stories. For the past three years, Andrew has found his home and his community in Baltimore and looks forward to continuing to serve its youth and connecting with the community as CBOBS’ Donor Relations Manager.
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