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

Ginger has served as Executive Director since 2010 and has more than 18 years of nonprofit leadership experience. In her role at Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School (CBOBS), she provides strategic leadership which has resulted in rapid program growth. At a little under a thousand enrolled before she was hired as Executive Director, CBOBS is now serving 7,000+ students annually. Under her guidance, the CBOBS program has evolved to become the region’s leader in experiential character education. Through the development of the Character Curriculum – a facilitated classroom companion program to traditional wilderness Outward Bound expeditions, CBOBS has measurably grown its community impact. Ginger’s focus while at CBOBS has been on building community through outdoor adventure. The Police Youth Challenge, a nationally recognized peace-building initiative, is just one example. Ginger has also worked tirelessly to expand community access to the region’s most spectacular outdoor spaces. She has grown CBOBS’ course offerings with sea kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay, while also working to develop resources at her home base with a double decker challenge course at Leakin Park in Baltimore. Her expertise in aligning communities and philanthropy as well as leading public-private partnerships have resulted in transformative funding for social justice programs, capital improvements and public schools students throughout the region. The most recent effort is the launch of a new office and program in Washington, DC. Ginger is personally passionate about the wide range of activities that Maryland’s outdoor spaces offer. You can often find her hiking in local parks with her family, paddling and fishing with friends or introducing her dogs to the wild and wonderful world outside.
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


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.

PHYLLIS KIM


Chief Advancement Officer

A native Floridian, Phyllis has called the greater DC region home for the past 16 years. She has dedicated her career to mission-focused organizations, leading teams in both grant making and grant seeking. She has also devoted her career to creating equitable and diverse work environments, and chaired the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at WAMU, the NPR station in Washington, DC. In leading the development strategy and efforts at CBOBS, she is focused on seeking transformative support to make Outward Bound accessible for all students in the mid-Atlantic region. Phyllis is a proud Gator, receiving her bachelors’ degree from the University of Florida, School of Journalism and Communications.

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.

JASON ALFORD


Independent Schools & Corporate Sales Associate

As a life-long Baltimorean, Jason has an affinity to all things Bawlmer. Let’s go O’s! In school, Jason balanced sports, music, and performing arts where he realized the life skills and character development offered in them. Through sports he learned about teamwork, sacrifice, and success from failure; through studying music he developed his creative thinking, problem solving, and time management skills; and through performing arts he became confident, flexible, and dependable. After graduating from Towson University with a Degree in Electronic Media, Jason worked for the Library of Congress Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped before moving onto several lifestyle, brand, and sales focused roles for various companies in Maryland. Wanting to make a greater impact on the community, Jason looked for an organization whose mission was to shape people and teach life skills through experience the way he was fortunate enough to learn. Outward Bound has surpassed his expectations of an organization, and only deepens his love of Baltimore.

JOEY BARNESS


Program Administrator

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Joey Barness came to CBOBS after a long distance bike ride from coast to coast where he discovered the transformative power of a grueling expedition. Joey attended the University of California at Berkeley, studying social geography and began his career with Outward Bound in 2014 as an expedition instructor. Now he serves as the Program Administrator, where he works closely with field staff and supports programs in a variety of ways.  When he’s not on the trail, Joey loves a good backyard bonfire or a game of Settlers of Catan. While it took some adjustment Joey now appreciates seasonal changes, which was a mysterious concept his whole upbringing.

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.

RICE ERMILIO


People and Culture Coordinator

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.

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.

SHEY LAMBERT


Sales & Scholarships Associate

A native of Knoxville, TN, Shey grew up exploring the lush landscapes of the southern Appalachian Mountains and the vibrant trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was through his own experiences of exploration in the wilderness of these lands that broadened his love for the outdoors and guided his understanding of how one’s own immersive experience in nature can create a backdrop for challenge and discovery within one’s own self. After failing to graduate high school, Shey found guidance through participation and involvement in asset based, outdoor and experiential education programming much like what we offer here at Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. These experiences fostered and instilled confidence, adaptability, and determination within himself and equipped him with the certitude that he was capable of confronting and overcoming any challenges or obstacles that life may throw his way. As of today, Shey has become the first generation in his family to have obtained a college degree. He has earned an Associate of Arts in Outdoor Leadership Education and Recreation from San Juan College, a Bachelor of Arts in Adventure Education from Prescott College, and a Master of Science in Recreation Management from Southern Illinois University. Shey knows the incredible impact an expedition or experience with Outward Bound can have on a person’s life and he wants to make certain all students in the DC area have accessibility to these opportunities through the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School.

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.

MARY ODELL


Expedition Program Manager

Starting as an instructor, Mary has worked at Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School since 2014. Mary grew up on Long Island, NY and spent most summers at a camp in Northern Ontario. Summers spent canoeing Canada’s lakes and rivers fostered her belief that group travel in the outdoors builds teams, relationships, and confidence like nothing else can. While earning a degree in English at Loyola University Maryland, Mary spent most of her spare time as a Student Leader for Loyola’s Outdoor Adventure Experience (OAE). With the goal of serving CBOBS students better through the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Mary completed Master of Public Health with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Health at Johns Hopkins in 2020.  After five years of programming, and the completion of her MPH, she now serves our community as the Expedition Program Manager. Mary also loves biking around Baltimore, reading with some coffee, and staring at her cat.

KHAI OVERTON


Police Youth Challenge (PYC) Program Coordinator

A lifetime resident of Baltimore, and a product of its private, public, and charter school systems, Khai has worked at CBOBS since joining our Spring 2016 apprentice class. In 2019 , Khai was named Program Coordinator of CBOBS’s Police Youth Challenge Program. Improving police community relations, specifically between youth and BPD, is the main goal of PYC and within his tole Khai has pushed CBOBS into new spaces in this aspect. In October 2019, Khai delivered a TEDx talk on the program as part of the college TEDx series held at Thomas Jefferson University. Also in December 2020 , Khai was named to the inaugural Public Safety Citizens Advisory Commission by Mayor Brandon Scott due to his work in the realms of police reform in Baltimore. When not looking to create equity within the community of Baltimore, Khai enjoys coaching preschool sports clinics at the YMCA, and hanging out with his godson Anthony.
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


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.

CARYSSA THOMAS


Assistant to the Executive Director

Caryssa Thomas joined the CBOBS team in March 2016 as the Assistant to the Executive Director. Prior to joining the CBOBS team she worked for a non-profit based in Howard County, MD. Caryssa spent 10 years in mortgage lending at the start of her career. Caryssa strongly supports the CBOBS mission. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying quality time with family and friends (especially her husband and daughter), taking long walks around her neighborhood or curled up with a good book.