Kai first came to Outward Bound as a student on a 50-day expedition in the waters and mountains of Washington State. Through some twists and turns, he found his way to Baltimore and began working at CBOBS as an instructor apprentice in 2017. He has grown to love city life and considers Baltimore home. While a craving for adventure is what brought him to Outward Bound, finding a sense of community and developing a passion for education is what has kept him here. As the Expedition Program Coordinator, he supports CBOBS instructors in the field and back at base.
When he is not working, Kai is going to school virtually for a degree in environmental science and hopes to earn a teaching certificate. He enjoys watching TV, struggling to play the piano, and most outdoor recreation activities (not golf). He has a particular love of all things water-related.
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