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Staff

Carla Riestenberg

Operations Manager

Carla grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati to study architecture. But she itched to get out and explore more of the country. She jumped at the chance to travel west for a month with some friends and never really left Portland. She spent the following summers leading trail crews with the NW Youth Corps and Pacific Crest Trail Association. And it was there, in the backwoods of the Pacific NW, she realized her passion to help individuals and communities discover their potential. This led her to get a Master’s degree in non-profit management and what drew her to the work of the Northwest Outward Bound School. When she’s not in the office, you might find Carla out hiking or just riding her bike around town. Every now and then you can catch her mixing up a new recipe in the kitchen or trying to figure out how to grow vegetables in her backyard.

Chelsea Hendrikx

Portland Program and Outreach Manager

Chelsea joined the Northwest Outward Bound School in September 2014 when she discovered the opportunity to facilitate character building and challenge based experiences in the classroom. She has been passionate about youth development through challenge and discovery since attending and working at summer camp in Western Washington. After graduating with a degree in Recreation and Communications, she worked for five years as the Assistant Director at the camp where she grew up before moving to Portland. Chelsea has been instructing for the Portland Center for almost a year before becoming the Portland Center Program Manager. When she’s not working you can find her sharing coffee and cocoa with her husband and 3 year old son, visiting the local farmer’s market, or splashing in a river.

Devereaux Dion

Development Director 

Dev grew up in Denver, Colorado where he learned to sail and ski. Following high school, he moved to Massachusetts where ocean sailing including the Newport to Bermuda race, became his passion. He developed a love of hiking while living on the coast of Maine and counts hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Grand Canyon and Mt. Whitney as highlights of his life. Dev spent much of his career as a business and marketing strategy consultant for large companies worldwide. His desire to make a difference in the world led him into the development field and he has worked in all facets of fundraising. Prior to joining Northwest Outward Bound School, he led the development team at Meals on Wheels People and was Gift Planning manager at Community Home Health & Hospice. His community involvement includes the Rotary Club of Portland where he was President in the Centennial year and now chairs the Oregon Ethics in Business Awards. He is the 2015 – 2016 President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & SW Washington Chapter. He has served on the Loaves & Fishes and Snowman Foundation Boards of Trustees.

Erika Halm

Washington Program Director

Erika has been working enthusiastically  for NWOBS since her first days as a new instructor in 2009. She is proud to have worked full summer seasons in both Mazama and Odin Falls as an instructor, course director, and trainer ever since.  Erika was excited to step into the role of Washington Program Director in 2014.  When she isn't working, she loves to paddle, fish, climb, drink coffee, read books, and tell jokes.

 

Ina Clark

Program Assistant

Ina Clark began her Outward Bound career in 1990 as an Assistant Instructor at the Odin Falls basecamp, and she continued working as an instructor for the next eight years in Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho. She now raises her family in the Methow Valley and is an avid touring cyclist. Ina and her husband, along with their 11 year old son and 14 year old daughter, completed the 2,500 mile Great Divide Mountain Bike route in 2012. She also biked across the country with her kids when they were 8 and 10 years old. When not pursuing long trips with her children, Ina loves to bike, hike, Nordic ski, sea kayak, and raft.

Megan Buchholz

Associate Director of Development

Megan was born in Nebraska, raised in Oregon, and went to college in Tacoma, WA where she studied Political Science at Pacific Lutheran University. In an effort to learn more about the world, Megan moved to Jerusalem after college to teach English at a school for the visually impaired. She returned to the states to work for Habitat for Humanity in Minneapolis, MN where she discovered her passion for fundraising and engaging people in a common mission. Megan returned to Oregon in September 2014 to join the Outward Bound team as the Development Coordinator which combines her passions for fundraising, outdoor adventure, and learning through experience. She is excited to rediscover the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and drink her fill of good coffee.

Megan Fraser

Associate Program Director

Megan’s first connection with Outward Bound occurred when she enrolled in a 14 day backpacking/ rock climbing course in Joshua Tree National Park just out of college. She has now been a part of Outward Bound for nine years, having worked with Outward Bound Baltimore and Outward Bound California, and currently as Associate Program Director at the Mazama Basecamp. A lover of snow, Megan works in ski patrol and instruction in the off season.

Mike Armstrong

Oregon Program Director

Mike started as an Assistant Instructor at the Odin Falls Basecamp in 1995, and since then, he has worked for Outward Bound in Joshua Tree, High Sierra, Idaho, Australia, Indonesia, Belgium, Germany, and Canada. Mike lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife, Bea, and nine year old son, Aiden. Mike loves to ski, rock climb, travel, stare at and collect maps, referee soccer games, play cards, and play bass guitar.

Mitsu Iwasaki

Executive Director

Born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Mitsu has a long history with Outward Bound and the Northwest. He began his career as an assistant instructor in 1996 with the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School. During his many years as an instructor, course director, and program director he found inspiration in Outward Bound’s staff and philosophy, and compelled by discovery, he found Outward Bound to be a place where he could grow personally and professionally, and thrive. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and a Master’s degree in non-profit management, and believes it is his great privilege to combine his passion for adventure with his career to provide life-changing experiences. When not in the office, he can be found climbing and skiing mountains in the Northwest and around the world.

Pamela Wessling

Seasonal Student Services Advisor - Washington

Pamela grew up on the South Shore of Boston. After graduating from high school, she participated in an Outward Bound semester program through Colorado Outward Bound. She fell in love with rock climbing and backpacking and became an instructor for her college's outdoor education club. After college, she moved to Boulder, Colorado and pursued her interests in road bike racing, skiing, and trail running as well as earned her Master's degree in English Literature. Three years ago she moved to Portland, Oregon--a place she had always dreamed about living.

Skye Clifford

Student Services Manager

Skye joined Outward Bound as Student Services Manager in January 2013. She came from AHA International, an academic program of the University of Oregon coordinating study abroad, where she worked in Program Management and Student Services. Skye is an Oregon native with strong ties to SW Germany where she lived for nine years, and she loves traveling, yoga, and being outdoors.

 

Anthony Vulcano

Associate Program Director

Anthony has worked with Outward Bound in a variety of field positions since 2005. He took the position of Associate Program director in 2012 to assist in the delivery of the Northwest Outward Bound mission and works closely with our veterans. When not working with the School, Anthony actively pursues his passion for snow by chasing storms throughout the Pacific Northwest.