About Us

Board of Directors

marco Marco Antonio Abarca was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Marco’s first job out of law school was with the Migrant Farmworker Unit of California Rural Legal Assistance. He worked in the Oxnard office for nearly four years. In 1992, Marco returned to Denver to work in his family’s food processing company. Ready Foods produces soups and sauces for restaurants and supermarkets. Marco is the majority shareholder of the company and serves as its President.
darvin a Darvin Ayre is a management consultant with the Ayre Group and long-time Outward Bound supporter, having been a COBS field staff and program director from 1981 thru 1996. He resides in Boulder, Colorado.
Michael Casullo is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Ciber. He is passionate about giving youth the opportunity to transform themselves through the outdoors and enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife and children. He lives in Aurora.
Gruffie Clough 2 Cathy “Gruffie” Clough is a leadership and organizational development consultant for corporate and non-for profit organizations.  She has been involved with Outward Bound since 1975, both as field staff and a board member. She lives in Denver.
rick bio Rick Door is a commercial real estate broker and managing principal with Cresa Partners. Rick loves to ski with his two teenage sons and his wife in Winter Park. He lives in Denver.
amy bio Amy Douglas is the director of the human capital practice for envision Business Consulting, with over 20 years of industry and consulting experience. Amy loves to spend time in the mountains skiing, hiking, and biking with her husband and two children. She lives in Denver.
sarah bio Sarah Hartley is an associate at Bryan Cave practicing commercial litigation and antitrust. She is a North Carolina Outward Bound School alum and is passionate about impacting the lives of youth. Most recently she was a board member for Mile High Squash, now known as Impact360. A lifelong outdoors enthusiast and runner, Sarah lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and son.
scott h Scott Holton is co-founder and principal of Element Properties based in Boulder, Colorado. Element develops and invests in transit-oriented and infill real estate for a variety of project types including market rate and affordable housing, office, and mixed-use. Scott also serves on the Boulder Housing Partners Foundation board. He lives in Boulder.
jane bio Jane Kachadurian Fletcher is a managing director at The Private Bank, overseeing its Commercial Real Estate Office in Denver. Jane was raised in Chicago and then attended the University of Colorado Boulder and was a member of the freestyle ski team. Jane is passionate about the outdoors and spends much of her free time in the mountains. She lives with her husband and two children in Denver.
 frank k Frank Knuettel is a high-tech entrepreneur who has founded and led numerous start-ups and venture backed companies in the fields of software, semiconductors and intellectual property. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Marathon Patent Group. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast with an interest in experiential learning and educational practices. He resides in Denver.
Jrand bio Jack Rand is a managing member of Hall Atlas LLC, a closely held owner of fee coal interests in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and early investor/officer of Melior Technology Inc. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and was a Captain in the US Marine Corps. He served on the COBS board from 1982 to 2007 and re-joined in 2013. He lives in Denver.
 trip Trip Riggs, an outdoor enthusiast, has been a supporter of the Outward Bound mission for many years. Professionally, he works in hospitality finance and acquisition for Vail Resorts. He resides in Denver.
 Lauren Schmidt 2 Lauren Schmidt is a shareholder with the Denver-based law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. She specializes in commercial litigation and serves as the firm’s Pro Bono Partner. Lauren developed a passion for wilderness expeditions through a 300-mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail with her father in 2000. She joined the COBS board in 2012 and served as the Chairman of the Board from 2014-2015. An avid hiker, skier, and camper, Lauren lives in Denver with her husband and two children.
 dirk tyler Dirk Tyler is a private equity investor and founder of M2P Capital. He is an avid climber and also serves on the boards of the American Mountain Guide Association and The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. Dirk is an Outward Bound alumnus. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.