Ben joined the board of the Northwest Outward Bound School in the fall of 2016. As a lifelong lover of the outdoors, Ben has spend countless hours exploring the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest and the northern hardwoods of his native Wisconsin, and everywhere in-between. Through this love, he has developed a strong belief in the need to ensure that the great outdoors are open and accessible for all, a passion that led him to the board of the Northwest Outward Bound School. Ben currently serves as the Washington State Director of The Wilderness Society. Prior to joining TWS, Ben worked as the Alaska Program Director for the Conservation Lands Foundation and as an organizer in the Pacific Northwest Office of the Sierra Club.
Brad began his relationship with Outward Bound in 2002, serving as outside pro bono legal counsel first to Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, then to Outward Bound USA, and finally joining the Northwest Outward Bound School Board of Directors in September 2012. A native of Colorado, Brad relocated to Northern California in 1996 where he remains, practicing corporate law in a firm in San Francisco. Brad is an avid surfer and is one of our most recent alumni, having summited Mt. Rainier on our 2012 Invitational course.
Chris became interested in Outward Bound after learning that the 3 key mentors in his career development are Outward Bound alumni. As Vice President of Sales at Zones, Inc., a nation-wide technology solutions provider, Chris has extensive leadership training, performance management, and marketing experience. Chris spends his free time traveling, skiing, and exploring trails near Mt. Hood with his wife and two daughters.
Christopher P Baker
Chris taught his first Outward Bound course in 1994 and remained active as an instructor until 2001. Chris returned to the school as a Board member in 2011. As a Software Engineer, Product Manager and Entrepreneur, he brings technology and management experience to the organization. Chris believes that his Outward Bound experiences have help him tremendously as a software executive and that the school teaches lessons that last a lifetime. He is honored and delighted to be helping enable and deliver Outward Bound's mission to a new generation of students.
Board Chair, Finance, Executive, Safety, and Advancement Committees
Doug worked with North Carolina Outward Bound School for ten years in the 1980's and 90's. Following another ten years in the for-profit world, he is back working in the nonprofit sector focused on public education and children's issues, including serving as chair of Oregon's Quality Education Commission. Doug spends his free time with his wife and teenage daughter and traveling.
Finance and Executive Committees
Henry “retired” from the energy industry in 2011 and has focused his time supporting two non profits organizations that he loves, Northwest Outward Bound School and Fountain Valley School of Colorado. He has served Outward Bound in various volunteer positions since 1998. When not working for NWOBS or FVS, he spends time traveling with his wife Terry, or skiing, backpacking, climbing 14’ers, golfing, working in his woodworking shop, or doing projects around the house.
Ime was introduced to Outward Bound as a junior at Portland's Jefferson High School when he heard about the Pinnacle Scholarship Program. As an early Pinnacle Scholar, Ime spent two weeks on a long boat sailing course, paddling around the San Juan Islands, and through this powerful experience, Ime learned there was so much more inside of him than he knew. Ime employs his Outward Bound skills all the time as a Director and Assistant Director on various films and television shows where he inspires people to perform, helps them buy into a bigger vision, builds strong teams, and supports groups finding positive solutions.
Jennifer first became involved with Outward Bound when serving as Human Resources Director for Pacific Crest Outward Bound School from 2001 to 2003 and has served on the current Board of Directors since 2012. Jennifer has been on the human resources team at Starbucks for ten years and is currently the Director of Human Resources Operations for Starbucks Americas region. As a seasoned HR professional, she brings over twenty years of progressive experience in a broad spectrum of HR to our board, including organizational development, strategy, leadership coaching, and employee relations. Outside of work, you may find Jennifer in outdoor pursuits from cycling, hiking, and alpine skiing with her husband and son.
Executive, Advancement, and Finance Committees
After working for over two decades as an advocate for low income youth, Kathie, here known as KV, served Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, Outward Bound West, and Outward Bound USA as a senior development officer and was one of the founders of the Pinnacle Scholarship Program. After leaving Outward Bound in 2006, she consulted for merging and emerging nonprofits, returning as a volunteer to help revitalize Outward Bound in the Northwest. KV served as Interim Executive Director alongside Henry and Patrick and looks forward to continuing her involvement with Northwest Outward Bound School as "just a board member and mentor".
As a teenager, Martin’s own life was turned around through an outdoor experience. A founding Board Member of the Children and Nature Network, Martin is inspired by the vision of Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. For 10 years Martin was with the Sierra Club as the National Youth Director. Martin has established non-traditional alliances with the military, educational groups and health organizations. He was instrumental in establishing the Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK), a national partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with the common interest of expanding opportunities to get kids and families outside. Martin has given over fifty keynote talks on the issue ofd children and nature across North America and Australia.
Patrick began with Northwest Outward Bound School in the late 1970’s and spent the next 12 years as an instructor, program director and associate school director. After a 10 year break, working at Portland State University he returned to manage the Program Innovation Project and then retired in 2005 only to return as a Board member and acting Executive Director seven years later. When he gets to retire again, he plans to return to the mountains, deserts, and the rivers to explore wild places especially in the Northwest and Southwest.
Board Secretary, Executive, Safety and Washington Advisory Committees
Steve began with Outward Bound as a mountaineering instructor in 1998, and as a former staffing manager and staff trainer, he hired and trained hundreds of instructors who have gone on to deliver courses to thousands of students. A founding member of the Washington Advisory Council, Steve helps keep Outward Bound Washington thriving. Steve founded an outdoor program consulting company, and is the National Director of Risk Management for the Student Conservation Association. In his free time, Steve pursues things he used to be good at, including (and strictly limited to) mountaineering, rock climbing, and water skiing, and he aspires to learn new skills such as smoking meats, and taking pictures of smoked meats.
Finance Committee Chair
After a twelve year stint with Singer Sewing Machine Company, some living overseas, Ted and his family moved to Portland in 1977, Ted to become Jantzen’s CFO. He left Jantzen soon after they merged with Blue Bell, the Wrangler Jeans people. He then held several management and ownership positions in Portland from 1981 to 1993. During this time he joined the Pacific Crest Outward Bound Board of Directors. Ten years after joining the Board, he became the School’s CFO and later Interim Director when they were searching for a new Executive Director. When PCOBS merged with COBS, he retired, but continued consulting for the National Organization. He came back to the Board in 2013. He and his wife, Fran, love to travel, walk, hike and bike ride. They are now up fitting a Sprinter van for camping and look forward to traveling around the US and Canada.