MEET THE TEAM

Our team is comprised of both local and foreign national staff dedicated to creating the highest quality program for our students.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORY BOARD

As all fundaciones in Costa Rica, we are led by a five-person governing board. These persons are supported by a larger Advisory Board. Together, they help effectively recruit qualified staff, expand program impact, assist with outreach to Costa Rican youth, and ensure a robust safety and risk management program. These board members generously contribute their time and talent to ensure the ongoing success of Outward Bound Costa Rica and guide us in furthering our mission.


LEADERSHIP TEAM

IMG_7113Jim Rowe, PhD: Executive Director & Founder
First Year at OBCR: 1991
Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

Education: B.A. in International Business Management, Brigham Young University Hawaii; Masters & PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Greenwich University

In 1991, after having traveled to over 25 countries searching for the ideal place to establish a nature-centered adventure program, Jim Rowe settled in Costa Rica. With one monolithic raft and some scuba diving equipment, Jim began what would become an international adventure school employing over 30 staffers who are equally passionate about using adventure to help develop life skills.

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A leader in experiential cross-cultural learning, Jim has facilitated seminars and lectures in areas of sustainable development, ecotourism and adventure programming worldwide. He serves as our lead Scuba instructor in addition to his many other duties and loves the opportunity to introduce students to one of his favorite pastimes.


Danny Jimenez: Director of Programs & Operations
First Year at OBCR: 1999
Hometown: San José, Costa Rica

Danny began his long tenure at Outward Bound Costa Rica as a chauffeur before becoming an instructor and now Director of Programs & Operations. He is passionate about all things outdoors including whitewater rafting, kayaking, scuba diving and ropes. He enjoys working at Outward Bound Costa Rica because of the contact with students and the chance to meet new people from other cultures. Danny has a five year old daughter named Allison who is a favorite among the rest of OBCR’s staff members.


Debra Woolley: Director of Communications & Marketing
First Year at OBCR: 2015
Hometown: Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

Education: University of Colorado and Roosevelt University

As the Director of Marketing & Communications, Deb brings 20 years of experience to OBCR.  Her passion for intercultural education was fueled as the Director of Marketing at AFS-USA.  Her love of sports allowed Deb to fall in love with Costa Rica when she participated in a 10 day bike ride from San Jose to Arenal to Samara. She is happy to be back in country and part of a dynamic team that brings the OBCR experience to life for more than 500 students each year. Deb is enjoying her own cultural exchange program right now!


2F4A5720Esther Garcia: Accountant & Human Resources
First Year at OBCR: 2008
Hometown: Tres Ríos, Costa Rica

Education: Accounting & Business Administration, Universidad San Marcos

Esther, our fashionable accountant, loves nature and animals. When not working, she is volunteering with different social groups. She has traveled throughout Europe and speaks Portuguese thanks to a long stint working in Brazil with a rural community. Esther has a big job taking care of all the finances of the organization and is always there to lend a hand to both instructors and office staff. She is a wonderful caretaker of our base mascots Rafi, Bandido, King, Mimi and Suli, as well as any and all other pets we have here on base!


INSTRUCTORS

2.1.5 PhilPhil Perez: Lead Instructor & Safety Chair
First Year at OBCR: 1997
Hometown: Sacramento, California, USA

Phil’s extensive training as both a river guide and emergency care professional began in the 1970s when he worked for the rafting company American River Recreation and Life Assist in the Sierra Mountain Range. Phil came to Costa Rica in 1995. With his company Aventura Seguridad y Rescate, he serves as Rescue 3 International’s authorized agent for whitewater safety training and education for Central America. Currently, Phil instructs many of the outdoor certification phases for our Outdoor Leader Semester. He also trains our instructors in these same technical skills as well as leads our Instructor Judgment Training. In addition to being a member of Outward Bound Costa Rica’s governing board, Phil is the head of Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Safety Board and is in charge of our routine, organization-wide safety reviews.


Jorge Vélez Soto
First Year at OBCR: 2013
Hometown: San José, Costa Rica

When Jorge isn’t with students on course he lives on a farm in San Jerónimo de Esparza with his children. What he loves most in life are his parents, his children, surfing and exploring the mountains. Jorge says he has found a new passion in Outward Bound, and that is to work with a new family and to be a leader for youth who will impact the future of our world.


Bailey Palmer 
First Year at OBCR: 2015
Hometown: Ventura, California

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid, CPR, and AED for the Professional Rescuer, Technical Rope Rescue: Operations, NAUI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver, Waterfront Lifeguard, International Rafting Federation Guide Class I-III, Swift Water Rescue Technician

Bailey loves Costa Rica and Outward Bound Costa Rica. Since joining us on several Girl Scout Destination programs in high school, Bailey has completed four courses with Outward Bound Costa Rica including Outdoor Leader Semester. Bailey is excited to share her love of all things pura vida with more students.


2.1.12 IreneIrene Corrales
First Year at OBCR: 2012
Hometown: Heredia, Costa Rica
Education: Bachelors of Science in Forest Engineering & Tourism

Certifications: First Aid, CPR, and AED for the Professional Rescuer, Instructor Judgment Training, Land Instructor Training

Irene is a lead instructor for our many of our courses and has a passion for sharing and teaching about Costa Rica and its culture and the environment. After completing her degree in Forest Engineering, Irene decided to pursue a career in sustainable tourism. After completing exams, Irene came to Outward Bound Costa Rica as an energetic and incredibly knowledgeable instructor. Irene enjoys surfing, backpacking and creating art. She often teaches students on course how to create intricate jewelry and is famous for her hair wraps.


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Mauren Granados
First Year at OBCR: 2009
Hometown: Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Instructor Judgment Training, Land Instructor Training, Technical Ropes Rescue, Open Water Lifeguard

Mauren has been leading students through her backyard, the Costa Rican countryside, for eight years. Through her no-nonsense approach to instructing, she pushes students physically and mentally beyond what they ever thought possible – and they love her for it. With an abundance of rainforest knowledge, Mauren specializes in backpacking and hiking. She happily opens up her home and her family to students at her homestay while hiking through Piedras Blancas. Her favorite thing about being an Outward Bound Costa Rica instructor is meeting and sharing her abundance of knowledge with all of the interesting students.


Lucia Granados

Lucia Granados
First Year at OBCR: 2009
Hometown: Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Instructor Judgment Training, Land Instructor Training, Technical Ropes Rescue, Open Water Lifeguard

Lucia, along with her sister Mauren and her husband Pablo, has been leading students through her backyard, the Costa Rican countryside, for eight years. Through her artistic approach to instructing, she guides with an eye to the beauty and serenity of the places where students hike or take to the water. She is a regular on the Girl Scout Destinations Sea Turtle Retreat in December. She happily joins her family when students are at their homestay while hiking through Piedras Blancas. Her favorite thing about being an Outward Bound Costa Rica instructor is being able to share her knowledge and philosophy of life as well as her amazing works of art with her students.


Pablo LopezPablo Lopez
First Year at OBCR: 2005
Hometown: Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Instructor Judgment Training, Land Instructor Training, Technical Ropes Rescue, Open Water Lifeguard

Pablo and his family have a long standing relationship with OBCR.  His family has welcomed students into their home during their hike through the Costa Rican countryside. Pablo’s passion for the outdoors is evident in his love of adventure activities.  His favorite thing about being an Outward Bound Costa Rica instructor is helping students build confidence in themselves and watching them grow through their experiences.


DiegoDiego Chinchilla
First Year at OBCR: 2009
Hometown: Santa Maria de Dota, Costa Rica

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid, CPR, and AED for the Professional Rescuer, Technical Rope Rescue: Operations, Instructor Judgment Training, Land Instructor Training, Emergency Responder

Diego was born and raised in Copey de Dota, Costa Rica. He studied Natural Resource Management at the Universidad Estatal. Before joining Outward Bound Costa Rica, Diego volunteered at the Pacuare Biological Reserve working to conserve and protect sea turtles. He enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, dancing and reading. When he’s not working with us, Diego works as a guide for local tourist companies and spends time on his small blackberry farm.


DonnaDonna White
First Year at OBCR: 2007
Hometown: New Bern, North Carolina, USA

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid, CPR, and AED for the Professional Rescuer, Whitewater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue: Operations, International Rafting Federation Guide Class I-IV, Instructor Judgment Training, Land Instructor Training, Sea Kayak Training, Whitewater Kayak Training, NAUI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver

Donna joined Outward Bound Costa Rica as a full-time instructor after training through our Outdoor Leader Semester. Also known as Mama Donna, she has a comforting way about her with her southern drawl and delicious home cooking. Before working with Outward Bound, Donna worked as a kayaking guide with Pirate Queen Paddling in Morehead City, North Carolina and also has years of catering experience. Donna is known to camp, hike, sail, kayak, and make beautiful jewelry in her free time. She is also renowned for her ability to connect with students of all levels, as she shares with them the activities she loves most and brings out the best in each of them.


carlosCarlos Castro Montero
First Year at OBCR: 2005
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid, CPR, and AED for the Professional Rescuer, Technical Rope Rescue: Operations, Instructor Judgment Training, NAUI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver, Waterfront Lifeguard

Above all else, Carlos loves learning about his students – they make everyday of every course different. To Carlos, the diversity of his students’ backgrounds, interests and goals represent a metaphor for learning about life. Carlos is a well-known for his surfing ability and leads many of our surf programs here at Outward Bound Costa Rica.


nicoNico Vallejo
First Year at OBCR: 2014
Hometown: Cartago, Costa Rica

Certifications: First Aid, CPR, AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Wilderness First Responder

Nico’s biggest passion in life is rafting the great rivers of Costa Rica. He finds rivers to be a blessing and says exercise is very important for him. He also enjoys running, hiking and sea kayaking. What he likes most about being an instructor is the opportunity to share his culture with young people in an honest and positive manner. He feels that outdoor activities are a big help in growing physically and mentally, and he enjoys being able to help students learn more about themselves.


Roger

Roger Mesen
First year at OBCR: 2017
Hometown: Goicochea, San Jose
Education: Diplomado en Educación Superior Parauniversitaria en Turismo con énfasis en conducción de grupos.

Roger was born and raised in Mata de Platano, Goicoechea. He studied General Tour Guide at the Universidad Tecnica Nacional and has been working as a volunteer in Costa Rica Nacional Parks since 2004. He loves spending time in nature, hiking, riding mountain bikes, running, playing soccer, basketball, dancing, and juggling.


Esteban

Esteban Umana Perez
First year at OBCR: 2017
Hometown: Santa Elena, Monteverde.

Outdoor certifications: Red cross CPR and First Aid, Wilderness First Response, Open Water Diving.

Esteban is 32 years old and crazy about mountain sports. Having finished podium in several trail running and adventure races, as well as 1st place overall in one of Costa Rica’s toughest and most competitive mountain marathons (the 2017 MoonRun) it is safe to say that “outdoors” is his middle name. Esteban enjoys the thrill of training and traveling. After selling all of his belongings (car, bed, fridge, furniture, etc) he took some time off and biked from Nicaragua to Peru. Upon returning to Costa Rica he became an adventure sports guide, and has been guiding for the past 5 years.


Fab

Fabricio Arguedas
First year at OBCR: January 2016
Hometown: San Josè, Costa Rica.

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR, Technical Ropes Rescue: Operations, International Rafting Federation Guide Class I-IV, Instructor Judgment Training, Sea Kayak Training, PADI Open Waters Scuba Diver.

Fab was born in San Josè, Costa Rica where he developed his love for the outdoors and nature. However, it was not until he travelled to Southeast Asia for the first time where he found his passion for experiential learning while working for different outdoor education companies in China. He enjoys traveling and putting himself in situations where challenges will be present. He knows that there is no better way to improve and grow than to step out of his comfort zone and face his fears one at the time. He heard about OBCR while traveling in Thailand back in 2015 and since then has been happy to not only join the team, but to share, learn and have a great experience with all the students and staff.


Grace

Grace Guerrero
First year at OBCR: 2017
Hometown: San José, Costa Rica

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid, CPR, Technical Rope Rescue: Operations, Whitewater Rescue Technician.

Grace was born in Parramatta, Australia and moved to Costa Rica at the age of 7 years old. She studied Physiotherapy Aide, Sport, and Dance Education at the Australian College of Physical Education. Before Outward Bound Costa Rica, Grace was a sports and dance teacher at a High School as well as an Artistic Director at the University of Costa Rica. Grace has experience working on outdoor activities with groups of children and young adults with Pure Life Adventures and with NSW Sport and Recreation, Australia. Grace enjoys investing time with nature and the people around her, she loves music and dance. Outside Outward Bound, Grace works with other outdoor activity companies and teaches dance when possible.


Molly

Molly Lawlor
First year at OBCR: 2017
Hometown: Amherst, Massachussetts
Education: BS in Adventure Education from Plymouth State University

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid, CPR, and AED for the Professional Rescuer, ACA Kayak Instructor, Technical Rope Rescue: Operations, Swift Water Rescue, NAUI Advanced Open Water SCUBA diver, International Rafting Federation Guide Class I-III, Waterfront Lifeguard

Molly began working in the outdoor education industry beginning in 2008 at a summer camp in Massachusetts. Since then she has continued to develop her passion for working with all different kinds of students. She enjoys Kayaking, both on the ocean and in the rivers, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and many other activities. She came to Outward Bound in 2016 for a leadership semester and fell in love with the organization and the country and hasn’t left since.


INSTRUCTOR INTERNS

Isabel

Isabel Seigler
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Certifications: Whitewater technician, WFR, lifeguard, technical ropes technician, scuba diver certification

Izzie loves being outdoors and is always excited to share that passion with others. Izzie is an avid rock climber and goes hiking in her free time. She is looking forward to leading others while growing her own leadership skills.


Mike

Mike Carter
Hometown: Stourbridge, England

Certifications: Scuba Diver Basic Open Water Certification 2016, Basic Life Support -American Safety & Health Institute 2016, Lifeguarding Waterfront Skills- American Red Cross 2016, Lifeguarding CPR, First Aid, AED (defibrillator)- American Red Cross 2016, Wilderness First Responder- American Safety & Health Institute 2016, Technical Rope Rescue- Rescue 3 International Certification 2016, Whitewater Rescue Technician- Rescue 3 International Certification 2016

Mike has always loved the outdoors, is a keen environmentalist, and thrives on pushing himself physically. He strongly believes in the positive impact outdoor activities and challenges can have on people’s lives. Back in the UK, Mike is a motorcycle enthusiast.


Lucie

Lucie Riley
Hometown: Los Angeles CA

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder (Outward Bound Costa Rica), CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross), Whitewater Rescue Technician (Rescue 3 International), Technical Rope Rescue: Operations Level (Rescue 3 International), Whitewater Raft Guide License Class I-II or III (International Rafting Federation), Scuba Diver or Advanced Scuba Diver Certification (National Association of Underwater Instructors), Waterfront Lifeguarding (American Red Cross)

Lucie came to Outward Bound Costa Rica to participate in the Semester Coast-to-Coast course and loved it so much she came back for the Outdoor Leader Semester course. Ever since Lucie was little she had a passion for the outdoors, particularly hiking and the beach. Growing up in LA, Lucie had the best of both worlds with the beach and the mountains only a short drive away. She is excited to share her passion with students this Summer.


CatCatherine Perryman
Hometown: Longmont, Colorado

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid, CPR, and AED for the Professional Rescuer, Technical Rope Rescue: Operations, NAUI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver, Waterfront Lifeguard, International Rafting Federation Guide Class I-III, Swift Water Rescue Technician

After completing and loving a course with Outward Bound Costa Rica years before as a Girl Scout, Catherine returned to take the Outdoor Leadership Semester course as an open-enrollment student. Since a very early age, Catherine spent time outside and was passionate about all types of terrain. She is beyond excited to lead groups this Summer and continue exploring the beautiful country of Costa Rica.


Colvin

Colvin Warburton
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Certifications: wilderness first responder, first aid, CPR, and AED. NAUI open water scuba, water front life guard, swift water rescue technician.

Colvin has always enjoyed the water, being raised on the gulf coast of Florida. The ocean is his domain. Surfing and many other water sports are hobbies and lifestyles he follows with a passion. Outdoor activities are wonderful way to learn life lessons. Outward Bound courses have changed his life, and he is excited to be an Instructor Intern.


COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE & MAINTENANCE STAFF

BrynnaBrynna Rao: Media & Marketing Manager
First year at OBCR: 2017
Hometown: Cheshire, Connecticut.
Education: Bachelor of Science degree, with honors in Health Services and Spanish from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Brynna became the first full-time employee at The Adventure Project, an international nonprofit in New York working to end extreme poverty by creating jobs in Kenya and Uganda. In pursuing her creative drive, she began working at Lifetouch as a Lead Photographer and received two regional awards for Excellence in Photography and the Gabriel Miller Award. Brynna is an advocate for social justice and economic empowerment causes. She has volunteered with several nonprofits and foundations, including Invisible Children, Half the Sky Movement, American Red Cross, and Fundación Rahab.

In her new role as Media & Marketing Manager at Outward Bound Costa Rica, she is looking forward to expanding creative media strategy to engage students and course participants. Since studying abroad in Costa Rica in 2012, she is thrilled to now call the rainforest and OBCR community her home.


MariaMaria Fernanda Batista: Open Enrollment Management Manager
First year at OBCR: 2017
Hometown: Turrialba, Costa Rica
Education: M.A. Human Rights and Education for Peace, National University of Costa Rica, B.A. International Relations, National University, Costa Rica

Maria is passionate about culture and history and loves sharing and learning with people from around the world. In addition to her responsibilities as the Enrollment Manager at Outward Bound Costa Rica, Maria is also a university professor at ULACIT, teaching International Relations, Human Rights, Politics and Peace Conflict Resolution. In her free time Maria enjoys cooking, dancing and being outdoors with nature. She loves spending time with family and friends and taking weekend trips to the beach or mountain. Maria came to OBCR to reconnect with herself and to be closer to nature. She wants to engage in a healthier happier life style by experiencing the outdoors and learning about the OBCR way of life.


Julie Duthey: Group Programs & Partnerships Manager

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First year at OBCR: 2016
Hometown: Valenciennes, France
Education: Bachelor of Cultural Coordination, EAC Paris

Julie is a tireless traveler, animal lover and problem-solver. She has lived and worked in several countries including rural India, fancy Paris, a small island in Thailand and cosmopolitan London before settling in Costa Rica. She can speak French, English, Italian, Spanish, and basic Hindi. Her experience in Tourism, Project coordination and Public Relations makes her a choice partner to tailor trips and courses based on groups’ objectives and interests. She firmly believes that outdoor adventure is the best form of education! She has earned several certifications: Horse-Riding Galop 5, and PADI Advanced Scuba Diver.


Maia Seals: Communications & Marketing Intern

MaiaHometown: Bordentown, New Jersey
Education: Buxton High School in Massachusetts

Maia received her first camera at the age of nine years old. She studied darkroom and digital photography at Buxton High School, a boarding school in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It was there that she began to develop an eye for photography, as well as a need for exploration. She majored in Journalism and Photography for three years with high hopes of becoming a professional travel/culture photographer, and to leave school with a better understanding of art as a whole. After realizing that traditional schooling was not the path for her, she began to delve into freelance work to build experiences she would need for the “real” world. This photography quest led her to Alajuela, Costa Rica in 2016 where she helped document an Ayurveda yoga retreat.

Maia loves to create, learn, and become inspired by the people around her. She enjoys photographing shared everyday experiences with those around her in hopes of finding new ways to capture who they are. She’s excited to work with Outward Bound Costa Rica as the Communication & Marketing Intern and hopes to return home with new marketing and Spanish skills.


Victoria Blades: Communications Intern

victoriaHometown: Coatbridge, Scotland
Education: M.A (Hons) Joint French & Spanish from University of St Andrews, Scotland

From an early age, Victoria has been fascinated by languages and cultures different than her own and has undertaken work on different projects around the world- focused on cross-cultural cooperation, education and community development. Most recently, she spent 6 months leading a livelihoods project in rural Nicaragua where she developed a love affair with this part of the world, and upon returning home in December 2016 she knew that she would be back. Victoria is very excited to work with the OBCR team and hopes to learn new skills and to become more of a global citizen by working alongside people from all over the world. Her interest in alternative forms of education and personal development drives her to contribute whatever she can to make Outward Bound the best experience for each participant.

In her spare time, Victoria loves to be outdoors climbing the hills of Scotland or to find a quiet spot to practice yoga. She also loves to dance and to bring new recipes to her kitchen from her travels.


2F4A5201-2Anthonny Cordero: Accountant & Programmer Assistant

First year at OBCR: 2015
Hometown: Cartago, Costa Rica
Education: Tecnico en Comptabilidad y Finanza, Colegio Vocacional de Artes y Oficios de Cartago

Anthonny was born and raised in Costa Rica. He studied Accounting and Finance at Colegio Vocacional de Artes y Oficios de Cartago. Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica, he assists Danny Jimenez, Director of Programs & Operations and Esther Garcia, Accountant & Human Resources and supports marketing staff and the programming team. He loves his country and, most of all, playing football. He also has a passion for hiking when he has free time.


Wilson Masi: Driver
First Year at OBCR: 2014
Hometown: Cartago, Costa Rica

Wilson is one of our beloved drivers at Outward Bound Costa Rica. He plays the drums for a band called Independente Vieja Metropli based in his hometown of Cartago. Wilson also enjoys playing basketball and football. His favorite place in Costa Rica is San Carlos because he loves the views of the nearby volcano and to swim in the thermal water the rivers there provide.


2F4A5697Diego Mata: Bodega & Driver
First Year at OBCR: 2013
Hometown: San Ramon de Tres Rios, Costa Rica

Diego is not only a driver at Outward Bound Costa Rica but our Bodeguero. When he finds time for his own passions, you will find him on his motorbike heading into the mountains or down into San Jose.  He loves his bike! Diego is called upon to do many things here on base, and is always willing to transport students and staff to begin their course, or to pick up and drop off at the airport.


2F4A5693Fulvio Solis: Maintenance
First Year at OBCR: 2017
Hometown: Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica

Ful is the newest addition to our team.  He is responsible for maintenance at our Basecamp.  His knowledge of the land and ability to fix and repair comes in very handy.  He is always smiling and willing to tackle any problem.  He truly enjoys all the students who come and go with each course.