Meet Our R.O.P.E. Trip Leaders

Do you love the outdoors? Would you like leadership training in a variety of outdoor activities? Do you want free equipment rentals? Are you interested in guiding program trips? Join the ROPE Staff! 


Become a R.O.P.E. Trip Leader

ROPE Trip Leaders are responsible for the overall facilitation of an assigned trip. Leaders are expected to create and foster meaningful environments for trip participants, while simultaneously ensuring the mental and physical safety of each individual. This position requires interpersonal communication skills, the ability to think critically and the flexibility to work both independently and with a co-instructor. Click here for a detailed job description and application.

Cassie Barrett

College: Jones
Major: Psychology and Religious Studies. 
Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas
Favorite outdoor activity: Rock Climbing, Camping
Favorite backcountry area: Grand Canyon
Favorite restaurant: Whataburger
Would like to meet: Sigmund Freud
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2011

Eric Bastoul 

College: Duncan
Major: Mechanical Engineering 
From: California 
Favorite outdoor activity: Boating
Favorite backcountry area: Oroville Lake 
Favorite restaurant: Crepe Daniel 
Would like to meet: Lionel Messi 
ROPE Leader Since: Spring, 2011

 Jenny Cole
Jenny Cole

College: Hanszen 
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Wilton, CT
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking
Favorite Backcountry Area: Andes Mountains, Peru
Favorite Restaurant: Pappasitos
Would Like to Meet: Carl Rogers 

 Madeleine Crouch  

Madeleine Crouch

College: Jones
Major: ChBE (probably)
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Favorite outdoor activity: hiking or kayaking
Favorite backcountry area: Arapaho National Forest
Favorite restaurant: Reef
Would like to meet: Nikola Tesla 
Charles Danan

College: Duncan
Major: Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Religious Studies 
From: Chico, CA 
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking
Favorite backcountry area: Trinity Alps, CA 
Favorite restaurant: Chuy's 
Would like to meet: Tom Hanks
ROPE Leader Since: Spring, 2011

 Garrett McMurtry
Garrett McMurtry
College: McMurtry
Major(s): Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a Business Minor
Hometown: Denver, CO
Favorite outdoor activity: Kayaking, Rock Climbing, and Scuba Diving
Favorite backcountry area: The Columbia River Gorge and Yosemite Valley
Favorite restaurant: Noodles & Company
Would like to meet: Warren Harding 
 Greg Kinman
Greg Kinman
College: Brown
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Coppell, TX
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking or skiing
Favorite backcountry area: Southeastern Alaska
Favorite restaurant: Azuma
Would like to meet: Neil deGrasse Tyson 

Yun Li

From: Qinghai province of China
Favorite outdoor activity: Riding, Camping..
Favorite backcountry area: Qinghai Lake, China. 
Favorite restaurant: My Kitchen 
Would like to meet: Ming Yao and Bruce Willis
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2010

 Rebecca Maher
Rebecca Maher

College: McMurtry
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking
Favorite backcountry area: Yosemite
Favorite restaurant: Aka Sushi
Would like to meet: Johnny Depp
Maya Stokes

College: Hanszen
Major: Biochemistry and Environmental Science.
From: Fort Collins, Colorado
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking
Favorite backcountry area: Ragged Wilderness
Favorite Restaurant: Suehiro Sushi
Would like to meet: James Franco
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2011

 Jake Sullivan
Jake Sullivan
College: Lovett
Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Hometown: Chandler, Arizona
Favorite outdoor activity: Slacklining and Mountain Biking
Favorite Backcountry Area: Hunter Trail on Picacho Peak in Arizona
Favorite Restaurant: In-N-Out Burger
Would like to meet: Jerry Seinfeld 


 Julia Sunderland
Julia Sunderland
College: Duncan
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Hometown: Guilford, CT
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking
Favorite Backcountry Area: Swiss Alps
Favorite Restaurant: Shiva
Would Like to Meet: Benjamin Franklin 
 Houston Taylor
Houston Taylor
Houston is the Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs at Rice University
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking, SUP, and bouldering
Favorite Backcountry Area: West Highland Way, Scotland or Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona
Favorite Restaurant: My own personal Dragonfly
Would Like to Meet: Stephen Colbert