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.

 Erik Biegert  

Erik Biegert

College: Hanszen
Major: Electrical Engineering
From: Houston, TX
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking
Favorite backcountry area: Denali, Alaska
Favorite Restaurant: Freebirds
Would like to meet: Carl Sagan
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2014

 

  Shelby Bieritz


Shelby Bieritz

College: GSA
Major: Bioengineering
From: Allen, TX
Favorite outdoor activity: Climbing, kayaking, hiking
Favorite backcountry area: Fiordland, New Zealand
Favorite Restaurant: Pecan, Lodge
Would like to meet: Beyonce
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2016

 

  Akash Ghosal  

Akash Ghosal

College: Wiess
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering     
From: Houston, TX & Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking and Camping
Favorite backcountry area: Lassen Volcanic; Yosemite; Kings Canyon 
Favorite restaurant: Torchy's Tacos
Would like to meet: David Leebron
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2015

 

  Morgan Gillis  

Morgan Gillis

College: Baker
Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, French
From: Falls Church, VA 
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking
Favorite backcountry area: Monogahela Nat'l Forest, WV
Favorite restaurant: Taco Bell
Would like to meet:  Kanye West
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2016

 

  Sarah Grefe

Sarah Grefe

College: GSA
Major: PhD in Physics 
From: Long Beach, CA
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking & Hiking
Favorite Backcountry Area: Mt. Julius Caesar area, Inyo Nat'l Forest, Sierra Nevada
Favorite Restaurant: Cloud 10 Creamery
Would Like to Meet: Emmy Noether or Sally Ride
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2014

 

  Walker Grimes  

Charles (Walker) Grimes

College: Wiess
Major: Mechanical Engineering
From: Maine
Favorite outdoor activity: Lobster Fishing
Favorite backcountry area: Bay of Fundy
Favorite restaurant: Any lobster shack with a supply of butter
Would like to meet: Michael Bolton
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2016

 

  Josh Kaye  

Josh Kaye

College: Wiess
Major: Mechanical Engineering
From: New York City
Favorite outdoor activity: Canoeing
Favorite backcountry area: Algonquin Park, Ontario
Favorite restaurant: Any steakhouse
Would like to meet: Tony Stark
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2015

 

 

 

 
  Claudia Middleton  

Claudia Middleton

College: Sid Richardson
Major: English
From: Atlanta, GA
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking & Canoeing!
Favorite backcountry area: Zion, Grand Canyon
Favorite restaurant: Anywhere with a patio and great pizza!
Would like to meet: Emily Dickinson
ROPE Leader since: Fall, 2016

  Laura Nicholson

Laura Nicholson 

College: McMurtry
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology     
From: St. Paul, MN
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking or canoeing!
Favorite backcountry area: Glacier National Park
Favorite restaurant: The Bombay Brasserie
Would like to meet: Jane Goodall
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2015

 

 


  Anna Purtscher   

Anna Purtscher 

College: Duncan
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
From: York, ME
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking & Hiking
Favorite backcountry area: Acadia National Park
Favorite restaurant: The Friendly Toast
Would like to meet: Audrey Hepburn
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2016 

 

  Steven Schepanski  

Steven Schepanski

College: Duncan
Major: Electrical Engineering     
From: Houston, TX
Favorite outdoor activity: Rock Climbing & Backpacking
Favorite backcountry area: Colorado Trail     
Favorite restaurant: Mido, Peruvian/Japanese fusion
Would like to meet: Gordon Ramsay
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2016 

 

  Geneva Vest

Geneva Vest

College: Hanszen
Major: Sociology
From: Sugar Land, Texas
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking & Climbing
Favorite backcountry area: Big Bend National Park
Favorite restaurant: *Mother Nature*
Would like to meet: All the ROPE leaders because they rock!
ROPE leader since: Fall, 2014   
  Kris Cortez

Kris Cortez

Assistant Director 
Major: Italian Studies; Music; Outdoor Recreation
From: Grand Rapids, MI
Favorite outdoor activity: Sea Kayaking & Trekking
Favorite backcountry area: Colorado Plateau & Hardangervidde
Favorite restaurant: Marie Catrib's
Would like to meet: Aldo Leopold
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2015