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

  Sarah Grefe  
Sarah Grefe 

College: GSA
Major: PhD in Physics 
From: Long Beach, California
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking and 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

  JP Griffith2
JP Griffith

College: McMurtry 
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Business Minor 
Hometown: Denver, CO
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Favorite??? Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Scuba Diving, etc.
Favorite Backcountry Area: The Crestones, Sangre de Cristo Range, CO
Favorite Restaurant: Willy's Pub
Would Like to Meet: Warren Harding

  Geneva Vest  

Geneva Vest

College: Hanszen
Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Policy Studies
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking
Favorite backcountry area: Coastal Maine
Favorite restaurant: Foo Foo Cafe
Would like to meet: Ziggy Stardust  
  Ben Hawriluk  
Ben Hawriluk

College: Will Rice
Major: History
From: Long Island, NY
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking
Favorite backcountry area: Grand Teton National Park 
Favorite restaurant: Ginos
Would like to meet: Matthew Henson

 Greg Kinman
Greg Kinman
College: Brown
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Coppell, TX
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking or skiing
Favorite backcountry area: Southeastern Alaska
Favorite restaurant: Azuma
Would like to meet: Neil deGrasse Tyson 

  Alex Hayes
Alex Hayes

College: Baker
Major: Spectacular Indecision
Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Favorite outdoor activity: Kayaking, Alpine skiing, Backpacking
Favorite backcountry area: The Sierra Nevada Mountains
Favorite restaurant: Hiroba Sushi
Would like to meet: Lain S. Thomas (author of I Wrote This For You)

 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
  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

 Jake Sullivan2
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