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

  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

 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

   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

 

 

 
   Greg Kinman(1)  

Greg Kinman

College: Brown
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Dallas, TX 
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking or skiing
Favorite backcountry area: Tie between Alaska and the High Sierra
Favorite restaurant: Anywhere with good sushi
Would like to meet: Neil deGrasse Tyson
ROPE Leader since: Fall, 2012 
  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
 
   Wylie Mao

Wylie Mao

 

College: Sid Richardson
Major: Architecture & Policy Studies
From: Seattle, WA
Favorite outdoor activity: Whitewater Canoeing
Favorite backcountry area:
 Along the coast, along the rivers, and in the mountains of Maine
Favorite Restaurant: The Kingfish Cafe
Would like to meet: Edward Abbey
ROPE Leader Since:
Fall, 2015
 

 

 
  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

 


   Geneva Vest

Geneva Vest

College: Hanszen
Major: Sociology
Hometown: 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