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.

  Sarah Asson

Sarah Asson

College: Jones
Major: Policy Studies, Statistics
From: Chicago, IL
Favorite outdoor activity: Water Skiing
Favorite backcountry area: Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon
Favorite Restaurant: Monteverde
Would like to meet: Michelle Obama
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2017

  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

 Natalie Bolton

Natalie Bolton

College: Sid Rich
Major: Bioengineering
From: Detroit, MI
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking & Hiking
Favorite backcountry area: Nantahala Nat'l Forest, NC/TN
Favorite Restaurant: Andes Cafe
Would like to meet: My parents in their college years
ROPE Leader Since: Spring, 2017

 Robbie Foley  

Robbie Foley

College: Brown
Major: Computer Science
From: Columbus, OH
Favorite outdoor activity: Canoeing Whiterware
Favorite backcountry area: Algonquin Park, Ontario
Favorite Restaurant: Bubba's Texas Burger Shack
Would like to meet: Lebron James
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2017

 Akash Ghosal  

Akash Ghosal

College: Wiess
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
From: Houston, TX & Guragon, Haryana, India
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking & 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 

  Alex Holmes

Alex Holmes

College: McMurtry
Major: Earth Science
From: Ashland, KY
Favorite outdoor activity: Kayaking, Camping, Hiking
Favorite backcountry area: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
Favorite restaurant: Bing's Bakery
Would like to meet: Gina Felice Aversa
ROPE Leader Since: Fall, 2017

 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

 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 2 Anna Purtscher 

College: Duncan
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
From: York, ME
Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking & Hiking
Favorite backcountry area: Scottish Highlands
Favorite restaurant: The Friendly Toast
Would like to meet: Mary Oliver
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

 Zephyr Smith

Zephyr Smith

 
College: Sid Richardson
Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering
From: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite outdoor activity: Offroading & Backpacking
Favorite backcountry area: Table Mesa Recreation Area
Favorite restaurant: Macayo's
Would like to meet: Elon Musk
ROPE leader since: Fall, 2017
 Bhuvanesh Sundar

Bhuvanesh Sundar


 College: Post-Doctorate
Area: Physics
From: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite outdoor activity: Rock Climbing and Backpacking
Favorite backcountry area: Adirondacks, NY; Red River Gorge, KY
Favorite restaurant: Saravana Bhavan
Would like to meet: Alex Honnold
ROPE leader since: Fall, 2017
 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