The Leadership Team


A full time permanent staff of 30 educators and support personnel work year round to improve and update programs, facilities, and equipment. They provide mature guidance for every camp program and trip.


JANE SANBORN. Executive Director and COEC Officer and Board Member. Jane has worked with the camps since graduating from Colorado College with a degree in English and Education. She was the Director/Program Director at High Trails 1970-1999. She is active in the American Camp Association and has served twice as President of the Rocky Mountain Section. She is currently a member of three National ACA committees: Public Policy, Children and Nature, and the National Conference Committee. She wears many hats at Sanborn, but she is extra experienced with the balloon variety.

JERRY McLAIN. Director of Development and COEC Officer. Jerry has been with Sanborn Camps since 1958, including many years as Program Director and Associate Director at Big Spring. He also directed the High Trails Outdoor Education Center program for many years and served as COEC Executive Director during the early 2000's. He currently sits on the Colorado Governor's Advisory Committee for Child Care Licensing and the board of the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds. Jerry is a former teacher and school board member; his degree is in Social Sciences and Education from the University of Colorado.

MIKE MACDONALD. Director, Big Spring. Mike came to Big Spring in 1991 and, after working in a variety of roles from counselor to Program Director became Director in 1997. Mike currently serves as the President of the American Camp Association, Rocky Mountain Section. He has a BS from Center College and a Master's Degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch College and provides enthusiastic, nurturing leadership at Big Spring.

ROB JOLLY. Rob taught at the High Trails Outdoor Education Center and at Big Springs Boys’ camp (two other divisions of the Colorado Outdoor Education Center, the parent non-profit organization of The Nature Place) for a year before becoming the Director of The Nature Place in 1989. He canoed extensively in Canada while growing up, and before receiving his B.A. in Geology from Miami University. He was instrumental in creating the innovative team and leadership development programs that utilize an understanding of natural, human and economic systems. Currently, his diversions include rehabilitating a house built in 1904, backcountry telemark skiing, rock climbing, snorkeling, diving and sailing. He continues to actively study global social, economic, business and environmental trends. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge about the local geology, general natural history and astronomy.

CARLOTTA AVERY. Associate Director, High Trails. Carlotta has worked at camp since 1978, after graduating from Olivet College with a BA in Instrumental Music Education. She directs the camps' trip program, organizing everything from Forest Service permits to Trip Leader training, and leads rock climbing programs at High Trails. She is co-director of the High Trails Outdoor Education Center program and is our Resident Naturalist, always willing to help identify flowers, birds, and other plants and animals on the ranch.

ARIELLA ROGGE. Director, High Trails. Ariella started her career at Sanborn when she was twelve. After five years of camper and five years of Sanborn staff experience, she continued her work with kids in the high school classroom. Ariella and her family returned to Sanborn in 2001 to take on the Program Director role and to discover her inner IT and marketing guru. She lists mountain golf, Gymkhana, climbing mountains and making Pad Thai in the backcountry as some of her favorite activities at camp. Ariella received a B.A. in English from Colorado College and is a certified secondary English educator and WEMT.

ELIZABETH (Izzy) RUNDLE.  Director, High Trails. Elizabeth first worked as a cabin counselor in 2002.  After staying for a series of HTOEC seasons, she was hired as a ridge leader/program director for Sanborn Junior. She continues to enjoy marshmallow roasting competitions, role playing in large groups and singing silly songs for the entire lodge to enjoy. Elizabeth graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Business.


Patrick PerryPATRICK PERRY. 
Director at High Trails Outdoor Education Center. Patrick has spent many years at the  Colorado Outdoor Education Center starting as a camper during the summers and then working as a staff member. Patrick worked at HTOEC in 2006 and dreamed of coming back to work in HTOEC’s unique educational environment. Since 2006 Patrick has completed his M.A.T. from Colorado College, and has taught in Harrison and Cherry Creek school districts. He has also taught 4th grade at the American Community School of Athens, Greece and middle school mathematics at the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok, Thailand. Along the way Patrick has also completed the Americorps program, and two month long National Outdoor Leadership School courses. He is passionate about making sure students receive real world experiences, and become life-long learners.

MAREN MACDONALD. Medical Liason and Riding Program Director. Maren's relationship with Sanborn is long and varied. She was a camper for many years, then worked as both a counselor and wrangler. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in French, and then attended R.I.T. where she studied to become a Physician's Assistant. She currently works as a PA in Colorado Springs, assists the nursing staff in the summer, helps direct the horseback riding program, and is married to Mike Mac--the director of Big Spring.

Photo of Jessie Spehar

 JESSIE SPEHAR. Operational Logistics Coordinator, Sanborn Western Camps. Jessie has been hiking the forest at Sanborn since the summer of 2006. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Wyoming and taught Special Education for 4 years before coming to continue teaching in the out of doors at High Trails and take on many operational duties for Sanborn Western Camps. Jessie has a great passion for photography,  finding the Monster at the end of the book, and baking the ultimate chocolate- chocolate chip cookie.