Leadership, board & awards

2022 Kurt Hahn Award

The Kurt Hahn Award, established by the Outward Bound USA Board of Directors in 1982, is the highest form of recognition conferred by Outward Bound. Recipients make contributions through a life’s work on behalf of others, in ways that embody the spirit of Hahn’s approach to education. Each recipient demonstrates “…an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, sensible self-denial and, above all, compassion.” The 2022 Kurt Hahn Awardees are volunteer leaders who significantly impact Outward Bound’s mission through extended involvement with the organization and in keeping with the ideals of Kurt Hahn.

Gruffie Clough

Gruffie began her long association with Outward Bound in the early 1970’s as a field instructor at the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS).  In her early years she navigated field instructor life while she taught high school Social Studies, climbed mountains, and sharpened her skills at numerous adventure sports—summiting all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, and Mt. Kilimanjaro 13 times. Throughout her varied endeavors Gruffie remained connected to COBS as a board member and served in this capacity for nearly 30 years.  

Ted Moores

While a keen and accomplished whitewater paddler, Ted’s true passion was education, with a penchant for social-emotional growth. In 1973, Bob Pieh invited Ted to join him in at MOBS (former name of Voyageur Outward Bound School) to improve the safety of its whitewater programs.  After 4 years, he accepted a role as Outward Bound USA’s National Safety Director and then the National VP of Safety. He traveled around the country conducting safety reviews and working together with John McGrory on what would become the organization’s first National Safety Standards (NSS). Ted’s trust-filled relationships with Outward Bound Schools across the country paved the way for the successful rollout and implementation of the NSS, forming the foundation upon which Outward Bound in the USA has built its robust network and culture of safety.  

National Awards

Josh Miner Award - Judith Robertson
Marina Ewald Award - Abby Dare
John McGrory Award - Jerry Rosen

When I started this course, I was unsure of who I am and who I wanted to be. But, Outward Bound has given me to the tools to find out.
Alumnus 2022

Our Leadership Team

Ginger Naylor,

Mike Pigg, 
Chief Operating Officer

Katie Newsom,
Chief Advancement Officer

Sandy Hunter, 
Chief Financial Officer

Ben Worden, 
National Brand and Marketing Director

Elyse Rylander, 
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Board of Directors

Catherine Smith
Chair Department of Economic & Community Development Connecticut Commissioner (retired)

William Casazza
Vice Chair Aetna Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Law & Regulatory Affairs (retired)  

Christine Cook
Global Chief Revenue Officer, Bloomberg Media

Richard Doren  
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Partner   

Rohan Freeman 
Freeman Companies / 7 Summits Construction President & CEO  

Janelle Gale, PhD 
Meta Vice President – Human Resources 

Laurie Greeno  
General Mills Sales/Marketing Vice President (retired)  

Laura Kohler 
Kohler Co. Senior Vice President – Human Resources, Stewardship & Sustainability 

Henry Morse Jr.
Gas Transmission Northwest Director of Business Development & Permitting (retired) 

Michael A. Nutter 
City of  Philadelphia, PA – Former Mayor   

John Pasmore 
YesTime CEO   

Darren Richman  
Kennedy Lewis Investment Management Co-Founder, Managing Partner  

Lee Skold 
Cargill Corporate Vice President (retired)  

Brad Thayer 
Capital One Financial Corporation Managing Vice President, Corporate Development

The data represented is from the Outward Bound Outcomes Survey.  Permission to use the Outward Bound Outcomes Survey (OBOS) was obtained from PEAR.