Outdoor Lab Foundation Staff
A graduate of Jeffco Public Schools and the University of Oregon, Shannon spent the first part of her career in the corporate sector in Sales and Marketing with ESPN and later in medical sales. She jumped into the non-profit world with Outdoor Lab Foundation on the tail of the threat of school closure and has been a passionate advocate for this vital program. Outside of the office, Shannon loves to travel, scuba dive, volunteer, read, hike and get outside with her family and dog.
Marketing & Development Manager
Katie grew up in Western New York and attended St. Lawrence University. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, DC and did marketing for the Washington Capitals (NHL) and direct response fundraising for World Wildlife Fund. Katie moved to Colorado in 2011 and worked in sponsorship for the USA Pro Challenge Cycling Race. Katie joined the Outdoor Lab staff in 2015 and has incorporated all her past marketing and fundraising experience to this wonderful cause. In her spare time Katie likes to hike, cook, cheer on the Caps and be entertained by her two dogs Otto and GusGus.
Program & Finance Officer
Leah Roche is a Jeffco grad who attended Outdoor Lab as a sixth grade student and high school leader, and she has strong family ties to the program. Leah’s career path started at Drake University where she studied public relations. After graduation her drive to give back led her to spend a year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at a small non-profit in Washington state called Cancer Patient Care. From there, Leah spent a number of years honing her skills in the marketing department at Horizon Credit Union. After the birth of her son, Leah moved back to Colorado to be closer to family and happily found a position with the Outdoor Lab Foundation. If she’s not in the office Leah is probably hanging out with husband and two children or going for a nice long run.
Marketing & Administrative Coordinator
Paige Brophy grew up in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and is an Outdoor Lab alumna, graduating from Wheat Ridge High School. She received her bachelors degree in Journalism and Media Communication from Colorado State University. She has held positions with Colorado State Athletics Communications and did some work with Crossroads Safehouse as a social media specialist. Outdoor Lab changed her life in so many ways. Paige became the confident individual she is today because of her Outdoor Lab experience. Not only does Paige love Outdoor Lab, but she also loves running, biking, and Gilmore Girls. Let's get connected!
Outdoor Lab Foundation Board of Directors
Vice President of Land, Enduring Resources
ALEX B. CAMPBELL V joined Enduring Resources, LLC, in 2004 as an owner and Vice President of Land and Business Development. Alex has had a distinguished career in the area of land acquisition and divestiture in the energy industry since 1980. He has had impressive success with lease and land acquisition in several of the key shale plays in the Continental US. Alex earned an MBA, a BS in Business and a BA in History at Colorado State University. He is active in many energy industry associations and programs including the AAPL, DAPL, HAPL, RMMLF, WAPL, and the UAPL. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Energy Alliance (formerly IPAMS). Alex is a strong advocate of education in the energy field. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Business School and as a guest professor in the Professional Land Management Degree Program at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. In addition, he serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Masters in Energy Land Management at Colorado State University. Alex is an active philanthropist sitting on the board of directors for both the Outdoor Lab Foundation and the MaxFund Animal Shelter.
Executive Director-retired, Jefferson County Schools
Blanche Kapushion, PHD
Blanche Kapushion PhD, retired from Jeffco schools in 2016. Blanche is a passionate supporter of the Outdoor Lab Schools because she witnessed, firsthand, the impact OELS has had on changing lives for young students, high school students and classroom teachers. As a former sixth grade attendee, high school leader, sixth grade teacher, principal and district administrator, Blanche is committed to assuring the continued success of the OELS program as well as its continued growth and evolution for future generations. Hands-on activities in authentic settings are foundational to high levels of engagement that lead to lifelong learners. Lifelong learners become compassionate and contributing members of society. We all benefit from a healthy society and it begins with learning opportunities like the Outdoor Education Lab Schools at Windy Peak and Mt. Evans.
Partner, City Street Investors
As a Denver resident of 27 years and member of the West Highland’s Community, Rod Wagner has been instrumental in helping change the face of the Highland’s through his and his partners aggressive acquisition the past 12-15 years of commercial real estate properties. Rod and his partners have repositioned a number of historical buildings, through restoration and improvements to attract a more refined level of tenants to better meet the needs and wants, of the local community. As a partner in Larimer Associates and City Street Retail, Rod’s role is multi-faceted. With a broad background in real estate and restaurant management and operations, Rod is responsible in part for managing the design criteria for properties that are acquired, to assure that redevelopment opportunities that the company participates in, align with both the neighborhoods in which they are located, as well as the goals of the company. Rod has built many valued relationships throughout the building department, works directly with engineering and planning, which provides a liaison between the company and various governmental agencies.
Rod worked directly with the design team at Denver Union Station to assure timely completion of the project. Rod took on the project management of the three (3) third party tenant build-outs, as well as the oversight and management of construction for the company run Acme Burger and Brats, Pigtrain Coffee and Milkbox Creamery.
President, International After Market Sales, Gates Rubber-Retired
Jeff Brekke is a retired President of the Global Aftermarket for the Gates Corp. He spent 35 years in various global locations and assignments.
Jeff spends his time today with numerous Non Profits, as well as hiking, golfing, traveling, gardening, photography and as much time as possible with his grandchildren!
Channel Manager, West-RiskSense, Inc.
Josh Timon has been a board member of the Outdoor Lab Foundation since 2013 and Chairman since 2015. As a Jefferson County grad, OELS student and two-time High School Counselor, this program has been woven into Josh’s fabric for many years. Josh is passionate about getting our younger generations into nature. He is a firm believer in “saving our children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” a term coined by Richard Louv in the book Last Child in the Woods. As an avid outdoorsman himself, Josh enjoys gardening, hunting, camping and moonlights as a river guide for Boundary Expeditions in the summers on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. When he is not enjoying the outdoors he stays busy coaching his daughter's competitive basketball team, Altitude Basketball Club, running the Ralston Valley High School Booster Club and his day job consists of helping companies with their cyber risk management as the West coast Channel Manager for RiskSense.
Co-Owner, Merkl's Automotive
My husband Rick and I own a automotive repair shop in Wheat Ridge (Merkl's Automotive) and we have two kids who are Jeffco graduates. I have worked for Friendship Bridge, a nonprofit that provides microcredit loans and additional programs to women in rural Guatemala, for seven years and in non-profit for 30 years. Both myself and my children were fortunate to have experienced Outdoor Lab and it is an honor to be serving on this board to help preserve this fantastic place for generations to come.
Student Services Specialist, Jeffco Public Schools
Jason grew up in North Carolina where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, while playing Football and Rugby for Guilford College. He obtained his Master’s of Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2008. He enjoys being active outdoors and staying fit riding bikes, hiking, swimming and competing in triathlons. He has continuously worked with children of all ages in public and private settings since graduating college in 1992. He has served kids in a variety of capacities including being an Executive Director of a wilderness school for adjudicated adolescent boys, Dean of Students at a K-12 Charter School, a Senior Consultant with the Colorado Department of Education, a Middle and High School Counselor, and currently in the Student Services Department with Jeffco Public Schools. He is a husband and father of two young children. He fully appreciates the responsibility and energy that is required to raise a healthy and positive family. There is no greater or more important job than that of being a parent. He understands that his job as a professional is to enhance the experience of all students, remove barriers and to make certain they have every opportunity to achieve academic and social/emotional success in a safe and secure environment.
Founder and President, Avout
Barry Wiebe is the Founder, President and CEO of Avout. He has over 25 years of experience in Oracle staffing, services, and software sales and has been hired by some of the largest consultancies in the world to manage Oracle business units. Barry has worked with both startups and Fortune 500 companies to build Oracle practices from the ground up, and over the course of his career has hired hundreds of Oracle experts and interviewed thousands of candidates. He has a track record of bringing start-up and under performing organizations and divisions to profitability quickly and generating exponential revenue growth.
Barry launched his career in the aerospace engineering field where he used powerful Oracle databases to work on classified projects. In the mid-1990s he was recruited by Oracle to create an Oracle Government Consulting practice in the Central U.S. region, which he grew to $20 million in 14 months. Barry was then hired by Accenture to establish their Oracle line of business, growing it to 250 people and $230 million in just three years. Prior to starting Avout, Barry was hired as Senior Vice President of Sales at TUSC, an Oracle-focused consulting firm, to turn around three years of declining revenue. In 36 months he grew sales as much as 127% quarter over quarter, doubling revenue and positioning the company for a successful acquisition by Rolta. Before that he worked as a principal officer at ResponsePoint and Lante, bolstering revenue for both companies and propelling Lante to a successful acquisition.
Barry’s Oracle dealings have involved top leaders including Larry Ellison, Safra Catz, and Mark Hurd, and he maintains an extensive network of relationships within Oracle and throughout the Oracle consulting world. Presently he is responsible for all day-to-day operations, P&L, delivery and client-facing interactions for Avout.
Barry graduated with a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University. He is a nationally-ranked mountain bike racer and the founder of Avout Racing; www.AvoutRacing.com, a 1% for the Planet Ambassador, helping build the number of corporate members who are taking a stand for sustaining our planet, and a board member of Outdoor Lab Foundation.
Ritch moved to Arvada, Colorado from Baltimore, MD in 2014 while working for Under Armour in NCAA Sports Marketing. Prior to that, the Oregon and California native worked in product development for Nike at their world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Experienced in all aspects of marketing, licensing and sponsorships, Ritch has worked with numerous professional leagues including the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, as well as their respective athletes.
Extremely passionate about the outdoors, Ritch loves discovering and exploring all of Colorado’s amazing getaways with his wife and their 2 children.
Assistant Vice President, First Bank
Brandon is an Assistant Vice President with FirstBank working in multiple trade areas in his five years with the bank and has spent the last two and a half years working in the Jefferson County area. He is a Colorado native who loves spending his time exploring, hiking and traveling.