Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) instructors are outdoor professionals, highly trained in both technical and interpersonal skills. All instructors are certified Wilderness First Responders. This intensive certification takes 70 hours to complete and is recognized by medical and outdoor fields worldwide.  Additionally, all of our staff are required to have Federal and State background checks.

All POBS programs—whether a 14-day expedition or a daylong team-building program—are staffed with experienced Lead Instructors. Becoming a Lead Instructor requires many seasons of demonstrating consistent and excellent group facilitation, exceptional safety and risk management, and extensive trainings.

Lottie Appel

Instructor

Lottie Appel


Instructor

Opal Bednarik

Expedition & Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Opal Bednarik


Expedition & Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Ritam Chakraborty

Expedition Faculty Instructor

Ritam Chakraborty


Expedition Faculty Instructor

Mads Chomentowski

Expedition Faculty Instructor

Mads Chomentowski


Expedition Faculty Instructor

Jeremy Cothran

Expedition Program Coordinator

Jeremy Cothran


Expedition Program Coordinator

Emily Della Fera

Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Emily Della Fera


Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Mac Dvorak

Expedition Faculty Instructor

Mac Dvorak


Expedition Faculty Instructor

Olive Fine

Expedition Program Coordinator

Olive Fine


Expedition Program Coordinator

Marta Geilfuss

Assistant Instructor

Marta Geilfuss


Assistant Instructor

Nick Hazell

Instructor

Nick Hazell


Instructor

Becca Hesselink

Media Consultant

Becca Hesselink


Media Consultant

Megan Kietzman-Nicklin

Instructor

Megan Kietzman-Nicklin


Instructor

Joe Knoblauch

Instructor

Joe Knoblauch


Instructor

Amanda Krakovitz

Expedition Faculty Instructor

Amanda Krakovitz


Expedition Faculty Instructor

Jeffrey Ladnier

Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Jeffrey Ladnier


Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Marissa Macinelli

Instructor

Marissa Macinelli


Instructor

Red Malleck

Instructor

Red Malleck


Instructor

Philip Mattes

Instructor

Philip Mattes


Instructor

Isaac Mendelsohn

Instructor

Isaac Mendelsohn


Instructor

Geo Meneses

Center-Based Program Coordinator

Geo Meneses


Center-Based Program Coordinator

Bridget O’Hara

Center Based Faculty Instructor

Bridget O’Hara


Center Based Faculty Instructor

Jack Organ

Center-Based Program Coordinator

Jack Organ


Center-Based Program Coordinator

Eric Park

Instructor

Eric Park


Instructor

Bob Prachar

Instructor

Bob Prachar


Instructor

Will Thoman

Expedition Faculty Instructor

Will Thoman


Expedition Faculty Instructor

Madeline Troyer

Instructor

Madeline Troyer


Instructor