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.

Korleki Akiti

Instructor

Korleki Akiti


Instructor

Rob Bonner

Center Based Faculty Instructor

Rob Bonner


Center Based Faculty Instructor

Opal Bednarik

Expedition & Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Opal Bednarik


Expedition & Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Aaron Bonfante

Instructor

Aaron Bonfante


Instructor

Laura Caldwell

Instructor

Laura Caldwell


Instructor

Ritam Chakraborty

Expedition Faculty Instructor

Ritam Chakraborty


Expedition Faculty Instructor

Madhumita Chandra

Instructor

Madhumita Chandra


Instructor

Richard Chieffo

Instructor

Richard Chieffo


Instructor

Mara Dajevskis

Instructor

Mara Dajevskis


Instructor

Joe DeRita

Instructor

Joe DeRita


Instructor

Sacha Donovan

Instructor

Sacha Donovan


Instructor

Olive Fine

Expedition Program Coordinator

Olive Fine


Expedition Program Coordinator

Braham Gairola

Instructor

Braham Gairola


Instructor

Marta Geilfuss

Assistant Instructor

Marta Geilfuss


Assistant Instructor

Fran Hammond

Instructor

Fran Hammond


Instructor

Nick Hazell

Instructor

Nick Hazell


Instructor

Becca Hesselink

Media Consultant

Becca Hesselink


Media Consultant

Lee Kiszonas

Instructor

Lee Kiszonas


Instructor

Jeffrey Ladnier

Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Jeffrey Ladnier


Center-Based Faculty Instructor

Red Malleck

Instructing Trainer

Red Malleck


Instructing Trainer

Nomi Martin-Brouillette

Instructor

Nomi Martin-Brouillette


Instructor

Philip Mattes

Instructor

Philip Mattes


Instructor

Sam Neiger

Instructor

Sam Neiger


Instructor

Bridget O’Hara

Center Based Faculty Instructor

Bridget O’Hara


Center Based Faculty Instructor

Bob Prachar

Instructor

Bob Prachar


Instructor

Morghan Robinson

Instructor

Morghan Robinson


Instructor

Sheetal Shelke

Instructor

Sheetal Shelke


Instructor

Madeline Troyer

Instructor

Madeline Troyer


Instructor