The NWOBS basecamp in Mazama, WA has a number of new positions and new faces in senior staff and administration this season. In addition to the annual newly hired assistant instructors, logistics coordinators, and interns, we are excited to welcome a new Logistics Manager, Head Logistics Coordinator, Program Manager, and Cook!
Doug Maiwurm is returning to the Northwest Outward Bound School as our new Washington Logistics Manager after a brief hiatus in 2015. Doug joined Outward Bound in 2013 as a new instructor in Mazama, eager for new challenges and to work with young people. He is excited to return to OB and gave back to the Mazama community in his new role as Logistics manager. For the past decade, Doug has also worked with REI Outdoor Programs in Washington, DC in various roles, most recently as a senior instructor, trainer, and Logistics Manger. In a former life, Doug worked as a musician in the bars, clubs, and concert halls of DC, Baltimore, and Chicago. In addition to his excellent educational skills, technical abilities, and love of logistics, Doug brings an easy-going and fun personality to our administration team.
Joel Reid is moving from his current role as a course director, trainer, and instructor to the Washington Program Manager. The Program Manager position is new this year, and will allow us to put more focus on staff development as well as support day to day program administration. In 2008, 12 years after taking a 22 day Outward Bound course as a teenager, Joel joined Outward Bound as new instructor in Mazama. Since then he has also been a Course Director and Staff Trainer, with an emphasis on outcome driven course design and risk management. In addition to Outward Bound he works as a WFR instructor and instructor trainer and operates his own business in the Seattle area running wilderness medicine classes and workshops. When not working he is often found sipping hot drink in the North Cascades, practicing photography, trying desperately to keep at least one of his cars running, or eating a cinnamon roll at the Mazama Store. As Program Manager, he is excited to work with new and returning staff this season to help them challenge themselves to reach their professional goals through the mission of Outward Bound.
William Long (pictured here sporting a mock head wound during a recent Wilderness First Aid course) is also stepping in a new role this season as he brings his love of logistics to the position of Washington Head Logistics Coordinator. This will be William’s third season in the realm of logistics in the Northwest Outward Bound School, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the new position. In addition to working summer courses as a Logistics Coordinator (LC), he will be helping to train and mentor the new LCs and will be supporting the logistics department itself by making sure the gear is repaired, the food is packed, the stoves are whispering and the vehicles are ready to roll out. This summer season, William is most looking forward to introducing new logistics staff to the NWOBS program, as well as going down to the local swimming hole on all of the blistering hot summer days. In addition to his work here at Outward Bound, William practices fiction writing, is an aficionado of classic action films, and is lethal on the playing fields of the island of Catan.
We are delighted to welcome Lizzy Fraser into the role of Washington Basecamp Cook for the 2016 season! Lizzy grew up in northern Idaho where she spent a lot of time camping and in the outdoors. In her free time, she likes to read and paint as well as hike and play soccer, tennis and racquetball. Lizzy loves to cook and has grown up cooking for large groups of hungry people—great training for the role of basecamp cook! Her favorite meal to prepare is homemade pasta with marinara. She is looking forward to joining the OB community and experiencing all that the Mazama area has to offer!