CMC Staff

Staff at the Colorado Mountain Club

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ChIEf Executive Officer

Keegan Young
(303) 996-2742

As Chief Executive Officer, Keegan is responsible for every aspect of the Colorado Mountain Club. He works directly with the State Board of Directors, the State Council, and the CMC's incredible, nimble staff. Keegan is deeply involved in major donor fundraising, strategic planning, volunteer development, adult education, and a variety of industry partnerships. Keegan has spent his career serving mission-based organizations, including the United Way, Tulsa Zoo, and the American Alpine Club.

Keegan is a student and fan of all climbing disciplines, from trekking in the mountains to ice climbing at high altitude, and is passionate about the art of personal progression through the activities we love. He’s climbed all over Colorado and all over the planet, from Nepal to Peru. Most mornings, you can find him running on North Table Mountain or climbing at Earth Treks gym. He brings a passion for all forms of mountain craft, including mountain biking, trail running, wilderness medicine, through-hiking, and anything in the vertical frontier. When he’s not adventuring with his dog and best friend, Cat Stevens, he’s volunteering for the CMC or the Golden Gate Fire Department.

Director of Operations and Finance

Kevin Mann

CMC Bio picture.jpgKevin is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Colorado Mountain Club, responsible for financial operations and is also the liaison for the building operations for CMC. He has been serving non-profit organizations in a CFO role for almost 30 years. The bulk of his experience is with the Denver Rescue Mission (17 years) a large comprehensive human service provider with locations around Denver and Northern Colorado, American Water Works Association (9 years) a premiere drinking water association that has sections throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico, and Children’s Museum of Denver (2 years). He graduated with an MBA from the University of Denver and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis (CSCA).

Kevin is married to his wife Christie for the past 34 years and has two boys Liam age 23 and Brenden age 28 and is happily starting down the path of being a grandparent to his 20-month-old grandson. He has loved sharing the mountains and climbing many peaks with his sons over the years and also enjoys participating in Triathlons and Aquabike (Cycling/Swim) events.

Accounting Director

Carol Kotchek
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Carol Kotchek moved from Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho to Boulder, Colorado in 2003. The reason for this move was to be in the heart of the vibrant Boulder climbing scene.

Once established in Colorado, Carol obtained a bachelors degree in accounting. Combining career with passion, Carol was hired by the American Alpine Club as their accountant and worked in that role for ten years. Besides being their accountant, Carol had the opportunity to organize and lead events for the AAC such as the International Climbers Meet held every year in Yosemite Valley. At this event climbers from all over the USA and the World would convene in Yosemite Valley for a week of climbing, clinics, and sharing their passion of the sport. She was also the Front Range Section Chair for the AAC and had the opportunity to manage the opening event for Earth Treks, Golden, a very memorable experience. Carol’s passion is technical rock climbing. She had her 15 minutes of fame as the cover girl on the City of Rocks, Idaho guidebook and still gets a shout out in the most recent guidebook for that area. She’s also been involved in many local climbing organizations such as the Flat Irons Climbing Council, the Boulder Climbing Community, and the City of Rocks Climbing Management Plan. More than just the act of climbing, she takes pride in being an influencer on the management of climbing areas for future generations.

Photo Credit: Brian Meyer Photography


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Chief Publishing Officer

Sarah Gorecki
(303) 996-2743

IMG_1042.jpgSarah Gorecki is now a part-time contractor, previously the Chief Publishing Officer, responsible for publishing CMC Press books, managing book inventory, and book sales. Sarah joined the staff of the Colorado Mountain Club for the second time in December 2020, having previously worked as Development Director from 2009–2014 and Publishing Director from 2014–2016. She is thrilled to once again be serving as publisher of CMC Press and would love to hear from members on their ideas for outdoor books!     

Sarah started her career as a wilderness ranger in Colorado and as a backcountry park ranger in Alaska, then began working for conservation nonprofits. In 2007, she completed a master’s degree in nonprofit management at Regis University. In 2014, she transitioned into book publishing, and has worked as a managing editor for VeloPress and Sounds True. Sarah has been an avid backpacker since age five, and has thru-hiked the Colorado Trail. She loves all things outdoors, especially hiking, Nordic skiing, long walks, telemark skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and road biking.

Chief Education Officer

Madeline Bachner Lane
(303) 996-2741

Key Responsibilities: Oversight of Youth Programs and Adult Education; Programmatic Risk Management; Management of and Response to Misconduct Reporting; Office Culture and Senior Leadership.

Madeline Bachner Lane joins the CMC as our Chief Education Officer with over 20 years of education experience, including educational evaluation, non-profit work, risk management, leading trips and guiding from Maine to Guatemala, and a decade of directing youth and outdoor education in the Denver area. Born and raised in the woods and on the creeks of rural Indiana, Madeline found her way to the mountains in Jackson, Wyoming, finishing her Masters in Environmental Education with an internship at the Murie Ranch. A Coloradan since 2010, she has enjoyed exploring rivers in her packraft and learning the new terrain of the Colorado snowpack. Through her work with CMC, Madeline hopes to continue exploring the wonders of backcountry Colorado and introducing others to the peace that can be found in the mountains.

Youth Education Program Director

Stacey Halvorsen
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Stacey grew up in Evergreen, Colorado and has been a CMC member since 2002! She developed a love for the outdoors at an early age and enjoys hiking, skiing, and backpacking with her friends and family. Stacey graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology and participated in the INVST Community Leadership Program. She graduated from the IslandWood Graduate Residency Program on Bainbridge Island, Washington and received a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington with emphasis on non profit management, education policy, and environmental and multicultural education. Stacey has been managing programs, facilitating community partnerships, developing curriculum, and teaching outdoor and environmental education for over 15 years in Colorado and the Northwest. 

As an ACE-Certified Health Coach, she currently serves on the Health and Wellness Advisory Panel for the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) and as a Subject Matter Expert for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Stacey loves working with youth and sharing her passion for the outdoors, inspiring people of all ages to explore the nature in their backyard as well as in the mountains beyond.

Chief Resource Development Officer

Scott Farley
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Scott Farley is the CMC’s Chief Resource Development Officer. He joined the team in 2021 to lead all aspects of CMC's individual major and planned giving programs, corporate and foundation giving, and signature event fundraising. He’s spent 20+ years working in a variety of nonprofit fundraising roles. Previously, he lived in Chicago, where he worked for some of the city's leading civic institutions. A Midwesterner, he’s an avid hiker, backpacker, and mountain biker. (During his time at Indiana University, he even enjoyed skiing hills with less than 300 feet of vert.) Frequent trips out West lured his family to the Rockies in 2015. Since their move, they've gone through a few pairs of hiking boots, spent countless nights in the woods, climbed a few 14ers, and started to introduce their young daughter and son to all the fun you can have in the mountains. Scott and his family live in Denver with Roo, their surly but lovable senior dog.

Contract Wilderness Medicine Director

Rachel Sapp
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Rachel Sapp, our Contract Wilderness Medicine Director, has been blending professional roles in emergency medicine, climbing guiding, mountain rescue, and outdoor leadership for the past 12 years. She is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Services ALS Provider, Nurse, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, and NFPA Rope Rescue Technician, and was recently awarded the Diploma in Mountain Medicine. Rachel is the owner of Backcountry Pulse, a philanthropic-oriented wilderness medicine education company that uniquely integrates tools for rescuer mental health and works to break barriers to education. She is always up for a good ‘ol fashioned alpine sufferfest if cookies are involved, and is perpetually searching for ways to squeeze in as many mountain running miles as her lungs, legs, and daylight will allow. Rumor has it she will pull any trick out of the bag to convince her eight-year-old twin daughters to hike uphill.

Education and Technical Schools Manager 

Graham Ottley

Graham joins the Education Team at CMC as Instructor & Technical Schools Support Manager. He relocated to Denver from Yosemite where he spent the majority of the last two decades working and playing in the High Sierra. As an avid climber, Yosemite provided a great place to pursue leadership both in alpine settings and the workplace. He received an undergrad in North Carolina, studying Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies, and holds an MBA in Non-Profit Administration. Graham most recently served as General Manager for Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides. Internationally he has climbed and traveled in Mexico, Canada, South America, & Asia. He is now excited to pursue new horizons under Colorado skies and to help all Coloradans to do the same.

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Kendall Chastain

Kendall joined CMC in 2021 as the Conservation Coordinator. She helps manage the stewardship crew program and external conservation partner relationships, and engages volunteers and project partners to grow the CMC RIMS (Recreation Impact Monitoring System) program. Her goal is to protect and enhance our shared natural resources through conservation practices, planning, and advocacy. Prior to joining CMC, Kendall worked seasonal positions on a youth conservation corps, a trail crew, and as a park ranger with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for six years. She made the transition to the non-profit world as the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in early 2020.

Kendall grew up on Colorado's "best slope" and is passionate about bringing the recreation community together learn and apply stewardship to protect our shared Colorado home. When she’s not working, you can find her somewhere on a trail either hiking, camping, climbing, or more likely, training for an ultramarathon and eating absurd amounts of potatoes.

Volunteer Programs Coordinator

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Key Responsibilities: Oversees the Wilderness Medicine program. Manages relationships with public land managers to secure annual permits. Administers the Leadership Scholarship. Maintains the database of Routes & Places. Collaborates with the Adult Education team to offer leadership development, recognition, and community building events for volunteers.

Roberta was raised between the mountains and beaches of southern California. When she moved to Colorado in 2013 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, she felt more at home closer to the mountains. Roberta studied Geology at CU and later earned a Master’s degree in Conservation Leadership at Colorado State University. She loves to travel and has lived in the inspiring bike city of Copenhagen, Denmark and on an organic farm in Sarchi, Costa Rica. She enjoys connecting with nature, herself, and others. Reach out to Roberta to get set up for success on your next mountain adventure with CMC!

Membership Manager

Ashley Hanlon

Whether it be on wheels, on water, and mostly on her own two feet Ashley loves to explore! She’s been an avid adventurer of the mountains since she can remember. In her down time you'll find Ashley outside doing all sorts of activities, but likely crouched down identifying some pile of animal scat or a wildflower on the trail. 

Ashley comes to us from Virginia, but has lived in Colorado since 2016. After graduating from James Madison University with a B.S. in Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, and Development Ashley has worked for a variety of outdoor and recreation based organizations including Virginia State Parks, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, and Ken Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District. With a passion for community service and outdoor education Ashley is excited to engage and expand membership services for the Colorado Mountain Club!  

Youth Programs Manager

Hana Hamilton 


Hana grew up surrounded by the ocean in both Hawaii and Florida but has always had a passion for the mountains, which has led her to Colorado. Hana first studied Exercise Science then received her Master's Degree in Sports Management from Florida State University. From past experiences working for non-profits and with youth, Hana knew she wanted to combine her passions for the outdoors, coordinating programs, and working with kids. She found the perfect fit as the Youth Programs Manager here at the CMC! She loves being outdoors climbing, backpacking, swimming in lakes, and hanging with her dog Juniper. When she is not outdoors exploring, you can find her hunting for the best vegan cupcakes, climbing at the rock gym, or flying around on a local trapeze rig.  Hana is excited to work with CMC to serve the youth in our community and help instill a sense of wonder, excitement, and respect for our public lands in the next generation!

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Laura Keeney

Laura started working at CMC as a Youth Programs Instructor, bringing her background in teaching and curriculum development to the Youth Programs team. Originally from Virginia, Laura's love for exploring and passion for adventure led her around the world, where she taught at International Schools overseas in Chile, Morocco, Korea and China. While overseas, she backpacked for 6 weeks in Southeast Asia, bike packed for 10 days down the Euro Velo 1, went camping on the Great Wall of China and more before moving to Colorado in 2022. After working for about a year as a Youth Programs Instructor, Laura accepted the role as Youth Programs Coordinator. 

In Colorado, Laura loves to continue her adventures through rock climbing, hiking, camping, and snowboarding in her new backyard playground. You will often find her (or not find her) out exploring with her fiancée and pup on the weekend in their homemade van conversion. Laura is excited to share her sense of adventure and love for nature with youth and help them discover the true wonder of the world, whether it be in their backyard or on the other side of the world!

Membership SERVICES

Roger J. Wendell - WBØJNR
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Roger has been a part-time staff member since 2013 and a CMC member and volunteer decades prior that. Roger's primary duties directly involve him with all aspects of membership services - new memberships, membership renewals, 40 year and lifetime memberships, CMC Press and CMC store fulfillment, in addition to fielding telephone inquiries and sorting  through a few dozen club emails each day. Roger also works closely with CMC trip leaders, instructors, and school directors on a wide variety of courses, events, and outings throughout the year.

Roger earned the Denver Group's "D" hiker rating, advanced skier rating, and has completed BSTS, WSS, WTS, BMS, HAMS, IRCS, MOFA, WFA, ATA, AIARE Level 1, Trip Leader School and Advanced Leader Training for Adventure Travel. In addition to leading hikes and climbs, he also leads ski trips and adventure travel outings. Roger has assisted with Youth Programs, Champ Camp, and as an assistant instructor for IRCS, BRCS, and WTS.

Roger served on Denver Group Council for nine years and as chair of Denver's Classification Change Committee for over six years. He received the Denver Group's Service Award in 2017 and continues assisting all of the groups whenever possible. Roger has completed all of the 14ers in addition to a few hundred other peaks around Colorado, the country, and the world. He enjoys his grandkids, climbing 13ers, and low power Morse code on the 10 and 20 meter amateur radio bands.

Membership SERVICES

Mary Bradley
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Mary Bradley came to CMC as a volunteer in 2015 and then became the Denver Group Liaison in January 2017.  She enjoys working with the CMC members, trip leaders, and school directors.  New members get a hello and "how can I help get you started with all of our CMC activities" shout-out from Mary.

She loves to travel, hike, put together improptu meals with friends/family, take photos on her phone.  She is a legislative ambassador at the Colorado State Capitol and has been a Capitol docent for quite some time there.  Colorado's unique and spirited history is of great interest to her with trips to uncover more of this beautiful state's background.