CMC Staff

Staff at the Colorado Mountain Club

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Executive Director

Keegan Young
keeganyoung@cmc.org
(303) 996-2742

As Executive Director, 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

Jacob McCracken
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(303) 996-2742

Jacob joined the CMC as a member shortly after moving to Colorado from southern Arizona. He worked in public accounting for a number of years before spending the last decade in the regulated utility industry in various roles that focused on financial excellence, building partnerships across operating groups, and implementing process improvements. He has taken several courses with the CMC and over the years his passion for the club and the Colorado wilderness has grown exponentially. As part of the CMC staff Jacob is excited to help the club meet the bold goals set forth in the strategic plan and to help others responsibly experience Colorado's wild spaces while protecting them for future generations at the same time. Jacob's outdoor adventures run year-round as each season seems to usher in new activities from climbing couloir in the spring to pulling on rocks in the fall. His favorite adventure partner is his daughter who he hopes will be his rope gun some day soon so he can hang dog his way up rock routes above his grade.


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


Conservation Director

Julie Mach
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Julie joined CMC in 2013 to manage the Conservation Department’s stewardship programs and outdoor recreation advocacy initiatives.  With over a decade of experience working on public lands projects in Colorado, Julie strives to bridge the gap between conservation groups, recreational users and land managers formulate smart solutions that protect both recreational and natural resources.  Her role with the club includes leading advocacy efforts, spearheading the RIMS mobile app program, supervising stewardship staff and fundraising for conservation efforts.  Previous positions with a conservation corps, an economic development group, an IT company and a small business start-up have given her a variety of skills in project management, fund development, innovative technology use, partnership-building and more.  Julie grew up in California and received her Bachelors of Science from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania before relocating to Colorado and landing in Salida where she currently lives and works. Julie embraces the incredible recreational resources throughout the state as a trail runner, mountain biker, backcountry skier and kayaker, usually with her dog Slider in tow!


Chief Publishing Officer

Sarah Gorecki
sarahgorecki@cmc.org
(303) 996-2743

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
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(303) 996-2741

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 new Chief Resource Development Officer. He joined the team this year to lead all aspects of major giving fundraising, sponsorships, and events. He’s spent nearly 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 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.



Trip Leader Support Coordinator

Alissa Orgel

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Alissa was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although she loves the nature and beauty of northern California, she moved to Boulder in January 2021 to experience new adventures in the Colorado mountains. Alissa joined the Colorado Mountain Club in the fall of 2022 as the Trip Leader Support Coordinator. Before joining the CMC team, she worked in the agriculture industry in California for seven years, was a youth educator at an outdoors summer camp, and worked as the operations coordinator for another outdoor stewardship nonprofit. Alissa was extremely excited to bring her love of mountain recreation, nonprofit coordination experience, and volunteer management skills to the CMC. She feels passionate about doing diversity and inclusion work in the outdoor space and works to do this at the CMC. 

Alissa enjoys meeting adventurous folks and is eager to climb, hike, backpack, cycle, and snowboard throughout Colorado. When she is not outside, Alissa can be found spending time with close friends, hanging out at North Boulder Park, traveling locally and abroad, reading, and cooking. There is not much more she loves than being outside with good company.


Youth Education Program Manager

Josh Weinstein
joshweinstein@cmc.org
(303) 996-2750

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Simple living and outdoor adventures have defined Josh’s lifestyle. His free time is filled with rock climbing, biking, running, skiing, backpacking, reading, and meditating. While Josh appreciates a good solo outing, he prefers sharing his explorations with others.

Josh grew up on the Front Range of Colorado and rapidly developed an appreciation for outdoor spaces (thanks to his parents, who have both been CMC members). After obtaining a bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, he worked in a laboratory for the U.S. Geological Survey until his passion for people-centric work drew him away. Josh has since been involved with outdoor volunteer programs, youth trail crews, wilderness guiding services, and programs for people experiencing homelessness. This experience has shown him the therapeutic role that environmental education and exposure have on youth. Josh is thrilled to use his position as YEP Manager to provide the future stewards of Colorado with a sense of place in our public lands and with formative experiences that catalyze passion, joy, and curiosity. 

As the new YEP Manager, Josh’s role will include managing the daily needs of youth programming, overseeing the execution of adventure camps and school trips, developing outdoor curriculum, and managing the CMC climbing wall.


Instructor and Technical Schools Support Manager 

Graham Ottley
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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.


Stewardship Coordinator

Connor Maher
connormaher@cmc.org
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Connor grew up in the beautiful state of Indiana. Although he has an innate love for basketball and casseroles, Connor felt the need to experience the outdoors of the American West. In 2013 he volunteered on a Forest Service trail crew in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Once he learned you can get paid to hike, Connor returned for another three seasons as a Forest Service employee. In the off seasons, Connor moonlighted as an outdoor educator in Joshua Tree, California. In 2018 he then  packed up his car and moved to Colorado to work for Southwest Conservation Corps, working on a Mt. Columbia reroute. He joined CMC in 2019 as a member of the stewardship crew and moved to the Stewardship Coordinator position in 2020. 


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Kendall Chastain
kendallchastain@cmc.org
(303) 996-2764

Kendall joined CMC in 2021 as the Conservation Coordinator and is helping manage the trail crew program as well as engage volunteers and project partners to grow the CMC RIMS (Recreation Impact Monitoring System) program. Kendall’s goal is to protect and enhance our shared natural resources through conservation practices, planning, and advocacy. 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 before joining the CMC.

As an avid trail runner and mountain enthusiast, Kendall has witnessed the phenomena of Colorado’s most awe-inspiring places being loved to death. She 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 Kendall somewhere on a trail either hiking, camping, climbing, or more likely, training for an ultramarathon and eating absurd amounts of potatoes.


Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Roberta Farrington
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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. She finds fulfillment through volunteering and currently shares her time and skills with Girls Inc and Restorative Justice. Reach out to Roberta to get set up for success on your next mountain adventure with CMC!


Membership ExperIEnce Coordinator

Ashley Hanlon
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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 Education Program Coordinator

Hana Hamilton
hanahamilton@cmc.org 

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 Education Program Coordinator 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!


Membership Specialist

Roger J. Wendell (WBØJNR)
rogerwendell@cmc.org
(303) 279-3080 x 1 

Roger has been a part-time staff member since 2013 and a CMC member and volunteer decades prior that! His 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 events and outings throughout the year.index_roger_wendell_small.jpg
Roger holds 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 YEP, 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 20 meter ham band. 


Membership Specialist - Denver Group LiaIson

Mary Bradley
marybradley@cmc.org
(303) 279-3080 x 1 

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.