Outdoor Education Faculty at Steamboat Springs

CMC Outdoor Education faculty share their expertise and love of the outdoors

photo - John SaundersJohn Saunders: John Saunders is the full time Outdoor Education professor at CMC. His experience ranges from outdoor educator to biologist and includes teaching and working in university outdoor education programs, outdoor youth programs, challenge course facilitation, grade school experiential education programs, Alaska State Parks, and the U.S. Forest Service. He is an avid naturalist and outdoor enthusiast. John shares his life with his wife & three kids & three dogs!

photo - Kent VertreesKent Vertrees: Kent moved to Colorado in 1994 after graduating the Ohio State University with a degree in Fisheries Management. His passion for adventure drove him to a life of guiding, where he has been a white water rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, a snowmobile and ski guide. He is currently a manager with Steamboat Powdercats and teaches River and Canyon Orientation at CMC. Kent is a father of 2 beautiful daughters and is active in Colorado recreation and water policy concerns. Kent currently teaches River Orientation and Canyon Orientation.

photo - Kevin SchwanKevin Schwan: A.A., Outdoor Education, Colorado Mountain College; CMT Massage Therapist, IPSB, San Diego, California; Wilderness First Responder and Outdoor Emergency Care. Kevin is an avid skier, mountain biker, and paddler. He is currently is a professional ski guide with Steamboat Powder Cats. He teaches our mountain biking courses & Desert Orientation.

photo - Angie Kralj KenCairnAngie Kralj KenCairn: Along with her joys of being adjunct faculty at CMC’s Steamboat Springs Outdoor Program, Angie works as an archaeologist for the Routt National Forest. She is originally from Pueblo, Colorado and now lives in Oak Creek where she serves as a Trustee on the Oak Creek Town Board. She received her BA in Anthropology and a Minor in Southwest Studies from the Colorado College. She received her MA in Applied Archaeology from Northern Arizona University. Her primary foci are public archaeology, the protection of our cultural and ecological heritage, experiential education and interpretation, environmental justice and indigenous rights, land stewardship and a new culture of simple living. Angie regularly assist on our Desert Orientation course & teaches Southwest Archaeology.

photo - Peter HuberPeter Huber: After receiving his A.A. degree from CMC’s Steamboat Springs Campus, Pete followed his passion for the outdoors to Prescott College, in Arizona and completed his B.A. in Outdoor Education. Since that time, he has worked extensively with CMC’s Outdoor Programs in Leadville and Steamboat Springs, Outward Bound, and in private guiding. Favorite outdoor pursuits include sea kayaking, backcountry skiing, and climbing of most any kind.

Rob Meeker: B.S., Geology, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Outdoor Emergency Care Certification, Wilderness First Responder Certification, Level I Avalanche Certification.

Bruce Beckum: M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Texas at El Paso; M.A., Communication, Stephen F. Austin State University; B.S., Journalism, University of Kansas. Bruce is a Professor of Communications/Humanities at Steamboat Springs Campus, Colorado Mountain College. He teaches writing, literature, public speaking and fly fishing. When not working, he enjoy reading, fishing, mountain biking, trail running and floating Western rivers.