Meet Our Team

 

                                                           

 

Joshua Baruch

 

Owner, General Manager, Senior Educator and Senior Guide

Colorado Wilderness Corporate And Teams is owned and operated by Joshua Baruch. Joshua has more than 21 years experience facilitating Leadership Development and Team Building Transformational Experiences. The mission of Colorado Wilderness Corporate And Teams is to transform lives and teams through positive and powerful experiential adventures.

Josh has called Colorado home since 2002. He grew up in CT, but has lived in WI, FL, CA, and spent much time overseas in some of the most extreme environments in the world.

Josh has a BS in environmental studies and nursing and graduate research/studies in Adventure Education and Leadership Development. As a former professional athlete, he studied with some of the foremost international sports psychologists and athletic coaches in Tennis, Baseball, American Football, Alpine Skiing, Boxing, and Martial Arts for more than 15 years during his formative years.

Since 2010, Joshua has facilitated more that 1000 Corporate and Organizational Leadership Development / Team Building events and workshops. Josh has undergone specialized leadership training in DiSC, Myers-Briggs, Strength Finder, 360, Peak performance for professional athletic teams and athletes, Leadership and Decision Making in high risk occupations and environments, Leadership in Wilderness Survival, and Risk Management Leadership.

Growing up around professional athletes and athletic teams and working in EMS/Rescue, and Critical Care Medicine, he has learned the fundamentals of achieving peak performance and achieving excellence through self-discipline, self-actualization, and highly effective teamwork. He has been fortunate to have worked with native healers to some of the foremost psychiatrists and psychologists in the world trying to better understand communication and team dynamics. His goal is to help foster individual self-actualization and peak team performance with the mindset of achieving transference to our team, work, and professional life setting.

Josh’s medical licenses and certifications include Colorado RN with CCRN, ACLS, PALS, ATLS. Joshua had worked through many outdoor disciplines to achieve instructor or lead status including AIARE Avalanche Level 3; Avalanche Level 1 and 2 Course Lead; WFR and EMT instructor, AMGA SPI instructor and working on completing AMGA Rock Instructor Exam and Ski Guide certifications; Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT), Colorado Raft Guide Instructor; Fly Fishing Instructor; and Leave No Trace Master Trainer.

These certifications and expertise help Colorado Wilderness Corporate And Teams create very unique Colorado experiential education by harnessing the power and wisdom of outdoors combined with the art, science, research of a long human history in leadership development. CWCAT believes heavily in using the best evidence-based practices in leadership development and building highly effective teams. Come join us and collaborate in creating the best leaders and teams of the 21st century and beyond.

 

 

Erica Baruch

Erica Baruch

Facilitator / Guide

Erica truly appreciates the ways in which the wilderness provides inspiration. She has been guiding for Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides and Colorado Wilderness Corporate and Teams since the company’s inception and has been moved by how instructive and stimulating the outdoors can be when incorporated into team building and leadership development events. Erica brings a passion for diversity of perspective and an ability to help team members recognize the abilities and experience of their colleagues. Erica’s skill in noticing team dynamics allows her to make insightful observations that carry through to an organization’s day-to-day work.

In addition to working for Colorado Wilderness, Erica serves as an independent diversity and inclusion consultant for several local organizations. Her facilitation skills, honed in her consulting practice, contribute to her success with our clients. Additionally, she brings an enthusiasm for teaching effective communication and building trust. Erica values the cross-pollination of ideas that occurs by working in different contexts and enjoys seeing how quickly clients link what they learn in an outdoor event to their office environment. She believes nature encourages an openness that can be hard to achieve in the conference room.

Erica came to Colorado in 2001 so she could access the inspiring and calming properties of the wilderness daily. She spends time outside whenever possible and particularly enjoys the power of the wilderness to promote personal growth and connection with others.

Erica holds an AB and a MA in English Literature and a Juris Doctor. She is a certified trainer of the Influence Style Indicator (ISI), as well as a Wilderness First Responder.

Craig Dobkin

Craig Dobkin

Facilitator / Guide

Craig is one of the most gifted and experienced facilitators in the state. Since 1985, Craig has trained and coached corporate teams using experiential methodology. In 1994 he received the Association for Experiential Education’s (AAE) Michael Stratton Practitioner’s award for his outstanding performance and in 2003 he was selected as an “exceptional experiential educator” to give AAE’s Kurt Hahn address. Craig’s journey has taken him on several paths, but always with an emphasis on team building and leadership development.

Craig founded four non-profits focused on experiential learning: Genesee Outdoor Learning, a K-5 outdoor education program; West Pines Training Center, which uses challenge courses to develop curiosity, undefeatable spirit, and tenacity; YouthBiz, which teaches middle and high school students entrepreneurial skills and habits through actual business ownership; and Play for Peace, which brings together people divided by conflict through laughter, inclusion, cultural awareness and compassion. Play for Peace now operates in communities across the world through Play for Peace Clubs and Practice Peace Sessions where mentors and trainers teach and role-model trust, communication, respect and cooperation.

Craig holds a BS in Outdoor Education and a MA in Special Education. He is a trained facilitator of the DiSC and Myers-Briggs personality profiles and uses these tools in his experiential work with teams. In conducting programs, Craig uses humor and introspective questioning, bringing both laughter and significance to the experience. Few leave an event with Craig without a profound appreciation for his wisdom.

Virginia Sanford

Virginia Sanford

Facilitator / Guide

Virginia Sanford discovered climbing when she moved to Colorado in 2007. She was instantly hooked. Since then she has travelled around the world climbing, backpacking and adventuring. She comes to Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides with experience as a wilderness therapy guide and eight years of experience as an outdoor educator. Virginia began incorporating team building and leadership development into her outdoor education work with children in 2009. Since then, she has facilitated team building and leadership development programs with children, adolescents, and adults from New England to New Zealand to Colorado.

Virginia has found the wilderness to be a setting capable of helping individuals tap into previously unknown capabilities. She has witnessed the transformative power that the wilderness has on communication, teamwork, and self-efficacy across age ranges. As a team facilitator, Virginia strives to incorporate the beauty and challenge of working within the wilderness setting to draw upon the innate strengths and competencies of participants.

Virginia is currently working on a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with the intention of integrating her love of the wilderness with the therapeutic realm. Virginia is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. When taking people into the wilderness, Virginia brings a passion for the natural world that is infectious.

Jill Yarger

Jill Yarger

Facilitator / Guide

Jill joined the educational and team-building staff of Colorado Wilderness Corporate and Teams in the summer of 2014. She is a educator, team builder, and mountain and river guide. Her goal is to help her guests activate new possibilities in themselves and to grow group cohesion. She uses a self discovery and reconnection to nature to help people contact to their core selves and to each other in a respectful and rewarding manner. She draws upon a background in DiSC, Myers-Briggs, and Higher Alignment personality tools, combined with deep interpersonal respect to let each guest feel connected and respected.

Jill moved to Boulder Colorado in 1990 from and worked in the aerospace industry as a structural engineer on space satellites for 25 years as well as completing her masters degree in engineering. On the weekends she discovered the mountains and started her training in outdoor hiking, climbing, and skiing. She started leading trips into the mountains for the Colorado Mountain Club and as her skills grew she started teaching in multiple mountain discipline. She also went on to give back to her fellow mountaineers by volunteering for the Mountain Rescue Association and the National Ski Patrol. She is a natural educator and has a gift for understanding the root causes of challenges to learning and she makes complex concepts more structured, streamlined, and attainable.

Today the call of sharing her love of the mountains has drawn her away from the engineering world and into guiding and educating people into journeying into the great outdoors, and returning safely. She now teaches various mountaineering skills and trains new instructors and trip leaders in the Colorado Mountain Club, as well as training rescue skills in the National Ski Patrol. She also teaches avalanche safety to the general public via the AIARE and NSP programs.

Robin Meetz

Robin Meetz

Facilitator / Guide

Besides owning and operating a small business for 32 years, Robin who is a native of Colorado, brings her knowledge and experience of human behavior and self-discovery to CWRAG. She has been a Stephen Leader and Minister for 14 years, and has extensive training in the Enneagram; a vast and profound personality-typing system for learning about yourself and others from our underlying motivational factors.

Robin’s passions are a mix of psychology, philosophy, science and spirituality, along with mentoring and teaching others. She believes that we were all born with exactly what we need, and that it is our own work, self-discovery, and recognition and constant awareness of our false-self, that gets us to a place of balance, freedom and peace, and “doing life well.”

Diana Sabreen

Diana Sabreen

Facilitator / Guide

Diana Sabreen has facilitated team building and outdoor education for youth and adults for over a decade. After traveling to 22 countries (at last count), she still loves showing clients the beauty of Colorado. Diana is a professional photographer (www.DianaSabreen.com) and the founder of Shoot Cameras Not Guns (www.ShootCamerasNotGuns.org), a non-profit that teaches photography internationally as a tool for social change and empowerment. Originally an east coaster, Diana was drawn to Colorado for the snowboarding, sunshine, music and culture. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After earning her degree, she ran several indoor rock climbing facilities, and created their Corporate Team-building programs.

Diana believes that experiences and challenges in the wilderness can provide life changing moments and is happy to share her outdoor knowledge with all experience levels. Her approach to team building focuses on positive and healthy communication, trust building, and helping clients break past perceived barriers to realize their own potential. She holds a Wilderness First Responder certification and prioritizes safety on every outing. Diana is a strong believer that play time for adults is as important as it is for kids. In her own play time, Diana practices acro yoga (partner acrobatics), dance, and circus arts, and is a Circus Yoga certified teacher. She thrives when helping adults use their bodies in challenging, creative, and rewarding ways, and believes that there is great opportunity for learning as well as fun in every event and activity.

Tye Baruch

Tye Baruch

Therapy dog educator.

Tye is Colorado Wilderness Rides And Guide and Colorado Wilderness Corporate And Teams official outdoor and therapy dog educator.

Tye is a F2 Golden Doodle; Thus he has hair instead of fur and is non shedding, and has a hypoallergenic coat. His father was a full poodle and mother a golden doodle. Like his roots, Tye has a gentle and calm, but appropriate energetic disposition. He is a quick learner and has mastered the the “touch down shake" for Sunday football events, how to travel the bike Muti-use trails of Boulder (running 3-7 miles at a sprint), and rescue swimmers or paddlers perceived in danger.

Tye was born in the town of Herber City Utah, but has spent the majority of his young life in Colorado helping in outdoor adventures, facilitating leadership and team building events, and being a source of healing for many of our guests and participants.

Tye recently turned two and qualified for the service dog program based on his sweat disposition, good nature, and being a great healer. You will see him around our offices, guided tours (outside of the following: wilderness areas, class III or below rapids, and avalanche terrain in our mountains) or at one of our education and training events. Organizations and clients that join us or have previously joined us can give special requests to have Tye on sight to help promote healing, tranquility, and increased productivity or learning.

Tye favorite activities include dawn patrol (chasing randonee skiers up and down Arapahoe Basin Ski Area); Any day in the snow or river; Playing fetch with a ball; fly fishing (bobber chasing and teaching our guests when to set a hook as a trout strikes); or helping to bring love, compassion, and empathy to our and your day.

Joey Johnson

Joey Johnson

Group and Corporate Sales

Joey is a social butterfly seen at area concerts, brew fests and local festivals along the front range. She enjoys camping, boating, fishing, and all things under the sun with family and friends. A southern girl who likes to smell the roses along the way and the more that come along for the adventure, the merrier it is.

Seminole State Park in Wyoming is her favorite camping spot because of their sandy trails and beaches, and of course the shooting stars. Grand Lake ranks as the most beautiful spot in Colorado for her because it is so majestic with great constellation viewing, endless stars at night and that quaint cozy small-town feel.

Joey is passionate about getting clients into Colorado’s beautiful outdoors, getting the team on the same uncertain ground of interacting with what nature brings and seeing teams have positive powerful experiences. Observing the interaction and transformation of teams while they are with us brings her pride. She is a true developer of people.

She is a self-proclaimed tourism junkie and has been involved in a variety of economic and tourism initiatives while in the Colorado area. Serving on the Board of Directors for the GO NOCO regional tourism act grant committee and working with the grass roots effort of creating Visit Longmont, the convention and visitor’s bureau of Longmont, serving as the first president of the organization.

Joey is originally from Nashville, TN and a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in public relations and psychology. She has worked with a variety of groups throughout her career in training and sales capacities within and outside the hospitality and tourism industry. Her credentials include various certifications and recognitions in sales and training from White Lodging, Marriott International and Ceridian (Comdata).

Joey@cwrag.com

Joan Goering

Joan Goering

Group and Corporate Sales

Joan is one of a vanishing breed in Colorado these days – a native daughter. Born in Boulder and raised in Broomfield, Joanie loves to promote her native state, even more so as a result of her travels and residence in other states. She is a seasoned travel professional with group and event planning skills that assure attention to detail on the lower risk side of adventure travel, as well on the top of a mountain or on a raft in a raging river.

Joan did a swing through the south in her early days, learning skills in agriculture and animal husbandry before settling into the corporate world where she first began putting incentive travel packages together for team building purposes. She even got to tour Air Force One during her corporate exec days!

Joan has particularly enjoyed trekking in the Carpathian Mountains with her fiancé Andy, a recently returned Peace Corps volunteer, as well as combined adventure and vacation travel in Europe, South America and Hawaii. Of course there have been myriad trips throughout her native Colorado, and she still loves discovering new lakes and trails.

If you asked her what she is most proud of though, she will joyously talk about her two great kids. Both are out of college and firmly rooted in their own careers, giving Joan the latitude to explore new adventures both professionally with Colorado Wilderness Corporate and Teams, and in her free time with her fiancé. They are currently designing a series of Body, Mind and Soul Retreats which they will conduct on the East Coast this fall.

In addition to travel and family, Joan’s passions are birds of prey (she volunteers to work with rescued birds weekly), all animals but horses in particular, gardening, and learning about different cultures. She is also a long time Reiki practitioner.