Geoff Eseltine Staff

Geoff Eseltine, Director of Outdoor Leadership

Geoff grew up in Vermont and worked for several outdoor and environmental education programs before arriving in Seattle. His background is a mix of youth development and environmental education. He is passionate about providing opportunities for youth to learn about the environment, experience the outdoors, and helping teens develop leadership skills. Geoff has been with YMCA Outdoor Leadership programs since 2012 and is inspired every day by the energy, ingenuity, and passion of young people.

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Chris Hagen, Program Director

Chris has been working and playing in the outdoors his entire life.  He has been with BOLD & GOLD, first as an instructor then as a director, for 10 years.  A Michigan native, he has been a professional in Outdoor and Adventure Education for 23 years.  He has worked at summer camps, as a school teacher, in wilderness therapy, on sailboats in Hawaii, as a ski instructor, and a climbing and mountaineering instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).  In his free time, you can find him out exploring the beautiful wilderness the PNW has to offer with his son Wild and his dog Sir Norbert.  He is an avid skier, climber, and mountaineer who loves sharing the magic and wonder of the outdoors with all folks.

Catherine Jensen Staff

Catherine Jensen, Program Director

Catherine has worked in the outdoor and environmental education field since 2009, and for BOLD & GOLD since 2014. She has primarily spent that time canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing, and cooking backcountry delights. Her favorite part about working for BOLD & GOLD is connecting with staff and students under a starry sky. Catherine is committed to getting folks outside in whatever way is best for them.

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Robin Chiles, Director of Admissions & Outreach

Prior to coming to the Y, Robin held the same Admissions and Outreach Director position at Passages Northwest (PNW), a Seattle non-profit which provided experiential wilderness education for adolescent girls. She was an important part of the team that brought the PNW programming to the Y that is now known as GOLD. She has made it part of her life’s work to reconnect people from the global majority with the natural environment. Since 2007 she has been a resource for the development and implementation of cultural competency and inclusion trainings focused in outdoor educational settings. She is always looking for new adventures. When asked she will tell you her greatest adventure is being the mother of five children. For the past ten years Robin has been a beach naturalist and volunteer marine science interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Anna Bauer, Outdoor Leadership Operations & Building Supervisor

Anna has been exploring in the outdoors since the age of 6.  She grew up adventuring in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and spent her summers at resident camp where she discovered a love for backpacking and canoeing.  Anna has a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education from Northland College. Throughout her time as an outdoor professional, Anna has held a myriad of positions including: camp counselor, logistics coordinator, assistant summer camp director, wilderness instructor, operations manager and program director.  Anna is excited to share her passion for the outdoors and to help others get outside.