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.

Jordan Bright kayaking

Jordan Bright, Program Director

Jordan is excited to join the Seattle BOLD & GOLD team as the summer program director! Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, he is no stranger to our national parks and loves exploring the meadows on Mount Rainier and hiking along the wild coastline of the Olympic Peninsula. Jordan loves bringing his water color paint set on trips and cooking meals for friends and family on a camp stove. Before coming to BOLD & GOLD, Jordan worked as an outdoor educator, sea kayak guide, and program director for YMCA Camp Orkila.

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.
Carly Roeser

Carly Roeser, Operations Supervisor

Originally from Southwest Florida, Carly moved out to the Pacific Northwest in 2016 and fell in love with the Greater Seattle area. You can often find her exploring the tidepools of the San Juan Islands, admiring Fall Colors in the North Cascades, and enjoying a walk in local parks with her dog Wedge. Carly started her career in youth development leading backpacking trips and teaching 6th grade science in Florida. From there, she discovered a love for working with teens and young adults in the outdoors, helping them find their voice in leadership as well as providing opportunities to learn about and experience the natural world. Before joining the Outdoor Leadership team, Carly worked as an outdoor educator, program coordinator, and assistant director for YMCA Camp Orkila.