Outward Bound USA

Outward Bound USA is the national Outward Bound organization in America governing national safety, risk management and scholarship fundraising for the Outward Bound system. Outward Bound USA owns the Outward Bound brand and charters schools to provide student programs in the U.S.

Our Leadership

Steve Matous, Executive Director of Outward Bound USA, works with the Leadership Team and the Board of Directors to deliver the mission of Outward Bound through our educational framework in the wilderness, in cities, and in schools across the country. We are, in the words of our Founder Kurt Hahn, "Crew, not passengers."

Leadership Team

Steve Matous, Executive Director 
Christy Borst, Board/Executive Relations and Special Projects Manager
Erin Frederick, National Director of Development
Penny Jeffers, Director of Operations  
Sandy Hunter, Controller
Steve Neal, Risk Management Officer
Mark Vermeal, Vice President of Safety

Board of Directors
Lee Skold, Chairman  Laura Kohler, Vice Chair 
Mark Abramowitz  Clayton Fowler
Lewis Glenn  Stephen Hassenfelt
Scott Key John Pasmore
Darren Richman  Michael Rooney
Catherine Smith  


Board of Advisors
Catherine Smith, Chair  Marjorie Bride, Vice Chair
Deb Ajango John Augustine
Jon Bakken Todd Bennett
Kenneth Bravo William Casazza 
Barbara Doran Hervey Evans
Keith Fleischman Patricia Francy
Christopher Leeming  Daniel Lilienthal
Alexander Mahon Paul Marcolini
Patricia McGahey Moreen McGurk
Christopher McLoughlin Margaret Miller Perlis
Penry Price  Caryn Grabe Robinson
Patrick Ryan  Robert Sargent
Michael Stanley Shelley Thompson
Benjamin Toland  Kathie Velazquez 
Nicholas Weber Leon Weil, Jr.
Alexander Zinke