The vital link between nature and the classroom

Our Staff

Meet Our Full-Time Staff

Deborah Guinn

Executive Director

Deborah’s love for the outdoors began early in her childhood while growing up in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas, Deborah moved to Oregon, where she received her degree in Secondary Education from Western Oregon State College. In 1995, she accepted a position as the Equestrian Director and Retreat Coordinator for Baskin Family Camps, and when the owners expanded their facilities to create The Outdoor School in 1996 Deborah enthusiastically became a part of that team. Deborah’s love for the outdoors, her passion for teaching and her experience working with children make her the perfect choice for Executive Director of The Outdoor School!

Rob Letendre

Leadership Program and Champions Retreat

Rob received his degree in Outdoor Education from Johnson State College in Vermont. After finding The Outdoor School he initially spent 7 seasons working as an instructor, and then a Program Coordinator.  After some time away working at other camps, Rob returned and ran our Camp For All location for 2.5 years. He is excited to now be back in Marble Falls running the Leadership Program, and Champions Retreat. In addition to his degree, Rob is also a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and holds a level 2 challenge course practitioner certification.

Personnel Director

Looking to work in the camping community, Mark obtained his B.S. in Kinesiology and Education from the University of Texas, as well as a M.S. in Recreation and Leisure Services from Texas State University. He has gained valuable experience directing various programs over 20 seasons of camp, including first-year campers, rock climbing, high ropes and teambuilding. Mark has a great appreciation for the process and results that experiential education can yield, as well as the incredible people who dedicate themselves to the experiential philosophy.

Darren Smith

Marketing Director

Darren joined our organization as the Director of Champions Day Camp in 2011 and became the Sales and Marketing Director in 2012 for The Outdoor School and Camp Champions Retreat. Now the longest serving Sales and Marketing Director for the Outdoor School, Darren has dedicated his time to expanding the opportunities for schools and organizations to experience everything Camp Champions has to offer. He and his wife have three children and two dogs and reside in Buda.

Meet our Program Coordinators

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Abby Carruth

Abby started in the Outdoor Education field in 2013, when she moved from her home in Colorado to New York. Since then she has held positions in education programs on the east coast, the west coast, and many places in between. Abby began her love for the outdoors growing up just a short hour from the hiking and mountain biking trails of the Colorado mountains. She is looking forward to her 3rd season at The Outdoor School.

Kaitlyn Christner

Kaitlyn has been working in the outdoor education and recreation career field since 2017. She grew up in Montana and Northern California, with an ever-growing passion for climbing mountains and exploring new places. She studied English at CSUSB in southern California, and after graduating found The Outdoor School to pursue a job in a field that she loves. She looks forward to her fourth season at TOS and will continue sharing her love for the beautiful outdoors.

Logan Schuman

Logan graduated from Northland College in 2015 with a degree in Outdoor Education.  Upon graduation he has been working seasonal jobs in the outdoor field all over the country.  This will be his fourth season at The Outdoor School.  Go Packers.

Andy Kenny

Andy first gained an interest in the outdoors through his work with UK Scout Association, where he was a member from the age of 8; and an Assistant Group Leader in Belfast for 7 years. Andy moved from Northern Ireland to study Outdoor Adventure Education at The University of Wales where he graduated with an honors degree in 2017. Andy has been working at the Camp Champions site since 2015, having been a camp counselor, then the Outdoors Department Head for Camp Champions. In 2018 Andy obtained a visa to come and work for The Outdoor School as an instructor, before becoming a Program Coordinator.