Steve Hitchcock

Founder & Executive Director


Leah Schrag

Director of Development



Randi Hitchcock

Chief Operating Officer



Robert Mitchell

Gear Reviewer, Backpacking Leader


“Papa Bear”

Ryan Ross

Gear Reviewer & Program Volunteer, Virginia


Board members

Board members decide how UpaDowna allocates its funds, which programs are funded and when. Our all volunteer board is made up of a diverse cross section of business professionals in Colorado Springs and has a 100% donation rate.  Our staff consists of one full time employee, one full time volunteer, and three hourly employees.


Dana Adoretti- Board Chair
John Ferris
Melissa Archibald
Steve Ogle