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Our staff consists of one full time employee, and a handful of hourly employees. We are a small, but mighty group. All UpaDowna staff have made their way up the ranks by starting as a program participant, dedicated volunteer, then staff member. Here at UpaDowna, we value quality relationships with our staff before quality resumes.

Randi Hitchcock

Executive Director


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Bernie Brayton

Bike Programs Director

Andy Brinkman- All star photographer & Belay Volunteer

Andy Brinkman

Golden Area Events Coordinator


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Taylor Humphries

Denver Area Events Coordinator



Delina Auciello

Volunteer Coordinator, Youth Programs Director


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.

Sean Warner- Board Chair

Maggie Chambers- Secretary

Melissa Archibald

Larissa Phillips

Malcolm Gill

Spencer McKee

Rachel LeDoux

Michal Francis

Aimee Vigil


Badassador- (noun), a person who is “bad ass” and an ambassador at the same time. These folks have shown their dedication to our organization day in and day out. We couldn’t do what we do without them!

Steve Hitchcock- Founder and previous Executive Director

John Ferris-The guy behind the Yeti! UpaDowna logo designer, website builder, participant, volunteer, board member and donor.

Robert Mitchell- There from the start, co-founder, gear-reviewer, stud volunteer

Dana Adoretti- A friend till the end. Former board chair, rock-star volunteer

Ryan Ross- Former Programs Director, Virginia-based UpaDowna leader

Leah Schrag- Grant-writing, money-finding, volunteer Director of Development

Luke Richey- the UpaDowna version of Superman

Heather Boyd- Registration Maven

Terrence Smith- Annual donor, dedicated volunteer, Harbormaster

Mark Bowers- 2017 & 2018 Programs Manager

Tami Hartman-Annual Donor, Volunteer, & Queen of the Cleanups!

Nadia Cordoba-Past Intro to Climbing, and Adventure on Tap staff member

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