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​​​​​​​Our Staff​​

Elena Ciaravino: Director of Services​​​​​​​

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 I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. I graduated from Portland State University with a degree in humanities. While in college, I was a nanny for a young girl who had autism and my time with her really sparked my interest in working with people with developmental disabilities. I enjoy dancing, , running, hiking, reading, and I LOVE to travel. In my twenties, I spend a lot of time abroad, both living and traveling. I have traveled to 20 different countries and had the wonderful opportunity to live in Cape Town, South Africa, Rosario, Argentina, and Tokyo, Japan. But, I wasn't jumping around the world the whole time. I had the wonderful opportunity to work at Imagine! as well. I was an Out & About Instructor in May of 2008 and January of that next year started working as the Catalog Coordinator, which shortly after turned into Adult Services Coordinator over seeing both the Day Program and Catalog Program until January of 2011. After a 3 year hiatus from Out & About in Tokyo, I came back to Out & About to oversee the Children's Services Program from May of 2014 to October 2015, and enjoyed every minute. I then had the wonderful opportunity to move into the Assistant Manager roll until May 2018 supporting, Children and Catalog programing. I feel very fortunate to have currently moved into the manager position and I look forward to many more amazing memories to come!​           
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Elizabeth Aslin: ​Catalog Services Coordinator​

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I was born and raised in Brookfield, WI right outside of Milwaukee. I attended the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse where I stumbled upon and found my niche in Therapeutic Recreation. I finished up at UW-L with degrees in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology before I headed out here to Colorado for my internship. I completed my Therapeutic Recreation internship with Out & About this spring (2016) and loved it so much that I stuck around to work as an instructor for the children and adults! Now I'm following my passion on this new adventure as the Therapeutic Specialist for the Catalog Program. I'm delighted to be working alongside such a wonderful team and being a part of the O&A family!

        



                

​Emma Goodenow: ​Catalog Services Assistant Coordinator​


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I was born and raised here in Boulder County and chose to further my education further north at Colorado State University. I spend a semester of college working as an instructor for Out & About and fell in love with the program, the staff, and the people we serve.  I graduated in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in business and couldn't wait to get back home to Boulder County and Out & About.  I spend much of my time hanging out with any dog I can get my hands on, watching The Office, kayaking, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.   I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with a team that empowers the individuals of Boulder County to live a life an independent and joyful life.




Cassie Sowers: Children's Services Coordinator

                 
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I was born in Brunswick, Maryland, where I attended elementary through high school. I later attended Shepherd University, getting my bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation. I quickly jumped at the opportunity to come to Colorado when Out and About offered me an intern position in the fall of 2016. I soon fell in love with this job and its participants, and decided to make a permanent move. I applied for an instructor position after my internship, applying for the Children's Program Coordinator position this past March. I love taking time to explore the outdoors and traveling, living life with kindness and adventure. I am so grateful that I was given this opportunity and strive to create a positive therapeutic experience for all of our kids.

 

Claire Gritton: Children's Services Assistant Coordinator

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I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado and still have let to leave this beautiful town!  I began my time at Out & About around three years ago starting as a therapeutic instructor working with both the Children's and Adult program.  I have now had the opportunity to grow and become the Children's Assistant Coordinator working mainly with our kiddos (which I love!).  I received my Bachelor's in Human Services at Metro Metropolitan State University of Denver with a focus on Non-Profit Administration.  I love to spend time outside, be with my friends and family, eat good food, and listen to good music!  I am so excited to continue to grow in my position and support the therapeutic recreation that we provide for our Children's Program.  


Nicole Hebert: Catalog Services Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist​

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I am from Emerald Isle, North Carolina and attended college at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  I have always been passionate about the health field, being active, and living life to the fullest.  I found a major that encompassed all of my passions with Therapeutic Recreation, and I couldn't be more grateful.  I moved out to Colorado to complete my degree through an internship with the City of Boulder, and absolutely fell in love with the area that I decided not to leave!  I found great opportunity with the Imagine! organization, and I am excited to start my journey as a Catalog Services CTRS!


  

 Wendellyn Hershberg: Catalog Services Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist​

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I was born and raised in Goshen, Indiana. I completed my degree at Indiana University Bloomington, where I chose to study Recreational Therapy. I fell in love with this field after completing a summer at Bradford Woods as a Nature Program Instructor. I completed my internship in Utah in the summer of 2017. I have always been passionate about working with this population, so in January I made the move to Colorado to be an Out & About Instructor for the children and adults! I have loved every minute of my time at Out & About so far, and I am so excited to be working as a Therapeutic Specialist for the Catalog program now! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be working with this team to empower our participants to achieve their goals!




Quincy Malecki: Children's Services Certified Therapuetic Recreation Specialist​

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 I was born and raised in Frostburg, MD and attended college at Frostburg State University. I studied Therapeutic Recreation where I got to combine my love for helping others and recreation. I completed my internship at Out & About, and loved it so much that I decided to stay on as an instructor. Outside of work you can find me skiing, hiking, kayaking, or really anything outdoors. I am excited to join the Out & About team as a Children's Therapeutic Specialist. 

 

Brittany Weissman:  Catalog & Children's Services Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist​

 

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I was born and raised in Levittown, NY and attended college at State University of New York at Cortland. When transferring to SUNY Cortland I came across Therapeutic recreation and instantly loved the field from my first introduction class. I had completed my degree while interning up in Fort Collins, CO with Adaptive Recreation Opportunities. Since then I went back and forth between CO and NY with seasonal jobs. However I knew Colorado was where I wanted to be! So when the opportunity with Imagine! presented itself I jumped on it.  Outside of work you can catch me by the water, exploring new places, and traveling! I am eager to join the O&A team as a Children's Therapeutic Specialist!

 



Bridget Heddens: Catalog & Children's Services Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist​

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I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and later moved to Marshalltown, IA for middle and high school.  Wanting to stay close to family and friends, I attended the University of Iowa to major in Therapeutic Recreation and Dance.  From there I found that my two opposite majors actually had a lot in common; through learning the therapeutic value of creative expression and movement during school, I was able to mold my two areas of study together.  I had the privilege of bringing this idea to life while teaching Movement during my therapeutic recreation internship during the summer of 2016 at Out & About.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to stay on as a Therapeutic Specialist with Out & About and contribute my dedication and passion for the arts and community-based recreation to the participants we serve. 



Zack Pataska: Children's​ Services Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist​

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I was raised in La Crosse, WI, where I eventually received a degree in Therapeutic Recreation from UW-La Crosse.  While attending UW-La Crosse, I coached several sports for the local park & rec and also worked for a company that provides support services to children from a range of disability populations.  After my coursework at UW-La Crosse, I completed an internship placement with the City of Boulder's EXPAND program.  I enjoyed my time in Boulder very much, which recently motivated me to move back to Colorado.  In my spare time, I like to take my dogs hiking, disc golfing, swimming, and playing softball.  I am excited to join the Out & About program, and look forward to contributing to the development of the participants.  

John Malecki: Vehicle Coordinator

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I grew up in Maryland and obtained a degree in general engineering from Frostburg State University. I enjoy being outdoors and doing active things like hiking, skiing, and playing sports. I continue to enjoy working as a Therapeutic Instructor while managing Out & About's amazing fleet of vehicles. 



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Out & About is part of Imagine!, a private, not-for profit corporation that has been providing supports for people who have developmental disabilities since 1963.