The Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures staff is a group of dedicated and talented outdoor education and recreational professionals. Our administrative team has over 60 years combined experience in the camp and outdoor industry and our Program Instructors were hand selected as some of the best in the nation. Together, our team is taking an innovative approach to outdoor education, summer camp, retreats, and corporate development.
Jolee Jones, Director
Hometown: Austin, TX
Education: BS Recreational Administration - Texas State University, San Marcos;
MS Experiential Education - Minnesota State University, Mankato
Background: Jolee began working in the outdoors as a challenge course facilitator in 1999 and as an outdoor education instructor after college. These experiences sparked a passion for experiential education and its obvious benefits. She found her way to grad school to study experiential educational philosophy and methodologies, in particular, project-based learning and student-centered practices. Jolee then landed in the mountains of Southern California where she was the Director and Ropes Director of a private OE center for seven years. In late 2014, she moved to Colorado to join the team at Stone Canyon where she is excited to expand programming and make new connections. Jolee fills her down time with cycling, rock climbing, road trips, and relaxing in her hammock.
Dustin Handrich, Assistant Director
Hometown: Oconomowoc, WI
Education: BA Psychology - University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Background: Dustin quite literally grew up in the camping and outdoor recreation industry! For the past thirteen years, he has held both front-line and administrative positions in the summer camp and outdoor education fields, and has also been a fifth grade teacher. Dustin believes that outdoor programs, like Stone Canyon, give kids the opportunity to learn in a new setting, explore their natural surroundings, and take chances. In his free time, Dustin hiking, rock climbing, skiing and mastering the art of the power nap.
Amber Schweitzer, Retreat Manager
Hometown: Westminster, CO
Education: BA Kinesiology - University of Northern Colorado
Background: Amber comes to Stone Canyon with a background in Kinesiology and has been teaching and coaching for the past 18 years. She developed and was CEO of PEP Club Sports for eight years. Most recently, she was a yoga and adventure teacher in Castle Rock, CO. Amber was named the 2016 Educator of the Year by GLSEN and brings with her a passion for impacting the lives of children and adults. She sits on the Board of Directors for Sportswomen of Colorado and SHAPE Colorado where she volunteers her expertise in coordinating retreats and conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and aerial dance.
Alicia Gerber, Summer CAmp Manager
Hometown: Ringle, WI
Education: BS Organizational Communication - University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Background: Alicia was lucky enough to find her dream job right after graduating high school as a camp counselor. Being a counselor was a challenging and rewarding job that brought her to some of the most beautiful places in the US. Over the past 10 years, Alicia has worked for camps on each coast and many places in-between. She believes that summer camp and outdoor education are important experiences for any child, and the positive impacts that come from an overnight camp experience can last a lifetime. In addition to coordinating the summer camp program here at Stone Canyon, Alicia also works with our outdoor education high school volunteers. Outside of work you can find Alicia hiking, slowly running marathons, and camping with her dog Bishop.
Sonja White, Business Manager
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Background: A proud Colorado native, Sonja spent much of her life contributing significantly to the success of her family’s businesses. She executive-managed multiple business enterprises across several commercial industries and service disciplines. With proven experience and success in directing national logistics organizations, manufacturing warehouses, property and personal real estate management, and much more Sonja brings her business acumen and skillset to Stone Canyon with a deep commitment to helping families, children, and her community. Her proudest accomplishment was sharing her family’s culture by working hand in hand with her immediate family to build, open, run, and grow a Korean BBQ restaurant in south Colorado Springs. In all things important to her, Sonja is driven by her love for her family and community, and uses this dedication to contribute to the Stone Canyon mission, while achieving her one true goal in life - showing her daughters that there is no limit to what can be achieved.