Contact Us - Backcountry Wilderness Area Staff

Backcountry Team

Mark Giebel, Director

If you’re curious about the nooks and crannies of the Backcountry Wilderness Area, ask Mark. He started as a lifeguard with the HRCA 24 years ago, began conducting research in the Backcountry in 2001, and became the director of the Backcountry Wilderness Area in 2006. 
  • Born & Raised: Lone Tree, Colorado
  • Educated: Trinity University San Antonio, Texas: Biology
  • Where He Can Be Found Outside the Backcountry: Outdoors with his wife
  • He Did What?!?: Studied ecology in Ecuador for a semester in college

303-471-8885  |   Mark.Giebel@HRCAonline.org


AnnaKate Hein, Program Supervisor

Most often spotted leading a troop of kid explorers from Camp Backcountry’s Base Camp, AnnaKate oversees all of Backcountry’s programs including Camp Backcountry, youth programs, and school groups
  • Born & Raised: Georgia
  • Educated: University of Georgia: Political Science, minor in Music and Environmental Ethics; Vermont Law School: Masters in Environmental Law and Policy
  • Where She Can be Found Outside the Backcountry: Paddle boarding rivers, mountain biking, and camping 
  • She Did What?!?: Studied marine ecology and human environmental impacts in Antarctica

303-471-8876  |  AnnaKate.Hein@HRCAonline.org


Carla Baca, Equine Programs Coordinator

With more than 30 years of equine experience behind her, Carla runs our horse programs which include horseback trail rides, hayrides, pony programs, and horse camps.
  • Born & Raised: New Jersey
  • Educated: Fairleigh Dickenson University: Speech Communication
  • Where She Can be Found Outside the Backcountry: Horseback riding and motorcycle riding 
  • She Does What?!?: Has seven horses, eight chickens, two dogs, & four cats

303-471-7078  |  Carla.Baca@HRCAonline.org


Gus Brunger, Property Maintenance Coordinator

If it needs built or fixed in the Backcountry Wilderness Area, Gus is on it.
  • Born & Raised: Castle Rock, Colorado
  • Educated: Colorado State University: Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism
  • Where He Can Be Found Outside the Backcountry: Fly Fishing & Hunting
  • He Did What?!?: Played lacrosse for 14 years

303-471-7042  |  Gus.Brunger@HRCAonline.org


Maggie John, Education Coordinator

Whether it’s teaching the rock cycle to preschoolers or planning the perfect week at Camp Backcountry, Maggie assists with all kinds of programs in the Backcountry Wilderness Area. 
  • Born & Raised: Virginia
  • Educated: University of Virginia: Environmental Planning & Environmental Science
  • Where She Can be Found Outside the Backcountry: Camping, snowboarding, & mountain biking
  • She Did What?!?: Won a national championship in ultimate Frisbee

303-471-7054  |   Maggie.John@HRCAonline.org


Lindsey McKissick, Communications & Outreach Coordinator

You’ll find Lindsey trying to capture the best of the Backcountry Wilderness Area with words and photos along with bringing awareness to it through the Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund nonprofit.
  • Born & Raised: Colorado & Illinois
  • Educated: University of Wyoming: Journalism; Masters in Communication
  • Where She Can Be Found Outside the Backcountry: Hiking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, & camping with her husband and two daughters
  • She Did What?!?: Interviewed pro athletes like Yao Ming, Nolan Arenado, & Von Miller in her former life as a sports reporter.

303-471-7076  |  Lindsey.McKissick,@HRCAonline.org


Program Leaders


Casey
Horse Program Instructor


Catherine
Horse Program Instructor


Heather
Horse Program Instructor



Karen
HorseProgram Instructor


Rebekah
Program Instructor
Professional Christmas light tour guide


Zsuzsuna
Program Instructor

Liked to catch butterflies as a kid... to feed them to chickens


Tara
Program Instructor

Liked to catch butterflies as a kid... to feed them to chickens


Francesca
Preschool Program Instructor

Loves dinosaurs and wants a pet Brontosaurus


Alexa
Preschool Program Instructor

Can make dolphin noises


Carla
Preschool Program Instructor

Lived in Puero Rico with 23 cats


Mythrei
Party Host

Eats yogurt with literally everything


Mackenzie
Party Host

Obsessed with sparkles


Nessy
Party Host
Still sleeps with glow in the dark stars on her walls

Camp Backcountry Counselors


Becca 
Nature Camp Counselor
Shockingly good at laser tag


Abby
Nature Camp Counselor

Master squirrel hypnotizer


Margaret
Nature Camp Counselor

Harry Potter trivia expert


Aidan
Nature Camp Counselor

Coral reef aficionado


Aspen
Nature Camp Counselor

Aspiring beekeeper


Michael
Nature Camp Counselor


Annalysa
Art Camp Counselor

Avid wildflower admirer


Lauren
Art Camp Counselor

Mother to a lizard named Frida Kahlo and a fish named Beyonce


Mark
Expedition Camp Counselor

Possesses 12 hacky sacks


Candice
Expedition Camp Counselor

Fanatical about reptiles and has 2 pet snakes


Carrie
Horse Camp Counselor

Has been kissed by a wolf


Sarah
Horse Camp Counselor

Grew a 4’ sunflower from a half-eaten seed


Sydney
Horse Camp Counselor

Dolphin attack survivor


Cheryl
Horse Camp Counselor

Plays hide and seek with her dog


Kasey
Horse Camp Counselor

Infatuated with prehistoric creatures


Teresa
Horse Camp Counselor

Is an actress and was in a horror film


Carla
Before & After Counselor

Lived in Puerto Rico with 23 cats


Lauren
Before & After Counselor

Best feat— swimming with whale sharks


Alexa
Before & After Counselor

Can make dolphin noises

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