Blog Role: Employee

Sam Copland

New to the Edge of Leadership (EOL) team in 2019, Sam brings a depth of social-emotional teaching skills and outdoor experience to the EOL classroom.  As a teacher, Sam is passionate about life-long learning, creating genuine connections with students, and the power of learning through experience. Sam is the first to admit, “I have always […]




Beth Buoro

Beth coordinates our Edge of Leadership (EOL) program which relies on her impeccable organizational skills, as well as her depth of experience and knowledge in the field of Education.  With hands-on experience in implementing social-emotional learning programs in various educational settings as a teacher, principal, and more recently, as a superintendent, Beth is highly committed […]




Pam Nuovo

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Pam joined High 5 in 2016 and took on a new role as the Marketing Specialist in 2018.  She coordinates all aspects of the marketing effort, which is strengthened and fueled by collaborating with all High 5 teams.  “I’m energized by my co-workers who bring boundless creativity and purpose to their work. From the birth […]




Rich Keegan

Meet Rich Keegan, our newest member of the High 5 Training Team. Rich has a deep connection with Adventure Education as a practitioner, teacher, and author (most notably for “Global Games For Diversity Education”). Rich was the instructional leader of an adventure physical education program at both the high school and elementary levels and spent […]




Gary Hillsgrove

Gary works on all aspects of challenge course building/design and especially likes the building aspect, stemming from a background in the building trades focusing on custom, organic structures. His building skills combined with his passion for climbing, resulting in creative challenge course elements and designs for High 5 and its customers. “Climbing walls are one […]




Chris Damboise

Chris brings an abundance of experience in the adventure field to bear on his leadership role within High 5. ”I love the way intentional adventure programming bring groups of people together in ways that otherwise would take years of time to reproduce.” Chris holds a degree in Recreation and Park Management with a specialty in […]




Dave Klim

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Dave is based in Maine and has 20 years in the challenge course business, beginning with Project Adventure in 1989. Prior to joining the team at High 5 in 2002, Dave ran his own successful business, Maine Ropes Inc., for three years. He likes going to places that are off the beaten track. “I move […]




Jen Ottinger

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Jen directs our business, financial and marketing efforts. She has more than 25 years of experience in business management and marketing, having developed her skills at agencies and design firms in New York, New Jersey and Colorado before joining High 5 in 2002. “I’ve watched the organization grow and become what it is,” she says. […]