Ramón DC Alatorre – Program Coordinator
As Program Coordinator, Ramón DC Alatorre has been involved in the daily facilitation of all aspects of the Program – from recruitment, through implementation, to graduation. His background as a backcountry expedition leader was instrumental in providing many of the structures and strategies that have been utilized to cultivate an intentional and positive group culture. DC has also leveraged his technical outdoor skills to bolster the adventure-based offerings of the Program, including the development of a canyoneering skills progression that allowed the 2018 cohort to work their way up to navigating and exploring a technical canyon in Arches National Park. DC is often happiest when his skills and effort can support the experiences and development of young leaders.
Prior to joining the Program, DC pursued adventure and education – eventually combing the two to become a professional environmental, outdoor and leadership educator. In his pursuit of adventure, DC has ridden his bicycle across the country, completed an Ironman triathlon, become a professional dogsled driver, and he currently enjoys climbing rocks with ropes. Along the way DC earned a B.S. in Chemistry, specializing in forensic DNA analysis and working on a research project that (no joke, and not by choice) tangentially involved Big Foot. After a term of service doing environmental outreach and education with AmeriCorps, DC attended the University of North Carolina and earned an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering where his thesis sought to further explore the application of water reclamation strategies to help address the growing water crises around the globe. Eventually, DC’s passions for adventure, the environment, conservation and the propagation of a sustainable ethic brought him to the world of environmental education where, among other stops, he has been an Instructor at the Keystone Science School and he continues to be a course leader for NOLS.