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OSI Team

OSI provides the broadest range of expertise available on outdoor and travel risk management. The growing OSI team includes field safety, program management, human resource, and insurance experts as well as a consulting attorney, physician, and nurse. Our team members have extensive professional experience with outdoor, adventure, and travel risk management.

team members

Alex KosseffAlex Kosseff is the Founder and President of OSI and Executive Director of the American Mountain Guides Association. He is the author of both editions of the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership. Over 50 outdoor education, adventure, and conservation programs have benefited from risk management reviews conducted by Alex. As the first risk manager in the Appalachian Mountain Club's 125-year history, Alex developed risk management systems for that organization’s 9,000 annual volunteer and professionally led outdoor programs. Based in Boulder, Colorado, he is an active outdoor instructor, climber, backcountry skier, paddler, and wilderness enthusiast. More»

Jenny LePageJenny LePage is Operations Director at OSI. She oversees marketing, social media, and IT, serves as editor, and supports client relations. Jenny brings an array of outdoor, teaching, writing, technology, and business experience. A Prescott College graduate, she worked as a guide, instructor, course director, and staff trainer for outdoor programs including Outward Bound in Montana, Colorado, Texas, and Mexico. Jenny also ran an eco-conscious massage business, taught at a massage school, and became a licensed yoga teacher. She is a published writer and editor, and she brings skill in online technology systems. Jenny currently balances OSI work with pursuing a degree in Acupuncture. She loves to play outdoors, travel, and go on adventures of all sorts whenever possible.

Andy LeiderAndy Leider is a Senior Consultant with OSI focusing on organizational development and culture change—bridging the space between field operations and organizational management. Andy is the Principal at Unfenced, a coaching and strategic consultancy supporting the next generation of purposeful leaders and projects. He founded two nonprofit educational organizations and a national program to promote innovative science and climate education through public lands, and he has created and led experiential education programs since 1990. He is a past Director with the Orfalea Foundation, Outward Bound, Montana Yellowstone Expeditions, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and he holds a Somatic Coach certification from Strozzi Institute. Andy and his family share their time between Minneapolis and San Francisco.

John FairJohn Fair is a Senior Consultant with OSI focusing on river, rock, and college programs. He has worked as an outdoor educator since 1998. His front-line experience includes leading extended adventure trips with at-risk populations, guiding commercial whitewater rafting, and guiding and instructing rock climbing. As support staff, John was a logistics coordinator and staff trainer for a primitive-skills-based wilderness therapy program. He is a WFR instructor, PCIA rock climbing course provider, and former ACA whitewater raft guide instructor. John holds a B.A. in Outdoor Recreation and an M.Ed. from Eastern Washington University, and from 2007–2015 he directed the Eastern Washington University outdoor program. When he’s off the clock, John might be found surfing river waves on a stand up paddle board.

Gennifre HartmanGennifre Hartman is OSI's International Programming Consultant who has worked with educational international programming and risk management for the past 18 years. Through her work, Hartman has gained the knowledge and creativity to develop systematic programming in unpredictable areas of the developing world, including Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Gennifre found her own life transformed by an academic year overseas in high school. This experience combined with a life of exploration and learning led her to found The Travelling School. She is pursuing her doctorate in Higher Education at Montana State University; in addition she has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Montana, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

Elizabeth AndreElizabeth Andre, Ph.D., is a Consultant with OSI who is an Associate Professor of Outdoor Education at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin and a past president of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. She has over a thousand days in the field canoeing, backpacking, dogsledding, skiing, climbing, and mountaineering with Outward Bound and with the University of Montana’s Wild Rockies Field Institute. She is an ACA L4 whitewater canoe instructor and a competitive whitewater canoe slalom racer, and she tries to get as many personal days on rivers as possible.

Joshua HallJoshua Hall is a Consultant with OSI who has been paddling and teaching for over 18 years for Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission, an American Canoe Association Pro School, where he serves as Outdoor Program Manager. Josh’s credentials include American Canoe Association (ACA) L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor Trainer Educator, ACA L2 SUP Instructor Trainer Educator, ACA L5 Whitewater Kayak Instructor, and L4 Whitewater Canoe Instructor. He is endorsed as an ACA Traditional Skills and Adaptive Paddling Instructor. Joshua was awarded the ACA’s Excellence in Instruction award, served on the ACA Board of Directors, and chaired the ACA’s Coastal Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard Committees. 

Ed CrothersEd Crothers is a Consultant with OSI who is in his 10th year as the Accreditation Director and Climbing Instructor Program Director at the American Mountain Guides Association. At the AMGA he has been responsible for creating the AMGA Risk Management and Incident Response Plans, and he has served on the AMGA Risk Management Committee for the past eight years. Prior to AMGA, Ed worked as a climbing instructor and guide for 13 years. For five of those years, he was a co-owner of the Colorado Mountain School in Estes Park, Colorado, and he served as director of risk management. Ed also spent 10 years working for the Colorado Outward Bound School in various field staff and administrative positions including field staff representative to the COBS Risk Management Committee. Ed is an AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch and Climbing Wall Instructor Trainer, and an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Educator. He has presented on risk management topics at the Wilderness Risk Managers Conference and at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Annual Conference.

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