Rocky Mountain Pathways Ranch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teens grow and develop socially and emotionally. Our program accomplishes this by creating a supportive and challenging environment that pushes students out of their comfort zones, and encourages them to try new experiences. We then ask the students to reflect on their experiences at the ranch, and we work to instill tools and values that help them carry the lessons learned here back home with them.
We employ a diverse team of dedicated mentors and educators whose contributions to the ranch and our programming are paramount to our success, and to the success of our students. Please take a moment to learn more about our leadership team.
Travis Scheele – Ranch Manager
Travis was born and raised on ten acres in rural Missouri. He grew up with horses, dogs, cats, and a variety of other small animals. He became infatuated with the outdoors at an early age, and loved riding horses and causing mischief with his younger brothers. Throughout high school, college, and his early professional career, Travis continually sought out opportunities to teach, empower, and guide young people toward personal discovery and the discovery of the world around them. He is enamored with education and the power it has to change lives and communities.
Just after obtaining his undergraduate degree in anthropology, Travis began working in the wilderness therapy industry as a field instructor, and maintained that work for several years. It was in the therapy industry that he learned invaluable information about self-awareness, accountability, and the role assertive communication plays in personal success.
To Travis, Rocky Mountain Pathways Ranch provides the perfect opportunity to combine his greatest passions: education, therapeutic communication, nature, and cultural understanding. He works hard to foster a supportive yet challenging environment where staff and students alike are encouraged and empowered to grow along social, emotional, and educational platforms.
Brian Lenihan – Kitchen Manager
Brian grew up in a small town in New Jersey just outside of New York city. His first kitchen job was in a small Irish pub in a nearby town where he worked as a dishwasher. He attended The Culinary Institute of America after getting a letter of recommendation from his boss and mentor. He graduated in December of 2003. After graduation, Brian worked as a sous chef at a catering hall where he honed his cooking skills preparing food for large elaborate weddings and other special events. Brian continued his career as Executive Chef at The Good Food Family, where he cooked food for universities and private schools in Manhattan. In 2014, Brian moved to Colorado to escape the city life and get into the mountains!
Brian started working at RMPR in May 2015. He loves working up in the mountains, and spends his free time hiking around the property. On his breaks, you will often see him outside talking with the students about the Rockies and all of the wildlife Colorado has to offer. He loves talking to the students about cooking, and really loves showing them his skills as a chef. He is always willing to share his life experiences, and he loves mentoring students that desire to go into the cooking field.