Bernie Rupe

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – LCPC, NCC

With over 25 years of experience working with at-risk teens, Bernie is the guiding star of Chicago Voyagers. Since taking over the Trips for Kids Fox Valley chapter in 2008, he continues to remain active in leading programs, and is determined to ensure that all Chicago teens have an opportunity to explore the outdoors and themselves.  


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Jory Fitzgerald

director of strategic Development

Jory is passionate about providing opportunities for at-risk youth and has more than 25 years of experience in education and nonprofit leadership. As former CEO of one northern Indiana’s largest human service agencies, Jory has extensive experience in strategic planning, board governance, and fundraising. A self-described adventure junkie, when not working, you’ll most likely find Jory enjoying the great outdoors.


Denise Logan

director of Business & Programs

Denise has spent her career working with children and teens as an educator and program director. She believes in providing opportunities that engage and empower, helping others to develop their strengths and realize their potential. In her free time, you might find her leading a teen retreat or service trip, cheering on the Cubs, or spending time with family and friends. She developed a love for the outdoors growing up at her grandparents lake house.


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Liz Jansen

GRANTS and marketing MANAGER

Liz has more than 12 years of nonprofit experience, bringing a deep understanding of nonprofits and how to leverage resources to support mission-driven work. In January 2019, she used her knowledge of the field to launch and design a capacity-building consulting firm called Women Unite! Prior to joining Chicago Voyagers, Liz served as Vice President of Development at Healthcare Alternative Systems, a nonprofit that provides behavioral health services, managing all aspects of the organization’s fundraising strategy.   


Bob Faber

Program Leader

For Bob, canoeing is his primary passion. He is also an avid cyclist (riding well over a thousand miles a year), a cross country skier, and swimmer.

Luigi De Col Wrooman

Program leader

Luigi has passion for guiding youth to the right path in life – whether on our programs or coaching water polo and swim teams from an inner-city high school in Chicago. He has also worked as a lifeguard for the Chicago Park District. Combining this with a love for sports and the water, Luigi hopes to never stop teaching, coaching, and learning.

Kaitlin McBane

Program leader

Kaitlin is passionate about youth development, even when it is challenging. She discovered her love of the outdoors while attending Camp Tecumseh as a child and has grown to love the natural life lessons we can all learn in the wilderness. Kaitlin loves to use her skills from her Masters in Counseling in the outdoors and to carry out the Chicago Voyagers mission.

Bess McGeorge

PROGRAM Leader - lpc

Bess has worked as a camp counselor, a camp director, and even a wilderness therapist — all stemming from her positive experience spending time in the outdoors as a kid. She has a degree in Recreation Education and a Masters in Counseling.

Eli Sugerman

Program leader

Dedicated to creating opportunities for underserved populations, Eli leverages his experience as a non-profit board member, camp counselor, and wilderness field guide to deliver Chicago Voyagers' mission. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Eli spends his free time skiing, biking, climbing, practicing yoga, and exploring the city.

Joel Wallen

Program Leader

Joel’s life mission is to provide growth opportunities for at-risk, urban teens since he is also a beneficiary of such experiences as a teen. He believe those experiences made him the person he is today.

Marlene W. Reinert

PROGRAM Leader - MSW

Marlene is an avid believer of outdoor experiential education.  She got her beginnings in the field as a challenge course facilitator, Girl Scout Gold Scout, and camp counselor- and decided to pursue adventure therapy after embarking on a 57 day canoe expedition.  Marlene's passion for therapy stems from wanting to support youth through navigating their emotions, experiencing healthy relationships, and learning boundaries.