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Common Ground Staff

Samantha MacfarlaneSamantha Macfarlane - Executive Director
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Samantha has been with the organization since 1999. Under her leadership, Common Ground has seen monumental growth in all areas and continues to be a tremendous asset to the community. Samantha is passionate about progressing the organization. During her free time Samantha enjoys skiing, river rafting, paddle boarding, and mountain biking with her family.
Alex RistorcelliAlex Ristorcelli - Program Director

Alex Ristorcelli has been working in the outdoor industry for almost 10 years. After getting his Bachelorís in Outdoor Leadership he worked for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center where he discovered his passion for Adaptive Recreation. Since then he has been focusing on working with people of all abilities in a myriad of recreational activities. After spending 2 years in Oregon Alex found Common Ground and is really excited about being back in the snow and the sun. He is really excited to be exploring the Cache Valley and the rest of the State of Utah with his family and with Common Ground.
Lauren KylloLauren Kyllo - Program Manager

Lauren graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington with a degree in recreation in June 2016, with a concentration in therapeutic recreation. For her internship she worked at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls in Utah. Most recently she worked for Outdoors for All in Seattle, Washington as a counselor for their day camp program. Lauren is a climber, trail runner, skier and is learning to maintain her trusty old road bike. Lauren grew up in Anacortes, Washington and loves to share experiences outdoors with friends and family.
Aubree PocockAubree Pocock - Activity Coordinator

Aubree is a student at Utah State University studying Parks and Recreation. After starting as an intern working for Common Ground she loved the organization so much she couldnít leave. She loves working with and getting to know anyone and everyone. When Aubree is not working you can find her exploring, backcountry backpacking, skiing, cliff jumping, mountain biking, or scuba diving and surfing when she can.
Jim BooneJim Boone - Volunteer

Jim Boone has been a dedicated volunteer since the program began in 1993. There are few things that Jim doesn't know about, but his specialties include building and maneuvering boats, gardening, and fixing bikes. In addition, if you want to know anything about the Bear River talk to him, since he edited the book on it.
Mike JarrettMike Jarrett - Volunteer

Mike is a Logan, UT native who has been involved with Common Ground for several years. Many of the day to day functions around the office would be impossible without Mike's continued assistance. Thanks Mike!

Volunteers are the lifeline of Common Ground Outdoor Adventures. We need caring and encouraging individuals to help us with every activity. Outdoor experience or experience with working with people with disabilities is not required to volunteer with Common Ground. All local activities are free for volunteers; there may be some cost on destination trips. To learn more about helping Common Ground contact the office or email

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