Staff

An experiential program is often only as good as its facilitators. ChallengeWorks is part of a network of experiential facilitators from all over Texas. Depending on your program’s goals and needs, we will hire facilitators from around town and the state, that best suit your group. Our facilitators include:

Bob Gantt

Bob is the program director of ChallengeWorks. He has a degree in Recreation and Parks Administration from Texas A&M University, as well as a certificate from Texas A&M as an outdoor education specialist. He is also certified as an experiential therapist, and a wilderness leader.

Bob has worked in the Challenge Course field since 1990, and has experience facilitating a variety of groups, including corporate clients, teachers, psychiatric patients, and students. Bob began training facilitators in 1994 and was employed as a challenge course builder and inspector for 2 years in Colorado before returning home to Texas A&M.

 

 

K.C. Ray

KC has a B.S. in Outdoor Education from Texas A&M. After graduation, she worked as the Rope Course Director at the Y.O. Ranch Adventure Camp for a year before returning back to College Station to pursue her Masters in Human Resource Development. KC has worked for ChallengeWorks off and on since 2000. When not at the challenge course, she home schools her four kids and enjoys spending time outdoors.

 

Tony Ray

Tony is a firefighter and a paramedic for the College Station Fire Department. He has been a facilitator for ChallengeWorks since 2000. Tony has a BS from Texas A&M in Industrial Distribution and his skills and experiences in a wide variety of work settings help him to connect with all types of groups. When he isn’t working, Tony enjoys gardening, building things and spending time with KC and his four awesome kids!

 

Lorenza Phillips

Lorenza is retired from the Austin Independent School District, where he ran the challenge course program for many years, Lorenza is now a contract facilitator for many challenge courses around the state. He has worked with ChallengeWorks for 15 plus years and loves to travel the world with his wife Pixi, and family, when he is not working.

 

Art Ortiz

Currently running the challenge course for the City of Georgetown and leading facilitator trainings for Rope Works, Inc., Art also finds some time to work at ChallengeWorks. He is an avid runner, rock climber and whitewater guide, as well as a devoted husband to Maura and father of two fantastic kids!

 

MaryBeth Henthorne

As an Assistant Professor in Health and Kinesiology here at TAMU, Marybeth teaches many classes including… Leadership at the challenge course, yoga, canoeing and rock climbing. Marybeth continues to develop her yoga instruction with a recent training in India and is an avid pickle ball player when she can fit it in. She is a wonderful wife and mom, and proud to talk about her son, the college graduate!

 

Frank Eckles

As well as a longtime facilitator on challenge courses, Frank is the Executive Director for the Academy for Competent Youth Work. He also loves to sail his 42 foot sailboat off the coast of Texas and beyond with his wife Vicki.

 

Chad Nelson

While finishing his PhD in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences, Chad teaches Leadership classes at the challenge course, Aggie Action Ball and trail running. He is a high energy facilitator and runs the Deerfoot Camp for A&M in the summer. When he is not working, he likes to travel with his wife Candace, often “escorting” horses around the world to new owners.

 

Renz Phillips

In addition to facilitating for several challenge courses, Renz is a Rigging Specialist for many big theater productions. He even worked the halftime show for Super bowl 51 in Houston with Lady Gaga flying off the roof!