Ann McCollum Consulting
Risk Management and Crisis Response Planning

"Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over.  A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys.  It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness.  A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.  And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless.  We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."

-- John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley
Ann McCollum

About Ann McCollum

About Ann B. McCollum, M.Ed., J.D. 


  •     University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  •     University of Virginia, M.Ed.
  •     Middlebury College, B.A.
Program and Policy Consultant, program and field manual writing, risk management, policy, procedures, curriculum
  • Envoys (Cambridge, MA)
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal School (Austin, TX)
  • Hawken School (OH)
  • The Taylor Family Foundation (Livermore, CA)
  • Miami Valley School, (Dayton, OH)
  • National Cathedral School (Washington, DC)
  • Berkshire School (Sheffield, MA)
  • Hackley School (Tarrytown, NY)
  • Project Himalaya (Kathmandu, Nepal)
  • Southern Utah University (Cedar City, UT)
  • Global LAB (New York, NY)
  • San Francisco Friends School (San Francisco, CA)
  • Parish School (Dallas, TX)
  • Native American Community Academy (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Colorado Academy (Denver, CO)
  • Cheley Colorado Camps (Estes Park, CO)
  • American Cancer Society Camp Enchantment (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Albuquerque Academy (Albuquerque, NM)
  • City Kids to Wilderness Program (MD/WY)
Visiting Guide, Kamzang Journeys
Led spring treks to Everest Base Camp (
          "Kamzang Journeys is a small, experiences, mountain-based trekking and adventure company . . .  and specializes in 'off the     
           map' treks and travels in the Himalaya."

Independent School Administrator and Faculty, 18 years
  • Albuquerque Academy (day): Senior Class Dean, Experiential Education Department
  • St. Stephen's School (day/boarding): Dean, Counselor, Religion Department, Varsity Coach
  • St. John's School (day): Community Service Coordinator, History Department, Physical Education Department, Varsity Coach
  • St. Catherine's School (day/boarding): Dorm Supervisor, Religion Department

In addition to above, independent school experience and responsibilities include: Residential Duty Administrator, Senior Projects Coordinator, Advising Program Coordinator, Crisis Response Team, Health Team

Summer Camp Administrator and Youth Development, 20+ years
  • Cheley Colorado Camps: Girls Camp Director, Staff Training Consultant, Unit Director, Backpacking Counselor, 13 years
  • Camp Mak-A-Dream (children and young adults with cancer): volunteer program staff
  • American Cancer Society Camp Enchantment: volunteer camp staff and accreditation consultant for ACS
  • Cheley Colorado Camps Burn Camp: program staff
Boards and Organizational Leadership (current)
  • American Camp Association, National Standards Commission (
  • John Austin Cheley Foundation, Board Program Committee (
  • Association of Experiential Education, Chair of Schools & Colleges Professional Group (
  • Global Learning Across Borders (Global LAB), Advisory Council (
Staff Training Consultant, training backcountry staff in backcountry practices, leadership, natural history, ethics, Leave No Trace, risk management, group management and Albuquerque Academy (training summer school camp staff in child development, behavior management, and counseling skills

Experiential Program Administrator,
integrated curricular experiential program for high school seniors; required transitional experiences into the world of college and work through internships, mentorships, seminars, and independent projects.

Accreditation Reviewer

  • Association of Experiential Education (AEE) (past)
  • Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) (past)
  • Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) (past)
Trained Facilitator, Alpine Tower and Team Development Course (high and low ropes courses), including special needs facilitation

NOLS Graduate
, National Outdoor Leadership School Instructors Course and Alaska Mountaineering Course

Wilderness First Responder
and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (certifications not current)

Backcountry Leader
, over 100 weeks in the field leading adolescents on multi-day trips in mountain, desert, and river environments, including backpacking, hiking, climbing, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, rafting, high and low ropes, initiative games

International Travel Guide
, trek to Everest Base Camp, Khumbu, Nepal; experience leading adolescents on five week trip to Indian Himalaya focusing on service, cultural integration, and high altitude trekking

Volunteer Service

  • MS 150, Northern New Mexico (Multiple Sclerosis) (two day cycle event, raised $1425)
  • Casa San Miguel food pantry, Albuquerque, NM
  • Faith in Practice, surgical/medical mission, Guatemala
  • The Mountain Fund, moving medical clinic, Nepal
  • Project Himalaya trek, collect and distribute needed supplies to Himalayan villages, Ladakh, India
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Team in Training (Alaska marathon, raised $6700)
  • Camp Enchantment, camp for children living with cancer, New Mexico
  • Camp Mak-A-Dream, camp for children and young adults living with cancer, Montana
  • Cheley Burn Camp, camp for severely burned children, Colorado

Conference Presenter:
  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
  • Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)
  • National Business Officers Association (NBOA -- webinar, Annual Symposium)
  • Mid-South Independent School Business Officers (MISBO)
  • American Camp Association, Virginias Region (Keynote and breakout presenter)
  • American Camp Association (ACA -- conference, webinar))
  • National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA -- webinar)
  • Association of Experiential Education International Conference (AEE)
  • Association of Experiential Education Rocky Mountain Region Conference (AEE RMR)
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS)
  • Independent School Association of the Southwest Business Officers Conference (ISAS)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC)
Himalayan (high altitude) Travel including treks, whitewater paddling, cultural and medical service in Himalayas of Nepal (Khumbu, Tamang, Dolpo), India (Sikkim, Ladakh), and Tibet

Other International Travel: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Guatemala, Egypt, Israel, Greece, France, England, Scotland, Mexico

United States Wilderness Travel:
Texas, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Virginia, North Carolina, Vermont
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