OAR Northwest Board of Directors

The OAR Northwest Board of Directors was formed late in 2015 with the goal of bringing new viewpoints and leadership to an already established non-profit organization.  Our goal is to ensure that OAR Northwest is able to be passed to future generations of adventure leaders and live on beyond the involvement of those who helped to establish it in 2006.

Jordan Hanssen
Jordan HanssenBoard President
Jordan Hanssen is a writer and cofounder of OAR Northwest. He has captained two ocean rows, the 2006 Shepard Ocean Fours Rowing Race from New York to England and the 2013 Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) Africa to the Americas Expedition featured on Dateline NBC. He was a part of OAR Northwest’s Adventure: Mississippi River 2014 expedition and is currently teaching an Adventure Education: Mississippi River course at the University of Puget Sound. He is the author of Rowing into the Son about his team’s Guinness World Record row across the Atlantic.
Greg Spooner
Greg SpoonerVice President
Greg Spooner is a doctor of physical therapy and cofounder of OAR Northwest. Greg is a veteran of the 2006 Shephard Ocean Fours Rowing Race as well as multiple independent ocean, coastal, and inland rowing expeditions as a rower and onboard medic. He helmed “mission control” as the land-based expedition manager for the 2013 CWF Africa to the Americas Expedition. Greg participated in the Adventure: Mississippi River 2014 expedition, managing logistics and education programming from the rowboat while underway.
Kyle Putnam
Kyle PutnamTreasurer
Kyle Putnam, JD, MSP, is a Licensed Massage Practitioner and experienced in nonprofit financial management. She is the past president of the board of directors of Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE), a not-for-profit equine rescue organization based in Woodinville, Washington, where she established long-term financial and organizational sustainability. Kyle acted as Shore Coordinator for the 2006 Shepard Ocean Fours Rowing Race and is excited to help OAR Northwest implement a sustainable and effective adventure education program.
Connor Inslee
Connor InsleeOfficer
Connor Inslee is a Northwest native who grew up in Eastern Washington, later moving to Bainbridge Island and has since lived all over Washington state in some incredible places. Prior to his current position as Camp Director at Camp Korey he was the chief operating officer at Outdoors for All for seven years, with a varied professional background ranging from 8th grade teacher, wilderness therapy field Instructor to kayak guide to ski patroller. In his spare time he prefers to have a little fun enjoying the Salish Sea by kayak or sail, skiing the Cascades, cycling, and attempting to teach his pup Tilly some semblance of manners. If these activities are not available, a campfire of any form and good food are acceptable (and often preferred) alternatives.
Jeff Cordicks
Jeff CordicksBoard Member
Jeff Cordick has been roaming the waters of the Salish Sea for over 20 years. He grew up in Walla Walla and has always been interested in outdoor sports and activities including sailing. He has been around the OARnorthwest group and supported the teams through the multiple adventures for over 10 years. In his off-time when he is not coaching his children’s sports, he can be found on his sailboat, or trekking through the cascade trails in either snowshoes or hiking boots.
Travis Ruff
Travis RuffSecretary
Travis Ruff, CISSP, is a senior information security leader, technologist, and a graduate of the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development. He is an avid outdoorsman, having undertaken many canoe, backpacking, and climbing adventures in the Pacific Northwest and Boundary Waters, and is a Peak Society member of The Mountaineers. Travis is excited to bring his passion for technology and interactivity to OAR Northwest and create an engaged community of students, scientists, and future adventurers.