Our Instructors
Bill Spacciapoli

J.U.M.P.'s founder and Executive Director, Bill Spacciapoli, a member of the New Hampshire 4,000-foot club, has been an avid backpacker and hiker for over 20 years. Bill began leading youth trips for JUMP in 2005. Billís outdoor training includes completion of the Appalachian Mountain Club Youth Opportunities Program (AMC/YOP) Outdoor Leadership Training Advanced Backpacking and Leave No Trace Backpacking programs. Having completed the Winter Exploration Workshop with YOP, Bill holds equipment privileges with YOP for 3-season hiking and camping as well as winter use of outdoor gear including snowshoes, cross-country skis and related clothing and gear. Bill holds a Healthcare Provider certification in CPR & AED from the American Heart Association, and is certified in Advanced Wilderness First Aid and Anaphylaxis from SOLO Wilderness Emergency Medicine, Conway, NH. A graduate of WPI and Virginia Tech, Bill has spent the past 25 years building and leading project and functional teams.

Mr. Spacciapoli was elected to the Harvard Board of Health, serving for 5 years (2 of those years as Chairman). During that time, he worked to address a variety of health and safety issues that came before the Board. Bill is a member of the Ayer Rotary Club and remains active in his community. In his spare time, Bill enjoys family time with his wife and children and developing creative solutions to fund JUMP and increase youth participation.

Jeanne Blauner

Jeanne has been leading wilderness trips for 35 years, first as Director of Camp craft for a camp in Maine and later for the Smith College Outing Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Sierra Club. Jeanne has led more than 20 Sierra Club trips since 1982, including hiking, cross-country skiing, backpacking, sailing, canoeing, and family trips. Jeanne earned an AB Degree at Smith College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Jeanne completed a five-week basic training course at the National Outdoor Leadership Training School (NOLS) and has her Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification. Jeanne also completed the YOP Outdoor Leadership Training in September of 2008. In her "other" life, Jeanne works in business and new product development, and recently renovated an old mansion. Jeanne loves most being out of doors with her teenage daughter, Allie.

Michael Desaulniers

Mike is a Senior technician at Materials Systems Inc. in Littleton MA where he performs Computerized Drafting/Design and manages projects. Mike earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration at Mount Wachusett Community College and has completed a certificate program in Computerized Drafting and Design at Johnson and Wales School of Technology. In addition, Mike earned a certificate in Computer Assisted Manufacturing at U-Mass Lowell.

In addition to being a JUMP outdoor leader, Mike coaches youth hockey and continues to play hockey in Marlborough and at Cushing Academy. Mike enjoys playing his guitar, hiking, snowboarding, and mountain-biking in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Mike has earned a certification in Wilderness First Aid through Solo Wilderness Medicine, is certified in Red Cross CPR, and will be completing the Five Day Outdoor Leadership (Backpacking) Training offered by the Appalachian Mountain Club Youth Opportunities Program in May of 2008.

Allan Kuong

Allan has shared his love for the outdoors since Boy Scouting, eventually achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Subsequently, Allan was involved in an Emergency Services explorer post during high school which sparked his interest in public safety/EMS. After service in the U.S. Navy, Allan has continued service as an EMT with Harvard Ambulance Service and as a law enforcement tactical team member.

Allan is currently working in the practice of emergency medicine. He is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Naval Acadmy and a 1993 graduate of the University of New England-College of Osteopathic Medicine. Allan recently completed a weekend course in wilderness first aid. In his spare time, Allan enjoys hiking and sailing.

Ken Cole

Ken is an electrical engineer at a public company in Lexington, MA. He has earned a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science and Engineering degree from Northeastern University. Kenís professional interests include remote sensing, control systems, signal processing, and autonomous robotics.

Ken has been hiking throughout New England for most of his life, growing up in Connecticut in his youth and moving to Massachusetts as an adult. He also is an avid bicyclist and bicycles to work through most of the year. Ken also enjoys traveling, hobby robotics, swimming, bicycling, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and throwing Frisbees with his dogs.

Ken has spent several seasons as a coach/mentor for a high school robotics team participating in the FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) and also serves as the Field Technical Advisor for FTC tournaments throughout Massachusetts.

Ken has earned a certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR through Solo Wilderness Medicine.