Employment and Staff

Facility Notices:

All Recreation &amp Wellness programs and facilities will be closed May 28th in obersrvance of Memorial Day.

The Kaplan Center Natatorium will be closed for extended maintenance June 1st – July 9th. Visit the Aquatics page for details.

Piney Lake Notice:

The Piney Lake shuttle will run only during the Fall and Spring semesters.


Each academic year Outdoor Adventures hires new student staff members to work in all program areas of Outdoor Adventures. Please review the Outdoor Adventures Hiring Information sheet if you are interested in becoming a part of the Outdoor Adventures Leadership Team. Once you are ready, visit the Recreation & Wellness Employment Page and complete an on-line employment application.

Meet Our Staff

Nathan Rector

Nathan Rector
Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation Programs
Favorite Activity:
Depends on the season. I like it all.
Favorite Food:
Blue Bell Natural Ice Cream
Favorite Quote:
The best stories to tell are the hardest ones to make.

Alex Hauer

Alex Hauer
Coordinator, Outdoor Adventures
Favorite Activity:
Favorite Food:
Tofu Tacos
Favorite Quote:
Recreate Adventurously, for it nourishes the soul.

Abby Copen

Favorite Activity: Kayaking
Favorite Food: Pepperoni Pizza
Favorite Quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” C.S. Lewis

Anndi Murdoch

Favorite Activity: Sight Seeing
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Quote: “I only drink on two occasions, when I’m sad and when I am not” Coco Channel

Anton Parker

Favorite Activity: Hiking
Favorite Food: Fried Chicken
Favorite Quote: Veni Vidi Vici

Artavius Brown

Favorite Activity: Swimming
Favorite Food: Singapore Noodles
Favorite Quote: All of the answers that you seek are within you.

Austyn Farber

Favorite Activity: Anything water related!
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Quote: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return” Eden Ahbez

Ben Dawkins

Favorite Activity: Biking and Kayaking
Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite Quote: “Success- it’s what you do with what you’ve got” Woody Hayes

Daniel Linares

Favorite Activity: Rock Climbing
Favorite Food: Brisket
Favorite Quote: “Miles to go before I sleep” Robert Frost

David Wise

Favorite Activity: Whitewater Kayaking
Favorite Food: Sour Gummy Worms & Dr. Pepper
Favorite Quote: “There’s no substitute for just going there” Yvon Chouinard

Donald Komondy

Favorite Activity: Snow Boarding
Favorite Food: Chicken Parm
Favorite Quote: “It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward” Rocky Balboa

Emily Hobgood

Favorite Activity: Stand Up Paddleboarding or Kayaking
Favorite Food: All things breakfast
Favorite Quote: “My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice!” Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Emily Huneycutt

Favorite Activity: Rock Climbing (and/or building sand castles)
Favorite Food: Mac N Cheese
Favorite Quote: “Don’t live your life with the expectation you can pay for happiness later”

Ian Kirkman

Favorite Activity: Hiking and Backpacking
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Quote: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” Wrestling Coach

Kayla Gentry

Favorite Activity: Hiking
Favorite Food: Meat! But BBQ Ribs are a top choice.
Favorite Quote: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

Leigh Harris

Favorite Activity: Hiking & Paddleboarding
Favorite Food: Movie Theater Popcorn
Favorite Quote: “The world is changed by your example, not your opinion” Paulo Coelho

Marianna Levithan

Favorite Activity: Hiking
Favorite Food: Ethiopian Doro Wat
Favorite Quote: “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around” Henry David Thoreau

Michael Burton

Favorite Activity: Kayaking
Favorite Food: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich
Favorite Quote: “It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?” Jim Carrey

Olivia Beach

Favorite Activity: Hiking or yoga on the beach
Favorite Food: Sweet potato curry
Favorite Quote: Everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end. John Lennon

Rachel Carico Bair

Favorite Activity: Caving
Favorite Food: White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
Favorite Quote: “Don’t Panic” Douglas Adams

Robert Ellington

Favorite Activity: Sailing
Favorite Food: Canyon Creek Bison Burger
Favorite Quote: “Be phenomenal or be forgotten” Eric Thomas

Samantha Gaillard

Favorite Activity: Rock Climbing
Favorite Food: Avocados
Favorite Quote: “The secret to life is to accept where you are in life and make the most out of it”

Sara Silika

Favorite Activity: Running
Favorite Food: Raspberries
Favorite Quote: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love” Marcus Aurelius

Scott Peterson

Favorite Activity: Caving
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Quote: “Just go up” Scott Peterson

Shelby Clark

Favorite Activity: Zip Lining
Favorite Food: Burritos
Favorite Quote: “It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves” John Muir

Tricia Levi

Favorite Activity: Horseback Riding
Favorite Food: Strawberries
Favorite Quote: “Nicht alle, die wandern, gehen verloren” (Not all who wander are lost) JRR Tolkien

Zachary Young

Favorite Activity: Backpacking
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Quote: “I don’t know any off the top of my head” Zack OG

Zoey Huston

Favorite Activity: Backpacking
Favorite Food: A nice, zesty burrito
Favorite Quote: “I can hike all day, but sometimes I just gotta take a nap.” Ian Kirkman