Where Are 'Retired' OP Staff Now?


Although we terribly miss our “retired” Outdoor Programs Staff, we are so proud of all of their accomplishments.  

What an incredible network and impact Outdoor Programs has created in the outdoor industry!


Past Graduate Assistant Successes

Outdoor Programs Graduate Assistants are part of the College Outdoor Program Administration (COPA)  Graduate Program.

Many of our Graduate Assistants have moved on into various professional positions in the outdoor industry:

- Lees-McRae College , Liz Cleek Julian

- John Hopkins, Outdoor Pursuits , Kyle Kraft-Culkin

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Venture , Brian Holcomb

Central Washington, Outdoor Pursuits , Melissa Robertson

Western Carolina University, Base Camp Cullowhee , Jeremiah Haas

California State University - Chico, Adventure Outings , Keith Crawford

Venture Expeditions , Jessica Abt

Wake Forest University, Outdoor Pursuits , Lee Collette

Challenge Design Innovations , Katie Dickerson

- University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Outdoor Pursuits , Katie Richards

University of Arizona, Outdoor Adventures , Alex Schwartz

National Outdoor Leadership School

Challenge Towers , Andrew Miller & Carson Rivers

Illinois State, Adventure Program , Jennifer Holcomb

North Carolina Outward Bound School

Appalachian State University  (Various Departments), Rich Campbell & Beth Holcomb


Past Outdoor Programs Employee Successes

Many of our Outdoor Programs Staff have moved on into various professional positions in the outdoor industry including:

- Alaska Mountain Guides , Chris Boehlert

- Inner Peaks Climbing Center , Daniel Combs

Stone Summit Climbing Gym - Climbing Team Coach , Ryan Scurfield

National Park Service , Melise Edwards

Triangle Rock Club , Zach Silberman

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort , Francessca Shaffer

Heide Trask High School - Educator , Jason Hall

High Meadows School - Experiential Educator , Marli Goro

Boys and Girls Club - Counselor , Shelby McGinnis

Evolv - Athlete , Leanna Lockhart

Big Sky Resort - Snowboard Instructor , JJ Exton

Fox Mountain Guides , Cody Bradford & Abbie Morrissey

Hawksnest Snow Tubing & Zipline , Eric Sapp

Blue Mountain Ski Area , Chris Lomas

Phoenix Experiential Designs , Evan Hockenberger

Climb Nashville , Benji Palmer

North Carolina Outward Bound School , Stiles Radar & Zach Herman

- Adventure Treks , Brett Smith

- Appalachian Voices , Jaimie McGirt

Mountain Alliance , Rachel Whitmer

Moccasin Bend Mental Health - Recreation Therapist , Spring Watters

- Alaska Department of Fish & Game , Heidi Hatcher

University of Montana, Outdoor Program , Elizabeth Fricke

Contact OP


Physical Address:
Student Recreation Center
150 Bodenheimer Drive
Boone, North Carolina 28608

Phone: (828) 262-4077
Fax: (828) 262-3033

A department of UREC in the division of Student Affairs.