Graduate Assistants

Chad Mullins

Chad Mullins

Appalachian State University, 2015
Recreation Management: Outdoor Experiential Education (828)262-4077

Chad grew up with a passion for the outdoors, at a young age Chad and his twin brother Nathan would always be outside exploring the woods and following the creek that ran behind their childhood home. It wasn’t until he came to Appalachian for Undergrad that he found his passion for teaching and helping others.

Gaining the necessary skill set in Recreation Management courses here at Appalachian, Chad was able to pursue a guiding position with the local climbing guide service Rock Dimensions in downtown Boone. Working for RD off and on for several years, Chad chose to pursue a contracted position working with youth at risk before returning to Appalachian for Graduate School. Using his experiences to help make a positive impact on youth who have been through some of the worst circumstances imaginable. Now back in Boone Chad is excited to use what he’s learned since graduating here at OP.

Tristan Rodenhauser

Tristan Rodenhauser

Appalachian State University, 2012
Student Affairs Administration

Tristan's love for outdoor recreation began with a Outward Bound Course to Costa Rica as a sophomore in high school. She felt drawn to the mountains at Appalachian State University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.

As a freshman she joined Outdoor Programs as Trip Leader to share her love for backpacking, whitewater rafting and kayaking with other students. After graduation, she spent time working with at- risk youth in a wilderness therapy program, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and exploring South America.

She is excited to help students grow as leaders in Outdoor Programs as she is pursuing a Master's Degree in College Student Development.


John Ribes

Appalachian State University, 2014
Recreation Management: Outdoor Experiential Education (828)262-4077

Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, John began his outdoor tenure camping by the beach and getting stuck in pluff mud in the river swamps. He moved to Boone to complete a Graphic Design degree but fell into the study of Outdoor Education after participating in an Outdoor Programs trip to Wales, UK to study adventure education and leadership.

Since graduating, he's worked for Outward Bound in Colorado and Minnesota as well as guided rock climbing in North Carolina and ice climbing in New Hampshire. He chose to come back to Appalachian to gain a better understanding of a college outdoor programs and find out where he fits in higher education. He's excited to learn from his students and help grow in a college setting.