Rich Campbell - Associate Director, Outdoor Programs
MA - College Student Development - ASU
I have been teaching students for 25 years in a variety of settings and pursuits including mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking/trekking, sea kayaking, road and mountain biking, telemark and alpine skiing, backcountry skiing, canoeing, caving, rafting, challenge courses, extended backcountry expeditions, international adventure travel, and a variety of courses in the classroom. I have implemented over 30 multi~week backcountry expeditions and instructed over 1,500 field days in outdoor education. Some of the expedition locations I have been fortunate enough to course direct include extensive locations throughout western North Carolina, the Everglades in Florida, the Tetons and Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, the North Cascades in Washington, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, New Zealand, Italy and Fiji.
Completing a NOLS Instructors Course in 1991 provided me with an outstanding foundation to my work in the field of outdoor adventure education. Working in the non~profit sector in the early 1990s as an Associate Director of Eagles Nest Foundation and Director for the Hante Mountain School, also affiliated with Eagles Nest, has contributed to my professional development in significant ways that continues to complement my work in academia.
I continue to seek new challenges in an effort to remain current and focused in my work. Most recently (June 2006 ~ June 2007) ~ through an initiative I was fortunate enough to have helped develop ~ I was invited to spend one year on the South Island of New Zealand on a faculty exchange at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, now Ara Institute of Canterbury. Teaching in the School of Travel, Tourism, and Recreation at CPIT, which offers one of the largest and most respected Outdoor Adventure Education degree programs in New Zealand, challenged and inspired me in innumerable ways, and influences the work I do today at ASU.
These experiences~along with a Bachelors Degree in Outdoor Recreation and a Masters Degree in Student Development ~ have provided my foundation for guiding a large, comprehensive university outdoor program. In addition, I maintain a connection to a variety of organizations that inform my work including the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, Association for Experiential Education, American Canoe Association, American Mountain Guides Association, NOLS Wilderness Medicine and others.
I have been working with ASU Outdoor Programs full time since 1996 in a variety of different roles, currently serving as Associate Director.
Valerie Kankiewicz - Coordinator for Base Camp
Appalachian State University
Master's of Arts, College Student Development: College Outdoor Program Administraion
University of Northern Iowa
Leasure, Youth, and Human Services: Outdoor Recreation and Nonprofit Youth Administration
Valerie grew up in Illinois where her love for the outdoors started at a young age. Growing up at environmental summer camps she developed an interest in many areas of outdoor recreation. This interest led her to pursue her undergraduate degree in outdoor recreation at the University of Northern Iowa where she began working for UNI Outdoors as a Trip Leader and Climbing Wall staff. Having worked seasonally in the Appalachian region, Valerie fell in love with the area and decided to pursue her graduate degree in College Student Development with a concentration in College Outdoor Program Administration. Valerie currently oversees the Outing Center, Climbing Wall, and Bike App, though you may find her leading a group of students into the backcountry as well. Prior to attending App, Valerie worked for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley as the Aquatics, Youth and Family Programs Director (IL) and YMCA Camp Hough as the Camp Director (NY). Her wide variety of interest have led her to be a jack of all trades but master of none and she holds a variety of certifications including her Wilderness First Responder and is a member of the AORE. When she is not in the office, you can most likely find her crusing somewhere on her feet or on her bike.
Bob Riddle - Coordinator for Challenge Course and Indoor Climbing Wall
West Virginia University
Master of Public Administration - 2017
Bachelor in Recreation - 2015
Bob grew up in southern Ohio along the foothills of the Appalachians. His interest in the outdoors lead him to attend West Virginia University where he pursued an undergraduate degree in Recreation with a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources. As an undergraduate student he lead outdoor expiditions throughout West Virginia, Florida, Texas, and Utah. Bob continued his education at West Virginia pursuing his Master's in Public Administration, during that time he served as the Graduate Assistant for Adventure WV's Outdoor Education Center helping oversee challenge course and canopy tour zipline operations. Bob previously worked at Illinois State University as the Coordinator of Team Building for Campus Recreation.
Bob started at Appalachian State University in July of 2019, currently he oversees the Climbing Wall and Challenge Course programs. Bob holds several certifications including: ACCT Challenge Course Manager, ACCT Level II, and Wilderness First Responder.