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Valerie Kankiewicz - Assistant Director Outdoor Programs
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 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 Outdoor Programs
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, Challenge Course, Trips, and Instructor Development programs. Bob holds several certifications including: ACCT Challenge Course Manager, ACCT Level II, and Wilderness First Responder.