Professional Staff

Rich Campbell

Rich Campbell - Associate Director, Outdoor Programs

MA - College Student Development - ASU

I have been teaching students for 20 years in a variety of settings and pursuits including mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking/trekking, sea kayaking, road and mountain biking, telemark and alpine skiing, canoeing, caving, rafting, challenge courses, extended backcountry expeditions, international adventure travel, and a variety of courses in the classroom. I have implemented over 28 multi~week backcountry expeditions and instructed well over 1,000 field days in outdoor education. Some of the expedition locations I have been fortunate enough to course direct include 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, 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. 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, the Wilderness Medicine Institute, and others.

I have been with ASU Outdoor Programs since 1996 in a variety of different roles, currently serving as Associate Director.

Katie Richards

Katie Richards - Coordinator for Challenge Courses & Broadstone

Katie is proud to call the Appalachian community and the high country home. She is a two-time ASU alumna with a bachelors degree in Recreation Management and a masters in College Student Development.

Katies involvement with Outdoor Programs began when during her freshman year at App, she snagged the last spot on OPs first ever international trip-a 28 day expedition to New Zealand. Soon after, she began working for Outdoor Programs as an apprentice instructor and later as trip staff and as the Challenge Course Programmer. Katie believes her experience at Outdoor Programs played a vital role in shaping her worldview and life path and helped develop values of balance, inclusion, struggle, empathy and optimism.

Katie has worked in outdoor programming at Lees McRae College, Southern Oregon University and most recently the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While at UWM, Katie spent three years establishing a new outdoor pursuits program. She has worked in facility and ropes course management at camps in New Hampshire and Utah. She also spent time working in wilderness therapy in the desert Southwest.

Katie is most passionate about supporting people in learning about themselves and the roles they play in their communities through challenge and play, utilizing outdoor programming for mental health and and increasing accessibility to climbing for women and minorities.

Valerie Brey

Valerie Brey - Coordinator for Climbing Wall & Outing Center

University of Northern Iowa, 2012
Leasure, Youth, and Human Services: Outdoor Recreation and Nonprofit Youth Administration
(828) 262-4954

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 manages the Outing Center, Challenge Course, and Blue Ridge Parkway Corp. Prior to attending ASU 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.