1. What year did you graduate and what degree program?
I graduated in 2002 with a Major in Recreation with an emphasis in Outdoor Leadership and a Minor in Environmental Studies.
2. Where are you now?
I currently work for the U.S. Forest Service (San Juan NF, Columbine Ranger District) in the summer as a Trails Crew Leader and a Wildland Firefighter and for Colorado Firecamp in the winter as a Resident Instructor and Outreach Coordinator. Colorado Firecamp is a non-profit Wildland firefighter training facility based in Maysville, CO (east side of Monarch Pass), oddly with a Salida address.
3. What did your degree at Western prepare you for?
Western State College (thats the school I went to : ) ) also gave me many other things: While I attended, I was part of the WSC Mountain Rescue Team where I learned about everything technical and non-technical rescue, pushed me to get medical certs and technical rope rigging certs and along with the Land, Snow and Water-Based classes not only taught me about logistical planning for outdoor activity programming but where I also gained a deep and life-long love for climbing, skiing/snowboarding and river rafting. With all of that I gained a multitude of life long friends who I continue to recreate with.
Western showed then gave me a life of amazement, wonder and love not only for the out-of-doors but for a love of the people who continue to push and inspire me daily.
4. What would you recommend to students who are currently in the ROE Program?
Do this because you love it, what feeds your soul, not your wallet. Do this to bring more like you to the outdoors in whatever aspect inspires you. Show this next generation that is stuck in-of-doors and in their phones what it means to push to the next level that includes hard physical exertion and hard mental exertion that can only bring life. Do it for those who have left this life in search of these pursuits but more importantly, do it for yourself and your own transcendence to something greater. Shoot for those "lightbulb moments"!