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Meet Our Staff

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Joe Webb

Joe Webb

Director of Outdoor UW

Interim Riding Club Advisor and SCUBA Club Advisor


Jill Griffis

Jill Griffis

Outdoor Recreation Advisor

Wisconsin Basecamp Program Manager, Mountaineering Club Advisor, Interim Outing Club Advisor, Interim Ski & Snowboard Advisor


Dave Elsmo

Dave Elsmo

Sailing Program Manager

Hoofer Sailing Club Advisor


Outdoor Recreation Advisor (VACANT)

Future advisor of the Hoofer Outing Club and Hoofer Ski & Snowboard Club

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Tou Kou Khang

Outdoor UW Financial Specialist

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Hannah Beilke, Operations Staff

Hannah Beilke, Operations Staff

Biology Education and Broad Field Sciences

I love running, hiking, paddling and basically everything outdoors. While personal trips are great, it is unbelievably rewarding to help others experience the outdoors and grow in skills, knowledge and awareness. The outdoors acts as one of the most valuable classrooms and has taught me many lessons. I am excited to share my love for adventure with you!


Hannah Bucci, Operations Staff

Hannah Bucci, Operations Staff

Personal Finance // Entrepreneurship Certificate

My favorite outdoor activities are running, skiing, and backpacking. I hope to eventually work in the Wealth Management or Insurance industry. 


Karissa Ebert, Operations Staff

Karissa Ebert, Operations Staff

Rehabilitation Psychology

Whether kayaking, camping, or skiing the outdoors has always been my favorite place to be. In the future, I hope to be an Occupational Therapist. But for now I'm extremely excited to be spending my summer on the lake! 


Ike Eichenberger, Operations Staff

Ike Eichenberger, Operations Staff

Civil and Environmental Engineering

I like spending time with my family and friends outdoors making memories. I love being on the lake, fishing, hunting, skiing, exploring, or just kicking back and hanging out in my hammock and experiencing nature.


Evan Fernandez, Operations Staff

Evan Fernandez, Operations Staff

Mechanical Engineering

I've been involved with the Hoofer Outing Club since my freshman year, and my favorite things to do outdoors are backpacking, canoeing, and downhill skiing. I'm studying Mechanical Engineering, but my love for the outdoors has my heart wanting to get into the outdoor education industry, so ideally I can find something that's a little bit of both!


Madeline (Maddie) Hodkiewicz, Operations Staff

Madeline (Maddie) Hodkiewicz, Operations Staff

Biology

I have been involved in the Hoofer Sailing and Hoofer Mountaineering clubs, but when I'm not trying to learn a new outdoor skill, I'm probably skiing, paddling, or planning my next backpacking trip! 


Jake Hollister, Operations Staff

Jake Hollister, Operations Staff

Spanish and Nursing

My favorite outdoor activities are skiing, backpacking, fly fishing, camping, mountain biking, and I want to improve on my kayaking and windsurfing skills! When I graduate, I hope to merge my two loves of helping others and being outdoors by being a nurse and a ski patrol officer!


Brad Huffaker, Operations Staff

Brad Huffaker, Operations Staff

Economics and Sociology

Growing up in the Pacific NW, I have always loved hiking and swimming in the summers and skiing in the winters. After college, I am hoping to use my education and experience to go into market research for a sports team or athletic industry.


Shuangyan (Mars) Li, Operations Staff

Shuangyan (Mars) Li, Operations Staff

Biochemistry

I am an international student from China. My favorite outdoor activity is hiking but I also want to learn more about other activities. I am hoping to develop my career in the medical field. 


Bryan Olson, Operations Staff

Bryan Olson, Operations Staff

Mechanical Engineering

I hope to someday work in the automated manufacturing industry. Being an Eagle scout, I have loved canoeing, camping, and hiking for many years and am a member of Hoofer Ski and Snowboard Club. 


Bobby Pfefferle, Operations Staff

Bobby Pfefferle, Operations Staff

Statistics and Economics

Originally from the Washington D.C. area in Silver Spring, Maryland, I love backcountry hiking, paddle boarding, and playing baseball. My favorite place to hike is in Whistler, British Columbia. After I graduate from UW, I aspire to work in big data or in finance. My dream job however, is to be the general manager of a professional baseball team.  


Tanner Theis, Operations Staff

Tanner Theis, Operations Staff

Real Estate and Finance

I enjoy playing intramural hockey during the winter, and I love to hike, sail, and swim in the lake during the summer.


Koby Van Deelen, Operations Staff

Koby Van Deelen, Operations Staff

Engineering

I spend a lot of my time in the winter snowboarding, usually at Tyrol Basin. In the summer I enjoy spending time on Lake Mendota boating, tubing, wake-boarding, sailing, and paddling. I also enjoy mountain biking when I can. After college I hope to get a job as an engineer either in the aerospace industry or another technical industry. I look forward to seeing you at Outdoor UW!


Katrina Kitzmann, Operations Staff & Brand Manager Intern

Katrina Kitzmann, Operations Staff & Brand Manager Intern

Marketing // Digital Studies and French Certificates

I love hiking, camping and being out on the water as often as possible. After graduation, I hope to work in marketing or communications for a retail company with sustainable values.


Emma Hudson, Program Intern

Emma Hudson, Program Intern

Anthropology and Environmental Studies // Certificate in Education and Educational Services

I love to canoe and backpack. When I'm not on the trail, you can find me playing polo with the Polo Club of UW-Madison. I hope to work in outdoor education and recreation after I graduate.  


Emily Brandt, Paddling Instructor

Emily Brandt, Paddling Instructor

Economics and Sustainability

My favorite way to spend my free time is outdoors doing anything active- specifically running, playing tennis, biking, hiking, sailing, and being on the water! In the future I hope to be a professor of Economics and save the world!


Ashley Luehmann, Paddling Instructor

Ashley Luehmann, Paddling Instructor

Strategic Communications

I love hiking and any activity on the lake.


Carlie Servais, Paddling Instructor

Carlie Servais, Paddling Instructor

Psychology and Neurobiology

I love to go boating, kayaking, and skiing. I also enjoy camping and fishing with my family in Crivitz, Wisconsin, as well as hiking, white water rafting, downhill skiing, running, and playing with my two German Shorthaired Pointers Boone and Bella. I hope to integrate neuroscience into the study of the human mind in order to explore alternative treatment options.


Patrick Stiles, Paddling Instructor

Patrick Stiles, Paddling Instructor

Engineering

I enjoy sailing, running, climbing, and hiking. Someday I hope to be a guide of some sort for a guide service and educate people about the activities that I love.


Rachel Christenson, Wisconsin Basecamp

Rachel Christenson, Wisconsin Basecamp

Biology and Global Health

Some of my favorite outdoor activities include biking, backpacking, and spending time around a campfire with good friends. I hope to someday have a career in medicine where I can serve others in a meaningful way.


Sarah Calvert, Yoga Manager

Sarah Calvert, Yoga Manager

Doctorate in Physical Therapy // Pilates Certificate 

Some of my favorite outdoor activities are running, camping, hiking, windsurfing, climbing trees and yoga. Spending time outdoors is the easiest way to lead a happy and healthy life, no matter what the activity.