Voyages Staff/Leaders 2014
We are proud of this amazing group of Pacific staff, faculty, and students who make up the Voyages Team, and who work year-round to make Voyages the best experience it can be. We come from diverse places and a variety of backgrounds, but a love of the outdoors and connecting with new people brings us together.
We hope to see you on a Voyage!
Kris Williams MAT
Voyages Program Director
Hello future Voyages particpants! I am super excited about Voyages 2014 as it will be my first year coordinating the program from start to finish. Prior to coming to Pacific this past summer I have spent the last eighteen years in various outdoor jobs in Oregon including teaching downhill skiing, running a parks and recreation outdoor adventure summer camp, working as a guide for a wilderness therapy program, and spent nine years as a program director of a non profit outdoor adventure program. Nothing gets me more excited then helping people learn about themselves and have fun in the outdoors. I cant wait to meet you all this summer on your voyage. In the meantime give me a call or e-mail me and I can awnser any questions you have about the Voyages Program.
Environmental Biology '15
Hello future Pacific Students! My name is Hailey and I am from the lovely Bellingham, Washington. I grew up skiing with my family, as well as camping, hiking, rafting and everything inbetween! I love adventure and thrive for new experiences. Not only am I excited for Voyages 2014 to get rolling, but I look forward to meeting you all and sharing some memories in the great outdoors! Voyages is a great way to meet new friends before you begin your first year at Pacific, and really adjust to the new environment of college, and of course have some fun!
Excercise Science '15
I live for adventure. Without exploring the outdoors by Rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, mountain biking, and skiing I would not be Ted. I am from Klamath Falls, OR a small town that I grew up recreating around. I am double majoring in exercise science and fun and will have a minor in outdoor leadership. All of which I love to study and hope to have a career in which I can use all three of them. I also like to share adventures with people so come on one of the trips I am leading (Rock Climbing, and Tour De Central Oregon).
Backpack and Canoeing Leader
Exercise Science '15
Hi all, I am a senior and third year voyage leader this year. I am from Montana and grew up taking trips all over Montana camping, canoeing, kayaking, and just hanging out with the group at bonfires by the river. I am super excited for this year’s trips. I love being outside camping, backpacking, canoeing, and whatever else is thrown my way. I like meeting new people and always have fun with new experiences. Can’t wait to see how this year goes!
Hi. My name is Cameron. I am ecstatic to go on a wonderful Voyage with you. I come from a place called Happy Valley, OR (which is just right outside of Portland). I study biology at Pacific. My outdoor adventures consist of rock climbing, swimming, hiking, camping, and being in the general outdoors. Aside from Voyages you might find me in the pool with the Swim Team, or running around taking photos! Peace and Bless until next time.
Environmental Biology '16
Hey all! My name is Katie and I'll be a junior this fall. I'm an Environmental Biology major here at Pacific! I grew up the one and only Portland, Oregon. I've always loved the great outdoors. My favorite activities are hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming, white water rafting/kayaking, dirt biking, backpacking, and just generally being outside. When I'm not outdoors I can be found playing guitar or ukelele with friends. I'm stoked to be leading a voyage this year, see y'all in August!
Public Health '15
Growing up nature has always allured me in multiple ways. As a child, I was always caught exploring untouched earth hidden beyond coniferous tree's and diving into creeks to discover salamanders and fish. Nature has fueled my natural curiosity by allowing me to discover new aspects of living and has allowed me to expand my realm of being by giving peace within myself. Leading the Sea Kayak Voyage, I get the opportunity to do a few of my most favorite things: Working with people and expressing my love of the outdoors. So, expect to have a great time on our awesome adventure together!
Hello! My name is Danielle Schleicher and I'm from White Salmon, WA, "The land where the sun meets the rain." With two beautiful mountains (Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams) and the mighty Columbia River all in my backyard I've grown up hiking, horseback-riding, skiing, and snowboarding, plus the yearly white water rafting and wind surfing. So far I'm shooting for a major in Biology then, hopefully, going on to the Optometry program here at Pacific. Even with all the opportunities out in nature and all the adventures awaiting my arrival a few that have caught my attention are: Tennis (I know, not that outdoorsy), hiking, biking, horse-back riding, and a lot of sight-seeing in the place I love, the beautiful Gorge. Hope we all have a fantastic voyage before we kick off the school year.
Exercise Science '15
Hello, future Boxers! My name is Stacie, and I will be a junior at Pacific in the fall. I am pursuing a major in Exercise Science and a minor in photography. My freshman year, I embarked on the surfing Voyage, and loved it so much that I came back to lead it last summer. I’m looking forward to this summer and to spending quality time out on the waves with some of you! My love for the outdoors continues to grow as I take more hikes, more pictures, and more adventures; I’ve discovered that outdoor activities are a great way to connect with new people, and reconnect with old friends. Every time I go on leave Forest Grove in search of a weekend adventure with friends, I am happy knowing that I will come back with many memories. I can’t wait to start an adventure with you guys! See you in August!
Sea Kayak Leader
What's up! My name's Autsen and this year I'll be a senior here at Pacific majoring in philosophy and minoring in outdoor leadership. I love music, good food, and time spent out in the backcountry, but nothing gets me going quite like being on the water. I'm an avid sea kayaker, but I'm also beginning to discover the joys of whitewater kayaking and rock climbing. Outback got me hooked on the outdoors my freshman year, and since then I've been looking to pursue a career in outdoor education. I'm super stoked to meet all of you on Voyages this fall!
Environmental Biology '17
Hi y'all! My name is Amanda and I'm from Redding, CA (bonus points if you know where that is). I am pursuing a degree in Environmental Biology with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. I love being outdoors hiking, backpacking, or kayaking, just anything that can get me outside with some really cool people. This will be my first year leading a voyage, and oh my gosh, am I excited! My voyage experience was life changing and has made me want to pursue a career in outdoor education even more. Can't wait to see everyone's bright and shining faces this summer! We're gonna have a blast!
Public Health '17
My name is April Lanz and I will be an incoming sophomore here at Pacific this year. I live in Oregon City which is just outside of Portland. I’m interested in pursuing a Public Health major at the moment, but my mind changes constantly. I love exploring the outdoors and always have. As a kid I spent a lot of time in the woods with my three little sisters following behind me. Being in nature and having new experiences are great passions of mine, and I’m excited to share those things with new people. I enjoy the beach, hiking, biking, kayaking, snowboarding, and anything in the water. You will also find me on the lacrosse field in the spring. I’m thrilled to lead a voyage and meet all of you in August!
Hey everyone! My name is Melissa, and I will be a sophomore at Pacific this fall. I am from Loveland, OH and was born in Alberta, Canada. I had so much fun on my voyage freshman year that I wanted to come back and hopefully give some of you an awesome experience to start off your journey at Pacific!
Environmental Science '15
Exercise Science '16
Hey, my name is Michael Mejia and I’ll be a sophomore here at Pacific. I’m an Exercise Science major and Coaching minor. I’m from Fresno California and enjoy fishing, dirt bikes, bonfires, jet skiing, and wake boarding. I am also a member of the Pacific football team. My background in the outdoors ranges from backyard camping trips to backpacking through the Sequoia National Forest. I have a love for being outside and challenging myself both physically and mentally. My first experience with Voyages was great and I got to meet a lot of my teammates before fall football camp started. It has been one of my best college experiences so far.
Exercise Science '16
Hey everyone! my name is Katelyn Hennes and I am an Exercise Science major and Outdoor Leadership minor from sunny San Diego. My voyage freshman year was the first time I had ever really done anything incredibly outdoorsy and going on the trip made me realized that I love being in the backcountry. I had an amazing time and hopefully you guys will all have as great of an experience on your voyage as I did! I am a swimmer here at Pacific but in addition to swimming I love anything that keeps me active and gets me outdoors. Once I am done with my swimming career here I hope to get into doing triathlons, however my ultimate goal is to become a Physical Therapist. I can't wait to meet and share my enthusiasm for the outdoors with all of you! You all have some good times coming your way, and I hope your voyage can be the start of some of the best experiences of your life.
Excercise Science '17
Greetings to all! Next fall I will be a sophomore at Pacific, majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Outdoor Leadership and Spanish. My hometown is not far from the “Grove” at all: good ol’ Portland, Oregon. Ever since I was little I have always loved the outdoors and everything about it. It probably started after attending an overnight summer camp when I was younger: rafting, campfires, making new friends, horseback riding, hiking… the list goes on! Although it is hard to narrow it down, the activities I am most passionate about include: rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, and swimming in a chilly river or lake on a hot summer day. I am super stoked and thrilled to meet all of you and embark on the journey of a lifetime! In the meantime… Get outdoors! Ta-ta for now!
Exercise Science '16
Hi, there! My name is Jasmine, and I grew up in Auburn, CA (halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe). Growing up in the beautiful American River Canyon surrounded by lakes and mountains, I have lived in the perfect environment for fun in the outdoors. I love to play soccer, run on the many trails in the canyon, backpack, swim, boogieboard, camp, and ski! In the summer, I enjoy backpacking in Yosemite, organizing camping trips with my friends, and hanging out at the lake or the river. In the winter, I head up to Truckee or Tahoe and hit the slopes with my dad. Eventually, I hope to be a physical therapist for children and continue being adventurous all through my life. I'm super excited to be a voyage leader and be more involved with the Pacific Outback because so far, it's been a blast. Happy trails!
Hello! My name is Rachel and I am from Lebanon, Oregon. I am going to be a junior studying Biology or Chemistry with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. I was born and raised in the beautiful wilderness of Oregon. Rafting is my life during the summer and during the winter I love to go skiing. I’m always down to go on an adventure, as long as it includes the great outdoors. When I’m not out adventuring (or planning the next one), you can find me hanging out around campus. If you see me, stop by and say hi! I love meeting new people, and that’s what Voyages are great for. I met a bunch of my friends on my Voyage. I hope you are all as excited for Voyages as I am! See ya in August!
Hey! My name is Ashley Eddy and I am from Aloha, Oregon and I am currently a freshmen at Pacific. I am studying Spanish and Psychology, as well as Outdoor Leadership. I love hiking, swimming, kayaking, and trying new things. I spent most of last summer hiking around the Mt. St. Helen's area with friends and family. I am also a member of Washington County's Search and Rescue Team. In the summer I will be backpacking in Montana with friends for three weeks!
Hey! My name’s Lily and I’m from Portland, Oregon. I’ve lived in the area my entire life and can’t imagine ever wanting to leave the Northwest. Being outside and around nature is something I’ve always loved, but besides some hiking and camping here and there, I had never been exposed to all the outdoors had to offer until coming to Pacific. My rock-climbing Voyage was the perfect way to begin my freshman year and I met so many lovely people because of it (and any chance to visit the gorgeous Smith Rocks is a bonus!). It opened the gate to many more adventures through Outback and I couldn’t be happier that I jumped on the opportunity. I’m so psyched to be a part of your trip experience and can’t wait to meet you guys.
Hey folks! My name is Natasha Halstvedt. I am from Billings, MT; the state with more cows than people. I will be a sophmore this fall. I am interested in Elementary Education or Sociology with a minor in Communication Science and Disorders and Outdoor Leadership. Honestly, I have no idea what I want to do. Growing up, I played more indoor sports than anything though managed to venture out and ski from time to time. My Rock Climbing Voyage was one of my first real encounters with the outdoors. I absolutely loved it. It completely changed my view of the outdoors. I am pumped to meet you all the summer.
Hey! My name is Andy and I'll be a junior this year. I'm a biology major with a public health minor. I grew up in the Willamette Valley where I love to hike, backpack, and ski. I love everything that Oregon has to offer, and am always up for new adventures. I'm stoked to be leading the backpacking/canoeing voyage and meeting everyone. It's gonna be a blast. See you in August!
Hello there! My name is Garrett Brown and I hail from Gearhart, located right on the coat of Oregon. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I have spent much of my life camping, hiking, biking, and getting to know the wilderness. As a first year student at Pacific, I study Anthropology and various other social sciences. I am also involved with Pacific University's Speech and Debate team and play percussion in various university music groups. Voyages is a fantastic program and I hope everyone who wants to be involved gets the opportunity. Go Wild!
Hello! My name is Sydney Cabellon and I am from sunny southern California, Pomona to be more exact. I will be a sophomore studying exercise science at Pacific. My voyage last year was my first real experience to the wonderful world of the backcountry and since then I have I loved it. I have been trying different adventures that take me outdoors like canoeing, hiking, and snowshoeing. Voyages was a great experience as I made new friends who have similar interests before school started! I hope you choose to go on a voyage it will awesome meeting you all!
Hey Everyone! My name is Anthony and I am from Tri-Cities, Washington. This fall I will be a sophomore and I am on the baseball team here at Pacific. I love baseball, football, skiing, surfing, and camping. I am excited to get to know some of you and go on an awesome voyage; hope to see you in the fall!
Hi! My name is Clark Wininger from San Francisco, California and I am going to be a sophomore at Pacific this upcoming fall. After going on a Voyage last fall, I knew I wanted to be apart of the program again. I love hiking and backpacking, but have also had more experience recently with canoeing and kayaking and have grown to love both activities as well. I also play on the tennis team here at Pacific. Overall, for me, there is not anything I would rather do than be outside in the wilderness or on the tennis court exercising and working hard.
Why hello there, my name is Doug French and I moved from Roseville, CA. I was raised on a horse ranch for 15 years and that is where I fell in love with nature. I have spent my last 10 years in the foothills of the California Sierras where I would hike and fish the rivers. I am obsessed with fly fishing and tying flies. So if you cannot find me at school, I am probably chasing steelhead. I am a Public Health major and I hope to apply to grad school to become a physician assistant. Please feel free to join me when I go fishing or how I can help you get addicted fly fishing. I cannot wait to meet you all!
I am from a town called Frederick in Colorado. Growing up my family loved going up to the Rockies camping, and creek fishing. Another past time that we did outdoors was motor biking. Academically I’m interested in biology, economics, and anthropology. Just recently I’m learned to love sea kayaking, and backpacking or hiking. Super excited to be leading a Voyage!