Staff | Voyages

Interested in getting involved?

Learn more about what it takes to be a Voyage Leader (pdf). If this appeals to you, turn in your application before November 3, 2017.

Please stop by the office or email us at voyages@groups.pacificu.edu if you have any questions!

Voyages Team

We are proud of this amazing group of Pacific staff, faculty, and students that make up the Voyages Team, and work year-round to make Voyages the best experience it can be. We come from many different geographical origins and a wide range of backgrounds, but are brought together by our shared passions for the outdoors and connecting with others.

We hope to see you on a Voyage!

Sam Morrison

Sam Morrison

Assistant Director of Outdoor Pursuits

Voyages Coordinator 

Hello Voyages participants! I am looking forward to all the exciting trips and outstanding leaders we have for Voyages 2018! We live in a truly spectacular region of the country and what better way to experience it than starting college with a 5-day trip. Voyages is a great way to kick off your time in university, while building skills and relationships that will help you to be more successful. Looking forward to meeting you and bringing you into the Voyage family!


 

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Marija Feller

Voyages Coordinator 

Anthropology '18

Hello Boxers! My name is Marija and I am overjoyed to introduce myself as one of your 2018 Voyage Coordinators! I am currently finishing up my senior year at Pacific, and will graduate with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Spanish, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Looking back on my college experience, I am thankful for all of the AMAZING opportunities I have had working for Pacific University's Outdoor Pursuits and Resident Life. It was here where I fell in love with rock climbing, led others on outdoor climbing adventures, and where I have most grown as an outdoor leader and as a person. Now, I have the great honor and joy of sharing my passions with the newest members of the Pacific family. My chapter at Pacific begins and ends with Voyages and I cannot imagine a community I would rather have to support me through two of the biggest transitional periods of my life. 


 

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Ariel Watanabe

Voyages Coordinator 

Environmental Studies, Philosophy '20

Aloooha to all of you beautiful wonderful people! I'm Ariel, one of your supersickna$ty Voyage Coordinators this year. I'm originally from Hawai'i but now spend my holidays and summers in colorful Colorado. I study Environmental Ethics with minors in Outdoor Leadership and Spanish. I like to think that I've come full circle with the Voyages program; I went backpacking freshman year, lead a Voyage my sophomore year, and now I get to organzine and coordinate everything!! I am in love with Mama Earth and the peace and serenity that she brings to those that take the time to soak everything in. I am so insanely stoked and privileged to be able to help you all experience the amazingness of the great PNW, make memories, get a little dirty, and create lasting relationships. So much love and so much stoke!!

#MakeEverydayEarthDay #LNToverLikes


 

Zach Smith

Voyage Leader

Exercise Science '20

Heya there.... Newbies. My name is Zach Smith and I'm from Post Falls, Idaho, most of you don't know where that is because actually Post Falls doesn't exists and it's really a potato factory; I'm just paid to tell you that (plot twist)! I'm an Exercise Science Major with double minors in Spanish and Outdoor Leadership. Unlike the other voyage leaders, I was never able to go on a voyage so I will also be accompanying you with being mind blown by this amazing experience! Outside of voyages, I play soccer here at Pacific and I am also the Host of our very finest Pacific Improv Troupe! I'm so excited to be leading a voyage and sharing my experiences with you! Woooohhheeee, this is going to be exciting!


 

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Tanner Wick

Voyage Leader

Environmental Studies '20

Hi, my name is Tanner and I'm totally stoked to be your Voyage leader this year! I'm a sophomore here at Pacific, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Outdoor Leadership. I'm originally from Ashland, Ohio but have spent many summers on the beach in Oceanside, falling in love with the natural beauty of this state. With that being said, I've always wanted to come back to further my education and meet awesome people and experience amazing new things. I became a Voyage leader because my Voyage experience was one of the greatest experiences I've had here at Pacific, and if I could be apart of that for each of you while also experiencing the natural beauty of Oregon, I would be honored. I can't wait to meet you all! 


 

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Sam Anderson

Voyage Leader

Psychology '20

Hey Friends!! I'm Sam, I prefer she/her pronouns, and I'm originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm a junior here at Pacific studying Psychology and Outdoor Leadership. I love the outdoors almost as much as I love dogs and dad jokes. I'm a big fan of backpacking, mountaineer, rock climbing, and all other form of rolling around in the dirt. Really, I love anything that gets me outside with great people and gives me an opportunity to appreciate nature. When I'm not napping in a hammock, you can find me working as a Peer Advocate and Educator with Campus Wellness! Starting my college experience with an adventure in the backcountry solidified my love for the PNW and the Boxer fam. I'm super excited to share something similar with all of you. Can't wait to meet all you lovely humans!! Peace, love, and Granola. 


 

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Marissa Eckman

Voyage Leader

Biology '19

Hi Voyagelings!! My name is Marissa and I'm from Castro Valley, California. I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Science; I dream of being a wildlife conservationist! I love to eat, learn, and take long romantic walks on the beach with my dog, Gizmo. I had an absolute balst on my Voyage freshman year and I cannot wait to lead you guys on an unforgettable adventure. So stoked to meet ya'll!


 

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Zoë Kelly

Voyage Leader

Business '20

Heyyoooo homies!! I'm Zoë and I come from the beautiful state of Michigan. I'm a junior here at Pacific studying Business with an Outdoor Leadership minor. Some of my favorite activities include adventuring and coming up with insane smoothie concoctions. I am especially drawn to any type of water, except if it's in a plastic bottle' but whenever I'm exploring the outdoors, I'm content! I cannot wait to share the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with you all on a wild and rad Voyage!


 

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Elizabeth Cross

Voyage Leader

Biology '19

Heeellloooo Voyagelings! I'm Elizabeth and I am so excited for you to be apart of the Voyages family!!! I'm at Pacific studying Biology and Outdoor Leadership, and I really love being in the mountains and on the river and in the ocean or basically anywhere that brings be closer to this bountiful planet that we inhabit. Coming from a big city, getting away from the concrete by exploring the diverse wilderness of our gorgeous earthly casa is on of my favorite ways to spend my time, especially if I have the privilege of sharing the experience with some beautiful humans (that's you!). I love the memories I made on my Voyage, and I am so so excited to meet all of you and share in delicious adventure together! Mucho amor!


 

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Lauren Hento

Voyage Leader

Business, German '19

Hello future Voyagelings! My name is Lauren and I am from Keizer, Oregon. I am currently a junior here at Pacific, double majoring in Business and German, with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. I’d like to think that I was somewhat outdoorsy before, but it wasn’t until coming to Pacific that my eyes were truly opened to everything the great outdoors has to offer. Like every other member of the Voyages family, I love spending time outdoors, whether it’s kayaking, backpacking, or even hammocking. Voyages is the perfect kickstart to college, where you’ll get to unplug from the real world, make new friends, eat some tasty backcountry food, and spend time with your awesome leaders! I am so stoked to be able to share this amazing experience with all of you, and I can’t wait to meet you all soon!


 

Chris Franco

Voyage Leader

Biology '20


 

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Drea Hanks
 
Voyage Leader
 
Special Education '21
Hello, my name is Drea Hanks. I'm from a small town waaay up in the mountains of Colorado. Considering this, a passion for the outdoors was engrained in me from the start. I love going outside and I love taking people with me. I feel that Voyages is such a valuable aspect to transition at Pacific, and creates amazing environments for kids to be apart of. My Voyage was so meaningly in my transition into college that I want to apart of it for someone else. So that maybe I could give someone a meaningful experience just as I had received. The influence that the outdoors has on people is extraordinary, and the relationships and growth created from this is what makes everything worth it. 

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Lydia Malcom
 
Voyage Leader
 
Anthropology '20

Hello future friends/voyagelings! My name is Lydia Malcom, I use she/her pronouns, and I'm from State College, Pennsylvania. I'm a junior here at Pacific majoring in Anthropology and pursuing two minors in Outdoor Leadership and Gender and Sexuality Studies. I am a certified dog person and can't survive the day without coffee (addiction is real kids). When I'm not spreading stoke for the outdoors, you can find me working as a Peer Advocate/Wellness Educator with Campus Wellness, a Project Coordinator with the Center for Gender Equity, or having meaningful discussions about our country's political climate with the College Democrats. Going on a Voyage my freshman year was pretty such the smartest thing I did and I can't wait to create new memories with you all! Be excellent to each other and party on my dudes. 


 

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Tyler Ashmore

Voyage Leader

Applied Sciences '18


 

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Jack Orum

Voyage Leader

Excersize Science '20

Hey all! My name is Jack and I am an Exercise Science Motor Behaviour major and a Public Health minor. I'm on the Men's Soccer team here at Pacific. Ever since I was a young kid, I remember always being in the outdoors; I believe that it's the best way of life for me. The outdoors have taught me what is importany in life and how valuable life is. Nature has so much to offer and I want to show you all  the great beauty that it has to offer. Can't wait to see you all soon, Go Boxers!


 

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Maya Barnes
 
Voyage Leader
 
Anthropology '20
 
Hello all! I'm Maya Barnes and I'm an Anthropology major and Outdoor Leadership minor here at Pacific. I'm super stoked to have a fun and exciting trip with you to begin your time at Pacific-- what better way to do it than being outdoors?:) My last two Voyages were some of the most fun and rewarding experiences and I cannot wait to help you all be part of this awesome opportunity in such a beautiful place!

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Aidan Carmody

Voyage Leader

Music Therapy '20

Hey everyone! I'm Aidan Carmody and I'm super to be a Voyage leader this year. I;m from Hamilton, Montana in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. I've loved the outdoors my entire life, from skiing to slacklining to horseback riding! I'm currently a sophomore at Pacific and I'm majoring iin Music Therapy and minoring in Outdoor Leadership. I'm also apart of the Ultimate Frisbee team and involved in the music department (Jazz band, choir, guitar). I had a great time on my Voyage two years ago; it was a great introduction to college and just a great experience overall. I met a lot of great friends that I still have to this day. I'm super excited to meet everyone and start the year on a high note!


 

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Paul Price

Voyage Leader

Biology '20

Hi, I'm Paul! I like to drink Gatorade. I'm a Chemistry major and I like turtles. 


 

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Tessa DeBartolo

Voyage Leader

Education '21

Hello Voyagelings! My name is Tessa and I'm from Renton, WA. I am currently a sophomore and pursuing a major in Elementary Education with a minor in Outdoor Leadership here at Pacific. I am also a second-year member of Pacific's Handball team. I am beyond excited to explore the stunning PNW with you all. I have always enjoyed trails, and having fun up at the mountains. I love a great adventure and I can't wait to experience more of what this region has to offer. I look forward to meet you all real soon!


 

 

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Tera Cafro

Voyage Leader

Education, Political Science '20

Hiiii, I'm Tera. You can also call me "Shoot Girl" for reasons you may find out. I am an Education and Political Science major from SoCal. I like the sun, fresh air, adventures, and making new friends. Be my friend! :)


 

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Serita Solis

Voyage Leader

Biology '20

Greetings! My name is Serita Solis. I am currently a sophomore here at Pacific studying Spanish, Biology, and Outdoor Leadership. I love the ocean, the mountains, and everything in between. I am so excited to see all of your lovely smiling faces and get to know you! The outdoors is an amazing space to learn about others as well a about yourselves and what we are capable of. I cannot wait to share the beauty of the outdoors with you and have a suuuuuuper fun time in the process!