Voyages Staff

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 by October 29, 2018.

Please stop by the office or email us at if you have any questions!

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 & 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. 


Ariel Watanabe
Voyages Coordinator | Environmental Studies, Philosophy '20

Aloooha to all of you beautifulwonderful people! I'm Ariel, one of your supersickna$ty Voyage Coordinators this year. I use she/her pronouns and I have roots all over but I call the mighty Rocky Mountains of Colorado my home. I study Environmental Ethics and Philosophy with minors in Outdoor Leadership and Spanish. I like to think that I've come full circle with the Voyages program; I went on the Backpacking Voyage my freshman year, led a Voyage my sophomore year, and now I get to organzine and coordinate it all!! 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. The outdoors is such a powerful space for humans to realize how truly impactful their thoughts and actions can be--to themselves, others, and their environment. I am so insanely stoked and privileged to be able to help you all experience the true beauty of the great PNW, make memories, get a little dirty, and create lasting relationships. So much love and so much stoke!!

#MakeEverydayEarthDay #LNToverLikes

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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 a part 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! 


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, mountaineering, rock climbing, and all other forms 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 family. 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 blast on my Voyage freshman year and I cannot wait to lead you guys on an unforgettable adventure. So stoked to meet ya'll!


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 just hanging around in my hammock. 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!

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Chris Franco
Voyage Leader | Business '20

Hi! My name is Christopher Franco, but I go by Chris. I'm currently a Junior at Pacific University, with a Major in Business Administration with a focus on Accounting. I also have been climbing for around 2 years now and have been on many trips before! I am a very energetic person and can be oblivious quite a lot. I love cooking breakfast, it is the one thing that will get me up early in the morning! I can't wait to meet everyone at Voyages Orientation!


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 students to be a part of. My Voyage was so meaningful in my transition into college that I want to a part 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 much the smartest thing I did and I can't wait to create new memories with you all! 

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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 stoked 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 slack lining to horseback riding! I'm currently a junior at Pacific and I'm majoring in Music Therapy and minoring in Outdoor Leadership. I'm also a part 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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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!

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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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 as 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!

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Voyage Leader | Studio Art '20

Hellooo adventurers!! My name is Marika, I am from the sunny little island of Oahu! Currently a junior here at Pacific, majoring in Studio Art and double minoring in Art History and Outdoor Leadership. Some of my favorite things include the sun, learning about local flora and fauna, and exploring/experiencing our beautiful Mama Earth. I am so stoked to meet you wild humans while exploring the PNW! I can't think of any better way! 

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Voyage Leader | Special Education '21

Howdy, Incoming Boxers! Bob is the name and leading Voyages is my game! I am a sophomore at Pacific University pursuing a Special Education major and a Psychology minor. My interests include movies, Zumba, martial arts, and singing! Having spent most of my life in McMinnville, OR, I am no stranger to the beauty of the PNW, both in natural and urban settings, and I am beyond stoked to share it with you on this Voyage! Let’s get out there and make the best kickoff to college ever!

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 Voyage Leader | Biology '20
  Hey! My name is Ben Reich and I am currently a Junior at Pacific University who is  majoring in Biology and double minoring in Spanish and Philosophy. My long-term goal is    to become a practicing physician. Anyways, let's talk about why I on the Voyages page. Starting the spring semester of my freshman year, I become VERY interested in rock climbing. Come sophomore year, I started to take steps to become more skilled and learn new things like leading and how to outdoor climb safely. I love the adrenaline rush it brings and being able to be 30 feet up in the air thinking, "Wow! This view is incredible." Following this passion eventually lead me to start to become more involved with Outdoor Pursuits and even expanded by opportunities to go and try more outdoor rec such as surfing and hopefully sea-kayaking at some point. So, if you see me around, come say hi! I'll probably ask if you want to go climbing.