PROGRAM SPECIALIST - Adventure WV Logistics
If home is where your heart is, then Blair is right where she should be. Born in Beckley, Blair fell in love with the outdoors in the North Carolina mountains. She graduated from UNCG with an Undergrad in English and Geography and a Masters in Recreation. It was the Freshman Orientation Trip that she took before college that altered her path in life. Since then, she has worked with Outdoor Adventures at UNCG, the Adventure Program at ECU, SOAR and with Austin Adventures. Most recently she and her husband, Toby, were guiding companions in the National Parks throughout the Western United States including Alaska, and Central America. From university programs both domestic and international to commercial guiding she has a wide range of experience to pull from as she works on Adventures logistics. Blair is happy to be a part of Adventure WV and to be back in university outdoor programs again.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Challenge Course and Canopy Tour
I was born and raised in the small town of Burnsville, WV. I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from WVU, focusing primarily with recreation and education. I began my tenure with Adventure in 2009 leading orientation trips - focusing primarily with the challenge course and the Odyssey program. I currently hold the position of Program Manager and work closely with both the challenge course and orientation trips. My main areas of focus are program logistics and challenge course programming.
I currently live in Morgantown with my fiance Jasmine, love the Mountaineers and enjoy the outdoors!
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - STUDENT RECREATION AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION
I fell in love with West Virginia as a kid, playing in the woods and spending time on the Tygart River. In 1999 I invented an artificial ice-climbing wall for Entre Prise called "Dry Ice." I then worked in the tourism field managing climbing walls and a sea kayak business. I returned to school at WVU and studied in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources program. Designing Adventure WV became my graduate project. The idea for Adventure WV came from volunteering with a youth develop program called Natural High at the South Charleston High School in Charleston, W.Va. From working with that program I saw how rewarding and life changing outdoor experiential education experiences can be for students. It soon became my desire to provide these experiences for students.
The relationships and love I share with my family and friends are the main priorities in my life. I have and continue to work for agencies that serve the community I live in. This service is something I am very passionate about.
I am originally from Florida, but consider West Virginia my home. I have traveled all over the world and still believe West Virginia is one of the most beautiful places on this earth. I love to play outside and never tire from the endless opportunities for playing offered in our state.
I became a member of the Adventure WV team in April 2012. I was immediately attracted to the program's sense of community and mission to help others realize their full potential by offering group, outdoor learning experiences. Family, community, and playing in our amazing state; I have found my Heaven.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR - WVU Climbing Wall
A professional outdoor educator with over a decade of professional experience, Kevin returns to the Adventure West Virginia team after working for outdoor and experiential education programs throughout the east coast and other parts of the world. Most recently having worked in the mountains of western North Carolina for Outward Bound, Kevin has led international multi-day trips as long as 75 days in length around the world. Kevin guided sea kayaking trips in the lakes district of Argentine Patagonia for several seasons before returning stateside and is an avid coastal paddler. From facilitating both challenge course oriented day-programs and multi month-long expeditions, Kevin now joins Adventure WV as program coordinator of the WVU climbing programs. A professional member of the American Mountain Guide Association, Kevin is interested in all things climbing from quick bouldering sessions at nearby Cooper's Rock to bringing friends up the south summit of Seneca Rocks, Kevin is looking forward to spreading a climbing culture to the outer reaches of the mountaineer community.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR - Orientation Experiences and International Programming
Marcedes was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania where the majority of her family still resides. She often considers herself a "jill of all trades, master of none" because she enjoys many things in this world and often finds herself dabbling in lots of different things. Marcedes enjoys art; whether in the form of music, dance, or in the delicate and unique pattern that composes a single leaf or a vast landscape, she finds art beautiful and inspiring. She appreciates quality food and a nice cup of tea, especially when she is able to share it with family and friends. Marcedes likes traveling and meeting people who are different than herself, treasure hunting by way of thrift stores, a good hike, campfires, and sleeping under the stars. Marcedes earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Environmental Geography and completed her Masters of Social Work degree from WVU. She is very grateful to work for Adventure WV - a program she truly believes in.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Orientation Experiences
I grew up in Massachusetts and spent as much time as I could exploring the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After college, where I worked as an outdoor program leader and majored in the History of Science, I worked seasonally for outdoor programs in New Hampshire, California, and North Carolina, before eventually returning to graduate school for outdoor education at the University of New Hampshire. I spent my first two years after graduate school working for the Venture program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and relocated to Morgantown in June of 2013 to work with Adventure WV. I work closely with two Program Coordinators, a Graduate Assistant, and student staff to coordinate our Orientation Experiences (Trips, Mountaineer Quest, Community Connection, and NSO Basecamp), SOAR, and International Programs. My husband Andy and I have a two year old daughter, Ila, and two cats, Faun and Ofelia. Being parents is the greatest adventure yet.
COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING MANAGER - Multimedia Specialist
Born and raised in WV; I earned bachelor degrees in both Business and Education from WVU, while spending my summers as a outdoor guide. After graduation I set out to see the world. I became a Tour Manager for Campus MovieFest and spent the next 3 years living on the road, and developing a background in campus marketing, photography and video production. After wrapping up a tour in London, England I decided it was time to leave the road life behind, return home to West Virginia and pursue a career in experiential education. Joining the Adventure WV team was a dream come true. I'm now part of an amazing community, close to my friends and family and developing a career that utilizing my passions for the outdoors, education and adventure videography.
Originally from Mechanicsburg PA, Nathan came to WVU for undergrad. He earned a B.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources in 2004. After working at Geneva College and earning his M.A. in Higher Education, he came back to WVU to manage the Challenge Course program and work with Adventure WV. Nathan's life has always revolved around outdoor adventures. He credits his parents with getting him engaged in the outdoors from a very young age. He enjoys being part of the community of Morgantown WV with his wife Becky and his two daughters, Rhea and Simone - and of course their coon hound named Rooster.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR - Orientation Experiences
Tricia was born and raised in the mountains, lakes, streams, and oceans of Northern New England. After studying Journalism, Spanish, and Outdoor Education at college, Tricia worked at a variety of outdoor programs: guiding ice/glacier/rock climbing trips in AK, managing a college adventure program in CO, teaching high school Spanish and coaching whitewater kayaking in ME, leading 30-day trips in British Columbia, ski patrolling on a mountain in New England, and assistant directing a semester-long Outdoor Education semester in MA and the Sierra Nevada. Tricia returned to the Northeast to graduate with an M.S. in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire. She worked as the Assistant Director of Outdoor Education at Colorado College before relocating to WV in 2015, and is excited about continuing her passion to help students develop lifelong leadership and learning skills through the outdoors! You can usually find her whitewater kayaking somewhere on a river, skiing on a mountain, or doing just about anything else that gets her outside and active. Also, maple syrup.
Shannon Elizabeth Dey Arbogast
PROGRAM COORDINATOR - Outdoor Education Center