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
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
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
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
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