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Staff Archive - 2014

Meet the 2014 staff of Colgate's Outdoor Education Program!

2014 Student Staff

Kara Vadman

Kara Vadman '14
Kara Vadman, who hails from the sandy beaches of Southern California, left sunny L.A. to make it big in the village of Hamilton. Her favorite outdoor activities include sea kayaking, ice climbing, backpacking, and slacklining. When she is not hitting the trails or the water (liquid or frozen), you may find this geology major in the Ho Science Center analyzing the latest data from her Antarctic travels.
Sean Bjornsson

Sean Bjornsson ‘14
Growing up in Vermont Sean has been in love with the outdoors for a long time. He started out just backpacking and canoeing through Vermont and the Adirondacks, but since coming to Colgate and joining OE he now also love to white water kayak, rock climb, and sea kayak. No matter what he's doing, nothing beats spending a day with friends outside in the sunshine.
Alice Matlock

Alice Matlock '14
Alice first developed her love for the outdoors on the trails and rivers in her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since coming to Colgate, Alice has pursued a range of outdoor activities with Outdoor Education including rock climbing, kayaking, and of course, some good old hiking. She loves leading any trip that will get her outside with an enthusiastic group!
Josh Soloman

Josh Soloman '14
Josh is an avid outdoor athlete from Baltimore. When not setting routes at the climbing wall or dropping waterfalls in his whitewater kayak, you may find him crushing rocks in the Geology lab or at Basecamp planning his next outdoor trip.
Michelle Van Veen

Michelle Van Veen '14
Michelle was born and raised in the great state of Colorado. Michelle loves hiking through mud, shredding the gnar (skiing), playing in snow (including, but not limited to snowshoeing), cooking brownie scrambler, and playing with furry animals. Michelle finds playing games on trail quite enjoyable such as Two Truths and a Lie. Which is the lie?: She is fluent in Swedish, an avid Bruce Springsteen fan, and born with an extra toe.
Evan Chartier

Evan Chartier ‘14
Hailing from Oak Park Illinois, Evan Chartier is most likely to be found frolicking around with an uber-light backpack, or in the library. An enemy of all forms of skiing, socks, and hot drinks, he brings a minimalist philosophy along with him on his travels around the world and across the country. He particularly enjoys new gear, bouldering, team building, Colgate's new high ropes course, and sharing his love of the ultralight mindset.
Sarah Dickson

Sarah Dickson ‘14
Sarah is a junior Peace and Conflict Studies major from Wayne, PA. Her favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, wilderness napping, and hiking up the Colgate hill to the Coop to buy chicken tenders.
Alex Hyde

Alec Hyde ‘14
Always up for an adventure, Alec is an Ohioan that you would never guess grew up in Ohio. He developed a healthy obsession with the outdoors before coming to Colgate, which has only grown since joining OE. You can often find this cellular neuroscience major mountain biking down the single-track trails of the Colgate ski hill or whitewater kayaking on some of New York's meatiest rivers.
William Donohue

Paul Donohue ‘14
A Wilton, CT native, Paul is an English major and Biology minor who hopes to one day torment himself with medical school. When away from the books, he especially enjoys to alpine ski, Telemark, and mountain bike because he absolutely loves going fast. Paul prides himself on his witty sense of humor, his well-rounded outdoor skills, and most importantly, his incredibly soft yet uncharacteristically thick, voluminous hair. Recently, Paul could not name his favorite season but listed spring, summer, fall, and winter as contenders.
Alex Coffin

Alex Goodspeed Coffin ‘14
Alex is a native of Concord, Massachusetts. Whether its kayaking, downhill skiing, or crawling through caves, Alex puts the “good” and the “speed” in Goodspeed. If you’re lucky enough to spend any time in the wilderness with our freckly friend, you’ll witness the phenomenon of her hourly hiccups and spontaneous fits of laughter. Such charisma and an intense passion for life will leave you ready for your next pursuit of that flighty temptress, adventure.
Josh Riefler

Josh Riefler ‘14
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Josh is currently an Economics and Geology Double Major. Some of his favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, tree climbing, and caving. At Colgate, he is also a member of Class Council and coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
Molly Heller

Molly Heller ‘14
Molly Davenport Heller hails from the shores of Swampscott, Massachusetts, yet she is a mountain woman at heart. Pursuing outdoor adventures with all the intensity of a crotchety bull, her favorite activities include sea kayaking, backpacking, mountain biking, and telemark skiing. Whether you’re admiring Molly’s famous Spongebob laugh, listening to her sing as she hikes behind you, or chilling in the outdoors with her, you’re bound to have a good time. This blue-eyed, beautiful animal will surely have you bewitched with her enthusiasm, spirit, and rugged yet graceful outdoorsieness.
Ellie McGuire

Eleanor McGuire ‘14
Ellie is a psychology major and geography minor from Baltimore, MD. She trained to be a staff member for Outdoor Education during her freshman year and loves to rock climb, tree climb, hike, cross country ski, kayak and PLAY OUTSIDE. Around campus, you can find her slacklining on a nice day, hanging out in the COVE office or enjoying one of the legendary coop veggie burgers with bacon. Little known facts: she plays cello, makes some mean guacamole and was raised by wolves.
Neal Barber

Neal Barber '14
Neal Barber is from Seattle, where he grew up skiing, backpacking and mountaineering in the Cascade Mountains. At Colgate University he has become an avid whitewater kayaker in the summer and Telemark skier in the winter. Wilderness adventure every fall has been a highlight of his experience in Outdoor Education.