Outdoor Recreation Managers

Asia Allen 

Student Manager

Hometown: Halifax, PA 

Degree: Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) 

Why Outdoor Rec?
Outdoor Rec has provided me so many learning opportunities and outdoor experiences, and has been a place that has allowed me to foster and share my love and gratitude for the great outdoors! 


Jacen Hamilton 

Student Manager

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Degree: Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.)- Project Management

Why Outdoor Rec?
I enjoy outdoor recreation in general, especially fly fishing. I love seeing students enjoy the outdoors at Hydaway.


Danielle Ledgerwood  

Student Manager

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Degree: M.A. in Communication 

Why Outdoor Rec?
Why not?! This is the best job in the world! We get to spend time outdoors and invest in our student body. 


Hunter Steadman 

Student Manager 

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA 

Degree: Strategic Communications 

Why Outdoor Rec?
There's few things that make me happier than being out in the mountains, or on a river, or anywhere out in nature. Working somewhere that pays me to do those things seemed like a good fit. 


Joe Frey

Student Manager 

Hometown: Hagerstown, MD

Degree: Business Administration Project Management

Quote: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." -Helen Keller



 

 

Student Staff


Maria Campanella

 

Hometown: Kettering, OH

Currently pursuing a degree in: Camping and Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Why Outdoor Rec?
I love what our department has to offer and the people I get to work with.


Chivarlo Sykes

 

Hometown: Portsmouth, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Kinesiology   

Why Outdoor Rec?
To provide outdoor experiences and serve anyone who comes to Hydaway.

 

Katy Ward

 

Hometown: Kiowa, CO

Currently pursuing a degree in: Kinesiology with Teaching Licensure

Why Outdoor Rec?
I chose Outdoor Rec because the people are so genuine and I absolutely love being in the outdoors and learning more about the aspects of the outdoors.

 


Elijah Stanley

 

Hometown: Glade Spring, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Environmental Biology

Why Outdoor Rec?
Outdoor recreational sports have had a huge positive influence on my life and I will always be an outdoor enthusiast.

 


Donnie Smith

 

Hometown: Portsmouth, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Business

Why Outdoor Rec?
Being outside gives me more of a sense of home than an actual house ever could. I love outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, and mudding. I chose Outdoor Recreation because, like the old adage, if you do something you love then you will never work a day in your life.

 

Jordan Willsie

 

Hometown: Newport News, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Biomedical Science

Why Outdoor Rec?
I chose outdoor rec because I feel closer to God in the outdoors, so I want to help others experience the same thing!

 

Carter Brackman

 

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Biblical Studies -New Testament

Why Outdoor Rec?
Being a part of a team whose goal is to enable others to interact with God’s creation is a privilege. Providing others with the opportunity to adventure, explore, and experience life in an outdoor setting... there is nothing better. 

 

Luke Whitmire

 

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Currently pursuing a degree in:  International Relations - Politics and Policy

Why Outdoor Rec?
I chose Outdoor Recreation because I love the outdoors want to grow my outdoor experiences and skills.

 

 


Adam Faber

 

Hometown: Midland Park, NJ

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Psychology - Counseling

Why Outdoor Rec?
I have always had a passion for being outdoors. I spend most of my summers up in the Adirondacks in New York state with my family going either skiing, hiking, or hanging in an ENO around a campfire.

 

Carrie Graham

 

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Camping and Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Why Outdoor Rec?
Because I love being outside. I feel God’s peace and beauty when I am out in his creation. 
 


Shauna Taylor

 

Hometown: I'm from all over the place (Military Family), though currently live in Lynchburg, VA.

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Counseling

Why Outdoor Rec?
I love to experience God in nature and I want to help others have that same experience too.

 

Rachel Kapanzhi

 
 

Hometown: Marlton, NJ

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

Why Outdoor Rec?
I am super passionate about the outdoors and wanting to get people to spend more time outside!

 

Dillon Ledford

 
 

Hometown: Asheville, NC

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Nursing

Why Outdoor Rec?
Hydaway has felt like home to me since I first step foot on the property.  Having the opportunity to see and interact with all of the beautiful things God has created, just by coming to work is petty amazing!

 

 

 

Marketing Staff


Caroline Cummings

 

Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Graphic Design with a minor in Studio Arts and Photography

Why Outdoor Rec?
Designing the marketing pieces for adventurous trips and the great outdoors is so much fun!


Micah Friedberg

 

Hometown: San Clemente, CA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Graphic Design with a minor in Business

Why Outdoor Rec?
I love the outdoors and being outside in nature. I grew up hiking, camping, playing sports, and swimming. I love that Outdoor Rec pushes students to try things out of their comfort zones, to stay active, and enjoy what God has given us! 

 

 

Full Time Staff

Mike Ellsworth

Director of Outdoor Recreation

Hometown: North East, Pennsylvania

Degree:  B.S. in Biology: Secondary Education (Minor: Chemistry); M.A. in Human Services Counseling: Executive Leadership

mellsworth@liberty.edu  
(434) 582-7014

As the Director of Outdoor Recreation, I oversee our entire calendar of events, the Liberty Mountain Trail System, as well as the Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center.  I am responsible for creating and communicating the overall vision of our department.

 


Linda Galvez

Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation

               

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Degree: BS in Fashion Merchandising and Interiors; MA in Executive Leadership

lmgalvez@liberty.edu
(434) 592-3142

As an Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation, I focus on the development and management of the Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center. I oversee the day to day operations as well as the staff, challenge course, CSER program, and facility reservations.


Tim Lewis

Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation 

Hometown: Montross, Virginia

Degree: B.S in Recreation Leadership from Ferrum College; M.S. in Sport Management: Outdoor Adventure Sport

talewis1@liberty.edu  
(434) 592-3225

As an Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation, I focus on the department's trips and events programming. I assist in overseeing the planning, promotion, facilitation, and evaluation of our full calendar of outdoor trips and events.

 

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