Meet the Staff


Outdoor Recreation Managers

Asia Allen 

Student Manager

Hometown: Halifax, PA 

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

My favorite...outdoor activity is trail running.

Favorite Quote: "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir 

Jacen Hamilton 

Student Manager

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

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

My favorite...hobby is fly fishing for anything that will bite my hook!

Favorite Quote: "Trust God and do the next thing." -Oswald Chambers

Danielle Ledgerwood  

Student Manager

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Journalism  

My favorite...thing to do in Virginia is to drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Hunter Steadman 

Student Manager 

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA 

Degree: Strategic Communications 

I love...people, Rap music and good food. (except salad, salad is food for my food)

Favorite Quote: "Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you’ll never go wrong” - The Sandlot

Jordan Tatro

Student Manager

Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA

Degree: M.S. Sport Management: Outdoor Adventure Sport

My cream is yellow fudge cake.

Favorite Quote: "Happiness is only real when shared." -Christopher McCandles



Student Staff

Lindsay Booth


Hometown: Worcester, MA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Exercise Science

My favorite...dessert is chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream.

Maria Campanella


Hometown: Kettering, OH

Currently pursuing a degree in: Camping and Outdoor Adventure Leadership

My is ice cream.

Joe Frey


Hometown: Hagerstown, MD

Currently pursuing a degree in: Business Administration Project Management

My favorite...quote is "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all." -Helen Keller


Nick Smith


Hometown: Roanoke, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Mechanical Engineering

One thing about me...My goal is to live in a sailboat and wash dishes for a career. 


Chivarlo Sykes


Hometown: Portsmouth, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Kinesiology   

One thing about me...I'm a half marathon runner and I love/hate running sometimes.


Alex Vest


Hometown: Military Kid (no hometown!)

Currently pursuing a degree in: Nursing and Public Health  

My favorite...pathogen is Ebola Reston.

Josh Whitmire


Hometown: Rochester, NY

Currently pursuing a degree in: Business Administration Project Management   

My favorite...muppet is Kermit the Frog

Michael Macdowall


Hometown: Lynchburg, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Administration Project Management & Marketing; Minor is Accounting

My Favorite...summer pastime is slalom skiing on the lake.



Katy Ward


Hometown: Kiowa, CO

Currently pursuing a degree in: Kinesiology with Teaching Licensure

My favorite...I love pigs! The cute, fat, pink pigs! They are my favorite thing ever!


Elijah Stanley


Hometown: Glade Spring, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Environmental Biology

My is soccer.


Mackenzie Farrell (Marketing)


Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

Currently pursuing a degree in:  Graphic Design

My favorite...national park is the Grand Canyon.




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  
(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.



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  
(434) 592-3225

As an Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation, I focus on our programming.  I help to plan, promote, facilitate and evaluate the trips and events that our department puts on.  


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