Meet the Staff

 

Outdoor Recreation Managers

Jacen Hamilton

Student Manager

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

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

I love... simplicity.  Fly fishing and a good cup of black coffee are two ways to my heart.

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


Ben Phenicie

Student Manager

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

Degree: B.S. Criminal Justice

I love... trees.

Favorite Quote: "For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack." -Rudyard Kipling


Cari Phillips

Student Manager

Hometown: Asheville, NC (No matter where I live, I always end up back there)

Degree: Teaching English as a Second Language (TSOL)

I love... climbing trees, playing on rocks in rivers, and getting to know new people.

Favorite Quote: "Life's a party, rock your body." -Marcel the Shell


Ryan Saunders

Student Manager

Hometown: Brownsburg, IN

Degree: B.S. Sport Management, currently working on a B.S. Biomedical Science

I love...eating.  Especially pizza.  It is my most favorite food ever.

Favorite Quote: "In every dream journey there comes a moment when you have to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.  You have to go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention." -Mark Batterson (Chase the Lion)


Jordan Tatro

Student Manager

Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA

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

I love...dogs.

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

 

 

 

Student Staff

Asia Allen

Student Worker

Hometown: Halifax, PA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Exercise Science: Pre-Professional   

One thing about me...I grew up on a farm. 

 


Elizabeth Benson

Student Worker 

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Currently pursuing a degree in: Graphic Design  

One thing about me...I love white water. I've been on the water since I was little. 


Lindsay Booth

Student Worker

Hometown: Pittsfield, MA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Exercise Science

One thing about me...I'm obsessed with mac and cheese!


Maria Campanella

Student Worker 

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Currently pursuing a degree in: Church Ministries: Adventure Leadership & Outdoor Ministry 

One thing about me...I like dogs and ice cream. 


Jansen Collins

Student Worker 

Hometown: Lynchburg, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Web Development   

One thing about me...I am a magician. 


Kyle Davis

Student Worker 

Hometown: Littleton, CO

Currently pursuing a degree in: Communications: Advertising & Public Relations  

One thing about me...I love playing hockey and I love the outdoors. 


Alessandra Greco

Student Worker 

Hometown: York, PA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Psychology  

One thing about me...I like coffee, trampolines, and trees. 


Ashley Gomez

Student Worker 

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Currently pursuing a degree in: Digital Marketing   

One thing about me...I live for all the Garry Marshall movies.


Danielle Ledgerwood

Student Worker

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Journalism  

One thing about me...My diet consists mostly of breakfast foods. 


Omar Mercado

Student Worker

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Currently pursuing a degree in: Business Administration  

One thing about me...I never went kayaking until I started working with Outdoor Recreation. 


Nicholas Smith

Student Worker

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. 


Job Stanley

Student Worker

Hometown: Abingdon, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Advertising  

One thing about me...I love driving around neighborhoods and looking at houses. 


Hunter Steadman

Student Worker

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA

Currently pursuing a degree in: Strategic Communication  

One thing about me...I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.


Alexa VanDillen

Student Worker

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Currently pursuing a degree in: Human Services   

One thing about me...I live for pulling weeds!


Alex Vest

Student Worker

Hometown: Sulzbach-Rosenbur, Germany

Currently pursuing a degree in: Public Health  

One thing about me...I like germs. 


Josh Whitmire

Student Worker

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Currently pursuing a degree in: Business Administration   

One thing about me...I love Panda

 

 

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.


Mariah Herring

Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Degree:  B.S. in Business Administration: Financial Planning

mherring@liberty.edu  
(434) 592-3225

As the Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation, I help to oversee the Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Facility's normal operations.  I also oversee the website, promotional materials and help organize the logistics of the facility and major events.