Student Staff

Outdoor Adventures

Adam McComb

Angel Rocks

Adam began working with Outdoor Adventures in 2012. He is currently studying Mechanical Engineering. Adam is enthusiastic about everything outdoors and has experence in rock climbing, biking, skiing, backpacking, rafting and kayaking. Any day he spends in the wilderness, with a good challenge, is a great day for him.

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, Level 1 Avalanche

Michelle Klaben

Harding Ice Field

A communications major hailing from the Kenai Peninsula, Michelle began employment  with Outdoor Adventures in the Fall of 2011. She is an avid Nordic Skiier and loves Alaskan winters, even here in Fairbanks. Michelle likes to get off campus and outside whenever she can, be it biking, hiking, or skiing.

Credentials: Wilderness First Aid, Certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Wilderness First Responder

Completed: Introduction to Wilderness Leadership

Patrick Karr

Patrick has been with Outdoor Adventures since Spring of 2013. He is a Liberal Arts Major who loves anything to do with the outdoors. His interests include any kind of skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, and especially backpacking. He has logged many miles on the trails and ski areas of  Washington State and Colorado as well as Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. Patrick is originally from the east coast (Pennsyvania and Virginia) and most recently spent several years living in the Seattle area before moving to Fairbanks to attend UAF and become a part of the fantastic team at OA.

Dakota Reimann-Kershner

Jack River

Dakota has worked as a member of the climbing wall staff since the fall of 2012. Once a Texan through and through, Dakota is slowly learning the Alaskan way. He loves finding adventure in the outdoors and hopes his future geology degree will allow him to spend more time in the wilderness. When not working Dakota spends his time rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, boating, and grilling. 

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor-Lead Certified, Swift Water Rescue Technician

Kailyn Davis

Kailyn has worked as a member of the climbing wall staff since 2012. Beyond work, Kailyn is an accomplished student, musician, and an avid musher. She is always up for any adventure and doesn't sit still for very long. 

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor

Christian Mogensen

Silvertip Peak, Delta Mtns

Christian has worked as a member of the climbing wall staff since the spring of 2013. Hailing from Denmark, Christian speaks fluent Danish and eats them too. He is a master's student in the Northern Studies program and will conduct research on high latitude thrill seeking. Christian likes spending much time outside climbing and mountaineering.

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor, Swift Water Rescue Technician

Sophia Walling-Bell

Institute Peak, Delta Mtns

Sophia has worked as a member of the climbing wall staff since the winter of 2014. As a life long Alaskan, she enjoys getting out and adventuring whenever possible, whether that's backpacking, climbing, kayaking, mountaineering or simply laying in the sun. In the rest of her spare time, she's known to bake, doodle, and learn foreign languages.

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue Technician

Patrick Terhune

Pat has worked as a member of the climbing wall staff since the winter of 2014.

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder

Patty Ice Arena

Erin Winters

Erin was born and raised in Fairbanks where she grew up playing hockey.  She graduated from UAF in 2013 with a degree in Business Administration.  She is currently finishing up prerequisite classes for dental school.  In her free time Erin enjoys traveling, fishing, and being outdoors.  

SRC Facility Supervisors

Ellie Bowman

Ellie is originally from Kenny Lake, Alaska. She is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Nursing and looking to further her education at Oregon Health and Science University in the hopes of obtaining a Masters Degree in Midwifery. She enjoys traveling and hopes to explore Europe for a few months after finishing her Pre-Nursing requirements. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, playing intramural volleyball, and working out at the SRC. She began working at the Student Recreational Center Spring semester 2013, she not only works at the front desk, but also referees intramural sports in the evenings in her spare time.

Serena McCormick

Serena  was born and raised in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She has spent a few years in Southeast Alaska and currently lives on the Kenai Peninsula when she is not in Fairbanks for school. She is pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering and plans on traveling upon her graduation. In her spare time she enjoys doing outside activities and loves photography. Serena has been a part of the wonderful DRAW staff since spring semester 2013.


Anthony Reese

Anthony was born and raised in the Northwest. From Bellingham, Washington he grew up surrounded by sports. He is an experienced bus driver since he comes from a family of 17+ and his parents own an old airport shuttle bus.  He learned how to swim at a young age but became interested in Lifeguarding as a senior in High School, got certified then guarded that whole summer. Originally went to college to play football but then followed his passion and transferred to UAF to become a member of the Men's basketball team. Enjoys doing outdoor activities, working out, and reading his bible or doing bible studies in his free time. If he was able to play one sport he never has it would be Quidditch since he is an avid fan of Harry Potter and Co. 

Rachel Lasota

Rachel has lived in Fairbanks her entire life. Many merely adopt the cold and dark. Rachel was born in it, molded by it. She didn't feel sun until she went to Hawaii and discovered how cool lifeguards are, causing her to pursue the vallent skill of lifesaving. Rachel learned to swim at Patty when the diving boards still towered overhead and the pool was stockpiled with swim noodles. She enjoys playing soccer and sailing when she is not questing as a champion of Azeroth. Rachels most prized possession his her katana that has slain many flying fruit. From her lifetime in Fairbanks Rachel is always sure of one thing, "Winter is Coming."


Lindsey Krause

Lindsey is from Kent, Washington.  She came up to UAF three years ago and joined the UAF swim team.  She has been competing on her club swim team since she was in 7th grade.  She has also lifeguard the past two summers back in Washington at an outdoor water park as well as at the beach.  As well as loving to swim she also has a passion to show dogs.  She currently has an 11 year old yellow lab named Tucker.  She has has him since he was 6 weeks old and she was 10.  She competed in 4H with him for 8 years and went to many fairs and got many ribbons.  

Bente Heller

Bente is from Hamburg, Germany. She came up to Fairbanks to join the UAF swim team 4 years ago. She always had a passion for swimming and has been competing for her club team since 5th grade. She decided to make her love of swimming more than just counting laps, now she wants to help save lives. She also enjoys doing triathlon, mountain biking and running. 


Kristina Miller

Kristina was born and raised in Bikini Bottom, Pacific Ocean, where a couple of her friends included: The Little Mermaid, Patrick the Starfish, and Jaws. As Kristina grew up she found she had a skill for fishing, aka, she could wipe the floor with Jaws. So, she decided to study Fisheries at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and also get a minor in Communication, so she could better communicate with Patrick the Starfish and all other fish. After Graduating in August 2014, she had no idea what she would do with her life… But, then she thought to herself, ”I will teach other adults to swim, so they can outrun the zombie apocalypse!” From that day forward, she has been dedicated to teaching her fellow human beings to out-swim the zombies, because she personally believes that the only way that people will be safe is to swim to an oil drilling rig that will be based somewhere out of Homer, Alaska. Please feel free to ask her about her training techniques and strategies whenever you see her around the pool. But, be careful as she may think you are a zombie and try to put a Harry Potter-like spell on you.

Kristina is a certified Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, and a certified Aquacise Instructor/ Trainer.

Martha Hood

Martha lives in North Pole Alaska. She has been a life guard at the Patty Pool since 2013 and a guard for the Fairbanks North Star Borough Pools since 2012. Martha has been competitive swimming since she was five years old and performs Scottish Highland Dancing with the Fairbanks Red Hackle Pipe Band. Martha graduated from IDEA home school in May 2014 and will be swimming for UAF while studying psychology. In her spare time she likes to read anything from Jane Austen to Harry Potter and hang out with her friends and family. 

Rebecca Gever

Beca Gever, originally from Orange County, California, has been lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons since 2008. She moved to Fairbanks in Spring 2014 and loves to swim and lifeguard when she's not hiking, biking, rock climbing or singing opera. After a few years spent traveling the world, Beca is starting the Masters of Music degree at UAF in Fall 2014.

Robert Burns

 My name is Robert Burns, i am currently pursuing a degree for electrical engineering. previously; I served in the military for 5 1/2 years as a radar technician. before that i was a lifeguard for the last 2years of my high school career. I enjoy reading, basketball, hiking, swimming and skim-boarding.

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