Our Officers


Sophia benmhend

President | she/her

Roughly 80% banana and 20% sweet potato at any given moment, Sophia is a regular nut job fearlessly leading you all through the great outdoors. From climbing at Peak to tromping through the Shenandoah Valley in her crocs, she’s always here to bring the party and the gnar-ty.

Ed Aten

Vice President | he/him

Ed is a dirt-loving, forest creature, born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He thinks outdoor sports are really cool, but he identifies as more of a “spot guy.” He believes that nothing compares to walking for a while and finding a really great spot to just sit. Ed loves backpacking, spoon-making, and risk management. He can be found eating flowers, writing silly little poems, and observing the tenets of Leave No Trace(L N T!). His favorite weather is post-rain sunshine and he thinks that the optimal time without a shower is 5-12 days. 🙂




Will Lankford

treasurer | he/him

Awaiting Will's bio. If you see him, give him a hard time!!!!

Phillip reeves

Co-Gear Master | he/him

Phillip loves spending time outside, breathing fresh air, and staring at the stars (though he can’t identify much more than the big and little dippers). When he’s not taking care of his pet fish and lizards, he can often be found on a bagel-fueled hike or bike ride.


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Mitch Lang

Co-gear master/whitewhater advisor | he/him

Mitch is a semi-aquatic seeker of stoke. He is usually found paddling his home river, the James, which, through continued exposure, has rendered him immune to all known diseases. Off the river, Mitch likes to wander about and continues to study the way of the trail. He would love to hop on a path or river with ya and explore the great outdoors!

Melu tershark

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) | any pronouns are fine

Likes: getting lost, the color yellow, looking for 4-leaf clovers

Dislikes: shoes, beds, showering

This melusive specimen can be found lurking in suspicious bodies of water, clambering earth's vertical wonders, or moseying around on foot-powered transportation. Non-sport hobbies include painting, reading & photographing your adventures! A skeptic of modernity & enthusiast of "feral" living.



Grace Gray

service chair | She/her

A devotee of warm socks and all things squirrel-related, you can usually find Grace utilizing carrots as silverware or attempting cartwheels in enclosed spaces. She has sworn her allegiance to mud as the superior-est substance on Earth and thinks every life pursuit should include squelching in it. She viscerally enjoys trail running or camping on any questionably flat surface and always loves for amigos to join in!!

Cam Burke

sustainability chair | she/her

an original haiku:

Dampened moss, spring storm.

Kind brown toad chillin on log.

This day is a gift!

Cam likes to vigorously shuffle to edm, go on night hikes, and read in the sun.

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Shay Utzinger

PBR Chair | She/Her

Very pro summit hugs and getting cozy on mountaintops with other lovely earth loving folk. Probably out hiking, skiing, climbing or biking - all while thinking about the bangin’ dinner she's going to make as soon as she gets home. Fueled by : Sweetarts. .

Max St. Clair

webmaster | he/him

Max loves backcountry skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and almost all things outdoors (almost, as in don’t try to get me to go on a snowshoeing trip). When he’s not on a procrastination-induced sleep-deprived homework bender, you can find him camping with Ohill cutlery or indulging in some good ‘ol type 2 fun. He believes the harder you search for a descent the more you’ll learn to love the climb.



JadE Alvarez

Officer | SHE/HER

Jade can most likely be found at any given moment by the river somewhere hopefully getting a nice chacos and pfd tan, or possibly at Starbucks fueling up on her third coffee of the day. As an aspiring plant mom she is currently attempting to grow a forest of potted plants in the window of her dorm room which could possibly lead to many plant casualties. When she’s not tending to her plants, she’s probably out biking, hiking, paddling, or going on whatever adventure her friends decided on for the day.

Eliza Stowe

Officer | she/her

Probably out running in the mountains, climbing some rocks, crawling in the dirt, or painting sunsets. Very passionate about summit mangos and fire pizzas.



JOSEPH ABBE

OFFICEr | he/him

I do not go outside to get a change of surroundings, or to conquer the next mountain. I do it to remind myself of the beauty that exists in this world, and to answer the calling I feel in my bones to explore all that I have yet to behold.

Renee Erickson

Officer | she/her

Renee is always reaching for new heights, or more realistically, stooping to new depths. She spends much of her outdoor time deep underground, exploring the phenomenal web of VA caves. When not masquerading as a muddy little darkness dweller, she can be found hiking, swimming in the coldest water she can find, or attempting to learn new outdoor sports. She is a firm believer in scooby snacks and turkey sandwiches with chipotle mayo.



Marion Donald

OFFICEr | She/her

Likely running through the trails, day-dreaming about powder days, chasing big waves on the river, climbing large rocks or occasionally painting in the woods. Endlessly stoked on yummy food and especially passionate about Idaho potatoes and the prospect of post-adventure ice cream 🙂

Anusha Jain

Officer | she/her

Anusha likes to step on crunchy leaves, crunchy water, and crunchy rock. In her dream life Anusha would be in a band that travels the world via dragon or flying bison. She believes Pbjs are the best summit hike food and if she had to pick one fruit it would be pomegranate. A true herbivore, Anusha once had a nightmare about roast beef. You may spot her in her natural habitat attempting to climb random surfaces, frantically cooking up a storm, or nibbling on some berries!



Sarah Dowling

OFFICEr | She/They

Women want her and rocks fear her. Sarah was voted “most granola” by her high school graduating class and still believes it to be her greatest accomplishment. She enjoys touching slugs and hurling insults at mosquitoes, and she will happily explain the plot of the entire Twilight saga to anyone who finds themself on the trail with her. When in the outdoors, Sarah can almost always be found with a handy bag of craisins and her favorite pair of Spiderman sunglasses as she tackles whatever her sport of the day may be. She loves wool socks but hates toenails, and she believes that the best adventures are the ones that don’t go perfectly to plan. In her free time, Sarah enjoys being steezy as hell.

Former Presidents

CHRIS BACKMANN 2001 - 2003
THIAGO IZE 2001 - 2004
MATT ROSEFSKY 2001 - 2004
AARASH SOFLA 2001 - 2008
SOPHIE JOHNSON 2002 - 2006
CASE TAINTOR 2002 - 2006
KATRINA SALMONS 2005 - 2011
ERIC STAUFFER 2006 - 2008
LILA WARREN 2006 - 2009
MEGHAN MAGENNIS 2007 - 2008
BOB WEAVER 2007 - 2009
EMILY POWELL 2008 - 2010
LINDSAY JAMERSON 2008 - 2011
LYNN NICHOLS 2010 - 2011
REBECCA GREEN 2011 - 2012
EMILY WETZEL 2011 - 2012
MICHAEL CROCKET 2012 - 2013
HELENA GROVES 2013 - 2015
JOSEPH GIBSON 2013 - 2015
HANNAH KESSENICH 2015 - 2016
JEREMY KEMP 2016 - 2017
STEPHANIE ROATIS FALL 2017
ZAKEY FAIEQ SPRING 2018
JIM OLD 2018 - 2019
BILL TALLEY 2019 - 2020
AJ CUDDEBACK 2020 - 2021
ELIZA STOWE 2021 - 2022


Former Officers

EMILY ANDERSON 2001 - 2002
DERYN GOODWIN 2001 - 2002
JEFF SCHERR 2001 - 2003
DAVE CLARK 2001 - 2004
BARON SCHWARTZ 2001 - 2006
KAHLIL DETRICH 2003 - 2004
JIM SUMNER 2003 - 2004
DAVID WADE 2003 - 2004
RICK EVANS 2004 - 2006
MARC SCHWARTZ 2004 - 2006
LINDSEY BROWN 2005 - 2006
RYAN HAUER 2005 - 2006
QUINTIN BRUBAKER 2005 - 2007
ANDREW OLESEN 2005 - 2007
BRIAN TAI 2007 - 2008
CAMPBELL GRANT 2007 - 2009
CHRIS CHIN 2008 - 2009
RYAN GILCHRIST 2008 - 2010
CRISTINA LIEBOLT 2008 - 2010
JOE THOMSPON 2009 - 2011
RYAN ELLIOTT 2010 - 2011
AMELIA RODE 2010 - 2011
ANDREW RICHERS 2011 - 2012
ANDREW CASSIDY 2011 
DAVID ABBOTT 2012
JACKSON BEWLEY 2012 - 2014
MAX MCHALE 2012 - 2013
LINDSEY SHALL 2012 - 2013
MITCHELL OLIVER 2013 - 2014
OLIVIA RAPPE 2013 - 2014
CHARLES ROMERO 2011 - 2015
JULIET HAMMER 2014 - 2015
LUCIE HANES 2014 - 2015
ISAAC KING 2012 - 2016
ANDREW INGLIS 2012 - 2016
MATT HARRINGTON 2013 - 2016
JESSIE VILLAREAL 2013 - 2016
KIT GUNCHEON 2013 - 2016
ADRIAN BLUST 2013 - 2016
JACK ARMSTRONG 2014 - 2016
JEREMIAH REILLY 2014 - 2016
GARRETT TANNER 2015 - 2017
COLIN MEALEY 2016 - 2017
NEDWARD ENDE 2014 - 2018
SCOTT GILB 2016 - 2018
RHAUDE DAHLINGHAUS 2016 - 2018
AUDREY STEPHENSON 2017 - 2018
SYDNEY HALLEMAN 2017 - 2018
TRISTAN HAMRICK 2017 - 2018
JEREMY KEMP2014 - 2019
SAM CLINARD 2016 - 2019 
IZZY FRANKLIN 2016 - 2019
VICTOR LU 2016 - 2019
STEPHANIE ROATIS 2016 - 2019
LILY WINCELE 2016 - 2019
CHAD BAILY 2017 - 2019
EMILY DESCHAMBAULT 2017 - 2019
CLAIRE "CURB" BURKE 2018 - 2019
VICTORIA ALVAREZ 2017 - 2020
ANDREW DUDZIK 2019 - 2020
MASON GOODMAN 2018 - 2020
NICK GOMER 2018 - 2020
MASON RIFFEE 2018 - 2021
MATTHEW HOUFF 2019 - 2021
CONNOR SIGGINS 2020 - 2021
BURKE HAYWOOD 2019 - 2022
AJ CUDDEBACK 2019 - 2022
KIERAN HUMPHREYS 2021 - 2022
DANNY DEVLIN 2021 - 2022
JOHN COONEY 2021 - 2022