Adventure Rec Staff

  • Danny Williams

    Adventure Recreation Program Coordinator

    Danny has been with Adventure Recreation since August 2014. Prior to Penn State he spent 7 years working with middle and high students providing adventure instruction and leading trips. He is now excited to be sharing his passion for the outdoors with college students. Danny got his start in outdoor recreation as an undergrad student at Messiah College where he earned a degree in Adventure Education. He is a Certified Outdoor Leader with the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) and a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR). Danny enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, snowshoeing, winter camping, backpacking, and skiing, but his favorite is whitewater canoeing.

  • Paul Rentschler

    Paul Rentschler

    SCUBA Diving Supervisor

    Paul has been an active member of the scuba diving community at Penn State since he came to University Park in 1996. He became a NAUI-certified instructor in 2002, and thoroughly enjoys teaching Penn State students to become safe, well-trained divers.

Student Staff

  • Emily Paskewicz

    Senior, Landscape Architecture and Geography

    Emily is a fifth year landscape architecture and geography major. Her love of the outdoors started with family canoe expeditions at age five and has only grown from there. She spent summers as a camp counselor teaching backpacking and paddling and is in her third year of leading trips for Adventure Rec.  Emily is a fan of just about all outdoor adventures, but her favorites include kayaking, SUPing, hiking, caving, and canoeing!

  • Ben Martin

    Senior, Rehabilitation & Human Services

    Ben was involved with the program as a guide during his sophomore and junior years. He then took a break from school to work with Doctors in providing preventative medical care for the street homeless in Pittsburgh, PA. Now back at Penn State to finish his degree in Rehabilitation & Human Services Ben is utilizing his leadership skills and passion for the outdoors to create backpacking, paddling, and fishing experiences for students. Although once a self-proclaimed adrenaline junky, Ben is now a seeker of quieter endeavors. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, fishing, canoeing, yoga and star gazing.

  • Tara Soukup

    Junior, Bio Behavioral Health

    Tara is a junior Biobehavioral Health major and Psychology minor. Her passions are rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, and anything that involves water, and she has enjoyed leading others and sharing her enthusiasm. She also plays ice hockey for the Penn State Women's Ice Hockey club. Tara is in her second year of guiding for Adventure Rec and hopes to someday work as a wilderness therapist or sports psychologist in Colorado.

  • Sean O'neill

    Senior, Architectural Engineer

    An avid adventurer and lover of the outdoors, Sean spends every chance he gets looking for new and exciting adventures. He's backpacked mountains in West Virginia, California, and Northern China and enjoys everything from hiking to cliff jumping, although his preferred outdoor activities are biking and climbing. Sean has worked as a ski instructor at Tussey Mountain and hopes to enthuse others to be adventurers as as an Adventure Rec guide. 

  • Jesse Rathod

    Senior, Architectural Engineer

    Jesse is an all around lover of outdoor activities and will try just about anything. He really enjoys rock climbing and is eager to get out and climb any chance he has. Jesse is here at Penn State studying to become an Architectural Engineer, and is also a Reserve Marine which keeps him busy when he's not guiding for Adventure Rec. Jesse's guide experience includes mountain biking, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting.

  • Greg Ritson

    Senior, Environmental Resource Management

    Greg is an active outdoorsman with a passion for conservation and adventure. He enjoyed hunting and fishing while growing up in south-eastern PA. He has constructed and maintained hiking trails in several National Forests ranging from Arizona to Utah. Greg has a particular knack for backpacking and wilderness survival, and has been guiding at Adventure Recreation since his junior year. He looks forward to utilizing his degree to work outside upon graduation this December with a degree in Environmental Resource Management.

  • Dustin Neumann

    Sophomore, RPTM-Outdoor Recreation

    Dustin, an Anchorage Alaska native, has been in State College for the past 8 years and has been working for Adventure Rec for two years. His love for the outdoors began at a young age as he explored the outdoors with friends and family. He is an avid skiier and backpacker, and loves whitewater paddling in the warmer months. Dustin is also a volunteer firefighter, EMT, and facilitator for Vertical Adventures, Penn State’s high-adventure course located in Stone Valley Recreation Area.