Adventure Rec Staff
Danny WilliamsAdventure Recreation Program Coordinator
Danny is new to the Penn State community, having spent the last 6 years working in the Harrisburg area as an Adventure Specialist with Yellow Breeches Educational Center. He enjoyed working with middle school and high school students, and is now excited to share 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. Rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, snowshoeing, winter camping, backpacking, and skiing are some of the activities that Danny enjoys, but his favorite is whitewater canoeing.
Christina SpohnAdventure Recreation Program Intern (Senior, Recreation, Park and Tourism Management major)
Christina has been involved with Adventure Rec as a guide for 2 years and is now serving in the position of Program Intern as she finishes up her final semester in the RPTM program at Penn State. Her favorite Adventure Rec trips to guide are climbing, fly fishing and backpacking She has also led backpacking, rock climbing and trail crew trips for the Colorado Outward Bound School, ORION Wilderness Experience, Student Conservation Association, and Girl Scouts. Christina is a National Park geek and has been to over 20 parks, including Denali, Glacier, Death Valley, and Acadia. Yosemite, Big Bend, Olympic, and Hawaii Volcanoes are now at the top of her list to go to next!
Paul RentschlerSCUBA 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.
Emily PaskewiczSenior, 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 MartinSenior, 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 SoukupJunior, 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'neillSenior, 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 RathodSenior, 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.
Donavin StanleySophomore, Chemical Engineering
Donavin is a native Pennsylvanian who loves to spend his time outdoors. Hiking, camping, caving, and rock climbing are a few of his favorite outdoor activities and he hopes to expand this list as he gets more involved with Adventure Recreation. Donavin also enjoys long-distance running and is going to run a Spartan Sprint this summer (2013). Donavin is also a member of PSU Engineers Without Borders and works at the Rioux Lab at Penn State.