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About the Outdoor Education and Leadership Program

We are passionate about the work we do and are committed to providing interesting, hands-on learning opportunities for our students to pursue their personal passions and interests. We focus on providing a strong foundational background combined with real-world practical applications, so students graduate with a wealth of knowledge and experience in outdoor education and leadership.

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Kellie Gerbers

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership
Program DirectorKellie Gerbers
School of Education
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Kellie joined the Westminster College School of Education in August 2017. She completed her PhD in higher education from Florida State University in 2017, where she studied organizational culture and legitimacy of college outdoor recreation programs. Kellie also has a master’s degree (MS, 2010) in higher education from FSU and bachelor’s degrees (BA, history; BA, Spanish, 2008) from the University of Georgia. Kellie’s professional background in the outdoor industry started in 2008 as a challenge course facilitator. Prior to joining the Westminster faculty, Kellie served as the Assistant Director for Outdoor Recreation at UGA from 2015–2017 and managed FSU’s Outdoor Pursuits program from 2010–2012. A huge proponent of global learning, Kellie has led study abroad expeditions in Costa Rica and Jamaica. Kellie is a Leave No Trace (LNT) master educator, AMGA climbing wall instructor, PADI-certified diver, and NOLS Medical Institute wilderness first responder (WFR). She currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE).

Tiana White

Staff and AdjunctTiana White
Director of Outdoor Programs
Fitness, Wellness, Recreation
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Tiana has worked with the Westminster Outdoor Program since 2011 and has over 20 years of experience working in outdoor education. A true generalist, Tiana enjoys skiing, paddling, climbing, biking, and human-powered, self-supported adventures to remote and wild places. She earned her BS in geology from Hamilton College and MS from the University of Utah in parks, recreation, and tourism with an emphasis in experiential education. Tiana has been an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a director of outdoor programs for other colleges and secondary schools, and is an instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Training Center. Her personal and professional adventures have taken her to the deserts, mountains, and rivers of the US from Alaska to Maine and abroad to the Yukon, Mexico, China, Nepal, India, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Japan, and Thailand. Tiana is passionate about the work that she does with the Outdoor Program, but working closely with and learning from students each day is the best part of the job.

Andy Tankersley

Staff and AdjunctAndy Tankersley
Outdoor Program Coordinator
Fitness, Wellness, Recreation
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Growing up in Golden, Colorado, Andy was exposed to the outdoors at an early age. With access to mountains and rivers, he developed a passion for climbing, skiing, kayaking, and exploring wild places. Andy received a geology degree from Colorado College, and after over a decade of outdoor education work and guiding, he returned to Montana State University to earn a master in education. Andy has been fortunate to teach and guide in amazing locations around the world: the Rockies, Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Desert Southwest, Patagonia, India, British Columbia, the Yukon, Nepal, and Tibet. He has worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Alpine Ascents International, the American Avalanche Institute, and EXUM mountain guides. Andy has also taught science at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy (Prescott, Arizona) and most recently, at the Jackson Hole Middle School. Andy is excited to join the Westminster community and share his love for learning and wild places. Andy is a wilderness first responder and has completed a level-three avalanche certification (AAI).

Alexa Hudson

AdjunctAlexa Hudson

Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Alexa worked in experiential education as a high school intern. In her early twenties, Alexa began teaching in earnest. She left the hills of western Mass to teach environmental education to fifth and sixth graders in Alaska, lead a high school immersion program in Thailand and Vietnam, and work in wilderness therapy in Utah. With a bachelor of arts in anthropology, Alexa has also worked in the field of archaeology and taught at the University of Utah’s Archaeological Field School. Over the last four years, Alexa developed the wilderness medicine curriculum at Mountain Education and Development, a local education and guiding company. She also taught rock climbing at the University of Utah, and developed and led two college internship programs in Kenya. Since 2014, Alexa has become enamored with the Outdoor Program at Westminster. Currently pursuing her master of fine arts in fiction, Alexa is also a writer.

Kelly Robbins

AdjunctKelly Robbins

Born and raised in rural Oregon near the town of Corvallis, Kelly developed an early affection for the outdoors, spending countless hours exploring the woods near his house. A college soccer career took him to St. Paul, Minnesota, after which he moved to Salt Lake City in the summer of 1999. Kelly began splitboard guiding and teaching avalanche classes for Utah Mountain Adventures during the 2005–2006 season, and he has been teaching for the National Outdoor Leadership School since 2007. In 2010, Kelly completed a level-three avalanche certification with the American Avalanche Institute, and he also finished an MS in outdoor education at the University of Utah in 2011. In addition, Kelly owns and operates the Splitboard Education Collective, where he is able to apply his passion for teaching about splitboards. Kelly has been leading trips and teaching classes with Westminster College since 2010. Despite all the time in the mountains, however, the true pleasures in his life are his wife, Kathleen, and son, Zander.

Elizabeth Rogers

AdjunctElizabeth Rogers

Liz grew up in Los Angeles and was introduced to the outdoors in the Sierra Mountains and southern California desert. She spent the first part of college at the University of British Columbia, and completed her BA in communication at the University of Utah. After receiving an MEd from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she moved to Salt Lake City and taught high school at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center. Liz has worked as an instructor for the Alf Engen Ski School and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Liz was the outdoor program director for Westminster College from 2006–2014, and is now an adjunct faculty and academic advisor for the minor in Outdoor Education and Leadership. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah.

Jason Blauch

AdjunctJason Blauch

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Jason found his way to the United States for college and quickly fell in love with the mountains of the West. After a number of years working for various outdoor education companies and working as a climbing guide and instructor, Jason landed a full-time position as the director of outdoor programs at the University of Redlands in California. In 2011, he moved to Salt Lake City to pursue a master's degree in environmental studies and started his current position at Westminster College. His guiding and work as an instructor in outdoor education has taken him to locations all over the world, including Alaska, British Columbia, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya. Jason is a current AMGA-certified single pitch Instructor and has completed an AMGA Rock Instructor course. Jason is also a certified wilderness first responder.

Erik Yost

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Erik enjoyed his childhood playing outdoors in the shadows of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University, he joined the S.U. Outing Club and began a career in outdoor adventure, leading caving trips for university students. Erik moved to Utah in 1998 to pursue more outdoor adventures in the West. He earned his master’s degree in parks, recreation, and tourism with an emphasis in experiential education from the University of Utah in 2007. Erik has chosen a career in the outdoors because he believes that nature and adventure, especially when combined, fosters health, happiness and confidence in one’s self. Erik is a certified wilderness first responder. He has been a whitewater river guide and operations manager for Adrift Adventures in Dinosaur National Monument and has managed the outdoor experiential education program for Gateway Academy in Salt Lake City. He currently holds a position as an adventure therapy specialist for Solstice RTC in Layton, Utah. Erik loves just about everything you can do outdoors. He especially loves alpine and backcountry skiing and whitewater rafting. Erik teaches the Introduction to Adventure Therapy class and fly fishing as part of the outdoor education and leadership minor.

Megan Boyer

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Megan was born and Raised on the coast of California where her love of the outdoors began. As a young girl, she spent her free time playing outside with her parents and siblings. Family time was spent camping, fishing, backpacking, skiing, sailing, surfing and just about any activity that included outdoor adventures. In 1992 Megan attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado and Graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation. During this time, she realized her love of rivers and whitewater kayaking and soon became a full-time river guide and kayak instructor. In 1997 Megan became a partner in a whitewater rafting and kayaking business on the Arkansas river in Colorado, and found herself spending summers in Colorado running the river and working as a ski patroller in Utah during winter. Over the past 20 years, Megan’s work and outdoor pursuits have taken her to many new rivers and mountains on four continents. Megan continues to work in the snow in the winter (currently finishing up her 10th year as a backcountry snow cat ski guide) and working on the river in the summer as a whitewater kayak instructor and guide. In her spare time, you can find Megan tending to her garden, managing her honeybees or seeking new adventures with her husband and two Siberian huskies.