Professional Staff & Instructors
TIANA WHITE, M.S.
Tiana grew up exploring the woods and rivers in and around northeastern Oklahoma and studied Geology at Hamilton College in upstate New York, where outdoor education became a significant part of her life. She earned her Master’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in Experiential Education from the University of Utah. Tiana has directed outdoor programs at both Missouri State University and Realms of Inquiry School in Salt Lake City. Tiana has her Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certification and works as an instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Training Center and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Tiana has a passion for both microadventures and long expeditions alike and was instrumental in bringing Packrafting to Westminster's Outdoor Program. Working with the Westminster Outdoor Program and the students involved has been one of the most meaningful positions yet and she looks forward to seeing where the program will go! Her professional and personal adventures have taken her all over the US from Maine to Washington and internationally to India, Canada, Mexico, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, and China.
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 all the States of the West including Alaska, British Columbia, Mexico as well as international trips to Nepal, South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya. Jason is a current AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor (SPI), Assistant SPI Provider and is an AMGA Aspirant Rock Guide. Jason is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Courses taught: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Outdoor Leadership, Outdoor Trip Leader Training
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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 B.A. in Communication at the University of Utah. After receiving an M.Ed. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she moved to Salt Lake City and taught high school at Horizonte Instruction & 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.
Courses taught: Outdoor Leadership, Seminar in Outdoor Education & Leadership, Trip Leader Training
Office Hours Spring 2016: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30pm - 5pm or by appointment | Eccles HWAC 218
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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, MN, after which he moved to Salt Lake City, UT in the summer of 1999. Kelly began guiding splitboarding and teaching avalanche classes for Utah Mountain Adventures during the 05/06 season, and he has been teaching for the National Outdoor Leadership School since 2007. In 2010, Kelly completed a Level 3 avalanche certification with the American Avalanche Institute, and he also finished an M.S. 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 fully 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.
Courses taught: Intro to Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Winter Camping, Outdoor Leadership
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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, taught rock climbing at the University of Utah, and developed and led two college internship programs (in wilderness medicine and in climbing) in Kenya. Since 2014, Alexa has become enamored with the Outdoor Program at Westminster College, where students sometimes take her climbing. Currently pursuing her Master’s of Fine Arts in Fiction, Alexa is also a writer.
Erik enjoyed a childhood outdoors in the shadows of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. While pursuing his Bachelors 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.
Courses taught: Intro to Adventure Therapy, Fly Fishing
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Tyson grew up climbing and skiing in the mountains of Idaho and Wyoming before earning a BA in Economics at the University of Washington. While in Seattle he skied Mt. Rainier, awakening a passion for ski mountaineering. It led him to first ski descents of Denali’s Wickersham Wall, Foraker’s Sultana Ridge and Fairweather in Alaska. He’s also skied peaks in South America, The Alps and Himalayas. Bradley began guiding on Denali, Utah’s Wasatch Range, and Mt. Hood in 1994. He is the lead guide and avalanche instructor for Utah Mountain Adventures. He also works with Wasatch Powderbird Guides, Exum Guides in the Tetons, etc. He has guided Ama Dablam, Mt. Elbrus, etc. with his personal company, Global Mountain Adventures. Tyson is the author of Backcountry Skiing Utah and dozens of magazine articles. He lives in Sugarhouse with his wife and two sons, and has been an avalanche instructor at Westminster since 2011.
Courses taught: Level I Avalanche Awareness
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