Loyola University Maryland

Department of Recreational Sports

OAE Trip Leaders

OAE Trip Leaders posing in the snowy Idaho National Forest

Outdoor Adventure Experience (OAE) trip leaders volunteer their time and their talents to create memorable experiences for the Loyola community. They are:

  • undergraduate students
  • extensively trained in a variety of outdoor skills
  • Wilderness First Responders (a 72-hour medical certification)

Christian Dalvano, 2018
I am from Wyckoff, New Jersey, and I like to canoe, bike, and cook.  I am studying accounting and finance and I want to work for PwC when I graduate.

Christian Dalvano

Billy Walsh, 2018

I am a senior marketing major from northeast Pennsylvania. My favorite outdoor activities include whitewater kayaking, skiing, and rock climbing. I am a huge football and hockey fan. As a career I would like to work for an outdoor oriented company in its business marketing division.

Kelly Harrington, 2018

I am from Cleveland, Ohio. My favorite outdoor activities are canoeing, kayaking, skiing, and scuba diving. I also enjoy playing sports like basketball and soccer. I am majoring in Accounting. In the future I want to travel to new places.

Mike Schweizer, 2018

Mike “BoJangles” Schweizer hails from good ol’ Fairfield, CT. He loves the New York Giants, and learning about wilderness medicine. Mike also loves all aspects of the outdoors, and when not in class, he can frequently be found on the water or underground. Mike is a business economics major and information systems minor, planning on selling out to corporate America after graduation. Mike is also a Pokémon enthusiast, memorizing the first 150 in their order at the ripe young age of 5 and still knows them to this day.

Joe Seefried

Joe Seefried, 2018
My name is Joe and I am a senior Marketing Major.  During my free time, I enjoy to whitewater kayak all around the northeast.  When I am not at Loyola, I work as a raft guide on the Penobscot River in Maine.

Amt Myers

Amy Myers, 2018
As a Maryland native, Amy is very familiar with the backcountry destinations that OAE has in store. She comes from an outdoor family that loves to hike, kayak, paddleboard, hunt, and fish. Her love for climbing started here at Loyola's rock wall, where she discovered the satisfying victory of reaching the top of a vigorous climb. She especially enjoys spending time with her four Australian Shepherds, and thinks any day you get to pet a dog is a good day.

Madeline Isacco

Madeline Isacco, 2019
Coming from the Tar Heel State, Madeline is an Accounting major from Raleigh, NC. She becomes one with nature by backpacking, climbing, and attempting to make her paddleboard go straight. When she’s not wearing her Army ROTC uniform or working at the rock wall, she can be found sleeping in her hammock, at the local Chipotle, or winning at Settlers of Catan. Trail names include puff daddy, sock, and mayo.

Hannah Loiselle

Hannah Loiselle, 2019
Born and raised in Connecticut, I grew up playing soccer, basketball, swimming and running. In coming to Loyola, I discovered my love for the outdoors and experiential education through OAE and I tend to spend most of my time Whitewater Kayaking and Backpacking. I'm a Global Studies and History double major with an intended minor in Peace and Justice Studies and a part of the Honors Program. In my free time I volunteer with CCSJ, work with the Environmental Action club, attend academic lectures and go for runs around the city. You can frequently find me hammocking on the quad or working on my slacklining skills. In the future I hope to be an active member in advocating social justice in my community as well as to find a career that makes me happy.

Jill Skerchak

Jillian Skerchak, 2019
Jillian is from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and is a Biology major with a triple minor in Chemistry, Sociology, and Classical Civilization. After Loyola, she plans on attending medical school and later becoming a Pediatric Surgeon and working in developing countries. In addition to her passion for the outdoors, Jillian loves the trifecta: pizza, ice cream, and mac & cheese, the Glycolysis Rap by Mr. W, and tagging my roommate in uncomfortably funny Facebook videos. Catch her on OAE’s caving and sea kayaking trips! 

Grace Mayeda

Grace Mayeda,  2019
I am from Waterford, CT and an Accounting and Theology double major. My favorite outdoor activities include rock climbing, skiing, canoeing, and snowshoeing. I love to cook, bake, go to the beach, and travel! I hope to one day go to culinary school to learn how to make delicious and environmentally sustainable meals. Also, side note-I have an undeniable obsession with Coca-Cola.  

Patrick Mahoney

Patrick Mahoney, 2019
Hey I am Pat Mahoney from Newton MA. I love to ski, rock climb, and get rad. I am studying communications at Loyola.

Abby Wilkes

Abby Wilkes,  2019
I’m from Buffalo, NY and I am majoring in Biology and History. I have two dogs who I love to take on adventures with me and always want attention. I’m always on the lookout to try and experience new things. I love anything that has to do with the water. Sea kayaking and canoeing are two of my favorite things! I am hoping to find a profession that allows me to continue spending time outside and travel the world.  

Grace Tonna

Grace Tonna, 2019
I'm from Huntington, New York. I got involved with OAE my freshmen year at Loyola. I’m a biochemistry major. I have four dogs back home on Long Island and seven siblings. I love brownies with vanilla ice cream and pictures of cats in space make my day. In the future, I hope to attend graduate and receive a master’s in public health.

Matt Groce 

Matt Groce, 2019
I am from Milford, Delaware. I love playing and watching sports, particularly football and basketball. My favorite outdoor activities are climbing, paddle boarding and kayaking. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. And in the future I plan to continue traveling and experiencing different cultures.

Katie Benoit 

Katie Benoit, 2020
Growing up in Holden, Massachusetts, Katie always found herself outdoors, following her adventurous spirit. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, Katie enjoys hiking and canoeing with friends. Her favorite place to hike is the White Mountains in New Hampshire. As a psychology major here at Loyola, Katie hopes to one day combine her passion for the outdoor world with her desire to help those diagnosed with mental illnesses.  “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”

Shaelyn Harris 

Shaelyn Harris, 2020
Shaelyn is from Silver Spring, MD. She is interested in psychology, art, cats, bacon, and drawing. She is currently studying abroad in Thailand, catch her in Winter 2018!

Abraham Defeo 

Abraham DeFeo, 2020
I am from Connecticut and I love to sail and snowboard. My passion within OAE is whitewater kayaking and shredding the gnar! Currently I am a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. I hope someday this will land me a job by the ocean designing boats or inventing new instruments to explore the ocean!

Stacie Zimaras 

Stacie Zimaras, 2020
I am from Queens, New York. I love being Greek and partaking in anything that involves my culture. I enjoy being active and being able to get outside. My favorite outdoor activities include surfing, caving and kayaking. I am majoring in International Business. I hope that one day I can travel the world doing what I love which is being in the outdoors and helping people.

Mike Zimmerman 

Mike Zimmerman, 2020
I am from Tolland, CT. I am a very active person. I played soccer and golf in high school and won the State Championship for soccer my Senior year. My favorite outdoor activities include white water kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, tubing, etc. I am an Accounting major. I hope to use the skills I acquire from my undergraduate at Loyola to get an internship and then a full-time job as an accountant. I want to continue to be active and find love in the outdoors.

Hannah Boland

Hannah Boland, 2020
Hannah loves being on the water! Upon getting involved with OAE she was bit by the white water bug and hopes to shred the gnar forever. She also enjoys sea kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and backpacking. She is an engineering major from Millburn, NJ. Catch her on campus talking to friends and making new ones. In her spare time she enjoys painting and photography.

OAE Admin/Staff

Alan Alan Baker  
Associate Director – Programs and Assessment 
Having grown up in Maryland, Alan has been fortunate to have traveled to all but 2 of the states in the US and to have lived on both the east and west coasts!  His favorite outdoor pastimes vary with the season from whitewater paddling to ice climbing.  These days, Alan and his wife, Kristin, are busy with their new baby boy and 5 year old daughter where bike tours and paddleboarding trips are the easiest to accommodate the little ones! Beyond outdoor activities, Alan’s passion as an outdoor educator directly stems from the accelerated learning and growth that occurs for leaders and participants while in the field.  
Jen Cusick
Outdoor Adventure Specialist
Jen is from New Jersey. She loves cheese, sea kayaking, and being a jack of all trades! Jen also has a twin brother. Stop by basecamp and she’ll most likely be there drinking tea and sitting on a big bouncy ball!

Become an OAE Trip Leader

  • Hiring occurs at the beginning of the fall semester
  • We hire between 7 and 9 first-years and sophomores per year
  • Contact our office for access to the application

Phone: 410-617-5437
Email: OAE@loyola.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LoyolaOAE
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Christian Dalvano, 2018

I am from Wyckoff, New Jersey, and I like to canoe, bike, and cook.  I am studying accounting and finance and I want to work for PwC when I graduate.

Joe Seefried, 2018

My name is Joe and I am a senior Marketing Major.  During my free time, I enjoy to whitewater kayak all around the northeast.  When I am not at Loy