ORL Alumni

Many of our graduates are using their degrees in the recreation field. The alumni listed below are only a few such examples.

Nick Meyers
Lead Climbing Ranger and Avalanche Specialist,
USFS Mt. Shasta

I busy myself with work lately at least. USFS baby. I have been running a one man show, the lone ranger. Avalanche forecasting, cleaning frozen toilets, website management, local beacon/avi awareness talks, REI climbing talks, climbing the rock pile, picking up frozen climber trash off the ground, trail work, corralling wayward humanoids, shredding 7k of sweet Shasta corn, snow and mountain education to youngsters at county schools, wilderness management and implementation....and have somehow worked my way up to the awfully official title of Mt. Shasta Lead Climbing Ranger and Avalanche Specialist. Got the seasonals on now and in a supervisory position.

Ansley Rothell
Assistant Center Manager, Yosemite Emergency Communications Center
BA in Recreation from Humboldt State University

After leaving Feather River, I returned home to Yosemite where I have worked the past 9 years for the National Park Service. As the Assistant Manager for Yosemite's 9-1-1 Center I get to help people who find themselves in bad situations. My weekends are spent skiing at Badger and boating the Merced. Next time you're in Yosemite, try to avoid a call to my office.

Katie Monroe
Ski Instructor and Raft Guide

Thanks to the ORL program at FRC, I have been "living the dream" for a couple of years now. I have been working as a ski and snowboard instructor in the Pacific Northwest during the winter months (although I just got my EMT, so hopefully next year I will be working ski patrol), and as a whitewater raft guide, kayak instructor, trip leader, and guide trainer for Alpine Adventures in Washington State for the rest of the year. Last year, I worked in Costa Rica for 4 months, guiding rivers and leading sea kayaking trips. I have also been lucky enough to row gear boats for some extended expedition river trips, including the Grand Canyon (21 days), Hells Canyon, and the Middle Fork Salmon River. My ultimate goal is to start my own multi-adventure company in the future. Thanks Outdoor Recreation Leadership!!!

Clancy Thost

Since I graduated from the ORL program I've worked as a leader for youth adventure trips, as a raft guide, kayak instructor, and surf teacher.  Most of my time is spent kayaking, surfing, climbing, and fixing the gear that I break in the process.  Recently, I got accepted to the School of Nursing at San Diego State University where I will be working towards a BSN degree.

Jared Licht
Rental Supervisor, Sugar Bowl Ski Area

After leaving FRC I got a job at Sugar Bowl in Truckee, CA. I started as a front line employee in the rental shop for the first half of the winter. As the winter progressed I moved up into a supervisor roll, now at the end of my second season at Sugar Bowl I am the Judah Rental Supervisor and manage a staff of 25 employee's.
During the summer months I spend my time river kayaking in the Sierra's, managing a sea kayak rental operation in the Bay Area and Kite boarding. I also take high school students back packing around the California.

Luke Pascucci
Hotshot Crew Leader, USFS Plumas County

Since graduating from Feather River's ORL program I have decided to make a career with the US Forest Service. I currently spend my time off from work skiing, kayaking, rafting and traveling. In the last year I have skied Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico, Palisades Tahoe, various back country in the Sierras, hiked and camped in Arches National Park, and traveled the California coast. In the fall I will be getting married (to another ORL graduate) and continuing to ski, kayak, and adventure.

Graham Meese
Recreation Leader, UC Santa Cruz

The ORL program gave me the tools I needed to feel safe, confident and comfortable leading groups in the wilderness. Since I graduated, I have worked for the UCSC recreation department leading their adventure outings, from snow camping to mountain biking. I was a guide and camp councilor for a sea kayaking company based out of the bay area during the summer of 2009 and spent the summer of 2010 in Idaho working as a raft guide. I am also the co-president of the UCSC Whitewater Kayak club teaching roll classes and leading weekend trips. When I graduate from UCSC this summer with a degree in Geology, I plan to continue leading trips outdoors, educating and providing an experience for people to get better connected to themselves and the world they live in.

Kyla Pascucci
Program Coordinator, Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation

I joined the Outdoor Recreation Program at Feather River College in the fall of 2008 and graduated in 2010. Directly after graduation I started working for Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation District leading trips for youth programs and working with local elementary school children. My long term goal is to teach today's youth the value of the outdoors and how to live in harmony with what surrounds them. I've spent the last year traveling, skiing and paddling whenever possible. Throughout my experiences in the program and my time in the recreation field, I have come to the conclusion that I will forever work and play in the outdoors. 

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