OAP Staff

OAP Director

Michael Hatch

Hatch is the Outdoor Adventure Program Director and an Instructor of Health and Human Performance for Eastern Oregon University. This dream job continues Michael’s lifelong passion of enveloping himself in everything outdoors. A native of Boise, Idaho, Hatch received a B.S. degree in Resource Conservation/Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana and his M.S. in Education from Eastern Oregon University.

For over a decade Hatch worked as a mountain guide, backcountry ski guide, and helped manage Forest Service recreation programs for operations in both Idaho and Northeast Oregon. Hatch’s favorite outdoor medium and subject to teach is snow. Through the years he has taught avalanche courses to hundreds of recreationists, college students, and EMS personnel as an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 and Level 2 Course Leader and professional member of the American Avalanche Association (AAA). He is a board member and forecaster for the Wallowa Avalanche Center (WAC). Currently, Michael has certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, AIARE Level 3, Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT1), and is a Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator.

Hatch is a steadfast believer in the primacy of local landscapes and the outdoors as catalysts for physical, mental, and emotional well-being. He has explored many landscapes around the world such as Chile, Ecuador, New Zealand, Europe, Alaska, and Central America. He is an avid biker, mountaineer, climber, hiker, skier, and whitewater enthusiast. He loves introducing people to new outdoor experiences and giving them the skills and confidence to face and overcome challenges.


OAP Climbing Wall Manager and Trip Leader

Nicole Clark

Nicole is the climbing wall manager and helps lead trips for the OAP. Last year, Nicole was the outreach and engagement coordinator and continues to assist the OAP in increasing student involvement in outdoor activities on and off campus. Nicole is someone you can count on to step up to a challenge and show solid leadership. She is one of the reasons our program continues to grow and prosper. Nicole does important work for the program by helping us build capacity and form meaningful relationships with community partners. She is a passionate leader who volunteers many hours a week helping run student organizations like the EOU Climbing Club.

Nicole Clark is a senior studying natural resources here at EOU. She is from Puyallup, Washington. Nicole works for the La Grande Fire Department and hopes to have a career as a structural firefighter and EMT. This year she wants to lead climb a 5.10c. Fun facts about Nicole: she loves coffee, she has a fish named Felix, and she has a tattoo of Mt. Rainer!


OAP Staff Members

Trey Trevino

This past summer Trey ran the rental shop for the OAP. He continues to keep the shop running smoothly this year and helps manage our large selection of outdoor equipment. Trey is super helpful and continually demonstrates that superior customer service is one of the hallmarks of our program. You’ll also, on occasion, find Trey helping out up at the climbing wall. Stop by the shop and say high to “T-Dog”.

Trey Trevino is a senior here at Eastern Oregon University majoring in Psychology. He’s from Richland, WA. Trey loves spending time in the outdoors. Activities he enjoys doing are camping, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, rafting, and fishing. A famous quote Trey enjoys is “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing” by Barry Finlay. A fun fact about Trey is he has a puppy named Koda and loves to play golf.


Sami Buckley

We are extremely excited to have Sami join our team this year. She has such a warm and inviting spirit and brings smiles to the faces of those she interacts with. Sami will be working in the rental shop and up at the climbing wall. Look to see her out in our local hills enjoying nature and hopefully leading trips for the OAP in the near future.

 

Sami is originally from Nampa, Idaho. Along with being an Elementary Education Major, Sami is also on the women’s lacrosse team here at EOU. When not studying or playing lacrosse you can find her chillin’ in nature. Sami enjoys hiking, boating, paddle boarding, camping, fishing, hanging in the hammock, and trail running with friends and family. She has also picked up a new interest in rock climbing! There’s nothing she loves more in this world than fresh mountain air, good people, funky music and yummy coffee! 


Shanon Griffin

As a work study student Shanon will be an awesome addition to the OAP team. You’ll find Shanon working in our rental shop and helping foster connections between students and the broader community. Shanon’s whole goal in transferring to EOU was to make a positive impact on the community and his peers. He is ready to spark change into the rural region of eastern Oregon!

Shanon Griffin was given the opportunity to come to EOU on an athletic scholarship to play collegiate football. Shanon is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management. He grew up in Long Beach, California being a child of one of two beautiful mothers named La’wrencia Sanders and Toyia Wardlow. Each instilled strong values into Shanon like determination and working hard. Now, entering his second year at EOU, Shanon has noticed folks in this rural area need to place more value on diversity and work to help people of ethnicity feel more accepted and comfortable in the community. He is honored and humbled to be given the position and looks forward to working for the OAP.


Logan Waldron

Logan grew up in Wallowa County and has a well-rounded knowledge of the area. As one of our newest staff members, we are super stoked for all the great experience Logan brings to the program. You’ll find Logan in our rental shop helping students and the public pick out the right gear and find the best places to recreate.

Growing up on a massive riverfront ranch on the banks of the beautiful Wallowa river Logan quickly developed an unshakeable passion for the outdoors, nature, and wildlife. Majoring in Rangeland Science, Logan hopes to pursue a career as a game warden or rangeland biologist to protect the things he cares about deeply. Logan enjoys skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, and is always wanting to try new adventures.