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150 University Rec Center
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.4014


  • Chris Hoppe
    Chris Hoppe
    Associate Director of Campus Recreation/Outdoor Programs
    150K University Recreation Center, Cheney, WA 99004
    Phone: 509-359-7394
    Fax: 359-6181

    As a local of the Inland Northwest, I am endlessly amazed by the opportinuties for adventure that exist right in our backyard. I have spent the past 10 years working to connect others with the outdoors, and to share my passion for adventure. While in graduate school I emersed myself in whitewater recreation, teaching rafting and kayaking courses for EWU. After completing my graduate studies, I moved to South Florida to found the Outdoor Adventure program at Florida Atlantic University. I returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2012 to reconnect with my passion for whitewater, and to explore new adventures whereever possible. I now am drawn to the mountians, and spent weekends with my wife mountaineering and climbing in the summer, and ice-climbing and skiing in the winter. 

  • Leah Hillbrand
    Leah Hillbrand
    Programs Manager
    150I URC
    Phone: 509.359.7920

    Before finding my way to EPIC Adventures, I spent fifteen years pursuing the dream life of seasonal outdoor guide. I was fortunate enough to work professionally as a guide for Class V whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and caving. Aside from guiding, I also worked as a field instructor for backpacking trips with at-risk youth. These pursuits eventually led me to EPIC where I can share these experiences with EWU students. I am a Whitewater Rescue Technician, an EMT, and a wilderness medicine instructor with Wilderness Medicine Training Center. When I'm not at work, I enjoy the peace and quiet of gardening and playing with my dogs.

  • Shawn Semb
    Shawn Semb
    Admin Program Specialist

    Aside from working for EPIC Adventures, Shawn also works for the AASI as a Divisional Clinic Leader & Examiner and Spokane Parks and Rec as a Water Sports Coordinator. He enjoys fried chicken and believes that metal is the only acceptable genre of music.

  • Robyn Ross
    Robyn Ross
    Administration Support Specialist

    Robyn has been working at EPIC Adventures for two years, and is pursuing a degree in Psychology and Art. You are most likely to find her enjoying some live music, chowing on some good eats, or hanging in her hammock; for she loves all things local. She has a growing passion for tying new things in the outdoors, and spends as much time outside as possible.

  • Jessa Baisden
    Jessa Baisden
    Student Service Specialist

    Jessa is a small town country girl who has a passion for adventure. She is currently working towards a major in Exercise Science, pre-Physical Therapy and hopes to minor in Spanish, Business, and Health. If you happen to pass by EPIC, ya'll can identify her by the loud guffaw. She loves nothing more than to be outside playing soccer, eating food, or taking long drives in her jeep down an old dirt road.

  • Katie Farmer
    Katie Farmer
    Marketing Specialist - Trip Leader

    Katie is a junior majoring in Psychology. Her love for the outdoors and drive to help others has lead her to EPIC. Currently she works at EPIC leading trips and helping with marketing. She also works at the climbing wall as an instructor. 

  • Amy Holt
    Amy Holt
    Support Staff

    Amy is from Sacramento, California and loves the outdoors. She is a Therapeutic Recreation major and hopes to help people in outdoor settings. Some of the things that she is interested in are swimming, hiking, cooking, skiing, and going on adventures with friends.

  • Melissa Oyen
    Melissa Oyen
    Trip Operations Service Specialist

    Melissa is pursing a degree in Exercise Science with a focus in Physical Therapy. Her passions include playing soccer, running, and enjoying the outdoors through camping and kayaking with friends. You can usually find her washing we gear outside of EPIC whenever she works.

  • Monica Mack
    Monica Mack
    Operations Staff

    My name is Monica Mack and I'm a sophomore studying Dental Hygiene. I grew up in Colorado and went to high school in Hawai'i, so being outdoors is a huge part of my lifestyle. Swimming and hiking are my favorite exercises. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the EPIC staff to help others achieve their passions for the outdoors, just like me!

  • Reed Siclair
    Reed Siclair
    Operations Staff

    Reed is junior studying Mechanical engineering. He has been working at EPIC for two years now, one year at front desk and two as a trip leader.  His favorite outdoor activity is skiing; He competes in rail jams, slope style competitions, and big air competitions. He also enjoys downhill mountain biking, and slack lining. 

  • Emmitt Kison
    Emmitt Kison
    Operations Staff

    Emmitt is a trip leader and part of the Operations Staff for EPIC Adventures. He is a junior majoring in Accounting and his hobbies include: rock climbing, white water rafting, snowboarding and backpacking.

  • Kylie Ott
    Kylie Ott
    Outdoor Recreations

    Kylie is an outdoor enthusiast who has a passion for the challenges and rewards of climbing the multitude of peaks and volcanoes of WA. Currently she is in her senior year at EWU earning a BA in Outdoor Recreation. She also enjoys spending her time fishing the local streams and high mountain lakes, hunting, drawing, as well as spending time with her big family and exploring with her not-so-adventurous pup, Daryl.  

  • Hattie Lunceford
    Hattie Lunceford
    Trip Leader

    Hattie is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She discovered rock climbing after coming to Eastern and quickly fell in love with the sport. She has been deeply touched and inspired by the experiential learning that takes place within and through EPIC Adventures. She hopes to take the skills that she has learned during her time here, where ever life takes her.

  • Sean Staaleson
    Sean Staaleson
    Trip Leader

    Sean is a biochemistry major and an active rock and ice climber. He enjoys anything related to mountain climbing.

  • Bernt Goodson
    Bernt Goodson
    Trip Leader

    Bernt was born and raised in Washington and loves exploring the Cascades and Olympics. His favorite outdoor activities are backpacking and rock climbing, but he also enjoys whitewater rafting, snowboarding, and gardening.

  • Nate Adams
    Nate Adams
    Trip Leader

    Nate is from Mount Vernon, Washington. His major is outdoor recreation, and he's been a part of EPIC since his freshmen year. He is a raft guide with EPIC and also really enjoys kayaking, snowboarding, backpacking, and has recently been getting involved in rock climbing. 

  • Devin Butler
    Devin Butler
    Trip Leader

    Coming from a small town Devin has always been a part of the outdoor community, and now being a helping hand at EPIC adventures he can keep in touch with the outdoors and meet people who love it too. Growing up in the backwoods country of the northern state of Washington he primarily enjoy backpacking, camping, some mountaineering, and especially mountain biking the trails in the summer!  

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