Meet Our Trip Leaders

Anyone can be a trip leader!

As a member of Hoofers, all you need to start a trip is you, and two other Hoofers. Trips can be as easy as an afternoon bike ride, or as complicated as a month-long canoe trip in Canada.

If you are interested in leading trips, check out our Leadership Resources!

If you would like to contact anyone, send them a message through our member search, or kindly ask outingpresident@gmail.com to get you in touch.

These awesome people are some of the club’s most frequent leaders:

 

Forrest Koslowski : President, Trip Leader

Forrest Koslowski

President, Trip Leader

Forrest is the name, wilderness is the game! I’m a junior at UW-Madison and stoked about anything outdoors. You can find me on the lake, in my tree stand, or backpacking the trails! 

Ryan Stowe : Vice President, Sea Kayak Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader

Ryan Stowe

Vice President, Sea Kayak Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader

I do mostly Sea Kayaking as an alternative to hiking and backpacking when weather permits. I love it because since there's no trail to follow, it feels like I'm the first one there! My favorite place to paddle in Wisconsin are the Apostle Islands. When the water is too cold, backpacking in far places is fun too. I've been fortunate to Sea Kayak and Backpack in Alaska as well through NOLS. WFR certified.

Tanner Stirrat : Whitewater Kayaking Chair, Trip Leader

Tanner Stirrat

Whitewater Kayaking Chair, Trip Leader

Newest member of Team Downstream. Likes paddling hard, being upside down, and getting rightside up again. Dislikes moving slowly.

Ross Porter : Instructor, Trip Leader

Ross Porter

Instructor, Trip Leader

My first degree was Sports Coaching and Development and then I expanded that remit into a Community Education degree. I've worked with so many groups in the outdoor environment that I can barely list them; however, I've focused on youth development and leadership primarily. Im interested in developing leaders in the Hoofers Outing Club. My main focus in America and the US has been working with the International Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Will Caldwell : Equipment Manager, Road Bike & MTB Chair

Will Caldwell

Equipment Manager, Road Bike & MTB Chair

Goes places and fixes things. A true renaissance man.

Dan York : Water Safety Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader

Dan York

Water Safety Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader

Interests include kayak lessons, rolling classes, and proselytizing the gospel of water safety.

Jessica O’Neill : Backpacking Chair, Trip Leader

Jessica O’Neill

Backpacking Chair, Trip Leader

Jess has those super good vibes and likes to go backpacking. Ask her about it!

Ned Rubert-Nason : Instructor, Trip Leader

Ned Rubert-Nason

Instructor, Trip Leader

Aficionado of Culvers, Prarie du Sac dam, and hitting every rock on the river.

Eric Oberhart : Canoe Chair, Trip Leader

Eric Oberhart

Canoe Chair, Trip Leader

Leads just about anything when voluntold. Frequent driver of The Van.

Alex Ames : Climbing Chair, Webmaster, Trip Leader

Alex Ames

Climbing Chair, Webmaster, Trip Leader

He leads frequent climbing trips to Devil's Lake as well as occasional paddling and skiing trips (when we all know he's really fantasizing about frequent climbing trips to Devil's Lake).

Claire Berezowitz : Trip Leader Coordinator

Claire Berezowitz

Trip Leader Coordinator

eeeeeeeeeee!!!

Susan Tesarik : Sea Kayak Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader

Susan Tesarik

Sea Kayak Chair, Instructor, Trip Leader

We're fortunate to have world class sea kayaking with the Great Lakes nearby. My favorite destinations are the Apostle Islands, Isle Royale, and Pictured Rocks in Lake Superior. Far flung adventures include kayaking in the Caribbean Sea at Belize and Roatan, and in the Sea of Cortez at Southern Baja Mexico.

Tadhg Barrett : Instructor, Trip Leader

Tadhg Barrett

Instructor, Trip Leader

It's pronounced like tiger, without the "er." Also has a funny accent.

Jeff Noltner : Instructor, Trip Leader

Jeff Noltner

Instructor, Trip Leader

The man, the myth, the legend. Jeff leads the bigger trips up on Lake Superior and has an ACA level 3.5 certification. He can be found teaching the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium each year.

Robert Shebilske : Trip Leader

Robert Shebilske

Trip Leader

Robert is a truly prolific leader of sea kayaking trips in Madison. He leads most of the quiet water sea kayaking day trips around central Wisconsin.

Caroline Rose : Instructor, Trip Leader

Caroline Rose

Instructor, Trip Leader

Ethan Raysby : Instructor

Ethan Raysby

Instructor

Teaches kayak lessons and shreds the Red.

Julie Brown : Hoofer Advisor

Julie Brown

Hoofer Advisor

Ensures everyone makes good choices.

Kris Dressler : Instructor

Kris Dressler

Instructor

Goes by Dress. If you see this guy teaching at Hoofers...Sign up! Dress is a level 4 ACA certified Sea Kayaking Instructor and mostly teaches SK1 lessons. He can also be found teaching at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium each year.

The Van : Secretary of Transportation

The Van

Secretary of Transportation

Whats got four wheels and a turn signal that doesn't shut off by itself?

This guy.

Kyriaki Chatzikyriakidou : Caving Chair, Trip Leader

Kyriaki Chatzikyriakidou

Caving Chair, Trip Leader

Kyriaki joined the club about 4 years ago and got her initial caving training in Greece, back in 2010. She always brings Kalamata olives in the cave. Kidding! 

Or is she.

Caitlyn Ngam : Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader

Caitlyn Ngam

Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader

The proud leader of "team downstream," Caitlyn has swam out of her boat in exotic locations on rivers like the White Nile, the Ottawa, the Arkansas, and the Wisconsin. And the Red.

Guilhem Ribeill : Telemark Chair, Trip Leader

Guilhem Ribeill

Telemark Chair, Trip Leader

Sounds like "Ian." Throws a wicked side-eye.

Miles Buob : Trip Leader

Miles Buob

Trip Leader

Face is now 100% intact. Trapped in New Zealand.

Varun Ramesh : Caving Chair

Varun Ramesh

Caving Chair

Connie Lane : Trail Building Chair, Trip Leader

Connie Lane

Trail Building Chair, Trip Leader

Maddie Hughan : Snowshoe Chair

Maddie Hughan

Snowshoe Chair

Likes water. A lot.

Will Plaxico : Pool Session Coordinator

Will Plaxico

Pool Session Coordinator

Want to go to a wintertime pool session? Talk to Will.

Jenifer Bizzotto : Trip Leader

Jenifer Bizzotto

Trip Leader

Carl Zimm : Instructor, Trip Leader

Carl Zimm

Instructor, Trip Leader

Passionate about paddling, hot oatmeal, and vegetables sourced from his backyard. Join him for a canoe lesson!

Thomas Tegart : Instructor, Trip Leader

Thomas Tegart

Instructor, Trip Leader

Tom teaches a lot of lessons. A lot of lessons.