Emmaline Heckmann

Emmaline Heckmann

Hometown: Austin, TX

Bio: My name is Emmaline and I am a Biology major with a Psychology minor. I enjoy spending as much time outside as possible, rock climbing, playing with my black lab, Kaiva, and things of that nature. I am originally from Austin, I love art, and my favorite color is yellow.

Jordan Kincheloe

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Bio: Salutations! My name is Jordan. I am currently working towards my BFA in Photography. I am very involved in the Outdoors, with interests in backpacking, climbing, and anything involving a campfire or grill. I am also part of many intramural teams here on campus, since I’ve played sports all of my life. I am a member of the Club Baseball team at Sam as well. In my spare time I enjoy browsing the interwebz and jelly-fishing. I also enjoy eating lots of food. Thank you for your time and farewell.

Juan Bonilla
Rockwall Manager

Hometown: Houston, TX

Bio: My name is Juan and I’m a junior majoring in Kinesiology with a double minor in Health and Chemistry. I enjoy down time with my dog, climbing, the occasional video game, long walks on the beach and just having a good time with good peeps. I’m the Rockwall Manager for Outdoors. I plan on getting a career in the Outdoors Industry and staying in the collegiate setting in hopes of exposing more people to the Outdoors. A little more about myself, I would rather be Godzilla than King Kong because I could lay eggs and have dinosaur babies. :D And thanks for stopping by.

Kristyn Olsen

Hometown: Atascocita, TX

Bio: Hey! My name is Kristyn and I'm from Atascocita, TX. I am currently a sophomore here at SHSU majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. My passion is tumbling and I was a cheerleader for 9 years but have since changed my dreams to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon. In my spare time I love to go out to the cable park at Betsy Creek in Riverside and wakeboard with the rest of the SHSU wakeboard club. I love to play beach volleyball poolside and hangout with friends. I'm obsessed with mermaids and smurfs and I would trade my life to be a mermaid any day because they're just awesome! Come up and say hey if you ever see me around!


Kyle Kubeczka

Hometown: Brenham, TX

Bio: Hi, my name is Kyle. I am from Brenham, Texas. I am majoring in Biology. I like to spend my down time outdoors whether it be at the skate park or playing with my dog. I enjoy things that make you think outside of the box.

Nick Reed

Nick Reed

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Bio: My name is Nicholas and I am a Political Science major in my junior year. I’m from Dallas, Texas. Growing up, I did a lot of camping and was a part of Boy Scouts. I have always enjoyed the outdoors. I’m involved with Young Life and Hapkido on campus.


Veronica Salazar

Hometown: N/A

Bio: My name is Veronica, but friends call me Vero. I am a sophomore majoring in History with a minor in English and Education. I like swimming and hanging out at the beach. Basically anything that involves me being in the water makes me happy. I also like climbing and going on outdoor trips. I love turtles and my favorite color is red.


Lara Patterson
Outdoor/Traditions Camp Coordinator

Hometown: Madisonville, TX

Bio: Lara joined SHSU Outdoors in August 2014. She earned her Bachelors in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of North Texas. She has worked in the recreation profession since 2001 with experience in municipal, non-profit, campus, and military recreation. Her passion and experience for adventure has led her to jobs in Texas, Florida, Colorado, New York, Oklahoma and most recently, Alaska. Outdoor Recreation positively altered her existence and the way she interacts with the world and is professionally driven to provide the same opportunity and experiences for other’s. She enjoys climbing, running, yoga, reading, hiking, thinking about random things and laughing with her husband.


Patrick Spencer
University Camp Supervisor

Hometown: Abilene, TX

Bio: Patrick was a Horticulture major here at Sam. He is a person who is genuinely interested in the outdoors, and loves to get out as much as he can. He's raced mountain bikes, paddled Texas whitewater (he nailed a 10 foot drop once), and has climbed the pink granite of central Texas. He has also climbed and backpacked extensively in Southern Arizona where he lived before returning to Sam. He lives on site at University Camp along the Trinity River.


Chris Mahlen
Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation

Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX

Bio: Chris joined SHSU Outdoors in the summer of 2008. He earned his Bachelors in Business Administration from Baylor University and a Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Julie have lived in Huntsville with their two boys Drew and Cade since 1997. Chris is a Wilderness First Responder and has been leading outdoor trips since 1998. He was also a traditional three event collegiate waterski competitor while at Baylor. He enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, canoeing, snow skiing, camping and fly fishing.


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