Our Staff

Get to know the UREC Outdoors Staff. 
Name: Mike Hoover
Major: Ed.D. Recreation and Sport Management
Hometown: Texarkana, TX
Nickname(s): Hoov-Dawg, Prison Mike
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Cholula
Favorite Place to Play: Lake Superior

Name: Kenny Williams
Major: M.Ed in Recreation Management
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Nickname(s): Kenny G, Kenbob, Kenlazy
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: PB Pretzels w/ honey
Favorite Place to Play: Remote Singletrack


Name: Beckie Irvin
Major: M.Ed in Recreation and Sports Management
Hometown: Hico, TX
Nickname(s): IE, Beck
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Brownie pancakes
Favorite Place to Play: The American Southwest


Name: Meredith Reitemeier
Major: Creative Writing
Hometown: Parsons, KS
Nickname(s): Merebear
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Peanut butter and banana tortillas
Favorite Place to Play: Lake of the Ozarks

Name: Connor Williamson
Major/Current Job: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Bedford, TX.
Nickname(s): Man-Love
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: PB&J
Favorite Place to Play: Walker Skatepark
Name: Zane Pitman
Major: Environmental, Soil, and Water Science
Hometown: Bryant, AR
Nickname(s): inZANE in the MEMBRANE
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Snicker bar that I've saved all trip
Favorite Place to Play: NWA MTB trails, any body of water
Name: Rachel Bolton
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Nickname(s): Honey-Bolton Chicken Biscuit
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Crescent rolls cooked over the fire with jam
Favorite Place to Play: Rivers, trees, mountains

Name: Caden Gilliland
Major: Supply Chain Management
Nickname: Crappie-Slayer
Hometown: Columbia, MO
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Jerky and granola bars
Favorite Place to Play: Mountain hikes, MTB trails, rivers/lakes I can fish and float

Name: Sydney Bowman
Major: Double-Major in Biology and Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences
Hometown: Bentonville, AR
Nickname(s): Syd, Squidney
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Mountain Man Breakfast
Favorite Place to Play: Criks in Neature

Name: Spencer Wilbur
Major: Geophysics
Hometown: Mountain Home, Arkansas
Nickname: Buck-Wild Wilbur
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: All I need is a serious cup of mud, brother.
Favorite Place to Play: The depths of my mind, or outside.

Name: Will Cody
Major: Environmental, Soil, and Water Science
Hometown: Morrilton, Arkansas
Nicknames: Wilson
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Warm Pop Tarts cooked over a morning fire.
Favorite Place to Play: On the paintball fields!

Name: Connor Kordsmeier
Major: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Benton, AR
Nicknames: None currently but open to suggestions
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Freeze dried eggs and bacon
Favorite Place to Play: The water

Name: Sam Matschek
Major: Geology
Hometown: New Braunfels, TX
Nicknames: Salmon
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Spam tacos
Favorite Place to Play: Near some "good rox"

Name: Andie Watson
Major: Earth Science
Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Nicknames: Skipper
Favorite food in the Backcountry: Sunlight (I am an autotroph)
Favorite Place to Play: Any puddle

Name: Hayley Felkins
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Favorite Food in the Backcountry: Trail Mix
Favorite Place to Play: Buffalo River Valley