Professional Full-Time Staff
Associate Director for Leadership Programs and Communication
I have been involved in teaching, teambuilding and leadership development at the Community College of Denver, CU Denver and MSU Denver since 1993. During that time, I led over 200 rock climbing clinics teaching over 1000 students how to rock climb. I have lead 24 consecutive ice climbing trips to Ouray resulting in over 1100 ice climbing days for Auraria students. I led 13 trips on Kokopelli’s Trail, 14 canoe trips on the Ruby Horse Thief section of the Colorado River, I have led more than 40 trips to Moab for hiking, biking and canyoneering. It was not uncommon for me to spend as many as 30 nights either camping or in hotels facilitating trips. Under my leadership, the program runs more than 150 events each year serving two to three thousand students. I have planned and lead countless teambuilding and special events serving thousands of students.
For me, a fundamental value to the program continues to be the inclusion of student leadership development opportunities through sharing knowledge and encouraging students to pursue their own path in teaching and learning in the outdoors. Over two hundred students have benefited from paid leadership positions.
I have taken classes within the community college system. I hold a baccalaureate degree from MSU Denver and a Master of Arts degree from CU Denver, School of Education.
I hold or have held certification in Emergency Medical Technician (State and National Registries), First Responder, Wilderness First Responder, Level III Avalanche Forecaster (Professional Avalanche Worker), Lifeguard, Sports Safety Training, First Aid Mountaineering Module, Schwinn Cycling Instructor, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
Outdoor Leadership / Intramural Sports Specialist
Dave graduated from Mullen High School in south Denver in 2000 and then moved to Seattle to begin a life of adventure exploring the mountains, rain forests, and the ocean beaches of the pacific northwest. Returning to Golden, Colorado in 2003 to go back to school, he enrolled in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program at Red Rocks Community College and specialized in Mountaineering Skills. He joined a nationally touring Irish folk-punk band shortly thereafter and continued to explore the urban jungles of the U.S., coast to coast, between studying and attending classes. After earning his degree from Red Rocks Community College Dave transferred to Metro State University of Denver in 2007 where he enrolled in the Recreation Professions program in the school of Professional Studies. About that same time, he landed a job at the Outdoor Adventure Center with Campus Recreation at Auraria and spent the next three years honing his skills at guiding trips, planning outings, and facilitating team building sessions with various groups of students and administrators. After graduating from MSU Denver in 2010, Dave worked on the West Light Rail line to Golden as an environmental compliance inspector until he returned to MSU Denver as a full-time administrator working with Campus Recreation at Auraria once again. He was given the title Outdoor Leadership and Intramural Sports Specialist and is honored to be able to give back to the students of Auraria Campus and his alma mater. Having achieved his Single Pitch Instructor certification with the American Mountain Guide Association, Dave is ready to keep exploring and working with students to ensure their continued academic and personal success.