By: Iris Bejgrowicz, Trip Leader SpecialistcA few weeks ago, we were introduced to the first batch of our trip leader specialists. Now, it is time to introduce the remaining three! Say hello to the rest of the Summer 2015 Trip Leader Specialist team:
Alex KeimAlex Keim
From the land of ice and lake effect snow (Erie), Alex has joined the team after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communications. Our mission of getting everyone outdoors is one that Alex believes in, and can have fun with too. Alex has been leading and assisting trips in kayaking, biking, hiking and geocaching. His other interests include pond hockey and golfing. Prior to Venture Outdoors, Alex worked with the California Conservation Corps, base camping in some of California’s most pristine wilderness areas, performing backcountry trail maintenance and assisting in environmental emergency response.
 
AJ ArnettAJ Arnett
AJ Arnett is a native of the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. He currently attends Duquesne University pursuing a degree in international relations with a specialization in security studies. AJ loves experiencing the outdoors and new and exciting ways, and especially enjoys exploring the urban outdoor spaces that can be found in the City of Pittsburgh. AJ’s favorite aspect of Venture Outdoors is getting to introduce people to different places and outdoor activities that they’ve never experienced before!
 
Kirstyn GudknechtKirstyn Gudknecht
Kirstyn grew up in an eastern PA town near Philadelphia, and is happy to call Pittsburgh her second home. She’s an Urban Studies and Environmental Studies student at Pitt, and feels incredibly lucky to be working in her field this summer. Kirstyn has been primarily leading grant funded youth programs, Tyke Hikes, and some public outings in parks around the city. While enjoying time off from her lovely job, Kirstyn can be found gardening on her roof, slacklining at the park, cooking something delicious, planning her next adventure, or fixing up old furniture.