Meet our Student Staff

Bryson Allen     Bryson Allen

Bryson grew up in Washington state, where he spent his summers hiking and kayaking around the Olympic peninsula.  He moved to Missoula to pursue a degree in wildlife biology to combine his passion for the outdoors with his curiosity for scientific inquiry. He started climbing in his first year at UM, and he’s loved it ever since. He started at the outdoor program at the end of his sophomore year, and has enjoyed teaching others how to get out climbing and backpacking, and seeing their excitement as they discover new ways to travel and live among the mountains. 

Alan BowmanAlan

Alan is from Kalispell, and is the Outdoor Program's bike mechanic and rental shop student manager. He has over 4 years of bike mechanic training, along with a lifetime of taking care of his own bike. Alan is very big into sports (of all kinds) and the outdoors. He has also done TaeKwonDo for 14 years and won the AAU Nationals in 2009. Alan is currently going to school for a masters in Athletic Training and would like to work for a sports team of some sort after graduating (Seattle Mariners). He is an avid traveler and would like to go to the six major continents in his lifetime.

Colin Brust Colin Brust

I'm an undergrad student here at the University of Montana majoring in resource conservation and minoring in Spanish and climate change studies. Although I grew up in the deserts of Southern Arizona, I feel comfortable and at home here in Missoula. When I was younger, my dad would take me hiking and camping in the mountains outside Tucson. At the time it seemed like torture but those weekend adventures were where I first began to fall in love with the outdoors. It took me some time to adapt to the (relatively) cold Montana winters but now I'm always out skiing or hiking whenever I get the chance. If I'm not climbing in the Bitterroots, you'll more than likely find me working or training at the rock wall here on campus!

Riley Butler Riley Butler

Riley Butler is a born and bred Pacific Northwester, hailing from Seattle, Washington. Though she loves the city, she came to the grand state of Montana searching for a little more solitude and even more mountains. Riley loves backpacking, maps, climbing, type 2 fun, glaciers, and the infinite majesty of the universe. Montana has all of these things, so she is pretty happy. Currently Riley is getting her bachelors in resource conservation with a focus in climate change, and is passionate about educating the next generation to be conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts. 

Taylor Cole    Taylor Cole

Taylor is originally from western New York and moved out west for her junior and senior years of undergrad at Idaho State University. She completed her Bachelors in Outdoor Education and Sociology in and has begun her Masters in Recreation Management here at the University of Montana. Taylor loves hiking, backpacking, and cross country skiing. If she's not studying or working, you'll find her out happily exploring the Bitterroots with her dog, Banjo.

Zoe LeakeZoe L

Zoe is from the backwoods of Tennessee and moved to Missoula in 2014 to become the next Resource Conservation, wilderness, and climate change expert. She enjoys backpacking, snowboarding, and climbing as main sources of entertainment. She also enjoys yodeling and training her fleet of llamas for a private llama-packing enterprise. Wilderness is Zoe’s deepest passion, and she hopes to spread the love and respect for the outdoors to all. 

Nico MatallanaNico M

There is a fathomless perfection in the endless quiet hikes through forests, across streams and over ridgelines. Something divine in the way time slows down and the body strains beyond infinity at the crux of a beautiful rock-climb. It is impossible to express.

This has become, in many ways, what Nico lives for. Throughout his life, nature has kept him away from bad influences and taught responsibility. Nico now studies the ways in which humanity can better coexist with the natural world. Being able to provide the opportunity to find fulfillment, a sense of identity, or peace of mind is truly an honor to him, for he could never give back how much Nature has given to him.

Sawyer Meegan   

Sawyer MeeganSawyer loves outdoor endeavors of all kinds; canoeing, backpacking, and rock climbing are his favorites. Mountains and Rivers always fill him with awe and energy. He also loves ultimate frisbee, walking on a slack line, getting his feet dirty and yo-yoing. His nerdy love of graphs, math and the outdoors have lead him to study watershed hydrology at the University. He came to Montana last year from New Hampshire, found an endless abundance of adventure here, and can't wait to explore more Montana wilderness.   

Neil MooreNeil M

Neil is a Californian that enjoys anything adventurous outside. While rock climbing is his main passion, it’s not uncommon to see him backpacking, kayaking, surfing or taking nature photos. With his passion for the outdoors comes a love of wildlife, which is why Neil is a Wildlife Biology major, also looking at a minor in Climate Change. Neil is currently the Climbing Wall student manager.

Danielle SandersonDanielle

Danielle was born and raised in beautiful Napa Valley, California. As soon as she could walk she was on skis and trails, and ever since she’s had an undying passion for the outdoors. Her love of nature intensified as she continued her journey to Missoula, and you can find her riding her bike around town, at the climbing wall with a contagious smile, or at home jamming on her guitar. Any outdoor recreational activity you can think of, she’s tried, but her most devout are climbing, slack-lining, yoga, hiking, and backpacking. She revels in her major of Environmental Studies with a minor in Climate Change, and would love to strike up a conversation about anything, especially local food and gardening.

Boston WakehamBoston W

Boston is a Midwestern guy, raised in the rolling hills of Iowa. With limited climbing and public lands, he was strongly drawn west to immerse himself in outdoor recreation. Before returning to school, he served as a crew leader for the Montana Conservation Corps for a few years working on local trails. Now he is back in school studying parks, tourism, and recreation management and resource conservation. Someday he hopes to combine his two majors to inspire young adults to get involved in recreation and conservation on our public lands. Boston enjoys dabbling in several activities including backpacking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, and kayaking. Oddly though, he avoids the snow in winter. Instead, he is found hibernating, hosting potlucks and playing very dorky board games.

Keatan WilliamsKeaton

Keatan grew up in Indiana hiking, fishing and camping. He is a first year law student studying natural resource law. After graduating college in Indiana, he moved to Yosemite National Park and then Telluride, CO. Keatan teaches ski camping, intro to climbing, and works the climbing wall. He enjoys skiing, climbing rock and ice, and taking pictures of his pet cat, Kanye.