Hello adventurers! I’m Michael, and this is my third year as OAC president. I was born in Chicago, but have been living in beautiful Spokane since second grade. Washington was perfect for me: I was able to explore Glacier Peak Wilderness, hike my first 100 mile loop in the Bob Marshall, and summit Mount Baker! As a lifelong outdoor learner and adventurer, I aim to bring my skills and passion for the outdoors to Chicago. I am a third-year, majoring in Computational and Applied Math and minoring in Astrophysics. My favorite OAC trip was to Isle Royale, with the Spring Break Colorado Ski trip coming in a close second. Outside of UChicago, my favorite trip ever was a two week long stint in Alaska during the summer of 2017 spent deep sea kayaking through Kenai Fjord’s National Park and trekking through Denali National Park where we saw a football field-sized ice chunk calve and splash from the Northwestern Glacier. You can ask me about my adventures at michaelthew@uchicago.edu.



Typically when Patrick is asked to write a bio for stuff, he writes things that will probably bore you to death, and shares a picture that makes him look professional or something. But this isn’t just ‘stuff’. THIS IS THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB. Patrick, or ‘Hedgehog’ as he’s known on trail, quit the cross country team before his first season even started to go on a 1,600 mile backpacking odyssey throughout the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018, and has enjoyed introducing a younger generation to the wild by leading backpacking trips at a summer camp in Pt. Reyes National Seashore (his favorite place in the world) in California since he was 17. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder and is one of the Student Directors of the beloved Phoenix Outdoor Program. Patrick’s favorite trail snack is an everything burrito, and his favorite piece of gear is a pair of Sonic the Hedgehog socks that he’s had since high school. Fine, I’ll put this in: Patrick is a second year English major from San Francisco. 
Enough about Patrick. He would love to hear from you about your experiences or help with any questions at pdilworth@uchicago.edu



Remi is a second year biochemistry major on the premed track. She is up for just about anything outside- especially hiking/backpacking or ocean related activities, as she grew up on the California coast. Outside the OAC secretary, she also is an EMT and crew chief on the schools emergency medical services unit and works as a tour guide for the admissions office (please say hi!). If you have any strong feelings about notes styles or California wildlife, please let her know at rdado@uchicago.edu


Giacomo is a second-year in the college, studying political science. He recently learned that work-life balance is a real thing that adults try to do, so he has become very involved in the OAC. He loves rock climbing, skiing, mountaineering, and pretty much everything else people do outside. Hit him up in the Pacific Northwest on breaks if you want to have some great adventures. If you need to contact him with questions, reimbursement requests, or just to say hi, you can email him at gmendel@uchicago.edu.


Assistant Treasurer & Fundraising Chair

Emma is a second year from Minneapolis studying Economics and Data Science at UChicago. When she isn’t designing merchandise or helping with your reimbusement requests, you can find her hiking, reading, traveling, skiing, playing violin, or doing something else outside. Emma’s favorite outdoor adventures have been last year’s OAC spring break trip to Iceland, as well as rafting through the Grand Canyon and a two-week backpacking trip in Yosemite. Feel free to email her at emedeiros@uchicago.edu with any questions, ideas, compliments, concerns, or just to say hi.


Social Chair

Laura is a second year from Boise, Idaho who misses skiing very much now that she lives in the Midwest. Fortunately, she discovered the OAC last year and has been able to get her nature fix through their many adventures. Outside of the OAC (so… inside?), she teaches at a preschool with Jumpstart and is a voting ambassador for UChiVotes. Talk to her about small children or getting registered to vote- she is equally passionate about both. Laura also enjoys nordic skiing, public transit, and coming up with novelty s’mores (roasted peeps, anyone?) When can you talk to Laura about these things? Thursday nights at the Point, at one of OAC’s weekly bonfires! Come by for fire, snacks, and good company. If you can’t make it to a bonfire but still want to chat, shoot her an email at laurapape@uchicago.edu.

Assistant Gear Manager
Yao Xen is an avid traveller, backpacker, hiker, mountain biker, kayaker, skier, coffee-drinker, etc. In the very serious position of Assistant Gear Manager, he hopes the fast-paced environment, exposure to high-profile transactions, and community of high-achieving motivated people from assistant gear managing will be an excellent start to his assistantship career. Most recently, his favourite trip was going to New Zealand and swimming in freezing cold glacial water pools. On his mind for a future trip is rock climbing up Half Dome in Yosemite, but he probably has to learn how to rock climb first. He is a third-year majoring in Economics and Public Policy. In a pinch for gear for your trips, advice about gear, or just to chat about all things outdoors and non-outdoors, he’s on Facebook, email (yaoxtan@uchicago.edu), and text (312 982 4064).


Social Media Manager

Alex is a fourth-year in the college who loves any type of outdoor adventure, and is also the president of UROCKUChicago’s rock-climbing RSO. Alex is happiest in the outdoors. He particularly loves hiking, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding and, of course, climbing.

You can reach Alex at alexmaiorella@uchicago.edu.