Club Members

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Julia Molinaro


Julia grew up in the windmills of the Netherlands and the woods of New Jersey. She loves long distance running, triathlons, and climbing. She’s currently checking off hiking the 4,000 footers in the White Mountains. She spent six months studying abroad in New Zealand, where she interned at an environmental conservation nonprofit and learned the importance of caring for the natural places that we love. After graduation in May, Julia will be moving to Nepal to work for the BlinkNow Foundation. She dreams of starting her own nonprofit that makes a sustainable impact in developing countries.

Justin Hawk

Vice President

Justin is a senior studying Environmental Analysis/Policy and Journalism. Originally from Wilton, CT, Justin enjoys hiking and skiing. He joined the outing club 3 years ago to occasionally escape the concrete sidewalks of Boston and see the stars light up the sky. So lit! Some of his favorite trips include hiking the Knife’s Edge at Mt. Katahdin, road-tripping to 48 states, and studying abroad in Sydney, Australia.

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Gabe, 21 from Stillwater, NY, grew up exploring the Adirondacks. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, and climbing/mountaineerings. A few yeares ago, he co-led a first ascent climb in Denali National Park, Alaska. Currently he is planning future expeditions in India and Patagonia. At BU, Gabe studies Environmental Analysis and Policy with a minor in Sustainable Energy. He hopes to finish out his senior year by leading some awesome trips for the outing club.

Sarah Manning


Sarah hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up hiking around Muir Woods and the Sierras. When not climbing mountains, she enjoys sailing and drawing mandalas. Her favorite mountain is Mt. Katahdin in Maine and hopes to someday through hike the Appalachian Trail. Sarah studies International Management in the Questrom School of Business and graduates in May.

Victoria Thomson

Email Manager and Webmaster

Victoria grew up in Maplewood, NJ and is a senior studying math and computer science. When she’s not coding or plugging away at math problems, she enjoys painting, long distance running, and (of course) hiking! Her love for the outdoors grew from her summers spent working and exploring the Adirondacks and White Mountains. Because of this, she hopes to one day hike all the 46ers in ADK and 4,000 footers in NH. One of her proudest accomplishments with the outing club was competing in her first ever ultra marathon 50K trail race in Falmouth, Cape Cod. It goes without saying, she can’t sit still!

Amanda DeJesus

Social Committee

Amanda is the social committee head and outing club mom. You can find her making cookies for all trips and driving people around in her green station wagon, whose name is Oscar. Amanda is from the San Francisco Bay Area and has spent time working in National Parks across the country. She would like to one day be a chef or a photographer for an outdoor magazine.

Will Chang

Trip Leader

Born in Los Angeles, raised in Taipei, and currently living in New York, Will has been out and about since he was a wee child. When not working towards his undergraduate degree in International Relations and Political Science, Will is an activist for social and environmental issues. His favorite hobbies include climbing, hiking, and reading; preferably all together! A fun fact about Will: he once went on a caving expedition in Switzerland with a team that didn’t speak English. Fortunately rope knots are universal, so Will is still here with us today leading trips!

Bailey Garton

Gear Manager

Bailey is a local of Vail, Colorado and is currently in her second year at BU studying Film and Television. Before she settled down into the books, however, she spent three years traveling and working around the world. Joining the group Up With People as they went to Asia, Europe, and Mexico, as well as working for a Great White Shark Diving boat and in a Monkey Sanctuary in South Africa, it’s been difficult to stay still. Now, you can find her pushing Freediving at Outing Club meetings and all things Rafting or SCUBA. Anything water or snow related, she’s your girl.

Jessica Hudson

Gear Manager

Jess grew up hiking out of her backyard on Mt. Tamalpais in the Bay Area. Between annual family camping trips to Yosemite and family in Tahoe, it was hard to not grow up loving the outdoors, no matter the weather, even through mosquitos and way too much time in the car. She loves skiing, road trips, film and photography, peanut butter, sometimes being ridiculously Californian, and getting new people excited about being outside. She enjoys exploring what new things the east coast has to offer.

Ines Boussebaa

Publicity Committee

Ines is from Paris, France. Despite being a city girl, she discovered the outdoors after moving to Utah. When she realized desert dehydration is real and hornets can be deadly, a love of the outdoors was born. Now she enjoys taking people into the woods for all kinds of adventuring.

Trip Leaders

Amber Wendler

Trip Leader

Amber is from New York. She has been active in the outing club for 2 years. She is studying Biology and is extremely passionate about the environment. Last fall she spent the semester abroad exploring Ecuador. When she’s not hiking, you can find her running or doing yoga.

Hadi Alzayer

Trip Leader

Hadi is a freshman studying Computer Engineering. He has felt a little shaken up a couple of times when he went hiking, skiing, and surfing, but he knows what it means to truly feel alive!

Hannah Weber

Trip Leader

Hannah is a small human who likes to climb big mountains. One time, she built a fire and lit it with one match and is still too proud of it. She will drop anything to pet a doggo and dreams of one day making her own maple syrup. Hannah’s favorite outdoor activities are hiking, rock climbing, surfing, and skiing. She loves to travel and wants to experience as much culture, nature, and food as possible. Hannah is majoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy and hopes to save the planet.

Helena Popova

Trip Leader

Helena is a senior at BU studying business marketing and PR and has been part of the outing club family since freshman year. Originally from Latvia, Helena has gotten the chance to explore the outdoors around Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and the states. Some hobbies include travel, the outdoors, and photography. Favorite and most challenging trip Helena has done with BUOC has been a winter camping trip at Mt. Liberty.

Jake Nazarian

Trip Leader

Jake was born and raised in New Hampshire and loves New England. He’s a big skier and loves hiking, especially in the winter. After studying abroad in France, he’s been hooked on traveling, so he’d love to chat if you have any stores or places you want to visit. He’s also a mechanical engineerings major and loves talking to other nerds!

Jessica Peters

Trip Leader

Jessica, from all the way down in North Carolina, is a junior studying electrical engineering. In the summers she works as a white water rafting instructor on the mighty class V Ocoee River! At BU, she sings in an a cappella group that got to sing for Obama last semester! She loves the outdoors and stays stoked to the max to get out there and get after it!

Katherine Ward

Trip Leader

Katherine has been a trip leader since the fall of her freshman year. She has led hiking, bouldering, kayaking, and ski strips. Her professional experience includes over 4 years of working at a rock climbing gym. She is a self proclaimed gear geek and lover of trail mix.

Kevin “Cotton” Kasper

Trip Leader
Cotton is a senior studying Electrical Engineering. He comes from Florida, where winter is the best day of the year.

Nathan Henry

Trip Leader


Nathan is an ardent adventurer and explorer who cannot be debilitated by anything. He has roamed the earth adrift; it is his mother and father. He would say that he was raised by feral dogs, but that would be a total fabrication. In fact, he has lied to you this entire time. The truth is he was too self-conscious to reveal who he truly is. But now, by letting the lies come from his hand, he may show you his true nature… a super cool, down-to-earth guy who just loves going outside!

Robby Finan

Trip Leader

Hailing from Milford NH, Robby is a Senior Physics major here at BU. His love for the outdoors and camping got its start in the 8th grade when he joined his local boy scout troop. That was 2008, in the time since then his outdoor interests have converged on backpacking; logging many back-country miles with his best friends from High School around their home in Southern NH and farther north in the White Mountains. His backpacking career is highlighted by multiple backpacking treks completed in the Sangre de Christo Mountains in Cimmaron New Mexico. He’s looking forward to getting back outside, backpacking more often in his final semester at BU!


Brian Abdallah

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Faculty Adviser