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Staff Profiles

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Liana Hershey '17, FOOT Program Director

Major: Undeclared. Possibly joint Anthropology and Environmental Studies

Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ  

College House Affiliation: Brooks

Year: Sophomore

Favorite place hiked: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Favorite outdoor meal: Pizza cooked over a campfire

Hi guys! Although I will not be hiking on the trail this year, I am extremely excited to be planning FOOT! I love the outdoors and enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, biking, and climbing trees. On campus, I am part of the EAA (Environmental Action Alliance), THRI (The Human Rights Initiative), the Divestment movement, Brook's House Sustainability Committee, and the Catastrophic Relief Alliance. I also tutor for Squash Aces and work in the Theater Department doing lighting and set design. I can't wait to meet all you guys, as FOOT this year is going to be better than ever!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

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Sam Alter ‘15, FOOT Leader

Major: Geology

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
College House Affiliation: Brooks
Year: Junior
Favorite Place Hiked: Maine
Favorite Outdoor Meal: Quesadillas

I have had many memorable hiking trips with family and friends over the years and look forward to this special opportunity to hike with new Fummers on the great Appalachian Trail. At F&M, I am on the rowing team, was a drummer in the Jazz Band, and I'll be an HA again this year. I have always enjoyed science and love learning about our universe, both on a macro and micro scale. I expect to have lots of conversations during our trip regarding the merits of various hiking-related gear.
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Eila Miller '15, FOOT Trip Leader 

Major: Animal Behavior, Environmental Science Joint Major

Minor: Hispanic Culture

Hometown: Encinitas, CA

College House Affiliation: New

Year: Junior

Favorite Place Hiked: White Mountain

Favorite Outdoor Meal: Piute Pizza

Hey Guys!!! I cannot wait to meet all of you and spend some time in the great outdoors before classes start.  Being a typical San Diegan I love Mexican food, the beach, and sunny 70° weather.  Although Lancaster isn’t known for its Mexican food or its weather, the friendly people and welcoming atmosphere make F&M a home away from home.  On campus I am involved in the Outdoors club, the Environmental Action Alliance (one of the Environmental clubs on campus), and am on the Women’s Rugby team. I hope you guys have a fantastic summer and are ready for some sweet times come August 18th! 

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Rosie Blair, '15, FOOT Trip Leader

Major: Psychology & Studio Art

Hometown: Reisterstown, MD

College House Affiliation: Bonchek

Year: Senior

Favorite Place Hiked: Oregon Ridge, Maryland!

Favorite outdoor meal: Granny Smith apples

Hi! My name is Rosie and I am a rising senior at F&M! Over the past three years, I have been involved in an eclectic range of activities, from student government, to greek life in Kappa Delta sorority, and a range of club and intramural sports! I have always loved the outdoors (although my mother wasn't happy when 5-year-old me tried to sneak outside to sleep under the stars). Specifically, I love hiking, sailing, water sports, and beach camping! I can't wait to spend some quality outdoor time with all of you in FOOT!!
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Larissa Kehne '16, FOOT Trip Leader

Major: Environmental Studies

Minor: Geoscience (intended)

Hometown: Adamant, VT

College House Affiliation: New

Year: Junior

Favorite outdoor meal: Easy mac...

Hey there nature lovers!
My name is Larissa Kehne.  I'm a rising junior on the rowing team here at F&M.  I'm also really into nature and ecological conservation.  Some things I enjoy include: writing, cross-country skiing, running barefoot, Monty Python, and talking about the big questions in life.  I'm CPR certified and have hiked the VT Long Trail and other shorter multi-day treks.  Though I never partook in FOOT as a freshman at F&M, I have heard only the best of this experience from FOOT veteran classmates.  So get psyched because this adventure is sure to be epic and bond-forming to the max.  I can't wait to meet you all!
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James Nelson, '17, FOOT Trip Leader

Major: Undeclared (Potential Government and Public Policy joint major)

Hometown: Austin, Tx

College House Affiliation: Ware

Year: Sophomore

Favorite Place Hiked: Barton Creek Greenbelt

Favorite outdoor meal: Breakfast Tacos

Hi, I am a rising sophomore from Austin, Texas. Most of my past hiking experience has been in the Texas Hill Country on day trips outside of the FOOT program last year, which I was one of the incoming freshmen. I'm a member of the F&M rowing team along with Sam Alter. Things I enjoy: rowing, being outside, bicycling, eating (mostly Tex Mex and Comfort food), sleeping, and Winters with an average high of 60º. I look forward to meeting all of y'all incoming freshmen while we are on the trail.
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Luke Bengel '17, FOOT Trip Leader

Major: Joint Business and German

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

College House Affiliation: Brooks

Year: Sophomore

Favorite Place Hiked: Sunfish Pond Trail

Favorite Outdoor Meal: Nutella on a tortilla

Hey FOOTers! My name is Luke Bengel and I am from Baltimore, MD. I am a member of the Baseball team here at F&M and am also an aspiring Joint German and Business Major. My hiking experience mostly comes from day hikes I have been on with my Dad on our family vacations, but I was also a FOOT participant last year. It was a great experience and I know you will all have a blast! I look forward to our time on the trail together!

George Ketterer '17, FOOT Leader

Major: Undeclared (But likely Business or Government)

Hometown: Rumson, NJ

College House Affiliation: Weis

Year: Sophomore

Favorite place hiked: Patagonia, Chile

Favorite outdoor meal: Pasta

Hey Guys, my name is George Ketterer and I am from Rumson, NJ. I was a Spring Op Freshman at F and M this year so I didn't get the opportunity to participate in FOOT but look forward to experiencing it for the first time with you all this summer. I am involved with the Debate and Model UN teams and enjoy skiing, fly fishing, hiking and kayaking. I am looking forward to meeting you all come late August! Have a great summer!