Board profile

Eric BEric Barnard

Eric Barnard has been working in the outdoor education field for over 14 years. Eric is an avid climber with ascents of multiple big wall routes in places such as Zion and Yosemite National Parks as well as multiple first ascents of alpine climbs in Idaho and Montana. He holds an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Education and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. He is an Indoor and Outdoor Course Provider for the PCIA and also a lead instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS.


RyanRyan Carlson

After earning his B.S in Outdoor Education, Ryan served seven years as the Director of Wilderness Ministry for Ohio Wesleyan University and the Coalition for Christian Outreach. In addition to steep mountain adventures all over the world Ryan has led expeditions in the Wind River Range, Joshua Tree, the White Mountains, Florida Everglades and Wyoming’s Absorka Range. He is a Certifying Instructor for the Wilderness Education Association and Master Educator with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.


Jen Hopper

Jen has been the Manager of UC Riverside's Outdoor Excursions program since 2000. She spends her time in many areas of the program: obtaining permits and reservations, planning and teaching the curriculum of the Leader Development Program, working with departments and individuals on specialized trips, and researching new and exciting locations for pre-scheduled outdoor adventures.


Josh Norris points the wayJosh Norris

Josh Norris is the Director for the Adventure Leadership Institute at Oregon State University. He has worked for four universities and seven commercial outfitters, and founded his own commercial guide service with operations throughout the United States and Mexico. He was instrumental in the creation and establishment of a multifaceted university outdoor education and recreation program at the University of Mississippi, which included the inception of an academic minor and extensive course offerings.


Will Friday

Will Friday is the Associate Director of Outdoor Link and Program Director for On Belay / LET's (Let's Erase the Stigma, and non profit education foundation dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues with teens). He is a  course provider for PCIA's CWI, CWI Provider and in training for the PCIA outdoor program provider pool. Will is an avid climber, surfer, kayaker and telemark skier. The Sierra Nevada, Joshua Tree and the Santa Monica mountains are favorite climbing areas. Will also participates in risk management, accreditation and program reviews for outdoor education programs in southern California.

Todd Vogel Todd Vogel

Todd Vogel is a mountain guide and outdoor instructor from California's Eastern Sierra. He owns Outdoor Link, llc, a respected outdoor education firm, Sierra Mountain Center, and is co-owner of Wilson's Eastside Sports, a mountain sports retailer, in Bishop, CA. He is an AMGA certified rock and alpine guide and has been a ski guide for over twenty five years. He was one of the developers of the AMGA's Top Rope Site Manager program - a predecessor to the PCIA outdoor program -  and works extensively in the institutional climbing field. Lately he has discovered a love of ultra distance running.

Dr. Andy Fields

Dr. Andy Fields joined the Board of Directors in September 2010 and currently serves as the Vice President of the PCIA as well as the Indoor Course Provider Liaison. He is a provider for both the indoor and outdoor certifications. Dr. Fields has been teaching climbing courses since 1998 and has supported the PCIA since inception.


Jon Tierney

Jon Tierney is an internationally certified IFMGA mountain guide and serves as the Educational Director of the PCIA. Jon began climbing in the mid 70's in central NH. With a passion for rock, ice and mountaineering his accomplishments as a climber and guide include multiple high altitude peaks, first ascents on rock and ice, and hundreds of multi-pitch rock and alpine routes worldwide. Jon started his outdoor career as a naturalist and interpreter for the National Park Service and then became involved in outdoor education working with universities, youth-at-risk programs, and Outward Bound. In 1984 he co-founded the University of Maine outdoor program which he directed until 2001.