Becki Battista is a Professor, PhD, Growth and Motor Development, Graduate Faculty, Director, Office of Student Research at Appalachian State University. She has built her career around getting people physically active. Her love of being active started as a kid playing youth sports and continued as she lived in various places around the east coast, west and midwest. The love of being active led to her to try numerous sports including playing field hockey and lacrosse, running, rowing, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming and horseback riding. While she has run half-marathons, marathons, competed in rowing races, and triathlons, her favorite place to be is out running on the local mountain trails.
Joy is a Professor of Recreation Management at Appalachian State University. Joy has spent most of her career and free time getting people outdoors! She has worked as a National Park Ranger in the southwest, been a sea kayak guide on Lake Superior and worked in outdoor education teaching youth about science. She enjoys camping, hiking, biking and paddling. The top 4 hikes she has completed include: 9 miles of the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska, Carrick Creek Trail in Table Rock State Park, South Carolina, Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon National Park!
Melissa grew up in rural Indiana, spending her childhood outside exploring where she developed a deep love for the outdoors. Her favorite activities include mountain biking, hiking, trail running, paddling, horseback riding, and traveling. These experiences shaped her career trajectory to work towards protecting shared outdoor recreation spaces through her professional career as well as volunteering with local organizations to introduce others. You can find her most weekends adventuring by bike in the backcountry of Western North Carolina.