When Todd moved to Portland, he spent the first four years as a professional kayaker and outdoor retail store manager. In 2002, he was hired as PSU's first Outdoor Program Coordinator and was able to capitalize on fifteen years of working in the outdoor industry, as well as recreation experience from four other university outdoor programs. Todd coordinated the award-winning Outdoor Program for five years before being promoted to Associate Director of Operations and Student Development. In this position, he sees his role as creating a facility that is inviting, accessible, safe, and functional. He has found this to be a rewarding challenge.
Todd has a bachelor's degree in Commercial Recreation from Illinois State University, where he also worked as a Student Manager in the Outdoor Program. His Master of Education degree in Recreation Resource Administration is from Southern Illinois University. He lives in Northeast Portland with his wife Laura and their dog Tilly. Although he has essentially swapped his kayak for a bike, raft, and telemark skis, he enjoys any outdoor activity that takes him (and the family) on a new and exciting adventure.