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Greg Nejmanowski

Graduate Assistant - Veteran Adventures Coordinator
Phone: 618/453-1121
Email: nemooutdoors@gmail.com

Greg NejmanowskiFrom an early age, Greg was drawn to the outdoors through Scouting, where he achieved Scouting's highest award of rank - Eagle. He's an SIU alumnus, Touch of Nature graduate assistant and Veteran Adventures coordinator. Currently he's working on a MS degree at SIU in Outdoor Recreation with interests in knowing how recreation and leisure experiences can enhance people's quality of life.

Greg is a certified Wilderness First Responder, Interpretive Guide, and American Canoe Association Instructor. Connecting with people in the outdoors is what Greg truly enjoys the most. Building relationships with individuals about nature, while immersed in nature is where his passion and life's objectives are rooted. His motto is, "Stay true to self. Stay close to nature. Be your REAL, WILD self."


Erik Oberg

Program Coordinator - Underway Adventures Program
Phone: 618/453-3945
Email: eriko@siu.edu

Erik ObergErik received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Illinois in 1993 and Master of Science in Recreation Administration in 2013. For over ten years, he has taught or worked with youth in a variety of settings, including public schools, wilderness programs, boot camps, special education classes and alternative schools.

Since 2001, Erik has served Touch of Nature by providing adventure and experiential education programs for Underway Adventures. Erik is an avid outdoorsman, Wilderness First Responder and Search and Rescue-Tech II. He enjoys hiking, climbing, travel, basketball, reading and family time.


Jordan Mays

Graduate Assistant - Underway Adventures Program
Phone: 618/453-3949
Email: jordanmays.ton91@gmail.com

Jordan MaysJordan has a strong connection to the natural world. He loves connecting people to nature and teaching them how to do so responsibly. His passions include music, hiking, camping, climbing, biking and paddling to name a few. After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 2019, he started graduate school at SIU Carbondale. He is currently working on a MS of Recreation.

Jordan displays a strong interest in conservation and ensuring that our lands are preserved for generations to come. His certifications include Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Master Educator.


Cassandra Mays

Graduate Assistant - Underway Adventures Program
Phone: 618/453-3949
Email: cassandra.roy@siu.edu

Cassie MaysCassandra Mays is a Graduate Assistant with Touch of Nature Environmental Center where she has worked since 2014. An alumna of Western Illinois University, she is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation at SIU. She is passionate about teaching outdoor education and adventure education while implementing Leave No Trace ethics. Cassandra is an avid outdoors woman and is a Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor, and American Canoe Association Instructor. When not working or exploring the outdoors, Cassandra loves to travel with her husband, go see live music, and read as many books as she can.