Meet the AIL Staff

Student Coordinator

  Michelle Stocker

Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL
Favorite part of AIL: The view from the hike, camping along the New River, and the friends I've made along the way.
Favorite AIL memory: Our raft guide falling out of the raft in the middle of a rapid, and successfully getting through it without her!
Do not forget : A sense of adventure, an open mind, and a towel!
Bio: I'm a rising junior at Elon, born and raised in South Florida. I am a psychology major with a neuroscience minor, and looking to add a leadership and mathematics minor.  Some of the things I love are traveling, going to the beach, camping, hiking, sports, and pretty much anything else outdoors. I went on Adventures as both a participant my first year and as a facilitator last year, and I loved it so much I wanted to be a part of it for a third time! Be prepared to go outside your comfort zone, meet amazing people, and create memories that you'll never forget. We have a great trip planned for y'all, and it will definitely be one of the best trips of your summer!

Student Facilitators

Ben Bridges

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Favorite part of AIL: The times in between activities when my small group got to sit around and bond with each other.
Favorite AIL memory: Making it to the top during rock climbing. It was a physical and mental challenge, but having my friends cheering me on really helped out!
What not to forget: Plastic bags for your smelly wet clothes and some positive energy!
Bio: Currently, I’m undecided for my major, but I’m leaning towards either Psychology, Anthropology, or Art.  My favorite parts about the outdoors are the times where I can relax, so I love camping, hammocking, and sitting around a fire.  AIL is fantastic because it balances this chill time with insanely fun activities like whitewater rafting and rock climbing.  Be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone in all senses: physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally.  This trip is a great opportunity to get to know yourself and others as you prepare to make the big transition to college.  It was definitely the highlight of my summer and it will hopefully be yours, too!

Abbie Dalton

Hometown: Warrenton, VA
Favorite part of AIL: Rock climbing in West Virginia and getting to know all the other AIL participants over the course of the week.
Favorite Memory: Camping on the New River. This was when I really bonded with the people on the trip and we became so much closer as a unit.
Do Not Forget: A flashlight, and more importantly, a smile. Also, a waterproof camera, rafting on the New River is so fun and you are going to want to capture it all in pictures.
Bio: I am a rising sophomore and I plan on majoring in business with minors in psychology & leadership studies. In my free time I enjoy scuba diving, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and swimming.  AIL is one of the greatest experiences that I have had at Elon. You make incredible friends that you carry with you coming into your first year at Elon, which makes a big difference in your adjustment to college life. If I had one piece of advice to Elon freshman, it would be to go on this trip. It will change your life. Get ready for the best week of your summer.

Ryan Gill

Hometown: Springfield, VA
Favorite part of AIL: Rock Climbing and just about any view on the trip.
Favorite memory: Laughing and talking with my group as best friends after only a few days.
Do not forget: A raincoat and a towel!
Bio: I’m a rising sophomore at Elon and plan on majoring in Economics. I love just about any activity that involves the outdoors. I grew up in a military family, which has allowed me to travel the world and live in Germany for four years. I played baseball, tennis, rowed crew and ran track in high school. AIL was one of the best experiences of my life, and the friends I made are still some of my best friends at Elon. I promise that if you go on this trip you’ll have the time of your life.
 

Colin Langham


Hometown: Cumming, GA
Favorite part of AIL: Meeting everyone and white water rafting
Favorite Memory: Camping out on the river
Do not forget: Bug spray and a great music playlist for van rides
Bio: I am a rising sophomore at Elon and am majoring in Strategic Communications with an emphasis on Advertising and minoring in Psychology and Statistics. I am an Army “Brat” and have lived all over the United States, but mostly raised in Georgia. My AIL experience was so much fun and that is the reason I wanted to become a facilitator, so that others can have the same experience I did. I am very excited to meet all the incoming first-year students and am looking forward to having a great time with everyone on AIL!!

 

Alex McLellan

Hometown: Woodbury, CT
Favorite part of AIL: White water rafting and getting to know my group so well.
Favorite memory: Having to eat a slice of pie with out my hands because we lost our team's mascot.
Don't forget: Raincoat, some good looking water-shoes, and a positive attitude to try something new!
Bio: I am a rising sophomore and I plan to either go pre-vet or major in environmental science. I am a spring admitted student and during my first semester I travelled throughout Central America for three months. I love playing and watching baseball and I also love to scuba dive. The trip last summer was my favorite week in the whole summer and I can't wait to be a part of Adventures in Leadership this summer as well.

Claire Rayburn

 

Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Favorite Part of Trip: Learning to rock climb and meeting amazing people!
Favorite Memory: Singing and laughing the entire car ride home from West Virginia with my awesome group
What not to Forget: Bug spray and midnight snacks
Bio: I am currently a Human Services major with a minor in French. I play tennis, do yoga, and looove ice cream. Having fun experiences in the outdoors, like hiking and rafting, is my absolute favorite pastime. I had such an amazing time at AIL and loved having a close group of friend’s right when I got to Elon. Get ready for the best week of your summer!

 

 

Kristen McGee

Hometown: San Marino, California
Favorite part of AIL: Building strong friendships with fellow participants and white water rafting.
Favorite Memory: Camping along the new river and playing rafting games while floating down the rapids.
Do not forget: A pillow, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Bio: I am a student majoring in Business and Marketing with an undecided minor. I love being outdoors, swimming, and playing as well as watching sports.  AIL is the perfect opportunity to meet people, challenge yourself, and learn valuable leadership skills before starting your college career at Elon. My experience on AIL allowed me to form strong bonds with people who are some of best friends to this day. I am so excited to meet all of the new participants this summer!

 

Caila Yates

Hometown: Greenville, SC
Favorite part of AIL:  Getting to know other AIL participants really well while camping by the New River.
Favorite memory: Singing and playing games in the van on the way back to Elon after the trip.
Do not forget: A rain jacket and a backpack.
Bio:  I am currently majoring in public health with a minor in digital art.  I spend a lot of my weekends in the mountains hiking or rock climbing.  I love stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things, so I hope to travel a lot in the future.  I ran track and played tennis in high school.  AIL was the best week of my summer last year because I made a lot of lasting relationships that made coming to college a lot easier.  Get ready to challenge yourselves and have the adventure of a lifetime!