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C-U Women Outdoors

Get to Know the Stories of these Amazing Local Women

Here at Champaign Outdoors, we are passionate about the local people in this community. However, we noticed that many stories of the "outdoors" are told from a male perspective. While those stories are valuable, we know many women who are experts in areas of the outdoors as well. So we gathered seventeen of them and asked them to share their stories.

We have representatives from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, demonstrating that women are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to all things outdoor sports, research, farming, and more. Get to know our experts and read more about their passion for the outdoors! 

Meet the Experts


Neena is a marathon runner with a goal to complete a race on all seven continents.

Marathon Runner

Neena Tripathy


Susie is a Kayak Fishing pro and is leading the way for more women to become involved in fishing sports.

Kayak Fishing

Susie Roloff

Ruth Nicole is a professor at the University of Illinois whose research focuses on black girlhood and their experiences outdoors.

Professor and Activist

Ruth Nicole Brown

Anna is a photographer who channels her creative talent through a unique, adventurous spirit in her photos.

Freelance Photographer

Anna Longworth

Michelle is a local on air personality who is proving that being active and getting outdoors can be fun and very rewarding.

Hiker & Runner

Michelle Ryan

Annette is a Research Architect for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who enjoys biking and sailing.


Annette Stumpf

Christel & Tricia are a mother-daughter duo who paddle for the Prairie Dragon Paddlers. Both are breast cancer survivors. 

Prairie Dragon Paddlers

Christel Seyfert & Tricia Whitecomb

Madison is a student at the University of Illinois who is passionate about bouldering and sport climbing.


Madison Penn

Jodi is a yoga instructor, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and photographer who is always seeking adventure outdoors.

Yoga Instructor

Jodi Adams

Jacquelyn is the Director of the Land Connection, a non-profit that focuses on healthy food, healthy farms, and healthy communities.

The Land Connection Director

Jacquelyn Evers


Kelsey is a Paralympic athlete who has competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Kelsey LeFevour


Alyssa is a competitive long distance runner who encourages all women to live a balanced life.

Long Distance Runner

Alyssa Hudson

Traci is the Director of Sola Gratia Farm and is a passionate food security advocate.

Sola Gratia Farms

Traci Barkley

Carmen is a Soil Scientist and Research Specialist at the University of Illinois with a passion for gardening and farming.

Soils Research Specialist

Carmen Ugarte

Amy is a community advocate and through volunteerism she works to increase awareness of disability issues.

Family and Community Advocate

Amy Armstrong

Jennifer Fraterrigo is an Associate Professor of Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology at the University of Illinois who enjoys exploring all the natural world has to offer.

Ecology Professor

Jennifer Fraterrigo