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BOLD Fellow Alumni

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Fuqua School of Business, 

Class of 2019

BOLD Co-President, 2018-19

BOLD Associate Fellow, 2017-18

BRAD

DAVIS

  • BOLD Trip: Huemul Circuit, Argentina (2018) and Cotopaxi, Ecuador (2019)

  • Hometown: Bedford, MA

  • Bucket List Trip: Trans-continental Bicycle Trip

  • Spirit Animal: Lemur

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Patagonia Nano-puff. Simply put, I never leave home without this jacket. It’s always the right amount of warm, and it easily fits in any pack I’m carrying.

  • Quote:  “Seek out the places in nature which make you realize just how small your problems really are.” - Anonymous

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Fuqua School of Business, 

Class of 2019

BOLD Co-President, 2018-19

BOLD Associate Fellow, 2017-18

CAROLINA 

PARDO

  • BOLD Trip: Patagonia, Chile (2018) and Cotopaxi, Ecuador (2019)

  • Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

  • Bucket List Trip: Tour du Mont Blanc

  • Spirit Animal: Tree Frog

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Headlamp

  • Quote: "Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one" - Voltaire

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PhD Student, Department of Political Science

BOLD Fellow, 2018-19

BOLD Fellow, 2017-18

BOLD Participant, 2016-17

BRIAN

SPISIAK

  • BOLD Trip: Chile & Bolivia (2017), Nevado del Tolima, Columbia (2018) and Huemul Circuit, Argentina (2019)

  • Hometown: Elmhurst, IL

  • Bucket List Trip: Pacific Crest Trail (USA), Alta Via 1 (Italy)

  • Spirit Animal: Ocelot

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: I carry a Nalgene Bottle with me just about everywhere. It can double as a lantern, roller, or hammer in a pinch!

  • Quote: "Beloved Pan and all ye other gods of this place: grant that I become beautiful within, and that my worldly possessions be in accord with my inner self. May I consider the wise man rich, and may I have only as much gold as what the moderate man can carry and use." — Socrates's final prayer in Plato's Phaedrus

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Fuqua School of Business,

Class of 2018

BOLD Co-President, 2017-18

BOLD Associate Fellow, 2016-17

REECE

CHANDLER

  • BOLD Trip: Cayambe, Ecuador (2017) and Huemul Circuit, Argentina (2018)

  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

  • Bucket List Trip: Annapurna Circuit and AT

  • Spirit Animal: A Durham Bull

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Jetboil. I can get a little hangry at the end of a long day and the Jetboil materially speeds up the food prep process. 

  • Quote: Exploration is in our nature. We humans began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still." - Carl Sagan

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Fuqua School of Business,

Class of 2018

BOLD Fellow, 2017-18

BOLD Participant, 2016-17

JOHNNY

KRUCHOSKI

  • BOLD Trip: Nevados del Tolima, Colombia

  • Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

  • Bucket List Trip: Bicycle the Silk Road from Istanbul to Hong Kong

  • Spirit Animal: Otter - mischievous and playful

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Sea to Summit silk liner - perfect for warm nights or to add extra warmth to your sleeping bag. 

  • Quote: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss 

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Fuqua School of Business,

Class of 2018

BOLD Fellow, 2017-18

BOLD Associate Fellow, 2016-17

EMILY

MASON

  • BOLD Trip: Chile & Bolivia (2017) and Huemul Circuit, Argentina (2018)

  • Hometown: South Salem, NY

  • Bucket List Trip: My list is long BUT at the top you will find 1) Annapurna Circuit 2) Son Doong Caves 3) Haute Route Ski Touring from Chamonix to Zermatt

  • Spirit Animal: Dolphin

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: I always have a bandana on me. It may not be the most sophisticated piece of gear, but it has saved me when coffee filters run out, wounds need to be dressed, faces need to be covered, things need to be tied and the list goes on!

  • Quote: "On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeu." - Le Petit Prince, Saint-Exupery 

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Environment PhD Program, Nicholas School of the Environment

BOLD Fellow, 2018-19

BOLD Participant 2016-17

ASSAAD

MRAD

  • BOLD Trip: Chile & Bolivia (2017) and Cayambe, Ecuador (2019) 

  • Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon

  • Bucket List Trip: Patagonia

  • Spirit Animal: Mountain goat

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Ex-officia non-wicking boxers 

  • Quote: "It ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." - Rocky Balboa

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Fuqua School of Business, 

Class of 2019

BOLD Fellow, 2018-19

BOLD Associate Fellow, 2017-18

JULIE

SMITH

  • BOLD Trip: Huemul Circuit, Argentina (2018) and Cotopaxi, Ecuador (2019) 

  • Hometown: Dallas, TX

  • Bucket List Trip: Everest Base Camp

  • Spirit Animal: Koala Bear

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody 

  • Quote: "To scorn all strife, and to view all life
    With the curious eyes of a child;
    From the plangent sea to the prairie,
    From the slum to the heart of the Wild.
    From the red-rimmed star to the speck of sand,
    From the vast to the greatly small;
    For I know that the whole for good is planned,
    And I want to see it all." - Robert Service

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Fuqua School of Business, 

Class of 2019

BOLD Fellow, 2018-19

BOLD Participant, 2017-18

ALEX “ZEN” SZERSZEN

  • BOLD Trip: Nevado del Tolima, Columbia (2018) and Huemul Circuit, Argentina (2019)

  • Hometown: East Rutherford, NJ

  • Bucket List Trip: Pacific Crest Trail

  • Spirit Animal: Platypus – awkward, but fiesty

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Black Diamond Headlamp

  • Quote: “It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” - Cheryl Strayed

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Environment PhD Program, Nicholas School of the Environment

BOLD Co-President, 2017-18

BOLD Co-President, 2016-17

BOLD Fellow, 2015-16

BOLD Associate Fellow, 2014-15

JORDAN

KOZAL

  • BOLD Trip: Cotopaxi, Ecuador (2015), Huemul Circuit, Argentina (2016) and Patagonia, Chile (2018)

  • Hometown: Guilford, CT 

  • Bucket List Trip: Scuba diving in Fiji and backpacking through Patagonia

  • Spirit Animal: Great White Shark 

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Patagonia down jacket - I wear it almost everyday!

  • Quote: "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." - John Muir

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Fuqua School of Business,

Class of 2018

BOLD Fellow, 2017-18

BOLD Associate Fellow, 2016-17

PATTY

LUBEK

  • BOLD Trip: The Wapta Traverse, Banff, Canada (2017) and Huemul Circuit, Argentina (2018)

  • Hometown: Annapolis, MD

  • Bucket List Trip: Sailing and ski-touring in the Lyngen Fjords, Norway and Annapurna Circuit, Nepal 

  • Spirit Animal: Dolphin - loyal to their pack, fun-loving and curious!

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Arc'teryx Atom LT Insulated Hoodie layered under a Patagonia Leashless shell- my go-tos because of their versatility!

  • Quote: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
    "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
    "I don't much care where -" 
    "Then it doesn't matter which way you go."
    - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland 

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Fuqua School of Business, 

Class of 2018

BOLD Fellow, 2017-18

BOLD Participant, 2016-17

DAN

TAYLOR

  • BOLD Trip: Cayambe, Ecuador (2017) and Patagonia, Chile (2018)

  • Hometown: Chatham, MA

  • Bucket List Trip: New Zealand and Alaska

  • Spirit Animal: Golden Retriever

  • Favorite Piece of Gear: Sunscreen

  • Quote: "Know thyself" - Zen Dedekind, Plato