The staff at Quest consist of a diverse group of students, faculty, volunteers from the community, and professionals who come from throughout the United States. Most of our staff began their involvement with Quest through participation in a local course or an extended trip. Staff members bring a great variety of skills to Quest, ranging from experts in many of the hard skills, such as rock climbing, kayaking, etc. to interpersonal skills and facilitators of groups. Quest provides a comprehensive apprentice program to pass on the valuable skills of every instructor.
Brianne Oehmke – Director of Quest
NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness Guide, Rock Climbing Lead Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, Utah River Guide
Brianne’s passion for the outdoor began here at Quest in 2005 as a first-year in the program. Along her path, she combined her passions of experiential education and teaching through Outward Bound, Second Nature, and Yellow Breeches to help folks move beyond their self-imposed limitations. Brianne has come full circle and returned to Quest working directly with the students at Bloomsburg University.
Brianne enjoys taking advantage of the outdoors as much as possible. She summited a multitude of mountains including the Catskills, Adirondacks, Mt Hood, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Whitney. She rowed the Grand Canyon in Fall of 2014 and continues to push the limits. She completed an Ironman in 2019.
Tyler Heidlauf – Office Assistant
Tyler’s passion for the outdoors started at a young age through camping, hiking, kayaking and sports, but it began to develop even more during his time at Bloomsburg University as an undergrad. From his commitment to a BU organization and through a very close friend he started spending even more time in the wilderness. Now as a staff member in the BU Quest office, Tyler is looking forward to using his skills and passion for the outdoors to a whole new level.
Graduating in 2015 from Bloomsburg University, he received a bachelor’s degree in Photography and Digital Arts. After graduation Tyler spent his time focused on developing his skill level in photography, tried out for a semi pro soccer team and became a high school/middle school and club soccer coach. In 2016, Tyler was invited to play semi-pro soccer for the City Islanders until he had a career ending injury that impeded his ability to play competitive soccer. Tyler has continued kayaking, camping and hiking and is now volunteering his time for youth sports programs in the Bloomsburg area.
And most importantly, the rest of the crew…
Quest has an amazing group of instructors and facilitators who work for them as well. Our trips would not be possible without their skills, dedication, and passion for the outdoors.