Erik Silvius is Senior Director of H. E. Butt Foundation Outdoor School, working directly with schools coming to the canyon through outdoor education retreats and supporting adventure recreation for all Foundation programs. Erik completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Texas Lutheran University and earned his Master of Science degree from Texas State University.
Before coming to the H. E. Butt Foundation to begin the Outdoor Education Program, Erik spent 13 years teaching in Texas public schools. He spent 3 years with the Austin Independent School District and 10 years in the Seguin Independent School District. Erik taught Special Education, Physical Education, and Outdoor Education. He spent all 10 years in Seguin working closely with the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center to provide experiential learning opportunities for the young people of Guadalupe County. Erik has been an active member of Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD) since 2003, and currently serves on the board as Vice- President of the Recreation Division. He is a long-time member and presenter with The Texas Outdoor Education Association, and came to the Frio Canyon for the first time attending TOEA’s annual workshop. Erik earned TAHPERD’s Recreation Professional of the Year Award and TOEA’s Outstanding Program Award during his years in public schools.
Erik, his wife Liz, and their two boys (Lukas and Simon) enjoy the hill county life in Kerrville, TX.
The Foundation and its programs have been a huge part of Myles’ life and his family’s life for generations. His great aunt was a camper in the ’60s as well as his grandma. Myles’ mom used to go to camp for a month out of every summer when she was in high school. His aunt worked as a counselor and then as a Canyon Club Director. Myles and his brother were both campers at Singing Hills and Echo Valley and worked as staff. His sister was not a camper but she was on Work Crew two summers ago and loved it. Myles and his family have been greatly influenced by the H. E. Butt Foundation, whether it was as a camper at LLYC and LLFC, or as being part of the staff.
Myles feels his life has been driven forward in his relationship with Jesus because of the Foundation and all of its efforts. Myles shared the following: “I am beyond excited and anticipatory of all that I will do this year, and all that I will learn. I could not ask for a more divinely gifted and promising place to be a part of.”
Outdoor School is excited to have Myles on the team. Myles brings with him an infectious excitement, and has demonstrated over the last couple years a deep commitment to service. Myles confirmed his abilities by creating great experiences for kids as one of the Canyon Club Directors Summer 2017.
Tasha grew up in Moulton, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences with an emphasis in Youth Development. In college, Tasha was heavily involved in YoungLife Ministries, and worked with junior high students in Bryan, Texas. She worked as a counselor for Echo Valley in 2014. The following two summers, Tasha was a backpacking guide for Sky Ranch Ute Trail. This experience allowed Tasha to stay connected with her fellow Laity Lodgers because she got to lead the annual Outbound trip.
After graduation and her final summer as a Sky Ranch guide, Tasha worked as an outdoor educator for the Houston Outdoor Education Center in Trinity, Texas. Her hobbies include running, reading, and climbing. Tasha expressed the following, “I’m excited for the opportunity to do the work I love in the place that I love, to help students experience the Canyon in new and exciting ways.
Tasha’s direct experience working within the Outdoor Ed field will bring tremendous impacts for the thousands of students Outdoor serves. Tasha’s relationships and experience with LLYC will also support our continued work across program lines.
Barrett is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University, with a degree in Recreation Park & Tourism Sciences.
He has spent twelve summers out in the Canyon, with seven of those summers working for the LLYC and LLFC programs.
Barrett shared the following statement, “I am incredibly excited to be working for the H. E. Butt Foundation and specifically for the Outdoor School program. I look forward to showing the beauty of the Canyon to the many school groups that we will be serving this coming year.”
Meagan recently graduated with a degree in Biology from Baylor University. Sic Em Bears!
She has worked with Outdoor Adventure at Baylor for the last four years and is stoked for all the continuing adventure to come in the Canyon.
Meagan enjoys spending time outdoors, mountain biking, kayaking, reading and drinking a good cup of coffee. She has also been a YoungLife leader for the last three years and looks forward to the spiritual development and ministry that this intern year will bring.