Hoofer Council

Hoofers Council is composed of the Council President, four Vice Presidents, five Officers, and each of the six Club Presidents. Together, these individuals help make Hoofers the coolest club on campus!

Council President

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Sam Hagedorn

Hello! My name is Sam Hagedorn and I am this years Hoofer Council President. I am entering my fifth-year majoring in geography. I spend a lot of time in the Hoofer offices, so come by and say hi if you want! When I'm not at the union, you can find me running, biking, and swimming around Madison. I am so excited to get to work with so many amazing Hoofer leaders and I can't wait to see what next year has in store!


Vice President - Administration

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Nicole Mitchell

Hi! I'm Nicole Mitchell, the VP Administration and a senior majoring in chemical engineering. I am so stoked to get outside to climb, backpack, and mountain bike as much as possible during my last year in Madison! This summer, I have a biopharmaceuticals operations internship in Irvine, California and I plan to spend my free time sending, surfing, biking, and hiking.


Vice President - Finance

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Mara Bunderson

Hi! My name is Mara Bunderson and I’ll be a junior studying accounting. Fittingly, I’m this years VP Finance! Something that I’m looking forward to this year is getting to explore all 6 of the Hoofer clubs, and meeting new people. This summer I’ll be working a lot, and leasing a horse!


Vice President - Information Systems

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Mason Maeder

Hello Hoofers! I'm Mason, the VP of Information Systems for the 2023-24 cycle. I'm a sophomore in computer science here at UW-Madison. I've been a member of Ski and Snowboard since I started at UW, and I'm excited to be able to explore the other clubs and lead Hoofers! I love skiing, curling, and traveling. I'm always down to try out new outdoor activities!


Vice President - Diversity and Inclusion

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Elizabeth Ng

Hi! My name’s Elizabeth Ng and I will be your 2023-2024 VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I’m a first year Master’s student studying wildlife ecology. My research focuses on conserving Spotted Owls in the Sierra Nevada and understanding their relationship with fire. I love backpacking, birdwatching, and canoeing. Given my love for the outdoors, I’m passionate about making outdoors spaces accessible and welcoming to all. Please reach out to get involved - hope to see you around!


Vice President - Marketing

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Keira Obert

Hey everybody! I’m Keira and I’m your new VP of Marketing! I am a rising senior studying wildlife ecology and photography. I’m excited to be VP of Marketing because I’m excited to spread the word that Hoofers are the best clubs on campus! I will be in northern Minnesota guiding canoe and backpacking trips this summer, but I can’t wait to be back in Madison in the fall!


Officer - Alumni Outreach

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Kailey Felch

Hey everyone!! my name is Kailey and I am the Officer of Alumni Outreach for the 2023-2024 school year! I am going to be a senior and I am majoring in Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies. I am so excited to connect students with amazing hoofer alum! This summer I am doing trail work on the Oregon portion of the Pacific Crest Trail!


Officer - Education and Risk Management

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Lily Mass

Howdy! My name is Lily Mass, and I am this year's Officer of Education and Risk Management. This will be my super senior year and I've spent my time studying Civil Engineering, as well as pursuing certificates in Sustainability, Studio Art—3D forms, and Leadership. As much as I love Madison, I'm excited to be in the Northwoods supporting a bunch of leaders go out on trips at Camp Manitowish. (I’m specifically excited for so many afternoons swimming as a break and paddling whenever I get a chance!) I'm super excited to work with everyone to have the most educated and risk-managed year so far!


Officer - Programs


Joseph Schwitter


Club President - Mountaineering

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Claire Johnson

Hi all! My name is Claire Johnson (she/her) and I’m beyond stoked to be returning as the Hoofer Mountaineering President this year! I’m wrapping up my last year studying Communication Arts with an emphasis in Digital Cinema Productions with certificates in Environmental Studies and Leadership. This summer, I’m based out of the Twin Cities where I’ll be working at REI, interning with a local running store, and getting outside to climb, mountain bike, and camp whenever I can!! This organization has had a profound impact on my time at here at UW-Madison and I’m psyched to introduce folks to the wonders of Hoofers and the greater climbing community!


Club President - Outing

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Molly O'Connor

Hey y’all, my name is Molly and I am the Outing Club President. I am going to be a senior and I am majoring in Psychology. I am so excited to help plan and see all the adventures that the Outing Club gets up to next year! This summer I will be working as a backpacking guide in North Cascades National Park.


Club President - Riding

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Natalie Sander

Hi! My name is Natalie Sander and I will be the riding club president. I am a senior majoring in agriculture business management. I am super excited to take on this role and continue to improve the riding club while meeting new people and trying new things outdoors! This summer I will be pretty busy with a construction management internship at Findorff and trying to spend as much time as possible in the barn and getting outside with friends!


Club President (Commodore) - Sailing

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Catherine Gross

Ahoy! I am Catherine Gross, your Sailing Club Commodore for this year! I am studying Physics, Math, and Latin. After growing up sailing with my mother from as early as I can remember, I am beyond delighted to be able to take on a role where I can help share the love of the sport with so many people. Hoofer Sailing Club has been an influential part of so many lives (mine included!), and I am excited for the chance to play a bigger role in creating these opportunities for the community. If you ever see me around the docks, I hope you take a moment to come up and say hi!


Club President - Scuba

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David Sokol

Hey there! I'm David Sokol, this year's Hoofers Scuba President and a senior majoring in Biology. I've been enamored with marine life since childhood, starting my diving journey at age 10. Excited to foster a community that shares my passion, let's explore the underwater world together!


Club President - Ski and Snowboard

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Drew Gross

My name is Drew Gross and I am a rising Senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I am studying information and data science. I will be serving as President of the Ski and Snowboard club for the 2023-2024 school year and I could not be more excited about it! This summer I am heading home to Boston, MA to take part in an internship with CVS Health. I am looking forward to learning, being outside, hanging out with friends, and planning some of my first events as the new President of SNS!