Meet Our Staff

Curt Howell

Curt Howell

Associate Director for Campus Recreation and Wellness

Curt received his bachelor of arts in theology from Hardin-Simmons University and holds a master's degree in educational psychology from Texas Tech University. Since 2004, he has worked with people of all ages in the fields of outdoor recreation and education. He was the Assistant Director for the Texas Tech University Outdoor Pursuits Center for 6 years prior to coming to Adams to oversee Adventure Programs in 2013. In the Spring of 2015, Curt became the director of Campus Recreation and Wellness.

Curt also oversees the university's Adventure Leadership and Programming minor and is working to develop a major in Environmental Leadership. He teaches leadership, rock and ice climbing, backpacking, and mountaineering courses. Curt has been a certified Single Pitch Instructor and is a Licensed Climbing Wall Instructor Program Provider for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). He served a 3 year term on the board of directors for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) and has provided board governance and management consulting to a variety of departments and non-profits. He now serves on the board of directors for the San Luis Valley Great Outdoors.

With ten years of service in higher education, Curt finds that much of his motivation still lies in participation in a student's rise to their unique challenges. If you ask some of his adventure leadership students about his style, you might hear them say something about struggle and failure and the Tao. While that may be true, his belief about leadership is summed up in a paraphrase of the Jewish Philosopher Martin Buber; the mark of true leadership is not found in what one says or does but in what becomes of those whom he leads.


Being Outside, Backyard hikes, Brewing Beer, Bike Riding, Boating, Belaying, Existential Philosophy, Woodworking, Coffee, and Martin Buber.

Brian Puccerella

Brian Puccerella, M.A.

Coordinator for Adventure Leadership and Programs

Brian received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Texas Tech University before going on to receive his master’s degree in Sport Management with an emphasis in Adventure Education from the University of Alabama. He has worked in the field of Outdoor Education and Recreation for over 5 years now, working as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama before coming to Adams State University.

Here at Adams, Brian oversees the adventure program and works with students to build a program culture of integrity and quality. In addition, he helps to coordinate and teach for the Adventure Leadership & Programming minor through the Human Performance & Physical Education department. He is a certified Climbing Wall Instructor and Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association and brings experience to Adams from a variety of outdoor disciplines & venues ranging from kayaking in Patagonia, mountain biking the Great Divide, to working as a raft guide in Denali National Park, Alaska. Brian is active in the community to develop recreation in Alamosa, and contributes where he can to improve the student experience at Adams State.


Jessica Chacon

Assistant Coordinator for Fitness and Wellness

Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Management, from Colorado Mesa University in 2011. Jessica is currently in her last year of Graduate School here at ASU to receive her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Three years prior to returning to Adams State where she attended for part of her undergrad, she worked as an Incident Report Writer for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and was a Supervisor for the Incident Report Writers at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Here at Adams, Jessica coordinates fitness and wellness events, programs group fitness classes and works with group fitness instructors to ensure we are meeting the fitness goals of our students. In addition, Jessica has studied Yoga in Indonesia and Costa Rica to become a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and teaches various Yoga classes here on campus and in the San Luis Valley. Jessica aspires to build a culture of wellness for the students and community of Adams State through teaching them the various ways to stay connected and fit mentally, physically and spiritually.

Jessica resides in Alamosa with her daughter and can be found exploring the beautiful Valley terrain in the Summer and on the slopes snowboarding in the Winter.