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RIVER RIDERS STAFF 2016!

 

Our guides separate us from the competition. With experience on world-class Whitewater Runs in North, Central, and South America, our staff leaders have the seasoned skills and know-how to provide you with the most enjoyable trip possible. The guides pride themselves on your positive experience. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources certifies all guides at River Riders.
With our new staff, we train on customer service skills, river ecology, wildlife, flora and fauna. In addition to learning how to skillfully maneuver river craft, new staff are trained in First Aid, Professional Rescuer CPR, and Basic Swift water Rescue.

Among our senior staff we have in house First Aid and CPR instructors, Swift water and Whitewater Rescue Technicians and Instructors, EMT's, and First Responders. Jefferson County Emergency Services calls River Riders to assist with all river related rescues in the Harpers Ferry area.

 

 

Our River Guides


 

Stacie Farmer
Hometown: Whidbey Island, WA
Position: Camp Director, River Guide
Hobbies/Interests:
What I like about working in this industry:

Jack "Dunno" Dorsey
Hometown: Millington, MD
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors -hiking,camping, kayaking, skiing.  Gourmet cooking. Harry Potter. Old School Nickelodeon.
What I like about working in this industry: All the different folks we get to meet, and saving the planet one raft at at time

Guest Reviews:  "Very knowledgable of the river and the history of the area, funny, engaging, and invovled the participants constantly. Jack was awesome. He tailored the rafting experience to our individual needs."
 

 

white water rafting Shenandoah River

Al Rubio AKA The Groovin' Cuban
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Raft Guide, Kayak Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Paddling whitewater, mountain biking, disc golf, hiking, backpacking, natural beauty, tinkering with computers, freelance web design, computer networks & network security, fresh juice
What I like about working in this industry: High Water! I get paid to meet new people and take them rafting. What's not to like?!?

Guest Reviews: "Rubio, he was the head guide of the whole group. Very, very wonderful guide!"

 

 

Harrison Hatcher
Hometown: Charles Town, WV
Position: Raft Guide, Shop Support Staff
Hobbies/Interests: guitar, piano, music, gaming, having a good time
What I like about working in this industry:
You get to go down a river all day, can't beat it.

 

Katie Beecher
Hometown: Concord, NC
Position: Raft Guide & Zipline Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Volleyball, slurpees, and all things outside
What I like about working in this industry: Everyday I get to be a part of challenging someone both physically and mentally. Working at River Riders has helped me to overcome all my fears of the outdoors so I'm just glad I get to be a part of doing that for others!

Adam "Malaysia" Kramer

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Hagerstown, MD
Position: Raft Guide & AP Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: Longboarding, playing guitar, cooking, (white water rafting (obviously!), wakeboarding, riding motorcycles, rock climbing, and speaking Spanish
What I like about working in this industry: I get to do something I love for fun and make others happy with it and I get to meet many different kinds of people - whats not to like?

Guest Reviews: "Adam is super nice, patient and provided great instruction and historical information."

 

 

Sarah "Master Scartron" Cartron

Hometown: Huntingtown, MD
Position: Raft Guide & Camp Director
Hobbies/Interests: All the activities
What I like about working in this industry: Every day is different

Kourtney "Giggle Box" Dailey

Hometown: Dundalk, MD
Position: Raft Guide & Camp Counselor
Hobbies/Interests: Rafting down different rivers, camping, biking, and basically doing anything outdoors.
What I like about working in this industry: I love meeting new people everyday and being able to work outdoors with all of the best kind of people.

Guest Reviews: "We were guided by Kourtney, who was fabulous! A very big shout out to her for not only being lead trip guide, but also for sharing so much of the river with us. She was very nice! By the way, she had very nice things to say about the management - unsolicited - which is always a good sign that the business is well run. When we return in August, We will seek her out as our guide again!"

 

 

Kaitlyn Unger

Hometown: Wincester, VA
Position: Raft Guide & Zipline Guide
Hobbies/Interests: art, gymnastics, animals, jewelry making, and doing things to step out of my comfort zone.
What I like about working in this industry: My coworkers and customers are totally AWESOME! I get to have fun for my daily job! I'm so happy I found this place!

Greg "Captain" Stofko

Hometown: Northern VA
Position: Raft Guide 
Hobbies/Interests: road-trips, Acacia fraternity, hiking, rafting & kayaking, playing hockey, firefighting & living life to the fullest
What I like about working in this industry: Being able to meet new people and enjoying life!

Guest Reviews: "Captain Greg was the best guide. Great history lessons and tons of fun! Highly recommended Highly recommended and will be requested on our next trip!"

 

 

Sean "Scotty P" Paine
Hometown: Kearneysville, WV
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Rafting, blogging, and anythign that catches my interest!
What I like about working in this industry: Working at River Riders is never dull or predictable. It's like no company I have ever worked for. 

 

 

Our Sales and Service Representatives

 

Mitchelle Mayfield
Hometown: Portland, OR/Charles Town, WV
Position: Sales and Service Representative
Hobbies/Interests: Singing and playing my ukulele while hula-hooping, knitting, my dog Pickles, and my church responsibilities.
What I like about working in this industry:I really like to meet new people and to help them book trips, but I have to say that what makes this job really great is all the wodnerful people I get to work with.  
Melanie Williams 
Hometown: Rainelle, WV
Position: Sales & Service Representative
Hobbies/Interests: Playing, writing, & recording music. I play Dungeons & Dragons every Tuesday night. I love snowboarding!! Also <3 belly dancing. 
What I like about working in this industry: My family use to camp and go flat water tubing every Summer. Booking & checking in families for summer trips makes me so happy! I loved these trips as a child and I am priviledged to do that for another family!

 
Molly Beck
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Sales & Service Representative
Hobbies/Interests: run, hike, cuddle with my dogs, clean, and listen to country music
What I like about working in this industry: I like that I get to be a part of such an exciting day for people, I love watching families come back from a trip and have a huge smile on their faces! And of course everyone I work with is awesome!

 
Cody Ash
Hometown: Berryville, VA
Position: Sales & Service Representative
Hobbies/Interests: Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Guitar, and Soccer
What I like about working in this industry: I like that we get to work in an industry that spreads positivity, as well as helps people get to experience the wonderful things in the area that we live in. 

 

Transportation Staff


 

Janet Nesslerodt
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position:  Transportation Director
Hobbies/Interests: My two boys, hiking, walking, biking, water activities, baking
What I like about working in this industry: My co-workers are awesome. I love dealing with nice people.
Debbie Kettells
Hometown:
Position: Bus Driver
Hobbies/Interests:
What I like about working in this industry:
Chris Berry
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Ast Driving Manager
Hobbies/Interests: fishing, golfing, sports, ect
What I like about working in this industry:
It's outside and a fun work environment

 

Zip Line Canopy Tour Staff

 

Ash Maia
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, Adventure, Music, anything that gets the blood pumping
What I like about working in this industry:
It fits me and allows me to live an active, healthy lifestyle with opportunities all over the globe. This is the world I want to be in.

Guest Reviews: "Ash was an excellent guide and made the whole trip fun and exciting."

 

 

Melissa Sherrill
Hometown: Charles Town, WV
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Flying through the trees, playing with cats & watching Netflix
What I like about working in this industry:
Each day is completely different from the rest and meeting tons of new people every day is awesome. Plus it beats sitting at a desk all day!

 

Shanan Plunkett
Hometown: Hagerstown, MD
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Playing softball and hanging out with friends
What I like about working in this industry:
I love the work environment and meeting new people!

 

Guest Reviews: "Shanan was awesome. Shanan was patient and was a professional at keeping me calm and making sure I enjoyed myself even with my fear as the tour got higher and higher. My group had my good friend in it and a family of five. They all kept us all engaged and laughing and we all became friends. I love meeting new people and I can honestly say River Riders is lucky to have Shanan as employees."

 

 

Dakota Slay-Vincent 
Hometown: Glen Burnie, MD
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Music, reading, running, and cooking
What I like about working in this industry: I like how I am constantly in motion. It's refreshing to break a sweat at work instead of just sitting around. 

Guest Reviews: "Dakota is an excellent guide and made the whole trip fun and exciting."

 

 

 

Sara Dragan
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Position: Zipline Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, tanning, chemistry (sorry its nerdy!) and being on the beach!
What I like about working in this industry: It's so different from any job, and its always a new and fun experience with all the different guests we get to take out every day!

 

 

 

Aerial Adventure Park Staff

 

 

April Brown
Hometown: Leesburg, VA
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Supervisor
Hobbies/Interests:
Painting (AKA Anything artsy fartsy), tattoos, hanging with friends, camping, hiking, climbing, (anything outdoors), eating pizza!
What I like about working in this industry: I love being outdoors and meeting new people; I love helping people conquer their fears and having new experiences :)

CJ White
Hometown: Hagerstown, MD
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor/Mega-Zip Guide
Hobbies/Interests:
Falconry, breeding peacocks and rare pheasants, bird watching, photography, hiking, swimming, and eating
What I like about working in this industry: Meeting new people and getting to have a blast with them while doing something I love

Jennifer Kearey
Hometown: Purceville, PA
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Supervisor
Hobbies/Interests: 
Gardening, Kayaking, Quilting, Crazy Cat Lady,
What I like about working in this industry: Running around the woods all day with terrific people and encouraging guests to "go climb a tree, it's fun, you'll like it!" It's a wonderful way to connect people to nature. 

 

Shop Staff

 


George Nichols
Hometown:
Position: Detail and Security
Hobbies/Interests:
What I like about working in this industry:

 

 

River Riders Management Team

 

 

Alex Tamez
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Position:
Assistant General Manager, Operations
Hobbies/Interests: Playing basketball, treasure hunting, Whitewater, furniture shopping, and cheese sampling at Wegmans

What I like about working in this industry: Meeting new people that share the same passion for adventure and whitewater!

Claire Ayres
Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Assistant General Manager, Sales & Marketing
Hobbies/Interests: Crafting, baking, my boo, and my puppy
What I like about working in this industry:Every day is different; it keeps the work environment exciting! Working here also lends us to meet awesome, adventurous guests from all over the world.
Plus my coworkers are all a bunch of weirdos, just like me.
Alexis (Lexi) Knott
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Sales and Services Director
Hobbies/Interests: Turning my dreams into plans, hanging out with my friends, & food.
What I like about working in this industry:
I love working for a company that puts customer service #1, and my coworkers are awesome!
Amanda Chandler
Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Assistant Sales & Service Director
Hobbies/Interests:
hiking, exploring new places, spending time with awesome people, reading, finding & making art, cooking and being a true Slurpee connoisseur
What I like about working in this industry: The opportunities I have been given working in this industry are amazing! Each day is something completely new. It's always challenging & exciting! I'm always happy to come to work in such a positive environment with the greatest people.

 

Renzo "Reno" Velez
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Position: Lodging Director
Hobbies/Interests: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Soccer, Foosball, Pool, Fried Chicken, Mac n Cheese, Burrito Deluxe from Mi Degollado & hats

What I like about working in this industry: I love working in a fast paced environment where every single day is different. I love meeting guests from all around the country and world, and introducing them to beautiful West Virginia, my second home. 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Frankenberry
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Equipment Maintenance Specialist
Hobbies/Interests: Bass Fishing & Playing Music
What I like about working in this industry:
I love working outdoors! Everyone comes here in a good mood with the intention to have a great time! Above all, I love the people I work with!
Chris Goodell aka Stormin Mormon
Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Rafting Manager
Hobbies/Interests: Snowboarding, long walks on the beach, plaid shorts & sweet shirts, beards (on men AND women), & speaking Spanish.
What I like about working in this industry: Tubing Guests, meeting lots of people, & the left side of the Upper Staircase at 2.5 feet. 

Nikk Bonneau
Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Graphic Designer
Hobbies/Interests: white water boating, rock climbing, and everything outdoors
What I like about working in this industry: I'm famous!

Chase Higgins
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Zip Line Director

Hobbies/Interests: Music, History, MMA
What I like about working in this industry: My bosses, particularly Claire, and co-workers are amazing, I enjoy coming to work everyday and providing experiences.
Laura Davis
Hometown: The Great Deku tree
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Director
Hobbies/Interests: photography, geocaching, extreme ironing, heffalump hunting, crafts, completing quests, soap carving
What I like about working in this industry:
 I get to be outside everyday and share my interests with new people. Helping people overcome their fears.

 

River Riders Owners

 


 

Matt, Laura, Zach, & Sierra Knott
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Owners & President
Hobbies/Interests: Whitewater, the outdoors, & camping.
What I like about working in this industry: Started as a raft guide as a teenager & we love being able to share our knowledge & experience of the area with you.
Sierra Knott aka Cici
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Thinks she's the boss ;)
Hobbies/Interests: River Riders camp, general mayhem, swimming, soccer, rafting, tubing