River Riders [Staff] Family



 

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

 

Charlie Evans
Hometown:
Position: River Guide Manager
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Stacie Farmer
Hometown: Whidbey Island, WA
Position: Camp Director, River Guide
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Craig Fowler
Hometown: Elgin, IL
Position: River Guide, Sales and Service Rep, Zipline Guide
Hobbies/Interests:
white water, swimming, my dog, hiking, Ninja Turtles
What I like about working in this industry:My coworkers and managers are the coolest, I meet awesome people daily
Louis Hardester
Hometown:
Position: River Guide, Zip Line Guide
Hobbies/Interests: rafting and zip lining
What I like about working in this industry:
I enjoy beging around guests and meeting new people
Josh Wagner
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Position: River Guide, Zipline Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Philosophy, Martial arts, chess, & obviously nature

What I like about working in this industry:

Meeting a variety of people to have interesting conversations with. I have had a wide range of jobs & this is the best job ever.

   
Chris Goodell aka Stormin Mormon
Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Trip Leader, Raft Guide, Zipline Guide, & Van Driver
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: Tubers, meeting lots of people, & the left side of the Upper Staircase at 2.5 feet.
Princess Cortez
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Position: Raft Guide, Zipline Guide, & Camp Counselor
Hobbies/Interests: Rock climbing, longboard skating, beach & river bodyboarding, snowboarding, yoga, mountain biking, soccer, & exploring.
What I like about working in this industry: Each day at work is a totally different experience... for sure.
David Danner
Hometown: Brunswick, MD
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests:
Paddling Whitewater,
 Fishing, Hiking, Mountain biking, swimming,
camping, hunting, relaxing, backpacking, any outdoor activity, basketball, natural beauty.

What I like about working in this industry:

It's a family

Becca Russell
Hometown:Derwood, MD
Position: Raft Guide, Trip Leader, Camp
Counselor, Zip Line Guide
Hobbies/Interests:Rafting big water!

What I like about working in the this industry: I love all the people I work with and meeting new people everyday!

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?!?
Joe Martin
Hometown:The Forest, WV
Position: Raft Guide, Trip Leader
Hobbies/Interests: Rock Climbing, Whitewater, Hiking, Naturalism, Reading, Learning, Learning, Learning
What I like about working in this industry: Meeting new people everyday and introducing them to West "by God not by choice" Virginia.
 

John Chapman
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: River Guide, SUP board instructor
Hobbies/Interests:
boating
What I like about working in this industry:

I like the stories that I get from the river


Matt Hardester
Hometown:
Position: Raft Guide, Trip Leader, Camp Counselor
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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.
Luke Bonnell
Hometown: OZ
Position: Raft Guide, Zip Line Guide
Hobbies/Interests: general awesomness, places, things, cooking, rafting, football, hockey, thinking, zip line, skateboarding, snowboarding, eating, trail blazing, and hiking
What I like about working in this industry:
Why wouldn't I?

 

Our Sales and Service Representatives

Amberly Johnson
Hometown: Walkersville, MD
Position: Assistant Sales and Service Director, Rental Property Manager
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Kirsten Chaney
Hometown: Shepherdstwon, WV
Position: Marketing Intern/ Sales and Service Representative
Hobbies/Interests:
outdoor sports, watching movies
What I like about working in this industry: I always meet the friendliest people, and our staff is fantastic!

Alexis Knott
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Sales and Service Rep
Hobbies/Interests:
working, hanging with friends, being outside, music
What I like about working in this industry:

My co-workers and the fast paced and fun atmosphere!

Harley Smith
Hometown: Reston, Va
Position: Sales and Service Representative
Hobbies/Interests: reading, writing, tubing
What I like about working in this industry: awesome people and involved with nature
Stephanie Kruse
Hometown: Alpena, MI
Position: Assistant Sales and Service Director
Hobbies/Interests: Volleyball, Reading, Being Outside, Roadtrips, Cats
What I like about working in this industry: The adventures and the people! It's all really awesome.
Anita Fleshman
Hometown: Washington D.C.
Position: Guest Greeter / Sales and Service Associate
Hobbies/Interests: Horsin', Doggin', Yard Salein', Flea Marketin', ebayin', Poolin', Sunnin' and Funnin'. (Not necessarily in that order)
What I like about working in this industry: Being outside instead of inside four walls! Working with all the great River Rider folks and meeting all those wild rafters and crazy tubers!
   
Whitney Richards
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position:Food and Beverage Manager, Sales and Service Rep
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Chase Higgins
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Sales and Service Rep, Adventure

Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests:
Music, History, MMA
What I like about working in this industry:

My bosses and co-workers are amazing, I enjoy coming to work everyday and providing experiences

 

 

 

Our Drivers

Janet Nesselrodt
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.
Bruce E. Fleshman AKA BIG B
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
Position: Driver
Hobbies/Interests: Farmin', Gardenin', Golfin' and Doggin' with "Spooner", "Sugar Babe", "Lovey" and "Charger" ~ our Doggies
What I like about working in this industry: Fresh Air, Fresh Water, Fresh Faces!
Debbie Kettells
Hometown:
Position: Bus Driver
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Tyler Frankenberry
Hometown:
Position: Raft Guide, Zip Guide, Driver, Rockwall King
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  Debbie Kesecker
Hometown: Falling Waters, WV
Position: Driver
Hobbies/Interests: Camping
What I like about working in this industry:
outside and guest involvement
Chris Berry
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Driver
Hobbies/Interests: fisging, golfing, sports, ect
What I like about working in this industry:
It's outside and a fun work environment
Melissa Curtis
Hometown: Bunker Hill, WV
Position: Bus Driver
Hobbies/Interests: farming, raising goats and sheep
What I like about working in this industry:
I am an outdoor person and love meeting new people

 

 

 

Zip Line Canopy Tour Staff

   
Anthony Santella
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Position: Zip Line
extraordinaire Hobbies/Interests: comics, hiking
What I like about working in this industry:
The free tan I never seem to get...

Josh Zachmann
Hometown: Hedgesville, WV
Position: Zip Line guide

Hobbies/Interests: skateboarding, music
What I like about working in this industry:
I love to have fun and be outside

Laura Davis aka Larry
Hometown: The Great Deku tree
Position: Zip Line Guide, Adventure Park Supervisor
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
Jesse Zachmann
Hometown: Hedgesville, WV
Position: Zip Line
Trip Leader Hobbies/Interests: skateboarding
What I like about working in this industry:
It's fun :-)
Mika Burdette
Hometown:
Position: Raft Guide, Zip Line Guide
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  Sarah Lee
Hometown: Huntington, WV
Position: Zip Line Guide, Adventure Park Supervisor
Hobbies/Interests: outdoor activities
What I like about working in this industry:
You have the opportunity to mke other people happy as well as working outdoors in a happy atmosphere

 

 

Aerial Adventure Park Staff

Katie Thomas
Hometown: Ridgley, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Director, Zip Line Guide
Hobbies/Interests:
Swinging through trees, splashing in the Doah, Geocaching and impromptu dance-offs.
What I like about working in this industry: Working on the adventure park is awesome because we get to help people conquer their fears and raise their confidence to new heights while getting outside and enjoying nature.
  Michelle Metz "Shelley"
Hometown: Sharpsburg, MD
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Supervisor
Hobbies/Interests:
rafting, photography, fine arts, graphic design, music
What I like about working in this industry: I love showing our guests a great time and providing them with memorable vacation experiences.
Sam Schemm
Hometown: Hagerstown, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: dancing, reading, writing, drawing, and working at River Riders
What I like about working in this industry:
My dad had joined River Riders and then I joined and since joinging the crew it has become family. I always have a blast when I am working.
Seth White
Hometown:
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
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River Riders Staff Andrew Carroll
Hometown:
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
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Rae Linden
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Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
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Our Shop Staff

   
   
Dave Bedwell
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Fix-It Man Extraordinaire
Hobbies/Interests: Tinkering and Traveling, harrassing my children
What I like about working in this industry:
I like to pay bills and eat
George Nichols
Hometown:
Position: Detail and Security
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River Riders Management Team

Amanda Mullins
Hometown: Charles Town, WV
Position:
General Manager, VP of Sales and Marketing
Hobbies/Interests: Art, travel, hiking, animals, cooking, sunshine, and coffee!

What I like about working in this industry: Every day is different! I love being a part of getting our guests and employees outside and enjoying all the adventure Harpers Ferry has to offer.

Tim Main
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Position: Shop Manager
Hobbies/Interests: horses, sailing, white water, working out
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Guidroz, Liz
Hometown: Thibodaux, LA
Position: Sales and Services Director
Hobbies/Interests: Playing on the river with my dog, antiqueing, exploring WV
What I like about working in this industry:
Being able to share West Virginia's beauty with others

Hana Lewis
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Position: Summer Camp Director
Hobbies/Interests:
climbing, backpacking, trail running, swimming, sunshine

What I like about working in this industry:  The people, everyone just wants to be outdise and have a great time, Its infectious!

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Nate Fawley
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position:  Assistant Administrator

Hobbies/Interests: I like school, hanging out with friends, and playing soccer
What I like about working in this industry: It is very unique and it has a family atmosphere

Andrea Tracewell
Hometown: Vienna, WV
Position: Marketing Director
Hobbies/Interests: Campfires
What I like about working in this industry:You get to enjoy all of the great outdoor activities that we offer
Nikk Bonneau
Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Operations Director, Graphic Designer
Hobbies/Interests: white water boating, rock climbing, and everything outdoors
What I like about working in this industry: I'm famous!

 

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