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


 

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

 

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.

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.

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

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!

Frederic "Freedom" Martin

Hometown: Charleston, WV
Position: Raft Guide & Zipline Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Rafting & Kayaking, History, Fiction, Board Games, Interpretive Dance, & Airsickness Bag Collecting
What I like about working in this industry: The opportunity to meet so many people & introduce them to our incredible history and natural beauty.

 

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.

 

 


Our Sales and Service Representatives


 

Chase Higgins
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Sales & Service Representative

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

 

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!
Whitnnie Richards
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position:Food and Beverage Director
Hobbies/Interests:
What I like about working in this industry:

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
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


 

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
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
Mika Burdette
Hometown:
Position: Raft Guide, Zip Line Guide
Hobbies/Interests:
What I like about working in this industry:
Joanna Myers
Hometown: Huntington, WV
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Cats & Traveling
What I like about working in this industry:
I like meeting new people and encouraging them as they step out of their comfort zone/have fun!

Aerial Adventure Park Staff


 

River Riders Staff Andrew Carroll
Hometown:
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests:

What I like about working in this industry:
Rae Linden
Hometown:
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests:

What I like about working in this industry:

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
Hobbies/Interests:
What I like about working in this industry:

River Riders Management Team


 

Alex Tamez
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Position:
Assistant General Manager
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!

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.
Tim Main
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Position: Shop Manager
Hobbies/Interests: horses, sailing, white water, working out
What I like about working in this industry:
Claire Ayres
Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Marketing Director
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.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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.
  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.

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!

Justin Allen
Hometown: Boston, MA
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Director
Hobbies/Interests: Knitting, Listening to Taylor Swift's sick beats
What I like about working in this industry: Meeting new people from various backgrounds and working with Chris Goodell <3
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.

 


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