River Riders - Family Adventure Resort
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Our Staff

River Riders Staff 2016

2015 Staff

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.

 

Stacie Farmer

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: Camping, hiking, gourmet cooking, and of course RAFTING!
What I like about working in this industry: Helping people enjoy the outdoors, saving the planet one raft at a time.
Guest Reviews: ""AMAZING! Great day and super great guides. Thanks, Jack and Harrison!"



Al Rubio

Al Rubio

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!


Luis Viteri (Luey)

Hometown: N/A
Position: Raft Guide, Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: I like water boating, bikes, traveling, music, and sports.
What I like about working in this industry: The enjoyment of working every day here.
Guest review: "Luis was fun and educational. I'd definitely come back again!"


Harrison Hatcher

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.
Guest Reviews: "Awesome energy, humor, skills, info, and safety. I'll be back tomorrow if all goes well!"
"AMAZING! Great day and super great guides. Thanks, Jack and Harrison!"



Calvin Young

Hometown: Charles Town, WV
Position: Raft Guide/ Zip Line Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, video games, sports, the great outdoors.
What I like about working in this industry: Interacting with guests, being able to take them out on trips.



Jacob Castillo

Hometown: Adamstown, MD
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Movies, ice hockey, snowboarding, camping, music, board games, pinball, crabing, underwater basket weaving, base jumping, and treasure hunting!
What I like about working in this industry: I don't know who you are, I don't know what you want. If you are looking for a good time, I will provide it. What I have are a very particular set of skills; skills I've acquired over a very short career; skills that make me a great guide for people like you. If you have a good time that will be the end of it. I will not annoy you, I will not bother you but if you don't, I will look for and I will find you, and I will provide excellent guest service.


Joe Martin

Hometown: Morgantown, WV
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Camping, climbing, whitewater rafting, & kayaking.
What I like about working in this industry: All the nature and meeting lots of new friends.


Kyra Soleil Dawe

Hometown: Fresno, CA
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Theatre/film
What I like about working in this industry: The sense of community & I get paid to boat, & play with kids.


Ben "Gigantor" Johnson

Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Boating, writing/reading, spending as much time outside as possible.
What I like about working in this industry: Love of the water.



Lexi Vondrak

Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: playing soccer, being outdoors, and listening to music.
What I like about working in this industry: I love the interactions with guests and being able to experience rafting every day.


Colleen Seager

Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Raft Guide/Camp Counselor
Hobbies/Interests: Working with kids, educating about environmental issues, & taking care of it. I love the outdoors, I love people, and I LOVE the river!
What I like about working in this industry: Pretty much everything.


Justine Niner

Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Crochet, live music, art, and gardening.
What I like about working in this industry: Great work environment that provides positive energy all around. <3



Katie Beecher

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

Adam "Malaysia" Kramer

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Hagerstown, MD
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: White water, motorcycles, guitar, singing, longboarding, and going on adventures.
What I like about working in this industry: I get to meet different people every day & do something I thoroughly enjoy. I get to say every day, proudly, that I love my job.
Guest reviews: "Adam is super nice, patient and provided great instruction and historical information."
"I had a lot of fun on the trip and our guide, Adam, made it even better. He told us interesting stories and told great jokes."



sarah Cartron

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 Dailey

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!"


Andrew Kruse

Hometown: Alpena, MI
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Whitewater, skateboarding, hockey, doing cool things...
What I like about working in this industry: Being able to take people on the water and share awesome experiences with them. (Also, my coworkers!)




Anna Chambers

Hometown: Charleston, WV
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Rafting, hiking, camping, and science!
What I like about working in this industry: Getting to experience the outdoors with guests & have a memorable experience with them.




Kaitlyn Unger

Kaitlyn Unger

Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Raft Guide, Zip Line Guide, and Camp Guide.
Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, art, boating, hiking, and music.
What I like about working in this industry: I get to meet some truely amazing people that are looking to have an adventure! I love being on the water with my friends and "guide family!"



Greg Stofko

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!"


Emily Hayes

Hometown: Charleston, WV
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Rafting, contra dancing, and backpacking!
What I like about working in this industry: I get to spend my days doing what I love and meeting all kinds of interesting people.


Dusty Willis

Hometown: Charleston, WV
Position: Raft Guide/Bicycle Manager
Hobbies/Interests: Bikes!
What I like about working in this industry: I love boatin' and sunshine!
Guest Review: "Dusty was really funny and he even sang with us! We felt really comfortable and he was good at showing us how to paddle and such. He was the best."


 Steve Smith

Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Raft Guide Trip Leader
Hobbies/Interests: Boatin', Boatin', Boatin'!
What I like about working in this industry: I love nature, freedom, eagles, and good vibes.


Jacob "Idaho" Butler

Hometown: Frederick, MD
Position: Raft Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Rafting, snowboarding, climbing, and sleeping.
What I like about working in this industry: Being on the river and getting to meet new people every day.

 


 
Ash Maia

Ash Maia

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide/Assistant Aerial Attractions Maintenance
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

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!



Shelby Lessig

Hometown: Boonsboro, MD
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: I'm currently going to school for massage therapy at night. I enjoy hiking, knitting, photography, cooking, sky diving on the moon, and my dog, Gus.
What I like about working in this industry: I like helping people challenge themselves, have fun, and make lasting memories.




Clay Matthews

Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Position: Zipline Guide, AP Monitor, Maintenance staff, and Driver staff
Hobbies/Interests: If it is fun, relaxing, or exciting, I will do it.
What I like about working in this industry: Daily adventures.



Dakota Slay-Vincent

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

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!


 

Rachael Hirsch

Hometown: Capon Bridge, WV
Position: Zipline Guide
Hobbies/Interests: I'm an avid reader who enjoys hiking and exploring abandoned places. I'm also a professional bear boxer.
What I like about working in this industry: I like meeting a wide variety of people. I also like to show them West Virginia and expressing my pride in our state.


Matthew Pennock

Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Doing anything outside, playing guitar, and gaming.
What I like about working in this industry: Meeting new people.


Ashley Propst

Hometown: Charles Town/Shepherdstown, WV
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: River Riders Zip Lining, hiking, working with kids, singing.
What I like about working in this industry: My co-workers are awesome. I like meeting new people and zip lining, of course!


Brennan Ferneyhough

Hometown: Jefferson, MD
Position: Zipline Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy science and improving my physical fitness.
What I like about working in this industry: Working outside gives me an excuse to get a tan. I also love my co-workers and being outside.

April Brown

April "Ape" Brown

Hometown: Inwood, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Assistant Director
Hobbies/Interests: I love climbing, drawing, painting, eatin gpizza, and tattoos. I also love spending time with friends and doing anything outdoors.
What I like about working in this industry: I like helping people get over their fears, helping them have a good time, being outdoors, and the people I work with at River Riders!


Michael Nesslerodt

Hometown: Inwood, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: Aesthetics, Kanye West, Literature
What I like about working in this industry: My co-workers.


Amber White

Hometown: Ranson, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: Hunting, fishing, camping, anything outdoors!
What I like about working in this industry: I enjoy being outdoors and helping people overcome their fears. I love being able to climb and zip through the trees.


Jessica Antolini

Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: Snowboarding, running, economics (my major at WVU), beauty & fashion, and music festivals.
What I like about working in this industry: I love being able to interact with new people every day and be able to give them such an incredible experience that they want to come back and experience again.


Madison "Madi" Nittinger

Hometown: Boonsboro, MD
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: Getting lost while driving, going on adventures with friends, hanging out with my dog, anything outdoors, and teaching the next generation.
What I like about working in this industry: I love being outdoors and going on adventures, and working in an industry that supports it.


Chace Jones

Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: I love to write and play with my chickens!
What I like about working in this industry: I enjoy being outdoors and working with my best friend, Michael.




Charles "CJ" White

Hometown: Hagerstown, MD
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor/Mega-Zip Guide/Zip Line Canopy Tour Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Falconry, Breeding Peacocks, emus and rare pheasants, Bird watching, Birds, Bird Photography, Swimming, Hiking, Birds, Eating.
What I like about working in this industry: Meeting so many awesome people from all over the world, being outside all day everyday and #ClaireIsLife


Heilea Cates

Hometown: Charles Town, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: I love music and play clarinet. I would love to evetnually travel through Asia and Europe to discover my heritage.
What I like about working in this industry: I love the people and being outside.


 Alexis Krantz

Hometown: Sharpsburg, MD
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor
Hobbies/Interests: Lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, Pittsburgh Penguins, kayaking, and JEEP.
What I like about working in this industry: The outdoor atmosphere & family-like connections with fellow employees.



Jennifer Kearey

Jennifer Kearey

Hometown: Ranson, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Monitor, Canopy Tour Guide, and Driver Staff
Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, kayaking, quilting, and cooking.
What I like about working in this industry: I get to work outside all summer having fun with the best people. I get to share the outdoors with guests and give them great new experiences.

Claire Ayres

Claire Ayres

Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV
Position: General Manager
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

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 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!



Amanda Chandler

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

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

Tyler Frankenberry

Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Transportation Director
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

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.



 
Chase Higgins

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: Romney, WV
Position: Aerial Adventure Park Director
Hobbies/Interests: My dog, hiking, crafts, photography, lots of tacos, and spending more time with my dog.
What I like about working in this industry: I love being outdoors and being able to share that with other people. The reaction you get when our guests over come their fears is very rewarding. I also love working with the River Riders family everyday! Also, Claire is the best.



Kate Myers

Kate Myers

Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Sales & Service, Trip Coordinator
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, swimming, rafting, spending time with friends and family.
What I like about working in this industry: I like seeing everyone enjoy all of our activities that we offer! River Riders has a great work environment and all of my co-workers are awesome to be around. It's definitely the most interesting job I've ever had.




Melanie "Mel" Williams

Hometown: Rainelle, WV
Position: Marketing Specialist/Zip Line Guide
Hobbies/Interests: Playing, writing, & recording music. I enjoy being a zip line guide very much! My other hobbies include: snowboarding, adventuring, baking, gaming, and spending time with my friends, family, and ferrets.
What I like about working in this industry: As a child, my family and I would go tubing and camping every summer. It was so memorable. I really love being able to provide that for families.


 

Molly Draper

Hometown:
Position: Sales and Service Representative
Hobbies/Interests:
What I like about working in this industry:



Molly Beck

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

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.



Raykelle Higgins

Raykelle Higgins

Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Sales & Service Representative
Hobbies/Interests: A lover of all things the universe offers to explore.
What I like about working in this industry: River Riders is a family of fun & friendly people!


Stone Reuling

 

Stone Reuling

Hometown: Berryville, VA
Position: Sales & Service
Hobbies/Interests: Skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, movies, hiking, making people laugh, and hanging out with the best of friends.
What I like about working in this industry: I really enjoy what our company offers. My favorite part after a long day working with guests is seeing them come back to the offices completely mind blown. I've always been the person to engage in adrenaline-type extreme sports as well. I'm always looking forward to what a summer at River Riders holds!

Janet Nesslerodt

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

Debbie Kettells

Hometown:
Position: Bus Driver
Hobbies/Interests:
What I like about working in this industry:



Chris Berry

Chris Berry

Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Assistant Driving Manager
Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, golfing, sports, ect
What I like about working in this industry:It's outside and a fun work environment


Kelcie Brown Jr.

Hometown: New York, NY
Position: Shop Staff
Hobbies/Interests: Soccer & watching movies.
What I like about working in this industry: I like meeting people from different places.


Daylin Strange

Hometown: Ranson, WV
Position: Shop Staff
Hobbies/Interests: Playing basketball, xbox
What I like about working in this industry: Being around good people.


Sean Keane

Hometown: Purcellvile, VA
Position: Shop Staff
Hobbies/Interests: Camping, hiking, and swimming.
What I like about working in this industry: Being around people and enjoying the scenery.

 


Nick Evers

Hometown: N/A
Position: Shop Staff
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, being on the river, running.
What I like about working in this industry: Being able to be around a lot of people.


Eleanor Kearney

Hometown: Ranson, WV
Position: Shop Staff
Hobbies/Interests: Marching band, hockey, space exploration.
What I like about working in this industry: Being around good people.

Knott Family

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

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
What I like about working in this industry: