Mindy Gleason

Nickname: Mindarella
Position: Reservations Manager & International Adventure Consultant, 2007-13 Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for River Rafting
Hometown: Angels Camp, CA
Favorite Food: Depends on the day
Favorite Music: Depends on the mood
Favorite thing about working for O.A.R.S.: Every day I work with great people and have the chance to guide folks toward trips which just might provide them with lifelong memories. Being able to experience some of those for myself isn’t too bad either!
Greatest Memory: Rowing from Tapeats Creek to Poncho’s Kitchen in Grand Canyon on my own. It’s just 3 miles but I’ll never forget pushing off by myself.
Other Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, feathering my nest
Special Talents: I make a mean mango margarita
Time as a Guide: For years in my dreams
Time with O.A.R.S.: Since 1991

Named one of Condé Nast Traveler's Top Travel Specialists from 2007 through 2011, Mindy is not exactly a behind-the-desk kind of manager. She has rafted or kayaked on more than two dozen rivers, lakes and sounds, from Chile to Alaska. She’s also a trained goldsmith and has made more than 50 skydives.

Quotable – Her motto, from Marcel Proust: “Let us be grateful for the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”