The OARS Team

Professional Outdoor Guides and Adventure Experts

“As OARS guides we are the luckiest people on Earth. We not only get to “live” in some of the most beautiful places on this planet, even better, we get to expose and interpret the secrets of these fantastic rivers to OARS’ clients. It’s better than being a pinch-hit delivery boy for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. A great byproduct of all this is being able to awaken people to the urgent need to take part in defending these vanishing or threatened river canyons. Only by working together can we protect them for the future.” ~ Michael P. Ghiglieri

The OARS Family includes more than 300 talented guides and employees. Not all are included here.

Abby McMurtry

Professional Guide

Alissa Dale

Professional Guide

Alyssa Warren

Professional Guide

Andre Potochnik

Professional Guide

Andrew Goetting

Professional Guide

Andy Hutchinson

Professional Guide

Ashley Brown

Professional Guide

Ben Kardas

Professional Guide

Blessed Ndlovu

Professional Guide

Bob Hart

Professional Guide

Bram Role

Professional Guide

Bruce Keller

Professional Guide

Bruce Lavoie

Regional Manager

Caleb Norton

Professional Guide

Camilo Montaño

Professional Guide

Carly Boyden

Professional Guide

Chris Currie

Professional Guide

Chris Moore

Regional Manager

Christian Dean

Professional Guide

Cindell Dale

Professional Guide

Cliff Ghiglieri

Professional Guide

Codye Cammack

Professional Guide

Colin Hupp

Professional Guide

Curt Chang

Regional Manager

Dakota Goodman

Professional Guide

Dave Holmberg

Professional Guide

Debbie Hausler

Professional Guide

Denice Napoletano

Assistant Manager

Emerald LaFortune

Professional Guide

Emily Kay

Main Office

Emily Lewis

Professional Guide

Eric Hudelson

Professional Guide

Eric Sjoden

Professional Guide

Erick Larson

Professional Guide

Gena Moore Hudelson

Professional Guide

Godwin Peck

Professional Guide

Heather Solee

Professional Guide

Hillary Mosman

Commissary Supervisor | Office

Jacklyn Highfill

Professional Guide

Jake Cammack

Professional Guide

James Anderson

Professional Guide

Jeff Berkey

Professional Guide

Jeffe Aronson

Professional Guide

Jess Wallstrom

Assistant Manager

Jimmy Fulmer

Professional Guide

Joelle Stanions

Professional Guide

Jon Marks

Professional Guide

Josh Spradlin

Professional Guide

Joy Gustafson

Professional Guide

Karen Baptiste

Professional Guide

Kate Wollney

Regional Manager

Katrina Cornell

Professional Guide

Kelby Ankerson

Professional Guide

Kelsey Porter

Professional Guide

Lars Haarr

Professional Guide

Laura Doll

Hiking & Warehouse Manager

Lee Bassett

Professional Guide

Lew Steiger

Professional Guide

Lilly Daiber

Professional Guide

Lindsey Mersereau

Professional Guide

Mariah Hibarger

Professional Guide

Matt Haberman

Professional Guide

Matt House

Professional Guide

Michael Fabry

Professional Guide

Mike Adler

Professional Guide

Mike Kiddy

Professional Guide

Natalie Haber

Professional Guide

Nathan Montgomery

Professional Guide

Nick Grimes

Professional Guide

Nicole Smedegaard

Professional Guide

Peter Lefebvre

Professional Guide

Rio Hibarger

Professional Guide

Roger Dale

Professional Guide

Rondo Buecheler

Professional Guide

Rose Triolo

Professional Guide

Russell Schubert

Professional Guide

Ryan Mason

Professional Guide

Schuyler Woodward

Professional Guide

Sean Sorrin

Professional Guide

Shawn Browning

Professional Guide

Shayne Taylor

Professional Guide

Steve Heerema

Professional Guide

Tanner Abare

Professional Guide

Tera Laub

Professional Guide

Tony Ezell

Professional Guide

Tyler Tsang

Professional Guide

Victoria Schwarz

Professional Guide


“I did not realize how controlling the raft was just a fraction of their [the guides] duties. They were entertainers, historians, geologists, botanists, chefs, medics and more. They entire crew was SUPERIOR!!!” – Craig Sellers, Golden, CO


“Awesome job! Thanks for enjoying your jobs as much as you do. Without the guides there would be no OARS.” – Kathryn McPherson, Lake Elsinore, CA


“All the guides were superb. They really must be the elite on the river.” – Sarah and Bill Bordac, Los Angeles, CA


“I continue to be impressed with the quality of your staff. Every member of the crew was first rate, both personally and professionally. That they were expert boat handlers almost goes without saying. Their concern for safety as well as attention to individual personal problems and desires is remarkable.” – Frank T. Gutmann, Exeter, NH


“The relaxed yet professional way the guides handled everything from the first evening’s meeting to the last “Thank you for boating with us” was wonderful; I never ever imagined being treated so well on a river trip.” – Dave McDanel, Reynoldsburg, MA


“The boatmen/women added so much to our experience — very qualified, friendly, accommodating, excellent hiking guides, very knowledgeable about the geology/geography of the canyon, excellent story-tellers, great chefs — their qualifications are endless!” – Nancy Lohnes, Quartz Hill, CA