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Staff

Meet the Staff of OPR!

Missy Smith 

Position: Shop Attendant / Trip Leader / Raft Guide

Favorite outdoor activity: Laying in fresh cut grass on a sunny day

Favorite quote: “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.” - Calvin

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Summer 2012, Wenatchee River, Graduation Weekend for Raft Guide Training, dump-trucked my entire family including my in-laws into the rapids after hitting the Killer Pillars, everyone survived with a life/death experience. Who wants to go rafting? :)

Dream job: Successful bum traveling the world

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: In 50 years…. I will be enjoying life.

Spirit animal: Sea turtle. The long lives of sea turtles are simple yet mysterious, easy paced, family oriented, and spent in a water world. That’s happiness.

 

Corrine Pruett

Hometown: Vashon Island, WA

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite outdoor activity: Adventuring - engaging in activities where the outcomes are unknown.

Favorite quote: "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Seeing the sunrise from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.

Dream job: Superhero

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Residing in a country that hovers the equator reflecting on my countless years of travel, mentoring young travelers to chase their dreams all over the world. Petting a cat...or two.

Spirit animal: An owl - I yearn to fly, crave wisdom and am far too in love with the stars to sleep at night.

 

Tabitha (Tabby) Hardy

Hometown: Vancover, WA

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite outdoor activity: Biking, backpacking and mountain yoga

Favorite quote: "Let go of the shore." - Hopi

Most memorable experience with mother nature: I am mother nature

Dream job: Performing abroad

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Sailing as a sea gypsy or running an organic farm

Spirit animal: Part fox - quick, playful, keen; part butterfly - hard to find and even harder to catch

 

Bryan Kennedy

Hometown: Auburn, WA

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite Outdoor Activity: All things.

Favorite Quote: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right."

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Watching the sunrise from the summit of Mt. Baker.

Dream Job: Inventor 

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Senile, vulgar and happy.

Spirit animal: Dragon

 

Tessa Carlin

Hometown: Black Diamond, WA

Position: Shop Attendant / Trip Leader

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking

Favorite quote: "Life is good."

Most memorable experience with mother nature: The Enchantments Death March in Leavenworth. 22 miles in one day, gorgeous.

Dream job: Outdoor Guide

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Guiding in the outdoors.

Spirit animal: Kevin... the bird from UP!

 

John Buck

Hometown: Toldeo, WA

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite outdoor activity: Crushing pow

Favorite quote: "If you don't do it this year you'll be one year older when you do."

Most memorable experience with mother nature: That's like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. So... skiing.

Dream job: Aspiring Bum

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: About 45-50 years older doing what I love.

Spirit animal: Honey badger - striving for maximum enjoyment from life

 

Walter Lackey

Hometown: Tacoma, WA

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite outdoor activity: Snowboarding!!

Favorite quote: "Send er!"

Most memorable experience with mother nature: That one time I almost caught a Squach...

Dream job: Running a ski resort 

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Probably not running a ski resort...

Spirit animal: Narwhal

 

Alex Martin

Hometown: Woodinville, WA

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Skiing

Favorite quote: "Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Skiing off a cliff into four feet of fresh powder at Whistler.

Dream job: Firefighter

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Retired with a mountain lodge and a family.

Spirit animal: An otter because I love the water and love to have fun.

 

Kristin Kensrud

Hometown: Yelm, Washington

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Water sports / Hiking

Favorite Quote: "All good things are wild and free."

Most memorable experience with mother nature: "Swimming in waterfalls and driving the North Cascades Highway."

Dream job: Beach Bum

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Exploring the world, chasing waterfalls and beach bummin'.

Spirit animal: River Otter

 

Jake Stone

Hometown: Olympia, Washington

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking

Favorite Quote: "The power of imagination makes us infinite."

Most memorable experience with mother nature: A backpack trip to the top of Old Snowy in the Goat Rocks with a couple of best friends. Couldn't have had any more perfect weather or more of an awesome view.

Dream job: Mountain Search and Rescue

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Living on a small farm in Whitefish, Montana in a cabin I built myself.

Spirit animal: Mountain goat

 

Nick Poprawski

Hometown: Yelm, Washington

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hunting, Fishing & Camping

Favorite Quote: "Let 'er rip, Tater-chip!"

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Shooting my first deer

Dream job: Fish and Game Warden

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: I'll be retired, spoiling my grandkids, and having fun outside with my family.

Spirit Animal: Grizzly Bear

 

Jake Elliott

Hometown: Snohomish, WA

Position: Shop Attendant / Raft Guide / Trip Leader

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hunting

Favorite Quote: "If you consider an unsuccessful hunt to be a waste of time, then the true meaning of the chase eludes you all together."

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Getting lost in the woods and almost getting eaten by Sasquatch

Dream Job: Law Enforcement

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Sitting in a rocking chair with a dog and a gun next to me on the front porch.

Spirit Animal: Dog, because they have the best life

 



Bradley Gasawski

Hometown: Troy, Illinois

Position: Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals Coordinator (a.k.a. Fearless Leader)

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Telemark Skiing

Favorite Quote: "If you think you can, or you think you can't. You're right." - Henry Ford

Most memorable experience with Mother Nature: Riding my bicycle down the Pacific Coast Highway from Canada to Mexico.

Dream job: I would like to own my own mountain and run a ski resort.

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Hopefully I can still ski in 50 years!

Spirit Animal: Polar bear, because I love the winter and snow.