Our Guides And Staff

OUR GUIDES AND STAFF

 

John Seiner
John has worked the rivers of New Mexico since 1999. He is a Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Wilderness First Responder, CPR/First Aid instructor, and avid outdoorsman. John attended the New Zealand Rafting Association advanced river rescue workshop. Over the past ten years, he has guided hiking, biking, and rafting trips throughout northern New Mexico.
John Seiner
Michael Davis Michael Davis
Michael began rafting in Santa Fe in 1998. He has guided on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama for Kokopelli Rafting, as well as on other rivers and for other outfitters in the southwest. Mike is a trained Wilderness First Responder and Swiftwater Rescue Technician.
Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris joined Kokopelli Rafting and Santa Fe Adventure Tours in the high water season of 2005. He is a student at Colorado's Fort Lewis College and spends his free times exploring the mountains and rivers of the southwest.
Jeff Hariss
Kathleen Murphy Kathleen Murphy
Kathleen joined Kokopelli Rafting and Santa Fe Adventure Tours in 2004 and has brought years of experience to our team. Kathleen is a former environmental educator, a long-time Santa Fe, New Mexico resident, and a logistical genius. With current First-Aid and CPR certificates, she's ready for anything.
Justin Bobb
Justin was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is an avid outdoorsman, caver, a geology graduate of Colorado's Ft Lewis University, and a member of the Taos Ski Patrol. Justin is a Swiftwater Rescue Technician and knowledgable river guide. Raft White Rock Canyon with him, and his local knowledge can really enhance your experience.
Justin Bobb
Clayton Sneider Clayton Sneider
Clayton is a New Mexico resident and has been a professional river guide since 2000. He spent most of his rafting career guiding class III and class IV rivers in the Pacific Northwest before joining us for the 2005 season. He has brought years of experience to our team. 
Elisha McArthur
Elisha began her guiding career on the Rio Grande in 1999, and has since worked rivers in Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, and Scotland. She has an insatiable Love for rivers and is passionate about what she does! Elisha is also a professional musician, and Mom to one adventurous little girl named Charlotte.
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Elisha McArthur
Jake Clemens Jake Clemens
Jake loves water and was a surfing and windsurfing instructor before he began rafting in 2006. He is a professional fly-fishing guide and Emergency Medical Technician. When his beloved water is frozen, Jake works as a patroller at the Santa Fe Ski Area.
Kieran Sullivan
When Kieran began with Kokopelli Rafting in 2007, he took to the water like a Hooded Merganser. Now, he continues to refine his natural abilities on every trip. Kieran also plays the violin.
Kieran Sullivan
Devon Parson Devon Parson
Devon is a banjo-picker and graduate of Fort Lewis College. In 2007, he completed a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail and started guiding at Kokopelli. He loves the mountains...and the rivers that trickle from their summits.
Kelly Bulkley
Kelly loves rafting with her dog, Duke. She also enjoys training and riding horses, taking long hikes in the mountains she loves, and photography. A graduate of Fort Lewis College, Kelly began rafting with Kokopelli in 2007.
Kelley Bulkley
Joshua Lee Joshua Lee
Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Josh joined our team in 2007. He is a Wilderness First Responder with Swiftwater training. His winters are spent as a ski instructor at the Santa Fe Ski Area. Boating has taken Josh down various southwestern rivers including the Colorado, San Juan, Rio Grande, Rio Chama, Arkansas and Animas.
Victoria (Tori – THE SHOW) Simmons

Tori has spent time living in Upstate New York and California, and after graduating with a B.A. in Government from Hamilton College in 2009, Tori headed west and joined the Kokopelli team. When she’s not out on the river, Tori can be found in the office making sure our headquarters run like a well oiled machine. She also works with Ski Patrol at Ski Santa Fe in the winter, and is a talented sculptor and stone worker. Some of her most memorable rafting trips include Cataract Canyon, the San Juan River, and the Salmon River, but her favorite trip to guide is the Rio Chama.

Keith Mortensen
Keith has been guiding rafts throughout the western states and in Costa Rica since 2003. He has Rescue and IRIA Swiftwater training and is an avid kayaker, mountain biker, and motocross rider. Anything that gets Keith into the wilderness makes him happy.
Keith Mortensen
Antje (Hoops) ThiessenAntje joins us all the way from Jesteburg, Germany, and her many talents include hoola-hooping, playing the ukulele, practicing Jui Jitsu, and having one of the friendliest smiles on the Rio Grande. Years of tubing experience on the Nantahala and Haw River in North Carolina have prepared Antje for the wild waters out west. Before moving to Santa Fe, Antje lived and worked in Canada and North Carolina. Antje earned a B.A. in Linguistics from UC San Diego in 2003, and a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 

 

Randy Lahr
Randy has been guiding on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama since 1998. He also guides on the class V Upper Gauley River of West Virginia in the fall. When he's not on the water, Randy works as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Randy Lahr
Avery YoungA graduate of George Washington University, Avery Young is an experienced raft guide as well as an avid skier and hiker. She loves animals, joking around with guests, and a good splash fight on the water. Avery may look little, but she’s one scrappy gal! Her favorite might be the Racecourse on the Rio Grande, but Avery loves the incredible views on the Upper Rio Chama. 
Ed FordhamEd has been part of the Kokopelli crew since 2009 and while we may only get him for a few days at a time he is well worth the wait. When Ed’s not powering through rapids he works as a professional welder. Another New Mexico native, Ed likes to mountain bike and eat green chile. And he’s hands down the friendliest guy around!

Our guides here at Kokopelli Rafting are not just river guides. They are a unique and diverse group of individuals (as you will see by their bios below) that when brought together by there passion of the river and the outdoors, not only create an amazing family but become an entity that resemble the Super Friends (all the way down to the tights). Feel free to call them by their Super-hero names!

 

Devon (Devo) Parson Devon Parson

Devon has been a river guide with Kokopelli Rafting Adventures since 2006, and has worked as our River Manager since 2009. He has vast experience on a wide range of rivers, and has participated in private rafting trips on the Colorado River on Westwater, Grand Canyon, Ruby Horse Thief, Upper Colorado, Arkansas, Animas, Piedra, San Juan, Green, Rio Chama and The Rio Grande. Although he obviously has many choices, Devon says his favorite trips are right here in New Mexico: the Rio Chama Overnight or Ute Mountain stretch of the Rio Grande. Devon is a graduate of Fort Lewis College, pursuing his Masters of Education, and holds numerous certifications. He has current EMT-Basic and I.V. (Intravenous) certifications with the NREMT and State of Colorado. Additionally, he is certified with the American Red Cross as a CPR/Standard First Aid and Wilderness First Aid Instructor, as well as being Swiftwater Rescue and Leave No Trace certified. On top of his expansive certifications and outdoor experience, Devon is co-owner of the award-winning Adventure Dogs (www.RelishTheAdventure.com)

 

Kelly Bulkley

Kelly BulkleyKelly enjoys training and riding horses, taking long hikes in the mountains she loves, and photography. A graduate of Fort Lewis College, Kelly began rafting with Kokopelli in 2007 and her expertise, warm smile, and contagious laugh have made her an all time favorite! In addition to being a great raft guide, Kelly is also a world class skier and top notch gardener.

 

 

 Justin (J-Bobb) Bobb Justin Bobb

Justin was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is an avid outdoors-man,  caver, a geology graduate of Colorado’s Fort Lewis University, and is a member of the Taos Ski Patrol. Justin is a Swift-water Rescue Technician and is one of the most knowledgeable raft guides on the river. Float down White Rock Canyon with him and be blown away by just how much Justin knows about the area! In addition to guiding commercial trips, Justin Bobb is one of Kokopelli’s guide school instructors.

 

 

Victoria (Tori – THE SHOW) Simmons Tori Simmons

Tori has spent time living in Upstate New York and California, and after graduating with a B.A. in Government from Hamilton College in 2009, Tori headed west and joined the Kokopelli team. When she’s not out on the river, Tori can be found in the office making sure our headquarters run like a well oiled machine. She also works with Ski Patrol at Ski Santa Fe in the winter, and is a talented sculptor and stone worker. Some of her most memorable rafting trips include Cataract Canyon, the San Juan River, and the Salmon River, but her favorite trip to guide is the Rio Chama.

 

   Betsy (Apples) Dain-Owens Betsy Dain-Owens

Betsy is as smart as she is fit; she earned several degrees from Dartmouth College, including a B.A.    in Engineering, a B.A. in Environmental Science, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering. In 2012 she became a river guide for Kokopelli! Hailing from Seattle,WA, Betsy has rafted and kayaked various bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest, including the Copper River in Alaska and the Salmon River in Idaho. Betsy is constantly on the go, whether she’s rock climbing, running a marathon, or guiding outdoor adventures. In fact, a couple of years ago she spent the summer driving a 40ft long coach bus around the country with a group of students who had converted it to run on waste veggie oil (pumped out of restaurants’ dumpsters) and installed solar PV panels on top.

 

 

 Antje (Hoops) Thiessen Antje T

Antje joins us all the way from Jesteburg, Germany, and her many talents include hoola-hooping, playing the ukulele, practicing Jui Jitsu, and having one of the friendliest smiles on the Rio Grande. Years of tubing experience on the Nantahala and Haw River in North Carolina have prepared Antje for the wild waters out west. Before moving to Santa Fe, Antje lived and worked in Canada and North Carolina. Antje earned a B.A. in Linguistics from UC San Diego in 2003, and a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.

 

Trent (Eddy-Yeti) Rhoads Trent Rhoads

Trent is from California, where he got most of his on water experience surfing and paddling in the ocean. He is a certified WMI Wilderness First Responder and student of nature. An avid skier, Trent spends the winters exploring the back country and is looking forward to paddling as many rivers as he can. In his spare time,Trent likes to practice Free-Running with his four year old son, Rio. If he could only eat one thing for the rest of his life, Trent is pretty sure it would be avocados.

 

 

Helen AtkinsonHelen Atkinson

Helen joined the Kokopelli team in 2011. Dividing her time between the office and the water, Helen gets to enjoy the best of all Kokopelli has to offer! Born and raised in Santa Fe, she graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio,Texas and is happy to get back to the mountains and rivers of Northern New Mexico.

 

 Avery (Scrappy-Doo) Young Avery Young

A graduate of George Washington University, Avery Young is an experienced raft guide as well as an avid skier and hiker. She loves animals, joking around with guests, and a good splash fight on the water. Avery may look little, but she’s one scrappy gal! Her favorite might be the Racecourse on the Rio Grande, but Avery loves the incredible views on the Upper Rio Chama.

 

 

 

Ed FordhamEd Fordham

Ed has been part of the Kokopelli crew since 2009 and while we may only get him for a few days at a time he is well worth the wait. When Ed’s not powering through rapids he works as a professional welder. Another New Mexico native, Ed likes to mountain bike and eat green chile. And he’s hands down the friendliest guy around!

 

William (S.U.B. – Surf Up Billy) AllenBilly Allen

Billy is the raddest dude on the river! He has been guiding with Kokopelli since the summer of 2010 and works at Ski Santa Fe during the winters. Billy is laid back and can make any boat laugh so hard they forget to paddle. A few of Billy’s favorite things include being on the water and riding great powder.

 

 

Elisha McArthurElisha McArthur

Elisha began her guiding career on the Rio Grande in 1999, and has since worked rivers in Colorado,Arizona,Wyoming, and Scotland. She has an insatiable love for rivers and is passionate about what she does! Even on her days off, Elisha can be found out on the water. Elisha is also a professional musician, and Mom to one adventurous little girl named Charlotte.