Meet the Staff

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Eric Martin – Owner

Runs the show! He’s a former US team kayaker and still loves being on the water. He took the company over from his father about 20 years ago. Having been raised in the whitewater world, running the company is his natural instinct. Backed by a degree in International Recreation Marketing from The University of Maryland, he’s always ready to add something new to WV’s offerings. If he’s not at the store, you’ll find him kayaking, fishing, skiing or hanging out in Penny Hot Springs.

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Lynne Martin – Owner

Lynne keeps the accounting running smoothly. She paddled on the junior national team for a stint after years of gymnastics and swimming. She still loves being on the water and skiing in the winter. She also studied at The University of Maryland and has a degree in Archeology. Look around and you’ll find her playing with her dog Molly, enjoying Ohiopyle or returning to her Archeological passion and searching for cool rocks.

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Kasia Martin – Director Bike Tours,

Kasia traveled through Africa and Asia before finding her way to Ohiopyle. She grew up in Colorado, attended The University of Colorado at Boulder and met Eric along the Arkansas River one fateful FIBArk Festival. She managed the Outfitters Store for years, along with Trillium Lodge, Rapid Java and marketing, and now directs our Bike Tours. She loves to bike – road or mountain, ski, run and paddle that mighty class III water.

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Ben Scoville – Operations Manager,

Ben has worked at Wilderness Voyageurs since 1998. He accepted the Operations Manager position in 2003 and has been with us full time ever since. Ben is an expert kayaker who has taken his skills all around the US. Ben graduated from Frostburg University with a Bachelor Degree in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. His Spanish skills have helped aid him in his love for travel. Ben has traveled to Nicaragua, Ecuador, the Caribbean, Australia, and all over the United States. When Ben is not working or traveling he enjoys kayaking, yoga, teleskiing, and cross country skiing.

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Amelia Firns-Hubert

Amelia is the Director of Retail Operations, responsible for keeping the store stocked with all the new gear and innovative brands an outdoor enthusiast could want.  She grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and is an avid fan of the Kansas Jayhawks despite attending Kansas State University to obtain a degree in Park Management and Conservation. In her free time you can find her hiking with her Australian Shepherd, Cheoah, or watching sports at the Pub.

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Rick Free

Rick is the Reservations Director here at Wilderness Voyageurs. A Pittsburgh native, Rick has spent the past few years exploring the country and working in Tennessee and Utah before circling back to southwestern Pennsylvania. A lover of all things outdoors, Rick is stoked to help guests plan their outdoor adventures in Ohiopyle.

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Josh Lawrey

Josh is the quintessential utility infielder here at Wilderness Voyageurs.  Bike guide, Class 5 river guide, and kayak instructor jefe.  He has been guiding the Lower Yough, Upper Yough, and Cheat Rivers for 11 years. He’s also guided on the Rio Grande in Texas, various rivers in Maine, and the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. But he’s not just at home on the river. He’ll impress you on a mountain bike and can name ANY bird you see or hear. Josh received his Master’s degree in Parks and Recreational Resource Management and Environmental Ed. at Slippery Rock University. He was Assistant Director for SRU Outdoor Adventures for two years. Josh loves to help people have fun outside!

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Zane Reinard

Zane graduated from California Univeristy of PA for parks and rec with a minor in hydrogeology. He spends most of his time outdoors, guiding people down the Youghiogheny and teaching people to climb. Growing up in Punxsutawney, PA in the midst of the PA wilderness, he came to love water sports when he used to rent canoes and kayaks on the Clarion river. During the winter months you will find Zane skiing the east coast slopes from PA to VT. Zane is eventurally interested in becoming a college professor in rehab recreation.

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Lauren Brown 

Lauren is the bike tour specialist over here at Wilderness Voyageurs. From Philadelphia originally, she moved to Pittsburgh for college and quickly developed a passion for the outdoors. Biking, hiking, fishing and skiing were attainable activities for the first time, and she was hooked. Shortly after college, Lauren and her fiance Rick traded in their cars and apartment for a 30ft RV, and traveled around the U.S. with their three pets. Traversing the Rocky Mountains on skis and running whitewater Rivers in duckies, she spent two years on the road before setting her sights out West. Now, back on the Eastern shore after six years exploring the West, she is excited to call Ohiopyle home. When she is not laying rubber on the GAP trail or exploring the forest with her dog, you can find her hiding in her studio sewing a new outfit or painting another abstract.

Sara Silbaugh

You can find Sara all over Garrett Street, as she works different jobs for both Wilderness Voyageurs and Falls City Pub while assisting co-owner Lynne Martin. Sara attended West Virginia University and received her BS in Journalism. Go Eers! She’s lived in the area since she graduated in 2011. Sara loves kayaking, hitting the river (in any way, shape or form) with friends and whipping up good eats in the kitchen with her family.

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Tracy Holt

Tracy has worked in the outdoor industry since she was 16 years old, so she knows what’s going on! Here at Wilderness Voyageurs, we call her “The Fixer,” because there isn’t a department she hasn’t touched. Tracy is one of our most knowledgeable employees, and if you call us on the phone there’s a good chance you’ll have the pleasure of chatting with her about your next Ohiopyle adventure.

Charlotte Konopka

Charlotte is our feisty New Jersey redhead. She came to Wilderness Voyageurs for a Learn to Kayak Weekend, fell in love with the area, and never left. On her days off, she loves being outside, playing in whitewater and riding a bike along the Great Allegheny Passage. If you have the pleasure of talking with Charlotte on the phone, you’ll get her signature valediction: “Thank you and have a beautiful day!”

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Melanie West
Melanie is a Youngstown, Ohio native and came to Wilderness Voyageurs in 2014 without any idea of what she was getting herself into, and hasn’t left since. After Melanie earned a Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in Political Science and Environmental Science she moved to Ohiopyle full-time. Instilled with a lifelong love for water, Melanie runs rivers all year if possible but as soon as the ponds freeze, you’ll find her playing hockey or re-learning how to ski. While she is warm and dry Melanie loves to explore the surrounding trails of Ohiopyle on foot or bike, cooking, reading, and learning Russian.
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