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.

Wilderness Voyageurs Staff
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.

Chelsea Pogue, Reservations Director

Originally from Loveland Ohio, Chelsea majored in Hospitality and Tourism with a business minor at Ohio University. She came to the Ohiopyle area to work at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. She joined the Wilderness Voyageurs team in 2018 to take over the reservations department. Chelsea loves to hike with her dog Cherokee, and she’s hands-down the classiest member of our staff!

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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.

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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.

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.

Wilderness Voyageurs River Guides
Keith Sankey

One of our most fun-loving and energetic guides, Sankey has stepped into the role of assistant Operations Manager when Ben Scoville has other stuff to do! Keith also instructs kayak lessons and teaches the Whitewater Merit Badge classes for our Scout groups.

Wilderness Voyageurs River Guides
Rich Rostaucher

Rich is one of our most senior guides and the director of our guide training program.  He has been working for Wilderness Voyageurs since 2001. Rich works on the Lower Yough, Upper Yough, Cheat , Casselman, and the Savage Rivers. Rich is an avid low water boater and has also dipped his paddle into the Gauley, Arkansas and Tygart rivers in the US and the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. During the school year you can find Rich teaching the youth of America in Pittsburgh. He received his BS in Education and is certified in Secondary Biology, Earth/Space Science, and General Science and has taught grades 6-9 for the past 16 years.

Amanda Barnhart

Amanda is our stalwart Operations Assistant who does all the grunt work to keep our vehicles, drivers and buildings up to code! Amanda studied Parks and Recreation at Frostburg State University and is a former field technician at Conemaugh Valley Conservancy. During the winter, she supervises the Little Rippers ski school program at Hidden Valley Resort. She’s a Jane of all trades!