About Us

Our Guides

STAFF - “Our Guides Make the Difference”

We are proud to have the best staff in Northern Colorado!

Let’s get to know the folks at Mountain Whitewater Descents!

  • Kiley Miller — Office/Operations

    Kiley Miller

    Kiley is from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Fort Collins to start her Master’s at Colorado State University in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language. She can be found in the classroom in the off season, teaching composition at CSU, usually with a book in hand. Outside of work, Kiley tries to travel near and far as often as possible, check out the local craft beers, and spend time traipsing the mountains with her dogs, Obi Wan Kenobi and Lu Skywalker. This is Kiley’s 6th season with Mountain Whitewater.

    "Excellent customer service from the time of booking to the guides and after." — Daniel L. from TripAdvisor

  • Melissa Matsunaka — Raft Guide

    Melissa Matsunaka

    Melissa grew up in Loveland, CO. She earned a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University and a Law Degree from the University of Colorado. During the off-season, her passion for rivers leads her to travel to new and different rivers across the country. She can be found walking her dog, skiing, or playing golf when not rafting. This is Melissa's 23rd year as a professional raft guide on the Poudre River, making her the longest-tenured, full-time guide on the river. She is a Swiftwater Rescue Technician and was named Guide of the Year in 2008.

    “Our guide Melissa made the trip more than just a ride down the river! She made it extremely entertaining with her excellent sense of humor and her knowledge of the river.” — Chris, Denver

  • Matt Troyanek — Raft Guide

    Matt Troyanek

    Matt comes from Duluth, MN. He now finds his home in Laramie, WY where he became addicted to rafting in 1995. His diverse passion for helping others to have fun in the outdoors includes training international mountaineering guides and mentoring youth in outdoor ministry. Matt’s safety training in Swiftwater Rescue and EMT-B, compliment his Business degree from the University of Wyoming. This is Matt's 25th year as a whitewater guide on the Poudre and North Platte Rivers.

    “Our guide, Matt, was fabulous. Everybody else treated us very professionally while still ensuring we had a great time!” — Alex, MN

  • Marissa “Mar” Inhofer — Raft Guide

    Marissa “Mar” Inhofer

    Mar Aka Marissa aka Misfit
    Is a proud mom of one fur baby. She has spent the last 10 years on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific (Oahu)
    She is a certified massage therapist, an occupational therapy assistant, and a fitness and yoga instructor.
    As a nature lover, and hyper-recreationist she has participated in everything from beauty pageants to cage fighting. If she’s not on the river guarantee she’s outside chasing some crazy adventure… or plotting one. (Her last big one included a 1700-mile bike ride down the west coast on highway 101) She’s a world traveler and has been to 7 countries and counting.
    She is swift water rescue certified and this is her second year with Mountain Whitewater. Come rafting with Mar!

    Mar was an awesome guide! We were on the smaller boat and she got us through lots of obstacles beautifully. Lots of laughter and fun! — Stevie

  • Forest Greenough — Safety Kayaker

    Forest Greenough

    A native of Washington State, Forest moved to Colorado in 1999 for graduate school. Forest’s “other job” is Professor of Double Bass and Music Theory at CSU in Fort Collins, where he has worked since 2005—not coincidentally, the same amount of time he has been a professional river guide and kayak instructor on both the Arkansas and Poudre rivers. When he isn’t guiding, kayaking, mountain biking, or enjoying the spectacular Colorado backcountry on his splitboard, Forest performs frequent classical and jazz shows around the state and country, and occasionally overseas. This is his 14th season as a guide and safety boater for Mountain Whitewater

    “Our guide, Forest G. was awesome.” — The Beene Family, Texas

  • Jaque McVey “Tiny” — Raft Guide

    Jaque McVey “Tiny”

    Jaq or "Tiny" is originally from Ohio and Montana.  She graduated with a degree in Natural Resource Management and a minor in Water Sustainability from Colorado State University.  When not on the river Tiny also enjoys climbing and snowboarding.  This is her 3rd year as a guide on the Poudre River.  She is trained in Swiftwater Rescue Techniques.  She looks forward to seeing you on the river and guiding you through this world-class river.  

    "Our guide Tiny was fabulous and very skilled and knowledgeable about the river. " — Tara, Virginia

  • Casey Batezel — Raft Guide

    Casey Batezel

    Originally from Texas, Casey has called Colorado home for most of his life. Casey graduated from the University of Missouri in 2013 with a degree in Photo Journalism and is passionate about pursuing people and their stories. He is also on staff with a local church and loves spending time with close friends and adventuring outside. Casey worked as a firefighter in Missouri and is trained in Swiftwater Rescue, Rope Rescue, and as a W-EMT. This is his 14th year as a guide for Mountain Whitewater.

    “Casey was very engaging throughout the trip and made the experience fun for all! — Josh, TX

  • Coe Stemple — Raft Guide

    Coe Stemple

    Coe was born in the Texas panhandle and has lived in the Colorado Front Range for over 10 years now.  He majored in geography and got his minor in sustainability online at Arizona State University.  During his time off the river, Coe likes to spend his time rock climbing, mountain biking and singing duets with his dog. Coe is trained in Swiftwater Rescue Techniques.  This is Coe's 6th season working on the Cache La Poudre and he loves taking people from all over the world rafting!

    "The guides were all great, especially Coe. He kept us safe and made us feel we were the best rafters even when we had a high side early on in the trip." — Shay, Missouri

  • Justin Romero — Raft Guide

    Justin Romero

    Justin grew up in Fort Collins where he explores the mountains, he attends Colorado State University working towards his forestry and rangeland degree. He enjoys spending his time in a hammock in the mountains listening to the wind whip through the trees. When not on the river Justin can be found eating burritos and listening to Rock’n’roll. He likes fishing, hunting, hiking, snowboarding, and many other things.  He is trained in Swiftwater Rescue Techniques. This is Justin’s 3rd year guiding on the Cache La Poudre River.

    "Our family had a blast. Would highly recommend them! Justin was awesome. He was a great guide with great stories and information as we rafted." — Rich B, MO

  • Jack Reed — Raft Guide & Safety Kayaker

    Jack Reed

    Jack was born in Fort Collins and grew up exploring Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Colorado. He started guiding rivers at Mountain Whitewater in 2004, the same year he became a Certified Massage Therapist. In 2010 he earned welding certificates at Butte College in California. He has been creating and independently releasing music since 2004. Jack has uncounted river miles across the US. This will be Jack's 17th season with Mountain Whitewater. Jack is trained in swiftwater rescue and was named Guide of the Year in 2016.

    Guides were very professional and concerned with safety at all times and we plan to do it again next year. Thank you Jack!
    — Elisa, Fort Collins

  • Spencer Krissovich — Raft Guide

    Spencer Krissovich

    My name is Spencer! I’ve lived in Montana most my life. I graduated from MSU with a BS in BS. After graduating, I decided to become a professional bum. I raft the summers and ski the winters. Outdoors is the name of the game. I love it all, especially boatin! I’ve rafted rivers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Colorado! I’ve been trained in swift-water rescue techniques and love to take people of all skill levels down the river. Let’s go boatin! This is my second year with Mountain Whitewater

    "Spencer was a fantastic guide. I was really nervous because this was a new experience for this 56 year old. His instructions were clear and I truly felt safe. The thrill was something I will be talking about for a while. The photographs were a definite plus." — Daydream426995

  • TJ Wilkerson — Raft Guide

    TJ Wilkerson

    TJ has a taste for adventure. From eating chili cheese dogs to kayaking in above-ground pools TJ has seen it all. Starting in Alaska guiding on the Mendenhall Lake and River, to Montana guiding on the Yellowstone River, TJ has come to Colorado to play on the Poudre. TJ has his swift water training certification and is working on a degree in Snow Science. He is excited for his first year at Mountain Whitewater!

    Great rafting trip
    "TJ was a great guide. The whole staff was professional. We saw other tours and were glad we chose this one. You won’t be disappointed!!" — Steve L

  • Summer Wyatt — Raft Guide

    Summer Wyatt

    Summer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and got her degree in Exercise and Movement Science at the University of Vermont. 5 hours after graduating college, she hopped on a plane to raft guide in Montana on the Yellowstone river, and her degree has remained untouched ever since. This is my third summer raft guiding. In the summer and off-season I’ll do pretty much anything to not pay rent and live out of her mom-van and explore. In the winter, She's a professional ski bum. This is her first summer with Mountain Whitewater .

    Good Rafting Activity. Summer (Our guide) was helpful and friendly in making sure our first rafting experience was enjoyable. The entire management from the Check in till Check out, was all professional. — trip advisor

  • Ezequiel “Zorro” Torres Badilla — Safety Boater and Raft Guide

    Ezequiel “Zorro”  Torres Badilla

    Ezequiel- a.k.a "Zorro", aka "EZ", aka "Zeke"was born in Turrialba, Costa Rica where he grew up learning to paddle the backwaters around his home town.  For 13 years, he honed his paddling prowess in Rafting and Kayaking as a young kid.  He moved to the US 10 years ago to kayak the incredible rivers around Colorado.  Zorro has decided to settle near the Poudre River and now works for the local school district and is raising his young son and growing the best local garlic you can find anywhere on the front range.  This is his second year with Mountain Whitewater.

    "We had an awesome day rafting! An excellent way to spend the 4th of July - lots of rapids and a great guide - Ezekiel aka Zorro - thank you so much for a fun afternoon! If you are in town - check them out." — Emily, Philadelphia

  • Dalton Klein — Raft Guide

    Dalton Klein

    Dalton is a Colorado native who grew up in Denver. This is his 4th season on the Poudre River. He spent one year after high school playing junior hockey in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently pursuing a Political Science degree from Colorado Mesa University. When the water is too low you can find Dalton fishing, skiing, or finding some way to enjoy the outdoors. In the off-season, along with school, Dalton also works as a ski lift operator. An incident while playing hockey has left him lacking a full set of teeth, making it easier to identify him as your guide. Dalton is trained in Swiftwater Rescue.

    "Dalton's dirty dangles delivered down dangerous draws decidedly deftly; drawing delightful descriptions dankly like a druid." — Chris, from TripAdvisor

  • Adam Pearlstein — Raft Guide & Photographer

    Adam Pearlstein

    Adam is originally from Los Angeles, California. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz and Colorado State University with a bachelor's and master's in physics respectively, and has been working for Mountain Whitewater since 2014. During the off-season, Adam teaches physics at CSU and helps run a K-12 science outreach program. When not on the river or in the classroom, he enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hiking, and climbing. Adam is trained as an Emergency Medical Technician and trained in Swiftwater Rescue. This is Adam's 8th year as a guide.

    "Our guide was Adam, and he was super helpful and patient throughout the whole trip ... He kept his composure and was fun to have as our guide." — Alyssa C. from TripAdvisor

  • Mason Maddie — Raft Guide

    Mason Maddie

    Mason was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. He left Louisiana in 2015 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he discovered his love for rock climbing. Realizing there were no mountains to climb in Louisiana, he moved to Colorado, where he picked up mountain biking and of course, whitewater sports! Mason will be attending NOLS for his WEMT certification this fall and hopes to travel the world chasing more big rivers and living life as fast as he can! This is Mason's second year with Mountain Whitewater

    Great times on the Poudre!
    "6 of us rafted the Poudre this past Saturday for a friend's 40th birthday and it was a great time! Mason was our guide and absolutely killed it! Mountain Whitewater is a great company that clearly knows how to hire and train a good crew!" — Kris, Denver

  • Lindsey Modesitt — Executive Dream Alchemist

    Lindsey Modesitt

    Lindsey grew up in Fort Collins where she developed a deep and all-encompassing love for mountains, rivers and especially the Poudre River. After learning to guide on various rivers in Northern California, she returned home to guide on the Poudre. She has a BS degree from CSU and is trained as an EMT and a Swiftwater Rescue Technician. In her free time, Lindsey loves to Mountain Bike, Ski, Sail, Surf, Paddleboard, and do just about anything that involves water. This is her 26th year as a professional guide.

    “Our guide was super...we would definitely recommend to others and be back ourselves.” — Amy, IA

  • Ella Modesitt — The Big Boss

    Ella Modesitt

    Ella was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has spent much of her life near water. At six, she sailed around the Caribbean with her family and learned to climb the halyards on the boat. A skill she will use when she is your guide in 2024. For now, Ella is in 8th grade, going into 9th. She loves to ski, raft, surf, hike, play the violin, and sing in her school choir. You will certainly see her smiling face on the grounds of Mountain Whitewater and the Paddler’s Pub, she may even book your trip!

    "The raft guides were very pleasant and experienced. I would do it again with this outfit. Thanks!"

  • Turtle Modesitt — The Little Boss

    Turtle Modesitt

    Turtle is from Fort Collins, Colorado. Yes, “Turtle” is his real name, his prior real name was Chase but after sailing around the Caribbean for 15 months he has become “Turtle.” Turtle is a member of the rookie guide class of 2026, he might just have fins by then. He is the number one gear washer at Mountain Whitewater so if there is a problem with your gear, see him. He loves his job and takes it extremely seriously. When not working Turtle enjoys rafting, surfing, soccer, chess and beating his dad at various competitions.

    "Staff went above and beyond to make sure that we had a great time. Always felt safe and yet had quite the run."

  • Brad Modesitt — Chief Entertainment Officer

    Brad Modesitt

    Brad Modesitt is from Michigan but has lived in Colorado most of his life. This is his 29th year as a professional guide on the Cache La Poudre and other rivers. Privately he has boated on four continents while pursuing his passion for traveling. He has over 24,901 river miles which is the circumference of the earth! He has been trained as an Emergency Medical Technician, Outdoor Emergency Care, and Canyons River rescue Course. His favorite trip so far has been canoeing to New Orleans and then bicycling to Chile.

    “Brad made the trip educational and enjoyable.” — John, TX