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 fifth 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. When not rafting, she can be found walking her dog, skiing or playing golf. 2020 marks Melissa's 21st 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 21st 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

  • 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.

    “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 2nd 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. Jaq/tiny > From OH/MT > Graduated with a major in Natural Resource management and minor in water sustainability from colorado state university

    "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 11th 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 5th season working on the Cache La Poudre and 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

  • Austin Niles — Raft Guide

    Austin Niles

    While I am originally from Southern California, Colorado has been my proud home for the majority of my life. I recently graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Tourism Management to pursue my passion working with people and the environment. If for some reason you can’t find me on the river, it's probably because I am off eating, backpacking, snowboarding/skiing, climbing, fishing, or traveling the world. As a second-year guide, I am excited to begin navigating more of the world’s great rivers.

    "Best raft ride so far. Lots of fun, outstanding guide on our raft. Austin was our guide, request him for your ride." — 499Glen, Arkansas

  • 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 Resue Techniques. This is Justin’s 2nd 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 12th 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

  • Ben Sturm — Raft Guide

    Ben Sturm


    “Ben is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU for his B.S. in Environmental Engineering. He grew up practically IN the lakes of Minnesota and has experience guiding rock climbing and backpacking in New Zealand. When off the river you can find him on the trails, camping, rock climbing or enjoying music in good company. In the off season Ben is hard at work studying for his next excruciating exam, working, or training for the next challenges of the summer season. His goals include travelling the world to help solve sustainable engineering problems of the future while pursuing his outdoor recreation passions. Good luck finding him in one place for too long! Ben has racked up multiple hours in Wilderness First Aid and Swiftwater Rescue.”

    "Our expert guide, Ben, made sure we were all working in unison and helped the team work together to have a blast down even the level IV rapids." — Tracey F. from TripAdvisor

  • Devon Young — Raft Guide

    Devon Young

    Devon is a Fort Collins native giving her a know-how for anything to do around town. She is entering her third year at Mountain Whitewater. Outside of the Poudre she has guided rivers in Oregon and India during multi-day trips and paddled class V trips in New Zealand and Costa Rica. During the off-season she flips houses with her family business. In her free time she enjoys dancing, rollerskating, climbing, and all things outdoors. She's planning on being a part of the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers and hopes to open a wildlife sanctuary. Devon is trained in Swiftwater Rescue and is Wilderness First Aid certified.

    "The rafting experience was great with the water and the atmosphere. More importantly, the guides made it truly exceptional" — Jim, Denver

  • Dalton Klein — Raft Guide

    Dalton Klein

    Dalton is a Colorado native who grew up in Denver. This is his 3rd 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

  • Kaeden Fisher — Raft Guide

    Kaeden Fisher

    Born on a small island in the South Pacific, Kaeden Fisher grew up in the magnificent San Juan Mountains of CO. Since he was young, Kaeden has been riding mountain bikes, skiing, and playing in the whitewater of Colorado’s mighty rivers. Years later, an avid outdoorsman, Kaeden has backpacked, biked, rafted, and skied thousands of miles across the western US. More than just good looks, he is currently attending CSU for Biochemistry, studying plant-based medications. This is Kaeden's second season as a raft guide. He is trained in Wilderness First Aid and Swiftwater Rescue.

    “Kaeden was an absolutely fantastic guide! Not good, not great, fantastic! He kept us entertained, taught us the correct way to do things, and encouraged us the entire time! Next time I go I will be requesting Kaeden!” — Google Reviews

  • 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 bachelors and masters 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.

    "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

  • Lindsey Modesitt — Executive Dream Alchemist

    Lindsey Modesitt

    Lindsey grew up in Fort Collins where she developed a deep and all-encompassing love for 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.

    “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 25th 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