Meet the Team
Director and Co-FOUNDER
Shep is a Richmond native who has developed not only a passion for outdoor adventure, but loves getting friends involved as well. In the summer you may find Shep fishing the James River or taking his paddle board on Lake Gaston. His winters are spent snowboarding and weekend getaways with his wife Kelly and their two dogs Jackson and Nyla and cat Finn. Shep loves to have a good time and is a firm believer that leisure is the way of life and that playtime is not just for kids.
Co - founder
Kyle grew up in Hanover County, Virginia, developing his love for the outdoors on summer fishing trips with his grandfather on the Chesapeake Bay. It wasn’t until Kyle attended Radford University where his desire to engage others in outdoor recreation truly blossomed. Upon graduating from Radford, Kyle traveled to South Carolina where he worked as a high ropes facilitator and instructor. After South Caroline, Kyle continued on to California leading whitewater rafting, sea kayaking and cross country skiing trips for all ability levels. Kyle is now back in the RVA teaching for St. Christopher’s School and hanging with friends. You can usually find Kyle on a disc golf course, playing on the James and spending time with his wife Rachel and their dog Marley. Kyle Spends most of his time outdoors and truly believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the benefits of outdoor recreation.
SOCial media and community outreach
Ashley made her way to Richmond by way of Annapolis, Maryland. She grew up on the water, sailing, fishing, and crabbing around the Chesapeake Bay. Ashley studied Exercise Science in college, where she continued to grow a love for adventure and physical activity. She has a career promoting physical activity for various populations. Ashley is typically running around the city with her pup, Pete. Ashley volunteers with Beyond Boundaries to help manage their social media. She loves seeing people experience outdoor adventures!
Summer River Manager
Tom is a fellow river lover. He grew up camping in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, then exploring the rivers and fields of the Shenandoah Valley. He met the James River in 2002 and has spent the last 10 years teaching middle school science. Along the way he earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.T. in Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked as a trip leader in Australia, New Mexico, and right here in VA. Always one to rope his friends into an excursion, he enjoys their experience as much as his own.
Jordan is a student at Christopher Newport University, studying biology and anthropology. She loves animals, black coffee and music (especially rap and blue grass). Her favorite outdoor activities involve the water; kayaking, swimming, rafting, or just laying around Belle Isle. When Jordan graduates, she plans on working with the James River, whether it be monitoring its health, or taking people out on it.