We Are Proud to Deliver the Best Whitewater Rafting Trips in the World!

Wilderness Aware takes a tremendous amount of pride in the unique individuals we hire to become part of our company. Here is a look at the people that make up our white water rafting family.

Meet Our Owners and Managers:

  • The Greiner Family – Owners – Joe and Sue Greiner purchased Wilderness Aware in 1985. Joe and Sue have two sons, Benjamin and Ethan, who have both become river guides with the company, in addition to pursuing engineering degrees. The family has rafted around the country and the world.
  • Joe Greiner – Owner – Got his start in the outdoors in Boy Scouts and is an Eagle Scout. His degree is in Environmental Interpretation.
  • Sue Greiner – Owner – Her dual degrees in Wildlife Biology and Sustainability have given her an understanding of biologic processes and business sustainability that has made Wilderness Aware an environmental leader.
  • Jody Werner – Information Systems – Jody began working for Wilderness Aware in 1986. Since then she has worked as a shuttle driver, Office Manager and finally as the Information Systems Manager. Jody moved to Buena Vista in 1978, is married to husband Pete, has two sons RJ and Nathan, and two grandbabies Michael and Bailey.
  • Lillian Simpson – Digital Marketing – Lillian started working for Wilderness Aware in 2001. She worked in the office before moving into the Office Manger position in 2006, and into the Digital Marketing and Design position in 2010. Lillian has a degree in art and education from Fort Lewis in Durango, CO, is married to husband Craig and has one son, Chase.
  • Katie Schmitt – Office Manager – Katie starting working for Wilderness Aware in the summer of 2006. She has working as an office reservationist during the summer before moving into the Office Manger position in 2009. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2010.
  • Kelsie Plackner – Assistant Office Manager – Kelsie came to work for Wilderness Aware in the summer of 2013, working as an office reservationist before moving into the Assistant Office Manager position in 2017. Kelsie is a Buena Vista native and graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2014.
  • Mike Rogers – Operations Manager and Salt River Manager – Mike came to work for Wilderness Aware in 2009. Since then he has worked as a guide on the Salt River during spring and on our rivers in Colorado during the summer. He moved into the Salt River Manager position in the spring 2015, and then as Operations Manager in the summer of 2015.
  • Sarah Evans – Head Boatwoman – Sarah came to Wilderness Aware as a guide in the summer of 2012 and moved up to the head boatwoman position in 2016. Sarah married fellow guide and longtime friend, Brandon, in the summer of 2016 and spends her off-season as teacher.
  • Isaiah Karsen – Assistant Salt River Manager – Isaiah began his guiding career in Colorado in the summer of 2015. Since then he has worked as a guide in both Arizona and Colorado, before becoming the new Assistant Salt River Manager in 2017.

Meet Our Whitewater Rafting Guides:

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