Coeur d'Alene, ID Staff Bios

Peter Grubb & Betsy Bowen

Founders

Peter founded ROW back in 1979, after discovering river running on the East Coast. He attended St. John's in Annapolis, MD and has traveled throughout the world. His studies in the "Great Books," mythology, and western civilization led him to Turkey, where he led ROW's tours for over a decade. Certified by the National Association of Interpretation as a Certified Interpretation Guide, Peter also completed certification in 2004 to train other guides in the art of cultural and natural history interpretation. He also speaks French and plays the guitar. He lives with his wife Betsy Bowen and has two kids, Mariah and Jonah, who are now out of the house making their own adventures around the world.

Co-founder of ROW, Betsy has safely made the transition from expert kayaker and skier to the challenging world of motherhood. A favorite among guides, she led ROW trips in Idaho and Turkey prior to the birth of her daughter Mariah (born 1991) and Jonah (born 1993). Betsy is a talented potter and when not caring for her children, she loves working in her studio.

Although Peter and Betsy do not work in the day-to-day much these days at the ROW Family of Companies (ROW Adventures, Adventure Unbound, Sea Kayak Adventures) -- they still are a wealth of knowledge, experience, and most importantly, care and support to the rest of the team.

Geoff Jans

Director of Operations

Geoff arrived at ROW after nearly a decade of expedition guiding, snow safety, and remote operations management experience in Alaska. There, he learned that good things do happen to those who venture North in search of adventure (he met his wife within months of arriving). In pursuit of a greater understanding of the industry that had supported his passion for wild places, he completed a Master’s degree in Tourism Management at Colorado State University.

Geoff’s greatest career accomplishment to date was overseeing the grand opening and operations of a successful remote eco-lodge in the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park.  We’re excited to have his experienced perspective in the art of wilderness hospitality leading the operations at ROW.

 

Michelle Darnell

Assistant Director Sales & Marketing

From Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, Michelle has found her home at ROW Adventures as our Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing.  Graduating from Whitworth University with a Bachelor’s in Teaching and Kinesiology, Michelle forewent her dreams of teaching in lieu of opportunities in the outdoor recreation industry.  For the past 10 years Michelle has focused her time and energy into roles that support outdoor recreation and travel.  As a new Mom, Michelle has a renewed passion for this work; hoping to inspire the next generation to love, nurture and enjoy our outdoor spaces. 

Michelle and her Family love new adventures, whether it’s exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest or discovering a new International destination, they’re happy when the scenery is new and unexpected. A few favorites are Acadia National Park, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Quebec City.   Michelle is an avid sports fan, loves to cycle, and doesn’t take herself too seriously! If you run into her, she’s likely to have a smile on her face, a coffee in her hand and a few good books ready to go on her kindle app. 

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Candy Bening

USA & Rivers Sales Manager

Born in 1964, raised in Santa Cruz, California. WW Rafting guide since 1989: CA, ID, MT. Moved to Idaho in 1993; joined ROW in 1994.

After spending 10 yrs in the high tech industry, Candy made a life-altering change and became both a rafting guide and ski patroller. In her near 25 yrs with ROW, she has worked in the field guiding, evaluating, managing and traveling with ROW thus gaining first-hand knowledge of all the ID, MT & OR rivers and many of the Int’l vacation experiences including the Galapagos Islands. 

Her friendly, outgoing personality, as well as her expertise, has made her succeed in the office overseeing sales, assisting guests by offering suggestions and solutions to ensure each person/family has the best time ever! Candy, along with her husband and two girls, are avid white water rafting enthusiasts. Together they have joined ROW on rivers all over the west.

Destination Specialties: USA Rivers, Futaleufu River

Favorite Trip: "There is no better place than the river canyon you are in"

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Morag Prosser

International Sales Manager

Mogs is highly qualified as one of ROW's Adventure Consultants and International trip specialist because, if you have dreamed it, there is a good chance that Mogs has done it! From the first commercial descent of the White Nile in Uganda to sky diving in New Zealand, to trekking the Golden Triangle in Thailand, to trucking across Iceland, and even wine tasting across Europe. One of her favorite childhood memories is fishing with her dad on Loch Glass in the Scottish Highlands and always catching the bigger fish.

Mogs has a Law degree from Aberdeen but when she moved to Idaho she sought a more adventurous career. She resides in Coeur d'Alene Idaho with her husband and three dogs and doesn't let any moss grow under her feet. Mogs first went to the Galapagos on ROW's land-based sea kayaking trip in 2006 and has since been there regularly since, along with many other places in the world that ROW shares with our guests.

Destination Specialties: You Name It! Galapagos, Peru, Africa, Arctic, Antarctic, Croatia, Patagonia....

Favorite Trip: Taste of Croatia

Stephanie Wells-Gray

Cuba Unbound Adventure Consultant

Originally from the Midwest, Stephanie grew up taking trips with her family to the mountains of Montana and Wyoming where she developed an insatiable love for the outdoors. She found her desire for travel as a young adult and has since traveled through Europe, Latin America, and Canada, as well as throughout much of the western US. Ten years ago she moved out to the Pacific Northwest in search of new mountains and adventures.

There she graduated from Portland State University and focused her studies on marine biology, environmental conservation, and geology. After graduating, she jumped into the adventure and outdoor industry and has never looked back. Her favorite activities include cycling, backpacking, and mountaineering, and more recently she has taken an interest in paddling and skiing. If it involves the outdoors, she wants to try it!

Stephanie recently relocated to Spokane, Washington and loves all the fresh scenery in her new home. She is excited to keep exploring the world, and couldn’t be happier to share her enthusiasm for travel and adventure with our guests and Cuba Unbound!

Destination Specialties: Cuba

Favorite Trip: Cuba Unbound Signature Tour

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Rachel Dodge

Adventure Consultant

Growing up, Rachel was surrounded by adventure as both a livelihood and a way of life. The daughter of two working artists, she traveled around the world with her family to see national parks, monuments, historical exhibits, galleries and museums, and even to visit art villages in Mexico, as well as the homes of other artists in Europe.

Whether it was exploring the backcountry of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, or living abroad in Italy for 6+ years, her passion has always been the travel experience. Closely tied to travel, she also loves art, culture, foreign language, and International law regarding cultural property across borders.

As an Adventure Consultant with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Rachel gets to combine her passions with the amazing world of nature, wildlife, and the outdoors, while kayaking in some of the most beautiful places in the world. She loves working with our guests to help them create unique, once in a lifetime memories and travel experiences, and has an infectious excitement for life, a passion for people, and an appreciation for the many ways we all come together in this great big world.

Outside of work, Rachel volunteers with a local non-profit organizing youth art workshops, exercises her green thumb, geeks out over wine and cooking, and spends time with her puppy, family, and friends.

Destination Specialties: Baja, Corsica, Croatia, Scotland, British Columbia

Favorite Trip: God's Pocket Kayaking

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Emily Kinsella

Adventure Consultant

Ten years ago Emily moved from the Portland area to Coeur d'Alene and fell in love with her new lakeside home. After six years in software marketing, she made the bold and burnt-out decision to pursue a job that allowed for more personal fulfillment and a meaningful connection to nature and travel. Emily began her work at ROW as a seasonal summer employee and stayed on as a year-round Adventure Consultant, specializing in South American adventures. 

Since moving to our international department, Emily has been able to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru, and Argentina. She has slumbered under the Equatorial stars, trekked over an iceberg in Patagonia, and cuddled llamas at Machu Picchu. She is frequently and embarrassingly moved to tears when given the opportunity to share her own travel experiences with guests who are looking for insight into planning their own memories. 
 
Emily is also a media nerd with a background in writing and editing who is currently completing a communications degree. You can find her unwinding by cooking a comforting meal with a podcast playing and a glass of wine in hand. 

Destination Specialties: Galapagos, Peru, Baja

Favorite Trip: Galapagos Unbound

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Jason Kruger

Adventure Consultant

Born and raised in Coeur d' Alene Idaho, Jason has always had a great appreciation of getting outdoors.  He attended college at the University of Idaho earning a Bachelors's degree in physical education, health, and outdoor program leadership.  Jason is passionate about sharing nature with others and enjoys seeing their reactions to new experiences.

Jason enjoys the four seasons that the North-West has to offer and the changing scenery and outdoor opportunities presented with each of the seasons. When not in the office, your likely to find Jason; on the water, wilderness backpacking, hiking, biking, snow skiing, or riding on motorcycles and ATVs.  

As our resident comedian, you're likely to find Jason telling jokes to co-workers or fellow guests on a trip. If you're lucky enough to get on the river with him, you're sure to laugh a lot! 

Destination Specialties: USA Rivers

Favorite Trip: "That is like asking my favorite beer or ice cream!"

 

Cathy Henderson

Adventure Consultant

Cathy was drawn to the Pacific Northwest by her love of nature and outdoor adventure. A native Texan, she was captivated by Idaho's natural beauty, four seasons, and opportunity for year-round adventure. Cathy moved to Coeur d'Alene in 2010, where she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and fishing.

Cathy is a white water rafting enthusiast and is excited about all the adventures yet to come and the opportunities to share her passion for connecting our guests to life-expanding travel experiences. She spends her free time looking for new places to explore with her two dogs, Lola and Abby.

Destination Specialties: USA Rivers

Favorite Trip: Rogue River Rafting