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Meet the Staff

To contact us:

919-416-1200

info@froghollowoutdoors.com

 Keith Radke - Lead Guide and Senior Lead Instructor

I grew up in Illinois and got my start paddling the Rock River, which was right across from my parents' house.  Around that time I also began taking a trusty red Old Town canoe out on a few lakes in both Illinois and Wisconsin.  As an only child, I soon realized that kayaking is a much more efficient means of paddling if you are by yourself, so I saved up until I was able to acquire a Perception Corona sea kayak in high school. By and by, on a lark, a friend and I decided to take a road trip down to the Tellico River in TN our senior year of high school to try whitewater kayaking.  This trip is where I began my love affair with my favorite form of paddling.  This road trip became an annual tradition and carried into college, where I also worked as a whitewater rafting guide and sea kayaking instructor numerous summers in West Virginia and Boston, both honing my own skills and knowledge while helping to facilitate good times for others on the water.
Frog Hollow is the continuing thread of my professional paddling endeavors, whether it is teaching, guiding, loading boats, or chatting to folks and the occasional dog at West Point on the Eno.  I love paddling and feel very fortunate that I am able to help others enjoy it as well.  See you out there!

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Bryan Lesko - Lead Guide and Instructor

Originally from Central Illinois, Bryan moved to North Carolina in 1995 and joined the Frog Hollow staff in 2011. Although Bryan is an IT consultant by day, he finds his true passion in the great outdoors. He enjoys visiting the National Parks and cycling with his wife, Emily, backpacking with his friends, and kayaking with his Frog Hollow family.  Bryan is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, so you’ll be in good hands with him around! Affectionately nicknamed Quiet Riot by Frog Hollow, Bryan is laid back, patient and meticulous, but don’t let his quiet demeanor fool you; you’re guaranteed to have a fun time on any trip he guides!

Banks Dixon - All things Frog Hollow

Banks began the first inception of Frog Hollow in 1998 as a very tiny side business.  In 2006 he re-envisioned the business to become his full time work. Banks has worked as an outdoor guide, instructor, and environmentalist since the late 80s, doing work such as the Adventure Director for Camp Frederick in OH facilitating team-building workshops through low and high ropes courses, river trips and caving expeditions, and Stewardship Coordinator for the Triangle Land Conservancy managing land and volunteers. He is an Eagle Scout, a trained National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS) Outdoor Educator, American Canoe Association (ACA) Kayak Instructor, and a Wilderness First Responder (WFR).   His personal travels include numerous larger expeditions, highlights of these include: thru-hiking the AT, climbing Mt. Rainier, traversing the Baja, traversing the Everglades, and trekking the Annapurna’s in Nepal.  Banks is committed to helping clients gain a greater respect and understanding of themselves, others, and their environment through outdoor adventure based activities.

Checkout Banks’ Blogs: Water Is The Source and IntrepiDad

Stephen Mullaney - Senior Lead Guide, Senior Lead Instructor, and Programs Coordinator, and overflowing fountain of ideas!

Bio.

Donna Myers - Guide and Support Instructor

Donna is a North Carolina native who grew up in Greenville and has lived most of her adult life in Central NC.  Ever since high school, she has spent her time both working and recreating outdoors.  Her favorite activities are road and trail biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming, bird watching and paddling.  She is passionate about the environment, wildlife and water resources.

Donna also worked at the Haw River Assembly as their Watershed Education Coordinator and currently volunteers with the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.   During her free time she explores the natural wonders of Durham and surrounding areas with her partner, Heather and dog, Murray.

Rainbow Teasley - Lead Guide, Instructor, and Camp Programs Coordinator

Rainbow is a certified Recreational Therapist.  She spent her childhood summers at Girl Scout Camp Graham on Kerr Lake, eventually becoming a staff member at camp, teaching canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and swimming. Rainbow graduated from Durham School of the Arts and Western Carolina University with a degree in Recreational Therapy.  Rainbow brings to Frog Hollow years of experience as camp staff and a true love of the water. Her other interests include; cooking, gardening, singing, playing in the mud, baby sitting and playing with kids, and spending time with family.

Natasha Teasley - Operations Guru & Jane of all Trades

Tasha is a Durham native.  She is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Leadership and Instruction, and is a member and alumni of the Wilderness Education Association. Although she was an active Girl Scout growing up it wasn’t until she joined the Canoe and Kayak team (on a dare) in college that she discovered her love of paddling.  The next year she was helping teach for the team. Since then Tasha has guided caving and backpacking trips in the western part of North Carolina, as well as paddling trips all over the state.  Her favorite Frog Hollow trips have been the overnights on Lake Jocassee and in the lower Roanoke River basin.  Even though she has drifted in and out as staff since 2004, she is happy to be back “home”.  When she isn’t in the office or on trips with Frog Hollow she enjoys photography, snow skiing, all things New Orleans, and playing dress up with and throwing sticks for her rescue pit bull, Dove.

Matthew Revilla - Guide and Instructor

Matthew began working for Frog Hollow in 2011, while serving as an AmeriCorps member at El Centro Hispano in downtown Durham.  He grew up in Williamston, NC which sits on the Roanoke river, and spent his teenage years kayaking and canoeing on the Roanoke and it’s swamps and tributaries.  He is a certified EMT and currently works as a Research Associate for UNC's Lineberger Cancer Center consenting English and Spanish Speaking patients for a study, and has his sights set on medical school. He would like to see the outdoors open up to diverse populations, and Frog Hollow's commitment to that is why he loves working here!

Meet Banks in this video interview with Our State Magazine about Frog Hollow and the Eno River.

Sean McCarthy – Guide and Support Staff

Sean was raised by forward thinkers in the hills of Western Massachusetts. He was encouraged to read, draw, climb trees, ride his bike and generally just be active.  He worked on small dairy farms in high school, learning team work, logistics, and construction.  He studied Communications at UNC Chapel Hill and discovered the joys of kayaking and white water in Western NC. A born entrepreneur, he has had a moving company, an advertising agency and a few close calls with real estate. For the past decade he has been blessed to live in Durham and work for some wonderful folks with his home improvement/repair business. Recently he realized he is most interested in holistic health and wellness. So he’s in school again, becoming a certified Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since joining the Frog Hollow staff Sean has learned a lot. He is CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified. He loves being with people and always having another adventure on the calendar.

Sandro Mendoza – Support Staff

Sandro was born in San Pabilto Puebla, Mexico and grew up in Durham. He is very active in his community, always willing to help out and volunteer for whatever is needed (you can check out some of his volunteer handywork on the mural that is on the side of Torrero's at the corner of Main and Duke St). He speaks three languages: Otomi, Spanish and English. In his free time he enjoys being outside, playing soccer, and being in a kayak or canoe. Sandro enjoys working at our West Point Outpost, come by and say hello sometime.

Joey Flowers – Jr Staff

Joey is a new official addition to the Frog Hollow Staff. Joey started as a camper with Frog Hollow hiking and paddling his way around North Carolina. During these expeditions, he was always one to lend a hand, and volunteered as a Counselor In Training at Frog Hollow summer camps for several weeks. He enjoys all paddle sports, but has a certain knack for paddle boarding. He loves the outdoors and is looking forward to sharing all of the important skills that he has learned over the past year. Joey is a rising junior at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC, where he is on the wrestling and track teams. He also plays a mean clarinet!

Cathy Teasley – Lead Guide and Operations Support Staff

Cathy is a Durham native and fervent defender of her hometown. She has fond memories of exploring the Neuse River as a teenager before it was under Falls Lake. She was a Girl Scout leader in Durham for over 20 years, during that time she took great pride and pleasure in instilling a love of the outdoors in girls and other leaders. In addition to paddling she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, snow skiing and animal rescue. Cathy can often be found on the Moutains-to-Sea trail or Kerr Lake. Her favorite Frog Hollow trips are the Paddle Under the Stars and Exploring NC river trips. When she is not working for Frog Hollow her favorite paddling trips are the Three Rivers Area and Tuckaseegee and Cashie Rivers as well as a few places she calls her "secret spots".

Jeff Zern – Guide and Support Staff

Jeff was on the water before he could walk. Growing up in Pensacola, Fla., in a sailing family, Jeff spent the better part of his formative years on boats, and continued this tradition into adulthood, sailing and teaching to sail in waters from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska and kayaking through the narrow, spring-fed waterways of Central Florida. After moving to Durham in 2012, Jeff felt the call of the water once again and found his answer at Frog Hollow.

Will Sult – Lead Guide and Lead Instructor

Will was raised canoeing on the out skirts of Concord, NC.  He attended Western Carolina where the love for the outdoors was rekindled and has grown into one of his passions.  While at Western he became a whitewater guide on the Nantahala River and moved to guide on the Pigeon River to further his knowledge of river fundamentals.  Will moved to Raleigh in 2008 after graduation to start a career in the Pharmaceutical field.  In 2009 Will started with Frog Hollow Outdoors and it has assisted to further his paddling, guiding, conservation and teaching skills.  Will works as a Project Specialist with a Clinical Research Organization based out of Raleigh.  He is also a member of the Division I Raleigh Vipers Rugby Club. When not working or playing rugby; Will enjoys hiking, swimming, paddling and relaxing with his wife and 2 dogs. Hope to see everyone out on the water!

Aaron McNeil – Guide and Camp Staff

Aaron began working at Frog Hollow in 2013 while teaching in Wake County Public Schools. He is an Eagle Scout of The Boy Scouts of America and enjoys being out on the lake. He grew up in Fayetteville NC originally moving from Burlington NJ. Relocating to Durham NC to attend North Carolina Central University with a degree in Physical Education and Masters of Education from Tiffin University. Aaron enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping and nature photography. He enjoys working with Frog Hollow because of the great opportunities it provides to enjoy being outside and enjoys the benefits of nature.

Josh Prior – Rock Climbing Guide and Instruction

 Josh has been working in the outdoor industry for over a decade. He has been a trip leader, lead instructor, and field director. He's spent over 1,000 days in the field with various age groups, primarily adolescents. He maintains a WFR certification and is aspiring to obtain his EMT. Currently he spends his time being a father of two handsome boys, managing a small residential woodworking company, and taking every opportunity to get out and explore.

Forrest Stavish – Rock Climbing Guide and Instruction

 Forrest grew up in western North Carolina, and currently resides In Hot Springs North Carolina. He was introduced to the outdoors at an early age, his father would take him backpacking and hiking as a young child. Forrest's first memory of backpacking was during a trip to Linville Gorge at the age of nine. Around the same time his father introduced him to rock climbing by taking him to the local climbing gym.  It wasn’t until 2004 that he became serious about rock climbing, when his older brother took him bouldering at Rumbling Bald, later they went on a trip to Table Rock in Linville Gorge where he got on the rope for the first time, and he was hooked. In 2012 Forrest began instructing in the rock climbing discipline as well as working as field staff in the backcountry. He is a wilderness EMT as well as a NC registered EMT-B. He also volunteers with the Spring Creek Fire Department as Medical Officer and 1st Lieutenant. Other than rock climbing his interests are in wilderness medicine, pre-hospital care, wildland and structural firefighting as well as search and rescue. He spends most of his free time with the fire department, rock climbing or just enjoying the outdoors, and also work for the NC Forest Service as a wildland firefighter.