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Meet the dedicated staff of Grand Canyon Youth...

Emma Wharton, Executive Director

Emma WhartonAfter spending many years trying to combine her love of rivers with her enthusiasm for working with young people, Emma found Grand Canyon Youth, an organization that does just that. Emma has a master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington with an emphasis on community development. Her undergraduate studies focused on negotiation, service-learning, and environmental education from the University of Utah. As a parent and foster parent to three girls, Emma loves to be on the river with her family. She worked as a river guide for over ten years and believes in the transformational power of a river trip. [Contact Emma Wharton]

Chantal Mosman, Assistant Director

Chantal MosmanChantal received a degree in Business Management from the University of Idaho and a Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate from Arizona State University. She has been facilitating river experiences since for nearly 20 years. Earning her river trips as a young person, she understands firsthand the special connection youth can make with nature and the importance of earning the privilege to spend time on a river adventure. Chantal is passionate about educational and participatory river trips that leave a lasting impression on the lives of each participant. [Contact Chantal Mosman]


Megan Dwyer, Flagstaff Program Director

Maddie FriendMegan is a Grand Canyon Youth alumna and Flagstaff native. She completed her B.A. in International Relations and Russian Language in the Pacifice Northwest, but quickly returned to her roots in Flagstaff. Under beautiful desert skies, Megan spent several summers guiding for Grand Canyon Youth. She loves fostering an environment where youth break free from societal pressures and labels. Now, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of Grand Canyon Youth’s mission in a whole new way. [Contact Megan Dwyer]

Jordan Robinson, National Program Director

Dorrie HaymonJordan joins Grand Canyon Youth after 3 years of living and teaching in the Tetons. While completing Teton Science Schools' Graduate Program, she expanded her love of outdoor science education and developed a lifelong passion for watching youth flourish in wild places. After that, Jordan became Program Coordinator for Teton Afterschool in Driggs, Idaho. Jordan believes wild spaces are the best teachers; the greater you understand a place, the greater you will appreciate it! [Contact Jordan Robinson]

Alison Holland, Operations Director

Allison HollandAlison comes to Grand Canyon Youth from the wilds of the Intermountain West. She spent most of the past 15 years river guiding and ski patroling in the great state of Utah with occasional seasons exploring other states and river systems. One summer she spent with her dad floating as much of the Green River as possible. In addition to exploring the rivers of the West, Alison enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and getting to know landscapes. Alison enjoys youth trips because they have the potential to reprogram a person's brain and change their future. She is very excited to be part of the team creating opportunities for youth. [Contact Alison Holland]


Kate Stanley, AmeriCorps, Outdoor Club Coordinator

Kate found Grand Canyon Youth after reading "Flipped Out for Grand Canyon", a book with epic photos of Grand Canyon whose proceeds benefit Grand Canyon Youth. Soon after, Kate left her home in Montana to explore new possibilies in Arizona with Grand Canyon Youth. Bringing a background in place-based education, logistic coordination and a history as a backpacking instructor, Kate is excited to help youth have transformative experiences in the outdoors. Kate is very excited to be part of a team that merges scientific exploration with visiting and relating to the natural world. [Contact Kate Stanley]


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