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Meet the dedicated staff of Grand Canyon Youth...

Emma Wharton, Executive Director (serving GCY for 15 years!)

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 (serving GCY for over 10 years!)

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 for 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 (serving GCY for over 5 years)

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 (serving GCY since 2016)

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 (serving GCY since 2015)

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]


Tory Syracuse, Development & Communications Director (serving GCY since 2017)

Tory has worked in the nonprofit sector for many years as an environmental educator and executive director. Her areas of expertise include fundraising, communications, and project management. Tory holds MFA in Creative Wrting and a MS in Urban Planning, both from University of Arizona. Her first river trip through Grand Canyon at the age of fourteen had a profound and lasting influence on her life, she is thrilled to help provide that experience for others through her work at Grand Canyon Youth. [Contact Tory Syracuse]


Charlie Humphrey, Volunteer & Office Manager (serving GCY since 2017)

Charlie came to Flagstaff to study Parks and Recreation at Northern Arizona University. While earning his degree he learned about environmental education, inclusion, and the improtance of youth in the outdoors. All these things come together at Grand Canyon Youth. Charlie is very proud and excited to join a team that is passionate about making a difference in young people's lives through scientific exploration in the outdoors. [Contact Charlie Humphrey]


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