Jordan Rork, Great Northern’s office manager, is back for her fourth season at the company. A native of southern California, she decided the beach was overrated and made her way up to the mountains of Glacier (fortunately for us!). You will most often see her going out of her way to assist someone, whether it be a coworker, customer, or even a plant.
Josh Berreth, “Shwa,” is a rafting and fishing guide as well as one of Great Northern’s coordinators. Shwa grew up in North Dakota but now lives in a yurt in Columbia Falls where he, his wife (whom he met and married at Great Northern!), and his puppy make fancy pottery together. A trained firefighter and EMT who understands the importance of proper gear, Shwa wears his black stallion shirt whenever he coordinates so everyone knows he means business! Shwa’s strengths include flyfishing and the ancient Japanese art of Kandama.
Joe Gallagher has been guiding the Middle Fork for eight years and is also a rafting coordinator. Joe’s main activity consists of running after or frantically looking for his rebellious new puppy and taking her rafting. When he’s not doing that, you can find him reading texts of Eastern philosophy. Joe is also a certified ESL instructor and plans to spend some time in the near future teaching English in Vietnam! If you’re in Joe’s boat, make sure to hold on to him tight going through the Bonecrusher rapids to make sure he doesn’t fall out.
Marly Korpela is working in Great Northern’s office for the second time this year but by the way she runs the place, you’d guess she’s been here for years. She lives in Alta in the winter with her husband Brett, who is one of our guides, and teaches music lessons in Salt Lake. Marly might have the largest collection of athletic dresses in the upper northwest, but we’ve never counted. Also joining the team this year is Marly and Brett's adorable son who has already begun raft guide training at the young age of 6 months!
Kayla Stephens is a first year office staff who has lived all over the country. (New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and New York to name a few.) She now calls Montana her home and will be spending her winter in Whitefish enjoying the snow, doing photography and waiting for another epic summer season in West Glacier.
Rylee Gallagher, a third-season employee, is from Spokane and can be found assisting customers in the office or playing fetch with a fluffy white dog. If you’re looking for the season’s latest fashions, look no further than Rylee. She attends University of Washington in the fall.
Samira Potts is also one of our office staff. She is a born and raised Oregonian who has lived in Eugene for the past 4 years. She will be moving to Seattle to pursue her musical career this Fall. She enjoys writing new songs on her days off, joking around with her favorite Great Northern crew and starting dance battles.
Jess Kreuser is working in Great Northern’s office for her first season. She is from Elk River, Minnesota but is now living in Missoula, Montana with her puppy, Sammy, where she will be attending the University of Montana.
CK Jorgenson is a first-season office stuff and bus driver. Originally from Divide, Colorado she studied Natural Resources and art and mastered life while driving a Red Bus for Glacier National Park. While cherishing her new Montana family of Jammer Grandpas, she fell in love with Cheif Mountain and achieved her goal of reaching it's summit. Now all that's left is figuring out how to ride a horse through the whitewater.
Clare Chisholm works with Glacier Park Weddings and assists in the planning and coordination of weddings and events here at Great Northern Resort. Originally from Missoula, Montana she got her bachelor's in jellyfish reproductive habits at the University of Oregon and will be moving to Seattle this fall.
Meg Lindberg is Great Northern’s chef and is the wizard behind the amazing food on all of our meal trips. Meg sources local organic food, much of it from her own garden, to create the impressive three-course meals your guides will cook up for you right on the side of the river if you’re on a full-day, overnight, or dinner trip. Meg credits the Universe for sending her inspiration for her recipes, and who has better taste than the Universe?
Kelly Crowe guided on the Middle Fork for 15 years and is now a consultant and trainer for Great Northern. She has also been a guide on the famous Lochsa River in Idaho, and has even rafted the White Nile in Uganda. Running her ship with an iron fist, Kelly trains all of Great Northern’s guides, coordinates, is an EMT, and even manages to run two other jobs in the marketing world and with First Descents whitewater kayaking camps for cancer survivors. Kelly loves zombie movies and training new guides on oar frames.
Kurt Sprenger works as a rafting and fishing guide for Great Northern over the summer. During the other months of the year, he sheds his life jacket and dons the title of Dr. Sprenger to go to work as the Musical Director of the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and as first violinist of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra in Texas. While in Montana, Dr. Sprenger trades his concert violin for a fiddle and plays in Great Northern’s famous company band, Sloppy Sue and the Satisfiers.
Heather Bellings has been guiding rafts on the Middle Fork for many, many years. Currently, this tough lady works for the Whitefish Fire Department as a paramedic, so she can only guide part-time, which makes us sad because she’s awesome.
Ryan Crowe is from Tennessee and is an eighth-year raft guide. Before working for Great Northern, he guided trips for Outward Bound in Costa Rica. An avid rock climber and musician, Ryan’s favorite film is Vertical Limit and he’s quite fond of string instruments but could probably make music out of anything from his banjo to the screams of the people in his boat. Ryan sings and plays various instruments in Great Northern’s company band, Sloppy Sue and the Satisfiers.
Ted Petersen may or may not have been guiding for ten years, nobody really keeps track anymore. He’s also one of the River School instructors, and he knows the water so well that there are rumors that he may be a reincarnated mermaid (mer-man). Ted has been called the Martha Stewart of the outdoor living world, and his dutch-oven cooking and fly-fishing skills are unrivaled.
Brett Korpela has been guiding on and off for thirteen seasons, although it is his second at Great Northern. Also a River School instructor, Korps spends his winters ski patrolling at Alta with his wife Marly, whom you may see working in Great Northern’s office. Korps’ dream is to one day be the first person to raft down the ski slopes of Alta, but until then he drives his personalized mobile home, the SportsmoKorps, searching for the perfect wave.
Adam Hofverberg is from Ohio but has made Montana his home for the last 10 years. As one of our fly fishing guides he is ready to get you casting some line out on the river. He lives year-round in Olney, Montana with his wife, Courtney, and dog, Tully.
Kevin McConnell, or “Kevón,” is a seventh-year rafting and fishing guide formerly of Maine and now a year-round resident of Whitefish. A graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Outdoor Education, Kevin is a ski instructor at Big Mountain in the wintertime and spends his off time pursuing big fish.
Greg Miller is a third year guide and ACA- certified Level 4 kayak instructor who attended St Lawrence University in New York. He will be spending this next winter in Alta pursuing deep powder and steep runs. Don’t let his seemingly passive demeanor fool you, Greg is a no-nonsense river-running machine who swims Class IV rapids for fun.
Heath Chisholm is a second year guide from Missoula who is currently a student at Boise State. Heath’s passions include OSO breakfast burritos, Glacier Grill, and rafting, especially on dinner trips. If you’re lucky enough to be in Heath’s boat, don’t forget to ask to see his hat tan line.
Evan Combs is a second year guide from Colorado who now lives and attends college in Missoula. Evan’s favorite activity is rafting all day long and is actually in the process of composing a musical detailing his various experiences and insights on the river. Look out for “Rafting All Day Long” on Broadway soon, and ask Evan for a sneak peek if you’re lucky enough to be on his boat. He’s been called the Sondheim of the whitewater industry.
Brandon Crawford is a man of few words. Also in his second year at Great Northern, this Billings-born guide now lives and studies in Missoula and likes romantic comedies and long walks on the beach. Ladies, listen up.
Kurt Erbach is a second year guide at Great Northern. A perpetual student, Kurt earned two bachelors’ degrees from Illinois State and University of Illinois and is now earning his Masters from University of Montana. Fondly known by his coworkers as the “Nutty Professor,” Kurt will enforce strict grammar rules on his boat at all times.
J Hamilton originally from Illinois, made the move to Northwest Montana 3 years ago and has been a guide at Great Northern for 2 seasons. When he's not on the river you may see him cruising down the highway on his Harley or kicking up some sand in a game of volleyball.
Sarah Kaelin is a second year guide at Great Northern, and can also be found making reservations in the office. She attends Middlebury College in Vermont with her pal Anna. A true Midd kid, Sarah can be recognized by her outrageous Teva tan and her propensity for big fancy words. Her likes include gear boating, her backpack, and Grinnell Argilite; her dislikes include broken fingers and imprecise language.
Maria Urann is a first year guide but has been with Great Northern for 3 seasons as one of our office staff. She is a native of Spokane, Washington but now spends her winter in Whitefish. Some of her main hobbies include snowboarding, rafting, traveling and riding her unicycle.
Jeremy Urann is a new guide at Great Northern but spent a summer working in our office prior to that. He is a originally from Spokane, Washington and is now in his third year at Western Washington University pursuing a degree in Performance Theater. If you're lucky enough to have him as your guide ask him to sing his original Great Northern Rap.
Robbie Ahman is a first year guide here at Great Northern. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, he came to Montana by way of Eugene, Oregon where he received a degree in Philosophy. On his days off you can catch him watering his plants, hiking or climbing in the park or playing his guitar.
Megan Webb and her dog, Huckleberry, came to Montana as a first-year guide from Spokane, Washington. Megan spends the rest of the year in Spokane as a nurse.
Charlie Simms is a fine young gentleman from Hattiesburg, Mississippi who recently got engaged. When Charlie's not crushing waves, his dead pan delivery of jokes keeps us all laughing.
Gary Gladieux drives buses and shuttles for Great Northern, and nobody knows how long he’s been doing it for. We’re not even sure if we pay Gary; we think he runs shuttles and backs up trailers because he likes it so much. Some speculate that Gary secretly runs all of Great Northern.
Darrell Bacon is the newest addition to the Great Northern crew this summer. If you're heading out on a Scenic Float trip or Whitewater Rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, then Darrell's your guy to get you to and from the river safely.
Bernie Hindberg is the head housekeeper at the resort. A tough lady with a sweet spot for all the raft guides, Bernie has assumed the role of company mom. She keeps everybody in line and makes sure we feed and bathe ourselves. You can find Bernie running around the grounds keeping the cabins ship-shape and reminding the guides to wash behind their ears.
Robin Shropshier is new this year on our housekeeping team. She is a local of Martin City, Montana year-round.
Morgan Pittman came to us all the way from Mississippi this year. She is a part of our housekeeping team and works hard to keep all of our cabins spotlessly clean!
Mel Hindberg , a local here in the area, was a first year groundskeeper for Great Northern. If you see someone working hard around the property it's most likely her keeping the resort looking sharp!
Joyce Hatfield is a groundskeeper at Great Northern Resort. On her off-days she is playing soccer or whitewater rafting with our guides on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.