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Tempe Town Lake Boating Instructors

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Meet the Boating Staff

Ryan Allison Boating Coordinator
•Kayaking & SUP Instructor•
•ACA Level II Kayak Touring Instructor•
Ryan learned how to kayak on Arizona lakes and rivers and has almost 20 years of kayaking experience. His favorite quote is "HI!" and he enjoys mountain biking when he isn't on the water.


Emily Burkett 
Assistant Boating Coordinator
•Rowing, Kayaking & SUP Instructor•
•USRowing Level 3 Advanced Coach•
•ACA Level II Kayak Touring Instructor•

Emily Burkett coaching

Emily grew up around the water, taking her first sailing trip at one week old. She learned how to row over 20 years ago and has raced all over the country, winning multiple national championships along the way. She has coached all level of athletes, from beginners to elite and enjoys getting people on the water in any capacity.


Bob Glass
•Kayaking Instructor•
•ACA Level II Kayak Touring Instructor•
Bob G started rafting and whitewater kayaking over 30 years ago and got into flat water kayaking by taking a class offered through the City of Tempe. He enjoys a very hands on teaching style and lots of one on one attention. While he isn't coaching he enjoys baseball and hanging out with his grandkids. His favorite quote is "don't waste time worrying about things over which you have no control" by Albert Ellis.


Bob Rosen
•Rowing Instructor•
Bob learned how to row almost 10 years ago with the City of Tempe's adult program. He enjoys working with everyone from newbies to experienced athletes to dial in on their technique. Bob has been married to his wife for 39 years and has two kids and two grandkids. His favorite activity outside of the lake is laughing.


Cami Hays
•Rowing Instructor - Summer•

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Carlos Hernandez
•SUP Instructor•
Carlos learned to paddle on the lake as an outrigger canoer back in 2004 and has been paddling ever since! He got into SUP a couple years ago and enjoys introducing other people to the sport. While he isn't at the lake he works in escrow and enjoys traveling. His favorite quote is "if it isn't broken, don't fix it, improve it."


Declan Mayo-Shanahan
•Rowing, Kayaking & SUP Instructor•

Declan Mayo-Shanahan rowing

Declan learned how to row with the City of Tempe's junior program over 5 years ago. He has been instructing various classes with the city for 2 years now and has also worked at different city facilities as a lifeguard and swim instructor. When he isn't boating he enjoys gaming and his favorite quote is "sometimes I'll start a sentence and I don't even know where it's going. I just hope I find it along the way" by Michael Scott.


 
Destiny Kenner

•Kayaking Instructor•

BIO COMING SOON


 
Eric Elsner

•Kayaking & SUP Instructor•
•ACA Level II Kayak Touring Instructor•

Eric Kayaking

Eric has been kayaking and stand up paddling for over 10 years and likes to point out he is the unofficial kayak instructor of the year! He also works with the City of Tempe's adaptive recreation program and the Desert Botanical Garden. While not out on the lake, he enjoys anything that keeps him outdoors. Eric's favorite quote is "I'm your huckleberry."


 
John Ciani 
•Rowing & SUP Instructor•
•USRowing Level 3 Advanced Certification•

John Ciani coaching

John is a native Phoenician who started rowing at the University of San Diego. He then coached for the USD women for 4 years before returning to Phoenix. He has been coaching all level of rowers in Arizona since 2002.  John's favorite quote is from the philosopher Aristotle: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act rather a habit".


John Selman
•Kayaking & SUP Instructor•
•ACA Level II Kayak Touring Instructor•

John Selman SUP

John learned how to row from his father over 30 years ago. He loves all man powered water sports, including kayaking, SUP, outrigger canoeing and surfskiing. While not at the lake he works as a luxury real estate broker and enjoys cooking great food with friends.


Karen Holub
•Rowing Instructor•

BIO COMING SOON



Kelly Irwin
•Rowing Instructor• 

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Kelly Walsh
•Kayaking & SUP Instructor•
•ACA Level II Kayak Touring Instructor•
Kelly has been kayaking for over 10 years after learning in Connecticut. She has only been coaching a short time but enjoys showing everyone how fun it can be to be on the water! Kelly also helps out with the City's Adaptive Recreation program. While she isn't boating she enjoys playing board games.



Kenna Douds

•Rowing & Kayaking Instructor•
•ACA Level II Kayak Touring Instructor•

BIO COMING SOON



Lauren Harmon
•Rowing Instructor - Summer•

Lauren Harmon coxing
Lauren learned how to row in Tempe almost 10 years ago and was recruited to be a coxswain for the University of San Diego. While an injury ended her rowing career she spends her summers back in Arizona coaching learn to row.  While she isn't coaching she enjoys the Fast & the Furious series and reading. Her favorite quote is "never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game" by Babe Ruth.



Maddie Coffman
•Rowing & Kayaking Instructor - Summer•

BIO COMING SOON



Martha Ryan
•Rowing & Kayaking Instructor•
Martha learned how to row almost 10 years ago here in Tempe and has been coaching for over 3 years. She has raced at both Youth Nationals and Scholastic Nationals as well as Head of the Charles and Canadian Henley. Martha is also a microbiology student at ASU and enjoys cooking and baking in her off time.  Her favorite quote is "I know what I'm about son" by Ron Swanson.


Nataly Cardona

•SUP & SUP Yoga Instructor•
•ACA Level I Kayak Touring Instructor•
•SUP Yoga Teaching Training Certificate•
Nataly Cardona kayaking
Nataly learned how to paddle 5 years ago in Connecticut and soon after got trained in SUP Yoga. She enjoys rock climbing and mountain biking in her off time. Nataly's favorite quote is "a man is but a product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes" by Ghandi.

Omar Hassan
•Rowing Instructor•

BIO COMING SOON 



Rob Gibbs
•SUP & Kayaking Instructor•
•ACA Level II Kayak Touring Instructor•
•Paddlefit Pro Instructor•
Rob Gibbs sailing
Rob began his foray into water sports about 15 years ago by taking a sailing class. He now has 4 different sailing certifications and is the Commodore of the Arizona Yacht Club. Rob began stand up paddleboarding almost 10 years ago and can talk your ear off about technique if you let him! When he isn't at the lake he enjoys hanging out with his wife and two kids.



Ryan Hearn

•Rowing, Kayaking & SUP Instructor•
Ryan Hearn coaching

BIO COMING SOON



Sam Thiele
•Kayaking, SUP & Rowing Instructor•
Sam Thiele rowing

 

BIO COMING SOON



Sophia Doyle
•Rowing, SUP & Kayaking Instructor•
•ACA Level II Kayak Touring Instructor•

Sophia Doyle coaching

Sophia started rowing with the City's junior program almost 10 years ago. She has been coaching rowing, kayaking and SUP for the past 4 years. While she isn't coaching, she is a student of neuro sciences at ASU and enjoys writing and baking. Her favorite quote is "one cannot discover new oceans unless one has the courage to lose sight of the shore" by Andre Gide.


Sophie Heywood
•Rowing Instructor•
Sophie learned how to row over 15 years ago with the City's junior program. During her rowing career she has many local and regional medals and raced at junior worlds twice. Sophie just recently came out of retirement to make a run at the 2020 Olympics. Her favorite activities outside of rowing are traveling, coffee breaks and hanging out with other people.

 


Lauren Harmon
•Rowing Instructor - Summer