Team Indigo is comprised of guides, drivers, and a customer/trip support crew who love what they do. We strive to provide exceptional customer service, to run polished and expectation-shattering adventures, and love – absolutely love – sharing our amazing neighborhood rivers with locals and travelers alike.

As your host, our varied backgrounds and experiences, personalities, stories, and aspirations will form the backbone of your visit to our wild rivers. While many of our guests may join us simply for the thrill of whitewater or to take in the sights, it has always been the people – our staff, your family, friends, and new friends – that bring all of us back for another trip.

We are very proud of our team!

Julie Smith

Julie Volpert – Outfitter

Hometown: Concord, California
Southern Oregon University

Julie worked at Southern Oregon University as an Academic Advisor for nine years prior to joining Indigo Creek Outfitters. When she’s not helping guests plan their rafting trips, she stays busy as a mom to Emma, Carson, and Elijah. Read more about Julie, Will, their family, and the story behind Indigo Creek.

Arden Prehn – Guide

Hometown: Talent, Oregon
Southern Oregon University

For over 20 years, Arden has navigated her way down Southern Oregon’s rivers and mountains. During the summer months you can find her on the Rogue or Klamath, or perhaps on a motorcycle road trip with her husband, Roger. Arden loves water in all forms and spends her winters teaching ski school at Mt. Ashland Ski Area.

Corby Fuhriman

Corby Fuhriman – Guide

Hometown: Kaysville, Utah
Weber State University

Corby traveled to Oregon in the summer of 2017 to join the Indigo Creek crew. Leaving the desert behind, Corby soon morphed into the perfect Oregonian. He lives in the mountains just outside of Ashland and finds time between trips to capture images of nearby Crater Lake. His heart is set on far away places, but we are on the verge of convincing him that he is already living the dream.

Jill Lovrin

Jill Lovrin – Guide

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Southern Oregon University

Jill’s been in the Rogue Valley for quite some time and loves sharing our awesome rivers with visitors and locals alike. She’s a teacher in Medford and fills in her summer break with time on the river. Life is good!

Yann Crist-Evans – Guide

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Fort Lewis College

Yann grew up in Boulder, Colorado and at an early age discovered a backyard playground of mountains and rivers. He’s worked as a guide throughout the west on big rivers, small creeks, half-day stretches and week-long multi-day trips. When he’s not working as a guide, he might be on out exploring a local creek or apprenticing as a horseshoer.

Adlar Thomas

Adlar Thomas – Guide

Hometown: Phoenix, Oregon
Oregon State University – Cascades

Having grown up in the Rogue Valley, Adlar couldn’t resist a return to his stomping grounds and the nearby rivers. He’s spent the last few years in Bend, Oregon going to school and working on the nearby Deschutes.

Phil Finkel

Phil Finkel – Guide

Hometown: Susanville, California

When he isn’t tackling the whitewater challenges of the Rogue River, Phil can be found taking on the challenges of managing his 8th grade class in Susanville, CA. Wait, not anymore! He retired from teaching in 2016. Phil is on the backcountry Ski Patrol at the Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Daniel Scott – Guide

Hometown: Santa Clara, California
Southern Oregon University

Daniel had spent a majority of his life in the heart of silicon valley until moving to Ashland for college. The change of skyscrapers to mountains was one that he loved, and now he spends as much time outside as he can. When not on the river, he enjoys spending his time rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking and playing the tuba.

Jim Ritter

Jim Ritter – Guide

Hometown: McKinleyville, California
Humboldt State University

Jim worked as an owner/manager of Rogue River Journeys for 27 years before starting a second career in education. He is now the Executive Director of Humboldt Live. He still loves guiding and makes it out to the Rogue River for a few trips every summer.


Sebastian Munoz – Guide

Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas
Hydrogeology and Plan II, University of Texas at Austin

Sebastian likes rocks and water and spends most of his time on the river. He is involved in research studying the impacts dams have on surface and groundwater interactions downstream. In between outings he spends time thinking, learning, and figuring out the next time he can get into the field.

Scott Rion

Scott Rion – Guide

Hometown: Sacramento, California

Scott lived in Grants Pass, Oregon before relocating to the Sacramento area where he worked for the BLM on the American River. While in Grants Pass, he worked on the Rogue in the summer and fall for our sister company, Rogue River Journeys. In 2017, Scott made his return to guiding on the Rogue.

Ross Freeman

Ross Freeman – Guide

Hometown: Mercer Island, Washington

Off the river, Ross serves as the first-ever sustainability and communications manager for the City of Mercer Island, just east of Seattle. He got his start in rafting on the desert rivers of the Southwest, while living in Moab, Utah decades ago and working for a science school. Ross firmly believes in the wisdom of the Wind in the Willows: “…there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Joseph Hatcher – Guide

Hometown: Morgantown, West Virginia
West Virginia University

Joseph blames his parents for wanting to spend all his time in water. After all they were the ones that made him live there for the first 9 months. After spending the majority of his life on the East Coast and guiding all the major rivers, he has moved to the West Coast to continue that interest.

TJ Eilers

T.J. Eilers – Guide

Hometown: Yuma, Arizona
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

T.J. began his Rogue River journey in 2012 thanks to his now/future wife and former Indigo Creek office manager, Emily Berlant. Since then, he’s dipped an oar or a paddle in the Illinois, Owyhee, North Umpqua, Upper Klamath, and American rivers. When T.J.’s not on the water, he’s playing bass in one of four bands in the region or hiking with his dog Java.

Darby Spence – Driver and Photographer

Hometown: Redwood City, California
Music Education, Southern Oregon University

Darby is studying Music education at Southern Oregon University. He was born in Redwood City, California, but came to the Rogue Valley at young age. Darby performs with various groups around the valley and has multiple original compositions performed across the West Coast. Aside from music and rafting, Darby enjoys mountain biking and staying outdoors as much possible.

Brandon Worthington

Hometown: Medford, Oregon
Southern Oregon University

Brandon has worked at Indigo Creek since we started back in 2011. A few years ago he took a raft guide sabbatical to build a business based on his love of fly fishing. Worthing Fly Fishing is his brain child and fortunately for us he still has time to guide a raft during the summer months.

Katherine Luscher – Guide

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Western Washington University

When not rafting rivers, Katherine spends her days protecting them. She works for the Waterkeeper Alliance, a non-profit focused on clean water. She has been guiding multi-day river trips on the Rogue River for the past 15 years.

will volpert

Will Volpert – Outfitter

Hometown: Inverness Park, California
Business, Southern Oregon University

Originally from Inverness Park, California, Will has called Southern Oregon “home” since 2004. Will’s middle brother, Matt, runs Kern River Outfitters in Southern California and his youngest brother, Skip, runs operations for Idaho River Journeys on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Read more about Will, Julie, their family, and the story behind Indigo Creek.