March is Women’s Empowerment Month and in honor of that, we wanted to give a shout out to some of the women across Wildwater, starting with Jeanette Greiner.
Beginning Years of Wildwater
Jim and Jeanette Greiner founded Wildwater and ran its first trips in 1971. Jeanette was Wildwater’s COO, CFO and Operations Manager for the first 8 years. Jeanette purchased food and packed trip lunches, took reservations, checked Guests in for trips, ran the store, prepared the staffs’ dinner, ran shuttles and occasionally guided rafts. The kids took reservations and manned the front desk while mom (Jeanette) took trips to/from the river and ran errands. Imagine doing all of that with 4 kids ages 2-10! She continued to pay the bills, did payroll and took care of the accounting through the 70s and into the 80s.
The first full time female raft guide was Kim Goertner followed by many other female guides. When Wildwater’s season extended past the school summer break, a full time manager, Juanita Guinn, was hired. The first Chattooga River Manager/Chief Guide was also a female, Annie Kenyon Scarborough. Other female Team members of note in the early years were Kitty Culp , Beth Hodge, Martha Hodge, Fran Barr, Carrrie Briggs, Holly Hammond, Terri Reddick & Terri Sizemore, all who helped Wildwater in a variety of positions.
Current Women of Wildwater
As we move into our 2018 season, we are excited to work with some incredible women who are a part of our current Management Team! On the Chattooga Team, pictured above from left to right, are: Becky Greiner Wise, Webmaster, with Wildwater since 1971; Amy Boulton, Chattooga Zipline Manager, 7 seasons ; Cricket Wise Barnett, Chattooga Operations Manager, 9 seasons; Miranda Alexander, Chattooga Regional Marketing & Group Sales, 16 seasons; Mia McDonald, Chattooga River Manager, 7 seasons; Kathy Pollard, Chattooga Chef, 4 seasons.
Wildwater operates in 5 locations throughout the southeast and we are thankful to also have on our Management Team Sue Stewart, Pigeon River Operations Manager; Anna Cole Rickman, Nantahala Gorge Canopy Manager; Olivia Sons, Ocoee River Canopy Manager; & Sarah Dickson, PR and Group Sales-Asheville.