Meet the Noah's Ark StaffExtraordinary staff makes the difference. With 7 full-time staffers and over 100 seasonal employees, we consider our staff our greatest resource.
We LOVE our staff! A nationwide search to hire the best staff begins each year in January. We look to find candidates who demonstrate an extraordinary love of life, the outdoors and people.
Each year, over 100 candidates enter an intense and extensive hiring process, and we are only able to hire the top 15%. Noah's invests significant resources in the hiring process to find the best guides, office workers, cooks, bus drivers, equipment managers and property staff.
Staff-members are hard-working, intelligent, kindhearted, friendly,and service-oriented individuals who love what they do. They share a love life --a love they can't help but pass on to our guests and one another. We are confident that it's our staff that makes Noah's Ark an exceptional place to visit!
Full Time Staff:Noah's employs 7 individuals on full time staff who are devoted, year round, to managing and developing the services that Noah's Ark provides. Each of them has moved from their respective homes around the country because they believe in the mission and purpose of Noah's Ark. Though their backgrounds and educations are quite different, these 7 individuals have come together to create a team solely dedicated to providing a unique experience for everyone who walks through our doors.
Chuck & Lindy Cichowitz have been residents of Buena Vista, Colorado since 1982. Chuck and Lindy started Noah's Ark in 1983. For the past 31 years they've been intimately involved with the daily operations of the organization. Their love for people, combined with their love for Colorado's rivers and mountains, have influenced the quality of trips offered. They have 3 children: Cody, Cailee, and Kinsey, who also love being outdoors, experiencing all that Colorado has to offer. When not at Noah's Ark, Chuck and Lindy can be found spending time with their family, traveling, and staying involved with various ministries.
Cindy Kramer - Store Manager / Buyer and her husband, Bruce, have lived in the Arkansas River valley for over 30 years. Cindy has worked at Noah's Ark for many years. All of their children have worked in some capacity at Noah's Ark, as office staff, kitchen staff and guide staff. Cindy's eye for design and extensive experience in the retail industry allow her to portray the heart of Noah's on apparel. Cindy loves welcoming people as they walk through our doors. With over 25 years of involvement with students, Cindy loves seeing people create lifelong memories in the Colorado outdoors.
Micah Salazar - Operations Manager began guiding at Noah's Ark In 1994, just after his freshman year at the Colorado School of Mines. While successfully cramming his 4 year degree into 6 years, Micah was able to fit in 5 summers at Noah's Ark, a few engineering internships & marry his wife, Julie. After graduating in 1999, the Salazar family moved to Buena Vista so that Micah could begin working on full time staff. Since then, Micah & Julie have been blessed with 4 wonderful kids - Joel, Maddie, Mallory and Josh. Micah loves spending time with his family, being involved at church, climbing 14ers and taking staff on extended day river trips.
Rob & Kami Williams - River Program Directors both have been a part of Noah’s Ark since the mid 90’s. They lead river training and other operational and administrative logistics within the river program. Rob also works full time as a Lieutenant for Denver's North Metro Fire Department, and part time for Copper Mountain Ski Patrol. Relationships with Noah’s Ark staff and guests are what continue to bring Rob and Kami back year after year. They have been abundantly blessed by their 4 children Jackson - 9, Taylor Grace - 5, Blake - 3 and Parker - 1. It has been 1 of their greatest joys to watch their kids grow up with the influence of such a quality staff.
Patrick Bell - Adventure Program Director began his tenure at Noah's Ark as a guide in 2004 while attending Grove City College and has been here ever since. He also completed an M.A. in Counseling. while continuing to work with Noah's each summer on the Adventure Program Leadership Team. Patrick's best moment at Noah's came in 2006 when he met his future wife Kate, who was a 1st year guide. They are now joined by their 1 year old daughter, Nora and another baby on the way. Professionally, Patrick is most excited to continue in the legacy of servant leaders who have poured into staff and guests to ensure that trip goals and leadership development are accomplished.
Maria Johnson - Reservations Manager originally moved to Buena Vista in 1989 with her husband Peter, after graduating from North Central College in Illinois with a BA in English and Psychology. They put down roots, built a log home and have lived in the valley ever since. After several years in camping ministry, Maria came on board with the Noah's staff in 1999! Her husband is a local builder, and they have 2 daughters, Jessica and Chloe. Their daughters keep busy with various activities like high school volleyball, basketball, soccer and cheer leading. Maria loves trying to keep up with them.
John Williams - Business Manager, from Little Rock, Arkansas, went on 2 Noah's backpacking trips in high school. He loved his experience and started guiding for Noah’s in 2009. After guiding 3 summers, he moved to the adventure leadership team and in Fall of 2013 joined full-time staff. In 2010, he completed a semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School, which furthered his passion for leadership development through the outdoors. John graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a BA in Management and Finance. John loves guiding because of the life change that can occur in people through outdoor experiences. He is excited that his 2 younger brothers are now a part of the Noah's seasonal team!
Jordan Wrinkle - Food Service Manager, from Santa Barbara, CA, grew up adventuring on the beach, in the creeks and local mountains. After going rafting with her family when she was 11, Jordan finally decided what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her dreams came true in 2006 when she got a summer job guiding at Noah's! After guiding for 7 summers, Jordan joined the Full Time team as the Food Service Manager. She has a BA in Global Studies and Spanish (especially comes in handy on Noah's Fajita night)! When she is not working you can find her backpacking, growing veggies, rollerblading & rafting with her family and friends.
Dan Martin - Transportation/Maintenance came to Buena Vista in 1990 to work as an aircraft mechanic at the local airport. Due to the lack of air traffic, he started looking for other options that could keep him in the valley. Dan joined the Noah's staff in 1993 as a shuttle driver, alongside his son, Shawn & late wife, Cherrie. Over the years, driving has expanded into maintaining the fleet of buses and trailers. It has been a joy and a challenge to keep the fleet in operating condition. During the off-season, Dan drives buses for the Buena Vista schools, as well as operates a small online business.
Our Commitment to Our Staff...
We are fully committed to staff development, and we care about their well being. We are the only outfitter in the Arkansas Valley to provide staff housing and a food service program for our guides. What does this all mean? Our employees operate in the freedom of knowing that their employer cares about them and is looking out for their current well being as well as their future aspirations. Come see the difference our staff makes. You won’t be disappointed!