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The Office Staff

Larry SmithLarry Smith – Owner

Larry has been a part of Charles River Canoe and Kayak since the mid-1970s. He is passionate about getting as many people as possible out on the water, excited about boating and caring about the environment. You will most often see him out on the Charles in a canoe clearing invasive species.


Mark JacobsonMark Jacobson – General Manager

You can find Mark out in Woods Hole, Anywhere East Of Schoodic, Mystic River, Stinson Lake, or Squam in a P&H Cetus or Epic V10L. Mark received a master’s degree in Environmental Science before joining the Weston Ski Track and Charles River Canoe & Kayak in 1991. He has extensive experience in whitewater and sea kayaking, backpacking, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking. His current passion is kayak racing, in all types of boats from ICF kayaks to surf skis. His two children have given him a valuable understanding of paddling with kids, and he loves getting them out on the water.


Bryce MorrisBryce Morris – General Manager

You can find Bryce out on the Charles River in his Epic 18x. He manages the retail side of Charles River Canoe and Kayak, among many other things. He uses his years of white water and sea kayaking experience to guide all of the purchasing of our rental and retail boats.


Ellie HallEllie Hall – Director of Guiding

You can find Ellie paddling a Tempest 165 or Bic Wing in Gloucester Harber, Cohasset, or anywhere on the Cape. She is an ACA certified Paddleboard and Kayak instructor and runs many of our classes and kids programs.


staff-deb-lauferDeb Laufer – Director of Staff Development

Deb has been working for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2008 and is responsible for our communications and staff development. She is an ACA certified Paddleboard instructor with an adaptive endorsement. Her favorite kinds of paddling are long distance canoe trips or Paddleboarding anywhere on the Charles River or Ocean.


Jonathan MooreJonathan Moore – Retail Manager

You can find Jonathan paddling his Kayak Sport Millennium Artisan anywhere in the Central New England Coast or the Dover-Newton section of the Charles River. Jonathan never gets out on the water without his PFD and appropriate safety equipment! In the Winter, you can find Jonathan on snow shoes or backcountry XC Skiis on the Weston Track or Arnold Arboretum. He’s always up for something new!


greg_purdyGreg Purdy – Repair Technician

Greg spends his days fixing boats at our Waltham shop. He is also a trained projectionist and has run our annual screenings of the Reel Paddling Film Festival. He is happiest out on the water in anything that floats, Kayak, Canoe, or Paddleboard.


John PyneJohn Pyne – Event Coordinator

John Has worked for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2006. His Favorite paddling spot is Conway Lake, NH. John grew up canoeing, water skiing, and playing hockey in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. John has previously managed the Kendall Square Ice Rink and the Boston and Kendall Square boat rental locations; he now manages the Cambridge Skating Club in the Winter.


Keith ReinemannKeith Reinemann – Event Coordinator

Keith’s interest in paddling comes from exploring new places, specifically places you can’t access any other way! You can find him kayaking in Cape Ann, Elizabeth Islands or Casco Bay; canoeing in the Adirondacks, hitting white water on the West Branch of the Westfield River, Beaver River, Deerfield River; or XC Skiing in Notchview, Stump Sprouts, Catamount Trail. Keith is a Wilderness First Responder and can do it all!


Waltham: Moody Street Dam Staff

Pete NelsonPete Nelson – Waltham Site Manager

Pete has been working for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2008 and is an American Canoe Association certified L2 Paddleboard Instructor. He is happiest on the ocean surfing or paddling.


Jake GleasonJake Gleason – Waltham Asst. Site Manager

You can find Jake paddling anywhere in Coastal New England in his Dagger Stratos or surfing his Riviera Scout looking for the spiciest conditions. He never gets out on the water without sun screen — Gotta stay protected! Jake has worked for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2010.


Cambridge @ Kendall Square Staff

Sean TurcotteSean Turcotte – Site Manager: Kendall Square, Cambridge

Sean has been working for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2012.


Logan Bellflour – Supervisor

Logan has worked for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2013.


Liz KhitrikLiz Khitrik – Supervisor

Liz has worked with Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2011.


Karen DohertyKaren Doherty – Supervisor

Karen has worked for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2007. She is an ACA certified paddleboard instructor and spends most of her time leading tours in Cambridge and teaching intro to paddleboarding classes at our various sites.

Boston: Allston/Brighton Staff

Caroline ThumaCaroline Thuma – Site Manager

You can find Caroline checking out the fall foliage on a Necky Manitou 14 kayak or Bic Wing 12’6” Paddleboard and she never gets on the water without her sunglasses. In the Winter, Caroline is the Community Outreach Coordinator & Lead Instructor for the Kendall Square Community Ice rink. Caroline is in her 5th season with CRR and has been skating since she was 2. She figure skated for years before picking up ice hockey. She is always switching skates getting ready to teach and practice both hockey style skating and figure skating. Watch for her and Tad on the ice playing Bocce or putting together an Ice Dance routine.


Andrew PembertonAndrew Pemberton – Assistant Site Manager

Andrew has been working at Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2014. He can often be found Kayak fishing at our Nahanton Park Location or on the dock in Boston.


Jim CongoJim Congo – Supervisor

Jim has worked for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2008. You can find Jim paddling a Tsunami 145 (any touring boat with a comfortable seat back) in quiet water through bird and wildlife sanctuaries. He is never on the water without a hat and water bottle! His favorite paddling spot is the Boundary Waters Wilderness in northern Minnesota. In the Winter you can find Jim XC skiing in the Pemigewasset Wilderness area and skating at Community Skating @Kendall Square.


Jason WileyJason Wiley – Supervisor

Jason has been working for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2007. His favorite thing to do is drive the Zamboni in the Winter at Community Skating @Kendall Square. In the Summer you will often find him driving the boat trailer between Boston and Cambridge.


Nahanton Park, Newton Staff

John LevyJohn Levy – Site Manager: Nahanton Park, Newton

John has been working for Charles River Canoe and Kayak and the Weston Ski Track since 2013. He is happiest on a Paddleboard with at least one dog, maybe three.


Isaiah Westphalen – Supervisor

Isaiah has been working for Charles River Canoe and Kayak since 2014. He is a student at Boston University and is just as happy trail running along the Charles River as he is paddling in it.

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