Al Dobbs

I just completed the annual Team River Runer South East Outta Sight Clinic, that was held at Nantahala Outdoor Center in NC. To say thank you for the experience: sponsors, staff and volunteers would be an absolute understatement. I would like to commend the team’s staff for a phenomenal event. I’m a veteran and I suffer from PTSD. Laura Dillon and Dan Brady (TRR Atlanta Chapter) were patient enough and paired me with Katie Kessler (Lifeguard) whom eased every anxiety imaginable, being that I can’t swim! She taught me priceless safety/survival techniques that have changed my insecurities with kayaking. Later during the TRR clinic I was paired with Moses Alley (Savvy River guide) and he surpassed all of my expectations as he navigated us down the Nantahala River, the family-friendly rapids are mild but exciting all while mesmerizing with scenic views throughout the river. All of the guides/volunteers with TRR are forces to be reckoned with. It’s imperative for all… to link up with TRR and learn the basics of Kayaking and or become a volunteer only to give hope to others… as I’m adamant that your life will be forever changed.

Al Dobbs- US Army

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Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports
landscape.