TRR Chattanooga

Team River Runner Chattanooga welcomes all Veterans, Active Duty and their family members to join us
on the water. Looking for an outdoor hobby, adventure and a sense of community? A way to
reconnect with other Veterans or your family? We got your six.

We have it all from Flatwater to Class IV Whitewater. We provide the equipment, instructors,
safety boaters, all you need to go is show up!!

We start you off at the lake, get you comfortable in the appropriate boat, work on basic skills and
figure out what direction you want to take your paddling in.

We also have Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Aid classes during the year. If you are
interested in becoming a Kayak Instructor we have you covered there too!!

If kayaking doesn’t do it for you we also organize Raft Trips and are working on a Stand Up
Paddle Board option.

Our priorities are 1. Safety, 2. Having FUN and developing skills, 3. Veterans getting a chance to
hang out with other Veterans.
We are active pretty much year round…..come check us out!!!


Laura Dillon,

TRR Chattanooga Chapter Coordinator, 678-662-0685


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