Our rafting guides love being on the river whenever they can. Their enthusiasm shows when they are working on any of our California rafting trips. In the off season they can be found on the local rivers like the Yuba and North Fork American when the flows are good. Many have rafted the Grand Canyon, as well as notorious international rivers as the Futaleufu in Chili and numerous others throughout Mexico and Central America.
Not all our staff is listed, but all are equally as appreciated!
Evelyn Azucena – Truckee Operations Manager / Driver / River Guide
Guiding with Tributary since 2001 and Truckee River operations manager since 2007. Evelyn moved to Lake Tahoe from Colfax in 2006 and dabbled in banking while guiding on weekends, but the call of the river brought her back full time in 2007.
Leo Azucena – Driver
Leo joined Tributary in 1995 as a guide and has been part of our family since. Leo is a shuttle driver on many of our river trips. He spends his winter months working at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe and running rafting trips in Mexico.
Jake Baker – River Guide
Jake was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe and is a 2nd generation Tributary guide. He has rafted and kayaked in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and the American West.
“No place I’d rather be than on a river with my friends.”
Scott Buckley – River Guide
Guiding with Trib since 2006 went thru Trib guide school in 2004. Scott went on his first rafting trip when he was less than a year old on the Rogue River, but no big deal as he was on the Class 4+ Upper Klamath 3 months before being born. He enjoys adventure and travel and has rafted in Alaska, on the Grand Canyon and in many other states.
Lee Harris – River Guide
Lee Harris is originally from New Mexico but moved out to the foothills of the Sierras in 2013 and started working for Tributary. In his spare time Lee continues to enjoy our rivers in his kayak as well as mountain biking and surfing.
Angie Jae – River Guide
Angie started guiding with Tributary in 1999. Rafting that first day was a life changing experience. She fell in love with the rivers of the west. She says being a river guide is the best job she has ever had! She loves her Tributary family and looks forward to meeting new people down by the river side!
Jessica Moskwa – River Guide
Jessica has been with Tributary since 2007 and is a hard core Class 4-5 guide spending many of her days at work on the Middle Fork American River. In the winter season, she is a Ski Coach at Sierra at Tahoe. She also attends Grad school working on her Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Adapted Physical Education. Out of all the rivers that we run at Trib, her favorite is the overnight trips on the North Fork of the Yuba. Her all time favorite river … it’s a tie between the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho and the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Jeff Murray – River Guide
Jeff Murray grew up in the small town Nevada City close to the Yuba River swimming during summer low flows. Jeff also grew up rafting on the South Fork American river, and since 1999 has been out there at least 2 times a summer. In 2011 he guided his first raft down the Gorge section on the South Fork. In 2013 he signed up for guide school and have been working as a commercial guide for Tributary ever since. Jeff loves the scenery he gets to see every day, and loves sharing his passion of the outdoors with those who are also interested in mother nature, and all that she offers.
Dave Rothfuss – River Guide
Guiding since 2000, with Tributary since 2008.
Dave is a true mountain man residing in the Sierra’s year round with Riley the dog. Dave is also a photographer, Squaw Valley shredder, skydiver, base jumper, wingsuit flyer, and dog lover. In the spring and summer you can find Dave on the Truckee River. He loves the fun, beauty and challenge of whitewater.
Anna Stinson – River Guide
Anna grew up on the Middle, North and South Forks of the American River fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, and rafting as a kid. A lifelong river rat, Anna happily became a professional guide in 2008, working for fellow outfitters until coming to work with Tributary in 2012. When she is not guiding for work, you are likely to find Anna on a river or some body of water anyway. When off the river, Anna is a mother, and outdoor steward and enthusiast.
Jenny Ward – Reservation Associate
Jenny started kayaking in 2007 and joined the Tributary team in 2010. She works in the office, but on her days off you will typically find her on the Lower Middle Fork American river with her husband and 2 young boys…sometimes the dog too. Jenny is also an artisan/seamstress, specializing in repairing Outdoor Gear – check her out at DesignerSewlutions.com.