THE PORTLAND PADDLE STAFF
Interested in joining our team for the 2017 season? Email us and tell us a bit about yourself. We'll be hiring currently registered guides and "shore staff" to operate our rentals.
ZACK ANCHORS (owner and co-founder) is a Maine native who lives on Munjoy Hill a few blocks from the East End Beach. He's been paddling on whitewater and the ocean since he was 11, and more recently he's taken a liking to paddleboarding. His lifelong love of sea kayaking is rooted in his belief that it's the most direct and intimate way for people of all backgrounds to encounter the beauty, history and ecology of the Maine coast. During his 15 years as a guide, Zack has led countless kayaking and canoeing trips throughout the coast of Maine, and in Mexico, British Columbia, Ontario and Alaska. He is a master Maine Guide, an ACA-certified instructor, a wilderness first responder and he has previously received certifications in wilderness water safety, swiftwater rescue and Paddle Canada sea kayak instruction. When Zack isn't running Portland Paddle, he's a journalist, writer and teacher.
ERIN QUIGLEY (co-founder) grew up exploring New Hampshire's waterways by canoe and kayak. Backpacking trips in the White Mountains inspired her lifelong love of the outdoors. Erin is currently membership manager for the Maine Island Trail Association and she has previously worked for another long-distance water trail, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Learn more about Erin's conservation work at kingfisherconservation.com. Erin is a Wilderness First Responder, a Registered Maine Guide, and ACA-certified instructor.
MATT PALMARIELLO, operations manager, grew up in New England and got immediately hooked on paddle sports after trying out sea kayaking. He eventually transitioned from kayaking and canoeing to standup paddling as his paddle sport of choice. Today he's on a board as much as possible -- training on flat water, upwind, downwind, surfing, exploring, running whitewater, leading trips and coaching. When not paddling and managing things at Portland Paddle, he can be found working as a freelance event producer, riding bikes and dreaming of snow. Matt is ACA-certified as a level 2 SUP Instructor Trainer and a level 4 coastal kayak instructor.
SARA FRESHLEY, assistant manager, is a native of Brunswick, Maine who joined Portland Paddle in 2015 and returned in 2016 to help manage our shop. She recently graduated from UMaine with a degree in Marine Science and became Scientific Diving Certified and Rescue Diver Certified.
SUZANNE BLACKBURN fell hopelessly in love with kayaking in 1980. She is a certified Maine Guide with a Level 4 ACA Instructor certification and has been guiding and teaching since 1996. "Helping someone master kayaking skills and gain a sense of comfort in a boat brings me tremendous joy!" she says. Suzanne finished paddling the entire length of the coast of Maine fall of 2015 and she's hoping to do it again this year!
JOE GUGLIELMETTI is a sea kayak guide, ACA coastal kayak instructor, and officer in the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors (MASKGI). He enjoys meeting and working with clients because he finds each of them unique and interesting. His favorite boat to paddle is the Seda Tango. The most interesting kayak trip he's embarked on was in Senga Bay, Lake Malawi. When not paddling, he critiques brownie sundaes at local food establishments.
SCOTT ANCHORS is a Master Maine Guide and is certified by the ACA as a Level 3 SUP instructor. Scott has been passionate about watersports his entire life. He loves sharing his enthusiasm with Portland Paddle customers, and he particularly enjoys seeing them develop confidence and have fun as they push their limits and discover the wonders of Casco Bay. Among his favorite paddling adventures are his circumnavigation of Manhatten Island in New York and his experience SUP-surfing head-high waves in Costa Rica. When not working at Portland Paddle, he can be found surfing at Higgins Beach.
BOGART SALZBERG is a licensed Maine Guide and ACA-certified instructor who lives on Munjoy Hill in Portland. Bogart was the first guide to join the Portland Paddle team when Erin and Zack started the business in 2013. When he's not guiding, he's often paddling on his own or with his son. A few years ago he wrote a great series of articles for Working Waterfront about an epic voyage he took up the Maine coast.
KERRY ANDERSON has been exploring and appreciating the outdoors since her youth and has held several field work, experiential education, and service-oriented positions throughout the years. She has been a staff member with Portland Paddle since 2013 and greatly enjoys paddling Casco Bay and helping others get on the water too. Kerry is the only member of the staff who can give a complete paddling lesson in German!
HENRY AUSTIN is a sea kayak guide and artist from Wyoming. He started out as a sea kayak guide on the waters around Mount Desert Island and then moved to Southern Maine to join Portland Paddle. He is a Wilderness First Responder.
CLARE BOLAND is a licensed Maine Guide who grew up in Cape Elizabeth. Before joining Portland Paddle in 2014 she guided kayak trips on the Great Lakes.
CALLA HASTINGS is a Brooklyn, NY-native who discovered sea kayaking as student at Bowdoin College. After graduating she guided sea kayaking trips around Mount Desert Island and in the Jonesport area. Now she lives in Portland and guides trips for Portland Paddle.
MANDEE GLUNT joined Portland Paddle in 2013 after a few years working with our friends at Tidal Transit kayaking in Boothbay Harbor. She enjoys both paddleboarding and kayaking and is a pro at explaining the basics of both sports to novices.