Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

   Protecting clean water and free-flowing rivers in TN since 1966.

2020 Board of Directors

Sally Barr |  Jessie Beckett  Melissa Boaz | Daniel Boone | Vinson Dill  | 
Jon Doliana Sr

Vincent (Vinny) Finamore | Katherine Fulk | Deb Gilbertson | Stacee Irwin Geoff Luckett | Steve Morris | 

Ginger Royster | Donnie Safer |‚Äč John Schneider | Patty Shultz | Kevin Stitt | Scott Strausbaugh | Gary Weatherford

Charlie Wilkerson | James (Woody) Woodall 


Sally Barr, President

Sally has been a member of TSRA since 2004. She was Vice President from 2018 to 2019 and Secretary from 2011 to 2018. In 2018, she was certified as a Level 2 River Kayaking Instructor. She has been actively involved as chair, co-chair and/or volunteer of the Canoe and Kayak School for 9 years. She has participated in and/or provided support for Introduction to Kayaking, Lost Loon Triathlon, Rendezvous, Basic River Rescue clinic, Roll School, access builds and river clean ups. She is committed to participating and assisting in fundraisers that support access builds, clean water and conservation efforts. 

Goals: To continue the momentum to increase awareness of TSRA's mission.


Jessie Beckett, Vice President

Jessie has volunteered at Rescue for Recreational Boaters, Intro to Paddling, Intro to Rivers, Canoe & Kayak School, Rendezvous, Roll School, Lost Loon Triathlon, booth (expo) events, and waterway clean-ups. She is building her skills as a certified ACA instructor (river-running, & touring/sea-kayaking). Jessie has been involved with Team River Runner as well as safety coordinator/community outreach for Heroes on the Water which reach out to our military veterans. In 2018/2019 Jessie started doing outreach in elementary schools spreading the importance (and excitement) of paddling safety while molding young minds!

Goals: To reach out to the community through paddle sports education, conservation efforts, and involvement in the community supporting TSRA. She wants to continue her support to schools and events, but also stay involved and help build stronger programs at TSRA. Jessie would also like to continue to nurture the relationship between TSRA and Hook 1 Outfitters as a member of the Hook 1 Pro Staff as well as with other outdoor retailers who support TSRA.

Vincent Finamore, Secretary

Vinny has been a member with TSRA since 2015 and served on the board since 2016. He has chaired or been involved with organizing and running Canoe and Kayak School for the past 3 years. A Certified ACA L2 Instructor, Vinny has lead and/or supported many of our Intro and Rec Boat Safety classes. This past year Vinny served on the Executive Committee as the Board Secretary and is looking forward to serving in that role as part of the 2020 Board of Directors.

Vinny believes in TSRA and its mission and wishes to be a committed part of keeping our organization moving forward now and in the future.            

Goals: To continue to serve as Secretary and to help recruit new members to serve. Looking forward to working with fellow board members to build future sustainability. 

Deb Gilbertson, Treasurer

Deb has been a member of TSRA for several years. It's not just something she does but its a real part of her. To hear her talk about TSRA, you can tell she has a passion for the people, community, and the rivers she has paddled for many years.

Starting as an event planner and trip leader for Paddle Adventures, “WaterLilyDeb” expanded her paddling passion and search for adventure when she joined TSRA. As an important leader in both groups she has introduced hundreds to paddling and the importance of stewardship for our rivers, and introduced many to Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association. She is constantly helping with community paddles, weekend events, party planning, and all the behind the scenes work that keeps us running smooth!

She has served as an executive officer on the board of  TSRA, as the Treasurer, since 2010.

Melissa Boaz

Melissa will be a great asset to the board. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is interested in working with our current treasurer to learn the role for possibly serving in that position in the future. Vinny Finamore has worked with Melissa at the Comptroller’s office, division of state audit for several years and respects her immensely as a colleague and friend. Melissa grew up paddling canoes with her father on rivers in middle Tennessee. She and her husband Gerry, new open boaters, are avid campers who love the outdoors. They will be valuable TSRA members and supporters.  


Daniel Boone

Daniel has been a TSRA member since 1980. He is a current board member, past president and vice-president, instructor, past canoe school chair, trip leader, and river adopter. He is also a TSRA representative with the TN Conservation Voters. He has been an organizer of the Mill Creek clean-up for 29 years and is on the Conservation Committee.  

Goals: To continue to make TSRA the leading organization for improving paddling skills and promoting river safety. Daniel would like to maintain and improve our excellent group of instructors, to focus our conservation efforts on protecting headwater areas and to build strong relationships with other groups whose goals are to protect our streams. Most importantly to make what we do FUN! 

Geoff Luckett

Geoff’s love for the outdoors started at a very young age in East Tennessee. He loves all things outside: paddling, fishing, hiking, and camping. An active kayak angler for over 20 years, he started Tennessee Kayak Anglers 10 years ago as a web page and message board. It has grown to a group of over 6,000 members and spawned over 6 sub-groups throughout the state. He is continually working on his paddling skills and has acquired ACA Instructor as an L2 River Kayak Instructor with the River Kayak Fishing Endorsement. Geoff is currently the only ACA-certified Kayak Fishing Instructor on the East Coast of the U.S. He was on the leadership team of the Music City Chapter of Heroes on the Water, and is very active in the kayak fishing community throughout the state of Tennessee. Introducing new people to the joys and experiences of being outdoors is very important to him. He has a passion for teaching beginners introduction to paddling at Long Hunter State Park emphasizing the extreme importance of safety. He also loves planning family style outings for new people interested in taking that first step to getting outside safely.

Geoff is a professional teacher in the classroom which makes him a passionate mentor and teacher at heart. He is also a strong influence in the paddling and outdoor community bringing nature and people together. Geoff has strong leadership skills and knows how to bring people together to make a difference.

Vinson Dill

Vinson has served for 2 years on the TSRA Board of Directors. He grew up on Lake Barkley and started paddling canoes at 10 years old. He has been a member of TSRA for more than 10 years and has been actively involved in leading trips, access builds, Roll School, Canoe & Kayak School, Swift Water Rescue, Rescue for Rec Boaters and Basic River Rescue. He just received his L2 ACA Kayak Instructor Certification this year.

Over the last several years, Vinson has become very involved in Rendezvous and served as the Rendezvous Auction Chair in 2019 and will again do so in 2020. Since 2018, has chaired a Membership Committee where we introduced Star and 3 Star Membership levels. This encourages members to support TSRA at a higher level while providing opportunities to receive benefits, i.e., limited addition merchandise. The committee also introduced Student Memberships and has started working to engage younger people into the organization.
Being a retired Scoutmaster and leader trainer in the leadership courses, Vinson is a good organizer and a problem solver. He has been very involved with the Youth & Adult Boy Scout Whitewater School (Middle TN Council).

Goals: Continue to find ways of letting the public know about our organization, and encourage more support and grow membership. I will continue to support Rendezvous and other TSRA events and help find ways to make improvements in order to improve member experiences.

Jon Doliana Sr.

As a young boy, Jon was involved in Scouting, he primarily worked on the waterfront with roll boats and canoes. He also learned about conservation and how humans can help the planet. Hisfather was a wilderness activist for Nebo Ridge when he was younger and he would take Jon with him, where he learned so much about soil and water conservation.
Jon is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster for troop 398 in Murfreesboro, TN. He has been working with this
troop for 18 years and is a teaches swimming, lifesaving, rowing, canoeing and kayaking, he is also a Merit Badge Counselor. He has taught approximately 600 boys the above skills over the years and has volunteered numerous years at Boy Scout Summer camp on the water front, to help boys with their practical skills in boating.
Jon joined TSRA in 2004 and went to Canoe and Kayak school to learn new skills. His instructor was the late and great Jack Lyle, who was very knowledgeable and very patient with the class. Jon learned a lot from Jack and took what he learned back to the Troop. In 2005 Jack sent Jon an e-mail saying that they were putting on an Instructor course to be an instructor with TSRA and that there would be two Olympic kayakers teaching. Jon jumped at the chance and learned so much over that weekend. After that he volunteered at TSRA events and helped at the Canoe and Kayak class with whatever they needed. Most of the time he was selected as either the Instructor or Co-Instructor for the class. He has always thought about the way Jack taught the class and tries to
impart his knowledge and wisdom to the new class of students.
Has attended L2 kayaking class conducted by David Evens to increase his usefulness to help TSRA move forward with their agenda. Jon is particularly interested in Environmental issues and issues dealing with kayaking and boater safety.

Goals: Lead C&K School, further effort to insure everyone uses PFD on lakes and rivers.

Katherine Fulk

Katherine served as a meetup group leader for the Bowling Green paddling group for several years and later for Paddle Adventures. She participates in the Harpeth River Conservancy and spent countless hours replanting trees along the Harpeth after the 2010 flood. She is an experienced ACA-certified L2 Open Water Kayak instructor and recently became certified as an L2 River Kayaking instructor. She lives on the banks of the Harpeth and has every interest in its survival as a healthy body of water for the support of aquatic life as well as continuing to support local recreation opportunities.

Goals: I originally joined TSRA in 2010 and have been heartened by TSRA's evolution to address the needs of recreational kayakers in middle Tennessee. I want to join that movement and be a leader for class I and flatwater paddlers in our region.

As I approach retirement this year my goal is to reach and teach paddling safety and skills to any audience that I can find. I am passionate about kayaking safety. I would choose to spend much of this time working within TSRA. I believe that I can help this organization reach out beyond their normal audience and offer classes to the multitude of rec boaters on our lakes and class I rivers.
Rec paddlers and kayak fishing paddlers are the fastest growing areas in kayaking. For the goal of continued safety, river conservation, adding and maintaining access points I believe another group of paddlers must be brought into our paddling family.

I totally support what TSRA stands for and strives to achieve for in our waterways. My experience in nursing leadership has taught me how to be an effective team member for the achievement of group goals. I would like to help bring these new audiences into the mix to help with conservation and paddling safety.

Stacee Irwin

Stacee has helped teach, support and co-chair Canoe & Kayak school. She also helped and is current chair for Roll School. She has lead numerous kayaking trips and served on the board for 3 years.                 

Goals: Continuing education and safety while promoting a strong healthy community!



Steve Morris

Steve served on the board for the last 5 years. He has been involved in several schools, access builds, conservation efforts, river clean - ups, trip leading and special events. These involvements include: Canoe and Kayak School, Intro to Paddling, Lost Loon Triathlon, Dragon Boat and trip leading numerous river trips and hiking trips. He has also assisted in the Team River Runner endeavor.

Goals: As a sixth year board member he wants to continue all the efforts mentioned above. He plans to lead the Team River Runner Nashville chapter to introduce paddling to veterans. He plans to continue trip leading both paddling and hiking trips. In 2016 he received his L3 ACA canoe instructor certification and would like to become a canoe instructor and try to recruit people back to the diminishing art of canoeing.

Ginger Royster

Ginger has been coordinating our Recreational boating and safety programs. She has also participated in other programs in 2019. Her participation as a board member will ensure that our recreation programs continue to excel. In her first year she participated in a 1 hour and a 3 hour recreational boater class. She has taken an intro to rivers class with TSRA and has started dipping her toes into white water! Ginger is all about being overly prepared for situations that may occur and intends to take the river/lake rescue course, swift water rescue and roll school next year to increase her paddling skills. She is a member of TSRA and hopes to volunteer at upcoming events. 

Goals: To help develop ways to clean and preserve our waterways and to keep them beautiful for everyone to enjoy. I would like to get more young people involved in the sport as well as its conservation efforts. I would like to help start programs in schools to teach students the importance of PFD’s and also find a way to offer swimming clinics for those who may not be able to afford more expensive classes.

Donnie Safer

Donnie has been on the Board since 2010 and a TSRA member since 2002. He is an active TSRA conservationist. Donnie was one of TSRA's liasons with Southern Environmental Law Center on our victorious Gallatin coal ash case. He is also an active volunteer on access builds and has instructed at many Canoe and Kayak Schools and Roll School. 

Goals: As a TSRA Board Member I would like to continue helping in both boating and conservation efforts. I currently plan to focus on improving the water quality in the Pigeon River. TSRA has a special role and interest in clean water protection and improvement - paddling is a lot more fun in clean water!

John Schneider

John has been a TSRA Board and for the past 4 years and is seeking re-election. He has been involved in many areas of TSRA, including serving as the 2019 Rendezvous Chair and as a Committee member and chairing the Auction. John has assisted with instruction at the TSRA Roll School and organizes the Boater Support at the Obed WaterFest on behalf of TSRA. He has assisted in leading TSRA trips down the Ocoee, BSF, Tellico and Hiwassee for Rendezvous and the TSRA Canoe & Kayak Schools. He has assisted with several access builds and solicited and organized the volunteers. Since joining TSRA, John has completed the TSRA Basic River Rescue course, Swift Water Rescue course, and Canoe & Kayak School and Roll schools. 

Goals: We need to promote and re-establish TSRA as the path for new boaters to learn safety and the necessary skills to enjoy all levels of paddling. Increasing new membership is vital to this process. I would like to assist TSRA in marketing the resources we have to drive interest and membership. This will include efforts in the access projects, fundraising, and membership growth and increase the awareness of TSRA among the non-paddling public and government agencies. In the past I have had the opportunity to serve as President on several non-profit boards and feel this experience would help me be an asset to TSRA. I would also like to facilitate the group efforts of TSRA, TWRA and the Harpeth River Watershed Association and other agencies.

Patty Shultz

Patty has been an active member since 2005 and has served on the board for a number of years. She loves to be in and on the water so it's natural to be involved in TSRA. Her main focus has been in making the waters of TN more accessible for paddlers, fishermen and swimmers. She has been involved with the access committee since its beginning, writing grants and helping with over 20 access builds. Patty has also been involved with cleanups, TSRA projects and conservation efforts.

Goals: I would continue to work on access issues with the goal of making more of Tennessee's waterways available to paddlers, fishermen and swimmers.

Kevin Stitt

Kevin is a certified ACA Level 2 Kayaking Instructor, a frequent TSRA instructor and access volunteer, and a staunch supporter of the local outdoor community through his recent work as Market Coordinator for Brentwood REI’s Outdoor Programs and Outreach as well as his evolving work as the owner of New Outdoor Adventures.

Launching this outdoor focused entrepreneurial venture will create numerous opportunities for Kevin to support TSRA’s training, environmental mission, and the growth of the organization’s volunteer base. Kevin fully understands the importance of building a community of paddlers, conservationists, and volunteers so we can accomplish tasks that are bigger than any one of us could do on our own.

While he focuses his professional time helping local companies foster volunteerism and environmental stewardship, as well as offering guided adventures to beginners in search of gear and a path into new adventures, he will spend time as a TSRA leader helping build community, coordinating volunteers, and volunteering as an instructor to help maintain strong leadership in the recreational boater community in Middle Tennessee.

Scott Strausbaugh

Scott has been involved in whitewater sports since 1972 when he started canoeing with his father. His time on the water is quite varied from winning a Gold in Whitewater Canoe Slalom at the 1992 Olympics, canoe camping in Maine, fishing on the Caney Fork River, and continued participation in whitewater trips around the Southeast. Scott's
education includes degrees in Biology and Environmental Science and Graphic Design and Advertising.

Scott says, "My church is the river. Rivers, lakes, oceans and all the water bodies in between hold the planet and its peoples together. TSRA embodies that connection for me and I believe supporting all its activities supports a much broader goal, that of connecting people to the environment and each other." Scott is presently a remodeling contractor in the Goodlettsville and Greater Nashville area. He is also a father who is very busy with 2 boys and their activities in and out of school. And always yearning to get back on the water…

Scott's prior TSRA involvement includes:  

-TSRA Member Since 2003
-Instructor Seminar Organizer and Instructor
-Designed and produced the TSRA newsletter for 5 years
-Served on the TSRA Board from 2008-2014

Goals: As a returning board member, I would be supportive of the efforts of the past several years by TSRA and its members. Continued conservation is primary in light of world climate awareness. Continued support of trips, schools, seminars and Rendezvous all deserve continued support and marketing to support all the activities of the club.

Gary Weatherford

Charlie Wilkerson

Having been a Board Member for over 20 years Charlie has served in the following positions: Past President, Vice-President, School Chair, and Rendezvous Chair. He still maintains Canoe Instructor and SwiftWater Rescue Instructor certifications plus assists with access builds, river adopter, and trip leader.

Goals: I want to continue to help grow TSRA's membership and programs to help continue our core mission while striving to improve our instruction programs.



James "Woody" Woodall

Woody is a life member of TSRA, a canoe instructor and swiftwater rescue instructor. He has also served as past school chair for Intro to Paddling and Canoe/Kayak School. For years he continued to teach canoeing, Basic River Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue. He volunteers at TSRA's largest fundraiser, the Lost Loon Triathlon. Woody works on river access builds, served on the Board of Directors for several years and served as President of TSRA for three years.  

Goals: To continue to promote TSRA's mission of river conservation as well as paddling and safety training.

Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, #58-1746179.

P.O. Box 159041 Nashville, Tennessee 37215-9041

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