Leadership 2022

Dustin Judd (President)

I am and avid outdoor enthusiast who loves anything on the water. I have had the wonderful opportunity to fall in love with this sport over the last few years with the support from members in this club. I look forward to the opportunity to do the same for others coming into the sport and to pass on what I have learned. I still get the same feeling of freedom and adventure every time I get in my boat that I did the very first time years ago.

Melissa Olsen (Vice President)

Years ago, knowing nothing about rivers, I jumped into an IK on the Split Mountain section of the Green River in the big water of spring. Friends pointed out the tongue of a rapid and told me to aim for the “V”. I fell in love with the experience and have had an appetite for more paddling ever since. I now paddle my hard shell, thanks to the support of my river family.

I have made my very best friends on rivers and trails. I absolutely love to admire the beauty around us and adventure with those close to me. There is so much fun to be had, it’s hard choosing between my mountain bike and my boat.

I’m happy to have the chance to give back. I look forward to seeing you on the river!

Melissa "Scooter" Connolly (Treasurer)

I grew up in Salt Lake City, enjoying soccer, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and occasional whitewater rafting trips. My first river kayaking experience was deep on a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon, and the hardshell has continued to feel magical every time I get in. Going into my second truly full season of kayaking after some (non-kayaking-related) shoulder issues, I'm still working on becoming a solid mid-level boater and I like naming my boats with astronomy-based names. I have yet to have any luck in the river permit lotteries, but I do feel lucky to have found a river family and be involved with the UWC.

Ryan Metzger (Secretary)

Having a lifelong interest in all things outdoors, I have found myself occasionally floating rivers, creeks and lakes, using various watercraft, ever since growing up in western Pennsylvania. I’ve always wanted to take it to the next level, but whitewater paddling is not an easy sport to pursue without having knowledgeable friends to help. But when I discovered the Utah Whitewater Club, I found an opportunity to obtain skills and experience among some very good people. I’m happy to serve on the board of the UWC so that I can assist others as they pursue whitewater paddling and all the excitement, challenge, and camaraderie this activity provides.

Todd Clark (Board Member)

Let’s hit the river! Some of my fondest memories are of friends and family playing on the river. I look forward to sharing it with you.

Jennifer Seabury (Board Member)

I started kayaking in my 30s and then stopped for ten years. After going on a few UWC trips I was hooked again and now I never miss an event. These weekends allow for a perfect mix of learning, challenge, and camaraderie. We watch out for and encourage each other and occasionally we might gently suggest that we think a river or rapid might be over a person’s ability level.

Chuck Kennedy (Board Member)

I’ve kayaked off and on since about 2003, mostly in Colorado, with about a 5-year injury / parenting break. Over the last 2 years, the wonderful folks at the Utah Whitewater Club have taken me to the pretty and fun rivers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. I am enjoying working with the board and gaining an understanding and appreciation for all of the hard work that they have put into preparing these beautiful trips. I hope you’ll join us for a trip our two, and maybe I’ll see you on the water.