Our Team

Our team is the best in the business. Not only are they great at their jobs, but they’re inspiring human beings as well. Every Kahtoola Associate brings a wealth of unique talents and perspectives to the table and we unite around our love of the outdoors and our commitment to people. Take a few minutes and get to know our team, you’ll be glad you did!

Chris Bunch

Product Design Associate

Chris got his start in design building open-cockpit race cars in college, but a love of the outdoors eventually brought him to Flagstaff and to Kahtoola. If he’s not in the design lab, Chris can usually be found mountain biking, backpacking, canyoneering and spending time with his wife Sue and their dogs.

Fun fact: Chris has an affinity for eating peanut butter that some people describe as disturbing!

Amanda Caro

Human Resources Associate

For Amanda, the more time outside, the better! She loves spending time outdoors with her 5-year-old daughter and can’t wait until the day that they can start going on longer hikes together. As a human resources professional, Amanda is excited about the great team of associates she gets to work with at Kahtoola.

Fun Fact: Amanda was adopted from South Korea, and she can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order.

Li Cui

Marketing & Communications Associate

Li is always stoked to help others experience personal growth and meaningful experiences through outdoor adventure. When he isn’t connecting people with Kahtoola products, Li is usually out exploring new places on his bike, his skis or on foot. He also has an interest in amateur psychology and understanding human behavior as well as in cooking, creating music and photography.

Fun Fact: Li once got lost in the New Zealand wilderness for 36 hours while on a solo backpacking trip!

Mel Fricks

U.S. Sales Associate

Mel is inspired by the relationships that are formed between Kahtoola and our customers. When she isn’t helping connect those customers with our products, Mel loves kayaking, horseback riding, reading and nurturing a small obsession with dim sum!

Fun Fact: Mel spent most of her adolescent years in Saudi Arabia and traveling the world with her parents.

Courtney Giauque

Finance & Administration Associate

Before joining us at Kahtoola, Courtney spent time living and working in the Grand Canyon, and she would tell you it’s where she started to believe in magic! When she isn’t crunching numbers at Kahtoola, Courtney spends her time mountain biking, skiing, doing yoga, reading and going on adventures with her family. She also speaks three languages and spent several years living in Germany.

Fun Fact: Courtney can throw a frisbee really far and very accurately!

Danny Giovale

Founder & Owner

Danny is proud to foster an environment at Kahtoola that encourages everyone to lift each other up and take on adventures of all sizes together. When he isn’t in a meeting or testing products, Danny is off alpine rock climbing, canyoneering, packrafting or covering large distances on foot in wild places. Above all, he loves getting out on adventures with his partner and adult children—usually in the Grand Canyon!

Fun Fact: For years, Danny enjoyed taking trapeze classes with his kids when they were young.

Betsy Harter

Accounting & Sustainability Associate

What Betsy likes most about working at Kahtoola is the work hard, play hard culture that's exemplified by all associates. When she isn’t keeping the books in order or helping Kahtoola reduce its environmental impact, she enjoys exploring wild place, especially the ones that are hard to reach. Whether it's bumbling around in the mountains, skiing powder or rafting down the Grand Canyon, there's nothing that Betsy loves more than doing these activities together with her husband and son.

Fun Fact: When Betsy was 20, she moved to Costa Rica on her own to be a river guide.

Sabrina Hersey

Shipping & Warehouse Associate

Sabrina is excited to work for a company that gives back to the community and makes gear she can be proud of. When she isn’t in the warehouse getting that gear out to customers, Sabrina can be found hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and surfing! She also keeps an active volunteer schedule with the local Coconino County Search & Rescue unit.

Fun Fact: Sabrina has an undergraduate degree in International Affairs with a minor in Arabic.

Brad Lever

Product Design Associate

Brad is the kind of guy that’s usually up for any outdoor adventure, but his personal favorites tend to be skiing, cycling and tennis. When he’s not working on a new product, product update or spending time outside, he enjoys doodling, cooking with his family and playing Nintendo games. Some would say he’s also obsessed with space, music history and dinosaurs—a true renaissance man!

Fun Fact: Brad is an Eagle Scout, a diehard Red Sox fan and a cheetos and whiskey aficionado (okay that’s four fun facts).

Rory McGivern

Shipping Associate

Rory takes pride in working at an outdoor company that truly cares about its employees and the planet. When he isn’t working on getting Kahtoola products to customers and dealers as sustainably as possible, Rory enjoys backpacking and Jiu Jitsu. After work he can often be found training at the gym, or hanging out at home with his dog and playing guitar.

Fun Fact: Rory used to lead backpacking trips for a living in the Grand Canyon and Southern Utah!

Cat Mellum

Warranty & Repair Associate

Cat is our resident problem solver. She loves taking a negative situation and using those skills to turn it into a positive one. When not solving warranty and repair issues here at Kahtoola, Cat likes to be outside walking, hiking or skiing. She’s also an avid cook, and loves creating new recipes to share with family and friends.

Fun Fact: Cat knows all the words to Led Zeppelin songs — a product of her teenage years riding in the car with her older brother!

Kassie Parmely

Customer Support & Sales Associate

Born and raised in Montana, Kassie got her first horse at the age of seven. Now living in Flagstaff, she’s still passionate about the outdoors, and loves working in a field where she can help others enjoy their adventures as much as she enjoys hers. When she isn’t helping Kahtoola customers, Kassie can be found riding horses, hiking, traveling, writing and enjoying live music.

Fun Fact: Kassie has run eight half marathons—six of which were done over six consecutive years in New Orleans, LA.

Caitlin Schmidt

Visual Communications Associate

Cailtin lives off-grid outside of Flagstaff—the perfect base for someone that loves the outdoors! When she isn’t telling Kahtoola’s story through photos and graphics design, Caitlin loves to camp, hike, mountain bike and wake-surf. She also enjoys exploring the woods with her dog, Dottie, traveling, cooking and making a mess around her house with her latest DIY project.

Fun Fact: As a person with a quiet and reserved disposition, people are surprised when Caitlin tells them she was a cheerleader at Northern Arizona University (NAU)!

Kelly Slutz

Logistics/Inventory & Sustainability Associate

Kelly is always looking to learn new things, especially when it comes to environmental and social issues. And when she isn’t keeping track of inventory and managing logistics at Kahtoola, she loves walking and running on the trails around Flagstaff. She also likes to get crafty from time to time with crocheting and knitting, and she enjoys golf for its mix of outside time and strategy!

Fun Fact: Kelly speaks Spanish and has spent time traveling in South America.

Emily Snelson

Sales Support Associate

Emily is always up for new adventures, but she’s most passionate about trail running and hiking new trails—the more rugged and steep, the better! When she isn’t hiking, running or helping to spread the word about Kahtoola products with the sales department, Emily enjoys road trips to out-of-the-way places, primitive camping, paddle boarding, kayaking and looking for new music and concerts to attend.

Fun Fact: Emily is a Microbiologist, and she worked for 16 years as a Medical Technologist on assignments all across the United States.

Tyler Welch

Shipping & Warehouse Associate

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Tyler is the only member of his family to ever move out west. When he’s not shipping Kahtoola products or keeping the warehouse in order, Tyler spends his time ultra running and trail running with his dogs and running friends, or indulging his love of cooking by making meals for his family.

Fun Fact: Tyler has strong Irish blood and a huge Irish family with lots of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins!