Host (photo: Zanzibar, Tanzania ’98)
Over the years Ron has traveled more than 45 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. He stayed in many hostels during his travels and enjoyed meeting travelers from all over the world. Ron studied Engineering and Marketing. He loves cultural studies,sports of all kinds, good laughs, and dreaming of a better world for all.
Hostess (photo: Texas, USA ’06)
Tracee is from the plains of South Dakota near Mount Rushmore. Tracee spent 5 years serving on Mercy Ships traveling around the world serving the needs of poor community as a surgical technician with a medical team. Tracee was with YWAM Minneapolis for a discipleship training school. Tracee’s favorite pet was a goat named Beverly.
Manager (photo: Budapest, Hungary ’13)
Ryan grew up in Missouri but came to Tennessee when he moved away to college. He worked as a photographer and graphic designer in Slovakia prior to making his way to Nashville. Ryan has spent time all over the world, traveling and working across North America, South America, Africa, Australasia, and Europe. The quickest way to his heart is to bring him a hot pie from New Zealand.
Manager (photo: Ukraine, ’12)
Alisa is a born and raised Ukrainian who found herself in Nashville. She loves traveling and making new friends all over the world. She strongly believes that every experience is priceless- that’s why she will make sure that your time at the Nashville Downtown Hostel is unforgettable.
Manager (photo: Nashville, Tennessee ’16)
Tina is from Buffalo, New York. She believes the hosteling experience can enlighten everyone towards an understanding of the essential commonality between people from all cultures and walks of life, perhaps even planting the seeds from which a peaceful world can grow.
Night Manager (photo: Fiji)
Freeman is a native of Nashville. Since graduating from college, he has lived in Fiji and visited several states giving lectures on climate change resettlement and sustainability. When not working on issues of justice, Freeman enjoys writing, singing and photography. Above everything else, Freeman is an all around awesome person.
Facilities Manager (photo: Burghley, England ’13)
John is from the Great Lakes region of Ohio. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Masters of Fine Arts and has taught at SIUC and the University of Akron. John carried his skills into woodworking within Nashville. His passion is experience, learning, teaching, helping, and loving others with an infectious smile.
Administrative Supervisor (photo: Kunming, China ’12)
Carmen grew up in South America until the age of 13 and moved to the US. She attended North Greenville University to major in Broadcast Media with an emphasis in design. Still longing to travel, she then taught English in South Korea and traveled across Northern Europe. After returning to the States, she found that Nashville was a pretty cool place to live (even if she is not a huge fan of country music).
Supervisor (photo: Nashville, Tennessee ’13)
Patrick is a singer-songwriter born and raised in north-western New Jersey. He came to Nashville in the summer of 2011 and became part of the hostel staff in April of 2012. He is currently pursuing a career as a solo musician and songwriter in addition to being one of our supervisors.
Supervisor (photo: Madrid, Spain ’15)
Jimmy grew up in the City of Bridges, Pittsburgh, PA. His interest for music and nose for good food led him to Nashville in 2012. His parents live in Germany which has enabled many opportunities to travel with family and friends throughout Europe. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to electronic dance music, going to concerts, DJ-ing whenever possible, and telling stories.
Supervisor (photo: Edinburgh, Scotland ’14)
Brooke is a native of Middle Tennessee and graduate from the University of Miami (The U!), where she was a devoted band geek and college radio DJ. She majored in archaeology and international studies and spent a semester studying Celtic Civilization in Glasgow. Brooke loves nonhuman primates, the Scottish Highlands, dragons, hiking, playing in the dirt, and strolling aimlessly through unfamiliar cities.
Supervisor (photo: Nashville Zoo ’17)
Rachel is a Virginia Beach native beach bum that moved to Nashville in December of 2016. She spends most of her free time finding creative outlets like painting, crafting with bottlecaps and making other home decor. Rachel is an animal enthusiast, artist at heart and an aspiring yogi. She’s pictured with a Palawan Binturong!
Staff (photo: Nashville, Tennessee ’16)
Dale is a Pennsylvania native who somehow wound up here in Nashville. He hopes to one day combine his love of music with his passion for traveling, and for meeting and creating relationships with others. When Dale is not indulging himself as a musician, he loves to cook, paint, and explore.
Staff (photo: Belfast, UK ’15)
Anya was born and raised with the wildlife of Pennsylvania. She is an artist by trade and can spend an incredibly long time talking about antique tables. She likes books about time travel, conversations about the Many Worlds Theory, and the color green. On her grand tour of the United States, Anya happily made it to Tennessee and no further.
Staff (photo: Strasbourg, France ’16)
Sue was originally born in South Korea, but she is happy to call Nashville her American home. Sue enjoys wandering through cities, walking miles and kilometers, watching and wondering about how people live in other cultures. She is passionate about cities everywhere, et elle parle francais très simple.
Staff (photo: Tokyo, Japan ’16)
AJ was born and raised in Miami, FL. She spent the past year teaching English in South Korea. She loves writing, reading, laughing, watching terrible TV, and eating good food. She’s traveled across the United States, Asia, and the Caribbean. She plans to travel to all seven continents one day.
Staff (photo: Brunswick, Georgia ’14)
Native son of Wisconsin, a 10 year transplant to the southern states, and a long time hosteling personality, you may have met Eddie at the Boulder International Youth Hostel, the magical Hostel in the Forest of southern Georgia, or perhaps the Mythic Hostel of the Mountain outside Asheville, NC. He passes time songwriting, making art, and bucking up trees.
International Ambassador (photo: New York ’14)
Originally from Canada, Jeff spent most of the 90’s busking around the world. He then found himself in NYC where he ended up living for 15 yrs. Now that it’s Nashville’s turn, Jeff hopes to make it as a singer/songwriter. Always the optimist, Jeff believes “If I’m gonna fail as a musician, it might as well be in Nashville.”
International Ambassador (photo: Mt Tongariro, New Zealand ’16)
Alexis was born in Los Angeles and has lived between LA and New Zealand where her family is from and has come to Nashville to follow her dreams. She loves to travel and enjoys new experiences. She also loves to have a good laugh. Alexis believes that the hostel opens you up to new opportunities and invites wonderful, new people into your life.