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: Tollwood Festival in Munich, Germany ’15)

Christiana is a singer/songwriter and fiddler, raised in Oregon. She moved to Nashville in 2018. When she’s not playing music she enjoys, running, watching Chef’s Table on Netflix, and traveling the globe. Outside the U.S. Christiana has backpacked through Europe, Africa, and dreams of going to Australia! Also, coconut water is not as tasty as it sounds.


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.


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).


Administrative 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.


Facilities 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: Seattle, Washington)

Michael is originally from Seattle with a background in the arts and hospitality. He has traveled to and worked in 17 countries, and looks forward to helping you make the most out of your Nashville experience.


Supervisor (photo: Oklahoma City, USA ’17)

Ted is a former firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service and is a native to California. He decided to move to Nashville in mid-2018 to pursue a more creative side of life. In his free time he writes poetry and enjoys seeing the city by foot. Additionally, Ted loves donuts and coffee…If you love him you could always bring him something from Five Daughters Bakery.


Staff (photo: Giverny, France 2016)

In 2016, Mel bought a car and drove from her hometown in the SF Bay Area to Nashville, in pursuit of Just Being Happy. Since then, she has been very happy. On a good day she can be found driving across the country listening to Paul Simon, wandering through forests, eating veggies, reading books, thinking about stuff, and sitting at the front desk of the hostel, smiling and telling guests to go to Frothy Monkey for lunch.


Staff (photo: The Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado)

Wyatt is from Knoxville, Tennessee. He recently moved to Nashville after living and traveling throughout the Southern United States as well as Southern California. He writes, produces music, and backpacks in his spare time. Wyatt lives and works here at The Downtown Nashville Hostel, don’t be afraid to come chat him up about art, music, or hot chicken recommendations!


Staff (photo: Hangtime Hostel in Weligama Bay, Sri Lanka ’18)

Travis moved from San Francisco in ’03 and spent 15 years working on Fort Campbell in the Army’s Sports & Fitness program. In ’18 he traveled to Mysore, India and studied Ashtanga Yoga for 2 months. He lives in East Nashville. Travis loves vintage pants & clothing. You can typically find him practicing at yoga studios around town, handstanding in a park, or digging through the many vintage shops that Nashville has to offer.