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Meet the BushTribe Eco Adventures Team

Travis McRae

Travis ventured to St. Croix in the fall of 2008 in search of new ideas, culture, and adventure. Born and raised in Idaho, he has an agricultural background and has been involved with numerous outdoor and recreational activities throughout the years. Upon arrival to STX, he lived the sailboat lifestyle and became part of the after school programs and summer camps. His personal dedication to learn about all aspects of St. Croix makes him a knowledgeable and passionate guide. Now he shares what he has gained and learned with others from all over the world.

Leah Santini

Leah arrived on island in 2014 to work with Bushtribe. She has a degree in Parks and Recreation Management from UNCW, as well as 1 million various safety and medical certifications. She has been a wilderness guide for seventeen years, leading activities that include kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, snowshoeing and whitewater rafting. If you’re looking for Leah and can’t find her, she’s probably underwater bonding with moray eels.

JD Killoran

More often called Bison, JD is an experienced wilderness guide, unrivaled storyteller, and above all, an educator. He always sees potential in budding leaders, and spent many years running a CIT (counselor in training) program. When he’s not spinning fire or exhaling fireballs, you can find the Bison exploring St. Croix’s beautiful terrain or kayaking in Salt River Bay.

Chris Kierstead

Chris used to live in the concrete jungles of New York and Chicago, but now has found his true home in the rain forest and coral reefs of St. Croix. He is a born leader and avid adventurer, and he seeks out fun and excitement for everyone who goes exploring with him. An accomplished SCUBA diver, Chris is often recruited by environmental organizations to assist with scientific research and resource management projects. Chris and Mollie are expecting their first child in August 2019!

Ty McRae

Originally from the farm lands of Idaho, Ty arrived on the island in 2008. After acquiring his degrees in Environmental Science and Geographic Information Systems, he made the move to St. Croix where he specialized in outdoor education. With a strong focus on children outreach programs, he got involved with the Boys and Girls club, Summer Camps, and after school programs. His high energy and enthusiasm  makes him a fun and knowledgeable guide.

Malakai (Guide in Training)
Malakai, aka Captain Mal, has an affinity for ocean adventures and exploring the island. He always has a smile on his face and ready to go!
Orion McRae (Guide in Training)

Only four years old and Orion is already showing leadership skills. He helps set up and tear down the kayak gear whenever he can. He is still learning to communicate, drive, and back up a trailer. Soon he will be one of St. Croix’s finest guides.

Diego (Rescue Dog)

Born and raised in St. Croix and just 4 years old  Diego is one of our highest trained employees. Standing a mere half a foot tall, Diego displays potent leadership qualities. He has an endless wealth of knowledge of the indigenous flora and fauna, and is an irreplaceable asset to any extreme adventure.