Meet the Indy Hostel Crew
John & Karen
John and Karen wear many hats here at Indy Hostel. John helps with maintenance and some back office functions, while Karen helps with housekeeping management and is our very own Yoga Instructor. They stay busy around the hostel and have been here since the doors first opened in late 2003! Meeting travelers from all over always keeps them energized and they are always excited to hear traveler’s super stories and interesting itineraries as they have been inspirational! As the owners of Indy Hostel, they feel like they travel every day but never have to pack, and always sleep in their own bed! Their recent trips have taken them to: Mexico, West Virginia, Italy, and New Jersey. They love to travel and host travelers, and couldn't think of a more fitting position to be in. So stop by soon and get to know the business the grow and love.
The Management Team
Sami studies hospitality and tourism management at Purdue University. She participates in the choir, and likes to watch basketball. She got the travel bug at a hostel in Spain and joined our team!
Addy hails from Indianapolis and joined the hostel this summer as an intern. She is a junior at Ball State University, majoring in Hospitality management with a minor in Theatre. She is currently the Event Coordinator for Pi Beta Phi. She is an avid animal lover and enjoys meeting new people as well.
Bryor enjoys meeting new people from all over the world. He is eager to learn and experience new things. Bryor grew up here in Indianapolis. He loves traveling with his family. He plays the guitar and loves to sing.
Carly is a ball of posotive energy and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She loves meeting new people and having meaingful conversations. She is recently back from her two year mission in Africa. Carly adds her personal touch to the hostel in many wonderful ways.
Hannah, Community Relations Coordinator
Hannah, born and raised in Indiana, has been a part of the hostel crew since April 2015. She is the voice behind our social media accounts, the event coordinator and overall community liaison. A graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Travel and Tourism, she now works as a travel advisor and Indianapolis is her favorite city to show off. So far she has explored Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Italy, and Mexico. Next on her list is Japan! In the states, she loves to visit Chicago and Asheville. No matter where she finds herself exploring, Hannah tries to stay in hostels as often as possible. She loves the sense of community hostels bring and enjoys meeting new friends as she goes. Around town you can usually find her cycling, practicing yoga, or checking out the city's amazing food options. If you see her say hello but if not, find her on Twitter @TravelLane !
Andrew joined our staff as an intern in January of 2017. He is originally from Louisville, Kentucky but has called Indianapolis home for the past 5 years. He is currently a Tourism, Convention and Events Management major at IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. He loves to travel and some day wishes to open a brewery/venue on the east coast. He loves meeting and interacting with new people and believes the hospitality industry is the best way to do so!
Nick is an exchange student from Brazil. He relocated from california when he recieved an internship from IUPUI. I couldn't have chosen a better city to visit and spend some time during this summer. Indy is beautiful and has a lot of things to do like bike trials, hiking, and great museums and a great night life. My favorite place to go out is Howl at the Moon for the one dollar beer nights and live music. Im having a blast at the hostel and im sure anyone staying would to.
Lauren is originally from the Chicago area but recently transplanted to Indy to study English at Butler University. She just recently returned from a 3-week long solo trip to Iceland: her first transatlantic trip. This has only fueled the wanderlust. Around Indy you can usually find her at one of her favorite coffee shops (Calvin Fletcher's, Hubbard and Craven's, or Quill's) with her laptop and whatever book she's currently reading. She also works at a marketing firm in downtown Indy, Hatchet Marketing.
Ryan is the man who makes the world turn, as well as this boat. Difficult he can do, the impossible just takes him a little longer.
Addison joined Indy Hostel Crew in 2013. He lived on-site for two years. If you visited in 2013-2015 you've seen him napping in the common room snuggled on the couch! He is a staple in the Indianapolis scene and is also the mastermind behind Keep Indy Indie. We are lucky to have him as the Director of Marketing and Promotions at Indy Hostel!
Paul is an Indianapolis native and was the main man of the hostel from 2013-2015. He has had a ton of fun experiences and knows the value of meeting good people along life's journey. His travels abroad started in the Air Force with Okinawa, Japan then Baghdad, Iraq. He has a degree in Elementary Education, studied in England, and backpacked through much of Europe. Most recently he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. After the Peace Corps he journeyed through Nepal, India, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, and Ireland before coming home to his family and friends in Indiana. Now working and volunteering in Indianapolis, he couldn't be more proud of the changes his city is going through. Although he loves being home, as the Thais say "his heart beats from his foot," and is always ready for the next adventure. He just returned from a 3 month backbacking trip through Central America.