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
Bryor is a manager here at the hostel. He 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.
Rafia joined our staff in the summer of 2016. He has lived all over the country and is happy to call Indiana his new home. He loves to cook, read, write, and play chess. A happy student of life, he enjoys meeting people from all over the world and engaging in the art of conversation. Originally from the state of Maryland, he hopes to travel the world. He is most impressed with how bike friendly Indianapolis is and that the people are welcoming.
Nikki (aka the Director of Guest Services and also "House Mom") joined the Indy Hostel crew in August 2012. She's our most extensive traveler having visited 25 countries and has 85 stamps in her passports! She’s stayed in hostels all over the world and loves chatting with other travelers! She's a true wanderer by heart and has visited all over the world including: Nicaragua, Japan, Croatia, England, and France, Australia, Thailand, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, England, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Scotland, & Greece, and many places in the grand 'ol USA! Her goal is to see 500 of the places featured in 1000 Places to See before You Die! She was born in San Francisco, CA and was raised in Indiana. By day, she works for IU School of Medicine. She works on Friday nights so stop by and say hello!
Natallia joined our team in September 2016. Originally from Belarus, she wanted to see more of the world so she spent a couple years working on a cruise ship as a Hostess. Natallia enjoys cooking for herself as well as others as she is naturally caring and helpful. She is passionate about travelling and likes to visit new places and see what’s going on about town. Natallia has been to 28 countries and speaks 3 languages. She can play piano and never misses a chance to do so. She plays a very important role in our wedding and event planning as well as helping groups visiting Indy!
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 !
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.