Meet the Indy Hostel Crew
Paul: The Manager
Paul is an Indianapolis native who joined the Indy Hostel crew in October 2013. 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.
Nikki & Eric: The Staff (aka Awesome Workers)
Nikki joined the Indy Hostel crew in August 2012. She's our 2nd most extensive traveler having visited 20 countries and has 50+ stamps in her passports! She’s stayed in hostels all over the world and loves chatting with other travelers! In the past year she’s visited Australia, Thailand, many European Countries (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!
Eric is a recent nursing school graduate originally from Texas. His dream is to be a travel nurse and the hostel offers the perfect opportunity to meet people from all over the world and let the travelling come to him. He is also waiting until has enough experience to start his career as a travel nurse. Eric has also studied counseling, social work, firefighting and EMT.
If he is not working here at the hostel, as a nurse, or doing construction, you can usually find him out in the woods camping, hiking, riding dirt bikes or getting his jeep muddy. Eric has travelled extensively across the US with his dirt bike and backpack, mostly visiting the national parks.
Addison: Social Media and Marketing Manager
Addison graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, in December of 2012 with a self-created degree in Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions and a minor in Public Health. In January of 2013, he moved to Austin, Texas where he played music and did psychological research at the University of Texas at Austin. After moving back to Indianapolis in July of 2013, Addison founded "Keep Indy Indie" which is a spin-off of Austin's "Keep Austin Weird" support local campaign. Keep Indy Indie promotes independent business, localization, and community empowerment and seeks to foster creativity and entrepreneurism in Indianapolis. He became a live-in staff member at Indy Hostel on his 25th birthday in November of 2013. Keep Indy Indie has partnered with Indy Hostel to host events such as concerts and art shows.
The Interns: Chelsea and Erika
Erika is currently studying Telecommunications and Psychology at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her love of traveling and experiencing new cultures began when she became a member of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir back in 2003. During her 9 years with the choir, she got to sing mass at the Vatican in Italy, experience Maori Tribes of New Zealand, and also sing in Sydney, Australia. When she isn’t working at the hostel, you can find her at Pizzology downtown on Mass Ave, so come in for pizza and the best breadsticks in town! She hopes to one day go backpacking through Europe after graduation and begin a career in Telecom.
Chelsea is going to be a senior at IUPUI. She will graduate in May 2015 with a degree in Tourism Convention and Event Management. She was born and raised in Indianapolis. She has a twin sister (but doesn’t know if they are identical or fraternal, so don’t bother askingJ). When she was in high school she was selected to be a student ambassador where she traveled to Europe (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) for a month with 50 other students from all over the country. While in Europe she met the Queen of England where they sat down for tea and crumpets. She looks forward to traveling a lot more after graduation. She hopes to move to down south where it is warmer to start a career as a wedding planner.
John & Karen: The Owners
John and Karen wear many hats here at the 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 here on a night when you can attend one of Karen's marvelous yoga classes!