Meet the Indy Hostel Crew
The Management Team
Rockin' Jimmy B, the main cowboy on duty (aka the Hostel Manager), was born and raised in the good 'ol Indiana. He loves Chick-Fil-A breakfast, cowboy boots, puppies, and singin' those campfire songs. What he enjoys the most are the experiences and adventures he gets to share with the guests and Indy Hostel Crew. So stop on by and hang by the bonfire. Tell a story. And welcome to the family!
Elizabeth grew up in Indianapolis, spending much of her childhood exploring the downtown and Fountain Square areas with her family and friends. Although she is thankful for the diversity, ingenuity, and Hoosier hospitality of her hometown, she is draw to traveling outside the boarders of Indiana, and the U.S.
Having never left the country before college, she took every opportunity to travel during her enrollment at Hanover College. When Guan, her freshman floor mate, asked her to go home with her over Christmas break she immediately agreed and explored China, Hanzhou to Shenzhen. Her travels have sense taken her through Haiti, Mexico, Zanzibar, Malta, Vietnam, and a few more countries, including Germany, home to her extended family. In her near future she has plans to visit Malaysia and Ghana.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2014, Elizabeth spent a year of service with AmeriCorps as the Community Relations and Research VISTA, hosted by The Oaks Academy. Now she works part-time at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is the assistant manager of the hostel. She is very excited to join the Indy Hostel family and to learn more about the unique Broad Ripple and SoBro neighborhoods!
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!
The Staff (aka Awesome Workers)
Nathan, Events Coordinator
Nathan, born and raised in Indiana (with a few years in Texas) is thrilled to have recently joined the Indy Hostel crew. While he has not travelled extensively for leisure, he has toured the country as part of The Cavaliers of Rosemont, IL, and the Bluecoats of Canton, OH, two world-class drum and bugle corps internationally known for excellence in the marching pageantry arts. He proudly works by night at Mesh, an innovative upscale restaurant on the artsy Mass Ave, serving some of the most delicious cuisine in the city in a beautiful setting. He is proud to be an active member of Indianapolis’ amazing stand-up comedy scene. He is a club regular at Morty’s Comedy Joint in Carmel and is the co-founder and head writer of Back of the Room, a sketch comedy group and video production company. He attended Ball State University, studying Music Education, and is on the instructional staff of Rhythm X Winds, the first WGI Winds World Champion. He loves animals, food, friendship, great music, and his amazing angel of a mom. He looks forward to the adventures and international camaraderie that his experiences at Indy Hostel will inevitably bring!
Yannik aka "The German"
Anyone who has ever stayed at a hostel worldwide will have come across at least one German. To make sure that all of you can enjoy this unique experience, we have our very own German at Indy Hostel. Yannik, a med student back home, came here in November 2015 to work on a research project at IUPUI. In his free time he works at the hostel and entertains us with his weird accent and guitar playing.
Ariel grew up in Panama and he has been living in Indiana for almost eleven years. He likes to travel and experience different cultures. Currently he is pursuing a technical certificate in Hospitality Management.
Becca is the product of her Hungarian mother and Shawnee-Scottish father. Being brought up in a diverse household sparked an interest for years to come. In 2012, she graduated with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology from Purdue University. She has visited family in Hungary and vacationed in Jamaica, Grand Cayman. Her hope is to round up her best girlfriends in the next couple years for a backpacking tour around Europe. Locally, Becca can be found at a concert in Fountain Square or grabbing a pint at her neighborhood pub. If you need ideas on what to do while in town, she's your girl!
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.
Addision 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.
John & Karen: The Owners
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.