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Who will you be jumping with? These folks, to name a few!

Last updated 11/23/11. However, we are working on a new staff page which has some newer photos, albeit missing a few folks, but nevertheless, here it is anyway.

Learn more about one of our skydiving instructors - See Lambert the Skydiving Instructor and video guy's Major Skydiving Expose' article here courtesy of the fine folks at  Virginia Neighbors Magazine

Our Amazing Skydiving Professionals

Skydive Orange attracts and retains the best certified skydiving instructors in Virginia. All of our coaches, AFF instructors, and tandem instructors are USPA rated, and we have a number of Instructor Examiners on staff, ensuring that our students are always learning from the best staff. We also have one full time Regional Safety and Training Advisor (S&TA) and a part time Local S&TA. Our manifest staff is the friendliest in the business and is always available to answer your questions.


Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Mike "Boysen" Boysen
Coach
I've been Jumping since April of 2009. I have about 350 jumps and 8 hours of tunnel time. I own a labradoodle and wear black socks. During the week, I'm an accountant.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
John Carlson
AFF - Tandem - Coach
I have over 2,000 skydives and this is my third year working at Skydive Orange.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Mary Dutcher
Manifestress
I came out in 2007 to do a tandem jump with some friends. I fell in love with skydiving and progressed through the AFF program to get my license. I have approximately 200 jumps and I jump on weekends whenever I'm not working.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
John Elmore
Pilot - Videographer
I made my first jump at Skydive Orange in March of 1990. I've been skydiving ever since. I now have 21 years in sport and have made over 5,000 skydives.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Juan Feria
Tandem - Static Line
I was born in Uruguay in 1968.  I have over 1,000 skydives and I have been jumping at Orange for the last 8 years.  I carry ratings for both Strong and SIGMA tandem equipment.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Mike French
Dropzone Manager - Senior Rigger
I have approximately 8,000 jumps, most of which are tandem jumps. I have also worked as an AFF Instructor and videographer, competed in formation skydiving, and I am a senior rigger.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Kevin "Rahlmo" Gibson
AFF - Tandem - Master Rigger
In addition to being an AFF and Tandem master, I am also a Tandem Examiner, a Skydive University Coach Examiner, and a pilot. I've made more than 8,000 skydives since 1976. I joined the Skydive Orange instructional team in 1997 and now live in the town of Orange.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Chuck Hashek
AFF - Tandem - Coach - Master Rigger
In addition to being an instructor, I am also a USPA Coach Examiner, AFF Instructor Evaluator, and a Tandem Instructor Examiner.  I have over 4,500+ jumps and I've been jumping at Orange since 2004.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
John Heady
AFF - Tandem - Videographer - Senior Rigger
I have over 7,000 jumps and I'm a full-time instructor at Orange.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Steve Hetrick
S&TA - AFF Manager
My first jump was in May of 1980, and since then I've accumulated 8,500 jumps and 114 hours of freefall time. I have 6,000 AFF jumps, 700 video jumps, and 350 tandem jumps. In addition to training students from their first jump through licensing, I am also one of 22 people authorized in the world to train and certify AFF Instructors in accordance with USPA standards.  I find this work to be as satisfying and rewarding as working with students. Many of the people I have certified were once students of mine! I am very proud to be part of the Skydive Orange staff. The instructional program here is by far the best I have ever had the pleasure to work within. I hope to see all of you at Skydive Orange sometime soon, and look forward to meeting you!
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Grayson Hoffman
AFF - Tandem - Videographer
Although I have only been at Orange for the last 4 years, I've been skydiving for 18 years and have accumulated over 3,000 jumps. I've had 3 cutaways and I've done 7 BASE jumps. I look forward to sharing your skydiving experience!
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Nick Kaminski
AFF - Tandem - Static Line - Senior Rigger
I have 7,200 jumps and over 20 years of experience in the sport. I'm a factory representative for Performance Designs, Vigil USA, UPT Vector, and Cookie Composites. I am also a USPA and Pro Swoop Tour PRO Rated jumper and Tandem Examiner.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Kang
Coach
I graduated from Orange's AFF program in January, 2008. I currently hold a USPA C license with 300+ jumps. I'm learning to freefly, but I love doing belly jumps and coaching students.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Bryan Kellogg
AFF - Tandem
I did my first skydive in 2003 and since then have accumulated approximately 1,200 jumps.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Brandon Lee Krajniak
Pilot
I'm a badass with a sensitive side. I've got 120 jumps with 5 years in the sport. I started flying for Skydive Orange in 2010.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
T. Adam Laird
Coach
I currently have 300+ jumps and I am working towards my AFF Instructor's rating. I have been in the sport for 2+ years and love it more than anything!  I love to track and freefly when I am not working towards my other skydiving goals and canopy work is also lots of fun. Skydive Orange is a great place to learn to skydive with a great staff and plenty of fun jumpers to keep one entertained on the down time.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Lambert
AFF - Tandem - Static Line - Videographer
I made my first jump at Skydive Orange in 1993 on a dare from a friend. I was hooked immediately and I've been skydiving for over 18 years. As soon as I could, I got my tandem and AFF-I ratings, and I've since accumulated 5,500 jumps. The handshakes and hugs I get from students after taking them on their first skydives while they have the biggest smiles I've ever seen makes it all worthwhile. I'm PRO rated, and I hold Single and Multi-Engine Instrument Commercial Pilot licenses. I highly encourage anyone thinking about making a jump to do so and not to be the person who is still just talking about doing it years from now. I'd love to tell you exactly what it's like, but it's beyond description. You'll have to come see for yourself!
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Larry Liebler
Coach - Packer
I have accumulated about 350 jumps since starting in San Diego in July of 2009. I've been at Skydive Orange since November of 2009.  I enjoy campfires, writing and boggies!  Check out my blog PropBlasting.com.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Joost Luijsterburg
AFF
I'm originally from the Netherlands, but now live in Arlington, VA, where I fly F-16s for the Air Force. I organize formation skydiving groups internationally and hold multiple large freefall formation world records. I also participate in canopy formation and camera flying.  In addition, I am a Skydive University Coach.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Chad Madden
Coach
I started skydiving at Orange 3 years ago.  I've got 560 jumps and enjoy coaching. 
Chris Margand
Tandem
I have about 3,400 Jumps, 2300 of those are tandem jumps.  My first jump was in 1978.  I've been jumping regularly since 1992, and doing tandems since 1999. This is my third season at Orange.  Sadly, I'm only a weekend skydiver, and just another DC lawyer during the week.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Justin Miller
Coach
I have over 300 jumps. I live in Fairfax, VA, and when I'm not skydiving,  I enjoy hunting, BASE jumping, snowboarding, hiking, golf and any other reason to get out into the great outdoors!
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Leslie Mitchell
AFF
I have 2,300 jumps and I've been skydiving at Skydive Orange since 2005.  I am a full time realtor. My website: http://www.myhomesdb.com/ lesliemitchell 
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Robert Morgan

 

Packer
My name is Scottie-Bob...I pack tandems and jump regularly.  Wingsuits and BASE jumping are my current hobbies.  I live where the wind takes me.  Hope to see you in the sky someday!
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Kevin Reynolds
S&TA - Tandem - Coach
I have been jumping for seven years and have over 2,700 jumps and my Pro-Rating.  I'm a longtime native of and currently reside in Orange, Virginia with my wife and three daughters.  I currently work in Charlottesville as a district manager for Farmers Insurance Group.  Formerly, I was a sales manager for my family's local auto dealership and an officer in the United States Army.  I graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1994 and Fork Union Military Academy in 1990. I'm a former Skydive Orange Board member, serving as Vice President and President.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Mario Ripa
AFF - Tandem
I used to be a static line instructor and a videographer, but now I am focusing on tandems and AFF instruction.  I've been in the sport for over 18 years.  I've been to many different dropzones, but Skydive Orange has been my home for the past five years. 

Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Chad Salo
AFF - Coach
I got my A license at Skydive Orange in 2004 and since then I have accumulated over 700 jumps. I live in Laurel, MD and when I'm not skydiving, I'm a rocket scientist working at NASA.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Hank Sohn
AFF
I've been jumping at Orange for 16 years and working as an AFF Instructor for 9 years. I have 3,100 jumps.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Jon Stotts
Packer
I started packing at Skydive Orange in August of 2010. I graduated from the AFF program in March of 2011 and I have 85 jumps.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Christina Tacoronti
Manifest
I started skydiving at Skydive Orange in July 2010, and have literally jumped right into the sport. If Iím not at Skydive Orange jumping or at manifest, Iím at home in Takoma Park, MD hanging out with my dog, Doba.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Jeb Terrien
AFF - Videographer
I started skydiving in 2003 in North Carolina shortly before I moved to Virginia and joined the Orange family.  Since obtaining my license, Iíve made about 700 skydives at various dropzones in the U.S., including Ohio, Indiana, Arizona, North Carolina and beautiful Virginia.  Skydiving is one of lifeís great experiences.  I love taking an AFF student on their first jump or shooting video of a Tandem student and seeing them have the experience of a lifetime.  So get off the couch and JUMP!
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Chris Wagner
AFF - Tandem
I've been skydiving for over 35 years.  blue skies -
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Tres Waugh
AFF - Videographer
I was born and raised in Orange County and have lived here all my life. I made my first skydive at Orange and it's always been my home DZ. I have over 5,000 jumps.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Daniel Wilsey
Packer
I'm an AFF student who is paying for my AFF jumps through packing tandem, students, and fun jumper rigs. I've been packing at Orange for over a year.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Rob Wilsey
Head Packer - Senior Rigger
I did my first skydive in June of 1998. I have around 240 jumps but spend most of my weekends packing tandem rigs so that all of our tandem visitors can jump.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Kendal Wolf
Manifest
I started skydiving in 2000 in New York not long before I moved to the DC area and got my A license at Skydive Orange. I fell in love with the people at Orange and I've been jumping here ever since.  Although I've enjoyed jumping all over, you'll most likely find me in the blue skies over Orange, when I'm not working.
Staff members of Skydive Orange from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Ned Wulin
Instructor
I have over 3,000 jumps and I've been working at Orange since 1979.

 

 

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