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Our Staff


Laurie Harden_________________________________________Owner

Laurie took her first glider ride as a teenager and finally learned to fly a glider in 2005 when she moved to Carson Valley. She brings her experience in high-tech sales and marketing to SoaringNV.  She has two teenage sons, and several pets.  On her days off, she like to ride her horse.  She  looks forward to welcoming you to Minden, one of the greatest soaring locations in the world.




Stefan Valentin__________________________Flight Instructor/Tow Pilot

Stefan is originally from the Salzburg region, has lived in the US since the mid 70's, after working in the hotel and travel industries, has been working in general aviation for over 20 years, both in administration and as pilot and flight instructor. Flew charters in the four corners and grand canyon area, forest service patrols in the Pacific North-West and Utah, and for the last 5 years worked for glider operations in Colorado and Nevada.   


Elizabeth Tattersall______________________________ Flight Instructor

Elizabeth learned to fly at Minden in 2002.  In addition to being a glider instructor, she also teaches Biology at Western Nevada College and is a priest in the Episcopal Church.  If you want to get married in a glider, talk to Elizabeth.


Tim Gardner ____________________________Flight Instructor/Tow Pilot

Tim learned to fly in Boulder, CO in the early 80’s and has been flying airplanes and gliders ever since. He has both airplane and glider CFI ratings and really enjoys teaching cross-country soaring. When not towing in the Pawnee or teaching someone how to get to the Whites (and back), he flys a DG300. Flying in his first contest he won the 2012 Air Sailing Sports class contest. Tim lives in the bay area and commutes to Minden on most weekends in his Cessna TR182.


Spencer DeBerry ______________________________Flight Line Crew

Spencer has been working at SoaringNV since Summer of 2011. He earned  his Private Pilot Glider Certificate in August of 2012. He attends UNR where he is studying Mining Engineering.






Michael Marshall ______________________________Flight Line Crew




Jaden Wass ______________________________Flight Line Crew




Grant Dunkelman ______________________________Flight Line Crew




Drew Thomson ______________ ________________Flight Line Crew




Kyle Barnes   ___________________________       __Flight Line Crew




Silvio Ricardi___________________________________Tow Pilot 

Silvio recently moved to the Carson Valley from Melbourne, Australia. He completed  his Private Pilot's license right here in Minden flying CFIG Gabe Bourbeau's Luscombe.  He is our resident Spanish Speaker and Glider Girl's husband.


Patrick____________________________________________Tow Pilot

Patrick has lived at Tahoe for 15 years.  He learned to fly here in Carson Valley.  He loves backcountry flying, and likes to add new aircraft to his logbook. When not flying, you’ll find him fishing and doing other outdoor activities. He enjoys towing you wherever you want to go.  Just tell him what you’re looking for.


John "Bumper" Morgan_______________________________Tow Pilot

Bumper came from England in 1952 and ended up in Minden some fifty years later. In between, he spent the Vietnam years as a Navy electronics tech, and 10 as a police officer in Oakland, CA (I'm a slow learner). He founded a company that did better than his police salary. Hobbies include flying his ASH-26E, Mooney 201, and the back country in a Husky A1-B. He is a part time machinist, inventor (MKIV yaw string and Quiet Vent), tow pilot and aviation addict.


Stewart Tattersall________________Tech Specialist/Weather Man/Geek

Stewart began living near Lake Tahoe 25 years ago and has been flying since 2000. He has been watching the weather since he was young as a skier/sailor and now as a pilot.




Webster _________________________________________Hanger Dog

Webster is a 10-year-old Kooiker Honje. Rub his belly if you want, but please don't feed him when he begs.