Meet the Crew
Volunteer Princess Cruises is a small, family-owned and operated business that offers unique public cruises and private events. Our staff consists of three full-time employees and several part-time employees who work as crew during each of our cruises. Each member works year-round and performs multiple duties to provide a memorable experience for each and every one of our guests.
All Volunteer Princess Cruises captains are Coast Guard certified and licensed professionals whose highest priority is the safety and security of our passengers. Each captain possesses a 100 Ton Master Coast Guard License. All ship employees and wait staff are professionally trained by our captain to perform all necessary safety drills. Nowhere else will you find a staff and crew so dedicated to both your safety and enjoyment onboard. Click on the names below to learn more about our Volunteer Princess Cruises team!
- Walter LeMasurier: President
Walter, our English boss man, has lived around the world! Coming from London, he has shared his English quirks with Ontario, Peru, Miami and Kuwait. How he ended up in Knoxville is a mystery, but we’re glad to have him! He is a successful businessman with experiences in finance and property taxes. Walter was the mastermind behind bringing this venture to Knoxville. He wanted something new and beautiful added to the growing riverfront community; he also thought it would be a fun and unique business for his son and daughter-in-law. His favorite cuisine from the ship is shrimp and cheesecake, not necessarily together, we hope! Walter is determined to keep the Volunteer Princess operationally sound. Walter’s favorite part of owning this business has been visiting with local Knoxville residents and visitors alike. You will not find him on board quite as often these days, but he checks up on every single cruise the following day.
- Beverly LeMasurier: Vice President
If there is one person on the Volunteer Princess you should get to know, it’s Beverly. Coming from Chicago, San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale, she knows her way around this lovely country. Beverly also worked in Pigeon Forge before finally settling down in Knoxville with her husband Walter. Her hobbies include: volunteering, shopping, taking care of her grandkids, and spending time with friends! Beverly prides herself on keeping our linens shipshape, pun intended!
In years past, Beverly was the yacht’s resident caterer; as such, she suggests beginning your meal with a VPC Breeze Cocktail – one of our signature drinks – followed by a fresh salad and baked bread and a delicious dinner of sun-dried tomato stuffed chicken with garlic cream sauce, herb-roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and cheesecake. When you are through with this delicious meal, Beverly encourages you to step into the pilothouse and visit her dear son, Captain Chris.
- Chris LeMasurier: Vice President of Operations, Captain, and Webmaster
Chris is our all-American, southern-bred captain, wake-boarder, and professional water tuber. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2006 with a degree in Business Management and decided to obtain his United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain’s License in 2007. Chris is always ready for a challenge: docking the boat in windy conditions, working on the yacht’s engines in the boiling engine room, or coaching an unruly softball team. Chris thoroughly enjoys cruises for the University of Tennessee’s athletic recruits and whole-heartedly believes these trips on the Volunteer Princess have a very positive impact on the university’s recruiting outcomes. His short-term goal – just a bit unrealistic – is to wakeboard behind the Volunteer Princess while he hopes to keep the yacht in prime condition long-term. Chris hopes to take his wife, Nikki, and their two lovely children, Jace and Harper, on a beautiful cruise throughout the Mediterranean in the future, but for now, cruising down the Tennessee River is just right. Visit Chris in the pilothouse for a chance to drive the yacht or just to say hello!
- Nikki LeMasurier: Vice President of Marketing and Event Planning
Nikki was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and moved to Knoxville in May 2003 to work towards her degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After graduating and marrying her captain charming, Chris, she took a different path and is now our Vice President of Marketing and Event Planning, although her most beloved role is mommy to our very own Volunteer Prince and Princess, Jace and Harper. Balancing work and motherhood has been no simple task, but she wouldn’t trade the opportunity to do what she loves both at work and at home for the world. Nikki loves to join the cruises as a guest and can be found on the bow of the yacht sipping a frozen cocktail while enjoying the sunset over a beautiful downtown Knoxville skyline. One day, she hopes her husband fulfills his promise of taking her on a fantasy vacation to Greece and Italy, but for now she is happy raising her kids and watching them grow. Nikki recommends you try out the sun-dried tomato stuffed chicken with garlic cream sauce during our popular Sunset Dinner Cruises; don’t forget to ask for a little extra sauce on the side!
- Kaitlin Lambert: Director of Sales and Marketing/Event Planning
After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Kaitlin joined our Volunteer Princess Cruises team as our Director of Sales and Marketing/Event Planning. She is smart, silly, driven, and very detail-oriented; she definitely knows how to throw a successful event. Kaitlin loves everything pink; if you enter our office space, you’ll quickly know which desk is hers! After spending a semester in Australia, she believes everyone should travel abroad at least once in their lifetime if given the opportunity. In fact, she would gladly travel to outer space if a safe return home was a guarantee!
Kaitlin’s greatest accomplishment thus far here at Volunteer Princess Cruises has been creating very special weekend events, our Mother Daughter Princess Tea Parties. During these enchanted afternoon cruises, mothers and daughters travel from across the state to enjoy sweet treats and princess entertainment. It really is no wonder these cruises have been so successful when you consider Kaitlin’s love for pink, attention to detail, and dream of becoming royalty! Please give us a ring and enjoy planning your next cruise with our wannabe pop star/princess, Kaitlin, as she strives to make Volunteer Princess Cruises one of Knoxville’s prime private event destinations.
- J. Riley White: Relief Captain
Our trusted and beloved relief captain, Mr. J. Riley White – better know as Just Riley – is a true gem. He hails from this great city of Knoxville and is currently balancing a very busy schedule of being a full-time student, working for his family’s construction business, and driving as a relief captain here at VPC. While pursuing his degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Riley enjoys fishing, hunting, and working. He won’t officially select his favorite LeMasurier, but we all know it’s Captain Chris who has a lot to teach this young grasshopper. One of Riley’s favorite moments aboard the yacht is watching guests’ faces question, “Is he old enough to be driving this thing?!” Please rest assured, you’re all in great hands with our reliable Captain Riley. Give him a big smile the next time you’re onboard, and you might just get one his favorite jokes like this: “Why did the captain decide not to buy a new hat?” “He was afraid of capsizing!” Good one, Riley!
- Allese Lewis: Galley Staff, Crew Member, and Server
Allese is another one of our longtime employees; she’s worked with us for nearly three years! In addition to her shifts here, she attends the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a Recreation and Sports Management student and works as a marketing intern for Tennessee Athletics. Even with her busy schedule, she manages to find time to play video games; Fortnite is her favorite. Allese hopes to gain a full-time job and adopt a dog in the coming year. What’s Allese’s special talent? She can make a half-court shot…at least one in five times! Her favorite duty to perform onboard is cleaning the bathrooms; we know the head (nautical lingo for bathrooms) is in great shape when she’s is onboard! Thanks, Allese!
- April Eaton: Bartender and Crew Member
April is our go-to bartender; if she’s not on the boat making cocktails, you’re sure to catch her at Barley’s in the Old City doing the same. April holds a Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She creates art regularly whether she’s crocheting, oil painting, or throwing pottery on a wheel. Perhaps you’ll see an original April Eaton oil painting of the Volunteer Princess next time you’re on board! When April’s not busy renovating her new home, she enjoys time outdoors at the beach or hiking in the Smoky Mountains. Visit April in the bar for a specialty cocktail and great conversation!
- Caly Causey: Lead Server, Crew Member, and Server
Meet Caly: it’s pronounced Caly like California! Born and raised in Knoxville, she decided to stay in the area to attend college and work her first full-time job. After graduating in May of 2018, Caly’s new goal is to purchase a new car with no debt; she’s diligently working towards this goal as she works at her full-time job throughout the week and part-time here at VPC on the weekends! Caly says she loves this job because she gets to be on the water and enjoy the fun, exciting, and ever-changing environment aboard the yacht. If she had all the money in the world and an unlimited supply of Ham ‘N Goodys’ lemon cookies, you wouldn’t find Caly here in Knoxville. Instead, you’d catch her out west skiing on the slopes! Next time you’re on board, take this suggestion from Caly: grab a Moscow Mule from the bar, take some fresh bruschetta to our aft deck, and sit down to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the water.
- Courtney Caradonna: Lead Server, Galley Staff, Crew Member, and Server
Our go-to-gal for all things onboard the yacht, Courtney is a vibrant and intelligent Memphis native. She moved to the area to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she is pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Spanish; we told you she’s smart! Courtney hopes to attend dental school and become an oral surgeon with the ultimate goal of opening her own dental practice. New Orleans holds a special place in her heart, and she would love to settle down there long-term. Courtney loves to travel; she would love to backpack through Europe or simply live in Kauai, Hawaii for a short time. Courtney is a leader onboard due to her dedication and strong work ethic; she find each shift fun because she enjoys her coworkers! Next time you join us, chat with Courtney to learn more about two goals she’d like to achieve by the end of this year: going to Mardi Gras and running her third half marathon!
- Devin McLeMore: Crew Member and Server
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Devin just moved to Knoxville in May 2018. Devin loves to fish. He would love to travel the world and taste international cuisine if he had unlimited time and resources; for now, he enjoys trying new and unique local restaurants. Devin also enjoys acting; he’s performed in several plays since he moved to town. You might say it’s his passion; he likes to get on stage and play a role other than his own. Aboard the yacht, Devin stars as a deckhand, but he hopes to one day land the role of captain.
- Erin Donlon: Crew Member and Server
Originally from Memphis, Erin moved to Knoxville to study Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. When she’s not here with us or studying with her peers, she likes to hike and rock climb, making East Tennessee a perfect fit for her and her hobbies. Erin’s small frame and height allow her to move quickly up mountains, zip through the yacht, and fit into incredibly small spaces, her hidden talent of sorts. Erin’s favorite thing to do on the yacht is to enjoy the scenic views as we cruise down the river. Join us for a cruise, and try Erin’s favorite cheesecake with chocolate drizzle. You won’t be disappointed!
- Hannah Yarmowich: Lead Server, Galley Staff, Crew Member, and Server
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Hannah is an outgoing and interesting lady studying Language and World Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She’s interested in becoming a pilot and would love to travel the world to explore different cultures – perhaps in her own plane! She has already visited Huacachina, Peru and hopes to check riding a camel through the Sahara Desert off her bucket list. Hannah can also speak three languages! Come see Knoxville from a different perspective – Hannah’s favorite part of her job here – and chat with her about her wanderlust.
- Jake Wuethrich: Bartender, Crew Member, and Server
Meet Jake: our all -American boy. Jake loves the outdoors and would love to spend all of his time snowboarding, wakeboarding, mountain biking, or hunting. Jake’s very adventurous: once he traveled 100 miles north of Vancouver in 36 hours via train, plane, bus, and ferry boat. Jake’s dream is to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, so we mean it when he say he’s outdoorsy. Jake is majoring in Finance and thinks everyone should read “Psycho-Cybernetics” at least once in their life. A Jake of all trades, he has mastered the skill of juggling while unicycling (unfortunately not on the yacht). Jake is a valuable addition to our team here as he’s a great team player; he helps with all sorts of odd jobs and enjoys being kept on his toes. If you see Jake at the bar, ask for a few oranges, check his reflexes, and watch him juggle!
- Kiley Scheetz: Galley Staff, Crew Member, and Server
Meet Kiley, a cat person…and I mean a cat person! If she could spend all her time, alone, in her room, with her cat she would be happy. Fortunately for us, Kiley sees the importance of social interaction and working! Kiley is very talented; she can speak both Japanese and Korean. She’s also very intelligent; like her friend, Courtney, she is also pursuing a double major at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Linguistics and Spanish. After graduation, she plans to travel to South Korea and visit Japan once again. Kiley hopes to travel the world, learning more about linguistics and language. As someone who often travels and knows a good destination when she sees it, we feel very lucky she enjoys working on the water aboard Volunteer Princess. If you see Kiley onboard, off her a Coke. She loves Coke so much, it was actually her first word!
- Lily Iranipour: Lead Server, Crew Member, and Server
Meet Lily! Originally from Clearwater, Florida, she’s our MVP. Lily is hardworking, detail-oriented, and dedicated to providing our guests with a top-notch experience every time they board the Volunteer Princess. Lily is very interested in photography and would make it her full-time hobby if time and resources weren’t an issue. She even uses her photography talents here at the Volunteer Princess taking photos of events for our social media platforms and our guests’ own keepsakes. Knoxville has been her home for more than ten years, but she’s looking forward to moving to a new city to pursue her career after graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in Finance this spring. In the meantime, she hopes to relax at the beach and scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef. Come chat with Lily about her plans and be sure to try a roll or two; they’re her favorite!
- Mary Mitchell: Galley Staff, Crew Member, and Server
Mary is a Chemical-Biomolecular Engineering student. Let’s just say, she’s incredibly driven, intelligent, and determined. In addition to working aboard the Volunteer Princess, Mary is diligently researching campylobacter in a microbiology lab while simultaneously investigating lithium ion separation in a chemical engineering lab. Mary loves her time aboard the yacht as it’s so different from her studies and second job; she finds it refreshing to interact with our guests and fellow crew members. Mary hopes you enjoy the beautiful views as you cruise along the Tennessee River. Mary’s current goals are increasing her GPA, surviving and graduating college, and picking up violin lessons. Good luck, Mary!
- Sarah Shelley: Bartender, Lead Server, Galley Staff, Crew Member, and Server
Sarah is our sarcastic, hilarious, Michigan transplant who’s never at a loss for words. She loves macaroni and cheese, Chopped, Flappy Bird, and “chillin’ like a villain.” Sarah has worked with us for more than five years. As such, she’s gained a few boat “secrets” she’d like to share with you.
- There are holds beneath the floor of the boat used to store boat supplies.
- Captain Chris is not really driving the boat. Rather, there are small gnomes navigating the yacht down the river who live in said holds.
- Captain Chris has no role other than watching sports on his TV and pretending to drive the boat.
Most days, you can find Sarah in the galley or behind the bar. Sarah loves to chat and socialize, so carve out some time to meet her the next time you’re onboard. You won’t regret it!
- Savanah DiPasquantonio: Crew Member, and Server
Savannah comes to us from Delaware. She’s currently living in Knoxville to attend The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Audiology program, just like Teresa! Savanah’s favorite part about working here at the Volunteer Princess is the boat’s proximity to her apartment; she can walk, bike, or run to work! Savanah loves to travel and thinks snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef would be an amazing adventure. In the upcoming year, she hopes to travel to a new destination and rescue a sweet dog. Here’s a fun fact about Savanah: she has a green thumb! Visit her apartment, and you’ll find an impressive collection of house plants that are more than surviving – they’re thriving. Savanah loves to interact with guests, so strike up a conversation with her the next time you join us!
- Teresa Slade: Bartender, Crew Member, and Server
Can you hear me? Can you hear me now? Good! Teresa is a second year doctoral student in Audiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She can already diagnose haring loss just like a licensed audiologist even while she’s finishing her studies! She’s lived in Knoxville for thirteen years, so she’s looking forward to traveling and working at different clinics to complete her studies. In addition to her passion for audiology, Teresa loves being on the water in any capacity; needless to say, she loves her job here at VPC. Her favorite part of any cruise is watching guests “leave all their worries behind and enjoy themselves!” Teresa hopes you’ll pay special attention as we dock at the marina. Crew members tend to the lines while guests can observe at the railings, chatting, and perhaps giving pointers; she finds it’s a fun experience to bring guests and crew together in a unique and nautical way!