Ponoi River Camp Staff

Let us introduce our camp staff
Yana Tsukanova
Assistant Manager

Yana is a native of nearby Umba. She earned a degree in the Economic and Philological departments at the state University in Apatity in 2006. She has worked professionally as an economist and translator. Yana is a passionate volleyball player, and she also coaches the local girls youth team.

Edward Maltcev
Camp Doctor

Dr. Edward Maltsev, Paramedic and Psychologist, served in the "SPU" (Special Police Unit) for the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Russia from 1996 to 2009. He  also served the UN Civilian Mission in Kosovo in 2000 and 2001, and the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 2004 until 2006. Dr. Maltsev retired from service in 2009 and now enjoys his days looking after the staff, crew, and guests in Ryabaga.

Maria Victoria Valsecchi
Social Media

After several years of working in a major Argentinean company, Vicky decided to leave the corporate world and has since   been  hosting or co-managing fly-fishing operations in Seychelles and Bolivia as well as Russia. When not taking care of son Bartolome, she is busy making the guest experience more enjoyable. Maria is also responsible for the PRC presence on social media.

Lena Ogannesyan
Camp Staff - Massage Therapist

Lena has worked on the Ponoi since 2000. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, Head Guide Max Mamaev, and daughter. Lena was an accomplished ballroom dancer in her youth, though her passions now are sports, reading, and kayaking. She is well known by loyal Ponoi devotees as our talented resident masseuse.

Lisa Fativa
Camp Staff - Bar Tender

Lisa has been with us on the Ponoi since 2014. She completed University in 2011, and went on to become a teacher of English and French. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music, and languages. She has worked in various capacities throughout the tourism industry, most notably as a waitress and bartender with Carnival Cruise Lines.

Sveta Maltceva
Camp Staff

Sveta has been working with the Ponoi River Company since 2013. She enjoys sports, reading, and sewing. Sveta is also an accomplished dressmaker and sews many of her own clothes. She has 2 children, a son and a daughter, and is married to our Camp Doctor.

Anya Staroverova
Camp Staff

Anya has worked on Ponoi since 2014, though she spends most of the year in Murmansk. In 2013 she graduated from University certfied as an English teacher; she speaks both English and German. Her hobbies include historical dancing, table-games, and handcrafts.

Katia Antoniuk
Camp Staff

Katia joined Ryabaga team on 2014. After a couple seasons in the kitchen Katia went for a change and is now part of the camp staff. She has worked in a few of the finest restaurants in Murmansk, pours great cocktails, loves music and is the officially in charge of amusing all events at Ryabaga at the pase of her tunes.
Bartolome Arocena
Camp Baby

Barto is the youngest member of the Ryabaga Team. One day when he is no longer afraid of loud engines or fish he will be a great guide, but until then he will be certain to steal a smile from anybody who crosses his path.