The Ace Adventure Team

ACE Adventure Resort Staff

  • Alisa Hudgel

    Hometown: Miamisburg, OHAlisa Hudgel

    Where did you go to school: Wright State University, OH

    What did you study: Art & English

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: ACE loves women.

    Mantra or words to live by: All Gauley All the time

    Off-season: Ski Patrol

    Favorite activities: Whitewater and Bump skiing

    Started guiding: 1989

    Started with ACE: 1990

  • Amy Lindman

    Hometown: Canton, MI

    Amy Lindman - Raft Guide

    Where did you go to school: Albion College

    What did you study: Spanish, Physical Education

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The people I work with.

    Favorite thing about West Virginia: The rivers and people.

    Favorite activities: Rafting, Climbing, Pottery, Running, anything outdoors

    What do you do in the off-season: Travel

    Started guiding with ACE: 2007

     

     

  • Andria Ullenbruch

    Hometown: Ann Arbor, MIAndria Ullenbruch

    Where did you go to school: Ohio State

    What did you study: Finance

    Mantra or words to live by: Live Hard, Play Harder

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Bo Jeffries

    RIVER MANAGER

    Nickname: Bo JeffriesBo Jeffries

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    Started guiding: 1901

  • Bob Bowman

    Hometown: Louisville, KYBob Bowman

    Where did you go to school: University of Louisville

    What did you study: Biology, Chemistry

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: We introduce guests to some great rafting and we have more fun than anyone else.

    Favorite thing about WV: Love the mountains. A great place to be outdoors.

    Favorite river memory: The flash flood of 2001 - the river rose 15 ft. in 3 hrs.

    Started guiding with ACE:1995

    Video: Love Of the Gauley / Bob Bowman

  • Brandon Shaw

  • Brent Lewis

    Hometown: Fayetteville WVBrent Lewis

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The beautiful property and staff.

    Favorite activities: Climbing, Whitewater and Disc Golf

    Started guiding: 2012

    Started with ACE: 2013

  • Brett Vanger-Weeks

    Hometown: St.Cloud, MNBrett Vanger-Weeks - Raft Guide

    Where did you go to school: University of Minnesota

    What did you study: Outdoor Education and Recreation

    Special talents: Plays bass guitar

    Favorite thing about WV: The people are down to earth.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Not all those who wander are lost"

    Off-season: Working on education - build canvas & leather canoe packs

    Favorite activities: Dogsledding, Long Boarding, Skiing, Canoeing

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Casey Clark

    Hometown: Towanda, PACasey Clark - Raft Guide

    Where did you go to school: Ohio State University

    What did you study: Education

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: Summer Gauley, Fall Gauley, anything GauleyThe people I work with and take down the river - I love meeting new people.

    Mantra or words to live by: "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer."

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

  • Casey Clay

    Hometown: Buford, OHCasey Clay - Raft Guide

    Nickname: Cosmo

    Where did you go to school: Cincinnati, OH

    What did you study: Early Childhood Education

    What do you do in the off-season: Travel all over Climbing and Snowboarding

    Favorite thing about West Virginia: The natural beauty and tons of things to do outside

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: The people I work with and take down the river - I love meeting new people.

     

    Started guiding with ACE: 2003

  • Cheri Barkley

    Hometown: Tabor City, North Carolina

    Cheri Barkley

    Where did you go to school: Florida

    What did you study: Education, Music

    Favorite Thing about working for ACE: The people and the adventure.

    Off Season: Teacher

    Started guiding with ACE: 2006

     

  • Chris Carnefix

    QUALITY | SAFETY OFFICER

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  • Chris Davis

    Hometown: Valley Head, WVChris Davis

    Rivers Guided: New, Gauley, Elk, Cheat

    Mantra or words to live by: "Live for today"

    Off-season: Snowboard

    Favorite activities: Guiding the river and snowboarding

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

     

  • Chris Stover

     

    Hometown: Beckley, WV.

    Chris Stover

    Nickname: Puppy

    Where did you go to school: Wright State University

    What did you study: Bachelor in English, Minor in Philosophy

    Mantra or words to live by: My bad.

    Started guiding with ACE: 1995

  • Danielle Vescio

    Hometown: Lexington, KY / Lawrence, KS

    Danielle Vescio - Raft Guide

    Nickname: Danni

    Where did you go to school: Kansas University

    What did you study: Art

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The people

    Do you have any special talents: Singing / Music

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Dave Barkley

    Hometown: Thurmond, WVDave Barkley - Raft Guide

    Nickname: Big Wave Dave

    Where did you go to school: North Carolina and Florida

    What did you study: Music Education

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The Great outdoors

    Mantra or words to live by: "Wag More - Bark Less"

    Off-season: School Band Director

    Started guiding with ACE: 2006

  • Dave Bassage

    Hometown: Walton, WV.

    Dave Bassage - River Guide

    Where did you go to school: Earlham College, Richmond IN.

    What did you study: Math

    Special talents: Wood Working, Concensus Building

    Mantra or words to live by: Have no expectations but rather

    abundant expectancy

    Started guiding: 1984

    Started with ACE: 2010

     

  • Dave Martin

    Hometown: Pittsburg, PA.

    Dave Martin - River Guide

    Where did you go to school: IUP and CMU

    What did you study:  Geology / Public Management and Finance

    What do you do on the off-season: Environmental consulting

    Mantra or words to live by: Live, Love, Laugh

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Dave Runyon

    Hometown: Beckley, WVDavid Runyon

    Where did you go to school: University of Alabama

    What did you study: Physical Therapy

    Favorite thing about WV: Mountainous rivers and trails

    Mantra or words to live by: "treat everyone like they're you're family"

    Favorite sports/rec/activities involved in: Crossfit, Trailrunning, Hiking

    Started guiding:1990

  • Dave Seay

    Hometown: Fayetteville, WVDave Seay - River Guide

    Where did you go to school: Appalachian Bible College,Troy State and Marshall Universities

    What did you study: Bible

    Special talents: Retired Marine Officer - Singing Happy Birthday

    Favorite thing about WV : The many outdoor adventures available

    Mantra or words to live by: "Never worked and never will"

    Off-season: Child Nutrition Director Fayette Co Schools

    Favorite river memory: Paddling and teaching my son about the river. Now paddling w/grand children and teaching them about the river.

    Started guiding: 1995

    Started with ACE: 1996

  • Derek Ring

    Hometown: Zanesville, OHDerek Ring

    Nickname: D-Rock

    Where did you go to school: Hocking College

    What did you study: Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

    Special talents: Juggling

    Favorite thing about WV: The waters

    Mantra or words to live by: "Don't stand up in moving water"

    Off-season: Travel

    Started guiding: 2006

    Started with ACE: 2009

  • Devin Bussard

    Hometown: Chambersburg, PADevin Bussard

    Special talents: Wiggle my ears.

    Favorite thing about WV: It's a bit out of the way.

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: The facility and the quality equipment.

    Off-season: Ski Patrol

    Favorite activities: Any outdoor activity

    Started guiding: 2000

    Started with ACE: 2002

  • Drew Steward

    Hometown: Brighton, MIDrew Steward

    Special talents: Bringin' the Funk

    Mantra or words to live by: "Drew Stew..do what you do"

    Off-season: Ski Vail

    Favorite River memory: Flippin' off Postage Due w/my fav request group-Jim Meadows and Bernie Vatter group.

    Favorite sports/rec/activities involved in: Surfin' river holes and skiing "blue sky basin" at Vail.

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Emily LeBus

    Hometown: Angle Fire, NM

    Emily LeBus

    Nickname: Hammer

    rong>Where did you go to school: University of New Mexico

    What did you study: Biology, Spanish and Chemistry

    What is your favorite thing ACE: The crazy, awesome fun people I get to hang around on a daily basis.

    What do you do in the off-season: Trapeez stunt instructor / school

    Started guiding: 2008

    Started with ACE: 2010

     

  • Evan Davis

    Hometown: Williamsburg, VAEvan Davis

    Where did you go to school: James Madison University

    What did you study: History

    Favorite thing about WV: The mountains, winding roads and rivers.

    Mantra or words to live by: "It's your life, Live it"

    Off-season: Snowboard Instructor at Angel Fire, NM

    Favorite sports/rec/activities involved in: Snowboarding, Rafting, EMS

    Started guiding: 2008

    Started with ACE: 2010

  • Jackie Gallimore

    Hometown: Lexington, KYjackie-gallimore-program-director-image

    Where did you go to school: University of Idaho

    What did you study: Environmental Education

    Favorite thing about WV: The amazing biodiversity and beauty.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Do what you love and the money will follow"

    Started guiding with ACE: 2010

  • James Tourje

    Hometown: Liverpool, NYjames-tourje-gauley-raft-guide-image

    Nickname: Jimbo

    Favorite thing about WV : The Gauley River system.

    Mantra or words to live by: "We're Just Inbetween Swims"

    Off-season: Perfecting the ability to move things with my mind.

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

     

  • Jason Swann

    Hometown: Blacksburg, VAjason-sawnn-river-guide-image

    Rivers Guides: New, Gauley, Deschutes, Mackenzie, North Umpqua rivers

    Favorite river memory: Training to be a river guide.

    Off-season: Bar tend and wait tables, snowboard

    Started guiding: 1998

    Started with ACE: 2009

  • Joe Shrewsbery

    CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

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  • John Bryant Baker

    Hometown: Fredricksburg, TX

    Nickname: Amish

    Where did you go to school: University of Texas

    What did you study: Kinesiology

    Off-season: Writer, Carpenter

    Started guiding with ACE: 2003

  • Joseph Thacker

    Hometown: Marion, OHJoseph Thacker - Raft Guide

    Special talents: Saving Lives

    Favorite thing about WV: The people.

    Mantra or words to live by: "We're all children of the earth"

    Off-season: EMS

    Favorite activities: Music and Whitewater

    Started guiding with ACE: 2003

  • Josh Sapio

    ZIP LINE | CLIMBING MANAGER

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    Nickname: Josh Sapio

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    Mantra or words to live by: "Measure twice- cut once"

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  • Justin Stock

    Hometown: Lake Worth, FLjustin-shock-raft-guide-image

    Where did you go to school: Florida Atlantic University

    What did you study: Fine Arts

    Special talents: Plays the guitar and is a painter

    Favorite thing about WV: Country Fun

    Mantra or words to live by: "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today"

    Off-season: Travel

    Favorite activities: Most anything outdoors

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Katie Gregory

    Hometown: Marietta, GAKatie Gregory

    Where did you go to school: Birmingham-Southern College

    What did you study:   Enviromental Science

    Off-season: Snowboard Instructor

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Katie Mock

    Katie MockHometown: Fredericksburg, VA.

    Nickname: Whiskers

    Where did you go to school: Jamses Madison, The British Inst. of Florence

    What did you study: How to take over the world.

    What do you do in the off-season: Run a rescue organization for handicapped Siamese Cats.

    Mantra or words to live by: You haven't lived until you've snuggled a cat!

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

     

  • Keli Arendt

    Keli Arendt

    Hometown: Chardon, OH.

    Where did you go to school: Bowling Green State University

    What did you study: Art & Astronomy

    Favorite thing about WV: The Whitewater

    Mantra or words to live by: "Do something that scares you...everyday'

    Off-season: Travel and explore the world.

    Favorite river memory: Kelly Trevor Surprise Surf Attempt

    Started guiding with ACE: 2008

  • Kelly Gladen

    Kelly GladenHometown: Cleveland, OH

    Where did you go to school: Lakeland Community College

    What did you study: EMT

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The Staff

    Mantra or words to live by: "Go big or go home"

    Favorite river memory: First time on the Upper Gauley at 16, after swimming the box at Sweets Falls, I knew I wanted to raft - 19 yrs. later I'm guiding the river.

    Started guiding with ACE: 2013

  • Kenneth Combs

     

    Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA.

    Kenneth Combs - River Guide

    Nickname: Skenny

    Mantra or words to live by: Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life

    Favorite thing about ACE: The responsibility

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

     

  • Kent Roberts

    Kent Roberts

    Hometown: Everywhere - Dad in Airforce

    Where did you go to school: Virginia Intermont

    What did you study: Photography

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: All of it

    Favorite thing about WV: Wild and Wonderful

    Mantra or words to live by: "If you love what you do you'll never go to work"

    Off-season: Ski School Director-Winterplace

    Started guiding: 1980

    Started with ACE: 1989

     

  • Kevin Terrell

    Kevin Terrell - River Guide

    Hometown: Walkersville, MD.

    Where did you go to school: Elon University

    What did you study: Environmental Science

    What do you do in the off-season: Wish it was rafting season

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

     

  • Kip Conklin

    Hometown: Marion, VAKip Conklin - River Guide

    Nickname: Capt. Crunch

    Where did you go to school: Radford University

    What did you study: Political Science

    Favorite thing about WV: The Whitewater

    Mantra or words to live by: "The party never stops, The people just change"

    Off-season: Ski Instructor

    Favorite river memory: Convincing a guest to bring his bagpipes down the upper Gauley and playing them at Sweets falls.

    Started guiding: 1992

    Started with ACE: 2010

  • Marilyn Bowman

    Hometown: Louisville, KYMarilyn Bowman

    Where did you go to school: University of Louisville

    What did you study: Biology

    Favorite thing about WV: Its wild and wonderful! I love nature and the outdoors. WV is a great state for both.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Bring Sunshine into the lives of others"

    Off-season: High School Science Teacher

    Favorite river memory: Guiding the New River during the flash flood of 2001.

    Started guiding with ACE: 1995

    Video: White Water Rafting Is In My Blood | Marilyn Bowman

  • Matthew Dotson

    Matthew Dotson

    Hometown: Staunton, VA

    Where did you go to school: Virginia Military Institute

    What did you study: Biology

    Favorite thing about WV: Gauley River

    Off-season: Nurse

    Started guiding with ACE: 1999

  • Max Sisson

    Max Sisson - Raft GuideHometown: Corbin, KY

    Where did you go to school: Union College

    What did you study: History

    Favorite thing about WV: The Mountains and Rivers

    Mantra or words to live by: "Swimming is winning"

    Off-season: Guide rivers in Costa Rica

    Started guiding: 2009

    Started with ACE: 2012

  • Meghan Roberts

    Hometown: Alden, NYMeghan Roberts

    Where did you go to school: Keuka College

    What did you study: Organizational Communication

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: The Community

    Off-Season: Travel

    Started guiding with ACE: 2010

     

     

     

     

  • Morgan Davis

    Morgan Davis

    Hometown: Monterville, WV

    Nickname: Catfish

    Where did you go to school: Hollins University

    What did you study: Communications & Business

    Favorite think about working at ACE: Love'em or hate'em they make for a very exciting life.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Why live life in fear to arrive safely at death"?

    Off-season: Ski Patrol-Canyons Resort UT

    Started guiding: 2009

    Started with ACE: 2010

  • Nate Archambault

    Hometown: Dunedin, FLNate Archambault

    Nickname: Archy

    Where did you go to school: USMC

    Favorite thing about WV: The Rivers

    Mantra or words to live by: "Calm, Cool, Collected"

    Off-season: Manage Eddie's Bar & Grill

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

  • Pam Jeffries

    Hometown: Native West Virginian

    Pam Jeffries

    Favorite thing about West Virginia:  The peaceful and serentity of our woodlands.

    Favorite thing about ACE: The adrenaline addiction.

    Mantra or words to live by: Catch whitewater fever and spread the disease!

    Started guiding with ACE: 1985

  • Phillip Groseclose

    Phillip Groseclose

    Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

    Favorite thing about WV: Low key locals without attitude.

    Off-season: Snowmobile guide

    Started guiding with ACE: 2010

  • Richard Arrington

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    Hometown: North Carolina

    Where did you go to school: West Virginia University

    What did you study: OSHA

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: Enviroment

    Off-season: Divisional Safety Manager

    Started guiding with ACE: 1999

  • Rick Miller

    RIVER MANAGER

    Hometown:

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    Mantra or words to live by: "It's All Good!"

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  • Ryan Roy

    Hometown: Cincinnati, OH.

    Where did you go to school: University of Cincinnati

    What did you study: Paralegal, Criminal Justice

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The guide life - it has a beautiful office.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Didn't you wanna do a good job"?

    Off-season: Benchmark Outfitters-retailryan-roy-zip-line-guide-image

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

  • Scotty Olive

     
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    Hometown: Charlestown, IN.

    Nickname: Scotty O

    Mantra or words to live by: Keep on livin!

    Rivers guided: New, Gauley, Shenandoh, Cheat, Potomic, Yough rivers

    Favorite thing about West Virginia: The beauty, it's called "almost heaven" because heaven was already taken

    Started guiding: 1989

    Started with ACE: 2001

     

  • Shannon Nutter

     

    Hometown: Summersville, WV.

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    Nickname: Seth Rogan or NutterButter

    Where did you go to school: Shepard University, Potomic State College

    What did you study: Music Performance, Egyptology

    Special talents: Tying knots

    Mantra or words to live by: I came, I saw, I conquered!

    Started guiding: 2006

    Started with ACE: 2011

     

  • Stephen Kimmel

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    Hometown: McComb, MS

    Where did you go to school: Mississippi State

    What did you study: Accounting

    Mantra or words to live by: "Pistols Out"

    Off-season: Tax preparer

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Stephen Reid

     

    Hometown: Burleson, TX

    Where did you go to school: University of Southernstephen-reid-river-rescue-instructor-image Mississippi

    What did you study: Communications

    Favorite thing about WV: Lots of water year round. You can raft 365 days a year.

    Mantra or words to live by: "You don't stop playing because you get older. You get older because you stop playing."

    Off-season: Lift Ops manager at Winterplace Ski Resort

    Started guiding: 1998

    Started with ACE: 2004

  • Steven Arenaz

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    Hometown: Doylestown, PA

    Mantra or words to live by: "If you can't laugh at yourself, you could be missing the best joke in the world"

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: The people

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Tim Slatton

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    Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

    Where did you go to school: Chattanooga State

    Favorite thing about WV: The Gorge

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The people

    Started guiding: 2005

    Started with ACE: 2006

  • Tim Smith

    tim-smith-raft-guide-imageHometown: Corbin, KY

    Where did you go to school: Eastern KY University

    What did you study: Biology

    Favorite thing about WV : All the things outdoors.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Know your needs from your wants"

    Off-season: Paramedic

    Started guiding: 1980

    Started with ACE: 1988

  • Trevor Dawes

     

    Hometown: Redlands, CA.

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    Nickname: Dr. Trevorkian

    Where did you go to school: George Mason University

    What did you study: Economics

    Favorite thing about West Virginia: Whitewater

    Mantra or words to live by: Go with the flow.

    Special Talents: Ninja Skills

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Tug Chamberlin

    Hometown: Fayetteville, WVimage-tug-chamberlain-raft-guide

    Nickname: Tug

    Where did you go to school: University of Utah

    What did you study: Commercial Recreation

    Favorite thing about WV : It's a great place to raise my family.

    Off-season: Instructor

    Started guiding with ACE: 1990

  • Zach Meiring

    image-zach-meiring-raft-guideHometown: Memphis, TN

    Where did you go to school: University of Tennessee

    What did you study: Psychology

    Mantra or words to live by: "You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you'll dance with the reaper."

    Started guiding with ACE: 2008

  • Zack Benjamin


    Hometown: Narragansett, RI

    Where did you go to school: Elon University

    What did you study: Accounting

    Favorite thing about WV : Ramps, Pepperoni Rolls, People watching at WalMart

    Mantra or words to live by: "Life's a garden...dig it"

    Off-season: Raft guide in Costa Rica

    Started guiding: 2007

    Started with ACE: 2010

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