Guide Staff

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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Started guiding: 1984

Started with ACE: 2010

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 
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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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

Phillip Groseclose

Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

Favorite thing about WV: Low key locals without attitude.

Off-season: Snowmobile guide

Started guiding with ACE: 2010

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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

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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

 

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

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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-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

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

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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