This week’s employee of the week continues to prove that ACE is always adding great people to the family that share the same love of the outdoors. Kelly Buchanan is 23 years old and is back at ACE Adventure Resort for her 2nd year as a whitewater guide. Don’t let Kelly’s short time at ACE fool you, because this high adrenaline little lady is passionate about the river and what she does! While Kelly has lived in WV for some time, she is originally from Powder Springs, GA. She is the baby of her family, having two older brothers. She attributes this older brothers to making her the outdoorsy “tom boy” that she is today.
While Kelly’s childhood was readying her for a life in the outdoors, it was an act of fate that brought her to ACE. She was working as a promotional model for Shock Top, which came to ACE for an event. They took part in both Zip Line and ATV tours. She was interested in being an ATV guide, because she grew up riding motorcycles as a child. However, at ACE you usually become a raft guide first. When training, Kelly fell in love with the river and a part of herself she never knew existed.
Kelly is going to school to get her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health so she can become a pharmaceutical rep for Vet Medicine. While that sounds like quite the endeavor, her goals don’t stop there! While she works toward this, she wants to continue guiding on the weekend, and become a member of the National Outdoor Leadership School as a whitewater and back country hiking guide in Patagonia. What great aspirations! Kelly is always smiling and laughing and working to give each guest a unique and memorable time at ACE. She loves the sense of community she gets with the other guides while at ACE and that it has given her another life passion. We are thankful to have great folks like Kelly passionate about whitewater just like we are!