Meet Our Staff

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    Wayne Brown

    Owner & CEO

    SSI INSTRUCTOR TRAINER
    PADI STAFF INSTRUCTOR

    Air Force veteran Wayne Brown and his family are passionate adventurers and explorers. Wayne is a hands on owner and is committed to providing personalized, exceptional customer service on every Aggressor adventure. From every department and every location around the world, you will experience first class service and adventure. Wayne is the  Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Sea of Change Foundation and a Director of the Oceans For Youth Foundation. Wayne is also a  member of the Explorers Club and a winner of 5 Telly awards. He is an avid photographer/videographer and spends much of his time on the many Aggressor destinations. He and his family reside in Augusta, Georgia.

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    Larry Speaker

    Vice President
    Operations

    SSI Instructor Trainer and PADI Instructor

    Growing up as a competitive swimmer was only a matter of time until the "scuba bug" bit Larry. After landing his first real job, it was an easy decision that his first vacation was a scuba certification trip. Twelve months after that first trip, Larry became an instructor, and soon scuba and adventure travel became his full-time career. Larry has certified more divers during his career than he can remember, managed and trained instructional and retail staff, was a professional travel agent and group leader. He also launched a software company for retail dive stores and worked in marketing, advertising, and IT for a large land-based dive resort. Larry earned his MBA specializing in International Business, where he met his wife, Cari. Larry is Vice President of Operations for Aggressor Adventures® and lives in Miami with his wife and two Jack Russel terriers.

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    Anne Hasson

    Vice President - Reservations, Advertising & Marketing

    NAUI Divemaster

    Anne manages the Reservation Office, Marketing & Advertising Department & Reseller Program at Aggressor Adventures®. She is an inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) and the SSI Platinum Pro5000 Diver Program, and is on the Board of Directors for the Sea of Change Foundation. She is an avid photographer and spends her free time photographing wildlife in Southwest Florida, gardening, boating, traveling and with her 3 dogs.  She resides in Naples, Florida. 

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    Natalie Risley

    Administrative Assistant

    Natalie was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Colorado where she met and married her husband. A huge NFL football fan she grew up attending Denver Bronco games, but having Wisconsin roots she is also a fan of the Green Bay Packers. Natalie started in Mortgage Banking then started with Aggressor Fleet® when she and her husband relocated to the Augusta, Georgia area in 2006 for her husbands career. With Aggressor Fleet® since January of 2007, Natalie is the Administrative Assistant to the CEO. On her bucket list is a trip with Aggressor Liveaboards to experience the Hump Back Whales in the Dominican Republic.

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    Justin Brown

    Business Development

    Justin was born in Wiesbaden, Germany on a US Air Force base and grew up in Augusta, Georgia. He has a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Georgia College & State University. Justin works in business development and manages the apparel department for Aggressor Adventures. He began his SCUBA hobby when he was 15 with his father; he has expanded his love of SCUBA to his wife and now 1st born son. He is an extremely devoted family man, with a wife and 2 sons. His other hobbies include swimming, biking, and running, in that order.

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    Capt. Tom Gebhardt

    Groups & Agents Sales Manager
    Adventure Liveaboard Sales

    MCA Captain (200 ton)
    NAUI, SDI, TDI, SSI Instructor

    Tom holds a 200 ton Yacht Master License, worked as a Captain for 20 years, 9 of them on the Cayman Aggressor. He is a certified Scuba Instructor for four national certification agencies and is fluent in English, German, Spanish, Swedish and Portuguese. Tom originated from Norrtalje, Sweden where he graduated from Rodenskolan College then went on to spend 8 years in sales in Spain and Portugal. He is responsible for managing the reseller program for USA and International tour operators, dive stores and travel agents, leading fam trips, managing trade and consumer dive shows as well as contributing to the fleet's social media. He spends much of the year traveling and working dive travel shows in Germany, France, Canada, USA, Spain, Asia and leading familiarization trips on Aggressor Liveaboards yachts.

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    Caroline Hasson

    Groups & Agents Sales Manager
    Adventure Travel Sales

    SSI Master Diver

    Caroline Hasson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, lived in the Cayman Islands until she was five and raised in Naples, Florida. She graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management and Business Administration. After working for multiple 5-star resorts, she joined the Aggressor Family in May of 2018. She was certified as a junior diver before obtaining her Master Diver Certification. Caroline is the Adventure Sales Manager for the Aggressor Nile Cruise and Aggressor Safari Lodge. She loves to travel and just returned from visiting the Aggressor Safari Lodge in Sri Lanka and Nile Queen in Egypt. She resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

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    Lisa Stierwalt

    Manager
    Aggressor Travel for Airlines, Tours & Excursions

    Lisa Stierwalt has over 30 years experience working in travel agencies from Alabama, Colorado to Georgia in the leisure travel market. She specializes in extended travel to: Djibouti, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Roatan, Maldives, Oman, Red Sea & Sudan.

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    Bob Thompson

    Aggressor Travel Agent Airlines, Tours & Excursions

    Bob Thompson was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio and moved to the warmer climates of the south in 1993. Bob has been in the travel industry for 35 years. In 1997 he earned his Certified Travel Counselor designation from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents in Wellesley Massachusetts. Bob has worked both with the Airlines and in travel agencies doing corporate and leisure travel. When not at work he is a golf enthusiast and loves riding his Harley Davidson. He is also a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan!

    Bob Specializes in extended travel to Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, Belize, Socorro, Palau, Hawaii, Thailand, Indonesia, Cuba and the Galapagos Islands.


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    Capt. Jay Roberts

    Operations Manager

    USCG Captain (500 ton)
    PADI & SSI Instructor, EFR, React Right Instructor, Equipment Repair Technician
    DAN Oxygen Provider Instructor

    Captain Jay Roberts was born in Clearwater, Florida and grew up working in his father's diesel mechanic business after school. He has always loved being around the ocean. A certified instructor since 1996, he has enjoyed teaching and showing others the underwater world he loves so much. He is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University Tech in Computer Information Technology and practiced Architecture for eight years as an AIA member. He began working as the photo pro on board the Okeanos Aggressor in Cocos Island in 2002 and then went on to become Captain of the Belize Aggressor III. Jay holds a USCG 500-ton international captain’s license and resides in Augusta, Georgia with his family.

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    Jeff McNutt

    Assistant Operations Manager

    SSI Instructor Certifier, React Right Instructor & Trainer, PADI IDC Staff Instructor

    Jeff grew up in Texas and became a Dive Pro while attending Stephen F. Austin State University.  He moved to Dallas after college and managed a dive center there before moving down to work as an Instructor in the British Virgin Islands with his wife, Casey. They worked their way up to Managers, then spent two years as General Managers before becoming partners in Dive BVI on Virgin Gorda.  After 14 years in the BVI, Jeff and Casey moved back to the USA in 2017 to travel the Caribbean as a Sales Manager for SSI.  Jeff loves being outdoors, boating and photography.  He's excited to be working with the team at Aggressor Adventures and looks forward to being on an adventure with you soon!

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    Debbie Boone

    Operations Administrator

    PADI Advanced Open Water & Nitrox

    Debbie was born and raised in Crownsville, Maryland in the small community of Arden on the Severn where she enjoyed all that the Chesapeake Bay had to offer. She met her husband while he was in the Navy and they lived in Florida and Mississippi before returning to Maryland, where they raised their two boys. In 2017 while on a cruise to the Western Caribbean she received her scuba certification. Later that summer, upon moving to Augusta, Georgia, she became active with a local group of divers and enjoys diving weekends in the lake and river. She also volunteers with local nonprofit groups for river cleanups, both above and below the water. Debbie is the newest member of the Operations team with a background in administration, and is amazed that diving has led her here to such a wonderful group of people to both work for and with.

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    Cole Watkins

    Director of Content Strategy & Social Media

    SSI Advanced Open Water & Nitrox

    Cole was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor’s in Business Management from Augusta State University in 2012. Cole has always loved the water and started his own kayak tour and rental business in college. He is a certified scuba diver, his new favorite hobby. He is excited to take his work from the river to beneath the sea with Aggressor Liveaboards®. Cole lives in Evans, Georgia with his wife, son, daughter, and their two dogs. He loves spending time with his family, friends, and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves & Atlanta Falcons. Cole manages the social media, video editing, and analyzing website analytics for Aggressor Adventures®. Cole recently received his third Iron Diver on the Belize Aggressor IV®.

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    Ashley Watkins

    Adventures Clubs Coordinator

    SSI Dive Master

    Ashley was born in Orange Park, Florida and shortly after, her family moved to Augusta, Georgia where she still resides today. She graduated from Augusta State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She was scuba certified at age 15 and fell in love with diving; there after she went on to get her SSI Dive Master certification. Ashley's hobbies include embroidery, scuba diving, and spending time with her husband, son, daughter, and two dogs. She is manager of the Aggressor Adventures Club Programs and Aggressors’ social media for all three brands.

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    Richard Shurling

    Director of IT & Programming

    Born in the small kaolin mining town of Sandersville, Georgia, Richard began his IT career as a web design contractor, before moving into the health education sector at The Medical College of Georgia’s Department of Family Medicine, where he developed patient logging software. While in Family Medicine, he sharpened his data analysis, and database design skills working with faculty preparing publications for various journals. He joined the Aggressor team in 2016, and looks forward to new challenges in this exciting field. While he has never tried it, he also anticipates giving scuba Adventures® diving a try in the near future. When not tinkering with his various electronics projects, Richard spends his time canoeing, motorcycling and playing the guitar.

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    Ina Strickland

    Web Design/Development

    Ina has been a web designer for over 20 years. Her graphics career began as an illustrator for computer game companies on the West Coast. When the first internet company came to her city, she offered her graphic services as a volunteer and began learning how to apply her talent to the emerging technology. Ina ran her own successful web design business for 12 years with a large clientele before joining the Aggressor Adventures® team full time. She is responsible for web design, branding, social media, and graphic design for the company. Ina recently spent a week on the Cayman Aggressor V and loved her diving experience.

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    Samantha Whitcraft

    Director Conservation & Outreach

    PADI Dive Master
    NAUI Scuba Instructor

    Samantha Whitcraft is Director of Conservation & Outreach for Aggressor Adventures® and for the Sea of Change Foundation with the mission to create positive change for our natural world. Samantha’s work includes developing Green the Fleet® sustainability initiatives for the company and educational programs for the M/V Oceans for Youth operating in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen National Park. Over the past twenty years, researching biodiversity conservation, citizen science applications, and sustainable ecotourism has taken her to the Amazon with National Geographic, to the Mesoamerican reef with NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, and to the remote Pacific with Shark Savers to promote education through adventure.

     

    Samantha graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with her Bachelor of Natural Science degree concentrating in conservation biology; she earned her Master’s degree in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami, Florida. She taught both formally at Miami Dade College and the University of Hawaii and informally in the field on the subjects of environmental ethics, traditional ecological knowledge, and coral reef ecosystems. After the Gulf oil spill, she was recognized by NOAA Fisheries with a national award for exceptional service in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Whitcraft was also one of twenty women selected for the Women’s Environmental Leaders Forum with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and principal environmental advisor to the President of the United States. She has produced award-winning short environmental films, researched the global, illegal wildlife trade, and is an avid photographer and published nature writer. Whitcraft is a Platinum Pro 5000 Diver, recognized by the scuba diving industry as an “elite water explorer”.

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    Sabine Camacho

    Yacht, River Cruise & Safari Lodge Reservations

    SSI Open Water, Advanced

    Sabine was born and raised in Munich, Germany where she lived half her life before moving to Augusta, Georgia. She joined the Aggressor Adventures® family ten years ago as a travel planner. She learned to scuba dive through a local dive shop in Augusta then completed her certification aboard the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II. She fell in love with diving and was immediately hooked. Her son took interest by doing his senior project on ocean pollution, got scuba certified and started his career in the Navy. He also loves to scuba dive and joins her when he can. Sabine enjoys gardening, cooking, loves the outdoors and the ocean. She has traveled with the Bahamas Aggressor, Okeanos Aggressor II in Costa Rica, Jardines Aggressor I in Cuba, Maldives Aggressor II, and to the Aggressor Safari Lodge in Sri Lanka and can’t wait for her next Aggressor adventure.

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    Darien Bacon

    Yacht, River Cruise & Safari Lodge Reservations

    NAUI & PADI Open Water

    Darien lived in Colorado for many years before relocating to Morgan City, Louisiana in the late 70’s. She has been a part of the Aggressor journey since its inception in 1984 when it was founded. Darien was scuba certified on the original Cayman Aggressor and has traveled on Aggressor yachts in Micronesia, Galapagos, Hawaii and aboard most all of the Aggressor Caribbean yachts. Her most recent Aggressor trip was to Egypt onboard the Nile Queen, an Aggressor River Cruise. She is a Travel Planner and specializes in Oman, Red Sea and Sudan. She has three children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She loves to garden, teach Sunday School and is very active in her Church.

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    Andrew Rachlin

    Yacht, River Cruise & Safari Lodge Reservations

    Andrew was born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Tampa, Florida from the age of five. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and is an active volunteer advisor to current students at FGCU. While living in Augusta, Georgia Andrew started working as an Adventure Planner for Aggressor Adventures and fell in love with the company and has been a part of the team ever since. He loves traveling and recently traveled Egypt onboard the Nile Queen, an Aggressor River Cruise. He resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife and is a huge New York Giants fan.

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    Suzanne Liverett

    Yacht, River Cruise & Safari Lodge Reservations

    Suzanne has lived most of her life in Augusta, Georgia. Prior to becoming an Aggressor Travel Planner, Suzanne worked in the newspaper advertising business for 20 years. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, read, do puzzles, boating and spending time in the mountains. She looks forward to traveling to Aggressor destinations and becoming a certified scuba diver.

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    Jimmy Summers

    Yacht, River Cruise & Safari Lodge Reservations

    SSI Open Water & Nitrox

    Born and raised in the Sweet Onion City of Vidalia, Georgia, Jimmy always had a love and passion for sea turtle conservation along the East coast. He received his Associate’s Degree in Marketing Management in 2014 and shortly after met his husband when visiting Augusta, Georgia and later married in April of 2017. He was Open Water scuba certified on the Cayman Aggressor IV in 2017 and is planning his fourth liveaboard trip with Aggressor Adventures at the beginning of 2020. Aside from diving, his interests include hiking, running, kayaking, and any other outdoor activities. Jimmy lives in Augusta with his husband and teenage son.

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    Roxann Montellese

    Yacht, River Cruise & Safari Lodge Reservations

    Roxann is a native New Yorker and moved to South Carolina permanently three years ago. She is an Adventure Planner with Aggressor Adventures® and specializes in the Galapagos and Indonesia. She worked in real estate in Rockland County, New York for 21 years where she and her husband James raised their two sons. She also worked in education for 18 years and enjoyed it every day. "Helping children grow and contribute to my community in the many volunteer organizations like Big Sister, Special Education Advocacy Group, PTA and other educational planning groups has always been wonderful and fulfilling for me. My passion is to help people in whatever way I can and contributing to Aggressor Adventures®, and working with the staff here, is amazing!"

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    Barbara Bono

    Yacht, River Cruise & Safari Lodge Reservations

    Barbara is a native New Yorker and has lived in the Augusta, Georgia area for 15 years. Her background is in accounting, and she has worked for various companies throughout her career. She enjoys sailing, reading, crafting and music. She recently joined the Aggressor Adventures® team as a Travel Planner for the Cayman Aggressor V and looks forward to becoming a certified scuba diver in the near future.

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    Cheryl McGowen

    Accounting

    Cheryl was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. She has worked in the accounting field for 30 years. Her career started while working in the billing department for Augusta University Hospital and from there to the Augusta Harley Davidson Accounting department, Columbia County Sheriff's office in the warrants Division and joined Aggressor Adventures in March 2007. She enjoys spending her free time with her family at the lake and loves the outdoors, especially fishing. She recently visited the Cayman Aggressor V and hopes to learn to scuba dive.

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    Tricia Davis

    Accounting

    Tricia was born in San Bernardino, California and grew up in South Carolina which is where she met her husband and raised their daughter. She is a graduate of Piedmont Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Business with an accounting emphasis. She worked in Pricing/Billing/Accounting for 25 years before joining Aggressor Adventures® in 2016. Her hobbies are watching Gamecock and Bulldog college football, reading, and spending time with family. Tricia finds the underwater world very interesting and looks forward to taking the plunge as a scuba diver one day.

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    Jennifer Jensen

    Accounting

    Jennifer brings a diverse background in business in both executive and supporting roles in management, marketing, sales, and accounting. She has lived around the country, but considers Denver, Colorado her home. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and she remains an avid fan of the Colorado Buffaloes and Denver Broncos. In her free time, she enjoys family gatherings, exploring the great outdoors, reading, music and art. She joined Aggressor Adventures® in 2016 and loves working with both clients, as well as the top-notch Aggressor team.

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    Jes Waszak

    Boutique Production Manager