Meet Our Staff

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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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    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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    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 Thompson specialized in travel to BVI, Ecuador, Egypt, Indonesia, Palau, Philippines, Roatan and many other destinations.


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    Sally Edwards

    Aggressor Travel Agent Airlines, Tours & Excursions

    Born and raised in NE Oklahoma,  Sally attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas.   She is an avid University of Texas Longhorn fan and also the OSU Cowboys team. Sally has over 20 years of experience in the travel industry and enjoys helping guests plan their dream vacation.  In her spare time she loves taking walks with her dog. 

    Sally Edwards specializes in travel to Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Maldives, Palau, Sri Lanka & Turks & Caicos.

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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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    Justin Brown

    Operations Administrator

    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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    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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    Amy Garrow

    Yacht, River Cruise & Safari Lodge Reservations

    Amy is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin.  She graduated from McConnell Travel School in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1988. She has worked in many areas of the travel business during her career which included airlines, travel agencies, and car rental companies, however, she found her true passion working in scuba and adventure travel.  She is happy to have joined the Aggressor Family and resides in Clermont, Florida.

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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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    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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    Beth Murrian

    Accounting

    Beth was born in Ohio but raised in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2019, she and her husband decided to move to the country in Williston, SC and enjoys the slower pace.  She was a bookkeeper in South Carolina school districts for over 22 years then joined Aggressor Adventures in 2022.  She loves warm weather, working in the garden and watching the many birds that visit them. She is intrigued with Eygpt and the Nile River cruise and hopes one day to have the opportunity to visit.

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    Frankie Johnson

    Boutique Manager

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    Ashley Brown

    Boutique Production