MEDICAL: Joe Esteban PA-C has 24 years experience in emergency, surgical and wilderness medicine including work with Flight EMS, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and Trauma Surgery. He currently serves as a Trauma Surgery Physician Assistant at a Level I Trauma Center and is an active Deputy Sheriff/Tactical Medic assigned to Special Weapons And Tactics. He spent several summers as a Medical Missionary in remote Central America and has treated thousands of indigent patients with little ancillary support. He is an active member of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA), and National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). He holds Physician Assistant licenses in Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and holds Certificates in Swiftwater Rescue, Technical Rope Rescue, and Tactical Medicine. Joe is the lead WFR / WFA instructor for Randall’s Adventure & Training.
MEDICAL: Evan Clyburn is a Nationally Registered EMT Advanced and a certified Tactical Medic working for the Emergency Management Agency where he currently serves as the operations and training officer. He is also an active Deputy Sheriff assigned to S.W.A.T. as a Tactical Medic, and teaches and trains for the department. He started his career 20 years ago in EMS and has been an FTO for several large agencies and holds numerous advanced and instructor certifications in technical rescue, swiftwater rescue, rope rescue, and fire. He has been deployed on numerous search and rescue operations involving floods, caves, mountain rescues, and dive operations. In his off time can be found paddle boarding and hiking in the great outdoors.
TECHNICAL RESCUE / SRT: Kevin Reeves is currently an Aerospace Engineer at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama working with the US Army Special Operations Helicopters and the 160th SOAR (A). He has been a Volunteer Firefighter (FF2), EMT, Fire Instructor 1 with Monrovia Fire/Rescue in Madison, Al. for the last 8+ yrs. Kevin is the chairman and team lead for the RAT-SAR rescue team. He is also a member of the Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit (HCRU) with specialized training in SRT, Wilderness Hauls/Lowers and NFPA 1006 Rescue Technician (Cave Rescue I/II). He also holds a certification as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician (Advanced) and NASAR SARTECH 1. Kevin is an avid horizontal and vertical caver and has led many trips to known and new caves, rappelled and climbed out of deep pits and multi-drop cave systems in the Southeastern United States. His passion is for High Angle Rope Rescue and Search and Rescue. He has a continued interested in combining the best parts of SRT, canyoneering, cave rescue and NFPA style rope rescue techniques and equipment to find the best solution possible in training and real life scenarios. Kevin also enjoys camping, hiking, scuba diving, land navigation, survival and bushcraft skills, and holds an Extra class amateur radio license.
TECHNICAL RESCUE / SRT: Jason Lovvorn, an associate professor at Belmont University in Nashville, came to rescue work by way of his lifelong passion for outdoor pursuits. Rappelling and caving, in particular, led him to interests in wilderness ropes rescue, Limited Resources Rescue, and search and rescue (SAR). He has training in single rope technique (SRT), patient hauls and lowers, cave rescue, land navigation, and wilderness first response. He holds a SARTECH 1 certification from NASAR and has taught both SRT and rope rescue courses. Jason likes the challenges involved with rescue work and appreciates how specialized skills can translate into service for others. Outside of rescue activities, he enjoys hiking and kayaking, plus he caves recreationally on a regular basis, navigating vertical pits and horizontal cave systems, both in the United States and abroad.
BUSHCRAFT / SURVIVAL: James Gibson is a native east Tennessean, born and raised around the Great Smoky Mountain area. With a passion and love for the outdoors, he has studied and practiced bushcraft skills most of his life. James is the co-host of the Clinch River Knap-in and has been a flintknapper for 22 years. He is also a knife maker and obtained his Journeymen Smith Rating with the American Bladesmith Society (A.B.S.) in 2003.
BUSHCRAFT / SURVIVAL: Reuben Bolieu is a writer, photographer, adventurer, and martial arts trainer (Muay Thai), Reuben has spent 30 years hiking and backpacking through the wildernesses of California, Nevada, and Arizona, often with an air of extreme discipline towards his super Ultralight gear. He has traveled abroad in extreme environments, from the cold climate of Alaska and New Zealand to the desert heat of Egypt. He continues studying primitive techniques in survival and the construction and uses of knives and edged tools from places such as the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and numerous countries in Asia. He has published many articles on knife use, Bushcraft, shelters, and remains a lifetime student of survival.