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2019 ACA Board of Directors Election

Board of Director Nomination Slate (in alphabetical order):


At-Large Board Members: 


Heather Davis - Annapolis, MD

Currently the Mid-Atlantic director of conservation partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation. Formerly worked for The Wilderness Society, Community Health Councils in Los Angles, CA, Americorps, and the US National Park Service. She has a Masters in Environmental Policy and a BA in Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning. A lifelong athlete, Heather came to kayak competition in 2012 after she was introduced to sea kayaking and later to Surfski in San Francisco California. After 3 years of training in the Bay, Heather moved back home to Southern California where she joined the San Diego Canoe & Kayak Team to focus on flat water sprint, marathon kayak, and Surfski. Now a resident of Vermont, she enjoys swimming, triathlon, prone paddleboard, Yoga, and continuing kayak marathon training.  


Robin Pope - Sylva, NC

Robin Pope, Ph.D., PA-C, Fellow, Academy of Wilderness Medicine lives with his family in Sylva, NC, where he works as a physician assistant.  His medical interests include allergy and asthma management, injury prevention and wilderness medicine.   
Robin is an instructor trainer educator in swiftwater rescue (level 5), river kayaking (level 5) and prone paddling (level 3); and an instructor in coastal kayaking (level 2) and canoeing (level 1).  He currently serves as past chair of ACA’s Safety Education and Instruction Council, Vice Chair of ACA’s Board of Directors, and Secretary of the Safety and Rescue Committee.  In the past, he has served both as President and Secretary of ACA’s Board of Directors, and Chair and Vice-Chair of SEIC.  He has received a Higgins and Langley Special Commendation award in swiftwater rescue and ACA’s Excellence in Instruction award. Robin represents paddlers and the ACA to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, the National On-Water Standards program, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Education Standards Panel.  He also serves as the paddle sport specialist for BSA’s Sea Scouting program and was recently appointed as Branch Chief of the USCG Auxiliary’s AUXPAD paddling program.  In all these roles, he strives to ensure that ACA instructors are recognized as the best source of paddle sports instruction.  


David Stow - Chula Vista, CA

As a 21 year employee with the USOC at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, I was fortunate enough to have worked extensively with NGBs of various sizes including USA Archery, USACK, USA Field Hockey, USA Cycling, US Rowing, USA Rugby, US Soccer, USA Track & Field, USA Volleyball and more in both their Olympic and Paralympic programs.  I competed internationally as a national team member of USA Gymnastics and coached at the NCAA Div 1 level.  I believe my background as an athlete, coach, and administrator have given me the tools and experience to successfully give back to sport in many different ways.  I appreciate the consideration of serving on the ACA board. 



Independent Director:


William Medlin - Ashboro, NC
A founder and the CEO/COO/CFO of Legacy Paddlesports (liquidlogic and Native Watercraft kayaks; 2006 - 2015), CEO/COO of Confluence Watersports (Wave Sport, Mad River Canoe, and Wilderness Systems; 1996-2002).   One of the initial founders and a former board member of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina.   Served as the Executive Director of Central Park NC (formerly the Yadkin-Pee Dee Lakes Project) from 2002 to 2005.  




Safety Education & Instruction Council Director:


Trey Knight - Knoxville, TN

Trey has been in the water since he could walk, growing up of the coast of GA, he spent most of his time growing up in the rivers or ocean.  During college Trey discovered whitewater and mountain sports and has never looked back. Trey has spent time as a kayak instructor, raft guide, camp director, commercial outfitter, instructor trainer, and educator.  During college and over the next 10 years you could find Trey paddling rivers throughout the southeast, mid-Atlantic, Colorado and Montana as he pursued his career of a professional outdoor educator and administrator.  In 2010, he discovered whitewater stand up paddleboard. This was the perfect melding of his childhood love of board sports and whitewater kayaking. Since then he has devoted much of his time and energy to developing techniques, teaching methods, and boards specifically for whitewater stand up. Trey currently hold certifications from the American Canoe Association (ACA) as a Level 5 Advanced Whitewater SUP Instructor Trainer Educator, Level 4 Whitewater Paddle Raft Instructor Trainer, and Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor.  Trey also serves as the Chair of the ACA’s Safety, Education, & Instruction Council, and is the Past Chair of the ACA SUP Committee. In his day job Trey directs the Outdoor Adventure Program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He serves on the Rec Sports Department Risk Management Committee, the Division of Student Life Professional Development Committee, the Vol Well Committee and other department ad hoc committees for training and education. Trey worked with the UT Knoxville Department of Experience Learning in developing their risk management handbook for faculty and staff. Trey has presented on education, management, risk management and leadership at both national and regional conferences and summits, to include conferences for the Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education, American Camp Association, International Boating & Water Safety Summit, and more. Trey paddles for Badfish SUP, is an Immersion Research regional team member, and an ambassador for Hawaii Surf Co.  



Property Management Director:


Bill Micks - Fredericksburg, VA

Since the 1950's, the Rappahannock River has floated Micks' boat. Fredericksburg's first river outfitter, river safety advocate and conservationist looks back over a lifetime on the Rappahannock. Bill Micks took his first paddling trip on the Rappahannock River with the Boy Scouts in 1958. It was a life-changing moment, says Micks, who lived up the hill from the river at the time, off College Avenue. His boyhood paddling trips with George Brumble, a local veterinarian and Scout leader, led to a lifelong love of the Rappahannock, decades of service to Friends of the Rappahannock, and a business that has catered to river-lovers for 40 years. The two-day paddling and camping trip "stuck with me," says Micks, 64, a retired school teacher and co-owner of the Virginia Outdoor Center on Fall Hill Avenue. When it considered locating in the city, one of its first contacts was Micks. The organization sponsors some of the competitions that are part of the race here, and sanctions competitions and educational and safety programs around the country. "He had a relationship with [city officials] and the community, and that here was a place that should be the home of the ACA." Havens added, "Our first impression of Fredericksburg was Bill Micks, and the city couldn't have done any better."



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