Meet Our Team
Let us introduce the team that makes all the adventure happen here at Grand Canyon Adventures!
Naturalist Marcia Burns moved to Arizona over 30 years to be near the Grand Canyon and other wonderful places in the southwest. Marcia has been guiding people throughout the area for more than 16 years, sharing with them the great geology, flora and fauna, and the interesting human history of the region. She has lived and worked at both rims of the Grand Canyon, and also been a guide to the bottom. She LOVES the Grand Canyon!
The seeds for wild west adventure were sown in 1973 when Scott's Boy Scout troop in Maryland went to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. After college and a few trips out West in the 1980's Scott came to Arizona in 1989. He then traveled in a 1965 VW Westphalia camper for the next 10 years, selling imported clothing at festivals to support his family. He also outfitted a 1966 Crown Coach as a motor home for more comfortable travels. During this time he taught himself the art of making and playing didgeridoos from the seasoned flower stalk of the Agave plant. He adorns his instruments with intricate designs burned into the wood with a magnifying glass and the Arizona sun. Being an avid outdoors man, Scott has hiked the Alps, Appalachians, Rockies, Olympics, and of course, the Grand Canyon. Having traveled extensively in both Europe and North America, and being his own guide, becoming a tour guide in 2005 was a natural move. Starting his guiding career in Alaska, he soon moved back South to sunny Arizona and took up guiding at the Grand Canyon and surrounding area.
An avid outdoorsman, traveler, and lifelong Arizona resident, Dane has been a passionate explorer since an early age. Dane received his bachelor’s of science in geology from Northern Arizona University, and worked as a professional geologist before coming over to Adventure Southwest. His knowledge of Colorado Plateau geology provides for a very informative and entertaining trip. Dane also is an active member of the Coconino County Search and Rescue team.
Jennifer Herve Barnes, just call her Jen, is a North Carolina native — hence the slight drawl — and a Florida State University graduate. She has a degree in anthropology. Jen has taught school in Japan, cleaned fish in Alaska, and toured the entire perimeter of India. She’s a music lover, a reader of anything, a fan of superhero movies, a bicyclist, a nerd, a fan of fine mustaches, a chili hound, a serious cook, and a woman of letters. But mostly she’s a tour guide. She’s conducted tours throughout the Southwest, from coast to coast in America, in Alaska, and in Canada. If you make her laugh, she’ll be your friend for life. She can tell if you have a sense of humor by gauging your response to her egg-and-sausage joke.
Maggie grew up in ‘Wild and Wonderful’ West Virginia! She fell in love with Arizona after rafting through the Grand Canyon. She enjoys anything and everything outside, from mountain biking to backpacking, but nothing beats a great hike in the canyon! Maggie also has her Wilderness First Responder Certification.
Drew Andersen was born and raised in the Phoenix, Arizona area. After finishing a B.S. in Political Science at Northern Arizona University, Drew moved around a bit before landing in the heart of the Grand Circle – Page, Arizona. It was there that Drew began guiding and wandering the Colorado Plateau. Aside from guiding, Drew enjoys fly-fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, a good beer and family.
Drew Schlachter brings many years of guiding outdoor tours across the American West. Guided trip locations include California, Washington, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, and many National Parks in the American Southwest. As an NAU Graduate, Drew knows the Southwest and loves to highlight the amazing landscapes on his tours.
Growing up on the Appalachian trail in Pennsylvania, Laura Stinger fell in love with the outdoors at a very young age. In 2013, she joined a conservation corps and moved to Flagstaff. Laura is an experienced backpacker and knows her way around the National Parks and Forests for the Southwest. In her spare time, Laura enjoys traveling, riding dirt bikes, and eating tacos.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Matt started guiding rIver trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park in the early 2000's. He considers himself lucky and honored to still be guiding those river trips and is happy to share that experience and knowledge with the guests of Grand Canyon Adventures. When not guiding rIver or hiking trips, Matt works for the National Park service restoring natural fish habitat for the indigenous fish species in Grand Canyon.
As a girl scout in central Virginia, Normajean spent her childhood hiking, camping, and canoeing in the Shenandoah Valley. She has lived in Virginia, Vermont, Tennessee, Texas, and is now proud to call Flagstaff, Arizona home. She spends much of her time hiking, backpacking, and motorcycling in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. When indoors she is making jewelry, painting, cooking, and brewing beer with her husband. Normajean is stunned everyday by the sheer beauty of Northern Arizona and loves to share that beauty with others.
Gavin Monson was born and raised in the great corn state of Iowa. Despite growing up in Iowa Gavin decided to move out west in search of adventure when he was 20. It is in Arizona where he found his joy in working outdoors and being in the wilderness in general. After this realization, Gavin decided to share his knowledge and love of nature by joining the team at Grand Canyon Adventures.