CHERIE CHENOT-ROSE - ACES CO-Founder
Hi! I'm Cherie Chenot-Rose, a Research Biologist & Living Kidney Donor. In 1989, I graduated from Slippery Rock University, with Bachelors of Science Degrees in Biology and Psychobiology. I also studied at the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium and was a member of the Lambda Sigma Honorary Society at Westminster College. My past experiences include: Substitute Teacher, Snowboard Instructor, First Mate, Snorkel Instructor, Biological Field Technician for Amoco Production Company, Wildlife Assistant with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Biological Ground-fish Observer for National Marine Fisheries collecting scientific data and documenting marine mammal sightings aboard fishing vessels in The Bering Sea; and, I was an Environmental Coordinator/Instructor at the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center in South Carolina where I fell in love with reptiles. Now, I have twenty years experience with the handling and husbandry of reptiles including venomous snakes, various lizards, exotic turtles, American alligators, caiman, and now Morelet's and American crocodiles.
VINCENT ROSE - ACES Co-Founder
Vincent Rose, husband of Cherie, is a self-taught Wildlife Behaviorist and expert Crocodile Wrangler. With over twenty-five years of studying, hunting, and trapping all forms of wildlife, he's exceptionally knowledgeable about apex predators. He studied bears in the Rocky Mountains, Saltwater crocodiles in Australia, and has even lived in a cave in Colorado. Since arriving in Belize in 2004, Vince has spent thousands of hours studying the behavior of wild American Crocodiles. And, he even had a special bond with a female crocodile, Mama Croc, which resided in our canal in southern Belize (see the story 'A Croc Tale'). Additionally, he also owned and operated his own construction company for twenty years, "Bear Construction," in Aspen, Colorado; is the co-founder of ACES; and Cherie's one true love.
CHRIS SUMMERS - ACES Operations Manager
Originally from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, Chris is a long-time Belize resident with native ties. After volunteering his time and labor to ACES for over four years, he became an official part of ACES’s Team, and employee, in 2014. Trained by ACES Founders, Vince & Cherie, Chris is highly skilled in crocodile wrangling, behavior, biology, scientific data collection, and safe crocodile handling techniques. Today, Chris in charge of all crocodile rescues, relocations, and official croc training in Belize; as well as, ACES Captain and Lead Field Researcher.
CHRISTINA MANZI - ACES Marketing, Event, and Fundraising Coordinator
Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Christina started as a volunteer with ACES in 2016. She came to Belize to assist in opening a skydiving center on Ambergris Caye. While doing so, she became fascinated with the wildlife and ecosystem and found herself excitedly volunteering her time to ACES. Her first experience working with crocodiles just happen to coincide with moving day for Jaws, a permanently injured captive croc who was being transported to his permanent home in the sanctuary. When she was instructed to "JUMP!" on the back of Jaws, she leapt wholeheartedly into a new chapter in her life.
Christina has been trained by Chris and Vince in crocodile wrangling, behavior, biology, scientific data collection, and safe croc handling techniques. After five months of volunteering, Christina decided to move permanently to Belize to aid ACES in our mission to protect and preserve crocodilians. She is currently volunteering full-time to increase ACES’s online presence, marketing, fundraising, education, and public relations. Christina additionally aids Chris with croc rescues, relocations, research, education, and official training courses, in addition to photographing crocs every chance she gets.
RYAN ANCONA - First mate/Conservationist
My name is Ryan Ancona. I am an a 19 year old Belizean and an online high school student finishing my last few months of 12th grade. I've been working with ACES on the Crocodile Expeditions as a first mate since July 2016. I met Chris Summers through the local Crossfit Gym and learned about his work with crocodiles and became very interested in it, so when he started looking for a someone to help him on the boat I jumped on the opportunity. My general interest in the crocodiles turned into a love as I started learning about their biology and how complex of beings they are. I have been slowly learning about how to safely handle them, captures, and their biology. I also accompany Chris on the relocations of sick or nuisance crocodiles. The eye opening experience was with a crocodile named Phineas that was badly hurt by people who had left deep and open wounds in his neck then released him back into the water with his mouth taped and tied shut with wire. This was one of the first major events where I realized that these creatures weren't the scary man eating monsters that I was raised to believe. They are living beings like anything else. As we were carrying him to the emergency holding pen, I noticed a compassion and care for this poor guy from everyone that I hadn't ever experienced before. I realized the fear that a lot of people have is mostly a lack of understanding and the one main thing that I wish to do at ACES is to help people understand them. ACES has helped me find a love for these animals that I wouldn't have come close knowing on my own and I hope to learn and experience much more as time goes on.