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Slickrock Belize Private Island Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Our managers, tour guides, chefs and other support staff will ensure that your Slickrock adventure is as enjoyable as it is memorable.

Whether learning how to windsurf or sampling home-cooked Belizean meals, you’ll find our team to be passionate, knowledgeable, and always wearing a smile.

Cully Erdman

With over 50 years of guiding experience, and founding Slickrock from a concept to a well-respected outfitter, Cully has extensive experience leading kayak trips with an emphasis on instruction and participation.

From 1977 – 2019, Cully created, managed, and personally guided Slickrock tours in the US, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize, with the latter being our focus since 1986.

He has extensive knowledge, is an avid adventurer, and led numerous expeditions even before Slickrock. That passion and sense of adventure culminated in a hobby becoming a very interesting career, as well as the spirit of what Slickrock is to this very day.

Cully was named one of the “Top 100 Paddlers of the Century” by Paddler magazine in their year-end 2000 issue. He has also been featured in shows on ABC, ESPN, TBS and Discovery.

Cully remains with Slickrock on a consultancy basis and spends every summer at The Gorge, but home is still Moab, Utah.

Lucy Wallingford

Lucy joined Slickrock in 1986. As Vice-President and office manager, Lucy was heavily involved with Cully to develop our Belize programmes from their inception. She used to guide in Belize, including Glover’s Reef from 1986-2019 and is responsible for our renowned menu.

Lucy was at the end of almost every phone call, email, letter, or fax for every single one of those 33 years. She and Cully created something from nothing, and it is a huge feat to have grown from humble beginnings in Moab, Utah, to an international tour company, at one point operating in five countries.

Lucy even met Queen Elizabeth II in Belize, during a winter’s stint managing Slickrock in 1994.

Lucy remains with Slickrock as a consultant. An avid backpacker, she spends her spare time hiking the desert terrain near Moab, Utah, where she still lives.

Charlie Woodward

Charlie has been island manager for Slickrock since 1999. He was absolutely key to keeping the island infrastructure working, which is no mean feat in the tropics, combined with the corrosive salt spray out at Glover’s Reef.

Charlie designed, installed, and maintains the island’s solar, wind, water filtration, battery storage, and more.

This expertise is based upon his renewable energy business back in Idaho, which he ran for decades.

He discovered sea kayaking and warm-whitewater on a trip to New Zealand in 1990, and has been part of Slickrock’s Belize operations with Cully and Lucy, to it’s next chapter under new management.

He spends most of his year in Idaho, where prior to retirement, he was a geologist, community college teacher, outdoor educator, and outdoor adventure guide.

He is still involved with Slickrock and has helped train our Belizean team to take over management longer-term.

Marcy Norales

Marcy joined Slickrock back in 2004, and is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District.

Originally employed as an assistant chef, Marcy is now the office and Gold Standard manager, liaising with the Ministry of Health, Belize Tourism Board, guest enquiries, paperwork, bookings, you name it.

Her passion for cooking is still there, making time to assist Aurora and Lavern on their weeks off, in addition to the management role.

She is dedicated and hardworking, with a great sense of humour.

Philip Dowsett

Phil is a former zookeeper, and manager of Slickrock. He’s originally from Hertfordshire, England (a stone’s throw north of London).

His first business in 2004 was Zoofari (formerly Philzoofari), a UK-based mobile zoo, with an offshoot called Green Tree Co evolving from that in 2008. It was to become the parent company of conservation projects, interlinked with ethical investments.

In 2008, he first visited Belize and founded Green Tree Co’s tree planting project called “Fund a Forest”. The self-funding conservation project in Belize has since expanded to include eco-products and eco-tourism, namely Slickrock, where he invested in November 2018.

He has known founders Cully and Lucy since December 2010, first visiting the island with Cully in July 2011.

Neri Chi

Neri has been guiding with Slickrock since 1998, and is from San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District.

He trained in the U.S. as a river guide, having worked for Bill Dvorak during the summer of 2001, guiding on the Arkansas and Dolores Rivers in Colorado and the Green River in Utah.

He specializes in the natural and environmental interpretation of the jungle and is an expert in Mayan history. He has become a mentor and continues to guide on the island.

His huge experience, patience, and knowledge will make you feel safe and sound.

Doreth Lewis

Doreth joined Slickrock in 2022. He has a real passion for marine life, ever since a friend introduced him to diving, whilst still in college.

Previous employment initially started off at well-known resort Hamanasi, in his village, Hopkins, Stann Creek District.

This was the spot where he climbed from guide, to dive master, to dive instructor.

He moved on to Kanatik, then Off The Wall at Long Caye for seven years (where Phil met him in 2011), to being General Manager of Belize Underwater in Hopkins for five years.

Doreth’s older brother John was one of Slickrock’s original guides since the early 1990s and brought him out to Glover’s Reef when he was young. That same passion for marine life and the underwater world is still burning, and we are happy he’s joined the Slickrock family.

Carlos Guerra

Carlos is from the border town of Benque Viejo del Carmen (“Benque”), Cayo District, in the west of Belize. He worked for Slickrock for eight years. After a five year absence, as of 2022, he is back in the team.

Carlos has extensive experience as a tour guide in Belize, has travelled, and kayaked in both the US and Canada since he originally left the business.

With a passion for the sea, a great knowledge of the reef ecology and fish identification, Carlos is a super addition to our team on the island.

Alben David

Alben is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District. He is a natural at sea, having vast experience as captain, fisherman, tour guide, and dive instructor.Although Alben has been a captain since 2004, he started driving boats at the age of seven. His dad Junior (long-term friend of Slickrock) introduced him to the world of boating. Since then, he’s been to neighboring countries several times as a captain, in particular Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.In addition to being a boat captain, Alben has been a tour guide since 2014. His guiding experience has included working with Pelican Beach Resort, Thatch Caye, Blue Marlin Lodge, Reef’s End, as well as Isla Marisol Resort out at Glover’s Reef.A friendly, humble persona, matched with passion for the marine life, he’s a great addition to the Slickrock team.

Buck Nunez

Buck joined Slickrock in 2022 as boat captain, having formerly been captain for Wildlife Conservation Society, at Middle Caye, the adjacent island.

He is from Hopkins, Stann Creek District, although he currently lives in Belize City, Belize District.

Twenty-three years ago in 1999, Buck actually worked for Slickrock as the in-house fisherman. He used to be up (way) before the crack of dawn at 3 am, and head out on Slickrock’s boat “Small Boy” to reel in fresh catch of the day, whilst guests were fast asleep.

He’s quite the basketball player, and watch out for him slam-dunking the dominoes after dinner.

Aurora Roches

Aurora is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District. She joined Slickrock in 1998, and is a highly talented chef making our delicious Belize cuisine.

Fresh rice, made from the coconuts picked the very same day is just one delicious part of the menu.

In the early days, Aurora also helped with the thatching of the kitchen and other cabanas, painting, and construction, so has had a large role in building up the island from the very early days.

We really admire her dedication and friendliness, as you’ll notice when you visit.

Lavern Garcia

Lavern first joined Slickrock from 2000 – 2001, coming back into the fold in 2004, after the brief hiatus.

She comes from Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District.

As a chef out on the island, she has great cooking skills. As you will notice behind the scenes on your visit, she’s busy baking fresh bread for breakfast every morning whilst you’re fast asleep in the early hours, to making lunch and dinner whilst you’re busy on a kayak.

Lavern has an infectious smile and a lovely persona, which you’ll see on the island.

Delma Palacio

Delma is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District and has joined Slickrock as island chef, as of 2022.

She has several years experience, having worked at King Burger for eight years, Riverside Café for six years, Paradise Shrimp Farm for four years, and Reef’s End at Tobacco Caye for four years.

With a friendly smile, and a passion for food, she’s a great addition to the team.

 

Landy Baltazar

Landy joined Slickrock in 2022 and is from Dangriga, Stann Creek District.

Previous experience includes carpentry, and electrical work, he is also a dab hand at construction, which is ideal for the island’s ongoing upgrades and repairs.

From keeping the plumbing and electricity, to water and cabana repairs, he is working behind the scenes on island maintenance, groundskeeping during your stay.

He’s hard working, very centred, with a calm aura, and a great addition to the Slickrock family.

Wilson Asencio

Wilson joined the Slickrock family in 2021. He was born and raised in San Ignacio, Cayo District, and moved to Pomona, Stann Creek District over ten years ago.

With a variety of previous roles, from construction to bartender, waiter to front desk reservations, his path led to becoming an experienced tour guide.

His guiding let him follow his passion for birding and biking, alongside ziplining in the jungles of Belize, Mayan ruins, and marine tours to various islands, including Glover’s Reef atoll.

When Covid hit, Phil noticed his humble and friendly persona when doing shopping off-season for the island every other week. He had lost his job and was working long hours packing bags for minimum wage in a supermarket. He now brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the guiding team.

German Prado

German joined the Slickrock family back in 2016.

German has lived all over Belize. Raised on Ambergris Caye, lived for many years in the town of San Ignacio, Cayo District and now lives in Patchacan, Corozal District in Northern Belize.

He is very adventurous, loves the sea, and has guided for many years. Originally working at Jaguar Paw in the jungle ziplining and Belize river tubing, he got deeper into learning jungle plants, animals, and birds. His extensive knowledge of nature and Maya history is a huge asset. He is always willing to answer your questions and go the extra mile to be helpful. His enthusiasm is infectious and you’ll often hear him singing and playing the guitar.