The Challenge Staff

Dr. Paul Davis

DR. PAUL DAVIS - president & Challenge founder

Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College of Human Performance. A former firefighter/paramedic, he is a renowned expert witness on the subject of physical fitness and employment standards in the public safety sector. His ground-breaking research was the basis for the creation of the Firefighter Combat Challenge.

Rob Alesbury

ROB ALESBURY - marketing & general manager

Rob’s primary Firefighter Combat Challenge focus is on planning the national travel schedule by developing state and local partnerships that provide hosting support for the Challenge as well as recognition of the state and local community’s fire/rescue heroes/heroines – encouraging a lifelong commitment to physical fitness, health and wellness throughout the fire/rescue industry – all in support of public safety.

Todd Shelton

TODD SHELTON- operations manager

Todd Shelton has spent the last three decades in breathtaking Pagosa Springs, CO. The last six with his best friend and wife, Melissa. Together they enjoy finding the adventure in each new day. He loves the outdoors,hunting, Jeeping, fly fishing, and farming. He has a passion for designing and building new things and has a desire to explore renewable energy.

Daniel Pace

DANIEL PACE - information specialist/registrar

Daniel has been a part of the Road Crew since 1996. Daniel handles all Challenge registration and records. He is affectionately known as the "brains of the operation". If you have a question about the Challenge, Daniel can most likely answer it. He can be found in the Challenge Operation Center during competitions.

Daniel Pace

ROB O'CONNOR - Design, Creative Marketing, Front to Back Multimedia

Rob has been a member of the Challenge since 2015 as a creative handling the branding and creation of marketing collateral.


HUAN DERIGGS "HD" - Voice of the Challenge

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting communications, Huan assumed that he would enjoy a career on the technical side of his field, life, however, had an interesting spin. In 2008, public speaking intricately snuck its way in to Huan’s life and took hold. After struggling initially with gaining work in the voice over field, Huan obtained a position with The New York Dragons, an arena football team, as an on- field mc before joining the Challenge. The theatrical stage was no stranger to Huan as he also played a lead role in Shakespeare’s Othello in 2014. Through his domestic travels, Huan has spent time in several parts of the U.S., experiencing the hustle and bustle of NYC, all the way to the slow paced, thought provoking deep south of Texas and back. This ‘see-a-new sky’ approach has only seasoned the message further. Life has adversities, it’s how you handle that adversity which exposes your character!

Roger Shuttlesworth

ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH - course relocation specialist & course official

Roger retired in 2011 from Fort Martin Power Station where he worked as the station Fire Chief and Maintenance Supervisor. He was a member of the Fire and Rescue Brigade for 32 Years, the last 15 years as the Chief. Roger is currently is the Fire Chief of the Triune Halleck Volunteer Fire Department, Deputy Chief of the Monongalia County Hazardous Materials Response Team and the Assistant Chief of the Monongalia County Wild land Response Team.  Roger has volunteered as a Fire Fighter since 1977. Roger currently works part-time as a contractor with the Marion County Rescue Squad as an EMTB, and lives with his wife Belinda reside near Morgantown West Virginia.

Belinda Shuttlesworth

BELINDA SHUTTLESWORTH - registration aid & merchandise customer service

Belinda became a firefighter with Triune Halleck VFD in 2004 and started with the FFCC in 2005. She is a Pro-Board FF 2, and holds 5 Pro-Board Technician Certificates in Hazmat, Extrication, Ropes, Confined Space, & Swiftwater. She is also a WVSSAC & USATF Track & Field Official. She is an Office Manager in the 9-5 world, plays with creating jewelry, and is proud to be called grandma.

Hanna Oh

HANNA OH - Social Media Marketing & Kids' Challenge

Hanna went to the Worlds event in 2017 in Louisville, KY. She was fascinated by the Firefighter Challenge and now works in developing the social media and working with sponsors for the Challenge.

Duane Breman

DUANE BREMAN - course relocation specialist, & course official

Duane originally from California but has chosen beautiful Pagosa Springs Co. to call home over the last 20 years. His interest include dirtbikes, hunting, boating, snowboarding and in general spending time in the outdoors. Traveling to many different locations for competitions is nothing new to him. During the last decade most of his free time has been spent traveling to different tracks with his wife and 2 sons as they compete in various Arenacross, Supercross, and Motorcross races across the U.S. When the kids were younger he would also coach many of the little league teams. Now that his kids are in high school he is looking forward to working with the younger kids again during the Kids' Challenge.

Jim Daly

JIM DALY - course relocation specialist, & course official

Jim has worked on and off the Challenge since early 2010s. He was a Gunnery Sgt in the Marine Corps. Has travelled all over the world during his service.

Kirk Tanner

JOE CAMPBELL - course relocation specialist & course official

Joey lives in Las Vegas and has been with the challenge for several years.

Kirk Tanner

KIRK TANNER - course relocation specialist & course official

Married to my wife, Rhonda since 1989. I have 3 boys who eat like 6. We reside in Valley Springs, California. I owned a landscape company before making a mid-life career change to the fire service in 1998. I currently work as an engineer for East Contra Costa Fire. I started competing in the Challenge in 1999. Over the years I transitioned from competitor to course worker.

John Tillett

JOHN TILLETT - course relocation specialist & course official

John has been involved with the Challenge for years as a course official, driver, and manufacturer of many of the props associated with the Challenge. He lives with his wife, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Brent Davis

BRENT DAVIS - Course official

Brent Davis is a current member of the Montgomery County Fire Department, and a course official for the Challenge.

Michael DeGrandpre


Michael is from Maine, but currently resides in Washington, D.C. As well as being the on staff photographer, he also deals with most of the creative projects associated with the Challenge and behind the scenes work for planning Worlds.