Meet Our Staff

Your Instructors…

Diving since 1980, Jeff Fafoglia has dived in 24 of the 41 countries he’s visited. Jeff is one of the owners of Adventure Dive & Travel and holds the rank of Master Instructor and Staff IDC Instructor (training new instructors) for 17 specialty courses, as well as being an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer and an EMT. Jeff also served on the PADI Advisory Board. Among his most memorable dives he includes certifying his brother in Grand Cayman, his first whale shark sighting in the Galapagos, the kelp forest of California, the German U-Boat U352 off North Carolina, the SS Yongala on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and Ras Mohammed in the Egyptian Red Sea. Jeff is one of the tour guides for AD&T’s sister company, Lost in Italy, a private pilot, an avid climber and hiker, and also enjoys snowboarding and kitesurfing.

Steve Fafoglia has achieved the rank of Medic First Aid Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer and is an instructor for 7 specialty courses since he began diving in 1995. Dive trips have taken him to many warm water locations, including Puerto Rico, Belize, Bonaire, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Palau, Truk Lagoon and Grand Cayman. Steve loves to recount the night dive in Bonaire when in a matter of seconds he saw a dog snapper inhale a trumpetfish. Several minutes passed before the snapper was able to take that last gulp and swallow the fish’s tail. In addition to owning a hardware store, he is a partner in Adventure Dive & Travel and Lost in Italy. His hobbies include karate, aerobics, learning Italian and riding his Harley.

Terry Downing…(also known as T-Rex) was certified in 2004 and hasn’t looked back. He has earned certifications in 15 different specialties, and is always looking for new challenges in his diving career. He became an Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2011 and has been training students non-stop ever since. T-Rex is the anchor of the youth diving program, with an enormous amount of expertise in Seal Team, Master Seal Team, and Scuba Birthday Parties. This isn’t surprising, considering he has been a grade-school teacher for his entire adult life! Along with teaching diving, T-Rex has racked up an impressive list of dive destinations in his log book…Palau, Cozumel, Galapagos, South Africa, Jamaica, Truk Lagoon, Cancun, Florida, and even Canada! When he’s not in the water, Terry is fond of running marathons and watching his son compete at swim meets.

John Gee has a wonderful New Zealand accent which makes it easy to identify him among the dive staff. Since he started diving in 1997, John has earned divemaster, four specialty ratings, and his Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2011. John dove in New Zealand, Cozumel, Bonaire and the Bahamas, with the Ginger Bread Grounds on the Grand Bahama Bank his favorite site. He works as a Physical Therapist with a specialty in orthopedics and also trained as an Occupational Health Practitioner, Acupuncturist, EMT, Level II ski patroller and Level I avalanche controller. He has also climbed Mt. Changtse (north peak of Mt. Everest) and spent one summer in Antarctica. His many New Zealand climbs include Mt. Cook. In his free time John enjoys triathalons and mountain biking.

Steve Longtha has been active in diving since he was certified in 1987, achieving the rank of Open Water Scuba Instructor in the summer of 2011. His entire family has followed in his footsteps, and now he can enjoy the company of his wife and all four sons underwater! Steve has been seen on dive boats in both Bonaire and Cozumel. He’s led AD&T groups to the Bahamas and Panama City Beach, and his fins have graced the waters of the Galapagos Islands. To earn money to keep his family in dive gear, Steve is a lobbyist and can usually be found at the State Capitol, working for his favorite cause.

Your Assistant Instructors…

Mark Dugger has diving since 1987 and has been to 12 different Caribbean locations, including Roatan, Bonaire, Curacao and Grand Cayman. He has earned 6 specialty ratings and his Master Scuba Diver rating. Mark considers his best dive to be one in Belize, where there were more wild dolphins than he could count and they stayed with the divers for the entire dive. Mark has a degree in Agribusiness Economics from SIU-C and works as the Macoupin County Farm Bureau Manager. In his non-diving time, he enjoys boating and both water and snow skiing.

Your Divemasters…

Kirk Laudeman received his open water certification in 2002 and completed his Divemaster certification in 2005.  With his two older children certified divers, he now looks forward to seeing his two younger children become certified divers.  Favorite experience as a Divemaster:  the excitement in a new diver’s eyes when they take their first breaths underwater.  In addition to his role as a Divemaster, Kirk teaches the Scuba Diving merit badge for Scouts BSA.

A stint in the 82nd Airborne prepared Terry Farris well for working with dive students during ADT’s training weekends, but he’s also often seen at dive destinations all over the world. He’s explored the reefs off Yap, spent many hours in the famed underwater world of Palau, and has logged Cozumel, Thailand, Honduras, the Philippines, and the Maldives in his diving career.  When not wearing a dive mask or sailing, Terry is a Healthcare Consultant based in Tampa.

Marjorie King has been has been diving since 1998 where her diving career began in Maui, Hawaii.  Since then she has never stayed out of the water long and visited many underwater treasures.  Traveling to the land down under to dive the Great Barrier reef, stopping off in the Galapagos Islands to dive with whale sharks, and then to Costa Rica to dive with hammer head sharks, and finally a short plane ride to Bali to explore the wondrous waters and landfall. In her spare time she likes to explore the warm waters of the Caribbean. When not kicking through the water, she is the Director of Medical Imaging at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Rich Meyerholz has been diving for 10 years and became a PADI Divemaster and PADI Master Scuba Diver in November of 2011. He has stayed active with training and has 12 PADI Specialty certifications. Rich’s wife, two sons, and daughter-in-law are all certified divers. His oldest grandson can’t wait till he is 10 to start scuba diving. Rich has logged many training dives in local quarries and has been diving at several islands across the Caribbean from St. Lucia to Roatan and the Philippines in the Pacific. Rich’s favorite specialty class is Underwater Photography. If you travel with him you will most likely see a camera in hand. Rich is an avid runner and biker when he is not below the water. Rich has spent most of his time working in the IT sector and is a volunteer for the Red Cross. Rich’s gear is: Regulator – Atomic ST1, BCD – Aqua Lung Axiom, Mask – Aqua Lung MicroMask, Fins – Atomic Split fins, Snorkel – Atomic SV-2, Octo – Atomic SS1, Dive Computers – Atomic Cobalt 2 and Aqua Lung i450

Mitch Hopper has been a Dive Master on staff since the summer of 2018.  He embarked upon this training specifically to assist his twelve-year-old granddaughter with her Open Water certification.  Since then, he’s enjoyed helping others with the same goal. Mitch is a partially retired broadcast engineer and video media consultant and amateur radio operator (K9ZXO).  He and his wife, Ruth, have been diving now for over twenty years and have been on the reefs of most of the islands in the Caribbean chain as well as locations around the Gulf of Mexico.  Mitch is also an avid quarry and mine diver with nine specialty ratings as well as holding a Self-Reliant (solo) Diver certification.  One of his most memorable dives was in Curacao where he spent an entire dive on one small eight foot coral head counting small critters. While he enjoys diving with all the marine animals this planet has shown him, he also likes to hang out at thirty feet in the local quarries just to chill and think.  Diving is almost a religion for him.  Favorite places: Cozumel, Roatan and Carriacou.