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meet the team

derek polansky

founder

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Derek, a Chicago-land native experienced a troubled father-son relationship which led to anger and uncertainty early in life. After being kicked out of high school, Derek turned to a wild lifestyle full of adrenaline and drugs. Derek's life changed after a serious accident that left him hospitalized. Following this, he turned to Jesus Christ and followed spiritual mentorship which led to his involvement in youth ministry, particularly in local prisons and jails. Seeing himself in many of the young men he was working with, Derek realized that by offering them a pathway to God, access to the outdoors, and adventure activities, they could be guided toward a different outcome.

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will mattes

jeremy melf

Media & Marketing Coordinator

Volunteer Trip Leader

Billy kaufman

Volunteer Trip Leader

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Patrick Gomez

Trip Leader Apprentice

team members

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Sarah lowry

Bookkeeper

board members

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chad chimenti

Secretary

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Justin lowry

michael sandt

ben bicknese

Treasurer

Trustee

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