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Amanda Hoenes,
Executive Director

Over the last twenty years, my life has gone in many different directions. I've lived in seven different states and traveled the world. A Branson High School graduate and United States Marine Corps veteran, I deployed three times to Iraq between 2001 and 2006. After leaving the military, I attended Colorado State University where I earned a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA). I'm blessed to have enjoyed a successful 10-year career in Information Technology (IT) as a Project Manager and Business Analyst. I am also a certified Life and Business coach and Wilderness First Responder (WFR). An avid outdoor adventurer, triathlete, and adventure racer, you can frequently find me camping, hiking, hunting, biking...and now paddling. I have just completed my biggest adventure yet paddling from the beginning of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico in a canoe. It took six months and I traveled 3,300 miles in 13 states through some of the most remote parts of our country. Throughout that journey and all the challenges that came with it, the biggest lesson that I learned and continue to learn is that my successes and failures often have more to do with my perspective than they do with the surrounding circumstances. Skills such as planning, critical-thinking, and risk assessment and mitigation are critical to reaching the next level in our potential.

After watching technology, smart devices and social media erode our ability to learn these critical skills for nearly 20 years, I felt called to do something about it. Outdoor adventures are such a powerful way to grow our perspective, observe the world around us, push our limits and practice leadership skill. My mission is to inspire others, especially kids, to continue developing these skills and the confidence to live courageously and authentically.

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