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TRIBE  |  UNIFY  |  FORTIFY

We are a Tribe focused on each other's wellness and dedicated to building camaraderie. We focus on the recipient's home Tribe as importantly, assisting their focus on the Tribe that supported them.

We help unify our Veteran recipients with the families and communities they spent their professional lives protecting. As an organization, we are unified behind this one effort.

We fortify our Veterans as they transition from service, both in a physical and a physiological sense. We guide our business decisions to also fortify our ability to help, above all else.

NODENS OUTDOORS CADRE

Nodens Outdoors Cadre is made up of an all Volunteer staff from varied backgrounds that all believe deeply in supporting the Nodens mission to aide our Nation's warriors.

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JAMES PHILLIPS "PHIL"

Program Director | Director of Veterans Outreach - Navy/Marines

Phil is a former MARSOC operator for 12 years, an outdoor, overland and adventure enthusiast, and incredibly gifted adventure photographer. Along with creating awesome content for Nodens marketing, Phil serves as a Vice President of the Nodens Outdoors board and will drive Nodens Outdoors' engagement with the Navy and Marine SOF community to ensure Nodens targets the right recipients at the right time.

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DEREK RUGGIERO

Board Member | Treasurer

Derek is a former Officer of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, an outdoors and overlanding enthusiast, and a certified AML/CFT professional who, after working as an Anti-Money Laundering Analyst with the world’s foremost money transfer service, is currently working as a counter-fraud intelligence analyst. Derek has witnessed the incredible sacrifices that American men and women have made in the name of our safety and security, and the impact that those sacrifices had on both our nation and those who defend it. Derek will serve as Treasurer for Nodens Outdoors to ensure that Nodens Outdoors can continue to give back to those who have given so much.

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MATTHEW WISWESSER

Board Member | Chief of Operations | Human Performance Lead

Matthew is a board certified and licensed athletic trainer who has worked with international and professional sports teams with focus on injury prevention and strength training. As an independent contractor for a government human performance lab, he coaches human performance optimization; and has worked with DOE, DIA, DHS, DOJ US Marshals and DoD USSOCOM elements. Matthew holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu and is an avid bow hunter. An incredible coach and educator with cross discipline expertise, "Wis" will drive education, training, and coaching to Nodens Outdoors recipients both in-person during immersions as well as virtually.

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AJ IAQUINTA

Archery Education Lead | Media

AJ has worked in Counter Financial Crimes for nearly ten years. When he is not busy looking for money launderers during his nine to five, he is the creator behind the social media bowhunting brand; Knights of the Apex (A.K.A KOTA). AJ creates  photo and video content designed to educate shooters about bowhunting gear, its setup and maintenance. AJ will drive these same efforts for program recipients to ensure they are capable of maintaining their equipment both at home and in the field. 

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RYAN GENTRY

Hunting Education Lead | Media | Photography

Ryan is currently on Active Duty and has served the last 15 years with the U.S. Air Force. Raised in Southern New Mexico on the US/Mexico border, Ryan has always been drawn to remote places and hunting where most people won't venture to go. The mental clarity and healing found in these remote and unforgiving landscapes is what he values most about being a hunter and loves to introduce these experiences to others. Ryan is an accomplished archer and western hunter with years of in the field experience in multiple western states, as well as being a Professional Hunting Guide. In addition to Active Military service, in his free time Ryan works as a Freelance Writer/Photographer. Ryan drives Social Media and Hunting Education for Nodens Outdoors and fully believes that Nodens is changing lives.

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CELESTE JONES

Chief Financial Officer | Marketing

Celeste is a highly experienced non-profit fundraiser, donor manager, and marketing director. Driven by a passion for Veteran outreach, her goal is to help raise funding and donor awareness for Nodens Outdoors. Celeste brings a much needed ability to the Nodens team by working closely with donors who believe in our mission and the needs of the non-profit. “Pairing my passion as a Veteran advocate with my financial advising experience, I appreciate the opportunity to help Nodens connect more Veterans to a meaningful experience through smart bookkeeping, managing philanthropic giving, and the financial operations to be successful.” Celeste is from Arizona and loves spending time outdoors with her horses and believes in the value of outdoor therapy. 

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