There ain’t nothin’ Bill John can’t do. Seriously. If you asked him to make a rocket out of a palm tree, it might take him a while, but he’d find a way. Bill’s one of those guys who’s just naturally good at things. Athletics. Business. Inventing. Knowing the players. Even marriage. And as CEO and Co-founder of Odyssey, he’s exceptionally good at devising new ways for people to reach into themselves and pull out their very best. Bill believes in the power of the present. In the existential ecstasy of the here and now. He dares himself to be himself. Completely. Authentically. Heroically. He’ll settle for nothing less than the super-sized version of everything. He’s living his Big Life. And you’re invited to the party.
Everyone wants to be Lain Hensley’s friend. Lain is one of those rare people who sees what people often don’t see in themselves. The beautiful beginner. The sacred wonder. He’ll reveal your magic and he’ll get you to believe. He is generous, smart, and oriented to making things better. Whether it’s for his colleagues, family, clients, community or himself, he is committed to lifting up the rock, embracing what’s underneath, polishing it, and leaving it better than he found it. Lain is determined to make a difference. His education ranges from human resource management to recreation. And his passion for being fully awake in his life is infectious. As Co-founder and COO of Odyssey, his work-from developing training programs to presenting workshops-enables him to walk his talk.
Todd Demorest has had a life-long affair with the mischievous ingenuity of his own intention. He wakes up with it every morning. Takes it dancing through his work in life. And wraps his arms around it at home. For the past 25 years, he has affirmed, “I feel good today!” every morning before his feet even hit the floor. Todd is committed to getting it right. He dares to bring value to any relationship/situation/space in which he finds himself. As a Lead Facilitator for Odyssey, he packs a lot of insight into a little conversation. He lives for the moment when participants se that there’s something bigger than themselves, right inside themselves. The light. The wisdom. The knowing. The French call it, “Je ne sais quoi.” That “certain something.” Todd means to own it. And he wants to take us all along for the ride.
Laurie Fredericks was born in Normal, Illinois. And here’s the paradox. Laurie speaks Latvian, volunteered to help Native Americans, served two years in the Peace Corps, and has traveled to China, Egypt Australia, Estonia, Ireland, Poland, Singapore (the list goes on and on). She’s as comfortable on a train in a third world country as she is in her own living room. Laurie is exceptionally exceptional on every scale of measurement. Her heart is as big as Texas and her brain, well, let’s just say that the things that get by her could fit in a thimble. She’s kind. Hard-working. Honest. And as Odyssey’s Chief Financial Officer, she’s the heart and soul of the team. She holds a degree in psychology, and has mastered business management, event planning, and marketing. Normal? Wouldn’t that be lovely?
Jessica Souder. Running and winning races at every age, is just one of the ways Jessica has pushed herself to excellence. She has raised amazing kids, found deep fulfilling love in her marriage, and brings a calm to the Odyssey storm. She has said, "YES" to just about everything life and we can thrown at her, and made lemon-aid out of lemons more times than we can count. She has a way of making people feel good and is just as happy to be giving orders as taking them. She is the ultimate Situational Leader with the gift of perspective and the compassion of a Golden Retriever. At Odyssey, she is the glue that holds huge chunks together. From managing the shipping team to organizing children to be present at our Life Cycles events, she can do anything. Her bond to the purpose of Odyssey and the value she brings to all of us is obvious. After getting her degree from Chico State, she has found her balance with the six to ten hats she wears in any given day and we love her for it. You will too.
David Ferrera is a giver. He's smart as a whip, humble and gracious in all his efforts to make things work well for Odyssey and its' clients. David facilitates Odyssey sales and programs and has been doing so for over a decade. He's got another decade of experience on top of that in the training/development industry.
Lauren Ball is extraordinary in whatever role she's been assigned. She has decades of experience with Odyssey and in the training and development industry. She is a whiz at curriculum design and training and she continues to shape Odyssey's facilitation team with her powerful insights and bold nature. Lauren leads programs and is a primary wing-woman and on-site logistics coordinator.
Frank Hackney. By the age of eight Frank had learned the difference between watching from the sideline and being on the field. From that point forward there was never a moment when he didn’t want to be in the game. Driven by an insatiable hunger for innovation and new experiences, Frank facilitates programs through the lens of 20 years of executive roles, combined with a decade of international travel. The coolest part – he’s just getting started!
Consultant, Facilitator, Coach Cynthia McNeil will tell you what experience has told her – a health culture is at the heart of any successful organization. She help people break through to their best by examining the millions of interactions that define who they are. Cynthia specializes in transformational and accelerated growth through experiential methodology. She is on of the industry’s top facilitators and leadership development experts.
Craig Cooper is Odyssey’s “bike guy.” He owns a bike business in southern California and supplies to products for our Life Cycles programs. Craig has been part of the team for five years, ensuring that our bikes are in ship-shape and ready to roll. Thousands of children have experienced a direct benefit from Craig’s work. He loves that.
Program Facilitator Michael Cutburth believes in the magic of the moment. He walks through his life fully awake, completely present and absolutely available to whatever opportunity happens to present itself. From a stellar career in mortgage banking to adventuring across the globe, Michael inspires by example.
Scott Morris is a trailblazer. Literally. For 10 years he’s poured his time, sweat and creativity into developing more than 40 miles of multiuse trails around his community. Odyssey’s Prevention and Youth Development Specialist Scott has helped smooth the path for hundreds of kids and corporations, from Paris to Seattle with his brand of leadership and curriculum development.
Shawn Volland is a charmer. He sports a perpetual grin and is quick with a wink and a joke. It’s easy to see why he was voted “Favorite Teacher” at Chico High where he taught history for four years. He continues his work with kids as a youth coordinator and course facilitator for Odyssey. Shawn loves to snow board, enjoys rock climbing and stands by his personal dictum, “Go big or go home.”
Facilitator Wade Holiday is a good listener. He listens to his colleagues to uncover effective ways of working together. He listens to his family to collaborate on creating a lifestyle that supports them individually and collectively. And he listens to that little voice inside his head that says, “Find balance between work and play and make sure you laugh everyday.”
Whitney Callender Demorest
With a master’s degree in psychology, Whitney Callender Demorest understand the impact our perspective had on influencing our success and happiness. She incorporates that philosophy into the programs she designs and facilitates for Odyssey. A fifth generation Hawaiian, she practices yoga, enjoys photography, is committed to the wellbeing of her family and rocks our clients around the globe.