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 president 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. In fact, he pioneered most of Odyssey’s leadership training programs and workshops. 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. Heriocally. 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 tock, 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 a mastered business management, event planning, and marketing. Normal? Wouldn’t that be lovely?
Facilitator Ben Shaw has found a kindred spirit in philosopher Joseph Campbell. They both endorse following one’s bliss. Ben’s bliss has taken him around the world to more than 20 countries and to Chico State where he earned a degree in liberal studies. His work has benefited burn survivors, immigrants, students of all ages and us.
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.
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.
Open eyes. Open mind. Open heart. That’s the legacy Forrest Lech-Middleton intends to create. As a ceramics artist with a Masters form Utah State, Forrest knows a thing or two about shaping the world around him. If it’s not clay, it’s the people and organization he touches with his knowledge, sincerity, and kindness.
Jordan Choulijian may not follow the crowd, but he often finds himself in front of one, leading them on edge-of-the-seat journeys of self-discovery, insight and break through. For over 20 years, both in industry and as a consultant, he has built a reputation of tenaciously helping individuals achieve their desired results and helping organization create work environments where values can be expressed, not compromised. Jordan is a cup-half-full guy, and his positive orientation to life if entirely contagious! He firmly believes that “know-how” is important, but “learn-how” is what sustains organizational success over time. What have you learned lately?
Ask John Arntz what he does and a consultant for Odyssey and he’ll tell you, “I get ‘er done.” Whether he’s building ropes courses, designing trainings or reselling bike events, he’s the go-to guy with the can-do attitude. A renaissance man for the new millennium, he’s lived off the grid in a cabin he built, quotes poetry, and holds degrees in French and humanities.
Experiencing an Odyssey program was a turning point for Katie Connett. She underwent the transformation available through our work. It was at that moment that Katie realized she could devote her professional life to helping people recognize and embrace their very best. Katie holds a degree in recreation from Chico State and helps facilitate a variety of youth and other programs.
Katie Fredricksen is a chronic overachiever. It’s not that she’s obnoxiously ambitious, it’s just that she has many talents and a deep well of energy and enthusiasm. With more than 20 years in training and development, she also balances professional careers in acting, jewelry design and home building wither job as an Odyssey Facilitator. Katie holds a master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in dramatherapy from CIIS San Francisco and a BA from Stanford University in Anthropology.
Matt Brady is like James Bond, MacGyver, a Hollywood student man, a Navy Seal, a New York firefighter and mountain man all rolled into one. With credentials in every form of wilderness education and back-country training, Matt has not only mastered outdoor adventure, he hold’s a mater’s degree in leadership and administration from CSU. He’s done it all and lived to tell. And he always has a smile on his face.
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.
If your organization requests our Life Cycles philanthropic workshop, chances are you’ll get up close and personal with Senior Event Manager Nicole Erdrich. And that’s a good thing. Nicole is organized, hard-working and an absolute blast to be around. We call her “Stick” because of her “non-stop, flying around-on-a-broom personality. ”She has a knack for turning “stress” into positive energy for getting this job done.
For Facilitator Scott Cundy, life is grand. He loves his work and lives for rock climbing, hiking, skiing, golf and making the world an even more perfect place. He specializes in youth and adult leadership programs and has inspired thousands of kids to look the work squarely in the eye and confidently embrace their finest selves.
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.
Shannon Payne is a giver. As a logistics coordinator for Odyssey she is constantly giving direction, updates and attention to details, large and small. As a friend, colleague, wife and mother-to-be, she gives time, patience, love and her sense of humor. She is also conscientious about giving gratitude for her many blessings and devotion toward making a difference.
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.