After many years working in the finance world in Virginia, I accepted a position with the non profit, United Service Organization or USO. The USO supports service members and their fanilies. I'm a military kid and almost everyone in my family is retired from a branch of service. The position evolved from Duty Manager in Kuwait, Programs Coordinator in Sharan, Afghanistan to Interim Center Director at USO Arizona. In Arizona, I managed a booming volunteer program/staff of 300, a 3800 square foot, state of the art facility in Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and outreach programming to local bases.
During my 2.5 years in Kuwait and Afghanistan, I traveled voraciously. Russia, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia were my playgrounds and I became very comfortable in that role. Moving stateside in October of 2011, I decided to explore my country. Living in Phoneix was an excellent starting point. I made many friends in the outdoor community in Phoenix and we explored The Grand Canyon, Sedona, Payson, Phoenix, Apache Junction, Utah, Vegas, and California. The canyoneering bug infected me in 2013. It's an amazing adventure that brings me to Imlay Canyon Gear as "website lackey" and Virgin, UT in 2015.
During a trip to Zion, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom in Englestead Canyon. The Emperor inspired my move to Utah the following year. My story continues to be written from a Starbucks in Chesapeake Virginia.