Brian Sense - Executive Director Email Brian
Background? When I was 19, a friend and I decided to take a semester off and backpack around Australia with no plan other than a plane ticket and a return date. When he bailed, I asked myself the question: "Do I want to be a guy who TALKS about the things I want to do or a guy that actually goes out and DOES them?"...I went.
That central question has been a guiding force in my life as it has taken me down some amazing roads and given me incredible stories. That 3 month trip to Australia alone gave me nine near death experiences, an odd job at a sheep farm, and the humbling experience of peeing myself 3 times in 48 hours due to fear!
Intermixed with seeking out new adventures and amazing people to talk to and learn from, I have been working with kids in the outdoor industry for the last 15 years. I spent years as a therapeutic wilderness instructor working with at-risk kids on 30-60 day trips, served as a teacher at a boarding school, counselor at treatment centers, director of a YMCA and finally to my dream job now as the Executive Director of Educo.
Give us one odd fact about you...I was born in an airplane, but sadly my birth certificate doesn't say 30,000ft. over Reno.
College? The majority of my college career was at the University of Arizona, though I graduated with a BA in Political Science and English from CSU.
What Superhero power do you want? Mine would be the ability to pause time. The possibilities would be endless if I had a pause button.
What is the accomplishment are you most proud of? My decisions to push my own comfort zone and challenge my status quo have forced me to learn a lot about myself, my abilities and my comfort in who I am and in recognizing that every person I meet, no matter how successful, troubled or in need they are, has something to teach me and that has helped me to be an example, mentor and friend to thousands of kids in the various programs I have worked.
Also, as evidenced by the previous sentence, I am very proud of my adeptness at long, rambling run-on sentences.
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