Mattersville Pack Leaders
Committed to The Cause because the cost of doing nothing is unacceptable...
Founder/ Executive Director
Besides being a fulltime father to his two daughters, Drew's devotion towards helping Veterans is unmatched. Prior to launch, Drew put in years of research to create the foundation of what became Mattersville. Drew is a Solar Design Specialist and studied at Solar Energy International focusing on off-grid solutions including battery banks. His motivation came from the loss of one of his best friends, Former Marine Randy Hansen, who suffered from PTSD for years leading up to his accident.
Chief Construction Adviser / Founding Level Board Member/ Vice President
Tony Guida is the owner of Mile High Window, Solar & Landscape Inc. He has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado and specializes in green building and designs that use environmentally sustainable products and materials. His company Mile High WS&L is based in Arvada, Colorado. Although Tony is not a Veteran he recognizes the sacrifice and challenges that face Veterans, as his father and uncles all served in the military. He is passionate about improving opportunities and options available to Veterans returning from service.
Co-Director of Animal Care
Ben was born and raised in Colorado. His mother served as a nurse in the United States Army, and his father was an avid outdoorsman and mountain climber. Ben is a member of the Bearded Villains, a worldwide charity organization with the mission to help as many people as they can all over the world. Ben worked with our wolves at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and helped facilitate the transfer of the wolf-dogs from RMWF to Mattersville. Ben has wolf-dogs of his own that live with him, his wife, and an 8-year-old daughter at his home in Colorado Springs.
Co-Director of Animal Care, Team Alpha
Since I was a young girl, wolves were one of my favorite animals. I was brought up in a military family, so I moved around quite a lot, and a year after we moved to Colorado I had my first wolf tour experience at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation in 2013. I was too young at the time to volunteer, so I waited until I graduated high school to start an internship at RMWF. My plan was to go back the following summer between semesters, but unfortunately the owner had announced the closing of his sanctuary. I found out that the animals were being transferred to Mattersville's Sedalia property and decided to join them. I'm so glad that I'm able to continue working with the pack and more so to help end the stigma of mental health!
A move to Colorado in 2019 allowed me to find a volunteer organization that inspired me and allowed me to step away from the office where I am a Corporate Accountant. Mattersville did that for me and I love being able to give to our Veterans help build a sustainable community for them to thrive.
Director of Social Media
I have only been helping at Mattersville for a short time, but I love it! Originally, I heard about Mattersville through the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, and when I heard the wolf-dogs were moving, I wanted to start volunteering. When I found out more about it, however, I became even more thrilled at the idea of helping them - an issue that's been close to my heart, though I was never sure how best to help, was the main focus of Mattersville! I wanted to dive into helping them as much as possible after knowing the goal was to help Veterans, but also take in the wolf-dogs. I work a lot during the week, and one of the best ways for me to help out is through social media. I'm excited to be a part of this team!
Veteran Peer Mentor Director
I am pursuing my education in Psychopharmacology. I love helping people out when in need. I am a disabled Veteran. Mental health is a big deal with me. A person's overall well-being is what's most important. I want to put an end to the Veteran suicide rate of 22 per day. I came to Mattersville to better serve my fellow Veterans. I would like to make it known that there is life out there and people care for Veterans.
Military Veteran, Randy, began volunteering on mattersville in January 2019 with the Bearded Villains Rocky Mountain organization. After a few weekends of volunteering and dedication randy was invited to participate in mattersville's veteran program in February 2019; soon thereafter quickly climbed to volunteer coordinator within the mattersville family. When randy isn't working on mattersville projects or taking care of our wolf dogs, He spends his time with his cat Lil bit working on his hobbies which includes music production, spending time with the rest of the staff, and being a positive light for everyone, guests and staff alike.