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.
After joining Mattersville at the very beginning of 2020, Danielle has become a dedicated member of the Mattersville team. Originally, she heard about Mattersville when she heard about the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation’s closing- upon hearing the wolf-dogs were moving, she wanted to help in the transferring process. After finding out more about the organization, however, she decided to become a recurrent volunteer! She was inspired to dive into helping the organization as much as possible after knowing the goal was to help Veterans, but also take in the wolf-dogs. Since she started volunteering, she’s dedicated countless hours into helping where she can! She’s thrilled to see Mattersville continue expanding, and is excited to see where it builds in the future.
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.
After her retirement from the Air Force, Jen was looking for ways to help veterans. In early 2020, she was looking into PTSD support for veterans and discovered Mattersville. She immediately contacted them and has been a part of their team ever since. The Mattersville mission of providing sustainable housing and a strong support network while also saving veteran and wolf-dog lives just speaks to her. This was THE organization she was seeking!
Peer Mentor Director
A Marine Corps Veteran, Ben, joined our ranks in May, 2021. Immediately traveling to help establish and build both our Texas, and Wisconsin location, he was offered the position of Veteran Peer Mentorship Director. When he’s not undertaking the latest project, or working with the Veterans of Mattersville, he can be found camping and spending quality time with his dogs, Chevy, Manny, and Miri. 🤘😎
Pavel joined the Mattersville team to help with construction and general labor, but quickly grew into a marketing role within the organization. He holds a BS in Psychology as well as an MS in Marketing, and specializes in working with small businesses and entrepreneurs. Although not a veteran, Pavel is passionate about helping the homeless and addressing the mental health crisis in America. He is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Mattersville movement and is happy to help anyway he can, whether it's building homes or managing social media.
Co-Director of Animal Care
Jess discovered her love of wolves by the time she was three. Upon visiting her first wolf sanctuary, Jess decided that is what she wanted to do in life. This decision has guided her every move since then. She is currently earning her B.S. in Psychology with the intent to earn a PhD in Animal Behavior. In 2020, she discovered Mattersville and was drawn to them. As the daughter of a retiree, Jess understood the challenges our veterans experience after the military, so finding a place that loves wolves and veterans was AMAZING!
Jaysson is a combat veteran with the Army who found out about Mattersville through his involvement with the Bearded Villains of Pikes Peak! He reached out to Drew via social media to come visit Mattersville as a veteran! Upon his first two visits, and after talking with Drew about his future vision, Jaysson felt this was one veteran cause he wanted to get behind and help support! He volunteered to be the Event Coordinator of Mattersville, and looks forward to watching this cause get bigger and helping veterans across America get help and headed into a positive direction!
This is Rachael Lantier and she is the Acquisitions Director, helping to make sure that Mattersville can get the items needed for operation. She is a Navy Veteran, military spouse, dog mom, and boy mom. She is so grateful to have found this organization. She has struggled with mental health for as long as she can remember, and having this huge and outstanding network of individuals available is a huge relief for her. She looks forward to growing with this organization, and helping others do the same through educating about mental health and how it affects veterans and others.
Co-Director of Wisconsin
Jeff is Co-Director of the Wisconsin location, along with his wife, Michelle. He said yes to Michelle's question of " Can we do this, please?" and hasn't looked back since. He has worked for days and nights on end to make the Wisconsin property a reality. His Father, Lawrence (Larry) Last was a Navy Veteran (SeaBee), and served in Cuba, so this cause is very close to Jeff's heart also. He is proud to be with an organization that helps so many, and has an amazing ending goal for all involved.
Co-Director of Wisconsin
Michelle grew up with not one, but both parents who served in Vietnam. She has grown up around Veterans and has seen the PTSD and mental health issues first hand. Her Father unfortunately became one of the 22aday in 2006, when he took his life due to PTSD. From then on, Michelle has wanted to do something to help Veterans. She came across Drew and what he was doing with Mattersville, and knew this was the perfect fit for her. She donated part of her land to Mattersville, and now is Co-Director of the Wisconsin location, along with her husband. She feels like she now has a purpose in her life goal to help Veterans, and feels like helping rescue wolf-dogs is a blessed, added bonus! "The wolfdogs help me with my mental health every day and I don't know what I would do without them at this point in my life. This whole experience has helped me in ways I didn't know I needed help with and I am proud to be a part of it."