Todd Gilje, USN (Ret)
Todd is a talented outdoorsman and terrific veteran advocate. Todd specializes in wilderness survival, outdoor education, and wilderness safety. Todd's background is in SERE and Search and Rescue which makes him more than qualified to help direct outdoor events and the direction of the organization. Todd has been a mentor and friend to many veterans who have attended events and treats all of them with passion and respect.
Brady Pesola, Sgt, USMC (Vet)
Brady is an avid outdoorsman and the founder of Triple B Adventures. Brady leads and teaches all types of audiences from the green horn adventurers all the way up to survival experts and even military and law enforcement professionals. Brady is passionate about the environment, teaching people how to have a good time in Mother Nature and also how to survive her when she turns on you. Brady specializes in Land Navigation, Wilderness Problem Solving, Emotional Survival, Confidence Building, and Backcountry Skills. Brady has appeared on various networks, local shows and in various publications on his ventures in the wilderness, expertise in wilderness skills and nonprofit work. As of 2022 Brady has stepped down to an advisory role to focus on getting his daughter outdoors and focus on exciting new projects.
Dr. Bjorn Johnson, LCDR, USN (Ret)
Director of Mountaineering
Bjorn enlisted in the Navy out of High School. After attending Boot Camp in Great Lakes he was assigned as a maintenance detachment technician at Assault Craft Unit-5 completing three Western Pacific Deployments with the 11th, 13th and 15th Marine Expeditionary Units. The latter part of Bjorn's career was spent at the I Marine Expeditionary Force where, after completing jump school and Expeditionary Warfare School, he served as Fire Support Team Leader. He has completed 14 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan participating in combat operations in both theaters. He has completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University, Master of Science in Computer Science from National University and a Doctorate of Computer Science from Colorado Technical University.
Bjorn's passions are alpine mountaineering and rock climbing, spending 35+ years pursuing adventure. He continues his climbing throughout the Sierras and Southern California as well as bagging 14'ers in Colorado. He has repeated ascents and traverses of the Kahiltna Glacier, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Washington, and local summits and canyons in the Southern California area. Bjorn, a qualified Wilderness First Responder, leads TBA's mountaineering and climbing events, taking vets outside to work through climbing and hiking problems to help recenter and find singular focus on a subject in order to quiet the mind and noise of normal life.
Christopher Doupis, Sgt, USMC (Vet)
Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer
Doupis enlisted in the Marine Corps at the ripe old age of 25. He was medically retired after four years as a communicator for the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA) and 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion (MARSOC). Outside of the Marine Corps he has spent his career in business as a global procurement analyst, tax accountant, staff accountant, and finance director. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DePaul University and a Master’s in Accountancy from National University.
Doupis’ passions are obstacle course racing, cycling, hiking, running, and team sports. He has participated in multiple competitive Spartan Elite obstacle course races as well as half-marathons around the country. He received so much support from the military and Veterans while he served; he aspires to pay it forward to other Veterans in need. Doupis is responsible for TBA’s financial reporting, risk management, and financial strategic growth.
William Felty, USMC (Vet)
Director of Veteran Benefits and Resources
William is a Post 9/11 Marine Corps Veteran, and he served faithfully from 2003 to 2007 with a deployment to Iraq with the Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (CLR-15) in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He has continued to serve after his military service, volunteering hundreds of hours annually with other Military and Veteran focused organizations such as the San Diego Veterans Coalition, the San Diego Military Family Collaborative, the Mission Continues, and others. To many Veterans, William is known as “The Go to Guy” for Veteran benefits and resources. After serving in the Marine Corps, William worked diligently toward earning a graduate degree, in which he earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Cal-State San Marcos in 2019. Beforehand, he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in 2016 and a certificate in Alcohol and Other Drug Studies in 2011. He has almost 10 years of experience working with Veterans and other community members in an addiction and a mental health treatment setting.
William is happily married and is a new father. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, and hitting the unpaved trails in his Jeep with his family and their pet Min-Pin.
Director of Wilderness Activities
Landon joined the Army after high school at the tender age of 17. As an infantryman he served in various roles in Light Infantry, Airborne Infantry, Scout/Sniper, and Long Range Surveillance units. After 10 years Landon left the army to pursue education. Landon holds an Associates in Arts in Social & Behavioral Sciences from Mira Costa College and will be attending Cal State San Marcos in the fall of 2022 for a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems. He is a certified Leave No Trace Trainer and Wilderness First Responder.
Landon's passions lie in the outdoors. Whether he is mapping new routes, working in outdoor retail, hiking long distance, or guiding others in the backcountry, he is always focused on one thing - getting the buck outside. With over 15,000 miles of trails and overland trekking, it is safe to say he is comfortable in the wilderness. Landon is also a scuba diver, enjoys river rafting, rock climbing, and being in remote places. For hobbies he enjoys photography, nature journaling, and rock hounding. He hopes to become a certified California Naturalist in the near future. Landon hopes to use his knowledge, experience, and skills to help veterans learn, develop, and improve themselves while in the outdoors while focusing on health, wellness, fitness, and fun.