Open Doors Outdoors
Opening doors of hearts, minds and bodies in the outdoors!
The Outdoors are healing and restoring lives
Time outdoors changes people’s nervous systems,” says UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner, “It is as effective as any PTSD intervention we have.”
“We hope to make public lands part of a common healthcare prescription,” Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Outdoors director.
“We found that nature decreases the trauma response, improves cognitive function, and promotes healing,” Razani says. “Our study showed that park visits increase resilience in children. It doesn’t take away the adversity in their lives but it buffers stress. Hormones, blood pressure, and heart rate normalize in nature.” Nooshin Razani is a pediatrician and director of the Center for Nature and Health at Children’s Hospital Oakland in California.
How Can You Help?
The Bridge of ODO
Board of Directors
Code name: Money Man
Father of 5 and committed to his community. Brenden is a Tax Partner at Whittlesey and loves spending time outdoors with his wife and kids. His financial expertise and commitment to helping others will take ODO and it's participants into adventures for many years to come!
Code Name: Ray Man
Father of two wonderful girls and husband to the incomparable Carolyn, Ray is a long-time hiker, runner and triathlete with a passion for travel, the outdoors and the environment. Ray’s day job is Senior Vice President for external affairs at Clearway Energy Group, one of the largest renewable energy companies in the United States, where he is responsible for public policy and advocacy. When Ray is not working or running, he’s usually traveling with his family.
Activities and Fitness
Code Name: Fit Man
Matt is a proud father of 2 and resides in Glastonbury CT with his wife Megan. He owns mission FITNESS where the goal is to help each member find their path to their best self. Through commitment, hard work, consistency, healthy lifestyle and a motivating support system all of us can achieve whatever we set our minds to.
Safety and Protocol
Code Name: Safety Man
Mark was the superintendent at Hartford Detention Center with the Judicial Department. He retired after 21 years with the State of Connecticut and now sells personal and business insurance. He lives in Glastonbury with his wife Tina and three children. He enjoys hiking with the family and playing golf with friends.
Code Name: The Teacher
12 Time Ironman Finisher, Kona Ironman World Championship qualifier and White Mountain hiker. Amy is passionate about education in the traditional classroom as well as in the outdoors. In addition to her years of experience teaching language arts, Amy is a multi-sport coach, guiding triathletes and runners for the past 9 years. Amy enjoys being in nature, and reading a good book in front of a fire.
Served proudly in the United States Marine Corps and worked as a Mortgage Banker for 12 years. A father of 3 amazing children and an ultra runner. Davey has completed the Tahoe 200 Endurance Run, multiple other 50 to 100 mile foot races and has accumulated over a 1000 miles on the Appalachian Trail (AT). His passions are his faith, family and sharing the outdoor life! Wilderness First Aid Certified (WFA)
Matt is a Combat Veteran having served in Afghanistan and is passionate about helping Veterans. Loves training and running ultra marathons with his wife and being in the outdoors!
Keith is a Air Force and Army Veteran that bravely served in Bosnia. He is passionate about being a dad, helping Veterans and hiking the Green Mountains of Vermont!
We’re proud to have Air Force Field Combat Communications Veteran Jesse on board as an ODO volunteer. He served in Afghanistan in 09, 11-12, puts family first and loves all things outdoors!
Emotional Support Animal (ESA)
Kona Lee is a gentle Labrador Retriever that will be present at any adventure will she will be helpful to all participants!
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