Active Heroes is excited to introduce the newest members of our team!
Nathan Karpinski is our Director of Carry the Fallen. Nathan started volunteering with Active Heroes in October of 2013, and now manages CTF Teams and coordinates ruck march events across the country, manages the CTF website and social media platforms, organizes local and national fundraising activities, and supervises development at the Active Heroes Retreat. He was also recently certified as a Master Gardener through a program at the University of Kentucky. Nathan plans to use the instruction he received to implement an agricultural therapy program at the Retreat, as well as use the general knowledge to instruct volunteers on how to identify various trees, plants, flowers and other wildlife in the day-to-day operation of the Retreat. Nathan served in both the U.S. Air Force and the Army National Guard, and is a Gulf War veteran.
Jennifer Schneider is the Receptionist at the new Active Heroes Office and Community Center. She coordinates the daily operations of the office/community center, helps manage the Active Heroes store (both in house and online), organizes fundraising and community events, grant-writing, and she still finds time to assist the other staff members with various projects! Jennifer started volunteering with Active Heroes in 2013, participation in ruck marches, home repair projects, and other events. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville and plans to begin work on her Master’s Degree in Military Social Work this year! Many of Jennifer’s family members are military servicemembers and veterans, and she remains dedicated to the cause of reducing veteran suicides and combating post traumatic stress.
Benjamin Garnett is the Active Heroes Director of Communication. He is responsible for management of the Active Heroes website, blog posts, social media platforms, and all other print and electronic media. Benjamin walked with Troy in Kentucky and Kansas during the 2010-2011 Hike for Heroes march across America. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Otterbein University, and is expected to earn his Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Louisville in 2015. Benjamin also works at Fort Knox, KY, where he has served as a U.S. Army Reserve soldier since 2008. Benjamin is looking forward to earning his first patch for completing a Carry the Fallen ruck march!