Active Heroes – Staff
Troy Yocum is an Army OIF Veteran who served in the infantry and is a certified EMT. From 2010-2011 he walked 7880 miles across America to raise funds to help military families in need. He volunteered from 2009-2011 in support of 3 military charities and is accredited with creating Active Heroes. He was awarded with the 2011 National Volunteer of the Year award, Kentucky Colonel, the distinguished Phoenix award and The Citizen Honors Medal from the Congressional Medal Of Honor Society.
VP of Programs
Mareike has a background in Tourism Management and Event Management. She has been organizing events since she was 16 years old and has contributed a lot of knowledge to Active Heroes Events across America, making them as successful as they are today. Mareike also gives her talent in photography to the charity. Mareike is the Co-Founder of Active Heroes and hiked across America with Troy in 2010 – 2011. She walked 4017 miles making her the woman with the 3rd most miles walked across America! As a team Mareike and Troy have raised over 2.5 million dollars for our military families since 2010. She currently develops programs at the Active Heroes Community Center and helps with operations
VP of Operations
Scott oversees financial operations, human resources, as well as overall operational and technology strategy. In additon, he oversees event logistics for Active Heroes’ largest events both in the Louisville area and across the nation.
He was a volunteer since the beginning of the hike across America, providing event and technology support to the cross country hiking team. Originally from Chicago, Scott studied at DePaul University and has worked producing some of the country’s largest running events, including the Chicago Marathon and a national running event series that takes place in 15 major cities.
Director of Grants & Retail Operations
Jennifer manages the 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.
Active Challenges Event Manager
Jeremy Sneed is an Active Challenges Program Manager. A graduate from Western Kentucky University. Jeremy was one of the first four students in the state of Kentucky to graduate with a college degree while still in high school. Jeremy is a native to Kentucky and now holds a B.A. in Public Relations with an emphasis in sales.
National Director, Stand at Attention
Cathy Bordeaux is the Stand at Attention National Director. She works to find volunteers in cities all across America to host this unique event and then assists them in learning how to organize this event. Cathy is a Gold Star Mom that began as a volunteer with Active Heroes when Troy and Mareike were walking across America and they came to Raleigh in 2011. She began as a volunteer to show her son that she supported his decision to join the military. Cathy worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School for 10 years prior to joining the Active Heroes Staff. Prior to that she worked for a wholesale distribution company. She has done event planning on many levels from International Conferences to beach weekends for loyal customers to golf outings. Her Dad was a Navy Veteran and she has a host of other family members that are Veterans. “My son loved seeing me be a part of helping our Veterans and he believed in what Active Heroes was doing! I started doing this to show him my support…I do this now to work through my grief and to make him proud!”