Ryan Bowman-Founder/Executive Director

Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans’ founder, Ryan was born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, and still lives in Carbon County. He represents the third generation in his family to have served in the United States Army (along with his mother Sandy and late grandfather SSG Arthur W. Bowman, who logged 20 years of active duty service). Ryan served with the Pennsylvania National Guard prior to deployment to Iraq with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT). Ryan was assigned to the 556th Military Intelligence Company as the Human Resource Manager in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since returning stateside, Ryan has served as an Emergency Medical Technician and a trustee for Nesquehoning V.F.W. Post 8008, and Pennsylvania V.F.W. District 20. Ryan is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping, and spending time with his four children and his fiancé Miranda.

Lisa Wetzel

BSN, RN-President

Jason Wetzel

Vice President

Keith Haas

Board of Director

Matt Cordes

Grant Writer

Matt is a newcomer to the Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans board, having joined in 2020.  A native of York County, Matt has lived his whole life in Pennsylvania and understands just how fortunate we are to have access to its wild places and waterways.  Though not a veteran himself, several members of Matt’s family served in Vietnam and Operation Enduring Freedom, including his father, who was an intelligence officer from 1965-1966.  Matt graduated from Ursinus College in 1994 and worked in the semiconductor industry before beginning his freelance writing career. Today he works full-time as a consultant to small manufacturers and helps nonprofits like Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans with grant writing research and fundraising. He, his wife Suzie, and their three children live in Lehighton.

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