Ryan Bowman-Founder/Executive Director
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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.
Christopher Johnson served in the Army from August 2002 to December 2009 as part of the 3DUSINF “Old Guard”, for which he was stationed just outside Washington, D.C. As a member of the Old Guard, Johnson served on Presidential Salute Batteries as part of the ceremonial units for Presidents Ford and Reagan, and both Obama inaugurations. His involvement with Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans began when his wife encountered the group online and he secured a spot on a fishing trip in 20XX, “The conversations we had were all very different, but we all had the same background and frame of reference,” he says. “The interactions were different than those I have with people at home.” His tenure with the POV board began in 2019, and he now serves as acting Chairman. Chris works for Eagle Power and Equipment in Montgomeryville. A native of Abington, Pennsylvania, Christopher Johnson and his wife Colleen currently resides in Ambler with their four children.
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Miranda is a native of Carbon County, Pennsylvania being born and raised in Palmerton. She previously worked as a paraprofessional with Palmerton School District in Special Education prior to becoming the President of Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans. In January 2020, Miranda became the Program & Fundraising Coordinator for Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans. Her knowledge and passion is beyond any other in helping veterans and their families.
Colleen Johnson is a dedicated Army wife who began her service career organizing family events while her husband Chris was stationed in _____. “Putting together meals for family picnics on the 4th of July was my first experience doing things for veterans and their families,” she says. “As an Army wife, I have been around veterans a lot, so I appreciate and respect their willingness to serve others.” Coming from a big family—her mother and father came from families of seven and five children, respectively—planning events for larger groups is nothing new for Colleen. Today she serves as the POV board secretary, a role she has held for other organizations in the past. She and her husband Chris live in Abington, Pennsylvania with their four children.
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.
U.S. Army Retired 1SG
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Ryan retired from the Army Reserves in March of 2019 with over 23 years of service. He was the First Sergeant of an Engineer Route Clearance Company with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Since his retirement, he continues to maintain contact with his Soldiers to provide mentorship and guidance. As a civilian, Ryan has been involved in all aspects of heavy and commercial construction his entire life. He works full time as a construction manager for all types of civil, commercial, educational, and government construction projects. “To be able to connect fellow Veterans with nature, and disconnect from the world of technology, is crucial to our mental health.” Ryan resides in State College, PA, with his wife Dina and their two children.