Rebekah A. Meyer
Originally from Washington State, Becky Meyer joined Youth Odyssey in 2006, and has been the Executive Director since 2009. She holds degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Education with an emphasis on Community Involvement. After graduating she joined the US Peace Corps and served in the Philippines for three years where she advocated for proper Coastal Resource Management and obtained a taste for Nonprofit Management.
Upon returning stateside she transitioned into the Wilderness Therapy and Adventure Experience fields in the Texas Hill Country. Though she enjoyed her position, she yearned to be challenged and stretched even more. This lead to obtaining her first position at Youth Odyssey, and she has never been “bored” since. Becky is currently in Leadership Corpus Christi – class 46, an active member of Real Life Corpus Christi, and business member of Leadership Team Development.
She loves to drink coffee with friends old and new, garden, and has been recreating and leading adventure trips since her university years. Her passion is to help the youth and young professionals of today to become productive citizens of our community; by realizing their full potential and revealing the inner-strength needed to navigate.
Rick, growing up in Waco, Texas, fell in love with Baylor University at a young age and, because of his love for the University, attended undergraduate there and received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Management in May 2013. Shortly after graduating, Rick spent 15 months in the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range in Colorado working at Horn Creek Camp. It was there where Rick found his love for working with youth in camping environments. When not working, Rick hiked and camped in the Rockies and the Ozarks, explored the Spanish Caves on Marble Mountain, white water rafted the Arkansas River, and recreationally rock climbed throughout parts of Colorado. From there, Rick started working at the Sky Ranch in Texas as a part of the School Programs Department. During his time at Sky Ranch, Rick taught outdoor education programs primarily to 4th and 6th grade students from public and private schools. Another one of his roles was to present on behalf of Sky Ranch to teachers and administrators in Northeastern Texas about tools to more effectively engage with students in the classroom. Along with this, Sky Ranch has a partnership with Dallas Baptist University Ministry School, where Rick was apart of their Master’s Program. This Spring Rick will be graduating with a Masters in Christian Education, concentrating on leading nonprofits. Rick has experience as a Level 1 High Ropes course facilitator through Adventure Experiences Inc., and is First Aid and CPR certified through Red Cross. With his combined knowledge of education and outdoor experiences, Rick is excited to share it all with the participants in our Youth Odyssey programs.
Program Facilitator / Volunteer Manager
Micaela comes to us from Frisco, Texas, near Dallas and grew up going camping with her family and playing in the outdoors. Every summer she would to attend Camp Blue Haven in Las Vegas, New Mexico along with other camps in Texas and Oklahoma. After graduating high school, Micaela started school at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. After her sophomore year, Micaela transferred to the University of North Texas in Denton. While in school, she began working at Group Dynamix, an indoor ropes course and team building facility, as a program facilitator. It was here that Micaela fell in love with intentional play and experiential education. This new found love guided her into an internship with the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri at a camp called Camp Daisy Hindman, in Topeka, Kansas. Her intern title was Business Manager and some of her job requirements were to step in a lead units of youth in different settings. She also was required to maintain office responsibilities and general camp management. After her internship, Micaela graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Event and Sports management in August 2016. Both Youth Odyssey and Micaela are so excited to see her grow with Youth Odyssey and bring new adventures to the youth here in Corpus Christi community!
Program Facilitator / Marketing Manager
Growing up in a military family, Gabby has lived all over the world, primarily growing up in Hawaii, Japan, North Carolina and Texas. During her time in Hawaii, age 4-11 years old, is when Gabby began her love for the outdoors and started horseback riding. With this love, Gabby pursued employment at Heart’s Race Horse Rehabilitation Center as a horse trainer during her college years in North Carolina. Gabby also became a tutor for children with behavioral and mental disorders at this time, however, upon completion of her first year at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, she enlisted in the United States Air Force as Security Forces (Military Police). After finishing her enlistment, Gabby came back to Texas as fast as possible and began her work as a Private Investigator and Prisoner Transportation Officer. While continuing her Private Investigator work, Gabby started at the academy for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, to be a Corrections Officer at a maximum-security penitentiary in Kennedy, Texas. She also began volunteering at her church with an organization called Majesty Outdoors. As she spent more and more time with the inmates at the penitentiary, Gabby began to notice a common factor between them. They all expressed a need for more programming and positive adult role models who expressed interest in them. It was the inmates stories, as well as continued volunteering with kids at church, that made her realize that she would rather be the person teaching and preventing children from going down the wrong path, than the person apprehending the individuals later on in life. Thus, she embarked on a search that lead her to Youth Odyssey!
Eddie was born and raised in Austin, Texas. As a child he and his family went camping in the hill country often and he created some of his most fond memories on these trips. Eddie is also a baseball fan and has 16 years of playing the game under his belt. When he graduated high school, he started school at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. While attended school, Eddie worked at Dick’s Sporting Goods as a sales associate in the Hunting and Fishing departments. He also worked for 21st Century after school programs at South Park Middle School. In May 2018, Eddie graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and is working toward becoming certified to teach K-12 PE. He is also CPR and First-Aid certified. In his free time, Eddie likes to go fishing, kayaking, hanging out at the beach with his furry friend Dakota and exploring everything this beautiful coastal city has to offer.
Kim owns his own private practice here in Corpus Christi and is involved in Maya Research Program and Shumla Archaeological Research and Educational Center. He works to fund his many hobbies that include rock climbing, mountaineering, and Texas rock interpretation. He recently co-authored The White Shaman Mural: An Enduring Creation Narrative in the Rock Art of the Lower Pecos. in 1997, Kim co-founded Youth Odyssey with the purpose of providing at risk kids with the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities and team building. The objective was to remove them from their environments and use the greater environmental experience as an education tool. Recent studies at the time had shown that exposing kids to challenging situations and the outdoors had a tremendously positive effect on them, and there were no programs in Corpus Christi to provide that sort of experience.
James was introduced to Youth Odyssey by his father in law, William “Dusty” Durrill in 2001. They were building and doing improvements on The River Ranch which is owned and operated by the Devary Durrill Foundation. Their focus was on youth groups and Youth Odyssey was a perfect fit. James has been involved as a Board Member and Volunteer ever since. His daughters McKinna and Riley became active participants in the programs and have gone on to achieve mentor and volunteer status. They continue to work during the summer programs teaching SCUBA diving and first aid/CPR. They also volunteer in the living local summer camps with equestrian programs and fishing at the River Ranch. “Many of the kids have come back year after year and it is so rewarding to watch them grow and become so much more confident in themselves. I am so proud to be part of this program that is so beneficial to so many kids that may never get to experience the kind of outdoor leadership education Youth Odyssey provides. Youth Odyssey truly opens minds and broadens horizons!!”
Isa Barrera is the managing partner for Miss Maven Consulting, a small human capital and leadership development firm. Ms. Barrera is a south Texas native, graduating from Banquete High School, completing her undergraduate education at Rice University, and finishing her master’s level studies at Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas. Her background in applied cognition and neuroscience allows for a unique approach to organizational development and human capital investment strategies. She has been a contributor on projects at the Society of Human Resource Management, the Texas Workforce Investment Council, Centers for Disease Control, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institute of Health and the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Children and Newborns. She is a contributing writer for ERE Media, Fistful of Talent, and The Council for Corporate Responsibility. She is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 39 and continues to grow in her role as a servant leader in her beloved Coastal Bend community.
Recently celebrating her 1 year anniversary as a Youth Odyssey board member, she is grateful for the opportunity to grow with an organization so greatly impacting the lives of young people. The programs and adventures provided to the youth of the Coastal Bend through Youth Odyssey are a fine example of investment in our future, and she is thrilled to be a part of this adventure!
Dr. Rafael Silva is a School Leadership Executive Director for the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Rafael Silva works with principals, teachers, staff, parents and the community to help ensure the success of all students.
He attended Corpus Christi State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. He received his Masters of Science degree from Texas A & M University. Dr. Silva completed the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in December 2008. He also serves an adjunct professor at TAMUCC teaching at the graduate level working with teachers seeking their administrative certification.
Dr. Silva has been on the board for Youth Odyssey for 4 years. He has worked with the youth in our city in many roles such as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and School Executive Director. Youth Odyssey has helped build leadership attributes in many of the youth in our community. Establishing leadership Skills helps the students improve their self-esteem and do well academically.
Burak pursues two separate careers simultaneously. On one hand, he is a Business Clinical Analyst at Driscoll Children’s Hospital where he serves to improve the health of children in South Texas. On the other hand, he is the co-owner of the Frame Entertainment where he has entertainment business at heart.
Burak is originally from Turkey. He came to Corpus Christi in 2010 and has never left this beautiful community since. He attended Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) where he received his Master of Science degree in Computer Science. In addition, Burak is a proud member of Rotary Club of Corpus Christi and he also serves in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program.
As a former faculty at TAMUCC, Burak volunteered in so many youth leadership events in Corpus Christi and nearby cities. He ran summer camps, did presentations at schools and conferences, developed projects, and trained future generations of South Texas. As one of the newest members of the Youth Odyssey Board, he is very excited to continue positively impacting lives of the young adults.
I am a father to four beautiful boys, twelve and under, and husband to one incredible super woman wife. Over the past 13 years I have had the privilege to work alongside influential leaders and successful business owners, inheriting a variety of skills and expertise.
Along with being a residential/commercial broker, as well as a property manager I have held positions with amazing organizations within the Coastal Bend community, serving as a marketing, communications & social media strategist, not to forget owning and managing a start-up restaurant, Takeaway Gourmet, which finally got the best of me.
Education: Associates in Applied Science, Business Management with a Marketing Specialization from Del Mar College. Licensed Texas Real Estate Agent/Broker. CCIM Commercial RE Accredited Volunteer/Awards: I spend most of my free time these days with my boys and family, running from soccer practice to baseball practice, then back to track practice. I have recently taken an interest with Rotary, the Downtown Management District, and enjoy volunteering at our local church, New Life Church. In 2009, I was the recipient of the CC Under 40 Award.