Originally from Washington State, Becky 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 a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi – class 46, a Lifegroup leader at 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 their lives.
Program Facilitator / Ropes Course Manager
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 / First-Aid certified and holds an ACCT Level 1 Challenge Course Facilitator certification. 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.
Adam was born and raised in Arkansas where his love of the outdoors blossomed while playing in the mountains and rivers of the Ozarks. It was there that he learned to enjoy rock climbing, white water kayaking, backpacking, and really anything that would get him outdoors. He furthered his love and understanding of the outdoors by going to John Brown University and receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Leadership Ministries; and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Outdoor Program Management. Adam is also a Wilderness First Responder and is continually looking for ways further his education by whatever means.
During his college years he worked at a summer camp in Northeast Oklahoma as an Adventure Education Guide and as a Lead Ropes Course Tech. Adam also spent a couple of summers at HoneyRock in Northern Wisconsin working with kids both on the ropes course and one-on-one. Helping them grow in their leadership skills and in their own love for the outdoors.
Kristen was born in Louisiana but has spent the majority of her life living in Tomball, Texas. She spent most of her time as a kid playing outdoors with her two sisters and climbing trees. Throughout high school, she spent her summers going to TBarM Camp Travis, where she first discovered her love for outdoor adventure. Kristen attended Baylor University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education in Health Science Studies and a minor in business administration. In her last two years of college, she spent almost every weekend visiting her sister in Austin, where she fell in love with hiking and exploring the parks around the city. During her senior year, she registered for the introduction to rock climbing course at Baylor, on a whim, and it has since become her favorite hobby. Kristen worked in a physical therapy clinic after graduation and became aware of just how passionate she is about helping and educating others. She is CPR/First Aid certified and looking forward to learning more about wilderness first aid. Kristen’s favorite hobbies include spending time in nature, yoga, reading, learning about wildlife, and spending quality time with friends.
Vincent was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and raised in Aransas Pass, Texas. His outdoor experience was fairly limited growing up, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying every second of any outdoor family adventure. As a junior high student, he participated Youth Odyssey’s Backpacking Camp in Sabine National Forest. Participating in the program gave him a whole new perspective on the outdoor world, and he learned so much about himself. “The experience I gained from Youth Odyssey impacted my life and who I am today.”
He attended Stephen F. Austin State University and received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry with an emphasis in Human Dimensions in Natural Resources in May of 2021. During college, he spent most of his time outdoors. Whether that was lab work, or hammocking under the tall and beautiful pines of East Texas, he became more and more passionate about having a career in the outdoors. He also dedicated time to volunteering with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and recently had an awesome opportunity to intern with Goose Island State Park. Vincent is CPR/First Aid certified and also holds a NASP Basic Archery Instructor certification. He looks forward to growing with Youth Odyssey and continuing to learn about outdoor education and its impact on our youth’s lives.
Office Assistant / Emerging Professionals Intern
Sabdy was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She spent most of her time as a kid playing in the outdoors where she explored her grandmother’s beautiful garden. Throughout high school she found a new passion for nature photography, and found herself spending more time connected to nature. Sabdy is currently a senior attending Collegiate High School and dual credit student at Delmar, where she will be receiving an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. In her free time Sabdy likes to go swimming, biking, taking long nature walks, exploring new environments and taking pictures of the beautiful nature. She is looking forward to growing with Youth Odyssey and enjoying the great experiences Youth Odyssey has to offer.
Julie grew up in the small town of Burleson, TX just outside of Fort Worth. Both sides of her family instilled hard work and manual labor and the result was always worth the work! Her grandfather has a ranch near Springtown, TX and her other grandparents own land in Possum Kingdom lake. Julie was always on the land and helping maintain or build sandbag walls, dig paths, mow fields, cut down trees and pave ways. After a hard days work she and her family would sit back and enjoy either the sunset, fire, night fishing or a jump in the lake! This seeded a forever blossoming, grounding love for the outdoors. Today she loves everything nature, her most favorite part of nature is sunrise and sunset she also loves fishing, being on the water, wake boarding, camping, enjoying the beach, playing soccer with her dogs, to simply driving around. Currently, Julie is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Management and minor in Marketing, she plans to graduate in December 2020; and has a certification in CPR/First-Aid. Julie’s career goals have always been to impact as many lives possible in a positive constructive way. She plans to help youth and college athletes in their journeys and ensure their fair treatment from the best staff possible.
Tevin was born in Cincinnati Ohio. Growing up he moved around to parts of Maryland, Indiana and now Texas. This is where he developed his love of exploration and nature. This passion continues today as he works with the youth in the community, teaching many sustainable life practices including cooking, gardening, survival skills, nutrition, environmental awareness and more! He has many ongoing programs within the community helping the youth broaden their experiences. He is currently working with both Corpus Christi Montessori school and Grow Local South Texas in a joint effort to educate youth on what it takes to run a business that allows them to sell the food they grow in their gardens and other crafted goods at the Downtown Farmers market. Tevin has completed certifications for becoming a Natural leader, Plant-based cooking and CPR/First aid. As he continues to learn, develop and hone his skill set from herbology to primitive skills, Tevin instills these practices while educating his family and friends about the importance of learning and preservation of these skills!
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.
Board Vice Chairman
Jason was born and raised in Houston, Texas where he began his career in the mortgage industry. He later expanded his growth to Corpus Christi, Texas in 2008 where he branded and built a new office and with that a new market. He has been in the mortgage industry for 18 years and has excelled within his career as a Regional Producing Manager with one of the top mortgage lenders in the nation. He has received numerous awards within his career such as: CCAR Affiliate of the year 2020, Certified TREC instructor, Certified Lending Tree Loan Officer 2005, Top Loan Officer 2005-Present, Top Branch with Circle of Excellence 2010-2013, and not only survived, but thrived during the mortgage bust.
Jason is happily married to his beautiful wife, Sarah, and they have 2 sons and a daughter. When not helping families achieve the home ownership dream, you can bet Jason and his family are outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, or just lounging around.
Crispin Mendez Jr.
He is a lifelong resident of Corpus Christi having graduated from Mary Carroll High School in 1987. Crispin has been in Law Enforcement since April 1993 spending 10 years at the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office. Currently he is employed by CCPD and has served in the Patrol Division, and Gang Unit. In 2009 he moved into CID working with the Family Violence Unit, Crimes Against Children Unit, Auto Theft, and presently Robbery/Homicide.
Crispin has been involved with youth for the past 19 years coaching Baseball and Football and has been a Board Member of CCYFL for the past 16 years. He enjoys working with them and watching them become young adults and productive citizens.
He is married with three kids, two in middle school and his oldest son (22) is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps.
Board Member / 2020 Chair
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.
Founder / Board Member
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 art 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.
Polly Harris is a retired school teacher of 26 years who was also an assistant principal for 7 years but, she hasn’t actually retired just yet. Raised in Corpus Christi, Polly now owns her own insurance agency. In addition to running her own company, Polly is constantly doing something for one organization or another. At any given time she is serving on multiple boards for all types of philanthropic purposes. Luckily, one of those boards is Youth Odyssey’s. Anyone who knows her, knows that Polly has “one speed, and it’s Go” but the community is a better place for it. She lives on 7 acres wither husband Alex and loves her horses and grand kids immensely.