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Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

Last weekend, members of Region 8 got after some timber during a chainsaw training course in Jamestown, CO. The team tackled technique, safety, and maintenance in a couple hours. Allow us to introduce you to a few badass attendees who’ll be promptly adding “tree surgeon” to their résumé:

Name: Erin Moe Hometown: Longmont, CO Military Experience: 3 years USAF medic Key takeaway from the training: “Safety!” Children’s toy that describes you: Plastic Bowling Set TR member since: APR2013
Name: Erin Moe
Hometown: Longmont, CO
Military experience: 3 years USAF medic
Key takeaway from training: “Safety!”
TR member since: APR2013
Name: Jesse Bucholtz Hometown: Porterfield, WI Military Experience: 10 years USAF, Seismic Maintenance Technician Key takeaway from training: “This class will improve our chainsaw performance ten-fold.” Children’s toy that best describes you: Shape sorting and recognition toy TR members since: SEP2013 (R8’s Resource Manager)
Name: Jesse Bucholtz
Hometown: Porterfield, WI
Military experience: 10 years USAF, Seismic Maintenance Technician
Key takeaway from training: “This class will improve our chainsaw performance ten-fold.”
TR members since: SEP2013 (R8’s Resource Manager)
Name: Victoria Young Hometown: Broomfield, CO Military Experience: 9 years and counting in the USN Reserves; OIF (2009-2010), OEF (2012-2013) Key takeaway from the training: “Chainsaws aren’t as intimidating as you might think.” Children’s toy that best describes you: Tickle-Me-Elmo TR member since: OCT2013
Name: Victoria Young
Hometown: Broomfield, CO
Military experience: 9 years and counting in the USN Reserves; OIF (2009-2010), OEF (2012-2013)
Key takeaway from the training: “Chainsaws aren’t as intimidating as you might think.”
TR member since: OCT2013
Name: George Newell Hometown: Boulder, CO Military experience: 5 years USMC, A6 Intruder Pilot; OIF1 (2003-2004) Key takeaway from training: “A lot of good enthusiasm in the crew. People are willing to learn!” Children’s toy that best describes you: Paper Airplane TR member since: APR2013
Name: George Newell
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Military experience: 5 years USMC, A6 Intruder Pilot; OIF1 (2003-2004)
Key takeaway from training: “A lot of good enthusiasm in the crew. People are willing to learn!”
TR member since: APR2013
Name: Craig Robinson Hometown: Denver, CO Military experience: 13 years and counting in USAR, Major, PA-C Key takeaway from training: “Don’t flood the engine!” TR member since: JAN2014
Name: Craig Robinson
Hometown: Denver, CO
Military experience: 13 years and counting in USAR, Major, PA-C
Key takeaway from training: “Don’t flood the engine!”
TR member since: JAN2014
Wisconsin natives and Air Force veterans Elizabeth O'Herrin and Jesse Bucholtz get after some timber in Jamestown, CO.
Wisconsin natives and Air Force veterans Elizabeth O’Herrin and Jesse Bucholtz got nasty on some tree bark with proper PPE.

 Written by Colorado Communications Coordinator Chris Epps