colorado Field Staff

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Lawrence Holicky

state director

Stephen Grauberger

co-state director

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Lawrence was born in Deadwood, SD and lived in Minnesota before enlisting in the Army in 2002. Currently, he has almost 19 years active duty and is stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. Lawrence is married to his wife Brandy with 3 sons and a daughter. His oldest son is also in the Army and is currently stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas.

 

Lawrence is an avid outdoorsman and spends his weekends hunting or fishing. He has volunteered with HHO for 2 years and believes in helping others. To him, there is nothing better than to see a person smile after getting their first. His two favorite outdoor activities are waterfowl hunting and ice fishing.

Adam Saulsbury

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Adam was born and raised in Minnesota. He grew up fishing walleye, waterfowl and deer hunting. Adam moved to North Dakota for college where he really got into waterfowl hunting. He joined the Air Force eight years ago as an IT admin and is currently stationed at Peterson Airforce Base in Colorado. Living in the state has opened up a love for pronghorn and elk hunting.

Adam is married to his wife Alexa, and has a 2 year old boy Christian and a 1 year old boy Nikolas. He is also a huge volunteer in the military community and is working on establishing a youth sports program for military families.

Dustin Roberson

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Dustin served in the active duty army for 4 years and currently serves in the Army Reserves. He is passionate about helping others and is an avid outdoorsman; who enjoys the work put into as much as the actual event whether it's hunting or fishing. Dustin's favorite pastime however, is bagging the beards (turkey) in the fall or spring. Dustin grew up in Oregon (and you better say it right) and came to Colorado after enlisting. He is married and has no children yet.

Adam Sands

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Adam served 28 years in the Army National Guard and Reserves; most of that was Active Duty status. He was born in Arizona; lived most of his life in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and now currently resides back in Arizona. He is the father of one son and a grandfather to a grandson and two granddaughters. Adam will provide a unique opportunity; as an avid hunter and fisherman and still remembers knocking down two ducks at one time his first time hunting at the age of 7.

 

Adam is passionate about helping others and does so as a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association as well. 

Shawn Buckendahl

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Shawn began fishing at a very young age with his father chasing Chinook salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. He then began to branch out fishing for Smallmouth bass on the Columbia River as well as Searun Cutthroat and high mountain brookies and browns. 

Shawn put his fishing on pause when he joined the Navy Submarine force out of high school. He spent 4 years of his 6 on the fast attack submarine, USS Aspro, stationed out of Pearl Harbor and made multiple deployments to various parts of the Pacific Ocean. After the Navy, Shawn moved his wife and two boys to Colorado to teach for Western Area Power Administration. He fell in love with ice fishing, primarily because of the peace and quiet ice fishing affords and the relatively few number of people out and about. 

Shawn looks forward to getting our members out and teaching the tricks of the trade.

Colyn Eure

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Colyn was born and raised in North Carolina and is currently stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado as a UAS Maintainer. He has served in the Army for 8 years and is married with 2 kids.

 

Colyn grew up hunting waterfowl, whitetail, and turkey. He has a strong passion for spending time in the outdoors and helping others get to experience it as well.

Clayton mahoney

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Clayton was born and raised in Folkston, Georgia. He graduated and joined the Army one month after high school. Clayton served overseas in Germany and Greece and is currently stationed at Fort Carson.  He has been an avid hunter since he was a kid. His grandfather was the one that taught him everything that he  knows and he is eager to transfer that knowledge to HHO members.

Lawrence McMorrow

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Lawrence served as an Indirect Fire Infantryman from 2007 to 2019 and was stationed at Fort Riley - Kansas and Fort Carson - Colorado. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant looking to start a new life and career outside of the military. He is the father of 3 boys and has been married for 13 years.

 

His love for the outdoors began after moving to Kansas where he would look for any reason to be in a stand blind or boat. Upon moving to Colorado he lost touch with the outdoors due to the high training tempo and finally getting back in touch after leaving the service. He loves hunting but his passion is fly fishing. Lawrence's ultimate goal is to completely retire and share his love of the outdoors with anyone who is seeking the adventure.

Chris Koerperich

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Chris joined the Marines at 17 years old and ended up spending 30 years in the military.  Chris spent 10 years in the California Army National Guard as a tanker and 10 years in the Air Force Reserves in Security Forces.  Chris loves to hunt new lands from gators in Florida to black bear in Canada; his passion is elk hunting in Colorado. He is looking forward to spending time with veterans and first responders in the outdoors.

Clay Allensworth

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Clay is from Hannibal, Missouri and is currently an Active-Duty Army soldier stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He serves as a 15E (Unmanned Aircraft System Maintainer). His hobbies include hunting (whitetail deer & elk), fishing (bass & trout)  camping, kayaking, snowboarding and playing volleyball. He cant wait to get out to help our nation's heroes with Hometown Hero Outdoors. He would like to share his enthusiasm and expertise for the outdoors and wildlife with fellow veterans.

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Stephen was born in Colorado and has lived in Wyoming; between the two states he learned to hunt the river bottom, flat lands, and mountainous backcountry. He found his passion in backcountry turkey and elk hunting. Stephen joined the Navy on a whim while he was home from college and spent 11 years in the reserves. When his son was born he found a new love in fishing and has been honing his hunting craft in fall and winter and fishing in the spring and summer.  Stephen has experience with non-profits and will be an asset to Hometown Hero Outdoors.

Stephen also has fun making baits with his son with his business Fishing With The Kraken. 

Brendan Whelan

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Brendan is a 10-year veteran of the Armed Services. He enjoys every aspect of the Colorado wilderness, from summer hiking and fishing trips through late season waterfowl.  Though he wasnt raised in the outdoors, living in Colorado has bred a passion for hunting and fishing. He takes full advantage of any available time to share and develop this love and appreciation with his family, especially his two young boys. Brendan looks forward to revealing the therapeutic qualities of time spent outdoors with the men and women who serve this community.

CJ Franklin

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CJ Franklin is from South Texas and is currently serving in Active Duty Army.

He enjoys everything from bass fishing, dove hunting, to archery elk hunting, and everything in between. He is here to help the men and women who have experienced similar things to himself and knows how therapeutic the outdoors can be. He is studying to be a biologist once he retires. CJ is married with four children and is ready to start volunteering to get our members into the great outdoors!

David Hale

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David Hale joined a CO ARNG Field Artillery Unit at 17 and served for almost eight years, he finally went to college graduating with a degree in Environmental Technology. 

 

As a Wildlife Technician and Officer for the Colorado Division of Wildlife in 2001, he has been blessed to raise three of his four daughters at the Billy Creek State Wildlife Area near Montrose, Colorado.  He has pretty much hunted/fished for everything that walks, swims or flies in the western United States.

 

David volunteers at the Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans. He found out that he really likes serving other people; especially veterans and kids.  David holds volunteer positions, including those with the American Legion Riders Post 73, his church and Team Rubicon. One of his favorite things to do in life is take veterans and kids fishing and hunting, along with teaching archery and Hunter Safety.

Hunter Mars

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Hunter hails from Englewood, Florida and is a 35M Human Intelligence Collector with the United States Army. She enjoys pretty much anything that involves being outside. Going to the beach, fishing, hunting, four wheeling and has recently gotten into rock climbing! 

 

Volunteering is important to her because it gives her an opportunity to really change someone's life, even if it is just in the smallest way. If there's any chance she can get to make a difference, Hunter tries to jump at it.

Matt Hill

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Matt hails from South Carolina and currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He moved to the Springs in September 2019 with the mindset of "a new place, new adventures". 

 Matt served this great country by joining the USN in 2010 becoming an AZ (Aviation Maintenance Administration-man). He was lucky enough to get stationed in NAS JAX not too far from his family but in 2016 but decided his future was back at home. Matt enjoys anything outdoors and helping others. He looks forward to being a part of the HHO family and getting its members into the great outdoors!

Tyler Sloan

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Tyler was born in New Albany, MS and grew up hunting and fishing religiously every chance he got. He hunts deer, ducks, squirrel, rabbits, dove and fishes for anything that will bite. He has carried that passion on throughout his lifetime and enjoys getting people within the military or outside of the military out of the barracks or house and show them what there is to do in the outdoors. 

 

For him it’s a way to kind of forget about what’s going on in life for a bit, enjoy the outdoors, and meet new friends. Tyler enlisted in the Army in August, 2011 where he currently serves as a military police officer. Tyler is married with no kids and one black lab. He is leaving the Active Army in October 2021 and is joining the Army Reserves. Tyler will remain in Colorado when he retires to continue to be a team member with HHO and help get members into the outdoors.

Christopher Cady

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Chris was born in Tucson, AZ and raised in Delta, Colorado. He started kindergarten and graduated living in the same house. After a 20 year Navy career, that saw him visit all 50 states and 27 different countries, Chris couldn't get back to Delta fast enough. 

 

Chris now lives on the same street he grew up on with his wife, Stephanie. They have a 2 grown children, Ashley and Joshua (who is significantly disabled). For his dedication to his son, Chris was named the Military Father of the Year in 2011.

 

Having grown up in the shadow of the Grand Mesa (the world's largest flat top mountain), Chris knows it like the back of his hand. He has fished in most of the 300 lakes and streams  on the Grand Mesa. He enjoys taking kids and veterans fishing and looks forward to getting out our members!

Gabe Vega

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Gabe was born in Denver, Colorado but grew up in South Western Wyoming. After serving as a Field artillery man in the Army for the 101st Airborne Division, Gabe and his girlfriend moved to Northern Colorado. They both met while serving in the Army and now they enjoy spending time fishing together. Gabe grew up hunting in Wyoming and Kentucky, where he developed his passion for waterfowl. His favorite part about spending time outside has been the people he's met and the memories they made together. Gabe wants to bring his enjoyment and share his passions for the outdoors with our members.

Joel Vangura

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Joel was born and raised in small town Pennsylvania. Living in both steel-mill towns and country towns so small that the post office was in a single wide trailer, he preferred to spend his free time out doors, running through the woods and sneaking up on white tailed deer. 

 

He joined the Army at 24 years of age to get a change of pace and serve his country. After completing Basic Combat training at Fort Benning he attended Army Satellite Communications Individual Training at Fort Gordon Ga. He was subsequently stationed as a 25S at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart, Camp Red Cloud and Camp Humphreys Korea and Fort Carson Colorado. While he was stationed at Fort Stewart Georgia he was able to revisit some of his boyhood passions to include bass fishing and hog hunting.  Upon being stationed at Fort Carson, he ventured into many of the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer . Joel is the father of three boys and is a firm believer in sharing the outdoors with the veteran community and the next generation.

Calder curtis-byrnes

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Calder joined the Air Force right out of high school and has been an aircraft metals technologist for the Air Force for over ten years. He served four years active duty stationed at Holloman AFB in New Mexico working on the F-117 Nighthawk. Since then Calder has been a Reservist at Peterson AFB working on the C-130.  Calder deployed to Afghanistan and his goal was to come back and finish his mechanical engineering degree, while working closely with the engineers in Afghanistan he made the realization that he did not want to sit behind a desk.  Calder looks forward to engaging with members and future trips.

Jimmy Felts

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Jimmy is a 31 year Air Force veteran stationed at Peterson Airforce base. Jimmy enjoys all types of fishing, Waterfowl hunting, and big game. He brings a ton of experience to the team. Jimmy wants to get as many of our members out as he can!