The Evoke Team
Brand graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska Kearney and set out on a path in business. He worked in a variety of sales and sales management positions for over 10 years. Brand then made the choice to make a mid-life career change and began graduate school at The University of Northern Arizona. He will graduate with his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in December 2017. Brand’s experience has honed his ability to connect with and learn from people from all aspects of life. He considers this one of his strengths and he finds joy in discovering new people, new stories, and new adventures.
Brand discovered Evoke during the first year of his graduate studies, and worked as field staff for two years. He is a huge proponent of therapy in the wilderness and feels a connection with the wilderness, the employees of Evoke, the mission of Evoke, and the clients at Evoke. He considers the opportunity to work as a therapist at Evoke his dream job.
As a wilderness staff member at Evoke with minimal wilderness backpacking experience Brand found significance in learning fully the lessons that the wilderness provides. He does well to share this experience with clients and can identify with those who struggle in the wilderness environment. He loves seeing this uncomfortable client become closer to the wilderness and grow and learn through this struggle. Brand has a strong personal practice in mindfulness and meditation and finds joy in working with others to access mindfulness and presence in their lives.
When not working Brand can be found exploring the Southwest on his feet, his bike, and his snowboard. He spends most mornings walking with his wife and two dogs and doing yoga and meditation. He is constantly on the lookout for camping locations and loves adventures with friends and family. When he does leave the Southwest it is to visit family in the Midwest. He is an avid Nebraska Cornhusker football fan and Kansas City Royals baseball fan. He is a live-music fan of all sorts and you can find him dancing at concerts near and far.