Brian Rogers’ prior experience includes working for the service learning department in college and bringing fellow students to volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club. He was a wrestling coach for three seasons, helping young men develop life skills through athletics. Brian was also a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Tanzania. His project was to help develop trade schools with the focus of building skills to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Brian worked as an economic analyst at a wealth management firm, where he studied how global economic trends impact interest rates.
Brian joined the Open Sky team as a field guide because connecting with nature has provided deep healing in his life, and he wanted to deepen that connection. He also wanted to help provide a safe space for students to experience the wilderness and incorporate it into their healing journeys. Brian particularly appreciates Open Sky’s commitment to mindfulness practices, yoga, and providing organic food for students and guides. As a field guide Brian values keeping spaces sacred by showing respect to oneself and one another. He believes this is accomplished through being polite and genuinely showing concern for others. Whenever a member of the team is being vulnerable and sharing, Brian tries to ensure everyone stops what they are doing and is attentive to that person. Brian strives to stay connected with his own mind, body, heart, and spirit and makes a special effort to “practice what he preaches,” as he believes this helps make students more likely to engage. Brian takes his work seriously, but he also jumps on every opportunity to be goofy and bring the healing power of laughter into the group space.
During his time off Brian loves to be active and move his body. Yoga is a daily practice for him, but he also likes running, skiing, climbing, and hiking. Writing and reading are also passions of his. Cooking delicious and nutritious meals to share with other people also puts him in his happy place.