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Chester Brandt, BS

IT Systems Administrator

After moving to Durango in 2004 from New Jersey, Chester attended Fort Lewis College. Durango, in particular, guided him through a journey of spending time in the mountains, continuing to race downhill mountain bikes, and receiving an education. Chester earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and knew Durango was the place he wanted to set his roots. He was fortunate to work for a great local Durango company, starting as an intern at StoneAge, Inc. and grew into an IT leadership role. This opportunity provided a sustainable way to stay in Durango, start a family, and continue to enjoy all of what the southwest has to offer in hiking, biking, camping, and climbing.

Chester’s appeal to Open Sky is the mission, vision, and core values. His personal is to be the best person he can be with a focus on helping the youth of today, which aligns with the Open Sky mission. Since 2015, Chester has served on the Board of Directors for The Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County. Chester finds great gratitude in finding opportunities to be able to work and volunteer for organizations that have personal ties and relationships, and a motivation to lead a fulfilled life.

Throughout his professional career, Chester has worked in a wide variety of information technology roles. Moving through the ranks from website administration as an intern, to systems administration, and on to management of IT Teams. Some of his experience includes IT project management, growing IT infrastructure spanning multiple offices over multiple states and countries, implementation and migrations of mission critical systems and software, and developing strategy to strengthen business functions by leveraging technology. With a continual growth mindset, Chester has continued to learn and grow in his career with specialties in business data analytics, BI reporting systems, financial reporting and analysis, and leadership. His most recent experience comes from owning his own consulting company providing IT management to companies of varying sizes in transition that have an immediate need.

As of late, you can find Chester in the mountains climbing and passing this tradition on to his kids, hanging out with friends, and helping friends with their IT needs.

About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.