New England Adventures Team

Executive Board

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Todd is a retired Sergeant First Class with the US Army. He served in the US Army for 10 years. Todd has completed two combat tours; one to Iraq during 2004 & one to Africa in 2013. He is also a disabled veteran. Todd retired from the Army in October of 2014 & during November of 2014 he started New England Adventures.

Peter is married to Karen & they have four children. He works as a foremen for the Agawam Water Department. Pete is also a Pro Staffer for Hoyt bows & Easton arrows. Pete enjoys hunting, fishing & spending time with his five grandchildren.

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Jill currently serves as the Treasurer for New England Adventures.  She has a degree in accounting and is an auditor for a large public accounting firm with experience serving non-profit, higher education and asset management clients.  Jill resides in Westfield, MA with her husband, Jerry and two children.  She and her family enjoy the outdoors, including hiking, camping and fishing.

Although not a veteran or former service member herself, Jill has many family connections to the Armed Forces.  Her husband is an Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom II as a 63WH8 – Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and Recovery Specialist at FOB Speicher and FOB Endurance from late 2003 to early 2005. His mobile team patrolled the roads of Iraq recovering all disabled vehicles, military and civilian.  Jill’s father is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and is also a Purple Heart Recipient.  Her grandfather was an Army veteran who was amongst the troops that stormed the beaches at Normandy on D-Day during WW II.

Tim currently serves proudly on the Executive Board of New England Adventures & is a registered nurse. His role is as the Medical Director for our hunting & fishing trips. Tim is able to attend the events & oversee our staff members who will also be on these trips to ensure CPR & Basic Life support skills. Tim is also a veteran & served in the United States Navy from 1986 through 1990 aboard the USS Meyerkord FF – 1058.

Tim has been hunting & fishing for the better part of his life. He first went deer hunting when he was 8 years old with his dad. Tim sat at the bottom of an old pine tree with a Marlin 30-30; no shell in the chamber. If he saw a buck, he would chamber a round & shoot. Tim harvested his first deer at the age of 13 & it was a spike horn buck. Since then, he has harvested his fare share of whitetails. Over the years, Tim has learned a lot about the whitetail deer & how smart they truly are.

After Tim’s contract with the Navy, he became a professional firefighter & rose to the rank of Deputy Chief before he retired to pursue a new career in nursing. Tim is married & he has three great children & a truly great wife. As you can see, he has spent his entire adult life dedicated to helping people & New England Adventures provides Tim with the opportunity to help the people who garner his utmost respect; YOU the Veteran. Tim looks forward to working with you on your next adventure with us.

Tom served in the US Army for four years. He was stationed at Camp Hovey, Korea in 1992 & then spent two & a half years at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Tom was honorably discharged in 1995. He received two Arcoms, four AAM, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, & Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with rifle & grenade. Tom also received several unit citations.

Tom moved to Massachusetts from New Jersey in 1999 for the pursuit of his job. He met & married his beautiful wife in 2003. They have three beautiful daughters ages 18-15-13. Their youngest one hunts with Tom. They currently reside in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains.

Nate’s military service includes: CPL/United States Marine Corps Infantry Rifleman/Secondary MOS 8154. He served in Fallujah, Iraq from 2004 through 2005.

Nate is an avid outdoorsman & he loves to hunt & fish. When he returned from the Marines, Nate found himself having a hard time adjusting to this thing they call the civilian life. He had a lot of sleepless nights & at the time Nate was too proud to say he had PTSD. Nate’s medication was teaching him how to hunt & spending time in the most peaceful place on earth; the deer woods. To this day Nate believes, without a doubt, that spending time in a treestand hunting & watching nature unfold in front of his eyes, saved him.

Nate volunteered a few years ago to be on the Board of Directors of NEA because he believes whole heartedly in what they do. His dedication to this organization and the mission it strives to accomplish has provided him the opportunity to serve in a vital role on the Executive Board. A bonus is being able to help his fellow veterans & be involved in his passion at the same time. Nate’s extensive knowledge of archery hunting big game animals, land management for wildlife, managing deer herds, land navigation, survival, & first aid make Nate a great asset to the New England Adventures Team.

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Chris was born and raised in Northern New York, on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park where he spent his youth fishing for bass and walleye on the Black River in the spring and summer and hunting for deer, rabbits and grouse in the woods behind his house in the fall and winter.  He got his BA from SUNY Potsdam in 1997 and moved to Springfield, MA where he attended Western New England College School of Law and received his JD in 2000.  Chris opened his practice in downtown Springfield in 2003.
Chris comes from a family with a long history of service, including his father who served in the Navy and Army National Guard and had a long career working as a heavy equipment operator on Fort Drum, NY, four uncles and a cousin who served in the Army, an aunt and uncle who met at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, MA during the 1950’s and a cousin who attended the US Naval Academy and served in the US Marine Corps.  Several great-uncles served in the Army and Marines in WW1 and WW2.
Chris comes to New England Adventures through his involvement in the Swift River Sportsman’s Club in Belchertown, MA where he sits on the board of directors and is the chair of the Fish and Wildlife Committee and his involvement with the New England Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers where he is an active member of the Massachusetts State Leadership Team.
Chris is still a dedicated conservationist and outdoorsman who currently lives in Springfield with Bucky, his German Shorthaired Pointer, and is excited for the opportunity to serve with New England Adventures.
Meghan Grossman

Meghan is proud to serve as the Executive Director of Information Technology for New England Adventures. She is excited for this opportunity to aid NEA with their online presence through their website and various social media accounts. Meghan owns Studio 6X, LLC which builds outdoor websites for fishing, hunting & like companies & organizations. As Meghan didn’t serve in the Armed Forces, she holds a great appreciation for veterans & active service members. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 192 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

Meghan grew up hunting & fishing in Pennsylvania. She continues her passion for the outdoors with her husband & their daughter. Meghan has fly fished across the US to Alaska. She also ventures to Colorado in the search of elk with her husband. At home, she stalks deer & turkeys with her family & enjoys shooting archery. She is most proud of her daughter for harvesting her first doe at the age of seven & a beautiful six point buck at the age of eight.

Through Meghan’s passion for the outdoors & love for website development, she is excited to have connected with New England Adventures.

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Kevin was born & mostly raised in Southern California. The second eldest of a blended family of five, Kevin joined active military service in 1982. After completing technical training, he was ready to see the world. Kevin was first assigned back to Mather AFB in northern California as a Medical Administration technician. He served in one capacity or another at locations in California, Texas, Alabama, Guam, Japan, and Turkey.

Kevin held positions in Disaster Preparedness, Quality Assurance Programs & Patient Complaints Coordinator, Unit Strength Coordinator & others. Kevin was selected as the Family Readiness NCO (FRNCO) in 1999 & that redirected every aspect of his military experience. The unique needs & challenges of deploying military families had led to the creation of this singular position.  The focal point for the entire military family included communication, parenting, referral assistance, housing support, financial planning, & more. Five years after special duty assignment as FRNCO, Kevin was selected for First Sergeant duty. These challenging roles in active service led directly to his selection, four years later, as a Wingman Advocate. This civil service position remains experimental & a unique capability within the Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah. Critical focus was on suicide intervention & conflict resolution assistance. These coveted civilian peer to peer advocate positions were completely without precedent & crossed a number of typically rigid boundaries; legal, HIPPA, chain-of-command, & labor union lines that required delicate, but confident performance. Kevin, as part of the crew of 8 initial “Wingman Advocates”, faced a 1:1900 rate of suicide among civilian employees. Yet, within two years, the base rate was below that of the nation, state & surrounding community. This seven year front-line, front-row experience combined with previous years of active duty Air Force advocacy & leadership has led Mr. Padberg to his application & recent acceptance at Westfield State University in the field of Social Work.

Kevin sought out New England Adventures after being referred by his wife, Rebecca, to Todd Crevier. Rebecca is a counselor with the West Springfield Veteran Center. After moving from northern Utah, Kevin has been a stay at home dad. The summer of 2016 was a difficult time after leaving long days invested in work, friends, coworkers, clients, neighbors, & a familiar home for most of 20 years. In his own words:
“The application was easy. I needed easy! Great news was that I had been selected to go on the 2016 bear hunt! The “acceptance”, the experience and the folks I met couldn’t have come at a better time – frankly I was bored, lonely & I could never have afforded to go otherwise. It is now my good fortune to be involved & focused on getting others a similar experience & great-spirited fellowship.”

Rebecca was born & raised in New Hampshire where she spent much of her younger years in the outdoors – camping, hiking, skiing, swimming, etc. After high school, she moved to Charleston, South Carolina & graduated from The College of Charleston in 2002. She joined the Air Force ROTC her senior year & attended Field Training in South Dakota, where she received her commission. Rebecca was stationed at Hill AFB in Utah from 2002 to 2006 & volunteered for a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. Recognizing the impact on individuals returning from deployments & wanting to be a part of their recovery process, she decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling following her separation from the Air Force. Rebecca completed her degree in 2010 & has been working in the field of mental health counseling & addiction recovery since 2009. She has been working with both civilians & active duty individuals. After spending 18 years away from home, she & her husband, Kevin, moved back to New England to raise their two young children, closer to family. Rebecca joined the Springfield Vet Center in April of 2016 as a Readjustment Counseling Therapist. In her line of work, Rebecca regularly encourages veterans who experience PTSD, anxiety, depression, & addiction to find & engage in activities that are fulfilling. She also recognizes the importance of veterans connecting with other vets in their community & continuing to find the camaraderie most vets discovered while in the military but may have since lost. Rebecca is excited to be a part of New England Adventures as the mission is directly in line with her work as a counselor – providing opportunities for veterans to participate in enjoyable activities while also connecting them to other veterans & overall improving their quality of life.

Anthony served our country for ten years as a United States Marine. Since then, he has continued to serve his country & community as a firefighter & paramedic. Anthony is new to hunting as of 2017, but he has developed a passion for it quickly. His addiction to bow hunting is growing. Anthony became involved with New England Adventures after participating in their Annual Deer Camp. He was looking to connect with veterans that might have been going through the same things he was encountering. Anthony is happy to say he found exactly what he was looking for! What we at New England Adventures are trying to accomplish is the same sense of brotherhood or camaraderie, the inclusiveness or over watch that we once had while serving.

Chadd is currently serving in the Mass Air National Guard at the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes ANGB. He enlisted in 2007 & his first deployment was to Iraq in 2008.

Currently, Chadd is a heavy equipment operator. In his free time, Chadd tries to enjoy every minute he can being outdoors by camping, hiking, fishing, & hunting.

Chadd was able to get involved with New England Adventures when he was chosen for the annual black bear hunt in 2018. He was a little nervous to attend but once he got up there & all were sitting by the campfire on the first night, Chadd felt like he had already known everyone. At that point, he knew it was going to be a great week! Hearing peoples stories about New England Adventures gained his interest & he knew he wanted to part of this great community. Not only does Chadd enjoy being outdoors, but he enjoys being able to serve with you and for you with New England Adventures.

The outdoors are very much a part of Michael’s life. He grew up in northeast Connecticut where he spent a lot his time as a youth in the woods teaching himself how to hunt, trap & fish. Michael recognized, even in his youth, there was something therapeutic about the isolation & serenity of the woods. Michael, his wife, Christina, and their son, Virgil, live on their small family farm in the same town where he grew up.

Upon graduating high school in 1987, Michael enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was discharged from active duty in 1994 after seven years of service & returned to his hometown. Here, Michael continued his military career through the Marine Corps Reserve. He held several MOS’s in the Motor Transport field & various leadership positions from Platoon Sergeant to Company First Sergeant, Security Force Commander, War Gaming Analyst at the Naval War College, & as a Military Advisor for the Navy Seabees. In 2004-05, Michael was activated & served in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 1st Marine Division in the city of Ramadi, Iraq.

During his time in the Corps, Michael traveled to many countries but his favorite place to be was always New England. In May of 2012, after 22 years of service, he retired as a Master Sergeant.

In August of 2018, Michael was selected to attend the annual bear hunt in Alton, Maine through New England Adventures. It was on this trip he was introduced to Todd, Nate, Anthony & Kevin. Michael learned firsthand of their commitment to the veteran community. The mission of New England Adventures sparked his interest & when Todd asked, Michael accepted a position on the Board of Directors. Michael looks forward to being involved in New England Adventures mission & hopes to be of service to you in your future events.

Thomas served in the US Navy on board the USS Deyo (DD-989) from 1998 to 2002. Thomas is married to his beautiful wife, who is currently serving in the United States Navy. Together they have a son & a daughter who both enjoy hunting & fishing. Thomas is an avid outdoors-man who loves to fish, hunt & anything else that involves the outdoors. Thomas’ first time participating in an event with New England Adventures was a pheasant hunt. During that hunt, he learned all about New England Adventures & all it offers to active duty & veterans. He also got to see first hand how it helped bond & make friendships with like minded individuals. Thomas loves everything that New England Adventures does for our active duty, veterans & their families. Now, Thomas wants to give back & help New England Adventures in any capacity that he can. The friendships made here at New England Adventures & the memories will last a lifetime.

Sara Becker

Sara is currently serving in the Rhode Island National Guard as a UH-60 Blackhawk Crewchief, Flight Instructor. After 7 1/2 years of active duty Army stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska and Fort Carson, Colorado her and her husband Dan decided it was time to return back to Sara’s home state of Rhode Island for a few years. She completed one tour to Afghanistan and returned home September 2018 after spending some time in Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, and Syria. Hunting and fishing has not always been a big part of her life until returning from her last deployment. She attended Steelhead Camp with NEA in 2018 and fell in love with the trip, the folks, and the mission that NEA has set out to accomplish. Spending time outdoors whether to hike, fish or hunt is always her go to activity.