US Marine Corps Veteran
Nate’s military service includes: CPL/United States Marine Corps Infantry Rifleman/Secondary MOS 8154. He served in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
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 for the last few years. Recently, Nate has become President, continuing the mission of New England Adventures in the Founder, Todd “Bear” Crevier’s footsteps. He said, “This is not a job, it’s a foundational requirement to the mission of serving those who have served. A bonus is being able to help his fellow veterans and be involved in my passion at the same time.”
Nate is an avid outdoorsman and he loves to hunt, fish, and just be outside. When he returned from the Marines, he found himself having a hard time adjusting to the civilian life. He had a lot of sleepless nights and at the time Nate was too proud to say he had PTSD. Nate’s medication was teaching himself how to hunt and spending time in the most peaceful place on earth; the outdoors. To this day Nate believes, without a doubt, that spending time in a treestand hunting, being out on the water fishing and watching nature unfold in front of his eyes, saved him.
MA Army National Guard
US Army Veteran
Rene performed 22 years of military service. He enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1992, obtained a commission as a Military Police Officer in 1995 and in 2001 he began work as a full time Military Technician in the Army National Guard until his retirement and deployed to Iraq in support of OIF.
Rene continues to serve our country and is currently employed by General Services Administration (GSA) as a Fleet Manager while also serving (1997-present) the citizens of Warren Mass as a part time Patrolman for the Warren Police Department.
Rene has been married for 25+ years to his wife, Melissa who is very understanding about the importance of hunting seasons. They have two adult children together.
Rene loves the outdoors and truly enjoys introducing adults and children to the therapeutic/wonderful world of hunting. He can often be found afield with as a first time bird hunter over his bird dog, Chloe.
Rene recently found New England Adventures on Facebook, applied for a pheasant hunt and has been hooked on this great organization ever since. Rene volunteered to work at the 2020 Deer Camp and was one of the fortunate individuals to have taken a 7 point white-tailed buck.
He looks forward to volunteering at every event he can fit into his schedule while having the opportunity to meet and speak with every fellow veteran that is able to be introduced to the benefits of NEA.
Executive Board Treasurer
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.
Executive Board Secretary
Massachusetts National Guard
New Salem, MA
Steve is currently serving in the Massachusetts National Guard as the 104th Security Forces Senior Enlisted Leader. His current duties include advising commanders as the senior Force Protection representative on the installation and leading the development/training of over 100 enlisted/civilian personnel. His military experience includes 2 combat tours to Baghdad, Iraq (2006/2008) and one tour to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan (2018). Additionally he served a remote tour at the National Guard Bureau (NGB/A4S) in the Security Forces directorate as a Domestic Operations manager.
Currently married to his wife of 22 years, Andrea- they share most of their time with 3 German Shorthaired Pointers (Daisy, Rosco, and Lee). Additionally they have 2 grown children, Jake and Katelyn.
Executive Director of Outfitting Operations
US Army Veteran
Corey is a Veteran of the US Army. He served two tours OEF. Corey joined New England Adventures to meet fellow veterans & help introduce them to the outdoors. He’s been an avid fisherman his whole life. Corey found his newest passion in hunting around six years ago.
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.
Meg is proud to serve as the IT Advisor for New England Adventures. She is excited for this opportunity to aid NEA with their online presence through their website & various social media accounts. As Meg 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.
Meg grew up hunting & fishing in Pennsylvania. She continues her passion for the outdoors with her husband & their daughter. Meg has fly fished across the US to Alaska. She also ventures to Colorado in the search of elk with her husband. At home, Meg 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 Meg’s passion for the outdoors & love for website development, she is excited to have connected with New England Adventures.
Board of Directors
US Marine Corps Veteran
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.
Army National Guard
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.
US Marine Corps Veteran
My name is David McBee. I am from Haydeville Ma. I am a Marine Veteran and lover of all things outdoors! I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to any other Veteran out there. The outdoors saved my life and hunting gave me another purpose! Semper Fidelis.
US Army Veteran
West Springfield, MA
John was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. He has always loved the outdoors, even since childhood. John was a Boy Scout and is an Eagle Scout. He worked at Camp Moses in Russell, Massachusetts for four summers. John joined the service in February of 1991 during the first Gulf War. There was a need to do something in his life and the service was a great opportunity. In the service, he was in Germany and spent eleven months in Bosnia. He left the service in October of 1998 to spend time with his family.
The outdoors has always been a place for John to lose himself and observe nature along with its tranquility. He learned about New England Adventures through the Springfield Vet Center four years ago and every event or function has been a blast. It fills his need for camaraderie that John hasn’t felt since the service. John believes this is the sense of community that is the goal of NEA. So, it only seemed to make sense to help out when he can to let others enjoy while also filling his own need of community and team involvement.
US Marine Corp Veteran
East Hartland, CT
My name is Nick and I chose to volunteer with NEA. I attended a few events and the people I met had a great impact on me. I’m hoping I get to meet many more fantastic people, and maybe impact them the way I was. It’s a great organization and I support the cause.
US Marine Corps Veteran
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.
US Marine Corps Veteran
New Salem, MA
Nate served 10 years in the United States Marines Infantry. He was honorable discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He started his career in a Fleet Anti-Terrorism Unit where he deployed to the Middle East in Support of Embassies and Naval Assets. Afterward he was stationed in California where he completed two Marine Expeditionary tours to Japan and Australia. Nate finished up his career as an Instructor in Stone Bay, North Carolina.
Growing up, Nate loved being in the outdoors. His childhood home in Conway, MA still serves as his fondest memories where he would spend hours outside in the woods. Nate didn’t start hunting however until about 2016, where he learned from his Neighbor and family friend, and afterwards learning the ins and outs through varying sources and self-teachings. He now resides in New Salem, MA with his wife and two daughters and works full time as an Archery Technician.
After attending the New York Deer Camp through New England Adventures, Nate decided he wanted to join and assist the organization because he truly believes in what it stands for and the peace it can bring.
Retired 1SG US Army
West Boylston, MA
Barry served in the Army for 23 years and retired as a 1SG. He was deployed numerous times including deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Barry has been married to Melinda Esteves for 31 years and they have two children. Their daughter is a nurse and their son is a chemical engineer.
Barry learned about NEA through Facebook and applied for a Maine bear hunt. He learned about the NEA programs and events at bear camp around the fire and talking with other veterans over the 5-day camp. Such a great organization to help veterans get back to the outdoors. Barry harvested his bear on the first day of the hunt! So now Barry has joined NEA as a volunteer to help give back and to get more veterans out in the fresh air and outdoor sporting.