Born and raised on Vashon Island, Nicky is a product of nature and community. In addition to his primary work as a youth mentor, lead guide and facilitator with Journeymen, his past professional experience includes 12 years coaching youth sports, 5 years in college admissions, 4 years as a human development guide and 3 years teaching high school. He holds a bunch of certifications and has some letters after his name, but would rather tell you something meaningful when you meet in person.
Nicky is deeply committed to the cultivation of transformational environments, wherever and whenever the opportunity may arise, and welcomes the growth that stems from a healthy challenge. He is a champion of social entrepreneurship and regenerative business enterprise, with strong trust in the resilience of natural systems and the power of human connection. His favorite activities include martial arts, archery, adventure motorcycle riding, and re-discovering the magic of life with his three children and his beloved partner Katelyn.
Local to the Pacific Northwest and a Vashon Island native, Alex is a highly enthusiastic & compassionate educator with 10 years of classroom experience. Dedicated to empowering youth, he earned his Masters in Teaching from Seattle University and currently teaches P.E. at Chautauqua Elementary.
With twelve years of experience as a youth sports coach and extensive training as a wilderness rite of passage guide, Alex brings a unique, creative energy to the Journeymen team. Having personally witnessed the many challenges facing young men today, he is highly committed to providing the space and support for adolescent boys to make a healthy and meaningful transition into young adulthood. A few of Alex’s many passions include DJing, world travel, and photography.
In 2016 my life shifted dramatically both personally and professionally. I moved away from San Diego and back to the PNW to work for a start-up company whose mission is to shift the landscape of healthcare in America towards a system rationalized around cost-effectiveness. Concurrently, I began to take courses in emotional intelligence–workshops to heal emotional traumas–and began attending First Nations Peoples traditional ceremonies. It was around this time that I first crossed paths with my old lacrosse teammates from high school, Alex and Nicky. It had been over a decade since I had seen them and I immediately saw and felt in them something I had only recently discovered in myself: a peaceful, heart- forward presence. I knew without asking them that they had also embarked on their own awakening journeys. Having all crossed a chasm, we stood in Thriftway trading stories of our personal odysseys. As they opened up bout their new venture, Journeymen, I felt a deep calling to offer my support. The following summer I began working with Journeymen as an apprentice/mentor and have continued to be involved as much as I can.
I embrace this work with the Journeymen organization. Being a guide in lighting a path for young men in our community to follow feeds my soul. I will continue to support these men, this organization and their mission, sharing my gifts for as long as I am able.
Duncan Ende has had a passion for mentorship since he began coaching youth lacrosse and mentoring for special education classes in high school. After graduating from Vashon high school in 2013 his passion for mentorship, community and being outdoors brought him to the Wilderness Awareness School where he completed a year long outdoor leadership intensive program. He has been a mentor for youth, teen, and adults there for the past two years. The same thread also lead him to connect with Journeymen where he has been a mentor since the first teen Quest in 2017. Recognizing the impact of his own mentors and role models continuously inspires him to share what he has learned with those looking for support and guidance.
I am so grateful to be mentoring and facilitating with Journeymen. I’m a young man, a farmer, a father, and a lover all of Earth’s beauty. My interests range widely and no two days are the same – I play music (5-string banjo), milk cows and help my wife make yogurt and cheese, and am the owner of an equine hoof care practice.
I guide from my heart and advocate meeting life on life’s terms. I work toward my vision of accepting each part of my experience as essential to the whole – no one aspect being more than or less than. I thrive in the depths and wherever darkness and ambiguity come out to complicate our lives. I work with young men to support others in ways I was not as I navigated my own adolescence.
Max currently lives in West Seattle, but rides the ferry over to Vashon every day for school. A backpacking trip in 8th grade led him to Journeymen, and also to a friendship with both Nicky and Alex. Entering highschool, Max chose to take a Marketing class taught by Nicky, and that led to him applying for a Journeymen internship. That internship lasted for a little over a year, and eventually landed Max an official job with Journeymen. Max does bookkeeping, web design, social media, and podcast editing for Journeymen, among other things. In addition to that, Max also participates as a mentor on many of the programs for younger boys, which he thoroughly enjoys. He also likes to perform sleight-of-hand magic, juggle, solve Rubik’s Cubes, and play hackeysack with his friends.
As a Navy veteran, German immigrant, father of two sons, with three granddaughters, this Grandpa brings to Journeymen a diverse and eclectic background of over six decades of life experience and unique trainings.
Sixteen years with the Boy Scouts, much of it with advanced adult leader training, has fostered a joy of working with young men, mentoring and encouraging them to blossom into healthy, mature adults. Having grown up in nature as an only child, I’ve come to appreciate the value of healthy relationships with one’s own self and the world around them.
For the past three years, I’ve supported Journeymen as the resident Elder during The Quest by encouraging a deeper relationship of our youth to themselves and Nature around them as they make their own personal Drums.
Professionally, I have a background in working for 20 years as a marine industry Rigger followed by 20 more as a Healthcare Practitioner of Alternative Medicine. Most recently, I’ve begun a new career as an Author writing my first book about Men’s Health.
Personally, my hobbies include storytelling, drawing & painting, woodworking, gardening and hiking. I live in Quilcene with my wife, Rochelle.
Study leading to a PhD in Psychological Mythology focused my research on how modern culture fails to understand the role of mind or psyche in both human and non-human systems. I now work on revealing the links between the spiritual symbolism of a mythic worldview and the radically new scientific one of self-organizing complex systems. This culture changing relationship is outlined on the website www.nextworldview.net
My involvement with Journeymen gives me a rare opportunity to assist young men in comprehending the staggering complexity of their own selves and the chaotic world which they are struggling to navigate.
Mark is a nature-based psychotherapist, writer, naturalist, guide, and an agent of cultural evolution—in service of the earth. He is a founder, stakeholder, and elder for the Vashon Wilderness Program. Mark devotes himself to the life of inner transformation and expression in support of wholeness and self-healing.