Brett Bastian is an avid outdoorsman and co-founder of God inspired non-profit organization, Warriors Never Give Up. When he is not trying to inspire and change the lives of our nations heroes through hunting adventures, he works as a physician assistant at Avera neurosurgery with Dr. Wissam Asfahani Sioux Falls, SD. In his spare time, he enjoys writing/motivating people to believe that their dreams can and do come true, riding his Harley, hunting, BBQ cooking, and running and training Nora, his German Short Hair hunting partner. He is married to Teresa, and they have three children, Keanan, Abby, and Caleb.
Pete Diercks joined the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1998. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 727th Transportation unit out of Brookings. He returned home in 2004 and currently works for Scotts Lumber as a salesman. Pete enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and pretty much all sports. Pete and his wife Kathy live in Lennox with their two sons Talan and Jackson. When not working, he helps coach his sons basketball and baseball teams.
Dan Geiken is the owner of Sierra Construction LLC a custom home building company that has served the Sioux Falls area for 20 years. When not on the jobsite he can be found on the water.. Traveling the upper portion of the United States in search of big walleyes is his passion. He competes in local and national walleye tournament trails through out the summer. He enjoys passing on his passion for the outdoors by volunteering at both children and family fishing events. When the weather turns cold can find him chasing deer and pheasants across the plains of South Dakota with his two children Brook 14, and Gunnar 10. Dan is blessed to have shared the last 15 years with his wife Missy.
Karl is the co-founder of Warriors Never Give Up.
Todd is the principal architect and CEO of Stone Group Architects, Inc., a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that he started in 2012. He graduated from Brandon Valley High School and immediately joined the Active Duty Army as a Combat Engineer where he served in Korea and with the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell, KY. Todd enrolled as a general engineering major at South Dakota State University where he attended for three semester before transferring up to North Dakota State University where he holds three degrees. With many more years and mobilizations as an Army Instructor, Combat Engineer and Construction Supervisor, Todd retired as a Master Sergeant in 2013 from the Army Reserves with over 23 years of service. Todd and his wife Sara live in Brandon, SD with their two children, Isabella and Gavin. Todd exemplifies stewardship as an active member of his church, Sioux Falls Downtown Rotatory Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Sioux Falls Chamber Veteran Affairs Committee, the Brandon Valley Hockey Association and Warriors Never Give Up. When not at work or volunteering, Todd can be found on the water, with fishing pole in hand, or by the campfire conversing with friends. He has also been known to watch a few Minnesota Vikings, SDSU or NDSU football games.
Major General (Retired) Bray is the former Adjutant General of the State of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard. He retired from the United States Army National Guard effective 12 July 2011 after over 41 years of active and reserve service. He was commissioned a Field Artillery Officer and served in Command at the battery, battalion and brigade level, including the Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, United States Army Field Artillery Center, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His military education includes a Master in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is a graduate of the Department of Defense Capstone Course, the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Level IV Anti-Terrorism Seminar, and the GO & Flag Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Harvard Kennedy School.
His numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Army Commendation Medal (two awards), the Army Achievement Medal (two awards), and the Army Superior Unit Award. He is a Veteran having served in Germany, the Republic of Korea, Operation Noble Eagle, including command visits to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and to Operation New Dawn, engaging service members of all branches deployed to various commands within the areas of operation.
He is also retired from the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Department of the City of Sioux Falls as a Fire Division Chief after 27 years of service.
He resides in Sioux Falls, SD with his wife, Donna. They have two sons, Matthew, who is married with two children and is a US Army Special Forces Major and Sean, who is a self-employed small business owner. Major General Bray currently is the Risk Manager for the Sioux Falls School District. He has been involved as a volunteer with numerous Military and Veteran organizations.
Troy works as an Engineer for the City of Sioux Falls. He is a graduate of Lincoln High School, the United States Military Academy, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. Troy and Jaime both received their commissions as Second Lieutenants in 2005 and each completed overseas deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Troy serves the community as a high school mentor through the USucceed program at LSS as well as a Mended Hearts volunteer at Sanford Heart Hospital. You can also find him regularly serving breakfast at The Banquet. When not keeping busy with kids’ activities and volunteering, Troy enjoys hunting, fishing, and ice fishing as often as possible.
I am a 50 year old outdoor fanatic. I have a lovely wife named Sylvia, who is very forgiving when it comes to my fishing addiction. I am partners in two businesses in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I have a 27 year career as a Professional Land Surveyor. I am involved in youth events including being a Certified Hunt Safe Instructor for the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, in which I was awarded the Hunt Safe Instructor of the Year in 2014 for the entire State of South Dakota. Myself and another friend organize a Kids Ice Fishing event each winter where 300 kids get the opportunity to experience ice fishing. In addition to being a new Board member, I am a volunteer guide for Warriors Never Give Up where we take combat wounded veterans out fishing for the day. I am serving my sixth term as a city council member for my hometown of Tea, South Dakota. I have been a member of South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited since its inception. I spend approximately 100 days on the water between tournaments, guiding and fun fishing.