Antarctic Mike (Mike Pierce) is a professional speaker, managing partner in a recruiting company, an avid adventure athlete, and a husband to Angela, who lives daily with disability due to a rock climbing accident.
Mike has completed marathons in some of the world’s coldest climates including the Canadian Arctic, Siberia and twice in the Antarctic. He has set world records in endurance swimming and cycling as well. Read full profile.
Matt Barrett has lived a life most could never imagine. Matt has battled 11 forms of cancer (including a genetic form of cancer, Basel Cell Nevus) and four brain tumors since he was just two years old.
For decades, doctors have called Matt a “Walking Miracle!” He has lived many, many years beyond anyone’s expectations. This has allowed him to continue his purpose in making this world a better place. He has advocated for the homeless, disabled and those living in poverty. Read full profile.
Lori Frisher is an orchestrator, a team leader, an advocate, an entrepreneur, an athlete, a survivor, a visionary who dares to dream beyond present parameters, and possesses an energy to take all she does to the next level. Lori Frisher was born with a moderate to severe hearing loss. She spent 30+ years relying on hearing aids in both ears. While in junior and senior high school she competed at varsity levels in numerous sports. With certain limitations from her hearing aids in the arena, she still competed at an extremely high level while not audibly hearing the immediate signals. Read full profile.
Russell Irwin is a nationally celebrated artist who brings to his work a great love for the human story. His paintings reveal the skill and ingenuity of a world class artist and the captivating visual narratives of a master story teller. His Story Portraits™ depicting the defining moments of great sporting events and the classic images of famous athletes at their craft have raised nearly $2,000,000 for charitable organizations nationwide. Read full profile.
Juliet Madsen is a mother of three, a wife of 20 years and a retired United States Army veteran of two wars. She has flown an airplane, driven a tank, thrown grenades and fired all kinds of weapons. Juliet was a paramedic firefighter, forensic research assistant, and has two college degrees; one in biology and one in public health.
In 2004, her convoy was hit by a roadside bomb, changing the course of her life forever. With a traumatic brain injury, she has endured years of physical and occupational therapy. Read full profile.
Pete Ohlin’s passion for music actually came out of his own desperation for peace. When Pete was eleven years old, his sister died from spinal meningitis. After this event he struggled with depression and insomnia. By the time Pete reached college he was in desperate need of peace in his life. He believed that no matter what circumstances he faced or the hardships he had to endure; God could somehow use them to bless others. Ironically, the only time Pete felt at total peace was when he played the piano. The vibration of the piano strings resonated deep within his body, which somehow helped sooth his emotional scars. During Pete’s time in college, when he couldn’t sleep, he would walk to the music hall and play for hours until his soul was at rest. Read full profile.
If not for some traumatic as well as life threatening experiences, Michael Quinn may not be who he is today. It was an odd number of miss steps in life that began in his early thirties which finally lead him to finding his passion as an Abstract Artist then to a full time Artist then to an Artist Representative through his creation of NeWorldArt. In addition, Michael’s new passion is to be involved in non-profits with a progressive movement towards Holistic Healing & Nutrition and charitable causes helping others by using the Arts to facilitate change. Read full profile.