Kevin is now devoted to spending his time as a full time carver after spending many years working in the ski industry as a lift supervisor, river guide plying hand crafted wooden dories down the Snake River in Jackson Hole, and as a sign maker, furniture builder, boat builder, stained glass artist and many other vocations utilizing his artistic abilities.
When he's not making piles of saw dust, he enjoys escaping to the rivers of the American west in his custom, hand built wooden dory, exploring and photographing the many diverse ecosystems and the numerous species of wildlife that inhabit those corridors. Skiing and biking also enable him to venture throughout the mountains and deserts of the West in search of interesting subjects to encourage his creativity. He often uses those photographs and experiences as inspiration and themes for his carvings and various other artistic projects. One of Kevin’s favorite quotes is, “The meaning of life is to find your gift....The purpose in life is to give it away." Picasso.
Sharon’s nursing career started in a men's medical ward at the University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. After she and Joe left Wisconsin, she raised their two children while also caring for teacher’s children. She returned to nursing and spent another 25 years in a specialty hospital. There, she nursed patients on life support; specifically babies and adults on ventilators, and assisted two children on ventilators while they were at school. After retiring, she continued to use her nursing skill to help friends and families navigate the roads of hospital stays and end of life decisions. She finds meeting and helping our nation’s heroes very gratifying.
Kristine grew up in California and travelled around the world as a United States Air Force family member before landing a job in Washington, DC with the Air Force Association. As Legislative Director she advocated for the USAF, Airmen and their families. In 2016 she decided to settle in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
As the Executive Director for 21st Century Heroes her focus is ensuring each veteran attending the workshop enjoys a healing and enjoyable experience.
Meet The Team
After earning degrees in Conservation from Purdue University. Dan Burgette worked 27 years as a Park Ranger in Grand Teton National Park. He retired in 2004 and now lives near Tetonia, Idaho. He has been creating bird sculptures for over 35 years using wood, metal and stone with an emphasis on interpretive pieces.
In 2001 and 2011, he won the Best in World Interpretive Wood Sculpture award at the Ward World Carving Championship. He is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists. His work focuses on realistic and interpretive wildlife subjects used mixed media.
Joe is a traditional carver (hand carving with chisels and mallet). He began carving and studying art in 1957 (61 years ago) in a monastery. Although he spent some time doing electrical engineering in the corporate world, most of his income came from his successful full-time carving business. He specialized in architectural carving for home, church and industry, maintaining a consistent 5 to 6 year backlog. He wrote the ‘Ask Joe’ column in Carving Magazine until he retired a few years ago. Joe developed a 4-year woodcarving apprenticeship for 6 apprentices, after which he helped them start their own woodcarving business. Now that he is retired he still takes on a few woodcarving orders, mostly for past loyal customers’ who have not found another carver, but most of his time is spent volunteering on the Disaster Action Team for the Red Cross as well as teaching wounded veterans. Joe is in his 70’s, blessed with good health and hopes to keep the art of woodcarving alive through teaching wounded veterans.
Jonathan is known for his capture and love of the wilderness; especially the bear in his art. His work centers on the mountains and all its inhabitants. He relaxes and is at home in the wilderness as much as most people are in their living rooms. He derives his inspiration from the wilderness, hiking, canoeing, horseback, rafting, or just being there. He also loves living it through the eyes of his children and others.
“I love wood” says Jonathan “other mediums have their place but wood is warm and alive! It best symbolizes living flesh. It is a powerful yet humble medium. The Creator designed me an artist to work wood. It is a passion he gave to me!” Last but not least Jonathan says “Art is like a rainbow. Don’t define it and lose its symbolism. Don’t try to grab it, for it will elude you. Just enjoy it for what it is!”