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Copyright 2018

180 Youth Outreach, Inc.

The Team


180 Youth Outreach is a public charity supported by group of volunteers who desire to assist any teenager who may have any type of habit, hurt, or hang-up that creates a stumbling block in reaching his or her potential.  Through focusing on God, fellowship with other teenagers, and forming support groups, we are able to help each teen land on solid ground. This outreach program is about positive growth through relationships and community.  Here at 180, we strive to utilize those who have had real life experiences and who are connected first hand in our community.  Our own life experiences, knowledge, and with the help of Jesus Christ intersect in our outreach programs to better the lives of at-risk youth in our area.  We require all of our Leadership Team to have experienced some type of recovery program such as Celebrate Recovery or have obtained extensive working knowledge of the recovery process.  Background checks are required for any volunteer and leader that will be interacting with youth in our program.  Feel free to contact any of our team members to know if 180 Youth Outreach is right for you.

Leadership Team

As a honorable discharged US Army Veteran, business owner, and with 27 years in the transportation industry, Richard enjoys working will people from all walks of life.  Born and raised in upstate New York in the Adirondack Mountains, he now calls Dandridge, TN his home.  He has two daughters and one son with many grandkids. Today, he enjoys first serving the Lord, followed by fishing, hiking, boating, motorcycles, and working with youth.


"I grew up in a dysfunctional family with an abusive alcoholic step dad who mentally and physically abused us.  We lost my twin brother to drugs and alcohol on our 18th birthday.  I carried bad coping skills well into the later years of my adulthood life.  After finding God and learning positive coping skills with the support of the Celebrate Recovery 12 step program, I am now making healthier choices.  As a father, I am now learning how to deal with a son and daughter who struggle with peer pressure, bullying, and self-esteem challenges.  Because of passing on my bad habits and those in my family to my children, I found my son dealing with bullying and other issues.  This caused him to harm himself in ways that were not healthy.  In seeking help for him, I soon realized that programs to help youth are not readily available in our area that help youth make better decisions and instill the coping skills they need for life."

God placed this outreach ministry on his heart that uses his past experiences as a way to help youth learn better methods to deal with any hurt, habit, or hang-ups they may have.  It has been through God and positive relationships that has allowed him to form this outreach ministry based on Christian principles (the Beatitudes) that will take back our youth and allow them to live a prosperous life God intended for them to have.  

President, Board of Directors


A diverse background in retail management, audio industry, and construction, DJ provides a unique skillset that reaches and connects our youth to make more informed choices in life.  Being born in Knoxville, and family moving to Jefferson County, he enjoyed actives such as baseball and singing in show choir.  For several years, he was part of his family traveling music ministry as a child.  Today, he enjoys anything music related, movies, camping, and family outings.  

"I have been to many places and am always grateful to call East Tennessee home.  I have one brother Travis and one sister Alisha.  It is a privilege to have married the love of my life Rachel.  I have two daughters Hannah and Hadlee.  As a teenager, I suffered great loss and rejection.  I did not have coping skills and made a lot of bad choices.  My hope is that being a part of 180 Youth Outreach I can share healthy coping skills with youth.  I am glad to be part of a program to equip them to make better choices and not be weighed down by all the extra baggage like I carried for so many years from my youth."

The 180 Youth Outreach has been an instrumental part of DJ's life in giving back to our youth.  He enjoys seeing youth accomplish their dreams no matter what obstacles or hurdles they have to overcome.  

DJ hold an A.A. in Audio Recording from SAE Institute from Nashville, Tennessee. 

Treasurer, Board of Directors


For over 8 years, Bryon has been engaged in developing others in the corporate setting.  For the past two years, he has been an avid volunteer in a local Celebrate Recovery group overseeing worship.  From Dandridge, TN.  he has spent most of his life growing up on a small family farm while on the road part-time doing music ministry with the family.  In his free time he enjoys music, digital photography, hiking, and out doing fun things with his church family.  Presently having no family obligations, he spends his time ministering with youth and adults about life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups when he isn't working on school assignments.  

"In our lives, we have an opportunity to make good choices and bad choices in regards to the many hurts, traumas, and curve balls life may throw at us.  In my youth, I chose to keep those inside that later surfaced as an adult.  Holding these inside did limit me to reach my potential in succeeding in life.   Although I have been very successful academically, there’s more areas of my life that could have been better.  Over the course of time, we all learn bad habits to cope with some of the tragedies that we face from time to time.  In working through the 180 Program myself, I have learned how to make peace with the past, unload some of the weights to travel lighter, and to know that my faith in Jesus Christ will sustain me as I walk through my own recovery.  This journey is all about the process, not so much the destination.  The destination will take care of itself.  The process provides tools and resources in how to make better decisions, cope with life disappointments, and to understand that I am not walking through life alone."


Our 180 Youth Outreach program holds a special place in his heart.  His deepest desire is to work with at risk youth to let them know that someone does care, someone does understand how challenging life is, and that there is a community of people that want to encourage them to make better choices in life.  

Bryon holds a B.A. in Business Administration with focus in Accounting and Political Science from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee; Certificate in Project Management; M.Ed in Human Resource Development (Human Performance Improvement) with focus in Leadership Development from Tusculum College, Greenville, Tennessee; Certificate in Worship Arts from Trevecca Nazarine University, Nashville, Tennessee; currently seeking a B.A. in Music Business with focus in Piano and Voice from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts.  

Secretary, Board of Directors


Advisory Team
Volunteer Team
  • Lisa VanEtten

  • Rachel Moody

  • Chris Russell