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You are here: Home Resources E-Newsletter Archive Spring 2009, Issue III An Interview with Chris Dishman

An Interview with Chris Dishman

Read a short interview with a new Journeys' supporter and Board Member.

Chris Dishman is the newest member of Journeys’ board, and serves as the board treasurer. Chris runs Denali Financial Consulting, which provides financial services to technology companies.  In the past, he has volunteered with Jr. Achievement Project Business, where he taught business to eighth graders. He also organized “Outdoor Appreciation Day” events for his church where he introduced city teenagers to hiking and the outdoors.  Chris is active in the Washington Technology Industry Association, Northwest Entrepreneur Network, and served on the Board of the MIT Forum of the Northwest. He is currently participating as a co-chair for the WITA Investment Forum and Technology Showcase annual event.

Q:  How did you get involved with Journeys?

I was looking for a non-profit board opportunity and heard of Journeys through a networking organization.  I was immediately interested in Journeys because it’s the perfect convergence of my passion for the outdoors, love of community service, and the need to empower youth in a difficult time in their lives.

The mission of Journeys is the perfect combination of the things I care deeply about.

Q: Why did you join the board of Journeys?

I joined the board because I want to put my energy into something where I can make a difference. Being a member of the board, I feel that I can really help out and use my skills as a Finance Executive in a meaningful way.

Q: What motivated you to contribute a significant donation to Journeys this year?

I view my contribution as an investment in the organization. By donating I feel I have a stake in the success of the organization, which helps me focus and prioritize my time and energy helping Journeys’ accomplish its mission.

Q: What do you look forward to in Journeys future?

I look forward to broadening Journeys reach into the community.

Q: What in our mission resonates with your background - do you have a rite of passage that sticks out from your own life memories?

I’m an avid hiker, fly fisherman, outdoor photographer and skier. My Dad introduced me to the outdoors when I was very young. When I was four, my dad took me skiing and we went to the top of the “Exterminator” run at Crystal Mountain. He said that I had to figure out how to get down the mountain on my own, and then skied ahead and waited at the bottom. I was terrified, but I figured it out and learned from it.  He challenged me at a young age to step outside my comfort zone. From these challenges, I learned self-sufficiency, self-confidence, independence, and appreciation for nature. My dad was my teacher; and I learned many life lessons from his challenges.

I believe that the outdoors can teach humility, appreciation and kindness, teamwork, and self-sufficiency which are life skills that can help kids and young adults prepare for the workplace and other areas of life.  I believe that the mission of Journeys embodies these values, and I am fortunate to be involved in the organization. 

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