Who We Are
To protect the beauty & exploration of public lands
We are a group of enthusiasts passionate about the freedom of overland travel and the majesty of our public lands.
Meet the team behind the Overland Expo Foundation – they are a group of seasoned professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences, coming together with common values and goals to advance the overland community.
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Originally from Southern California, Alison has been a traveler all her years, a motorcyclist for half, and combining the two passions changed her life. In 2009, she bought a KLR650 and started exploring the Southwest. That led to a summer-long trip to Alaska the following year and then a 6-month, solo journey through Mexico, Central, and South America the year after. She shared her adventures through stories and photographs in two books, How Far is North? and Chaos in Harmony.
In 2013, Alison started working remotely for Overland Expo, and—vowing not to return to the congestion and chaos in LA—found herself a more tranquillo lifestyle in Panama and Colombia for a few years. When she returned to the U.S., she set out on a Triumph Tiger 800xc to find a long-term parking place for her and her motorcycle. It was a chance encounter at an Overland Expo event that led her to settle down across the country in New England, where she explores locally with her husband and introduces adventure to their son.
After eight years of producing Overland Expo events, Alison excitedly accepted the opportunity to lead the newly founded Overland Expo Foundation into the future, strategically build on the organization’s mission, and work alongside individuals that make a difference in our community.
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Helps with: Live events
Hailing from landlocked Colorado, you wouldn’t think that searching for the best beaches would be a pastime for Nikk, but that, along with a passion for craft beer, are huge influences in Nikk’s desire to travel.
In 2019, he and his wife sold their house and all their possessions, except what would fit in the back of their 2 door Wrangler, and headed south to Costa Rica. What an adventure! Neither of them had ever crossed a border before and the learning curve was steep.
After living in Costa Rica for 13 months enjoying endless beaches and the 5 minute walk to the local brewery, a job opportunity brought them back to Colorado. As much as Nikk loves Colorado, the itch to travel is strong. A new Jeep was purchased and the rest of the Americas are calling. This past year, he attended his first Overland Expo as a volunteer at Mountain West, and later as an attendee at Expo West.
Helps With: Social Media
Originally from Indiana, Andrew found his way out West and never looked back. He spent the last few years of his life as an automotive photographer, traveling and capturing photos for companies and private collections. Andrew is involved with both local and national automotive communities and organizations at a professional capacity. This work has led him to be published at both a national and international level.
Andrew enjoys building and facilitating relationships through his love of travel and other interests. Andrew owns a Toyota FJ Cruiser and loves to take it on overland trips with his partner, GG, and German Shepherd puppy, Remi. After living in Utah during his college years, he now resides in Boise, Idaho. He is either planning for his next outdoor adventure or you can find him in his backyard working on his bonsai trees.
Helps With: Systems Administration
Stephen Nielson was introduced to the world of 4-wheeling at the age of ten when he and his dad first went to the Moab Easter Jeep Safari in a bone stock Suzuki Samurai. From then on he was hooked and what started with a desire to conquer the trails of Moab evolved into a fascination with the Utah desert and the strange and wonderful things that can be found hiding there.
He purchased a Samurai of his own in 1999 and immediately started leading his high school 4-Wheel Drive club on trips in the deserts and mountains of Northern Utah. Since then Stephen has racked up tens of thousands of miles leading groups on trails from scenic two tracks to hardcore rock crawling; always driving less common vehicles like an Isuzu Trooper or Nissan Armada.
Stephen is Wilderness First Aid certified, a Tread Lightly! Master Trainer, former board member of the Utah 4-Wheel Drive Association and Utah Shared Access Alliance. He is a licensed HAM radio operator, an award winning amateur photographer, and a passable shade-tree mechanic.
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