Who We Are

Our Mission

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.

Board of Directors & Officers


Executive Director & Board Member

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.


Co-Founder and Board President
Jessica is a co-founder of Lodestone Events, producers of the Overland Expo event series and founder of the Overland Expo Foundation. Overland Expo, founded by Roseann and Jonathan Hanson, has always had a charitable arm funding the travel of overlanders around the country and inspiring others to get trained, get geared up and get going. Paying homage to the founders of Overland Expo original charity’s impact, but also recognizing the need for a charitable organization with an even wider breadth of opportunity to impact issues affecting the overland community at large, Jessica co-founded the Overland Expo Foundation in 2020. Jessica oversees the charity auctions as part of the Overland Expo event series. In 2021, Jessica spearheaded the Ultimate Overland Vehicle + Motorcycle builds and charity auction partnerships and fundraisers within Overland Expo as a new funding strategy for the Overland Expo Foundation. Jessica is a career marketing, content strategy & communications professional dedicated to bringing enthusiasts passions to life with live events. Today, Jessica is approaching 20 years in the live events industry. She loves to run, travel and enjoy her network of “friends who are family.” Jessica is a ski-bum at heart on a mission to ski all of the world’s great ski resorts. She lives in Central Indiana with her husband, two step-daughters and their Golden Retriever, Lucy Loo.


Board Member & Secretary
Anthony Sicola is one of the founding members of the Overland Expo Foundation and serves as Board Secretary. He has a rich and varied background in the not-for-profit industry holding a host of positions along the way. He completed his year of national service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Member with Monterey County America Reads in Seaside, CA, a reading program serving primary school youth across the county. He worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, WA as Program Services Director creating arts and education programming for low-income children. Anthony also worked as a Community Relations Specialist with Safeco Insurance vetting and funding nonprofit organizations around the country that were meeting needs in their communities. Being an overlander since before the word existed, Anthony is passionate about vehicle-assisted adventure travel, clean public lands, and keeping the wild, wild. He is thrilled to serve the overland community and hopes that all overlanders, new and old, will strive to leave the backcountry better than they found it. Anthony holds a Master’s in Not-for Profit Leadership from Seattle University.


Karen came to the Overland Expo Foundation equipped with more than 20 years of accounting experience in positions varying from Senior Accountant and Controller to Vice President of Finance. Karen is a Manager in the Accounting Services Department of Sponsel CPA Group where she oversees and directs services to clients that require customized accounting solutions. Karen also assists with general bookkeeping, payroll services, and monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting. Outside of the office, Karen is a movie buff and bookworm. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends — some from as far back as elementary school!

Current ambassadors

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Nikk Boltz

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.

Andrew Jackson

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.

Stephen Nielson

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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