Board of Directors & Leadership

Journeymen is fortunate for its dedicated board of directors, all of whom support Journeymen with personal contributions.

Skylar Wilson, MA

Executive Director

Skylar has led rites of passage events and programs for the past twenty years for teenagers and adults. He has partnered with many organizations including the Esalen Institute, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Cosmic Mass and many high schools and universities throughout the Bay Area to create impactful experiences of healing. 

He received a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012 where he focused on the ways that humans form meaning, identity and connection within relationships.

Skylar is a passionate counselor, parent, writer, and athlete. He loves nothing more than spending time in the natural world.

Colin Newkirk

Colin Newkirk

Board President

Colin is the owner and president of Colin Newkirk Builder, Inc., a general contracting firm that specializes in residential and commercial renovations. Colin is our board president, and has consistently staffed our weekend rites of passage experiences.

Greg Hall II

Greg Hall II

Board Secretary

Greg has been in Asheville since 2007 and is passionate about working with youth. He believes in seeing youth thrive and championing them as they pursue their goals. During his time at UNCA studying Psychology he gained initial experience working in mental health as a Residential Counselor at a group home for teen boys. Greg seeks to inspire others through his lived experiences but also be inspired and gain knowledge by people that he encounters hearing their stories. In 2017 he moved from a direct mental health focus into education. The journey of inspiration for Greg continues as he currently works for In Real Life After School. Greg also works side by side with young men in Crafting Passages engaging in STEAM projects and recently staffed his first wilderness solo in April 2021.

Brent Skidmore

Brent Skidmore

Advisor

Brent has taught for twenty-six years at universities and craft programs across the country, such as Penland, Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch and Peter’s Valley, and since 2007 at UNC Asheville as Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Craft Studies. Brent also ran his own studio for eight years, and his work has been shown extensively across the U.S. and internationally.

From 2007 to 2015, Brent served as a board member for the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, and from 2007 to 2014 for Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Brent regularly staffs our weekend rites of passage experiences and participates in our ongoing mentoring program.

Journeymen is currently seeking additional board members with a passion for serving adolescent boys during their critical time of transition into manhood, and a willingness to give of their time and resources for the growth and development of the Journeymen program. Please email journeymenasheville@gmail.com if you are interested in exploring board membership with us.

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