About Expedition Balance

Board of Directors.

Carl Salazar, Houston Texas

Carl is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and an 11-year veteran of the US Navy, including service aboard the USS Ford (FFG 54) while deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Carl is the founder of Expedition Balance, its Executive Director, and a founding board member of the organization. Carl heads a Board of Directors committed to delivering the mission of Expedition Balance by offering aid and support to combat veterans suffering from the emotional traumas of wartime experience, offering a variety of services that are known to increase joy and restore balance.

Before working with Expedition Balance, Carl worked in the metals distribution and manufacturing industries, performing in several operations management and business development roles. He earned a BS degree in Engineering from the US Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Andy D’Ambrosio, San Diego California

Andy D’Ambrosio is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and an eight-year veteran of the US Navy. Andy completed three deployments, including service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. During his time as a naval officer, Andy led the largest enlisted recruiting department in the nation, leading 150 naval recruiters throughout California and Nevada.

Andy is currently a Principal in the Aerospace and Defense practice of PRTM. He holds an MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Economics from Columbia University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy.

Erik Briones, Rio Rancho New Mexico

Erik joined Expedition Balance in 2009 as a founding board member, bringing organizational management and entrepreneurial savvy honed over a successful career in teaching and business management.

Erik is an entrepreneur who founded a number of successful businesses including plant nurseries, a real estate investment firm and medical treatment company. He holds a BA in Horticulture from New Mexico State University.

Louis Briones, San Francisco California

Louis joined Expedition Balance in 2009 as a founding board member, bringing advertising, branding and marketing expertise to the organization. Louis is an advertising professional and founder of Wayfinder, an advertising agency in San Francisco where he is CEO.

Louis has assisted many non-profit organizations develop their brand and meet their fund raising requirements including The Lance Armstrong Foundation, Until There’s a Cure, The MS Society, and The American Heart Association.

Louis holds a BA with emphasis in Marketing and Advertising from New Mexico State University and an MJ with emphasis in Advertising from Louisiana State University.

Dr. Edward J. Salazar, Washington DC

Dr. Salazar is a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran and is currently an independent international affairs consultant and a veteran diplomat for the US Department of State.

As a career Foreign Service Officer he had a wide variety of assignments and responsibilities across a spectrum of international functional and geographic areas. Most recently, Ed was actively engaged in building both interagency and international partnerships for State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Prior to this he was the Director of Programs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

Ed has a Ph.D. and Master’s in international affairs from Claremont Graduate School and a B.A. in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has served on the Board of Advisors for the National Language Resource Center and currently serves on the Board of International Advisors of the Monterey Institute. He also has taught at Pomona College and the Monterey Institute and guest lectured at countless venues during the course of his career. Ed speaks Spanish, Russian, and some French.

Pam Johnson, Houston Texas

Pam has taught yoga since 1998 and owns/operates the Heights School of Yoga in Houston. She has a number of advanced certifications, and is an expert in the Vinyasakrama method of Hatha yoga. Pam has taught and demonstrated yoga at a number of trainings and conferences throughout the country. She also has studied body alignment and anatomy for yoga asana. Pam teaches yoga to our vets here in Houston, is well-known in the community, and is a great source of knowledge as we grow and partner with other yoga professionals nationwide.

Cobb Scott, PH.D, New Haven Connecticut

Cobb is an expert on PTSD and has worked with veterans on and off for the past 10 years. After college, he started a research assistantship at the VA in San Francisco working on brain dysfunction in PTSD (mostly Vietnam era vets). He then went on to graduate school at UCSD for a PhD in Clinical Psychology (with specialization in Neuropsychology). One of his clinical rotations was at the VA in San Diego, where he saw a number of the first wave of returning OEF/OIF Vets. Today, he is a post-doctoral fellow at Yale and the National Center for PTSD, Clinical Neurosciences Division. This division of the National Center specializes in researching the physical basis of how the brain receives and processes traumatic stress, including neurobiology, brain imaging, genetic epidemiology, resilience, and pharmacotherapy. Cobb is a recent dad and lives with his family in New Haven, Connecticut.