about us

board of directors

View our 501 (C) (3) status letter here:

We are dedicated to supporting Veterans by providing programs that may lead to meaningful lifestyle changes. 

 

Expedition Balance is a non-profit organization (501) (C) (3)

 

Our activities offer a holistic, non-clinical approach to helping participants regain their sense of balance and peace of mind.  These activities that have proven effective in improving brain function for those suffering the symptoms associated with combat stress and PTSD. 

 

Our certified instructors have assisted Veterans and their family members for more than 5 years. 

 

We offer regularly-scheduled yoga classes, as well as special events such as: hiking, kayaking, community volunteer projects, and workshops in nutrition, cooking, creative expression (art), and other activities. 

 

Several times a year, we offer fun and healing Expeditions (outdoors retreats) for Veterans in a variety of locations.

Carl Salazar, Founder and Director

 

Carl is a 1989 graduate of the US Naval Academy and an 11-year veteran of the Navy, including service aboard the USS Ford (FFG 54) while deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

 

He 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 offering aid and support to Veterans suffering from the traumas of military service, offering a variety of services that are known to increase joy and restore balance.

Carl started ExBal because his own practice of yoga, meditation, and a love of outdoors saved his life. Suffering from depression for years and fighting his way back to the light prompted him to serve others by sharing the practices. We started Expedition Balance to help save lives.

 

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.

Carl served as Director of Veterans Affairs for the Mayor's Office in Houston, Texas from 2013 to 2018. His expertise and experience in business, government service, and the military provide for the leadership needed to help this unique organization thrive.

Founder and Director

Carl Salazar

Navy Veteran

Houston, TX

 

Erik Briones

Santa Fe, NM

 

Dr. Edward Salazar

Air Force Veteran

London, UK

 

Sean Doherty

Navy Veteran

Boston, MA

Andrew D'Ambrosio

Navy Veteran

Los Angeles, CA

 

Louis Briones

San Francisco, CA

 

Dr. Sarah Kennedy

Air Force Veteran

Phoenix, AZ

 

partner affiliations

Expedition Balance is a proud member of Combined Arms (CAX) in Houston. CAX is dedicated to the effective transition of Veterans moving to the Houston area. We are also part of the R4 Alliance, a collaboration of organizations providing outdoors wellness to Veterans all over the US.

Expedition Balance is a non-profit organization (501) (C) (3), dedicated to supporting Veterans by providing programs that may lead to meaningful lifestyle changes.

Call us:

281.236.5785

Find us:

PO Box 7172, Houston, TX 77248