Barry Mattson | Vice President, Regional Operations
Office: Houston, Texas
United States Air Force Academy (BS), The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (MBA) and The Fletcher School at Tufts University (MA)
Air Force officer with an Iraq deployment, then Army paratrooper with another Iraq deployment
Proudest moment in my career:
Rebuilding Al Dawaya Elementary School near Taji, Iraq and opening it for 850 students.
Job Prior to The Mission Continues:
Leading a team of local experts to fight extreme poverty in remote parts of Ethiopia.
Favorite fall activity:
Book on your nightstand:
“Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese
Favorite memory at The Mission Continues:
Renovating Houston’s Kelso Elementary School with 250 volunteers from over 25 organizations, then seeing the reaction of the children at school the next Monday morning.
Least favorite MRE:
Cheese and veggie omelet
Hidden gem in Houston:
Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge
Favorite sports team:
Air Force Falcon Football
Exciting project currently in works:
Delta Class orientation, coming to Dallas in October 2015!
Song that describes you:
“Fallin’ & Flyin'” by Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
Item on your bucket list:
Climb the Volcanic Seven Summits
Who would you dine with (dead or alive):
Joey Chestnut… go ahead, Google him.