Meet our Staff
Founder and CEO
Grossman is a passionate backpacker, diver, skier, and hiker. Motivated by his experiences in the arts, music, and Scouting, he encourages youth to explore the world in a whole new way through the activities and events provided by the Felix Ventures Foundation. Today you can find him participating the program's camping, museum, and backpacking trips.
Yuridia Duran was introduced to the program at the end of her sophomore year at Workman High School. She quickly fell in love with Felix ventures and became the President her senior year in 2002. As a college student, she came back to help and joined the staff team in 2004.
Some of her favorite memories as a student were her first backpacking trip to Mt. Baden Powell and the Sierra Nevada mountains. As an advisor, she uses her experiences to provide insight and suggestions to the Felix Ventures Staff.
Eric Duran joined the program in 1999 as it transitioned from Pat's Champs to Felix Ventures. In his senior year, he became president and as a college student came back to help. He officially joined the team in 2004.
Some of his favorite memories are car camping at Morro Bay Hearst Castle and being a part of one of the greatest capture the flag game of all time. As a director he wants to help the program fully become student run and student led.
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Robert Alvarez has been a member of Felix Ventures since freshman year, and through dedication and merit, senior year he was able to acquire the position as President. Robert's passion for the program did not stop there. Upon graduating he continued to be apart of the organization by volunteering on trips. A few of his most memorable experiences occurred on the trip to Havasupai.
Robert is now an official member of the staff, and is eager to take on his responsibilities as an activity coordinator.
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Andrea Chavez was introduced to the program at a young age, due to her family's involvement. She fell in love with Felix ventures and became the Vice President of her senior year in 2018. As a college student, she came back to contribute and joined the staff in January of 2019.
Her favorite memories as a student were car camping trips and rock climbing. She made friendships that would last a lifetime. As a Coordinator, she uses her experiences to provide insight and suggestions to the Felix Ventures Staff.
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Mariana De Luna
Mariana De Luna joined the program her Sophomore year of high school. She became the Vice President her Senior Year of high school in 2016. With the program's college and career guidance, she was able to attend and complete her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College. She officially became part of the team in 2020.
Some of her favorite memories are from the week-long treks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We explore and backpack to different parts of the Sierra's every other year. She hopes to encourage students to return and give back to the program as alumni.
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Emiline joined Felix Ventures in her junior year of high school. She has been an active member since then and became the cultural and fine arts officer her senior year. She started working with Felix Ventures as one of our operations coordinators in October 2019.
Some of her favorite memories include backpacking through the Grand Canyon and visiting the Havasupai Indian Reservation with venturers. She plans to go on more backpacking trips as an alumni and FVF staff member.
Intern - Fall 2020
Anahi Castro is a Junior at Cal State University, Fullerton. She is currently a Human Services with a concentration in mental health. Anahi wants to continue her career and become a Medical Social Worker. She has been able to gain experience with Felix Ventures and has fallen in love with their mission.
Anahi plans on continuing her part and becoming a volunteer after this semester. Her favorite trip so far has been the Bike Hikes because she got to experience watching all the students cross the finish line.