Team Overland Founder and Marine Corps Veteran Matthew Havniear currently serves as the Board Chair and President of Team Overland. After a four-year enlistment where he served as an infantryman with 2nd Battalion 7th Marines, Matthew returned home and looked for opportunities to reintegrate into his community but found limited options. A lifelong outdoorsman, Matthew was introduced to Overlanding and instantly recognized the benefit and potential the overland lifestyle had to serve as a platform for Veteran reintegration. For those reasons, he helped create the nonprofit Team Overland in 2015.
Matthew, an Oregon State Credentialed Qualified Mental Health Associate, currently works full time for Jackson County's Community Action Agency, ACCESS. At ACCESS he manages The Center for Community Resilience and the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. Matthew also provides various training to professionals, including Suicide Prevention and Peer Support Training.
Matthew is the elected Board Chair for the Jackson County Veterans Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair of the Southern Oregon Outreach Coalition, founder of the Rogue Valley Veterans Support Network, and actively participates in the Jackson County Homeless Task Force.
Matthew received the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Unsung Hero Award, and the Victory on the Homefront Oregon Community Hero Award for his work in the community. Matthew also received a U.S. Flag flown over the Capitol in Washington D.C. presented by Congressman Greg Walden in his honor.
Matthew utilizes his 2014 Toyota Tacoma TRD "Squatch Edition" to lead trips. You can find his Tacoma build on Tacoma World under @Squatch_Taco