Board of Directors
Mark is the founding Director of Courage Foundation. In 1989, Mark was an MBA student in finance and accounting, working as a CPA on Wall Street when he decided on a radical career change. He decided to leave the corporate grind to become an elite Navy SEAL officer. After graduating as honor man (number 1 ranked grad) of his BUDs class 170, he served and led for 20 years as an active duty and reserve SEAL in a variety of peacetime and combat roles. His SEAL experience led him to a passion for leadership and personal development – always striving for new ways to improve himself and his team. As a reserve officer he pursued a PhD in leadership and began to clarify a concept around a new “world-centric warrior,” who lives by a warrior ethos to pursue self-mastery in order to do good for all of humanity. Mark has developed two powerful integrative training systems that have served thousands of warriors, athletes and professionals from different walks of life. SEALFIT develops a heart-centered approach to leading, mental toughness and resiliency through rugged functional training. Unbeatable Mind is an integral warrior development system that develops from the inside out along what he calls the 5 Mountain path of physical, mental, emotional, intuitive and “kokoro spirit.” These programs have brought elite level training and practices to ordinary folks. This combination of intense physical, mental, emotional and spiritual training delivers the experience of kokoro – the merging of heart and mind into action. It is a whole-mind development that leads to great internal potential, and unlocks maximum performance in the arenas of life. Heart, body, mind, will – all connected for the greater good.
Greg served in both State and Federal Law Enforcement for over sixteen years in numerous capacities to include SWAT with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and as a Special Agent (SA) with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the Southwest Border. Greg was the DEA Liaison to the highly regarded Border Enforcement Security Task-Force (BEST) Team. Greg also served as a US Army Military Police Captain and TAC Officer (Teach – Access – Counsel) where he instructed combatives, Yoga, CrossFit and leadership at the United States Army Officer Candidate School at Camp San Luis Obispo, CA. Greg currently serves as a Reserve Peace Officer in Santa Cruz, CA, with the Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol.
Greg has been featured in numerous magazine articles including Competitor Magazine, Men’s Health, WOD Talk Magazine, Outside Magazine, Inside The Box Magazine, Santa Cruz Good Times, and Police Magazine. Greg is the Fitness Expert for Calibre Press Law Enforcement Magazine and his contributions to CrossFit and the Law Enforcement community have been chronicled in the bestselling books Inside The Box and Learning To Breathe Fire.
Greg is the author of four books, Your Wife is NOT Your Sister, God In Me, Firebreather Fitness and United States Army National Guard: Tips For Success. Greg is also a minister, highly respected lecturer and educator on such topics as Universal Law, Leadership, Warrior Spirit, and God’s Love. Greg’s Podcast “The Greg Amundson Show” has been praised as an encouraging warrior’s perspective on the Word of God.
Greg is among the nation’s forefront authorities on integrated wellness practices, and his message will help you internalize disciplined practices that are central to developing a relationship with God. His integration of the Mind, Body, and Spirit offers a unique perspective to keep you thriving in all aspects of your life. Greg is currently a Graduate Student pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Western Seminary. For more information, visit www.GregoryAmundson.com.
Josh Mantz is a professional speaker, author, and the CEO of Darker Souls, LLC; a clinical training and leadership consulting company tailored to the behavioral health and medical industries. He’s a 2005 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor while serving in combat in Iraq. He was killed after sustaining a fatal gunshot wound in Baghdad only to be miraculously revived by an expert medical team after his heart stopped for a full fifteen minutes. His greatest challenge, however, wasn’t cheating death, but coping with life. He experienced the paradoxes of trauma in unimaginable ways as he walked through the shadows of shame, guilt, powerlessness, and betrayal. His decade-long quest to uncover the truth behind trauma laid the foundation for his work today. His #1 best-selling book, The Beauty of a Darker Soul, carries a universal message about trauma that empowers people to transcend through their most challenging experiences. Josh currently resides in San Jose, California, and is pursuing a master’s degree in consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Sean Esbjörn-Hargens Ph.D. is a Director and unpaid consultant for the Foundation, lending his nonprofit experience to the board. Sean is also the Executive Director of MetaIntegral Foundation, Inc., which is a 501(c)3 devoted to education and grant giving programs to support professionals to apply integral frameworks to projects and initiatives around the world. Sean brings a unique multi-sectoral and international perspective. He has been on the leadership team or advisory board of 10 companies, NGOs, and foundations. In these roles, he has worked with a variety of sectors, including international development, fast-moving consumer goods, sustainability, education, and community health. He has lived in the USA, Chad, Kenya, Bhutan, and England, worked in nine countries, and traveled extensively. Sean is a prolific writer and editor and has published over 30 articles and seven books that have helped leaders effectively deal with complexity and solve organizational problems. Many of his publications are used in universities and leadership programs around the world and have been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Russian. He has made substantial contributions to the fields of integral theory, integral ecology, integral research, integral education, and integral business.
Bacho Vega is a Director and Secretary and supports all legal aspects for the Foundation. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Bacho moved to the US mainland at the age of sixteen. Bacho has been a member of the Utah Bar Association since 2000, Arizona Bar since 2004 and is admitted to practice in all Arizona and Utah federal and state courts. Since 2000, Bacho has represented clients in business organization and compliance, real estate, commercial litigation and landlord matters. Bacho represents hundreds of businesses in their local and national transactions. In 1996, Bacho graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2000, he graduated from the University Of Utah College Of Law. During his last semester of law school Bacho clerked for Justice Christine Durham of the Utah Supreme Court. Bacho enjoys spending time with and especially traveling with his wife and their beautiful children. As a hobby, Bacho enjoys endurance events successfully completing multiple marathons, Ironman and ultra-marathons including Western States, Puerto Rico 150+ and Javelina 100. Bacho is a graduate of the prestigious Sealfit Kokoro camp.
Jonathan Atwater, Ph.D. is the Treasurer and Associate Executive Director of Courage Foundation. He holds a doctorate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has worked as a research scientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences. Dr. Atwater has also founded and operated two successful microbreweries and has consulted on several others. Dr. Atwater was a full professor of Biology for ten years before suffering a spinal cord injury which resulted in quadriplegia. Since his accident, he has been working in administrative management for Mark Divine’s Unbeatable Inc. Dr. Atwater has left his former position with Unbeatable Inc. to direct operations of Courage Foundation. His role is administration, management, program development, fundraising and grant writing.