Ben was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended college in New Hampshire at Dartmouth College with a BA in Neuroscience and a minor in Moral Philosophy. After school, Ben worked as an EMT in his hometown of Albuquerque and then spent four months in Guatemala volunteering as a backpacking guide. From his time in the deserts of New Mexico, the forests of New Hampshire, and the highlands of Central America, Ben developed an appreciation for the natural world and the relief it provides from the stressors of modern life. Ben is driven to share that appreciation and impart the lessons it carries with the young men at Elements. In his off time Ben enjoys watching football, hiking, swimming, snowboarding, reading, and cooking.