John O'Donnell defies convention and lives life on his own terms. After years of traveling, primarily in Central and South America, doing mission work and studying leadership and expedition logistics John returned home to Lake Charles to study history at McNeese. He participated in Student Government and founded several organizations including environmental group called Blue and Gold Goes Green, who recycled more waste than any other college in the country, winning the coveted Recyclemania Competition in 2009. Since then, he's been a businessman, political consultant, and a community activist, volunteering his time for numerous non-profits. He now leads Healthier SWLA as their coalition coordinator, coordinating the efforts of over 170 organizations, businesses and governments whose mission is to get people to move more, eat better and stop using tobacco from a systematic and environmental perspective. He spends his free time traveling, cooking, writing about traveling and cooking, and competing in endurance events like ultra marathons and Ironman distance triathlons.