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Archives for January 2010

Montek Thind, STEM Intern

Montek Thind, STEM Intern

Montek ThindMontek is a Junior at The University of Colorado – Boulder and has volunteered in multiple positions including Office Assistant, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, and Assistant Technical Support Specialist.  Montek is training to become an Assistant Job Developer now to support James Spencer and Jason Scholte.

Carly Repaci, STEM Intern

Carly Repaci, STEM Intern


Carly Repaci is a college-bound high school senior who has worked in many volunteer and internship programs, including NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), STEM summer camps, and library reading programs. This gives her a diverse background spanning from customer service to computer science.

Chuck Wright, Volunteer

Chuck Wright, Volunteer

Chuck served a 20-year career as a communications officer in the Air Force.  Along the way, he picked up a love for helping people and a Master’s degree in Computer Science.  He is combining these two in his pursuit of helping R2W help disabled people and veterans, among others, get back to fulfilling careers.

Jason Scholte, R2W Volunteer

Jason Scholte

Volunteer

Jason Scholte is a business operations and international marketing professional. He was the Guest Speaker covering US Veterans at the 2014 International Education Councils annual conference held in London, UK. Jason has a great deal of experience in working with US Veterans and has travelled the country and the world consulting both domestic and even foreign Universities in places like Australia, United Kingdom, Prague, China, Thailand, and even South America on how to work with US Veterans intending overseas study.

 Jason has worked in higher education for more than 10 years and is also a Service-Connected Disabled Veteran having served in the United States Army from 1992 to 2005 on both Active Duty and in the National Guard, he also served in Afghanistan supporting the 1/19th Special Forces from 2003 to 2004. Jason holds an MBA and is currently working as an Rturn2Work Employment Specialist.

Carol Sarganis, Lead Employment Specialist

Carol Sarganis, Career Counselor

Carol Sarganis, Career Counselor

August 2015.  Update.  Carol recently retired.  We are deeply grateful for her long service.  Stay tuned for an article about Carol!

Carol joined R2W in 2006 as an Employment Specialist/Job Coach. Carol works with the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Ticket-to-Work applicants, veterans, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) clients.

Overcoming a lifetime of physical challenges herself, Carol was impressed with R2W’s noble mission of providing assistance to individuals seeking employment. Although the true author is unknown, the quote “Aspire to inspire before you expire” encompasses Carol’s approach to life and work.

Carol attended Salve Regina College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Elementary Education. Carol received a Master of Arts degree at the University of Rhode Island in Education and Reading. She taught Remedial Reading as a Title 1/Chapter 1 Reading Specialist on the elementary level for 28 years.

Throughout the years she has volunteered for numerous charitable organizations, schools, and an Adult Literacy Program to teach English as a second language.

Family, friends, children, and reading are Carol’s favorite personal pursuits.

Carol transitioned from fulltime employment to a volunteer consultant in May 2014.

See this article about Carol:  http://www.return2work.org/2013/r2w-delivers-the-right-level-of-support-to-disabled-job-seekers



Justice Keller, Employment Specialist

Justice Keller, Employment Specialist

 

James Spencer, Employment Specialist

James Spencer

Employment Specialist

Jim Spencer

 

After a successful career in business Jim became disabled and found how difficult is for a person with a disability to find a job. This personal experience convinced him he had a responsibility to apply what he had learned in business to improving this situation. For additional preparation he returned to school, completed a Master’s degree in Administration and a Masters in Rehabilitation Job Services. This combination of experience and education in the profession has created  opportunities for him to work with clients with disabilities from the assembly line to the board room. In an effort to share what he has learned about the job search process in 2008 he published “Job Search 101.” Since then he has helped develop job service programs in several nonprofit organizations and been guest lecturer to  degree candidates in Rehabilitation Services. Career search is his passion. His motto is “Everyone deserves an opportunity to acquire and hold a good job. Disability should not be a factor.”

General Thomas D. Mills, Chair Pro Tem

General Thomas D. Mills
Chairman Pro Tem

BRIGADIER GENERAL THOMAS D. MILLS (ret), Chair Pro Tem

 

Brigadier General Mills was elected as Chair in 2011-2013.  He led R2W through substantial organizational changes that radically improved client services, employer satisfaction, and community relations.

Assistant Adjutant General, Army Colorado National Guard

Brigadier General Thomas D. Mills was assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General for Army Colorado National Guard 6 August 2005. He provided General Officer command leadership to the 3400 soldiers assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard. He was responsible for the readiness, training, operations, mobilization, and for the allocation of resources in support of the command. He also provided the Adjutant General with recommendations on issues and policies and represents the Adjutant General as required.

BG Mills enlisted in the US Army in 1966 and served as an enlisted soldier until he completed Officer Candidate School as the Distinguished Graduate in 1977. He was assigned to numerous officer positions within Special Forces at each detachment level; in various brigade positions including Detachment Commander, S4, S3 and Executive Officer until his selection Battalion Commander for the 217th Medical Battalion. He was subsequently served as the Brigade Commander for the 89th Troop Command. Other assignments include Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander for the Colorado Army National Guard.

EDUCATION:

1975 Metropolitan State College – BA Degree – History 1999 United States Army War College 2002 Colorado State University – M. Ed. – Human Resource Studies

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Apr 77 – Jun 77, Executive Officer, Special Forces Operational Detachment A Company A, 5th Special Forces Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Aurora, CO 2. Jun 77 -Dec 82, S-2, then S-1, 5th Special Forces Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Golden, CO 3. Dec 82 -Apr 86, Training Officer, Detachment 1 Headquarters State Area Command (Troop Command), Golden, CO 4. Apr 86 – Apr 89, S-4, than Assistant S-3, Detachment Commander, Detachment 1, Headquarters State Area Command (Troop Command), Golden, CO 5. Apr 89 – Dec 90, Executive Officer, 193rd Military Police Battalion, Golden, CO 6. Jan 91 – Feb 92, Executive Officer, 5th Special Forces Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Golden, CO 7. Feb 92 – Oct 93, S-3, than Executive Officer, Detachment 1, Headquarters State Area Command (Troop Command), Golden, CO 8. Nov 93 – Aug 94, Chief of Training and Operations, Headquarters State Area Command, Englewood, CO 9. Aug 94 – May 97, Commander, 217th Medical Battalion, Pueblo, CO 10. May 97 – Mar 98, Director of Plans, Operations and Training, Headquarters State Area Command, Englewood, CO 11. Mar 98 – Sep 00, Commander, 89th Troop Command, Denver, CO 12. Sep 00 – Jun 01, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Headquarters State Area Command, Englewood, CO 13. Jul 01 – Oct 03, Deputy Commander, Headquarters State Area Command Englewood, CO 14. Oct 03 – Jul 05, Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff Joint Force Headquarters Colorado (ARNG Element) 15. Jul 05 – Aug 05, Assistant Adjutant for Space Colorado National Guard 16. Aug 05 – Present, Assistant Adjutant General for Army Colorado National Guard

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Cluster) Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster) Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster) Air Force Achievement Medal Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 silver 2 bronze Oak Leaf Cluster) National Defense Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass Device) Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 2) Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon Special Forces Tab Senior Parachutist Badge

 

Kaitlin Dial, R2W Administrative Assistant

Kaitlin Dial, R2W Administrative Assistant & Employment Specialist

 

Kaitlin Dial is an administrative assistant here at Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) since June 2016. She has struggled with depression, anxiety, and PTSD in the past and that has in turn lead to struggling in finding employment. Her goal in life currently is to help others with their challenges and make the world a better place. Return to Work and their mission of helping vets and the disabled is one of the best ways to do that

 

 

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