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Archives for December 2017

In Loving Memory – Alfred “Ray” Brazell

When I was a green rookie cop in Pinedale 1972, Ray was my backup on a domestic call.  The guy at the domestic had a shotgun waving it around.  Being a rookie I was scared to death.  Ray calmly walked up to the guy and jerked the shotgun out of his hands.  Ray was always ready and willing to backup another officer, I had a lot of respect for him.  Darned good officer he was.  I learned a lot from him. 

My condolences to the family.

Hank Ruland
Retired County Sheriff
Pinedale

Alfred “Ray” Brazell 1928 – 2017

 

Alfred “Ray” Brazell, 89, passed away Christmas morning, December 25, 2017 at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a resident of Pinedale, Wyoming for 50 years and a former resident of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Ray was born on June 5, 1928 in Baggs, Wyoming, the son of Alfred W. Brazell and Ethel Hutchinson.

He attended schools in Baggs, Rawlins, and Saratoga Wyoming.

Ray married Frankie Nixon in Saratoga, Wyoming on June 4, 1950 and divorced in 1976. He married Caroline Boroff on August 15, 1980 in Daniel, Wyoming.

He was a Marine in World War II and worked as a Highway Patrolman for Wyoming Highway Patrol for 35 years, and later retired in 1976. Ray also worked for the Pinedale School District as a bus mechanic, then as a reverse flow tester in the Jonah Oil and Gas Field. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and a founding member of Project: Return to Work Inc. (R2W) in 1998 to help injured warriors and disabled civilians back to work, back to life.  He donated money over the decades and gave speeches to injured warriors at military events about the similarities and differences between service during World War II and current conflicts.  He also mentored injured warriors returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as other locations around the world.

Ray enjoyed timbering, fishing, hunting, camping, ranching, horses, and woodworking.

Survivors include his former wife Frankie Nixon Brazell of Port Charlotte, Florida, wife Caroline Brazell of Pinedale, Wyoming; four sons, Rob Ray Brazell of Boulder, Colorado, Chuck McDermott and wife Katie of Dillon, Colorado, Brian McDermott and wife Dolor of Pinedale, Wyoming, Kevin McDermott and wife Tina of Farmington, New Mexico; two brothers, Dale Brazell of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Vern Brazell and wife Luana of Salt Lake city, Utah; two grandchildren, Melina and Tanon McDermott, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, DeLisle Ruth Brazell Webb Lovenlight; one brother Floyd Brazell; five sisters; Alice Whisler, Helen Moore, Eileen Wentworth, Doris Rodgers, and Jane Moore, and his beloved dog, Cindy.

Following cremation a funeral service will be conducted in Spring, 2018.  Contact Rob Brazell at rob.brazell@return2work.org or 720-359-1541 for details. 

Please make a contribution to Ray’s charity in his name:  http://www.return2work.org/donate .  Please also consider volunteering.

 

 

 

R2W’s 20th Annual Gala – January 13, 2018

You are cordially invited to attend R2W’s 20th Annual Benefit and Awards Ceremony

January 13, 2018
5:00 PM
The Isle Yacht Club
1780 West Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
720-359-1541
rob.brazell@return2work.org

$75 / plate;   $575 / table

buy tickets – click here

 

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. John G. Oliver Miller


Dr. Miller was a combat surgeon in Afghanistan.  Now he is a M.D. in the ICU at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  He has improved medical science to save lives not possible in previous eras.  Dr. Miller sees the value of R2W’s programs that give injured warriors continued meaning in life.

5:00 PM     Opening Prayer & Welcome Message
5:30 PM     Dinner
6:00 PM     Keynote:  Dr. John G. Oliver Miller
6:30 PM     Awards
7:00 PM     Thank You and Looking Forward

Thank you for donating complimentary rooms!

 

Awards

 

Ronald Cole, PhD

 

Lifetime Achievement

Ron is the President of Boulder Learning Technologies. He has published approximately 60 articles in peer-review journals and 150 papers in archived conference proceedings. He is the recipient of over $40 million in individual investigator awards from the NSF, NIH and IES. For the past 15 years he has led research projects that aim to create a new generation of learning tools that feature conversational interaction with virtual teachers and therapists.  Ron was a model R2W director for several years helping write multiple grant proposals, donating frequently, and engaging his entire family in the charity.  He showed exemplary courage when he continued working full-time while being treated for cancer.

 

Nikki DAgostino, R2W Employment Specialist & Assistant Area Coordinator

 

Employee of the Year

Nikki is particularly drawn to aiding the developmentally disabled, physically and mentally disabled, the underprivileged, and the underemployed. At an early age she began volunteering at Wrentham Developmental Center.  She graduated from Suffolk University with highest distinction for a Bachelor’s degree of Science in clinical psychology and worked at Arbour-Fuller Psychiatric Hospital where she served dual diagnoses patients (mental illness and co-occurring drug addiction).   She worked as a Career Specialist for two years at a non-profit organization in Massachusetts.  She says, “Working as an Employment Specialist at Project: Return to Work Inc has given me the opportunity to work with employers to strive for equality and diversity in the workplace, ….  I am always pushing myself to learn new skills and knowledge so that I can be a better leader, organizer and advocate for those less fortunate than myself.”

 

Carly Repaci, STEM Intern

 

STEM Intern of the Year

Carli Repacci.  In May 2017, Carly was a college-bound high school senior who had worked in many volunteer and internship programs, including NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), STEM summer camps, and library reading programs. This gave her a diverse background spanning from customer service to computer science.  For her senior project, she completed a special 2 week internship combining 2 semester-long curriculums, each normally taught over 15 weeks.  Then she continued to volunteer her tremendous skills serving dozens of veterans, disabled civilians, and their spouses under the direction of professional counselors including Kimberly Anderson, R2W Employment Specialist.

 

President’s Volunteer Service Awards

R2W is an Official Leadership Organization for this prestigious award.  The ability to bestow Presidential recognition on our volunteers is a tremendous honor.  Recognizing the great work of our volunteers delivers a powerful message that encourages other to take action.  

R2W’s STEM interns, mentors, and other volunteers can earn a medal from the President of the United States for their time and impact on society.  Rob Brazell, R2W Founder was awarded a gold medal from President Obama a few years ago.  This year, he has been nominated for another gold medal and Fran Nixon has been nominated for a lifetime achievement award from President Trump.  A special event will be held for these awards.  Call 720-359-1541 for an invitation.  Limited seating.

2017 – Blastoff!

Admiral Dick Young

Inspired by Admiral Young, R2W’s Mentor program helps incarcerated Americans transitioning to model citizenship as well as injured warriors transitioning to model employment.

R2W  engaged broad community support at VFW Post #1, community colleges & universities, our annual Day Of Caring event with United Way, and highly visible events with other community leaders.

Strategic Plan Milestone –  R2W launched its R&D program.

 

R2W demonstrated self-sustaining revenues from quality services in Florida.

 

R2W was in the news in 2017!

Return2Work on Fox News!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Unique Approach

 

Evaluation

Clients evaluate themselves in a fraction of the time.  Our psychometric profiler asks questions in a creative way to assess client aptitudes and preferences. R2W counselors performs a follow up evaluation to complete a plan. The plan identifies the client’s career goals, personality traits and interests — along with traditional factors such as work experience — in order to match them with potential employers.

 

Training

Clients enroll in vocational programs, higher education, and/or R2W’s Service Learning Internships. Additional career counseling includes resume critiques, successful interview / presentation strategies, business and career etiquette, and more.

 

 

Placement

R2W counselors utilize donated technologies and innovative methods to match applicants with employers for unprecedented positive outcomes – lasting placements.

 

 

R2W Programs

 

Client Services

Tier 1 & 2:  Direct Recruiting
Tier 3:  Employment Services
Tier 4:  Supported Employment
Tier 3 & 4:  Service Learning Internships!

 

Jalali Hartman, Advisor to the Board

Mentors

Several R2W Directors are lifetime mentors for key staff in our 5 year incubators.  Other mentors follow our 1 year program.  One mentee at a time.  Still others volunteer for an afternoon at one of R2W events for resume preparation.  Click here to volunteer now!

 

 

 

Ally Finlinson, STEM Intern, BYU

STEM Interns

  • Assistant Employment Specialist
  • Assistant Job Developer
  • Assistant Technical Support Specialist
  • Heuristics:  The Underlying Math
  • 70-80 hours/internship;
  • School credit; some stipends; White House Awards

 

Zoya Dixit, R2W Volunteer

Volunteers

R2W is largely a volunteer organization supported by millions of dollars of in-kind contributions from high technology companies.  This enables us to hold down costs and achieve one of the lowest General & Administrative rates in the industry.  Foothills United Way helps us recruit and track about 250 volunteers including CALL BANK, Office Assistant,Assistant Job Developer,Assistant Employment Specialist, Assistant Technical Support Specialist, Assistant Grant Writer,Assistant Fundraiser, PR, & Marketing, Outreach Specialist, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, Assistant Website Host,Board Members, and Advisors to the Board.  Click here to volunteer now!

 

Research and Development

As part of its strategic plan, R2W conducts scientific research to determine the empirical impact of training, medical devices, and alternative medicines on employment.

 

 

Greg Holt, R2W Employment Specialist

Incubators

As part of R2W’s strategic plan, we are spinning off 26 Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOBs), one for each VA region and one or two for back office support.  Candidates are placed in five year incubators enabling them to launch their businesses without venture capital or bank loans.  R2W Board Members often serve as lifetime mentors.

 

 

R2W Client Services

 

Tier 1 & 2:  Direct Recruiting

Tier 1 clients are not injured; Tier 2 clients have completed their vocational rehabilitation.  They are “job ready” and can radically speed up the employment process by utilizing automated features and online classes.

 

 

SGT Logan Jubeck, US Army (retired)

Tier 3 & 4:  Service Learning Internships

Tier 3 clients are severely injured and need vocational rehabilitation.  Tier 4 clients are so severely injured that gainful employment is not realistic but supported employment adds quality of life.  Service Learning internships utilize donated technologies to quickly zero in on specific work tasks that excite clients, bring out their resiliency, and achieve stabilization more quickly.

 

 

Kim Anderson, R2W Employment Specialist

Tier 3 Employment Services & Tier 4 Supported Employment

R2W provides an array of traditional vocational rehabilitation services for Tier 3 & 4 clients.  These clients frequently require months or years of intensive service.

 

 

 

STEM Interns

STEM interns learn advanced technologies to achieve unprecedented positive outcomes.  They also learn the value of R2W’s buddy system for giving back to injured military service members and disabled citizens.  It’s radically different than the Vietnam era!

 

Ally Finlinson, STEM Intern, BYU

Carly Repaci, STEM Intern,

Rhett Sandal, STEM Intern, Silver Creek High School

Ed Fenwick, STEM Intern, Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center

Paige O’Connor, STEM Intern, Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center

Cameron Telahgani, STEM Intern, Longmont High School

Montek Thind, STEM Intern, CU

 

Jordan Cole, STEM Intern, CU

 

 

 

 

 2017 Board of Directors 

Rob Brazell President

Dr. John Miller Secretary

Andy Sesser Treasurer

Steve Litchfield, Attorney
Executive Committee

Lora Reed, PhD
R2W Executive Committee

Richard Harris
Executive Committee

 

Larry Gustafson, Attorney
Executive Committee

 

Jay D. VanderWerff
Executive Committee

Jalali Hartman, Advisor

Fran Nixon, Advisor

 

Jannie Hendrikje Huiskes-Smith, Advisor

Kevin Mahoney, Former Executive Committee

 

Prof. Ruth Dameron (ret)
Secretary prior to Dr. Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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