R2W Board of Directors
Rob R. Brazell
President & Co-Chairman
Rob founded Project: Return To Work Inc. (R2W) in 1998 after battling a terminal illness. In 1994 Rob was given a year to live, but he persevered and the experience motivated him to dedicate his life to helping disabled Americans overcome their own disabilities and return to work. Rob is a tireless advocate for vocational rehabilitation programs. Often Rob travels to civilian and military events where he gives motivational speeches and introduces R2W’s services to wounded civilians, soldiers, and their spouses.
At R2W, Rob performs the duties of Chief Executive Officer and has grown R2W from a grassroots startup in Boulder, Colorado to several notable government contracts and prestigious nationwide grants. Rob is continually reaching forward in the rehabilitation process to provide more effective early-intervention services for Americans with disabilities.
Rob’s service to R2W and its clients is part of his own rehabilitation. It took him a long time to return to work full time, but as is the case for many disabled Americans, the outcome was worth it.
After regaining his health, Rob was in a car accident and diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He was disabled again but refused to give up. Since the accident, he has been undergoing exciting new rehabilitation therapies while board members and other caring mentors have helped him continue in his role as CEO. Work tasks are part of his therapies that are giving him hope and meaning in life.
Rob earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineer from the University of Colorado. Prior to R2W, he worked in Corporate America as a successful aerospace engineer.
In his spare time Rob enjoys bicycling, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and ranching.
Professor Ruth Higgins Dameron
Ruth Dameron graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, with a B.S. in mathematics and from Syracuse University with an M.S. in Computer Science. She worked in software development and project management in industry for 15 years and was on the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder, for 25+ years in the Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering Department (ECEE). Prior to her retirement, she co-supervised the senior-level team projects in ECEE and taught a senior-level course and a three-semester graduate-level series in software engineering as well as a freshman course, Introduction to Programming for Engineers. She consulted in industry in areas of software development methodology and project management. Ruth lives in Denver with her husband, Kirk. She has successfully raised to adulthood her daughter, Joy, who has Bardet-Biedl Syndrome and lives independently in Denver. Ruth plays a variety of folk instruments and is currently enjoying learning to play old-time banjo.
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Kevin Mahoney, Executive Committee
Kevin Mahoney is a seasoned senior executive manager who has spent the past 35 years in the hospitality business focusing on investment, development, operations and overseeing the many facets of running a 3,000 employee-based company. Most recently he was the Chief Operating Office for Stonebridge Companies with prior experience as the Executive Director of Hotel Investments for Amstar Group; both based in Denver. Although not having served in the armed forces he comes from an extended family who has served and strongly believes in the unconditional support of our Veterans. Kevin lives in Boulder, CO with his wife Ellen, and have two grown children.
Richard Harris, Executive Committee
Larry Gustafson, Attorney At Law
Jay D. VanderWerff
Steve Litchfield, Attorney At Law
Jalali Hartman, Chief Human at ROBAUTO – Website, Social Media and Fundraising
Terry Kelly, Business Development Director at Redstone Aerospace – STEM Internships & Grants
Felix Lopez, Former Corporate Human Resources – STEM Internships and Grants
IN LOVING MEMORY – Bill Wyman, PhD, Owner, Seven-Tel Systems, Inc. – Technologies and Operations
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Fran Nixon, Florida Missions Operations Manager (MOM)
Jannie Hendrikje Huiskes-Smith – Development
Brigadier General Thomas D. Mills
Ronald Cole has written grant proposals for R2W since 2007 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2011. He led R2W’s Grants Committee and helped R2W’s team with lead educational and government institutions for client services and key research.
Ronald Richards, CPA
Don Coovert, CPA
David L. Nimmo
David J. Robbins
Former Executive Directors
Homer Page, PhD
IN LOVING MEMORY – Douglas M. Dellinger
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