Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.

Professor Ruth Higgins Dameron, Secretary

Professor Ruth Higgins Dameron

Professor Ruth Dameron, Executive Committee


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.

Andy Sesser, Treasurer

Andy Sesser, Treasurer

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Paige O’Connor, STEM Intern

Paige O’Connor, STEM Intern

Paige O’Connor, STEM Intern, Social Media & Website Content

Paige is a high school junior who attends the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is participating in the Social Media STEM Internship for Return2Work.  At school she is taking AP Computer Science, and is a member of the symphonic band, as well as the varsity cross country and track teams.


Edward Fenwick, STEM Intern

Edward Fenwick, STEM Intern

Ed Fenwick, STEM Intern

Ed Fenwick, STEM Intern

Ed Fenwick is a Senior at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center, he moved from the United Kingdom in 2009 and has lived in Kalamazoo since then. Ed is participating in the Assistant Job Development Internship as well as the Assistant Technical Support Internship. He is a member of the Gull Lake Area Robotics team and does research at Western Michigan University.

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.

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 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.


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


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


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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