Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.

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

 

 

Jennifer Cohen, Webinar Host

 Jennifer Cohen, Webinar Host

Jennifer Cohen, Instructor

 

Jennifer Cohen is an instructional designer and adult educator with over twenty years of experience working with a diverse population of learners. Jennifer’s background in technology training includes applications for the office, presentations, and the web.  She holds a master’s degree in learning technology and uses her passion for creative problem solving to help others understand complex concepts.

 

 

Kimberly Anderson

 

Kimberly Anderson, R2W Employment Specialist
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Kim Anderson is an Employment Specialist and a former military spouse of 18 years.  She feels it is important for people to find a job, and employer, they will be happy with on a long-term basis and the Project:  Return to Work Career Profiler process is a great way to make that happen.  She has a background in IT and customer service and looks forward to helping applicants and employers connect.

Nikki D’Agostino, R2W Employment Specialist

 Nikki DAgostino
Employment Specialist & Assistant Area Coordinator
Punta Gorda, Florida

Nikki DAgostino

Helping those less fortunate than myself is unequivocally the most satisfying and fulfilling experience. Through my efforts to help others, I have acquired innumerable experiences of joy and friendship. I am particularly drawn to aiding the developmentally disabled, physically and mentally disabled, the underprivileged, and the underemployed. As such, at an early age I began volunteering at Wrentham Developmental Center, a state facility in Massachusetts, where I volunteered for over 160 hours of community service directly aiding with recreational activities for developmentally disabled individuals. I attended Suffolk University where I graduated highest distinction with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in clinical psychology. During my college years I worked at Arbour-Fuller Psychiatric Hospital for two years where I worked very closely with dual diagnoses patients (mental illness and co-occurring drug addiction).
I have always enjoyed working with the less fortunate, as it is a job that can be extraordinarily fulfilling. I worked as a Career Specialist for two years at a non-profit organization in Massachusetts where I helped integrate individuals with barriers to employment into the competitive workforce. I have found immense fulfillment in my career, as I have had many wonderful opportunities to aid under-served individuals. 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, and to implement the new Employment First Initiative that is sweeping the nation.  As I continue to expand my career, it is important for me to learn and utilize new methodologies so that I can be a leader in the mental health, disabilities, and veterans communities. 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.

 

Brad Wilkerson

Brad Wilkerson, R2W Employment Specialist

A resourceful professional who combines strong personal work ethic with principles of collaboration to meet defined objectives. Using strong recruiter experience I focus on building genuine relationships with job seekers and hiring managers to find the best fit.

Shannon Petro, R2W Employment Specialist

Shannon Petro, R2W Employment Specialist

Shannon Petro pic

Shannon joined the R2W team as one of their AmeriCorps VISTAs in November of 2015.  She is very passionate about helping veterans and serving in the AmeriCorps program.

 

 

Nathian Myers, R2W Employment Specialist

Nathian Myers, R2W Employment Specialist & Job Developer

Nate Myers proNathian Myers is an Employment Specialist & Job Developer, bringing employers and applicants together to network, inspire, inform, and share. Whether it’s finding a solution for a employer or applicant he is always finding a solution to help those in need. Nathian has a great deal of experience as an entrepreneur working with veterans, scientists, disabled, and IT consulting for the past 16 years. Nathian also holds an MBA and is currently pursuing his PhD while working as an Employment Specialist & Job Developer.”

 

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