Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.




My family and I are doing a great job advocating injured veterans and disabled civilians.  Please advocate us now in our time of need.

My family and I have given and given and given our time to Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) for the past 20 years (www.return2work.org ).  However, now I have an urgent medical need that isn’t covered by Medicare.  And although R2W can help other volunteers with their medical bills, it would result in the loss of my Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Medicare since I’m the President of this 501c3 charity.   With a serious medical diagnosis, I can’t risk losing Medicare or what little income I have.

In addition to my health needs, please help another family member who has been in and out of the hospital over the past 3 months.  We have substantial travel expenses and other medical bills as a result.

Kathe Zaslow, Grant Writer

Kathe Zaslow, Grant Writer


Debbie Egan, Volunteer Customer Service

Debbie Egan, Customer Support

Debbie Egan is excited to join the R2W team this year.  She is bringing over 10 years of customer service and volunteer experience.  She has extensive experience working with customer service face-to-face and over the phone, online chat and e-mail.

Debbie’s job at R2W includes training volunteer Job Developers, Employment Specialists, and Job Concierges how to communicate more effectively with both applicants and employers, ensuring unprecedented positive outcomes.

Karen Bordner, Outreach & Marketing

Karen Bordner, Outreach & Marketing

Karen Bordner, Outreach & Marketing

Karen Bordner, Outreach & Marketing

Karen Bordner advises the Board of Directors and represents Return2Work at special events.

Karen Bordner is an award winning sales, and marketing professional to Fortune 100 companies within the music, publishing, e-commerce, and digital media industries.

She is a co-founder and Vice President of the Board of The Special Needs Trust Network, which provides pooled trust options for people with a wide range of disabilities and serves as a Board Member of the Colorado State University Alumni Association. Karen has extensive volunteer experience with The John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago), The Underwater Archeology Society of Chicago, and DECA (Denver).

Karen currently brings her 20 years experience to her clients as a sales and marketing strategy consultant in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and their two dogs, spending her free time cycling, running, scuba diving and participating in competitive softball. Karen holds an Executive MBA from Colorado State University, an MA from Central Michigan University and a BA from The University of Toledo with honors in Speech Communication, with a focus in Broadcasting, and Cinematic Arts. She holds professional certificates in Project Management and Organizational Leadership.

Chris Buther

Chris Butcher

Technical Support

Shair Schoenweis

Shari Schoenweis, Job Developer

Shari supports R2W as a Registration Clerk and as a Job Developer at multiple Military and Veterans Employment EXPOs.  She helps employers post jobs and recruit matching applicants.  Her activities substantially improve positive outcomes and we are grateful to have her aboard.

Linda Ruiz

Linda Ruiz, Job Developer


Linda Ruiz is a retired highschool teacher who cares deeply about veterans and their families.  She recently joined R2W to help post jobs and connect the dots between applicants and employers to dramatically increase placements.


Jean McIntosh, Employment Specialist

Jean McIntosh, Employment Specialist

Jean McIntosh

Jean McIntosh

Jean McIntosh joined Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) in 2004 and has served in Florida, New York and Colorado.  She currently works with SSA Ticket To Work clients and supports various military and veteran programs.  Her positive outlook and loyalty to cause make her a valued asset.

Rob Brazell

Rob Brazell testing SGT Logan Jubeck at Camp Williams.


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 occupational and speech 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.

Derek Cardinell

Derek Cardinell, CTO

Derek Cardinell
Chief Technologist

Derek has volunteered at R2W for several years and has made a number of material contributions.  He leads a team of technical experts managing R2W’s complex systems.  He also develops and conducts staff & volunteer training.   Derek and his team respond on a moments notice day or night.  He is well educated, highly skilled and has an uplifting spirit.  He genuinely cares about wounded warriors and disabled citizens and is a huge asset to R2W.    Download his resume here:  Derek Cardinell Resume

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