Team: noun |tēm| : 1: a number of persons associated together in a group or activity 2: emphasizes the organization’s focus on small, cohesive units
Rubicon: proper noun |rü-bi-ķän| : a bounding or limiting line; especially: one that when crossed commits someone irrevocably. Origin: River in Northern Italy marking the border of Gaul and Rome; crossed by Julius Caesar in 49 B.C., considered by the Senate an act of war
TEAM RUBICON: proper noun | tēm rü-bi-ķän| : 1: a group of military veterans and medical professionals irrevocably committed to changing veteran reintegration and disaster response 2: the “Nation” of supporters who make this mission possible
honorably served four years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2008. He graduated Scout-Sniper School at the top of his class and in 2007 he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” for actions in Iraq. Jake serves on numerous national veteran committees and speaks around the country about veteran issues and social entrepreneurship. In October, Crown will publish Jake’s first book, Take Command. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a double major, where he also played football.
is a Marine who served in both the infantry and intelligence. He has worked in support of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council’s Iraq Threat Finance Cell. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University.
is a former Navy pilot and holds a JD from Yale Law School. He served as an Electronic Warfare Mission Commander and taught naval history at The Citadel. Following his Naval service, Ken co-founded The Mission Continues, a non-profit that empowers veterans to serve in their communities. He worked for two years with McKinsey and Co., and served as Executive Director of ServiceNation. Ken taught as a guest fellow at Yale, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Yale Journal of International Law, Canada’s National Post, Proceedings, and on NPR.
is a certified public accountant, originally from the Washington, DC area. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce with concentrations in accounting and management information systems. She has over 18 years of accounting experience in both public and corporate accounting.
is currently working as a Firefighter/Paramedic in Poughkeepsie, NY and has over 13 years experience in EMS and technical rescue. He has worked in a multitude of environments from busy urban systems, to rural, to third world. Matt has over 12 years of Army service as an infantryman and forward observer and is currently serving in the National Guard in NY. Matt deployed to Iraq with the Army in 2004 and also worked as an overseas contractor with the US State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. He deployed to Pakistan with Team Rubicon following the massive 2010 floods.
is responsible for the development, implementation and management of Team Rubicon’s veteran programs. Originally from Akron, Ohio, Matt is a graduate of the USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting (Fight On!). He is an 8 year Army veteran, deploying with the 56th Military Police Co. in support of Police Transition Team operations from 2007-2008. Matt joined TR full-time after working in varying corporate finance and contract negotiation roles for Raytheon Company. In his spare time, Matt keeps a positive and hopeful attitude while enduring the unending pain of being a Cleveland sports fan.
graduated from the Air Force Academy with a BS in Political Science. She served as an intelligence officer in Iraq in 2003. Nicole holds an MA in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution from Norwich University and has worked as an English teacher in Russia, Critical Thinking instructor for the Army, and Strategy and Operations consultant for Deloitte and Touche. She is a passionate advocate for the strengths veterans offer their communities and the corporate world.
hails from Farmington, NM. He has over 20 years of international and domestic emergency response experience between serving as a Fire Battalion Chief, a Task Force Leader for a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, and owning a rescue and disaster instructional and consulting company. Vince strongly believes that followership and servant leadership is the foundation to create strong and effective leaders and philanthropy is imperative for personal development and growth. He also knows that the secret to happiness in life revolves around service to others and eating lots of bacon.
is a board certified family practitioner who, when not traveling, lives in New York City. He splits his professional duties between volunteering with Team Rubicon, and working intermittent shifts in rural Alaska where he provides full spectrum family medicine care to native Yupik populations. He received his B.A. in international relations from the University of Virginia, where he also served as a volunteer firefighter. During medical school at George Washington University, and during residency at UCSD, he volunteered for medical relief trips to Tibet, Malawi, South Sudan, and the Philippines.
originally from the Houston area, attended NYU followed by a 7 year master’s degree from the NYC School of Hard Knocks where he learned more than he cared to about the film and television industry. While working in the documentary and nonprofit realm, Kirk began producing and managing digital media for Team Rubicon in late 2010. In addition to being a connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies, he loves to sit on the porch with his wife and children to watch dueling hummingbirds while sipping a season-appropriate cocktail.
a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.
studied business management at Loyola Marymount University. With a background in implementing large-scale technology solutions, he joins Team Rubicon with a keen understanding of the intersection between technology and human behavior. Matt redefines donor engagement for the modern era by leveraging technology to connect with every supporter in a way that is personally meaningful to them. When not glued to his mobile device, he can be found exploring Portland’s culinary scene. Matt credits his can-do attitude and determined approach to growing up as a New England sports fan.
has a strong background in crisis communications and media relations, following nearly seven years—and several major disasters—as a communications director with the American Red Cross. A 3rd-generation Marine, he served initially as an amphibious assault vehicle crewman, and then in public affairs, with deployments to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Latin America. He lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and two children. He can often be heard yelling at his television during NY Islanders games.
hails from Madison, Wis., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement. Wired to connect, Bobbi is often found rooting for the home team (in her case, the Green Bay Packers), contemplating Earlybird vs. Valencia, or generating “likes” like a boss.
joins us from the University of Virginia and the world of wilderness rescue. There, he merged an education in planning methods and emergency management with experiences in remote emergency operations. Evan has served as Chairman of the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, interned with the Homeland Security Institute and Red Cross, and provided training in wilderness SAR and lost person behavior. Free time is dedicated to providing TR an accent of kilt and highland bagpipe.
is an interdisciplinary Emergency Management professional who has worked within the Public Health, Emergency Management, and Higher Education sectors. He is a certified ICS instructor with the ability to relay incident management concepts with organizational relevance. Jason leads the Training Team as they develop a comprehensive program for training TR volunteers for mission success. He hails from Chicago, enjoys music, and is said to have a pretty decent jumpshot.
retired from 20 years active duty status in the United States Army where he spent 17 years as a medic. He deployed to Iraq twice and after his last tour in 2007, he finished his career teaching TC3 to reserve service members deploying overseas. After getting out in June 2010, he continued his educational career by attending Grantham University and receiving a BS in Criminal Justice. After graduating in December of 2011, he continued to enjoy retirement until TR opened its national headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.
also known as “The Brit,” is British by birth and Welsh by choice. An Iraq conflict veteran, firefighter, and hazardous materials technician, Chris also responded to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan in 2011. Following his time in Japan, Chris determined that the best way to save lives was educate people before a disaster strikes, rather than try to rescue them afterwards. A life-long adventurer and outdoorsman, when Chris is not helping train TR volunteers in operational excellence, he can be found dangling under the love of his life: his para-glider.
graduated from the University of Iowa where he majored in business, bicycle maintenance, and beer snobbery. He served just under 5 years in the Marine Corps as a logistics officer and he deployed to Iraq with RCT-8 and to Afghanistan with the 2d Marine Division. David finished active service as a Captain in Quantico, VA, supporting the M1A1 Tank and M88 Recovery Vehicle. After a short stint in consulting, David and his wife, Amanda, traveled the US logging 1000’s of miles on the road and 100’s with a backpack.
joins TR after practicing law in California and Oregon. Originally from Shelby, Ohio, Nathan served four years with the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying to Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Nathan is active in numerous veterans’ organizations and is an excessively loud and proud advocate for vets and the underserved.
attended Sonoma State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science. She grew up as an Air Force brat and shocked her parents by joining the Marine Corps. After serving four years as a signals intelligence officer, Amanda dabbled in supply chain management and government consulting. In her most recent adventure, Amanda traveled and backpacked through 28 states with her husband David, where on one occasion, she found herself running from a herd of buffalo in the black hills of South Dakota.
is currently pursuing his B.A. in Human Resource Management and previously served 8 years in the United States Navy as a Personnel Specialist. While serving in the Navy, he had been on four deployments, visiting five of the seven continents. Maurice is currently volunteering for the Navy Recruiting District of Los Angeles as an ombudsman. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and bambino where they enjoy walks on the beach and being wonderful parents.
is currently an Army Officer stationed in Vicenza, Italy. He recently spent 8 years as an Air Force Pararescueman “PJ” for the 131st Rescue Squadron in Mountain View, California. He previously served as an Army Ranger Team Leader at 2/75th Ranger Battalion and was released honorably after two combat tours in Afghanistan. He is a registered Paramedic and holds a B.A. in History from UCLA.