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2015 Team Rubicon Award Winners

Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, 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.

Each year, we ask our members to help us recognize those who take our mission to the next level. Below is a short list of hardworking volunteers who aren’t in it for the recognition, yet we’re going to put them on a pedestal for a night during our Los Angeles Fundraiser in November and thank them for their dedication. Included are a few highlights we received with their nominations for the 2015 Team Rubicon Awards.

Clay Hunt Service Award – T.J. Porter 

Given to the veteran volunteer who most exhibits the “service above self” mentality that characterized Clay Hunt’s life.

TR volunteers help with tree and debris cleanup after multiple tornadoes hit central Illinois. Photographer: Chris Doing
T.J. Porter is an Air Force veteran residing in Utah who supports several field operations roles for Team Rubicon.

“T.J. is the greatest example and role model for no job being too big or small to take on! He has stepped up to the plate to take on anything in support of the local, national, and international community through various roles, regardless of his personal desires. Whatever the mission needs, he’ll do it. He has worked behind the scenes mining data for hours on end to the front lines leading large operations and everything in between. He seeks no glory nor authority, no matter the role he’s filling.”

“All he wanted to do was get out in the field and help the community alongside the people he calls his brothers and sisters – at the very core of TR – to get dirty and get shit done. I was humbled by T.J.’s example to get ‘in the trenches’ and make a positive effect on those around him.”

Civilian Service Award – Jenna Brandolini

Given to the Team Rubicon volunteer who, while on a mission, best displayed the standard of professionalism, grit and mission accomplishment that embodies Team Rubicon.

Jenna Brandolini deployed on Operation: Tenzing in Nepal last April to provide medical aid in the wake of a 7.8 earthquake.
Jenna Brandolini is a registered nurse in Philadelphia who serves as the Pennsylvania State Programs Coordinator for TR.

“This organization is lucky to have a medical professional of Jenna’s exceptional ability and with her willingness to work wherever needed.”

“Jenna has built the Pennsylvania team and kept the state’s active members involved in an array of social functions and regional operations. Her events have attracted members from throughout TR and several other national and regional veterans’ associations.”

“Whether it be in Nepal, the Phillipines, or Oklahoma, Jenna is an amazing TR Leader and an even more amazing person.”

Downrange Award – Kyle Doyon

Given to the Team Rubicon volunteer who, while on a mission, best displayed the standard of professionalism, grit and mission accomplishment that embodies Team Rubicon.

Kyle Doyon (center) resides in Michigan and owns his own Real Estate company while serving as Field Operations Manager for Region 5.
Kyle Doyon (center) resides in Michigan and owns his own Real Estate company while serving as Field Operations Manager for Region 5.

“Kyle is always professional and you can tell he knows what he’s doing. What I appreciate most about Kyle is his positive attitude. He always gives credit where it’s due, and he’s always motivating everyone to give it their all.”

“On Operation: Barbed Wire, he was up early and working late. He even missed his birthday with his family to make sure his job was complete before handing off the role as incident commander.”

“Kyle is someone who I personally look up to within the organization. You can tell he is passionate and always wants to do the best for TR.”

Veteran of the Year Award – Todd Adrian 

Given to the Team Rubicon volunteer who most exuded the characteristics of an American Veteran.

Coast Guard veteran Todd Adrian (center) lives in New York and serves as the Region 2 Administrator.
Coast Guard veteran Todd Adrian (center) lives in New Jersey and serves as the Region 2 Administrator.

“Todd embodies the get shit done attitude and effectively avoids bullshit along the way. Whether he knows it or not, he has become a mentor for other regional and state leaders.”

“An active member of other veteran service organizations as well, he is the quintessential ambassador for Team Rubicon and all that we do, bridging the gap between service, volunteer, and professional organizations across the region.”

“Whether it’s helping a member in distress or encouraging volunteer efforts, he personally engages with every member possible. As a veteran, he understands the importance of professional growth to success and encourages his leadership team to continue to increase their own skill set as well.”