We’re beyond proud to announce the second cohort of the Clay Hunt Fellows Program, our year-long leadership and training program for military veterans. These exceptional fellows will gain cross-functional leadership experience and be equipped with the basic skills required for nonprofit and emergency management.
The 2014 Clay Hunt Fellows
Lourdes Tiglao – Falls Church, VA
Served in the Air Force for 11 years, and deployed to Afghanistan
Tiglao (pictured top left) serves as Team Rubicon’s Region 3 communications manager. She helped launch the first USAF Critical Care Medical Attendant Team in the Pacific and was a member of the International Health Specialist Team. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College, a certificate in graduate medical education from Georgetown University, and recently finished her World Executive MBA degree from George Washington University. She currently runs a pulmonary laboratory in Arlington, VA.
“The people who seek out Team Rubicon represent the good and the broken people left by war, searching for something to believe in. We find that mission and identity with each relief operation with TR, hoping to find ourselves and heal in the process. Many people ask me why I spend so much time working in a volunteer organization with a full-time job and graduate school. My answer is always the same: Team Rubicon is good for my soul.”
Michael Davidson – Honolulu, HI
Served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years, and deployed to Afghanistan and Operation Desert Storm
Davidson (pictured top center) currently serves as a Senior Project Manager at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He earned his Master’s degree in International Commerce and Diplomacy at Norwich University and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Hawai’i Pacific University.
“There is a Chinese Proverb that states, ‘If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.’ Team Rubicon has provided me the opportunity to have happiness for a lifetime and for that I am eternally indebted. The Clay Hunt Fellows Program allows me to pay it forward by improving not only myself but the TR Nation as a whole.”
Tegan Shermikas – The Dalles, OR
Served in the U.S. Army for three years, including in Iraq
Shermikas (pictured top right) was raised in a rural mountain town in Western Montana before serving three years in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer. She deployed for one year to Najaf, Iraq, where she was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with the Valor Device.
She is a single mother of two boys and serves as an administrative assistant with the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Northwest Division, Portland District at The Dalles Lock and Dam in The Dalles, Oregon. Shermikas joined Team Rubicon in August of 2012. Her first deployment was in support of Operation: Greased Lightning where she traveled to Union Beach, NJ to help the communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. It was during that mission she discovered her passion for helping those affected by disasters. She currently holds the position as the regional finance manager for Region 10.
Nathan Zaugg – Indianapolis, IN
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years, including in Iraq
Zaugg (pictured bottom left) began volunteering with Team Rubicon looking to connect with fellow veterans from the current wars and strives to give back to society after taking off the uniform. He holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University and says, “The job that feeds my belly is social science research; the job that feeds his soul: Indiana Field Operations Coordinator for Team Rubicon.
Adam Szafran – Grey, ME
Served in the Army National Guard for eight years, and deployed to Iraq
Szafran (pictured bottom center) is a full-time network engineer and IT project manager and a Registered Maine Guide who enjoys outdoor activities throughout the year. Adam continues to serve with TR as the Resource Manager in Region 1 and wants to do everything he can to make a difference for his fellow veterans.
Breaux Burns – Durango, CO
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for eight years, and deployed to Iraq
Burns (pictured bottom right) has deployed on four large-scale disaster relief operations with Team Rubicon, including Operation: Seabird in the Philippines. He also serves as the field operations manager for Region 8, a full-time firefighter/paramedic in Durango, CO, and received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from New Mexico State University.
“As a member of Team Rubicon, I have seen the positive impact our work has had on volunteers and communities on the national and international level. The layers of this positive impact run deep, but the emotional impact is what draws me to TR. Working alongside other likeminded volunteers and being a part of something bigger together is instantly comfortable and extremely rewarding. The unexpected gratitude and smiles TR continuously creates after helping a community in distress is also a part of the emotional impact that keeps me reengaging.”