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Harrison G. Swift (Founder/Director)

Harrison Swift served in the United States Marine Corps from 2010-2014. While in the Marine Corps he served as a 0311 Infantry Rifleman and became his Squads Radio Operator. Harrison deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.

Before joining the Marine Corps, Harrison was born and raised on a farm in Central Iowa. Harrison played football and wrestled throughout his childhood and now enjoys playing paintball, boxing and spending time with his Wife, 4-month-old Son, Dog, and Cat.

Harrison realized that the NCVRC needed to be created due to the number of suicides that were happening from his Unit. Many of these suicides or deaths were preventable and could have possibly been avoided. It became a realization that there was not a place for Veterans of the post 9/11 era to turn to for camaraderie and support in a modern way.

Harrison also struggled with his own "transition" when he was Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps. Finding Organizations that stated they could help were plentiful, however, getting the help that was needed and done professionally was extremely hard to find. Harrison knew that those great Organizations were out there and decided that bringing them together to collaborate and support one another was the best way for our Community to help our Veterans and their families.

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TJ Cruz (Manager Veteran Services)

TJ Cruz joined the NCVRC team in 2019 and is an Infantryman from the United States Marines Corps. TJ deployed 3 times to Iraq and ended his Enlistment in 2007. After Serving, TJ had to deal with the various trials and tribulations that all to commonly occur while ending Military Service. TJ has overcome those challenges and has found a new mission to serve and support his fellow Brothers and Sisters.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Claude "Ed" Riggs- President

Ed Riggs is a Vietnam Veteran who served in Vietnam where he received four purple hearts due to injuries sustained while in combat. Ed retired from Noble Energy where he worked for 45 years. Currently, Ed volunteers his time at the Northern Colorado Veterans Resource Center and mentors other Veterans when difficult times arise in their lives.

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Dr. Timothy Day- Co-Chairman of Board

Dr. Timothy Day is Vice President and General Manager of DRS Daylight Solutions. DRS Daylight Solutions is an advanced manufacturer of molecular detection and imaging products, serving markets that include Industrial Process Control, Medical Diagnostics, and Defense and Security using Mid IR lasers and sensor systems. Dr. Day concurrently serves as the executive manager for Daylight Defense, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRS Daylight Solutions, established to serve the Defense and Security markets. While at Daylight Defense, he and his team have introduced a number of EO/IR products that serve the U.S. military in areas such as directed infrared countermeasures, stand-off detection of explosives, laser aiming/designating, combat ID, free-space secure communications and other applications. Dr. Day is a cofounder of Daylight Solutions (EST 2004) and served as the CEO and CTO for the company from 2004 – 2017. In June of 2017, Daylight Solutions was acquired for $150M through a merger with Leonardo DRS and currently operates as DRS Daylight Solutions. Dr. Day has over 25 years' experience in both technical and business management in the photonics industry. Dr. Day has developed extensive patent and product portfolios and transferred numerous products into production, both onshore and overseas. He has led engineering, research, product development, manufacturing, and marketing operations. He started his career as a co-founder of New Focus, where he served from 1990 through 2004. During his time at New Focus, he was involved in all aspects of the company’s history, concluding with his work on the sale of the company to Bookham Technology PLC for $338M. Dr. Day holds both a BS and an MS in Physics from San Diego State University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Day resides in San Diego, CA with his wife and they have three children

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Gordan Thibedeau

I was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Arvada. I joined the Army in 1964 where I completed High School, earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree. I served in the 173d Airborne Brigade as a rifleman in an infantry squad and deployed to Vietnam with the brigade in the spring of 1965. Upon my return I underwent Special Forces training and served with the 7th Special Forces Group. In 1968 I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. After completing Rotary Wing Flight School, I deployed to Vietnam as a pilot with the 101St Airborne Division. On my return, I served in several Special Operations units and retired after 28 years and 7 months active military service. After retirement in 1992, I became the executive director for Partners Mentoring Youth and went on to serve in that capacity of 4 ½ years. During my tenure at Partners, I obtained a second master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. In 1998 I joined United Way of Larimer County where I served as President & CEO until my retirement in September 2017.

I hold a master’s degree in business and a master’s degree in Non-Profit Management. I currently serve on the Northern Region Council, Colorado Mountain Club, I serve as the Co-Director of the Colorado Mountain Club Basic Mountaineering Course, and I am a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels Fort Collins.

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Evelyn Stiefel

Evelyn Stiefel survives her late husband as a naval spouse married for 20 years and has raised 5 children. She continues to support all branches of service and currently married to an Army veteran now retired after 25 years of service. Evelyn and her husband are the proud parents of 9 children and 10 grandchildren. Evelyn Stiefel is the owner of A-Frame Mortgage with offices located in Greeley, Colorado and Honolulu Hawaii. She has worked in the mortgage industry since 1993 and is licensed in Colorado and Hawaii. Evelyn's been a vital part in assisting and supporting the community in obtaining home ownership throughout the state. She has held a position in a North Chicago law firm as an experienced certified paralegal and also worked for the Larimer County Human Services. Evelyn is the past president of the Greeley Centennial Rotary Club, has served on the board of directors, and is an active member for 18 years. Evelyn has earned 2 Paul Harris awards for her contributions and continues to support the Greeley Centennial Rotary in efforts to enhance the Greeley community through her volunteer work and community support. Evelyn is also a past board member of Triangle Cross Ranch in Galton Colorado; Supports the Weld County Food Bank, and a past member of the Habitat Resource Committee. Past membership also includes the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a past sponsor of the Junior ROTC at North Ridge High School, of Greeley Colorado.

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Jonathan Seitz

Jonathan Seitz owns Seitz Funeral Services Inc., which operates multiple funeral homes in the Northern Colorado area. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He currently sits on the board for Greeley Centennial Rotary and Network Beyond. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children.