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.
Pete Camarillo- Veteran Peer Navigator
Pete served in the Marine Corps from 2019-2023 as an Administrative Specialist 0111 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms and served with the following units: 1st Battalion 7th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, and Headquarters Battalion Installation Personnel Administration Center. While assigned with V17, Pete participated in Unit Deployment Program Marine Rotational Force Darwin Australia 21.2.
During his enlistment, Pete earned 3 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals for meritorious service. During his tour, Pete attended legal officer course 01L and held a secret security clearance SIPR. Before his End of Service, Pete earned certifications from the Department of Labor USMAP Computer Operator course and CPI Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training.
When Pete was honorably discharged and returned to Colorado, he contacted NCVRC for employment and educational assistance, leading to full-time employment with NCVRC. Pete has also connected with Grand Canyon University to enroll in their bachelor’s degree program. Since working for NCVRC in April 2023, Pete has assisted over 100 veterans with various situations, established good working relationships with organizations that assist the veteran community and participated in several events. Pete enjoys working for NCVRC and strongly supports and believes in its mission, as it has helped him personally and professionally, and he is honored to be a part of the NCVRC team.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Currently, Harrison lives in Iowa with his family. He works as a Business Development Executive for FirstLine Funding Group, a division of First Bank & Trust out of Madison, South Dakota.
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.
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
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.
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.