We are moving forward, full steam ahead with our plans for the National Wounded Warrior Center! Kathy and the team are busy seeking dedicated patrons to sponsor a bedroom, dedicate a wing, offer in-kind services or provide naming rights, so that we can offer Wounded Warriors what they need to LEARN a new vocation, HEAL physical and psychological wounds, and THRIVE in their new life! We are proud to introduce our new Director of Communications and Advisory Board!
Suzanne Baracchini is originally from the U.K. and now lives in Mammoth Lakes and San Diego. Suzanne comes from the world of sales and marketing, having worked in the biotech industry for 15 years and more recently running her own social media marketing consulting firm. She joins the NWWC team as Director of Communications. Suzanne will help guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate the NNWC’s mission.
Retired Major General T.S. Jones visited Mammoth for the first time at our winter Wounded Warriors event: Operation Mountain Freedom, where he was the keynote speaker. Founder and director of Outdoor Odyssey camps for at-risk youth and the Semper Fi Odyssey Wounded Warrior camps, sponsored by the Semper Fi Fund, in Boswell, Pennsylvania. T.S.’s expertise, connections, and direction have proven invaluable already!
“We are finding more and more cases of warriors struggling with mental health issues,” T.S. said. “I LOVE the mission that the DSES has taken on for Wounded Warriors and their families. Many of these warriors have struggles on the home front; therefore, Kathy and her folks certainly have a unique opportunity to tackle a very critical need. I stand ready to do anything to support this critical mission.”
Steve Colwell, a Vietnam veteran, has been integral in developing the Wounded Warrior programs at DSES. His passion has been a significant force behind the development of the National Wounded Warrior Center and he continues to provide insight and develop significant connections for the progress of the Center.
“As a young Marine Corps infantry officer, I was wounded in combat in the Vietnam war,” Steve said. “The NWWC in Mammoth gives our wounded, ill, and injured veterans the opportunity for continued healing, education, job training, and internships, in an environment that is one of the most beautiful and peaceful settings in America. When you combine that concept with a professional and committed staff, we can offer our veteran men and women the very best transition to civilian careers.”
Barabara Kubryach is a dedicated volunteer for DSES and brings her excitement and skill to the NWWC Advisory Board. As the San Diego Chair of the UCLA Fund and a San Diego Social Venture Partner, Barb’s experience easily translates to NWWC’s ongoing capital campaign. Located in San Diego, she has been a great advocate of the NWWC throughout Southern California and beyond!
The NWWC officially welcomes T.S., Steve, Barbara and Suzanne to our team as we seek to empower wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women by facilitating their transition into fulfilling civilian lives through education, rehabilitation, health and wellness.
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National Wounded Warrior Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546