A Synergistic Group
Our fantastic team of volunteers has members from a wide range of diverse backgrounds: veterans and non-veterans, blog writers, designers, consultants, strategists, and passionate individuals interested in giving back to veterans and protecting the environment.
Board of Directors
Ryan served in the United States Army as an Intel Analyst and Psychological Operations specialist. He has completed multiple tours to Afghanistan, both as a soldier and contractor. After suffering from PTSD with little help from the VA, he founded Veterans Off-Grid in 2017 to help veterans in need successfully reintegrate into society while helping the earth through creating sustainable eco-communities.
Laurie served in the United States Navy Nurse Corps from 1993-2000. She was the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps’ largest medical clinic on the west coast. Her husband is a disabled veteran, her son is an active duty Sailor, and her son-in-law is a Master at Arms in the Navy reserve. Therefore, her love and concern of veterans’ well-being is near and dear to her. Laurie serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Home Health Care in Taos NM. This is a non-profit healthcare agency and one of the largest employers in Taos County.
Colby is a former United States Marine Corps Corporal specializing in military intelligence. After an honorable discharge, he served as a federal contractor in Afghanistan where he became acquainted with Ryan Timmermans. Following two tours in the sandbox, he lived in Germany for a year to decompress. Later, he became employed in Nebraska working for the government; however, he moved again to his home in Kansas City to pursue higher education at Kansas University focusing on environmental studies, sustainability, and project management. Colby serves as content manager, blog writer, and member of the Board of Directors at Veterans Off-Grid.
Terry is a member of the Veterans Off-Grid Board of Directors and proud father of Ryan Timmermans, the founder of the movement. Terry is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the 101st Airborne Division from 1968 to 1969. Upon returning home from the war, he worked 34-years with IBM until retiring. When Terry isn't enjoying retirement, he supports our non-profit by advising, collaborating with other board members regarding executive decisions, and establishing input processing procedures and documents to be used for our residents. Furthermore, Terry is a member of the Eastern Carolina Homeless Organization (ECHO).
Julia has worked in visual communication for both public and private sector organizations since 1986 and is a proud mom of two teenage daughters. Hailing from the Arizona desert, she has explored working as a graphic designer in Boston and Chicago, founded three design businesses in Prague, and relished working as a managing art director at The New York Times. In New Mexico, she continued graphic design practice, learned to farm and produced for markets, and earned an online MBA. One evening she ran into Jennifer, who introduced her to Ryan and was immediately impressed and motivated by the mission of Veterans Off-Grid. She hopes to use her skills to promote this mission clearly and effectively, so that more veterans, as well as other individuals in need, can participate.
Kerri is an elementary educator living in North Carolina. She met Ryan Timmermans at Appalachian State University. Her uncle was an Air Force Colonel and has two veteran brothers of both the Army and Navy. She is exceptionally passionate about connecting church groups with Veterans Off-Grid in support of bridging partnerships between volunteers and this company. Kerri wishes every veteran to know they are appreciated, valued, and not forgotten.
Glo and Ryan met in the Fall of 2017 while she was visiting her second home in Taos and was inspired by his story and personal mission to form Veterans Off-Grid. As an employee of Salesforce their culture is to give back, and support organizations that are important to their employees. Since then Glo has been providing pro-bono project management and consultative support to Ryan and his board, and 1 year later (Fall 2018) Glo organized a group of Salesforce employees to participate in an on-site volunteer activity in Carson. Glo and her colleagues shared their moving experience with other colleagues at Salesforce, and has organized a second group more than doubled in size to do the same in Fall 2019.
Jennifer is a writer, yogini, Reiki energy worker, and mother of three boys. She first became involved with Veterans Off-Grid in the Fall of 2017 when she wrote a story about Ryan Timmermans and his mission to help veterans in Taos, New Mexico's blog magazine, LiveTaos.com. Since then she came on board to promote Fundraising and Community Outreach. As a Yoga teacher and Reiki energy adept she is deeply connected with holistic approaches to healing trauma and making a difference for a better world through community, awareness, and sustainability.
Keith joined Veteran's Off-Grid as Volunteer Coordinator following a four-year cross country soul-searching trip. Lacking community and longing to be a part of something bigger than himself, he was immediately attracted to our organization after meeting with owner Ryan Timmermans and listening to his vision for empowering homeless veterans while simultaneously tackling significant environmental issues impacting society. Our newest member has a background volunteering with numerous nonprofits and working in retail management. He is a massage therapist, breath-work facilitator, and is deeply passionate about self-empowerment, especially in the areas of personal health, education, and finance.