BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Schieffer

Board President

I have been a strong supporter of the men and women who have served our country and protected our freedom, including my father, who served in the Marine Corps in Korea, and many other family members, I am honored to be a part of the Team Fidelis board.”Schieffer is an executive in the healthcare industry, currently serving as Principal with Ume Software. He previously held leadership positions at Clinical Path Consulting, Cerner Corporation, Deloitte Consulting, and Andersen Consulting.

Board Member

Nick Vasos

I’m a life-long resident of the Kansas City metro area. Born in Kansas City, KS I studied Broadcast Communications at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and proceeded to work in the fast, changing environment of radio and television. My career began in 1993 at a small building with two radio stations. I sharpened my news, traffic, sports, play-by-play producing, production and writing skills in the first ten years of my career. In 2002 I went from radio to Fox 4 flying in an office 1500 hundred feet in the air aboard SKYFOX. In 2008, I moved to the anchor desk with Fox 4 News at 9 and at Noon. I’m an advocate for mental health first aid, suicide prevention and spreading awareness that there is help, hope and camaraderie. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my wife and son, playing golf and volunteering in the community. In 2016, I was proud to accept a position on the board of Team Fidelis.

Daryl Richey

Board Member

With nearly 30 years of experience in the provision of counseling services and, many more years of life experience, I have a great deal of information about how to do it wrong and how to do it right. It has been my great pleasure to work with thousands of veterans who have helped me to understand how to live life more fully. To them I owe a debt of gratitude.

Stephanie Boyer

Board Member

Stephanie has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Stephanie has dedicated her almost 20 years in social work to improving access to care and treatment for underserved and vulnerable populations. 

Stephanie is currently the CEO at reStart, Inc.  reStart is a non-profit agency that serves youth, families, single adults and veterans in Kansas City who are experiencing homelessness. reStart provides a continuum of housing services and wrap around support services to assist in exiting homelessness and obtaining permanent housing. 

Stephanie served as the Director at ReDiscover-Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center (KC-ATC) for almost three years.  Stephanie worked with a group of community stakeholders to open the KC-ATC in order to serve adults who were struggling with behavioral health issues.  Stephanie and her team at KC-ATC helped get people connected to services and start their recovery process.  

Prior to her work at KC-ATC, Stephanie worked at the Kansas City Municipal Court for 10 years enhancing the specialty treatment courts-drug court, veterans court and mental health court; the domestic violence docket, and probation department. Throughout this work the goal was to ensure that those who needed access to treatment or services within the criminal justice system were able to be diverted as needed. 

LEADERSHIP

TEAM

Daniel Brazzell

Executive Director

Daniel served 10 years as a Combat Engineer in the United States Marines; deploying to Desert Shield & Storm as part of a Minefield Breach Team and multiple deployments overseas.  Daniel is a Certified Peer Specialist, Nationally Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, certified in QPR & ASIST suicide gatekeeper program and he serves as the PGA HOPE Ambassador for the Midwest Section of the PGA.  

Jesse Bennett

Veteran Navigator - Greater KC Area

Jesse enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman in 2004. Jesse deployed 3 times to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He served as part of the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Special Operations Training Group and 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. Jesse was medically retired in 2014 after serving 10 years.  He lives in Platte City with his wife and 3 children.  He has a family owned business called Veteran Medical Supplies.

Joshua Jorgensen

Veteran Navigator - Iowa

Joshua joined the United States Army as 11B Infantryman in 2000.  He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky deploying with 101st Airborne Division, 1st Battalion 327th Infantry to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is most notably known as the Masked Veteran who ran across Iowa in 2017 in his Gas Mask to raise awareness for PTSD and Suicide Awareness for Team Fidelis.  In 2018, he came to KC to run from Whiteman Air Force Base to Fort Leavenworth again to raise awareness.  He currently lives in the Des Moines area with his wife and 6 children.

Kent Metzinger

Veteran Navigator - Greater KC Area

Kent served in the Missouri Army National Guard with 1139th Military Police Company out of Harrisonville from 2005 to 2011.  He was deployed with the 3175th Military Police Company to Kosovo in 2008-2009 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. There he served as Military Police and conducted several security missions. He was also deployed to Haiti in 2010 as part of earthquake relief efforts.  Kent currently lives in Independence with his children.

RJ Oliver

Veteran Navigator - Kentucky

RJ joined the US Marine Corps in 1988 as a Combat Engineer. RJ was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina deploying to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Also, he deployed as part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit about the USS Saipan to the Mediterranean to train with our allies.  After serving in the Marines, RJ went home to Kentucky to be a Coal Miner and served as a Sgt At Arms for Combat Veterans' Motorcycle Association (KY1-5).  Rj has 2 children and has been part of Team Fidelis since the founding.

Mark Taylor

Veteran Navigator - Greater KC Area

Mark served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-2006 in Motor Transportation with Combat Logistics Regiment 25.  He deployed to Operation Iraq Freedom in 2005.  Additionally, he served with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.  Before joining Team Fidelis, he served as the Chapter President of 22 Until None.  Mark currently works at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Contact Us

Our Mission

is to prevent suicide among service members, veterans and families by raising Awareness, providing a bridge of Hope and building Camaraderie.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram

© 2016 Team Fidelis, inc. All rights reserved. Team Fidelis is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.