Marshall Davis

I got back from Iraq and landed in the hospital for 4 months. Over 7 surgeries and over three years later I was in bad shape. Broke mentally and physically. Pain and medicine seemed to be the only daily constant in my life. This was destroying and has destroyed my families confidence in me as father and husband. This being said, I started meeting with the VA Vocational Rehab office. This office helped me with memory aids that was one of my anger triggers. This same office started getting me out of the house and working with other soldiers.
I was referred to the TRR program. I first met Bob and the TRR team in a pool in the Idaho Athletic Center. We conducted basic kayak training.  At first I was not to impressed with the simplicity of the sport. However, I quickly discovered that it takes balance and skill to stay upright, and I had neither. I was humbled and challenged. Soldiers do not back down from a challenge. Over the next few months, the TRR team taught me how to become a pretty good beginning kayak-er. We, together, never looked back. I have been on some incredible trips down the South and the Main. I have met some GREAT other soldiers that I would do anything for.
This activity, this team, this organization has been great for me and my family. Thank you Bob and TRR team.
(ret) CPT Marshall Davis

Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports
landscape.