Paula Fluellen – SE Rendezvous/ Outtasight Clinic

This past weekend was extraordinary. Someone told me ” Ohhhhhh the places you will go” but they never told me of the people (friends) I would meet….. This experience, was in more ways than one, breath taking. It gave me a chance to relax and not think about the everyday things that trouble me. I am a Disabled Veteran, I suffer from depression and PTSD and this experience allowed me to expel a different type of emotion… To smile, to be free, to experience life out side of my comfort zone. (The best I can) I felt safe, being out on the H2O. Then having the opportunity to meet new fun people and making those lasting friendship. To watching some of my dear friends overcome their own fears of being on the water. With the patience and understanding from the volunteers, knowing that we were Wounded Veterans. Some with visible scars and some that are scared deeply on the inside, but we were treated like we were all family. I truly thank everyone that is connected with Team River Runner for EVERYTHING they have done and will do in the future…….for you have truly saved a live……down by the rivers edge….

 Paula Fluellen РUS Navy

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