TRR Columbia Chapter – David R.

TRR became a part of my recovery in 2018 through Kelly Schilling and Dara Boardman at the Columbia Missouri chapter.  Paddling has become a very important part of my health because the work it takes me to be able to paddle keeps me going when otherwise I normally stop.  I want to be on the river and that makes me want to do the work to get to the river.

As a 4th generation veteran, our family knows the importance of core family support. We have been there for each other through everything… and when we traverse a river with a band of TRR’-others that share our load and understand what it takes to get down a river of water we make the bonds that help us traverse the currents of pain, suffering and the trials it takes to get down this river of life.

I’ve been paddling with TRR for two years. I love being a part of this family and band of TRR’-others.
Thank you for all the work you do.


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