Sean is a decorated US Army Officer, whose service includes a 15 month combat tour to Baghdad, Iraq as a platoon leader with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After Active Duty, Sean moved to the Army Reserves where he currently serves as a Major with 16 years of service.
Sean's impact to Corporate America derived from his theoretical practice with Duke University's international MBA program, combined with the application as an Executive of a retail operational and Human Resource Partner supporting the billion dollar plus Resort operations within Walt Disney World. Sean served an integral role in the development of The Walt Disney Company’s Veteran hiring initiatives and teaching other organizations how to model best practices.
Through his leadership experience and personal journey of growth in dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress, he founded a nonprofit dedicated to supporting veteran’s career transition. The work not only helped veterans discover fulfilling careers, but created safe tribal cultures inside of organizations to enhance the employee engagement and productivity.
Sean is married to Sarah for 12 years and they have three sons Thomas(10), Michael(6), and William(4) with a new addition to the team due in September of 2017. Sean enjoys the outdoor adventure of hiking and Mud Runs as well as the inner peace of yoga and meditation.
Brian is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who retired from active duty in 2012. He was a member of I MEF & II MEF units providing security, aviation ground support and as a member of a Military Transition Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Like many who have served, Brian has walked the path of trauma, recovery and growth.
Brian has a passion for teaching and training. When he was not assigned to deploying units, he served in a variety of instructor billets. After retiring Brian served as a high school teacher and coach; teaching, guiding, and mentoring some of Arizona’s most vulnerable students along the southern border. He has also served for several years as an adjunct professor, teaching graduate coursework on the Theory & Nature of Warfare, Small Wars, National & International Security Studies, and Operational Planning.
Brian enjoys spending time with his family, competing in endurance sports, reading and playing the guitar. He is married to his high school sweetheart of 28 years, Dawn Ford Bell. Together, they have been blessed with seven children: Austin (27), Andrew (25), Samuel (21), Georgia (18), Lilian (17), Joseph (15), Julia (13).
Shaun is originally from Colorado, and spent much of his youth in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. He enlisted in the Army as an Infantrymen and served for eight years, during which he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan for a total of three combat deployments. After leaving the military he has remained closely connected to the community through his wife who has remained on active duty. He comes to Boulder Crest with a strong desire to continue serving the veteran community, bringing with him his experience gained from involvement with Military Family Readiness, Army Community Service, and the national Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship programs. Shaun is also continuing to pursue his education and is working toward completing degrees in both History and Psychology.
Josh was born and raised a Kansas native and enlisted in the Navy shortly after graduating Iola High School in 1996. Having recently retired as a Chief Petty Officer from his 21-year career as an Intelligence Analyst, he completed eight deployments in support of Operations Desert Fox and Southern Watch, Operation Unified Assistance, Operation Enduring Freedom, and most recently, Operation Inherent Resolve while assigned to Naval Special Warfare Special Reconnaissance Team One. Josh is also a fellow of The Honor Foundation. He has been married to Cindee for 20 years and they have two girls, Mia (10) and Zoelana (3). His hobbies include hiking, archery, riding his motorcycle, wilderness survival, gardening, and creating wood pallet projects.
Aurora was born and raised in a small mining town that was among Arizona’s first municipalities. She moved to Tucson for college and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007 from the University of Arizona. After graduation, she started a photography company and art gallery in down town Tucson that she solely operated for 5 years.
Next she went into public health, seeking and obtaining a job with the University of Arizona. Aurora worked for 4 years at the college of public health, coaching people from all over Arizona to lead healthier lives through tobacco cessation. Working with others in a personal, raw and real capacity every day ended up being the perfect fit. Auroras dedication to motivational interviewing, positive support and active listening made her successful with her time at the University.
Aurora has also done volunteer work for EMERGE a local center working against domestic violence and is an aspiring Search and Rescue volunteer.
In her free time Aurora enjoys water color painting, illustrating local flora and fauna and playing cards. She spends every Sunday loosing at Rummy to her 93 year old grandfather, who is a retired Air Force Colonel.
Aurora is excited to be joining such a distinguished team and is honored to support our combat veterans and their families.
JESSICA BAUER, CULINARY & HORTICULTURAL SPECIALIST
Jessica was born in Grand Forks AFB, ND in 1981. She enlisted into the Army as a 55B - an ammunition's specialist in 2000. She served three and a half years while stationed at Fort Benning, GA; and deployed as an E-4 in support of the OIF at Camp Anaconda, Iraq. After the stop-loss was lifted, she was than sent home and signed onto a contract with KBR/Halliburton. After completing the contract with KBR, she worked with EOD Technologies and USA Environment.
Jessica returning to Tucson, AZ in 2006, and enrolled into Arizona's State Corrections Academy. She graduated as the class leader, and completed three years at one of Tucson's toughest yards. After realizing corrections was not for her, Jessica pursued a career in the culinary arts at The Art Institute of Tucson with dreams of opening up a local farm-to-table cafe. After graduating, she started her career working in one of Tucson's top restaurants as recognized by Tucson's Lifestyle Magazine. Working her way up the ladder to an executive sous chef while running all operations of the kitchen, she decided to branched out to various restaurants to learn other cuisines. Passionate about food and the military, BCR was a natural fit. In her free time, Jessica loves to run with her dog Riley, and kayak on the San Juan River in Utah. Grateful for this amazing group of BCR family, Jessica makes sure that all residents are welcomed in a way that they never leave hungry.
"The only time to eat diet food is while you are waiting for the steak to cook." Julia Child
Originally from California, Jeff comes to Arizona by way of North Carolina. After a 23-year Army Career, Jeff retired near Ft Bragg in 2014. For more than 6 years of his career, Jeff served as the noncommissioned officer in charge of 2 Explosive Ordnance Disposal ranges, first at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama and again at Fort AP Hill Virginia, giving him, the experience needed to become one of our plank holders and property manager of Boulder Crest Arizona.
Jeff has a passion for helping service members and veterans. He has been a supporter of The EODWF for as long as he can remember, he is a lifetime member of the VFW, and he helps manage a hotline for veteran suicide prevention.
Jeff is an avid motorcycle rider. He enjoys target sports of all kinds. He is an amateur drone pilot and a big fan of wide open spaces. Jeff is looking forward to sharing with you some of the rich history of Boulder Crest Arizona.