Our Mission

Saving Lives by providing 

HOPE , RECOVERY, & RESILIENCE

for America’s Finest.

History

Founded in 2008, Project Hero is a groundbreaking national non-profit organization dedicated to helping Veterans and First Responders affected by PTSD, TBI and injury achieve rehabilitation, recovery, and resilience in their daily lives and increasing awareness to combat the national mental health emergency posed by PTSD and TBI. 

Project Hero programs including Ride 2 Recovery events and Project Hero HUB Community Centers produce positive outcomes at lower costs and reduce drug-based therapies.  The organization also builds and provides adaptive bikes to physically-challenged and injured Veterans and First Responders and founded the Project Hero Institute for Mental Health to support clinical research programs in 2016. 

Ride 2 Recovery started when a recreational therapist with the Veterans Administration thought cycling would be an effective alternative therapy for PTSD and TBI treatment as well as physical injury rehabilitation. 

The organization's first Challenge event was held in 2008 with fourteen riders and no support staff.   By 2010, Ride 2 Recovery was producing six Challenges events across the US with an average of 170 participants per ride and a full support staff. Seven Challenge events highlighted 2011 including The Normandy Challenge, the first European Challenge event, which toured the historic locales of D-Day. In 2012, The Battle of the Bulge Challenge featured147 riders in Belgium and Luxembourg.  In 2016, to better serve the needs of America's healing heroes and integrate community and research programs, under the leadership of the Board of Directors, the organization was re-named and re-branded as Project Hero.

Veterans ride for free in Project Hero Challenge events and they have become so popular the organization established a limit of 200 participants per event, attesting to the power of Project Hero and its programs.

In addition to the popular Challenge events, Project Hero also hosts more than a dozen single-day Honor Rides in major markets throughout the nation inviting communities to ride with America’s Finest and special events including the innovative Project Hero Women’s Initiative and Project Hero Mountain Bike Experience in Las Vegas.   The organization also hosts community-based HUB programs inviting Veterans and First Responders to connect and ride together in more than 45 cities throughout the US.

 

Leadership

Principal

Todd Setter

Todd Setter

Administrative

Beatriz De Los Santos

Beatriz De Los Santos

Board of Directors

Peter Z. Horvath

Peter Z. Horvath

Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols (Ret.)

Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols (Ret.)

Dan Ohman

Dan Ohman

Elhan Orhon

Elhan Orhon

Rob Paddor

Rob Paddor

Bill Spurgeon

Bill Spurgeon

Rear Adm. Mike Stocks (Ret.)

Rear Adm. Mike Stocks (Ret.)

John West

John West

Tom Abraham

Tom Abraham

HUB

Jayme Brown

Jayme Brown

Ray Clark

Ray Clark

Nathan DeWalt

Nathan DeWalt

Jeff Moser

Jeff Moser

Paula Lubbe

Paula Lubbe

Mike King

Mike King
Health Educator

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

HUB National Events

Chris Pic

Chris Pic

Jack Shepard

Jack Shepard

Michael Manning

Michael Manning

Research

Tina Ray

Tina Ray

Marketing

Peter Bylsma

Peter Bylsma

Tiffini Skuce

Tiffini Skuce

Sam Short

Sam Short

Steve Wendorf

Steve Wendorf

Strategic Growth

Julie Cunningham

Julie Cunningham

Jaimie Lynch

Jaimie Lynch

Noele Wayne

Noele Wayne

Dani Dowiak

Dani Dowiak

Finance

Pia Shah

Pia Shah
Accountant

Media Room

Project Hero Press Releases:

2018 Women’s Initiative Presented by Pritzker Military Institute 

Mike's Carwash Giving Away Free Basic Car Washes on Veteran's Day for Veteran's and Active Military

Project Hero Announces HUB Opening For Indiana National Guard

Project Hero Announces Multi-Million Dollar Partnership with Optum

Project Hero to Open New HUB Center in Miami with Camillus House Veteran Homeless Facility

2017 Project Hero Honor Ride New Hampshire Announcement

Wounded Veterans Cycle 500-plus Miles to Virginia Beach in UnitedHealthcare Memorial Challenge

Project Hero HUB Center at Xavier University Opens May 18

Project Hero Announces ProShift Racing Fundraising Sponsorship

2017 Project Hero Honor Ride Rolls into New Hampshire June 3

2017 Project Hero Honor Ride Rolls Into Sacramento May 13

Veterans and First Responders to Cycle from San Antonio to Houston in UnitedHealthcare Texas Challenge

Project Hero Launches Innovative HEROTrak PTSD Monitor with Texas A&M 

Veterans and First Responders to Cycle from Jacksonville to Atlanta in UnitedHealthcare Beaches to Peaches Challenge

2017 Project Hero Honor Ride Rolls Into San Diego

Matt Moore Partners with Project Hero to Strike Out PTSD

2017 UnitedHealthcare Honor Ride Rolls Into Tampa-St. Petersburg

2017 Project Hero Mountain Bike Experience Rolls Into Las Vegas

2017 Project Hero Launches New Era for Veterans and First Responders

Matt Moore Teams Up with Project Hero to Raise Funds for PTSD Research

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For all media inquiries please contact: pbylsma@projecthero.org
Peter Bylsma, Director of Marketing Communications
310-795-8532 cell| pbylsma@projecthero.org

Project Hero Photography, Logos and Artwork
Tiffini Skuce tskuce@projecthero.org 

Project Hero Partners — Who make it all possible