Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Evergreen, Colorado. The vision for Motorcycle Relief Project was born when our founder, Tom Larson, began learning about PTSD and the incredible toll it was taking on military veterans and first responders. Although not a veteran, Tom had been through treatment for trauma in his own life. Tom was struck by how mild his own trauma had been relative to what combat trauma would be like, and yet he understood how disabling his own trauma was for him at times. Aware of how therapeutic it was to get on his motorcycle and ride when he needed to relax and blow off some steam, Tom couldn't help but think that taking veterans with PTSD and other injuries on motorcycle adventure trips could be a great way of helping them decompress, learn some tools for managing stress, and connect with other veterans with whom they may have something in common.
Motorcycle Relief Project was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Colorado on Decmeber 26, 2014 and was granted 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS on April 13, 2015.
Specialist | Army | Relief Ride #13
I learned a lot about myself and about riding motorcycles. It was a fantastic week.
It’s really hard to put a value on it. I was able to go on an adventure on motorcycles and connect with so many great people. Thank you very much to everyone who’s donated to make this possible.
Wes, Relief Ride #13
Major | Air Force | Retired | Iraq, Afghanistan
Relief Ride #14
I can’t speak enough to what MRP has done for me. MRP is a solution that is going to be beneficial to all veterans.
Ricco, Relief Ride #14
Specialist | Army | Afghanistan | Relief Ride #15
This week was an incredible experience of bonding with an awesome group of women. It’s so impactful. Thank you for believing in the program and supporting in whatever capacity you can. It’s
Karla, Relief Ride #15
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Todd Carlson, Co-Owner, DTI Trucks
Todd grew up riding dirt bikes in his native Minnesota but these days he’s all about trucks. Todd is co-owner of DTI Trucks, the largest dealer of pre-owned commercial trucks in the Rocky Mountain region. DTI currently has two locations in the Greater Denver area and annual sales of approximately $18 million. Todd holds a BA in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University and brings more than 20 years of experience in business management to MRP.
George Hellmuth, Director of Sales, Nokia
George currently manages major accounts for Nokia, a $28 billion dollar company with over 100,000 employees worldwide. Prior to joining Nokia (formerly Alcatel-Lucent), George held sales leadership positions at MCI and Sprint, and was VP of Sales Engineering at Rhythms NetConnections. Prior to those positions George worked for GE Aerospace, Martin Marietta and SAIC on a range of projects requiring TS/SCI security clearance. George holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and an MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Army (Ret) | Sergeant First Class | OIF, Desert Storm, Cold War
Meg Kimball-Hodges, Psy.D, Professor, John F. Kennedy University
Meg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently works as an adjunct professor of sport psychology at John F. Kennedy University. Prior to that Meg worked for the US Air Force as Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at UC Berkeley and as Chief of Test Development Operation and Research, Occupational Measurement Squadron. Meg is a veteran of the US Air Force and has more than 15 years experience in the field of PTSD and other forms of trauma. Meg holds an MA in Counseling from St. Mary’s University, and an MA in Sport Psychology and a Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.
Tom Larson, President & Founder, Motorcycle Relief Project
Prior to founding Motorcycle Relief Project, Tom served as the founder and president of Healing Waters International, a nonprofit organization that provides clean drinking water to people in developing countries. Tom also served a stint as Executive Director of Zambikes, a nonprofit that provides bicycle and motorcycle ambulance trailers to villages in rural Africa. Before working in the nonprofit sector Tom worked as an advertising writer. Tom has significant experience in nonprofit management, advertising and marketing and holds a BA in English Lit/Creative Writing from Bethel University.
Scott Lee, Owner, Colorado Motorcycle Adventures
An avid motorcyclist since he was a kid, Scott is now the owner of Colorado Motorcycle Adventures (CMA), the premier adventure bike rental and tour company in Colorado. CMA has the largest fleet of adventure bikes in the Rocky Mountains with models including BMW R1200GS and F800GS, KTM 1190 Adventure R, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200XC and Tiger 800XC, and Kawasaki KLR650. Scott is also the owner of Lux Creative, a graphic design and marketing firm. Scott holds a BFA in graphic design from the University of Kansas.
Sherod Miller, Ph.D., CEO, Interpersonal Communications Programs
Sherod is an author, speaker and consultant in the field of interpersonal communications. Articles on his work have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, and Psychology Today. Sherod has consulted to many Fortune 500 companies including 3M, Motorola, IBM and AT&T, as well as to NASA and all branches of the US Armed Forces. Over a million people have participated in the business and family communications programs that Sherod has developed. Sherod holds an MSW in Social Work from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Sydney Ayers, Owner, Ayers Public Relations
APR, Fellow PRSA. 25 year PR professional.
Col. Andrew Crabb, USMC (Retired)
25 year Marine. BS from the Citadel. MA in Latin American Security Affairs from Tulane University.
Col. Kenny Crawford, US Army (Retired)
Former Battalion Commander, 1st Engineer Brigade. BS from Texas A&M. MS from University
Heather Ehle, Founder & CEO, Project Sanctuary
Has conducted retreats for more than 500 military families. Founding member R4 Alliance.
David Fairbrother, Co-Founder, Signature Transactions
GRI, ePro. Former Managing Broker Associate, Gulfstream Realty Group.
TSgt. Joshua Goodwin, Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI)
16 years USAF, BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
Eric Hougen, Owner/Creative Designer, Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage
Innovator. Industry leader. Adventure motorcyclist.
Erik Stephens, Founder/CEO, Twisted Throttle
Twisted Throttle is of one of the largest retailers of adventure bike parts and accessories in
Renee Tuzee, CEO, National Charity League
Former Director, Marketing & Aftermarket Programs, Motorcycle Industry Council. Motorcyclist. Former Marine spouse.
Don Waddill, Owner, Performance Cycle of Colorado
Founded Performance Cycle in 1981 and grew it to one of the largest motorcycle parts & accessories retail stores in US.
Tony Williams, MA, MBA, Senior Advisor, Xcel Energy
US Army & Reserves veteran. O-4 in MSC. Sr. Presidential Management Fellow at OSD.
The MRP Alumni Board is a group of key Relief Ride alumni who first went through the program as participants and now volunteer their time to help further the mission of Motorcycle Relief Project.
ALUMNI BOARD CHAIRMAN
Army (Ret) | Sergeant First Class | OIF, Desert Storm, Cold War
ALUMNI BOARD MEMBERS
Army | SP5 | Vietnam
Marines | Staff Sergeant | Desert Storm
Marines | Lance Corporal | Cold War
Army (Ret) | Command Sergeant Major | Desert Storm, OEF, OIF
Air Force (Ret) | Chief Master Sergeant | Desert Storm, OEF, OIF
Air Force (Ret) | Colonel | OEF, Other
Navy | Petty Officer First Class | Other
Army | Sergeant | OIF, Haiti
Navy | Petty Officer Third Class | Other
Marines | Corporal | Desert Storm
Army | Sergeant First Class | OIF, Kosovo