Committed to the Cause
Larry and Bobbi Simpson
Isabella founded Heroes Challenge with the vision and drive to help facilitate PTSD healing throughout our community.
Director of Operations
John Colvin is the Director of Operations for Heroes Challenge. Heroes Challenge provides programming to help warriors, first responders, and their families suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). John’s grew up in unstable and abusive families and foster homes. Although his childhood was one out of a nightmare, his mother laid the godly foundations John would later learn to lean on.
In 1993, John enlisted in the Army from Silverdale, WA as a Wheeled Vehicle Repairer. 10 years later, while stationed at Fort Polk, LA, John deployed to Iraq with 2nd ACR. His unit was responsible for securing the cities of Najaf and Baghdad, as well as rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure. Upon his return from Iraq in 2004, John helped his unit reflag from 2nd ACR to 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.
In 2006, John deployed to Afghanistan with 2-4 Infantry, and assigned to a small COP in the Mizan Province. From long-range mounted patrols to long hours sitting alone at a LP/OP, for six months John experienced infantry life first hand. During this deployment, John received the Combat Action Badge, an award given to non-infantry Soldiers who actively engage the enemy during combat operations.
God had a plan for John, and on his last deployment to Iraq in November 2007, God placed John in a position where he could not only serve his unit, but God as well. For 15 months, God worked in John’s heart and upon his return in January 2009, he was a changed man. John began to focus on how to serve best his God and Soldiers.
In 2010, John became a Master Resiliency Trainer and for six years, he served in various capacities at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade levels. John trained active duty Soldiers, providing essential resiliency skills to overcome PTSD. When John was not training Soldiers, he was planning MRT events and managing MRT programs at both the Battalion and Brigade levels. John was responsible for ensuring the Soldiers in his unit were receiving the most up-to-date resiliency training and skills.
In 2012, John attended a weekend conference that focused on overcoming PTSD. During one of the seminars, John realized the potential of marrying resiliency training with the PTSD curriculum being presented. Shortly after the seminar, John approached the organizational leadership and they soon allowed him to begin to facilitating peer-to-peer mentorship groups.
In 2017, John was reassigned to Fort Carson, CO. Although there are many ministry organizations in Colorado, none catered to the military nor focused on PTSD. John, along with is good friend Joshua Acevedo, saw the need and together they established a peer-to-peer mentoring group to minister to the active duty and Veterans within their community.
In 2018, John retired from the Army, but his mission did not. John, along with his wife Isabella, understood the need for an organization that provided a holistic approach to combatting PTSD. Therefore, he and Isabella brought their dream to life when they opened the doors to Heroes Challenge. John holds firm to 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” John is thankful for the opportunities God has provided to allow him to help hurting people throughout the military and first responder communities.
Director of Communications
With us since our founding, Reese Whiteman is one of our veteran team members. They bring their years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.