Team Red, White & Blue Announces Appointment of New Board Members

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One of the nation’s leading veteran service organizations, Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), today announced that Dr. James Ficke, Coleman Ruiz, and Joyce “JJ’ Jelks have been appointed to its Board of Directors.


“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jim, Coleman, and JJ as our newest members of the Board,” said Mike Erwin, Executive Director of Team RWB. “Their experience and perspective will compliment our outstanding Board of Directors, and will be critically important to the continued growth of Team RWB and the achievement of our mission to enrich the lives of America’s veterans.”


“Dr. Jim” Ficke is the Robert Robinson Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Ficke graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned his M.D. at the Uniformed Services University. Dr. Jim retired as a Colonel in 2013 after 30 years of service in the United States Army and was selected as Chair at Hopkins. He currently serves as Chair of the Disaster Committee, American College of Surgeons, and the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Coleman Ruiz is a partner at Anchor Capital Holdings, LLC, a special asset investment group in Annapolis, MD. Mr. Ruiz is the Co-Founder and Director of Performance at the Mission Critical Team Institute, which develops research and practice for the selection and professional development of Mission Critical Teams.  A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Mathematics, Mr. Ruiz earned an MBA in Finance at the Government School of Business & Public Policy from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.


Joyce “JJ’ Jelks is the Head of Human Resources at Excel Sports Management. Prior to joining Excel, she was an HR leader at New York City Football Club (NYCFC), NJ Devils/Prudential Center and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. While seeking to master an HR-focused career in the sports and entertainment industry, Ms. Jelks also serves as a Major in the Army Reserves within the Inspectors General Office at United States Southern Command. She graduated from the University of Toledo, and earned a master’s degree in HR at Florida International University.


For the full list of Team RWB’s Board of Directors, click here.

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