Board of Directors

Everyone’s Journey To Recovery Is Unique


As a peer-focused group, we understand that everyone’s journey to recovery is unique. Our peer-led organization encourages participants to share their lived experiences in a safe environment. Learn more about our Heroes Comfort team.

Our community offers a place of support, acceptance, and understanding to those looking to recover from trauma. This type of support system creates an environment for recovering individuals to thrive and find the peace they need to move forward in their journey.

Lari Jones, Chairperson

Hi, I am Lari (pronounced “Larry”). The reason I agreed to help with this organization is multi-fold. However, one thing is for sure, helping people helps me. I discovered this about myself in my late 20’s, and it has been something that I have strived to do in some way in each stage of my life.

I have spent 20 years in the home healthcare field providing care to the elderly and physically challenged, beginning with caregiving and eventually as a Director for a non-medical home care company. During this time, I served on a volunteer Board of Directors for James Irwin Charter Schools. In my ten years on the BOD, 4 of those years, I served as Vice-President. What started as curiosity about education and parent choice quickly evolved into a commitment to providing quality, character-driven education to all children. In addition, I spent many years volunteering for the church I attended as the Hospitality Director.

I have been married to my husband, Rick, for 23 years, and we have three grown sons that we could not be prouder of. Two years ago, we decided that we needed a change and moved from Colorado Springs, CO, to Hiawatha, Kansas. The quiet, small-town life is perfect for us! Currently, I am employed as a Family Support Worker for a child placement agency. Our goal is to reintegrate children who have been removed from their homes to their parents. It is certainly a different career path than I expected, but I find it challenging and rewarding. I am also a full-time student working towards a degree in Healthcare Administration.


Jeff Bryan, Vice-chair

Jef bryan lost his leg in 2014. He was 50 at the time. They wanted to retire him. He wanted no part of that. Jeff went on to work the front lines as a front line FF/Emt-I. He is the only EMT ever to be certified in instructing at a paramedic level AMLS. Jeff is a former lieutenant, fire Instructor and trained with Canadian special forces in Mountain rescue.

Jeff is an accomplished Amputee climber, Cyclist and kayaker. He has instructed many people including Vetrans.  He believes in the great outdoor adventure to ease the pain of ptsd.

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Billie Jo Crowe, Secretary

Billie Jo is the wife of Executive Director, Mike Crowe.  Over the last decade, Billie has had to learn how to help and cope with a person diagnosed with PTSD and major depressive disorder.  

Billie is passionate about helping people any way she can, so when approached about being the Secretary of Heroes Comfort, she immediately jumped on board.

Billie is currently an elementary teacher, with 29 years of service to the same school district.

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We are currently looking to fill this position.

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Gabe Taggart, At-large member

I served in the Marine Corps for five years from 2003 to 2008. I spent most of my enlistment based out of Camp Lejeune, NC and served three tours in Iraq. In 2008 my wife and I moved back to Iowa to start our family. Today, I live in Norwalk, IA with my wife and five children. Our two boys keep us busy with football, baseball and basketball. Our three daughters fill our time with dance. 
I joined the corporate world in 2008, but struggled to find a purpose since leaving the Marines, until I was approached about helping first responders, other veteran's, nurses, dispatchers, and correctional officers.
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