Amy Simon, Executive Director
Amy has been with Rivers of Recovery since 2009 and is responsible for operations, as well as implementing the program curriculum. A certified yoga instructor, Amy has received specific training in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), working closely with Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D., to implement the teachings of his book, The Resilient Warrior.
Amy develops key relationships between Rivers of Recovery and executive leaders across the nation in order to locate participants in need of the camaraderie and resiliency benefits offered by the program.
Before joining ROR, Amy worked with real estate investors in the Phoenix area and was active in her community coordinating and raising funds for the local school district as well as working as a volunteer with Hospice of the Valley. In addition to her involvement within her area, Amy has also been dedicated to raising funds and coordinating activities for an all-girls school in Kenya, Africa.
Amy graduated from Central Washington University and holds a Bachelors of Science majoring in Family Studies.
Levi Crawford, Marketing Director
Two days after turning 17, Levi Crawford fulfilled his dream to serve his country by joining the U.S. Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer–beginning his training while finishing high school.
After graduation, he went to Fort Leonard Wood for basic training and AIT. Levi’s unit was deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007 with the mission of finding roadside bombs. Levi was the lead gunner during his time in Iraq, operating a 50-caliber machine gun. His unit was credited with finding more than 500 explosive devices.
When he returned stateside after his first deployment, Levi went to several military schools to further his career. His unit was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. On May 20, 2010, Levi was hit with a Rocket Propelled Grenade.
The explosion sent shrapnel from his knees up to his face. It left him temporarily blind, although he regained sight in one eye. He also suffered from nerve and muscle damage to his arms and legs, traumatic brain injury and PTSD. His injuries to his right arm were severe enough that he almost lost it, but fortunately it was saved thanks to successful limb salvage surgeries.
After nearly a year in Walter Reed, Levi made a miraculous recovery and is now dedicated to continuing to serve by helping his military brothers and sisters who suffer from combat-related mental and physical injuries. He currently serves as the Rivers of Recovery Marketing Director and recently expanded our program to his native Arkansas for the region’s veterans.