Amy Simon, Executive Director
Amy Simon has over 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector supporting causes related to veterans, nature conservation, and community wellbeing. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Rivers of Recovery, a role she has held since 2014.
Amy’s career began as a tax lien and real estate consultant, honing skills in research, communication, and coordination. In 2009, she transitioned into the nonprofit world, joining Rivers of Recovery as their Executive Vice President of Operations. Amy managed core functions including administration, finance, communications, and program development. She led strategic partnerships with government and private organizations to expand Rivers of Recovery’s reach and impact.
As Executive Director since 2014, Amy has significantly grown Rivers of Recovery’s programs, and community presence. She oversees fundraising, donor relations, strategic planning, and operations. Through developing strong partnerships and relentlessly advocating for veterans, she has enabled Rivers of Recovery to assist thousands of wounded veterans through outdoor recreational therapy programs.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Family Social Sciences from Central Washington University. She serves on nonprofit boards and volunteers extensively. When not working, Amy enjoys hiking, yoga, and international travel. Her passion is empowering veterans to heal both physical and psychological wounds through connecting with nature, community, and wellness practices.
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 PTS. 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.