Chief Executive Officer and President
As Chief Executive Officer and President of World T.E.A.M. Sports, Van Brinson is responsible for the overall operations of the non-profit organization
Van first became associated with World T.E.A.M. Sports during the inaugural Face of America ride in 2000. Having seen the difference that athletics made in the lives of wounded service members, he became more actively involved with the organization, participating in Face of America rides and directing the 2011, 2012 and 2013 rides. He rode his bicycle across North America in World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ 2010 Sea to Shining Sea Bike Ride and rode segments with the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride. He served as the organization’s Chief Operations Officer from November 2010 to October 2013.
Van enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1986 and was selected for a commissioning program in 1988. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1992 after graduation from North Carolina State University. During his service in the Marine Corps, Major Brinson served as a Communications Officer for three years prior to being selected for training as a Naval Aviator. He received his wings in 1997 and was stationed in El Toro and Miramar, California and Quantico, Virginia.
Van participated in humanitarian assistance operations in East Timor, the evacuation of the crew of the USS Cole, and flew in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from Iraq, Major Brinson was selected for duty with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1 where he served for four years. He was assigned to the Operations Department at the Marine Corps Air Facility in Quantico, Virginia. In September, 2010, Van retired from the Marine Corps.
Van and his wife Allyson live in Raleigh, North Carolina and have two children.
Director of Advancement
Sarah Bell, Director of Advancement, joined World T.E.A.M. Sports in May 2014. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of the organization’s overall fundraising initiatives and takes a lead role in event management as well. Sarah has worked as a grant writer, program manager, prospect researcher, special event planner and executive assistant since 1996 at non-profit organizations such as The United Way, Massachusetts General Hospital and The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care. She joined World T.E.A.M. Sports as a key volunteer at the 2013 Adventure Team Challenge in Colorado.
After graduating from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Sarah lived in Boston until 2011 when she moved to New Orleans with her husband, a commercial deep sea diver. They enjoy discovering the wonders of The Big Easy together with their two Great Danes, Dolly and Otis. Sarah is a poet, avid gardener and is currently learning to SCUBA dive.
Director of Communications
A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Journalism, Richard manages all external communications for our organization, including websites, social media, digital newsletters, special publications, promotional materials and handouts. He joined World T.E.A.M. Sports in October, 2010.
With more than a quarter-century experience in publishing and marketing communications, including terms at VeloNews, Women’s Adventure and Buzzworm’s Earth Journal, Richard has exceptional knowledge about media and communications. In the 1990s, Richard served for six years with USA Cycling, the national Olympic sports governing body in Colorado Springs. During his term with USA Cycling, Richard developed the American Mountain Bike Challenge racing series, managed the organization’s business newsletter, and directed other member programs.
Based at World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ Denver office, Richard is currently active with the National Speleological Society in the American West. He is the author of four popular books regarding Colorado caves.