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.
Senior Event Manager
Over the past two years with our team, Kim has planned and managed major events such as our annual Face of America bike ride for veterans, numerous children’s events including our Adventure TEEN Challenge, Boston Celtics Experience with Ultimate Sports, and Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. She led our Military Initiative Soldiers to the Summit at Snowbird adaptive skiing initiative for disabled veterans and served as the traveling finance and communications representative for our two month 2012 Sea to Shining Sea cross country bike ride for veterans.
Prior to joining World T.E.A.M. Sports, Kim worked with Prism Public Affairs, a Washington D.C.-based public relations firm where she managed coalition efforts, online communication campaigns, and implemented media strategies for a variety of clients. Kim is an active volunteer with Maryland Therapeutic Riding and is a member of the National Art Honors Society. She has also been involved with the Fisher House Foundation at Walter Reed Hospital, and aided the efforts of Luke’s Wings Charity, which provides travel planning services and airplane tickets for the families of wounded U.S. soldiers.
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where she majored in Marketing and Business Management.
Administration Support Manager
Based at the Holbrook, New York headquarters for World T.E.A.M. Sports, Anna Quinn manages all administrative duties for the organization, including marketing and membership databases, corporate sponsorships and associated duties.
With a background in non-profit organizations, including five years managing a fund that raised money for a memorial scholarship, Quinn most recently worked with Long Island’s Family Service League. For Family Service League, she handled accounts payable, receivable and billing.
Married to Suffolk County Court Judge and adjunct professor James Quinn for 32 years, the mother of two sons enjoys outdoor activities. Avid hikers and campers, particularly in New York’s Adirondack and Catskill mountain ranges, Quinn and her husband have white water rafted in British Columbia, hiked in the Grand Canyon, as well as visited Hawaii, Mexico, Aruba and most of the Caribbean.
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.