Bryant Knight – Board President and 2018 Fight Oar Die Crew Member
Bryant has always felt a need to serve his country and his community. He joined the Alabama Army National Guard in 1992 and served over 22 years finally retiring from the Colorado ARNG in 2016. He has served as a Army enlisted soldier and a Commissioned Officer with roles as a flight medic, Field Artillery Officer, and Special Forces Officer. Bryant has multiple combat deployments to OEF, OIF, and OND serving in several leadership roles as a Special Forces ODA Commander, Company Commander, and Operations Officer. Bryant and his family currently live in Castle Rock, Colorado where he works in the Oil and Gas industry throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Bryant believes that if you apply progressive leadership, goal setting, problem solving, teaching, and training then the experience to whatever your task, is an excellent way to meet established goals. He applies this to the Fight Oar Die team as President.
Jon Wright - Treasurer
Jon C. Wright serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Halcon Resources. Mr. Wright previously served as W. Rockies Operations Manager at Newfield Exploration from 2009 to 2012, as well as, drilling and production engineering management positions in the Mid-Continent region from 2005 to 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Wright was a drilling engineer at BP from 2001 to 2005. From 1997 to 2001, he held various drilling positions for Conoco. Mr. Wright graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and went on to earn his Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University. Mr. Wright served in the USMC from 1987 to 1991 including Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Afterward, he served in the Texas Army National Guard from 1991 to 1996. Mr. Wright is an Ironman triathlete and avid fly fisherman.
Glynna Baker, MA JD, is a licensed Colorado attorney who specializes in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has mediated over 2,200 civil, domestic relations, juvenile, and probate cases for the Denver metro area courts. She has arbitrated dozens of family law cases. In addition to her legal training, Glynna has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology. She worked for over a decade as an expert witness, advising the court regarding child welfare issues. Glynna has two generations of family members who served in the US Air Force and US Navy. She is honored to be able to give back to those who fight for our freedom.
Alex Evans, Skipper of 2018 Team
Alex was in the Army from 2004 to 2011 where he deployed twice to Iraq as Airborne Infantry. Post military, Alex joined the oil and gas industry where he primarily worked as a land man. He heard of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from a British military friend he served with in Iraq.
Alex began seeking other Veterans to take on this monumental task of crossing the Atlantic in a rowboat, and in December of 2016, the team was formed. This Army Veteran team was the first American Veteran team of four to ever cross an ocean by man power alone.
Post race, Alex now lives and works in Vietnam and continues to assist current and future teams by consulting in his areas of expertise.
John F. Pugh
John F. Pugh comes to Fight Oar Die from a vast history of work experience. After earning his degree from Penn State, he began his career in the inventions sector, where he saw his concept come to fruition. He started and sold a couple of different companies before moving into the roles manager, accounts manager, then project manager before stepping into the role of Vice President.
John spends his time mostly with his family where he coaches his kids’ sports teams. He also finds the time to fly-fish, golf, and enjoy winter sports in the mountains. He is committed to helping out with non-profits that speak to him. He has helped raise funds for the missions of both national and local organizations, including First Descents and Metivivor, and is a supporter of his children’s schools.
A fitness enthusiast, he is often found on his mountain bike or in his garage-gym, where he and his wife model for their three young children that hard work, resilience, communication, and perseverance are essential keys for success.
Nina Rivera is the Founder & CEO of Surge Tactic, an Eviren Group Company. Nina specializes in Digital Marketing & Social Media, and partners with companies to grow their brands. She is no stranger to marketing and the non-profit sector, having spent years in various board and volunteer positions for non-profit organizations such as the American Diabetes Association & Red Cross of Alaska. Before starting her company and moving to Colorado, Nina a born and raised Alaskan, worked for 13 years in a diverse range of management positions for Carnival Corporation in their Holland America Line & Princess Cruises Land Division. Nina is passionate about providing the needed services to veterans, as a daughter of two veterans herself. She is excited to contribute her skillset and experience to support the mission of Fight Oar Die, and incredibly proud of what the organization has already accomplished.
Brad immediately became passionate about Fight Oar Die after meeting with first-year team rower Bryant Knight and finding out what this organization was going to be doing to help our Veterans and their mental health. I think he was also just completely awed that this team was willing to do something as crazy as rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness of Veteran’s mental health issues. Although he is not a veteran himself, he is impassioned to help those who sacrifice so much for our freedom and peace. Brad is a native of Denver, CO and has served on numerous non-profit boards and is proud that he gets to be a part of the Fight Oar Die team. In his spare time, Brad is an avid outdoorsmen when his Girlfriend Brie and his three dogs will allow it.
Meghan Grimes was born in West Virginia and moved many times growing up landing everywhere from Texas to Michigan. She attended Albion College in Albion, MI and graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Communication. She moved to Colorado to be near her family after graduation and started a career in the oilfield. Meghan is currently the Regulatory Manager for PetroShare Corp, a Colorado based E&P Kingdom company. She has served as a committee member and co-chair for 8 years to the Faces of Freedom Sporting Clay Tournament benefitting a local non-profit, Freedom Service Dogs. Meghan was elected to serve as a Councilmember At-Large in Commerce City, Colorado in November 2019. She has been married to her husband Chad since 2016 and they enjoy shooting sports and upland bird hunting. Meghan met Bryant Knight many years ago through oilfield networking and was honored to be asked to be involved with Fight Oar Die. Her passion for Veteran mental health made this an easy decision. Meghan joined the Fight Oar Die board in 2018.
Mike Griffis manages a small privately held oil and gas exploration company with operations in Colorado and Texas. He grew up in a small community in Florida where multiple generations have served in the armed forces. Mike graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 2000 with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering and again from the University of Denver in 2018 with an MBA. Mike likes to spend time in the outdoors and with his children.