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DJWilliams.jpg DJ Williams Founder / C.E.O.
DJ joined the United States Marine Corp in 1987 at the age of 17.  During his time with the Marines, he was a radio operator for an Artillery Battery, a forward observer and qualified ships and planes.  He is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Since being discharged from the Marine Corp, DJ has had two surgeries on his back.  He has had a lumbar spinal fusion, he has a ruptured disc in his thoracic spine and he has four bulging discs in his cervical spine, in addition to severe nerve problems as a result of his military service. After his service with the Marines, DJ moved to San Diego, CA where he spent many hours deep sea fishing.  Since moving to Colorado in 1994, he has become an avid fisherman of both cold and warm water fishing.       

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t ShawnBuckendahl President

Shawn, a disabled vet, spent 6 years in the Navy submarine force during the Gulf War. He began fishing at a young age going after the Pacific NW Steelhead, Salmon, bass, panfish, sturgeon, and trout.  In February 2013, he met DJ Williams and learned of the great opportunity provided by JOD and has volunteered for the majority of events ever since. He became Commander of VFW Post 4171 in August 2013 where he develops relationships that help vets.  Shawn teaches for Xcel Energy, which is committed to hiring veterans for their invaluable skills learned and developed in the military.  Shawn is humbled every event with the honor of providing just one day away from the stressed of daily life. Shawn looks forward to providing leadership and commitment to veterans as part of the JOD team.

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Ben Kramer Assistant Excutive Director

Ben was born in Iowa, he and his family moved to Saudi Arabia for 6 years. There, as a cub scout, he experienced some of the challenges of life in the desert.  He grew up with multiple nationalities and experienced much travel around the world.  Ben found his way to Denver in 1994 to attend The Art Institute of Colorado and graduated from the culinary arts program. Ben has been with Just One Day since 2010. Ben’s help with the soldiers and veterans has been invaluable. Through Ben’s involvement with “Just One Day”, he enjoys the opportunity to meet and interact with new friends in the great outdoors of Colorado!

(720) 448-1682

MeliWEBpic.jpg Melanie Dolash V.P.

Melanie is a Colorado native and works diligently to make life better for anyone she encounters, and attempts to create an environment that has positive energy and life enhancement.  Her primary focus, which is guided through her interactions with the public and educational arena, has always been geared towards making a difference in the lives of individuals who have demonstrated that they want and deserve it. She currently holds an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science from Community College of Aurora in Aurora, CO. She continues with her education and is only a few credits from obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Finance and Management, at Columbia College.  Her education has also taken her down a path that has provided her with accounting, public relations and human relations skills as well as enhanced knowledge of working with special needs children and adults. Melanie hopes that the combination of her education and life experiences will enhance the JOD program to provide more wounded soldiers with the opportunity to participate in activities guided by the JOD team.  She is honored to be a part of such an important program and hopes to see it grow to the national level in the near future.

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Taylor Short Public Relations
Taylor Short was born and raised in Hawaii and loves the outdoors.  Joined the Army in 2002 and still serving.  I am a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Thank you for welcoming me into the Just One Day family, and look forward to helping out in any way possible.

Deb Janzen Administrative Advisor
Deb is a native of the Chicago area and attended college in Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in Education.  Wanting to broaden her horizons, she enlisted in the U.S. Army where she received formal training as a Medical Specialist and EMT, as well as on-the-job training as a Paralegal and Administrative Specialist.  She has over 30 years of experience in the civilian community as an administrative/executive assistant and office manager, and writing business correspondence and reports.  Deb volunteers her time and administrative skills to JOD by drafting correspondence and documents, and advising and assisting the CEO on administrative matters.  “I’m proud to be involved with an organization that reaches out to the people who chose to serve in the military, and recognizes the many sacrifices that they and their families have made.”

Dustin Williams

Dustin is Founder and CEO DJ Williams’ son.  He has been a fisherman for about 7 years and has been involved with JOD since its inception.  He is a huge help with the veterans and will make a great guide one day.  His father is very proud that Dustin is involved with JOD. Dustin now is taking time off to serve his country. Dustin joined the USMC so will be helping out when he is home on leave. Proud of you son... Semper Fi





B Culver
' Thank you for everyhing you do. I haven't had this much fun in years "


SSG. L Patton
" Thanks for one of the best days on the water I have had in a real long time."