Brian McNeely founded Global Refuge in 2001 after a trip to the Thailand/Burma border. This trip granted Brian access to refugees and internally displaced people who had been at war for almost 50 years. He saw their intense needs, the lack of outside help and could not forget it upon returning to the US. He was compelled to help.
At that time Brian was leading a successful College coaching career that had spanned over 20 years. Brian began his coaching career in Junior Colleges in Kansas and then went on to coach in the Big Sky, Big 10 and Big 12 conferences with over 50 of his former players having played in the NFL.
After seeing the dire needs in Burma and meeting with varying non-profit leaders, Brian ventured into social entrepreneurship, creating a for-profit company to benefit the non-profit, Global Refuge, which provides emergency holistic health care to displaced populations around the world. The Vector M Group, a collection of technology companies that provide information and consulting to both the public and private sector, has allowed Brian to work as a sports consultant to players and universities; which included the funding for the construction of an 83 million dollar football stadium at Florida Atlantic University.
Brian completed his undergraduate work at Wichita State University (KS) and earned his master’s degree in sports management at the United States Sports Academy (AL). McNeely has been married to his wife, Elaine, for 36 years and they have three children. “When you see atrocities in the world you are only given two choices; you respond or you ignore it. There is nothing in between.”
Jaden has been with Global Refuge since its beginning in 2001. His passion is to serve people by reducing the high mortality diseases that plague displaced populations. Jaden has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies & Arabic Language from Indiana University where he also studied Mandarin Chinese. He studied Epidemiology at Columbia University (NY) and has a post-graduate certificate in Global Health from University of Manchester (UK).
Jaden has spent significant time in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and East Africa and led GRI’s disaster response for Cyclone Nargis in Burma in 2008. Armed with these skills and his international experience, he coordinates all rapid assessments after disasters and prior to initiating new programs. He also directs our international programs; working closely with our country directors in our projects abroad. His work through Global Refuge translates contribution into action and makes it possible for us to alleviate the suffering of thousands of refugees.
Working from our headquarters in Arvada, Colorado, Jaden and his wife Michelle live in Denver with their dog Kona.