Kyle Rogers
President/Executive Director

Kyle Rodgers is a graduate of Western Oregon University. His degree is in Public Administration. Kyle served as a Radio Operator in a Marine infantry company during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2002 to 2006, deploying twice to the Iraqi’ Sunni Triangle. He served as Veterans’ Coordinator for Western Oregon University following his graduation. Duties included managing a Veteran Success Center in the Student Union and teaching a Senior-level course on Veterans in Transition. Kyle is now attending graduate school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, majoring in sociology and has been accepted as a phd candidate at the UNLV Sociology Program. As a student veteran himself, he is familiar with the challenges of attending college both post-combat and post-military. He directly applies the lessons learned during his own transition to support the Bunker Project in its mission.

Robert Stanulis PhD:
Vice President/ Director

Dr. Stanulis is a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. His current practice is in the area of Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology. He began working with veterans well before the diagnosis of PTSD was formulated and became part of the DSM. As a neuropsychologist, he is also interested in the effect of exposures to toxins such as anti-malarial medication and burn pits, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and concussive blasts. Besides seeing veterans involved in the criminal justice system, he is active in educating lawyers about veteran issues in the Court. Dr. Stanulis has worked on numerous criminal cases involving veteran defendants in both state and federal courts, and is a well-recognized expert on PTSD. His latest interest is moral injury and its relationship to post-military behavior among veterans. He has provided Continuing Legal Education about veterans to the Oregon Criminal Defense Association and the Oregon Bar. He has also spoken to university faculty about how to assist veterans in the classroom. He is on the Veterans Advisory Board at Western Oregon University.

William Brown PhD:
Founder / Board Member

William Bud Brown served as an infantryman with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam, a Drill Sergeant, and eventually went to Officer Candidate School where he received an Infantry Commission. His final military assignment was with B Company 75th Rangers. When the Vietnam War ended he resigned his commission. William B. Brown is currently a Professor, with a PhD in Sociology, in the Criminal Justice Department at Western Oregon University. His research includes prisoner reintegration, sentencing processes, youth gangs, homelessness, and other topics related to incarcerated persons. His current research centers on the resocialization experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Drawing from his military experiences and sociology background his research examines the effects of the Military Total Institution/Military Culture on the resocialization processes of young veterans as they navigate back into the civilian culture. Topics related to this research include education, employment, veteran’s services, significant others of veterans, and veterans entangled in the criminal justice system, which have been published in journals and books nationally and internationally. He has provided sociological evaluations and/or testimony in more than 50 cases involving veteran defendants across the country.

Omar Melchor-Ayala:
Board Member

Omar Melchor-Ayala is currently an adjunct instructor at Western Oregon University for the department of criminal justice. He also teaches sociology related courses at Portland State University, where he is pursuing a Doctoral degree. His research involves homelessness and veteran issues, immigration, incarceration, and crime. His previous experience working in the banking industry makes him a great asset as the Bunker Project’s financial advisor.

Robert Helmick:
Board Member

Robert Allen Helmick joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 2005. He attended infantry training at Fort Benning, GA. He then returned to Oregon where he was attached to the 41st brigade combat team. In 2009 Robert was deployed to Iraq where he conducted convoy operations throughout the country. Robert was awarded a Purple Heart Medal in Taji, Iraq during his 2009 deployment. He was honorably discharged in 2012. Currently Robert is on the Board of directors for the Bunker Project where he has committed his life to assisting Veterans and their family’s. He said that “serving this Country was a lifelong dream but serving this Country’s Veterans has become a lifelong honor.”