Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, the 2007 #1 New York Times best-selling book, tells the harrowing, emotionally raw account and motivational story of his survival and the deaths of his comrades-in-arms in Operation Redwing, a mission to gather intelligence on Taliban leadership in Afghanistan. Marcus’ NEVER QUIT attitude was key to his survival and his recovery at home.

After surviving his operations in Afghanistan, Marcus returned home to his ranch in Texas, the center of his post-combat recovery and restoration. On the ranch, Marcus had time to recover, to think, and to feel the love and support of close friends and family as he healed his wounds. Based upon first hand experiences of what is needed to provide holistic healing beyond standard government programs, while honoring his lost comrades from Operation Redwing, Marcus established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010.

The intent was to bring the wounded service members into the same type of environment that healed Marcus. A place of solitude and beauty, where there was a close-knit and understanding support system. A place where the service members and their families could heal together as they all worked through the consequences of war. The Foundation is dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members by providing unique educational, rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness opportunities to U.S. Armed Forces members and their families.


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The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support. Overseas deployments and combat action can take a serious toll on everyone involved - from the men and women on the front lines to the friends and families who wait patiently for their loved ones to return home. America’s Armed Forces are asked to perform at exceptionally high standards in the most demanding circumstances and that service demands incredible sacrifice, dedication, and in some cases debilitating personal transformation. Transitioning to post-military life, whether wounded in combat or simply adjusting to the civilian sector, will often cause difficulty for the service member and his or her family. The unfortunate reality for many service members and their families is that life changes after the loved one returns home and the effects of their experiences begin to manifest in negative ways. In short, the normalcy of life prior to their service may have been lost forever. Therefore, the Lone Survivor Foundation is here to help America's wounded service members and their families adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into what may be looked at as their 'new normal' – providing an understanding and acceptance of who they are as a person, a family, and a community.

Support through Retreats and Therapeutic Activities

The vision of the Lone Survivor Foundation is to provide exceptional therapeutic, outdoor, and unique opportunities that optimize recovery and healing of affected U.S. Military wounded service members and their families. We accomplish this by:
  • Building nationally recognized therapeutic facilities that support wounded service members and their families affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and chronic pain.
  • Emphasize the use of natural settings and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) using the EAGALA method to heal and empower wounded service  members and their families through targeted educational and therapeutic opportunities.
  • Reduce the wounded service members need for narcotic pain management.
  • Stabilize and enhance family structures and relationships through education, counseling, support, and inspiration using short-term retreats and advocacy programs.
  • Identify, connect with, and establish therapeutic support for wounded service members and their families that have, for whatever reason, stalled in their healing process.
  • Collaborate with recognized government and non-profit agencies to provide wounded service members and their families the proper resources for their needs.
  • Support through awareness and inspiration.
  • Inspire and motivate Americans to recognize and offer support, mentorship, and care for our wounded service members and their families.


  • Terry Jung, Executive Director

    Terry, Executive Director, was raised in Melville, New York, and earned a degree in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania in 1970. Terry completed NROTC training and was commissioned into the US Navy the same day he graduated from Wharton. He served as an EMO and CIC Officer until receiving his honorable discharge. He then completed a Master’s degree in Accounting at the University of Texas, Austin. He has a long career serving in various executive positions in both the for profit and non-profit sectors. His industry experience covers health care, investment and commercial banking, broadcasting, education and consulting. He has worked with many organizations including Ernst & Young, JPMorgan, Hilton Hotels, TransAmerica, Control Data, Avanti Health Systems and New York Life to name a few.

    Terry is the son of deceased, Howard Jung Sr., a WWII, disabled, MIA, Prisoner of War, Purple Heart recipient. It is in special honor and memory of his father Howard Sr., Terry serves.

    Terry stated his life has been built around a family and community that has proudly and passionately given and sacrificed their personal interests for the welfare of the United States of America and he is honored to be in a position with the Lone Survivor Foundation to serve and give back in any way he can to those worthy veterans of the USA affected in combat.

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  • Ann Brown, Program Director

    Ann has lived all over the world (approximately 13 moves as a BRAT before the age of 18). She is the daughter of a career Air Force couple, a Pilot and his wing-woman, who served during the Cuban Crisis and Vietnam era. Her military upbringing helped to develop a strong sense of patriotism and a desire to support the military and their families. Eventually, Ann settled in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex where she finished her bachelor’s degree, raised a family of three boys, and completed her Master’s degree and Licensure in Counseling. Ann directed a Christian counseling center, provided mental health for all branches of the DoD, and eventually moved to Houston to implement the DoD directive, embedding mental health professionals within all Air Force wings. This position as Director of Psychological Health for the Air National Guard provided excellent experience building a successful military mental health program from the ground up. With a love for learning, Ann decided to complete her Doctorate in Psychology.

    She and her husband, whose father was a career French Foreign Legionnaire, enjoy snow skiing, fine food and wine, travel, water sports, art, horses, and many other activities. She feels honored to be serving as Program Director for the Lone Survivor Foundation. Ann enjoys staying informed about cutting-edge science-based psychological interventions specific to the military population. She strongly believes that those serving and sacrificing for their country deserve the very best. Ann feels privileged to be a part of the LSF team utilizing her expertise as the Lone Survivor Foundation expands their services.

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  • Paula Bonebrake, Retreat Team Lead

    Paula Bonebrake is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a wide range of experience in the mental health field.  She has specialized in providing behavioral health support to military members and their families since 2004.   As a Military Family Life Consultant from 2004-2010 she worked with multiple branches of service nationwide through all phases of the deployment cycle.   From 2010-2016 she developed and managed a psychological health program for the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing, providing and managing care for members and their families as their Director of Psychological Health.  Working with the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program she developed and provided psycho-educational classes to prepare service members and their families for deployment and reintegration, provided behavioral health consultations, crisis and risk management and coordination of care.  She has collaborated with the Chaplain Corps for the National Guard at Strong Bonds marriage retreats facilitating psycho-educational classes and couple’s consultations.  She is also trained in Psychological First Aid and has experience with traumatic event management.

    Prior to working with for the military Paula worked for 4 years on a sexual trauma and eating disorders residential treatment facility specializing in treatment of Post- Traumatic Stress and addictions.  Her knowledge and experience in this area was utilized in developing and facilitating annual Air National Guard trainings for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program.  She worked closely with the SAPR in responding to and coordinating care for survivors of military sexual trauma.

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  • Connie Baldwin, LPC Equine Team Behavioral Consultant

    Mrs. Baldwin earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University in 2005. She holds a License as a Professional Counselor in Texas and is credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science from Fort Valley State University.

    Mrs. Baldwin has earned her certification to use horses in the therapeutic process with clients through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) in 2009. She has owned and worked with horses for more than twenty-five years. The EAGALA model has afforded her the opportunity to use her love of horses in the healing process of others.

    Mrs. Baldwin is a devoted military spouse of 14 years. She fully understands the military lifestyle and has dedicated her career to helping people who suffer with traumatic symptoms heal and move forward with their lives.

    She is designated as a Child Trauma Informed Care Specialist. She also has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) to treat trauma specifically.

    Mrs. Baldwin has worked with the Lone Survivor Foundation providing Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). EAL is a proven model and an interactive way to address the issues related with PTSD, TBI & Military Sexual Trauma. Due to her extensive experience working with children, she also facilitates the psycho-educational groups with the kids during the retreats.

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  • Jeanette Taylor, Development Director

    Jeanette Taylor has worked in the nonprofit industry for over 25 years. Jeanette holds her Bachelor’s degree from University Houston with a focus on Psychology and minor in Sociology. Her past experience includes teaching, working for people with Intellectual Development Disabilities, populations affected by mental illness, grant writing and funding development.

    While working in the mental health field for over 10 years, Jeanette soon realized the major disparities and destruction the military can face after serving. She learned this by working on committees and civic groups who try to remove some of the challenges and struggle military encounter. It was then that she vowed to continue her work to help military families, especially after she discovered Lone Survivor Foundation and the amazing work and commitment exemplified.

    Jeanette is deeply committed to being a mother to her 2 teen age children and husband of 22 years. She has lived in Houston for over 40 years. Her family enjoys spending time together entertaining, traveling, concerts, cooking, fishing, hunting and the great outdoors!! When she’s away from family you will find her with her girlfriends “glamping” and traveling!!

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  • Vanessa Forse, Marketing and Events Director

    A Texas native, Vanessa originally served as LSF’s Office Manager for three years and left for a short time but just couldn’t stay away! Vanessa rejoined LSF’s staff as Director of Marketing and Events in March of 2016. Her experience includes event management, fundraising database administration, marketing and social media management. Vanessa oversees LSF’s marketing and public relations outreaches, sponsored and third-party events, licensing and commercial co-venture agreements, social media and peer-to-peer fundraising efforts with the goal of maximizing the Foundation’s impact on the veteran community.

    Vanessa’s passions include rescuing dogs, volunteering with child abuse prevention initiatives, and walks with her husband of seven years. Her determination and compassion for our soldiers and specifically the welfare of the children is what keeps Vanessa here at LSF.

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  • Jen Brown, Ambassador Development and Communications Manager

    A 25 year Houstonian, by way of Washington, Oregon, Florida, Colorado and Hawai’i, Jen may not be a native Texan but she got here as fast as she could. In 2013 she joined the Lone Survivor Foundation as a volunteer and came on staff in 2014 as the Volunteer Coordinator. She is now working on all marketing, events, and volunteer matters as our Marketing and Events Manager. Jen is responsible for the development and implementation of both new and existing fundraising events and the development and coordination of licensing agreements and commercial co-ventures to increase awareness and fundraising abilities for the Foundation. Under her care, the LSF Volunteer Force has more than doubled through active involvement and LSF social media numbers have more than tripled. Jen is working closely with the marketing and volunteer teams to ensure their continued upward growth in the best interests of the veterans we serve.

    Jen balances work life with home life and stays busy raising her two young sons and teenage niece. They can often be found at off-road parks playing in the mud on their ATVs. Hailing from a large family with members in every branch of the Armed Forces, Jen looks forward to continuing to help people get involved with the Lone Survivor Foundation.

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  • Dale Enderlin, Controller and Database Manager

    Dale received his BBA in accounting from Sam Houston State University in 1981.  He started his career working 3 years for Arthur Young, Houston and spent another few years at a W.C. Marshall and Associates before venturing out on his own.   Today he has over 30 years experience in tax and accounting in the Houston area.  Dale has been working with the foundation since 2012 on a consulting basis as well as volunteering at several events.

    He spends his free time attending baseball games as well as riding his motorcycle across the beautiful country roads of Texas.  His tie to the military is a father who served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years in the late 50’s.

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  • Debra Sandoval, Office Manager

    Debra is a native Southern California girl, who now calls Texas home-sweet-home. Debra joins the Lone Survivor Foundation as the Office Manager, with over 25 years of experience in Executive Administration, Human Resources and Practice Management.  Debra is also an entrepreneur and has owned several businesses throughout her career. Drawing on her many years of customer service, Debra is excited to be a part of LSF and is eager to do her part to help support the Foundation and honor our American Services members.

    Debra’s passion is spending quality time with her high school sweetheart and hubby of thirty-four years, her three amazing kids, and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time at the beach and exploring the beautiful state of Texas, and of course its awesome regional cuisine.

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  • Jason Clem, Program Coordinator

    Jason Clem comes to us with over 13 years of office management experience. He helps keep the Lone Survivor Foundation program department organized and moving at the speed of light. His areas of interest are in organizational development and information technology. Outside the office, Jason spends his time with friends and family, enjoys traveling, arts and entertainment, and is a self-proclaimed ‘foodie.’

    His family ties to service include a grandfather who was a Lt. Colonel and an uncle who served as a mechanic, both now retired from the Air Force Reserve at Ellington field. His father was in the Navy Reserve during the Vietnam War era and is also now retired. Jason served in the JROTC for 3 years in high school and has previously worked closely with the DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. His appreciation of all veterans and the satisfaction he gets from helping others makes him a wonderful addition to the Lone Survivor Foundation.

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Board of Directors

  • Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell, US Navy SEAL (retired), Chairman

    Born and raised in Texas, Luttrell and his twin brother, Morgan, attended Sam Houston State University. They began training for the SEALs at age 14 with former United States Army  soldier, Billy Shelton, who lived nearby. As kids they loved to hunt and fish and wrestle alligators! Martial arts training has been an important role in Marcus’ life from the time he was a child.

    Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March 1999. He began Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training with Class 226 in Coronado, California. He graduated with Class 228 after suffering a fractured femur early in his training. Marcus graduated 18 Delta in 2001, making him a team Medic.

    On June 28, 2005, Luttrell and SEAL Team 10 were assigned to a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah (nom de guerre Mohammad Ismail), a high-ranking Taliban leader responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan and the Hindu-Kush mountains.

    The SEAL team was made up of Luttrell, Michael P. Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson. Luttrell and Axelson were the team’s snipers; Dietz was in charge of communications and Murphy the team leader. A group of goat herders stumbled upon the SEALs, the four SEALs immediately took control of the situation and discussed what to do with the herders. After taking a vote and basing their decision on ROE, Michael Murphy made the final decision to let them go. The herders were subsequently released and disappeared over the mountain ridge. Luttrell believed they immediately betrayed the team’s location to local Taliban forces and within an hour, the SEALs were engaged in an intense gun battle. In the ensuing battle, the rest of the SEAL team members were killed. Team leader Michael P. Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle. Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Marcus were awarded the Navy Cross. An MH-47 Chinook helicopter was dispatched with a force consisting of SEALs and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment “Nightstalkers” to rescue the team, but the helicopter was shot down by an RPG. All 16 men on the Chinook were killed.

    Luttrell was the only survivor. Badly wounded, he managed to walk and crawl seven miles to evade capture. He was given shelter by an Afghan tribe, who alerted the Americans of his presence, and American forces finally rescued him six days after the gun battle. Following his physical recovery from Operation Redwing, Marcus went back and completed one more tour before being medically retired. He then wrote the book, Lone Survivor, to share the amazing story of his brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    In 2010 Marcus met the woman of his dreams and married shortly after. Marcus and his wife Melanie have a son Axe, who is named after Matthew Axelson, and a daughter, Addie.

    In 2010 Marcus also started the Lone Survivor Foundation and is fully involved with The Boot Campaign.

    In 2012 Luttrell released a second book, Service, that follows up with unanswered questions from Lone Survivor and gives honor and praise to other members of the military.

    In the summer of 2013 Marcus went on his first public speaking tour along with Capt. Chad Fleming and included special appearances by Debbie Lee and Taya Kyle.

    In early 2014, a major motion picture will be released depicting the story of Lone Survivor.

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  • Master Chief Peter Naschak, US Navy SEAL (retired), President

    Pete was raised in Los Angeles, California and joined the Navy shortly after graduating from Venice High School in 1987. After his initial job training, Pete completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training and became a qualified SEAL in 1989. Pete retired from the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams after a 21 year career, where he held various operational and leadership positions, lived overseas, and participated in military contingency operations throughout the world. His final tour was with SEAL Team FIVE as their Command Master Chief where he got to know Marcus Luttrell. Throughout his career, Pete has had direct experience and involvement with wounded warriors and the families under his care and is dedicated to continuing that support in the future.

    After retirement, Pete finished a Master’s of Science degree in Global Leadership, a qualification as a Project Management Professional, and a certificate in Global Business Management and Strategy. Pete currently runs his own business that focuses on specialized consulting efforts for companies such as Nike, Inc. and Red Bull North America.

    Pete lives in San Diego, California with his wife Tanya.

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  • John Folkert, CLU, Business and Estate Planning Specialist, Treasurer

    John joined Northwestern Mutual in 1993 after receiving a degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. Since beginning his career, he has received numerous awards as a consistent top producer nationally with Northwestern. He is a Business and Estate Planning Specialist that works on a National Level. In 2001, John was recognized by Grand Valley State with the distinguished alumni award.

    John’s passion for supporting the troops stems from observing and living through the residual effects of Combat…as witnessed through his Grandfather. A WW2 Veteran that endured 3 1/2 years of battle in multiple theaters, leaving him with multiple physical and emotional scars that impacted both his post-combat life, along with his Wife, Children, and Grandchildren. Additionally as John states, “This is the first time in the history of America that our country has been at war and nothing extra has been asked from the American people. It is time to change that”.

    John also serves on the Board of Governors for The Van Andel Institute: A world class Parkinson’s Disease and Cancer Research Facility.

    John resides in Byron Center, MI and is married to Melynda and have three + one children: Parker, age 13, Alexis, age 11, and Cassidy, age 9, and their Estate Protection Dog: Dexter.

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  • Michael D. Lappi DO, PhD, MPH, Secretary

    Dr. Michael Lappi is the Director of Field Operations and the program lead for civilian-military affairs with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr Lappi has extensive national and international experience in the fields of humanitarian assistance and disaster response having served in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Most notably, he served as the first ever Public Health Team Leader for the American Red Cross during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and in his position as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, in a number of medical and liaison roles with Partners in Health, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the US Department of Defense during the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

    As a Naval Medical Officer with over 15 years of active duty and reserve experience, Dr Lappi served as the Senior Undersea Medical Officer for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit SIX, Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR, and the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command, as well as serving as the Occupational Medicine Department Head at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA. In addition, he served as the Joint Special Operations Task Force Surgeon, Afghanistan, and the Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Surgeon, Horn of Africa. Dr. Lappi is currently a Commander in the United States Naval Reserves.

    Dr Lappi has degrees from the University of Miami (BS), The Ohio State University (MS, PhD), Ohio University (DO), and the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH), as well as a diploma from the United States Naval War College (Command and Staff Program). He is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and currently holds clinical or academic appointments at the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Lowell General Hospital.

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  • Honorable Thomas Fordyce, USMC (retired), Board Member

    A Vietnam Era Marine Sniper, Thomas Fordyce served with the 1st Battalion 26th Marines from 1966 – 1968, and medically retired in March of 1968 due to combat injuries. Over the last 42 years he has served on many boards and commissions, including being the Director of Agricultural Business Land/Minerals, Commissioner Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, charter member and present Chairman of the Huntsville Economic Advisory Council, charter member of the Huntsville Veterans Advisory Council, and member of the Texas Veterans Commission advisory board. In addition, he is a former member and Vice President Board of Directors for Brownfield Memorial Hospital, Board for Lease (minerals) Texas General Land Office, and former member of the Walker County Grand Jury.

    The owner of Ford Farms, Tom and his wife, Sharon, now try to enjoy retirement between their ranch in south Texas and their home in Huntsville, TX. He also has a daughter, Lauren, and a son Tyler.

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  • Kala Sorenson, Board Member

    Kala is a native Houstonian and the Vice President of Special Events for the Houston Astros Baseball Club. She is responsible for all non-baseball special events at Minute Maid Park and is in her 12th season with the team. Each year, Kala and her staff are responsible for over 500 events and meetings held at Minute Maid Park throughout the calendar year. Kala and her team have been involved in organizing such events as President George Bush’s 80th Birthday Party, the Rachael Ray Show Weddings of Houston, concerts to include Madonna and Jimmy Buffett and the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in Houston, to name a few. In addition Kala served as the Co-All Star Week Coordinator with Major League Baseball for the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston. Kala currently serves on the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Texas.

    Kala has always had a strong sense of pride for those who serve in the Military. Her father served as a Marine in the Korean War. Her family is so proud of the service he gave to our Country. He held his service in a calm, reserved manner but he has, rightfully so, been proud of what he did for America. With a few photos and his enlistment paperwork hanging on the wall of their family home, it has always served as a constant reminder of those who have given, and currently give so much for us to be free. Kala’s nephew Chris currently serves in the United States Army as a Captain and resides in Germany with her niece Allyson.

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  • Patrick Lewis, Board Member

    Patrick G. Lewis is a native of Las Vegas ,Nevada. Patrick attended the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) earning BA in Political Science/Criminal Justice in 2003. He has worked with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since 2002 and currently serves as an executive with the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC, where he works primarily in International Business Development. Patrick’s duties require extensive travel to the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America where he interacts with government officials and the UFC’s media partners. Patrick also serves in a similar role at Fertitta Entertainment the parent company to Las Vegas based Station Casinos.

    Though his work keeps him 200 days a year away from Las Vegas, when home, Patrick devotes his personal time to his wife Natalie, the Bishop Gorman High School Football Team and his Champion German Sheppard Protection K-9, Addi. Patrick is also an Honorary Sheriff with LVMPD in Las Vegas. Patrick feels passionately that we owe our Service Men and Women tremendous gratitude for their sacrifices and that caring for all military personnel is a duty that must be shouldered by all Americans.

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  • Harry Coghlan, Board Member

    Harry Coghlan is the President and General Manager of the New York market of Clear Channel Outdoor and has served in that capacity since January 2010. The New York Metro Market of Clear Channel Outdoor covers New York City and its northern suburbs, northern New Jersey, and Fairfield County, CT offering advertisers the opportunity to engage with the #1 Designated Market Area (DMA).

    Having joined Clear Channel Spectacolor in January 2003 as its Finance Manager, Harry quickly moved through the ranks serving as both its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Harry served in a variety of executive roles for high profile consumer products companies, which included Expat assignments in international business units.

    “My involvement with the Lone Survivor Foundation has been deeply impactful and inspiring for me both professionally and personally. Although I never served in our country’s military, I have developed a profound respect for those who have chosen to serve including my father and his father who both served in the Navy.”

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Advisory Board

  • Alan Tinsley, Attorney, Alan Tinsley, PC

  • Andy Haffele

    Andy served as a Navy SEAL for nearly 7 years. He was severely wounded early in his career and assists LSF as a Family Advocate as a way to give back to all our wounded vets and their families.

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  • Andy McGee, First Vice President-Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services Inc.

  • Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Fox Sports Reporter, NBA Executive

    Bonnie-Jill Laflin has a number of firsts in her career. Laflin is the first and only female NBA scout, holding the front office position with the Los Angeles Lakers. She is the first to cheer on a professional level for three teams, in two sports, starting with the NBA and the Golden State Warriors, and moving to the NFL with both the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.

    Laflin is the first female to be awarded six championship rings in two professional sports, earning a Super Bowl ring during her time cheering for the 49ers and five NBA championship rings as an executive for the Lakers. Laflin is currently a segment reporter for FOX Sports, as well as the host of the newly launched and fast growing Chinese sports venture, MuhoTV. Beyond her professional ventures, Laflin is committed to and passionate about animal welfare and the nation’s veterans, founding the non-profit Hounds and Heroes. She has traveled abroad on eighteen USO tours, including bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, to boost the morale of service members.

    Service to this country runs strong in Laflin’s family tree. Both of Bonnie-Jill’s grandfathers served in World War II, and one was awarded both a Silver Star and Purple Heart. Her uncle was a Gunnery sergeant and a career Marine, and Laflin’s father was an undercover narcotics officer for thirty-three years with the San Francisco Police Department. Laflin has supported the troops and veterans her entire life, visiting veterans in the hospital, boosting morale on tours and bringing wounded warriors to sporting events, and speaking on behalf of the troops on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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  • Brittney Linville, Procurement Technician

    “Through my own combat experiences as a Specialist in the United States Army in the Military Police Corps and also through the experiences of my husband being wounded in combat, I know firsthand the challenges that veterans and families face due to injuries and PTSD. The Foundation has helped my family personally, and now I want to give back to other veterans and their families.”

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  • Bryan Offutt, Director of Outdoor Marketing, Under Armour

    As the Director of Outdoor Marketing, Bryan Offutt is responsible for driving the growth of Under Armour’s hunting, fishing, military/tactical and action sports categories. He plays a key role in the development and management of the Outdoor brand strategy and all brand management functions, including Outdoor digital media activations, advertising, athletes, creative design and retail marketing.

    Mr. Offutt joined the Under Armour team in October of 2001 as employee number 33. He began his UA career in the sales department, focused on the military/tactical categories, and in 2002, established sales and brand recognition for Under Armour on the West Coast and in the Northeast. In 2003, Bryan founded the company’s philanthropic military initiative, UA Freedom, and developed a partnership for the Brand with the Wounded Warrior Project. In 2012, Bryan was promoted to his current position and launched Under Armour’s first hunting boot and scent control campaigns, as well as Under Armour’s first-ever hunt TV show, Ridge Reaper, in which he also stars.

    A graduate of Towson University, Mr. Offutt lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with his wife and four children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and crabbing. Bryan also sits on the advisory board for The Lone Survivor Foundation, a cause for which he cares deeply.

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  • Cathryn “Boop” Marsico

    Cathryn is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Cathryn obtained a BA in English from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduating, Cathryn moved to Lansing, Michigan and obtained a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She spent several years working in the Trusts and Estates Department at Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois, while obtaining an LLM in Taxation from John Marshall Law School. Cathryn also spent several years working as an attorney for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Cathryn resigned from her position at the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to become a stay at home mom for her three sons, Henry, Hogan, and Oliver. Now that all three sons are in school full time, Cathryn has rejoined the workforce as an attorney for Gallagher & Gupta P.C., concentrating her practice in estate planning and liquor law.

    “I have a strong desire to give back to the servicemen/women (and the families) who sacrifice their lives for our personal freedom. I believe in the Lone Survivor Foundation’s mission to restore, empower, and renew hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support. I am truly honored and humbled to be a part of the Lone Survivor Team in its efforts to further this mission.”

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  • Chad Fleming, President, The Diamondback Group, Inc.

  • Char Westfall, Volunteer Coordinator, Boot Campaign

  • Chaunntel Pettit

    Chaunntel Pettit received a Bachelor of Science in Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University. She has taught private and classroom piano lessons for the past 24 years, as well as writing and conducting choral productions. She enjoys all aspects of music including performing, accompanying, composing, arranging, and conducting. Her military connection starts with her father, who served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, her husband a recently retired Major from the Army Utah National Guard, Special Forces, and a son, who newly enlisted in the US Army.

    American Veterans hold a special place in her heart as she supports and serves various charities; including Labs for Liberty, Operation Teddy Bear, Operation Hero, and on the advisory board for the Lone Survivor Foundation. She was committee chair for the Family Readiness Group, 19th SF Group, watching over hundreds of families with deployed soldiers. She is frequently found organizing events, serving her church, community, Distinguished Young Women of Utah, and most importantly, her family. Chaunntel enjoys reading, riding horses, hiking, gardening and being creative. She lives in Bountiful, Utah with her remarkable husband, Robert, and her four exceptional children.

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  • Chris Merritt, Director, American Trade & Goods

    Christopher has worked with LSF since it’s founding. Focused on securing resources to help the banquets raise money for the foundation, he has booked key note speakers and brought in auction items for many of the banquets. He has also represented LSF on the road for events and gatherings. His work in the firearms and sporting industry helps align these industries with the foundation.

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  • Gary Kovacs, Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services Inc.

    Gary Kovacs has specialized in corporate, estate, and retirement planning; as well as investment allocation strategies, for business owners, executives, high-net worth individuals, and individual investors for over 40 years. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, of Investments at UBS Financial and Branch Office Life Insurance Coordinator. His responsibilities include but aren’t limited to portfolio design as well as the design and implementation of insurance and retirement products for the firm’s clients. Most recently, Gary was Managing Director at James E. Bashaw & Co. and before that he served as First Vice President of Raymond James & Associates. Prior to his tenure at Raymond James & Associates, Gary was a founding principal of Harris Webb & Garrison, a full-service investment banking firm; and president of HWG Insurance Agency Inc., where he managed overall operations.

    Gary holds a BS degree from Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green he was selected to appear in the 1969-1970 edition of Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He also captained the BGS soccer team.

    He proudly served his country in Viet Nam and in 2002 through 2004 served as mayor pro tem of Hunters Creek Village. Gary served as President of the Los Cazadores Hunt Club in Houston for 4 years. He has co-authored the book “Ways and Means” which explains how to maximize the value of your retirement savings along with other financial aspects.

    Gary is a registered representative with UBS and holds a Group 1 license for life and health insurance and a solicitor’s license for casualty insurance. Gary is a Life and a Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He was most recently inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni class of 2014 at Bowling Green State University

    Gary is also the co-founder of K&F Restaurant Operations LLC and K&F Restaurant Holdings LLC., DBA, Izzo’s Illegal Burrito currently operating eighteen restaurants in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    Gary is also a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

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  • Jack Hazdra, Associate Director, CBRE, Inc.

    “As a commercial real estate executive, I want to make the LSF’s dream of creating permanent locations for our wounded veterans and their families, a reality.”

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  • Jarrett Edwards, Professional Angler / TV Host

    Jarrett Edwards is a former ESPN Bassmaster Elite Series touring professional who now is the host of his award winning Outdoors TV show “Jarrett Edwards Outdoors.”

    “I’m a proud American who is proud to partner with an outstanding organization who chooses to pay it forward with Today’s US Military men and women.”

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  • Jim Lorraine, Executive Director, President and CEO, America's Warrior Partnership

    Jim Lorraine is the President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP), an Augusta, Georgia, based not-for-profit organization that assists communities that serve military and veterans. Prior to his current duties, Jim served as the founding Director of the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition, a wounded warrior advocacy organization recognized as the gold standard in supporting more than 4,000 special operations force wounded, ill, or injured and their families. During his six years as the Director of the Care Coalition, Jim also served as Special Assistant for Warrior and Family Support to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this role he created a document transforming the Chairman’s “Sea of Goodwill” concept into a strategy.

    Jim served 22 years as an Air Force Officer and Flight Nurse. His service includes operations in Saudi Arabia, Central America, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq. As a staff officer Jim served as a Fellow to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and lastly as the Deputy Command Surgeon for the United States Special Operations Command.
    His military awards include the Bronze Star, Secretary of Defense Outstanding Civilian Award, USSOCOM Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Exceptional Civilian Award. In 2015, Jim was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar and also confirmed as a Trustee to the South Carolina Veterans Trust Fund.

    Jim was born and raised in Clinton, New York. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Nursing and Webster University where he received a Masters degree in Computer Resources and Information Management.

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  • Jim Sorebo, President & CEO, Four Seasons Financial Group (FSFG)

    James J. Sorebo, CLU is President and CEO of Four Seasons Financial Group, Inc. (FSFG), a wholesale provider of fixed and variable life, and annuities to financial institutions nationally.

    FSFG works with over 150 banks and 3000 financial advisors. Jim provides the vision and leadership for FSFG.

    “My chance meeting with a wounded warrior involved with the foundation, Captain Chad Fleming, retired, changed my life. My patriotism, while always strong has risen to new heights because of him. In addition my nephew is a Naval Academy grad and the son I’ve never had. His time with the NSA in Djibouti, and his 9 month deployment with Seal Team 7 resulting in a Bronze Star are just part of the reasons why I want to give back to those that defend our country.”

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  • Joe Fairchild

    This southern boy has been a facilitator in the Lone Survivor Foundation Retreat Program for the past two years. His experience during multi-combat tours in the Army allows him to bridge the gap between therapeutic counselors and the issues our military members are dealing with. With a warm personality, infectious sense of humor and a great outlook on life, Joe understands firsthand the journey which lays ahead and the work it takes to overcome.

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  • Josh Appel, M.D., University of Arizona Medical Center

    Josh is a California native, but has lived in Tucson, Arizona for 15 years where he works today as an ER physician and serves as the Flight Surgeon for the 306th Pararescue Squadron. Josh was a Pararescueman for 12 years and served as Pararescue team leader on the rescue mission of Marcus Luttrell and the recovery of the men of OPERATION RedWings.

    Josh has been with Lone Survivor Foundation since the beginning and continues to support it and military families.

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  • Kathy Maguire, Consultant, Professional Volunteer

    “In June of 2008, when the men of Operations Redwings were shot down, my husband was in command at Naval Special Warfare. We attended every funeral and memorial service, waited for news of Matt Axelson and Marcus, grieved when Matt’s body was found and rejoiced when Marcus came out. I understand so well how much the foundation means to Marcus, and what he does to honor of all those men who didn’t come home.”

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  • Kevin Barber, Founder and President, Veteran Energy, LLC

    Mr. Barber is the Founder and President of Veteran Energy,LLC and 95 Bravo Resources.  Veteran Energy LLC is the first 100% Licensed Veteran Owned Retail Electric Provider (REP) certified in the Texas. Veteran Energy’s mission statement is to “positively impact the lives of Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families on a daily basis”. Veteran Energy’s Power to Give Back™ program has created jobs for veterans, immediate needs assistance and donated over $80,000 dollars to veteran and military support organizations, including Lone Survivor Foundation. He is passionate about supporting and advocating on behalf of Veteran Owned Businesses and Veteran entrepreneurs. Prior to launching Veteran Energy, Mr. Barber built nearly 20 years of energy and trading experience while holding positions with increasing responsibility at Integrys Energy, Southwest Energy, Silvergate Bank, Panhandle Eastern Trading Company, Associated Natural Gas, Pan Energy Trading and Marketing and Duke Energy.  While serving for three years as a K-9 Handler in the United States Army Military Police Corps, Mr. Barber was stationed throughout the CONUS and the Caribbean. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from State University of Albany and an A.A.S degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY-Adirondack.  He resides in Memorial with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Kory Whalen, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

    Kory Whalen spent 10yrs in the Naval Special Warfare community stationed at SEAL Team Three and the Naval Special Warfare Center as an Instructor. Kory currently serves as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security, Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.

    “Being a Veteran myself I understand some of the issues and challenges our soldiers are facing. I volunteered to help out in any way I can.”

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  • Mark E. Lund, CPA, Houston Executive Partner, Weaver and Tidwell, LLP

    I have been in public accounting for over 30 years, primarily on the audit and consulting side. I am currently the Houston office Executive Partner of Weaver, the largest regional accounting firm based in the Southwest with offices in seven cities across Texas. I am currently a hands-on Board member of the Academy of Finance, part of the Spring Branch Independence School District and Education Foundation, which provides a business cirriculum and mentoring services to encougage high school students to learn about and become interested in finance and accounting as a profession. I am also on the Board of Stewards of Memorial Drive United Methodist Chruch, which had such a positive influence on my family including my two sons as they grew up and their relationship with Christ as well as their relationship with and respect for their fellow man, many of who are in need of assistance.

    “I chose to participate in the Lone Survivor Foundation because (a) I shared a belief that we should support our returning wounded service members, (b) The vision that the LSF would restore, empower, and renew not only the wounded warrior, but also the family members, and that it would be done in a positive and respective support system, and that the results are tangible, and (3) The quality of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Executive Director reflect the quality of the Foundation’s programs. Participation in the LSF allows me, in a small way, to say thank you on an ongoing basis to the retruning service men and women who gave so much for our country.”

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  • Reed Smith, Central Regional Vice President, GEO Group, Inc.

    Reed Smith, Central Regional Vice President for the GEO Group, Inc., the first fully integrated international real estate investment trust specializing in the design, financing, development of correctional, detention and community reentry facilities.

    Mr. Smith oversees a geographical area that includes, Texas and Oklahoma, which comprises of (14) facilities serving Local, State and Federal clients. Mr Smith joined what is now the GEO Group in 1997 after retiring as a Warden with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

    Helping organizations such as Special Olympics and Lone Survivor Foundation, Mr. Smith has marshaled the efforts of staff and vendors to annually make significant contributions via golf tournaments and fund raising events. This, in effort to give back to the community in which Geo works on a daily basis.

    Mr. Smith has long recognized the efforts of our veterans, through his corporate efforts to recruit and help with reentry into the civilian work force, now appreciates the opportunity to work with LSF to help those who are so traumatically affected in service to Country.

    Reed Smith is an avid golfer and outdoorsman, father of (6) children and (1) grandchild, he resides in New Braunfels Texas with his wife Stephanie.


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  • Robert Pettit

    Robert Pettit has specialized in corporate risk management and financing for the past 20 years. He currently operates the California and Houston operations for the Presidio Group, a midsized Risk Management Firm headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BS and MA degree in history from Utah State University. Robert served in the Utah Army National Guard for over 20 years, participating in several overseas assignments and deployments. He gained specialized leadership and knowledge in Logistics and Operational planning, which he uses every day. It is a privilege to help the Lone Survivor Foundation be successful helping soldiers and their loved ones become whole.

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  • Scott O’Neal, President, KEG 1 O'Neal, LLC

    “LSF allows me to support Marcus and his goal of aiding wounded veterans and their families with professional therapy in outdoor, non-traditional settings – the type of assistance which aided his recovery the most.”

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  • Shane Hildreth, Vice President, Southwest Regional Sales, IMG College

    “The day I met Marcus Luttrell at Minute Maid Park and heard his story first hand, a wave of emotion overcame me and my first thoughts were… ‘How can I help?’ ‘What can I do to help those that have given up so much to protect our Freedom?’ The answer to my questions…LSF.”

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  • Susan Fordice, President & CEO, Mental Health America of Greater Houston

    Susan grew up in the Midwest and graduated from South Dakota State University. Her early career in healthcare focused on the rural healthcare delivery system, which included the community hospital, skilled nursing facility, low-income housing for the elderly, satellite clinics, and a volunteer emergency response team.  She then relocated to Los Angeles and began working in fund development with a regional medical center. Susan continued her development career at a medical school in Chicago.  In 1992, Susan joined U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s development office and traveled nationally.  With Rice University, she assisted with campaigns for the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Computational Engineering, and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. She joined MHA Houston in 1999 and was named President and CEO in 2011.  Susan serves on the Board of Directors for Lone Star Veterans Association.

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  • Timothy “TK” Klund, PX3 Sports Science

    Mr. Klund is currently Managing Partner with PX3 Sports Science. TK is also regarded as one of the top industry leaders as a Relationship Specialist in the world of Corporate and Sports Marketing. He is a leading authority when working with professional athletes and celebrities on their personal name branding campaign and potential endorsement opportunities.

    TK served honorably in the United States Air Force and works with several military charities to help them raise funds and awareness as well as work individually with military veterans.

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  • Tom Ullrich, Executive Vice President, Captive Resources, LLC

    Tom Ullrich has an extensive background in management and insurance. His educational background includes a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

    In his 30-year insurance career, Tom has been associated with a major direct writing insurance company, an association owned agency, and owned a direct writing agency for eight years.

    As an Executive Vice President and Principal of Captive Resources LLC, he is responsible for the marketing and development for both existing and new captive opportunities. He has used this expertise to help start 12 of the collective amount of group captive programs that Captive Resources provides ongoing consultation services to.


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