OUR HISTORY

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 treatment beyond standard government programs, while honoring his lost comrades from Operation Redwing, Marcus established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010.

 

Updates

  • 11.17.2017

    “Last Flag Flying” Interview

    This week, a few members of the LSF staff were invited to a screening of “Last Flag Flying”, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne, from Academy Award-nominated director Richard Linklater. The film tells the story of three Vietnam war veterans, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard […]

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OUR MISSION

The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.

THE NEED

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, can often cause difficulty for the service member and his or her family. The unfortunate reality for many military families is that life changes after the service member 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.  

OUR PROGRAM SERVICES

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. LSF provides support to service members/veterans and families from all military branches who are challenged with injuries such as:
  • Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS)
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
These painful injuries have devastating effects on the individual as well as their family. LSF’s goal is to support both the individual and the family through education, coping skills and reducing symptoms of stress. To that end, LSF conducts retreats with a focus on wellness and therapeutic support. Retreats are conducted year-round over a five-day period at scenic facilities, allowing ample opportunity for the healing effect of nature and relaxation. We host various types of retreats to meet the specific needs of the populations we serve, with the goal of introducing tools for moving forward successfully. Our retreat types include:
  • Individuals
    • Service Members
    • Care Partners
    • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Couples
  • Families
Our retreats emphasize the use of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) using the EAGALA model, neurofeedback, combat trauma specific yoga, and other cutting edge modalities geared toward improving quality of life. We empower our retreat attendees with the skills and resources necessary to create a plan for their continued recovery after the retreat. Through our referral network, we can connect them to organizations and providers in their local area who can assist them in continuing the therapeutic treatments they have selected to pursue. Through the plan they created and the resources we provide, the retreat attendee will be able to take ownership of their healing process. Individuals are welcome to come back for a Couples Retreat, followed by a Family Retreat (usually 6-18 months apart), depending on their individual needs and progress. All of these services are provided at no cost to the service members or their families through the generous support of donors and sponsors, and through fundraising events around the country.

OUR VISION AND GOALS

  • Build 3 - 4 nationally recognized therapeutic retreat facilities to allow us to better fulfill our mission and serve our growing waiting list of service members and families in need.
  • Stabilize and enhance family structures and relationships through education, counseling, support, and inspiration using short-term retreats and referral programs.
  • Inspire and motivate Americans to recognize and offer support, mentorship, and care for our wounded service members and their families.

 

Staff

  • 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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  • Martin Scruggs, Director of Operations

    Martin Scruggs has over 20 years of management, sales, and program/project management experience with extensive expertise in information technology, government, military, international relations, and business operations.

    Martin obtained a plethora of management, strategy and project facilitation knowledge through his tenure in the United States Air Force as a Special Agent for the Office of Special Investigations where he served in a variety of capacities as Chief, Defensive Counterintelligence (CI)/Home Defense Branch, Director of Operations, Program Manager, United Embassies Liaison, Investigative Branch Chief, and Team Program Manager. He’s well versed in international relations through his extensive travel, residency, and work experience abroad including Japan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia and the Middle East. Martin also served as a Specialized Skills Officer-CI/Certified Case Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency where he conducted and managed international and domestic counterintelligence operations designed to protect and enhance U.S. National Security.

    Martin has worked as a Director for Business Development/Sales for several IT services companies before starting his own Service Disable Veteran Owned Business and supporting other small businesses in obtaining government contracts within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.

    Martin is a 1992 graduate from the University of Notre Dame and member of the 1988 National Championship Football Team. He currently serves the Notre Dame Alumni Association as a Regional Director for Notre Dame’s Diversity Council.

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  • Jennifer Street, Retreat Team Lead

    Jennifer Street, our Houston Based Team Leader, has been in the social service field since 2001 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A graduate of both East Tennessee State University and Florida State University, Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work. Jennifer began her career working with families in crisis and later worked in the areas of at-risk adolescent treatment and domestic violence before beginning Life Renewal Counseling, a private outpatient counseling practice, in 2009.

    In that same year, Jennifer completed certification as a trauma professional and began serving on a research team studying the effectiveness of Accelerated Resolution Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress in military members.  As an educator, Jennifer has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of several universities including the University of South Florida and Saint Leo University.  Jennifer is a certified trauma professional and is also certified to provide Accelerated Resolution Therapy, an eye movement treatment for faster resolution of psychological distress resulting from trauma.

    Jennifer and her husband stay busy raising the son and their two therapy dogs, Chaz and Obie. They enjoy playing and writing music together as well as performing.  Jennifer is an avid hiker with a life goal of section-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail.  She loves her work with Lone Survivor Foundation and believes it is a great honor and privilege to serve our current and former service members and their families.

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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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  • Kiki Francis, Behavioral Health Coordinator

    Kiki is a compassionate, client-centered mental health professional with proven ability to work collaboratively and independently to provide quality services to at-risk populations. She has over 5 years of experience working with individuals with mental, cognitive, intellectual, and emotional diagnoses. Kiki is skilled in needs assessment, clinical case management, counseling techniques, program outreach and treatment planning. She has documented success in providing activities and materials that engage, develop, and motivate individuals. She possesses an extroverted personality with absolute rapport building skills.

    A graduate from both Louisiana State University and Capella University, Kiki holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Marketing and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kiki is a National Certified Counselor and certified in Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services. As the Behavioral Health Coordinator, Kiki’s first priority is clinical case management and working closely with service members and their families to support them through the retreat program process.

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  • Lianna Estrada, Program Coordinator

    The third of six daughters, Lianna was raised in a small Czech town in Texas by a steadfast mother and a hardworking Vietnam veteran.  Growing up, her parents instilled in her the importance of service to others, which has translated through her work over the years – some of which included her role as the Community Coordinator responsible for organizing and planning events for military families at Little Rock Air Force Base, Youth Sports Recreation Assistant at Aviano Air Force Base,  911 dispatcher for Missouri City Police and Fire Department, and the Program Assistant for the non-profit organization Child Advocates of Fort Bend, where she facilitated the coordination of partner agencies for interviews- including CPS, law enforcement, and the district attorney’s office.

    As Program Coordinator for the Lone Survivor Foundation, she provides administrative assistance to the Program Director, Team Leads, and service members to support the function of the foundation’s therapeutic retreats.  Her passion to provide quality service to veterans and their families is driven by those who have inspired her most: her mother who has always been a pillar of strength as a veteran’s wife, her father (Vietnam 1969-71 – U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, mechanized unit), and her love, Joshua (OIF 2005-2009 – U.S. Marine Corp, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion).

    In the fall of 2017, Lianna will earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Human Performance- Exercise Science at UHCL, and hopes to apply it towards providing adaptive training, health and wellness to veterans.

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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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  • Kelly Cummings, Ambassador Development / Communications Manager

    Kelly is proud to have been raised by a family of veterans and first responders. She spent her childhood surrounded by her heroes: a family of WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam vets. She now shares her life with an OEF / OIF Marine Corps veteran. Her passion for giving back to the men and women of the US military lead her to the LSF Volunteer Force in May of 2015 and she joined the staff in July of 2016. She brings with her seven years of administrative management experience, six years of sales and marketing experience, and a steadfast commitment to “never quit on those who never quit on us”. Her other passions include photography, animal welfare, and pizza from her hometown of Chicago.

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  • Lisa Rupchak, Event Coordinator

    Before joining LSF, Lisa spent 20 years heading up corporate sponsorship strategy and event activation, where she was responsible for negotiating and planning events from music festivals, college and professional sports, venue naming rights to state and county fairs.  She holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in Business. She is also a past president of Knoxville, TN American Marketing Association Chapter (KAMA). Lisa’s ties to the military include her father, brother and sister all being US military veterans.

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  • Michael Langley, Director of Development

    Born on Camp Lejeune, it’s not a huge mystery why Michael would become a US Marine. Following in his father’s footsteps seemed to be easy, but it was his mother that he vowed to do proud. He graduated from high school in a little town called Silsbee, TX and immediately got on the bus headed for the airport. Like all other Marines before and after, he soon found himself standing on little yellow footprints wondering what he had gotten himself into. True to his pledge to his mother, he flourished in the Corps and rapidly rose through the ranks often holding positions well above his pay grade.

    “I have a ton of awards achieved and titles earned during my service, but none of them measure up to the very first one that I share with all my brothers. I am a Marine. The rest of that shiny stuff was for my momma,” he often jokes.

    Michael left active duty service to become a Texas peace officer in the fall of 1995, and served as a patrol officer in Kountze, Texas for a short while before moving on to other things. He sold cars in Lufkin, drove 18 wheelers across country, managed warehouses in Baton Rouge, worked construction along the Gulf Coast, and eventually landed back in the lap of law enforcement as an assistant chief of police in a town outside of New Orleans. Michael found his way back to southeast Texas where he became a detective for the Orange County Sheriff’s office homicide investigation team, property and juvenile crimes division.

    In 2011, Michael had a devastating ATV accident that all but ended his law enforcement career. He moved on to create his own company which specialized in creating large scale and unique events throughout southeast Texas, which eventually led him to become the promotions director for the Cumulus cluster of radio stations in Beaumont, TX. It was through the Texas Frog Festival that he found the Foundation, and began to come up with various ways to raise the much needed funding for our programs and services. So we slung an anchor around his neck and put him to work as our Development Director.

     

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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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Honorary Founding Board Members

  • Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell, US Navy SEAL (retired), Honorary 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 started Lone Survivor Foundation to restore, empower, and renew hope for wounded service members and their families.

    Marcus and his wife Melanie have a son Axe, who is named after Matthew Axelson, and a daughter, Addie.

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

    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, Honorary Director

    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 children: Parker, Alexis, and Cassidy.

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  • Honorable Thomas Fordyce, USMC (retired), Honorary Director

    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, Honorary Director

    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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Board of Directors

  • Tim Byrom, President, Owner and Founder of BRINT Construction

    Tim Byrom has owned his own business since 1976. He has served as a board member and board chair for All Saint’s Episcopal School and Junior Warden for St. Stephens and St. Mark’s Episcopal Churches. He is currently service on the executive board for Garth House, which is a nonprofit child advocacy group that represents physically, sexually and mentally abused children.

    Tim has been married to his wife Susan for 34 years, and has two sons, Brian and Clint Byrom, who are currently in charge of BRINT Construction, Inc.

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  • John C. Ertz, Treasurer, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual - Northern Ohio

    Mr. Ertz is currently Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual – Northern Ohio, an organization that helps clients to achieve financial security. Mr. Ertz is responsible for the company’s sales and service operations for the Northern Ohio territory.

    Mr. Ertz began his career with Northwestern Mutual in 1984 as a Financial Representative Intern while attending the University of Kansas. After graduation, he transitioned to a full-time representative with the Kansas City Network Office. His leadership experience began with his promotion to Agency Supervisor and Field Director in Kansas City. Over the next six years Mr. Ertz’s team earned numerous awards and became one of the top producing field units in the country. He also took on the responsibilities of Assistant Managing Partner. In this role, Mr. Ertz was closely involved with training, representative and network office planning, and the day-to-day operations of the Kansas City Network Office.

    A native of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Ertz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Personnel Administration and Management from the University of Kansas in 1988.  Ertz holds the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter from the American College and has earned his Life & Health and Series 6, 7, 8, 63 and 66 licenses.

    John resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his wife, Kimberly and their two children, Natalie and Charlie.

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  • Michael D. Lappi DO, PhD, MPH, Secretary, Captain, United States Navy and Global Medical Director for General Electric Aviation

    Dr. Michael Lappi is the Global Medical Director for General Electric Aviation.

    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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  • Earl Campbell, Board Member, President of Earl Campbell Meat Products

    President of Earl Campbell Meat Products, Heisman Trophy Winner and former Houston Oiler.

    Full bio and picture coming soon!

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  • Harry Coghlan, Board Member, President and General Manager at Clear Channel Outdoor, New York

    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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  • Patrick Lewis, Board Member, Vice President - Fertitta Enterprises/Red Rock Resorts

    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. Patrick serves as Vice President at Fertitta Entertainment, the parent company to Las Vegas based Station Casinos.

    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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  • Reed Smith, Board Member, 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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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, Senior Contracts Specialist, Smartsheet.com

    “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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • Connie McNabb

    Brigadier General Connie McNabb is a Veteran of 23 years of service in the United States Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard.  She was the Chief of the Joint Staff for the entire Texas National Guard from 2009 through 2011 and was the Senior Medical Planner for all Air Force and Air National Guard Support to Texas’ Hurricane Season 2008.

    As Chief of Staff, She was responsible for a $500 million budget and over 25,000 troops and personnel actively engaged in multiple overseas and homeland deployments and Contingency response operations. She represented the Guard in numerous State Agency and National Guard focus groups addressing the challenges of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma for returning Veterans and their families as soldiers and airmen returned to their civilian lives, but were forever impacted by their experiences on the battlefield.

    She was the lead Air National Guard Advisor the to Active Duty Air Force Commander of 25th Air Force – (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) addressing the many issues for Guardsmen across the Nation transitioning from traditional flying wings to operational fighting units waging war 24/7/365 from home station bases.

    Since retirement she received her Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and actively supports Veteran organizations such as Lone Survivor Foundation and the VFW to overcome the current Veteran Suicide Epidemic and to seek the methods and means to address the monumental challenges our Veterans and Military families face every day.

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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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  • 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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  • Mark Williams

    Mark Williams is an Air Force veteran and experienced corporate executive. He was Group President for Infrastructure, Government, and Power at KBR, leading an organization of $4 billion and 30,000 employees worldwide. That included over 25,000 employees in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the NATO war efforts. He also worked for Jacobs Engineering Corporation for 25 years; moving from engineer to project to executive management. His last two assignments at Jacobs were as Group Vice President of Northern Europe, then as Chief Information Officer. Today, Mark is engaged in consulting, writing and volunteer work.

     

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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

    Timothy “TK” Klund is 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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