Great vision without great people is irrelevant.
—James C. Collins
Board of Directors
Mike served in the U.S. Army for 13 years, including 3 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is now the Founder and President of The Positivity Project, a nonprofit strengthening leadership and relationships through a deeper understanding of character. As the Board Chair, Mike is responsible for providing strategic direction, administration of the board, program development, fundraising management, and ensuring that the organization and its partnerships are aligned with Team RWB’s mission.
James provides leadership to the board and is focused on strategic direction for the organization and board operations. A former Army aviation officer, with combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan, he is currently a sales consultant with Synthes Spine, a leading developer of implants and instruments for the treatment of fractures, tumors, deformities, and degenerative diseases of the spine.
Will is a former Army infantry officer with the 10th Mountain Division and was wounded in Baghdad in 2004. Upon medical retirement from the military and following graduate school, Will began his career as a senior consultant with Deloitte Consulting, LLP.
Paul recently retired from Dell after 15 years. His most recent position was President of the Public Sector and Large Enterprise organization, a $30 Billion global business unit. He was previously President of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for 7 years. Paul was chairman of Dell’s Global Giving Council, responsible for the company’s philanthropic programs. Prior to his time at Dell, Paul was at the Bain & Co. consulting firm.
Sam is a veteran with over 13 years of service in the U.S. Army, including six deployments between 2003–2014 with Ranger and Infantry units. Sam has been decorated twice for valor in combat, and continues to serve on active duty as a Major. An avid believer in Functional Fitness, Sam founded WOD for Warriors in 2011. He expanded and developed W4W until 2013, at which point he transitioned it fully to Team RWB.
Joanna joined Team RWB in 2011 and since then she has served in a variety of roles including Athletic Director for the DC/MD/VA chapter for four years and currently as the Chair of the Internal Affairs Committee. She has spent more than 15 years in the education and non-profit space and has extensive experience in global operations management and marketing. Currently, she is the Director of Academics at Veritas Prep, one of the world’s largest privately owned test preparation and admissions consulting providers.
Larry has been on the Board of Directors at Team RWB since its inception in 2010 and serves as the Chair of the External Affairs Committee. He is a marketing and communications executive with over 25 years of global executive-level experience in publishing, content development and marketing, branding and communications at companies that include Wiley and Oxford University Press. Larry’s Board experience includes: The Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Management and the Advisory Board of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE).
Doug is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HCI Equity Partners and oversees the origination, management and development of the Firm’s investments. Doug leads the firm’s investment initiatives in the commercial aerospace, defense, distribution and industrial packaging industries. Before joining HCI Equity, he worked at Thayer Capital Partners and the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. Doug previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division.
Bryan is retired from the Air Force after 20 years of flying the B-52 bomber. While in the Air Force, he flew combat missions in three different theaters and was involved in strategic planning throughout the US and Europe. An Eagle since 2011, Bryan was a founding member of the Shreveport-Bossier Chapter of Team RWB. He is currently an Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines pilot.
Laura joined Team RWB in early 2013 and has served as the Los Angeles Chapter’s Athletic Director since May 2013. She is a Senior Management Scientist at the RAND Corporation, a non-partisan, nonprofit research institution, and also a Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. At RAND, she conducts research in the public interest and trains Ph.D. candidates to do the same. An avid fitness enthusiast, Laura also holds a NASM Certification for Personal Training.
Martin is a retired Command Sergeant Major, enlisting in the Field Artillery in 1986, and served in both the Active component and Virginia Army National Guard. He retired with two combat deployments and a decoration for valor in combat. Martin is the Director of Information Operations at the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, VA. He continues his service to veterans by serving on the Veteran Services Foundation Board for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and the Veterans Advisory Council of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.
Kate joined Team RWB in September of 2011 with the creation of the Western PA Chapter by her father COL(r) James Nemec. Kate helped build the new Chapter from the ground up and eventually took over as Chapter Captain in September of 2013. After serving 5 years as an Army Officer in the Military Police Corps, Kate began a new journey as a stay-at-home mom with her 4 children.
Great leaders don’t need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness.