Board of Directors
Mike served in the U.S. Army for 13 years, including 3 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the President of The Positivity Project, a character education non-profit empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships. He also serves as CEO of The Character & Leadership Center. 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 is a veteran and former Army aviation officer with combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He separated from the Army in 2010 as a Captain after nearly eight years on active duty. He is currently a sales consultant with DePuy-Synthes Spine, and spends most of his time at work in the operating room, where he assists neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons and their staffs during surgery. James has served on the Team RWB Board of Directors since the organization’s inception in 2010, and during this time he has served in numerous capacities to include Finance Director, Vice Chairman, External Affairs Committee member and Finance and Development Committee member.
Paul Bell is an Operating Partner at Lead Edge Capital, a firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. He was previously an operating executive at Dell for 15 years, where he was President of the global Public Sector and Large Enterprise division and, earlier, President of the European business. Prior to his time at Dell, Paul was at the Bain & Co. consulting firm. He earned his MBA from Yale. He is an avid cyclist and pilot. He has flown over 25 missions for Veterans’ Airlift Command, flying wounded warriors and their families. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Austin, Texas.
Sam is a veteran with 15 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. 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. She has been part of the Los Angeles Chapter’s volunteer leadership team since May 2013 and currently serves as its Chapter Captain. Laura also supports the veteran community as a member of PsychArmor’s Faith Leaders Advisory Committee. 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, she 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. A Team RWB member since 2011, leading the Richmond Chapter and helping form other chapters throughout Virginia. Along with Team RWB, he continues his service to veterans by serving on the Veteran Services Foundation Board for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.
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.
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.
In Team RWB, everyone is included and welcome to do whatever is best for them as an individual while still maintaining a supportive Team mentality. And it all comes down, for me, to the Positivity. The very specific focus on positivity is something that is hard to find in many other groups. All of the veteran service organizations I know do fantastic work, but Team RWB has my heart for the positivity alone.
—Chrissy Mott, Reserve, Member, Northwest Region
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