Paul Bell

Chairman of the Board

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.

Mike Erwin

Founder & Board Member

Mike founded Team RWB in 2010 while he was a Captain in the Army and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.  He served on active duty for 13 years, including three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Mike is currently the President of The Positivity Project and CEO of The Character & Leadership Center. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2002 and earned his Master's degree in Psychology & Leadership from the University of Michigan in 2011. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book entitled, Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude. Mike lives in Pinehurst, NC, with his wife and four children.  

James McBride

Board Member

James is responsible for Team RWB's financial management: budgeting, cash flow, investments, and accounting. A former Army aviation officer, with combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan, he is currently an associate 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. He lives with his wife in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee area.

Sam Linn

Board Member

As a member of the Board of Directors, Sam's focus on behalf of the board is the design and implementation of Team Red, White, and Blue’s leadership development program. A veteran with over 13 years 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. Sam earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania  in 2012, taught Economics at the United States Military Academy, and now serves as a Brigade Operations Officer at the 4th Infantry Division Artillery at Fort Carson, Colorado where he resides with his wife and three children.

Joanna Graham

Board Member

A desire to do things with veterans as opposed to for veterans and a love of running and service led Joanna to Team RWB in 2011. 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 (Board Sub-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.  She holds a BS in Language and Linguistics as well as Executive Certificates in Marketing and Finance from Georgetown University. She has also completed multiple executive education programs in global leadership and negotiation at Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), The Fuqua School of Business (Duke University) and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Joanna also serves on the Military Advisory Committee for Dog Tag Bakery and the Board of Directors of the Hoya Hoop Club at Georgetown. In her free time, she’s an avid ultra runner and triathlete and resides in Arlington, VA with her husband.    

Larry Olson

Board Member

Larry has been on the Board of Directors at Team Red, White and Blue since its inception in 2010 and serves a dual role, both as a Board Member and a member of the Executive Committee. He served as the Marketing and Communications Director from 2010 until 2015.  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 at the University of Pittsburgh, the Advisory Board of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE) at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and Briarcliff Manor Youth Lacrosse.  In 2014, he completed an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business. He lives with his wife of twenty-six years and three children in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

Douglas P. McCormick

Board Member

Doug McCormick is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HCI Equity Partners and oversees the origination, management and development of the Firm's investments. Mr. McCormick 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., where he was involved in the completion of numerous mergers and acquisitions and acquisition-related financing transactions. Mr. McCormick previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division receiving numerous awards to include Runner Up in the 1995 Best Ranger Competition.  Mr. McCormick received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

    Bryan Patchen

    Board Member

    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 3 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 and lives with his wife and 4 children in Shreveport, Louisiana.

      Laura Werber

      Board Member

      Laura’s love of hiking, coupled with her research on veteran reintegration, led her to join 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. Laura is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Stanford University. An avid fitness enthusiast, she also holds a NASM Certification for Personal Training and spends her free time training for challenging hikes such as Mts. Kilimanjaro, Whitney, and Rainier. Laura is a Jersey Shore native, but has been a proud California resident for over 20 years. 

        Martin Steiner

        Board Member

        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 earned a master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Maryland, and is the Director of Information Operations at the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, VA.  Martin joined Team RWB in 2011, leading the Richmond chapter and helping to building chapters and communities throughout Virginia. 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. He works closely with the Team RWB Triathlon team as the Ironman Triclub Coordinator. As a triathlete himself, he has competed in all distances of triathlon from sprints to the Ironman. Martin resides in Chesterfield, Virginia with his wife and two children.

          Kate Bielak

          Secretary of the Board

          Kate joined Team Red, White and Blue 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.  As an Army Veteran who believes in the crucial benefits of staying physically fit and serving others and the community, Kate was immediately drawn to the mission of Team RWB.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Gannon University in Erie, PA and 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.  She and her teacher/coach husband, Steve, reside in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Kate is very involved in her church, coaches athletics and teaches Senior Fitness at the local YMCA.