Leadership

Executive Staff

Mike Erwin

Executive Director

Mike Erwin

Executive Director

Mike Erwin is a 2002 graduate of The U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned as an officer and went on to serve three combat tours with the First Cavalry Division and 3rd Special Forces Group.  After his third deployment in 2010, Mike founded Team RWB and served as the organization’s first Executive Director until 2013.  He continued to chair the Board of Directors until 2016, and returned as Executive Director in 2019.

Mike is the co-author of LEAD YOURSELF FIRST by Bloomsbury Press (2017). Mike continues to serve the nation as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he is an Assistant Professor.   He and his wife Genevieve live on a 32-acre farm in North Carolina, where they raise their 4 young children, with one more due in December.

J.J. Pinter

Deputy Director

J.J. Pinter

Deputy Director

JJ Pinter is the Deputy Director at Team Red, White, and Blue. As Team RWB’s 2nd employee, he has played a key role the development, growth, and operation of the organization. JJ works closely with board members, staff, and volunteer leaders to ensure the delivery of excellent programs that deliver impact. He provides strategic guidance in addition to building and managing critical partnerships.

JJ is a West Point graduate and combat veteran, serving as a Field Artillery officer. After his military service, he held both leadership and analytical positions in the construction, defense and medical industries. He currently resides outside Louisville, KY with his wife and 3 kids, where he loves to coach youth sports and be outdoors with his family.

Dan Brostek

Director of Digital Experience

Dan Brostek

Director of Digital Experience

As the Chief Digital Officer, Dan’s primary responsibility is for the planning and management of Team RWB’s technological ecosystem. Dan brings 20 years of management and leadership experience to Team RWB that spans military, corporate, and agency roles. Dan spent two years at Merkle, one of the nation’s leading performance marketing agencies, designing and launching successful integrated marketing strategies across the health and insurance industries. Prior to joining Merkle, Dan spent 13 years at Aetna engaged in a variety of different roles including consulting, corporate development, marketing, product development, and digital experiences. Dan holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy and spent the first five years of his career on active duty as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. Dan currently resides in Bend, OR with his wife, Carrie, and two boys, Chase and Eric. When Dan isn’t connected to a digital device you can find him enjoying family time, coaching the Bend High Lacrosse team and running in the mountains.

Brett SanPietro

Director of Operations

Brett SanPietro

Director of Operations

Brett SanPietro is the Operations Director, based out of Chicago, where he lives with his wife Lara and dog Riley. Prior to returning to Chicago to join Team RWB, Brett lived in Boston, Washington DC, and a few places overseas as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State.  Brett served on active duty in the Army as an infantryman, including a deployment to the Horn of Africa region.  Since then he has commissioned as an intelligence officer in the Army Reserves and later the Navy Reserves, where he still serves.  Brett has an MBA from George Washington University and a BA in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Originally from the Detroit area, Brett and his wife Lara are thrilled to return to the Midwest (which Brett has always considered home).  Brett enjoys running, hiking, long distance biking, and any indoor activities with friends from happy hour to board games or just some good old fashioned D&D (Dungeons and Dragons). Contact him at [email protected].

Bana Miller

Director of Marketing & Communications

Bana Miller

Director of Marketing & Communications

As a strategic leader with nearly two decades of experience crafting communications across multiple industries, organizations, and continents, Bana now guides Team RWB marketing and branding initiatives as the Chief Marketing Officer. Bana graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Martin J. Whitman School of Management with degrees in public relations and marketing management. When she’s not on a soapbox defending the Oxford comma, you can find Bana volunteering at her children’s school or exploring the nearest national park. An Army spouse of over 15 years (and 10 PCS moves), Bana lives with her husband and three children outside Washington, DC.
Contact Bana at [email protected].

Laken Stutzman

Director of Finance

Laken Stutzman

Director of Finance

Laken Stutzman is Team RWB’s Director of Finance, and a long time member of TeamRWB. In addition to the daily financial management for Team RWB, her responsibilities include budgeting, revenue forecasting, cash flow accounting, and financial analysis. She is a University of Louisville graduate and former division I field hockey player. Laken is a long time accountant, with significant experience in non-profit finance and auditing. She currently resides in Louisville, KY with her husband, Dustin, and their dog, Baxter.

Nita Pennardt

Director of People

Nita Pennardt

Director of People

Nita Pennardt joins Team RWB as Financial Manager (A/R)/Director of Gratitude. She is primarily responsible for receivables processing and the development and maintenance of a comprehensive gratitude system.

Most recently, through Redhead Consulting, Nita has worked with contact-center and technology organizations to help them improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations and drive improved performance through highly engaged associates.

Prior to forming Redhead Consulting, Nita spent 22 years with Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE). As Vice President, Customer Development, she lead the inception and provided strategic leadership to a four-site Customer Development Center supporting sales and service for customers across CCE’s North America Business Unit. At CCE she also served in a diverse range of roles including Florida Division Vice President of Cold Drink Sales, Corporate Internal Audit Director, Senior Information Systems Manager, and Corporate Manager of Employee Communications.

Nita received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds the Senior Professional Human Resources designation.

Nita resides in Bradenton, Florida, with her husband, Werner. She enjoys participating in a variety of activities including paddle boarding, motorcycling, fishing, running and triathlons. She is a Certified Level 2 PaddleFit Coach.

Lani Faulkner

Community Engagement Manager

Lani Faulkner

Community Engagement Manager

Lani Faulkner has served with Team RWB as a Southeast Regional Program Manager, Daytona Chapter Captain, National Community Engagement Director, Southeast Regional volunteer, and current Daytona Athletic Coordinator.  In 2016, Lani was selected as an Eagle Leader Fellow and received her ASSIST training and Executive Certificate in Leadership. A self-proclaimed “military brat,” current wife of a veteran, and mother of an active duty military son, Lani has dedicated much of her time to various military and veterans organizations.  Previous to Team RWB, Lani was employed in the fortune 100/500 financial investments industry as a licensed client service associate. In her spare time, you’ll find Lani training in triathlons, CrossFit, rucking, running, cycling, swimming, or yoga, or spending time with her beautiful family!

Georgina Biehl

Customer Experience Manager

Georgina Biehl

Customer Experience Manager

Georgina Biehl first joined Team RWB as a volunteer leader for Team RWB Texas and was later hired as Director of the Southcentral Region. Previously, she spent ten years working for Fortune 500 companies, most recently as the Director of Corporate Development serving the Oil & Gas Industry. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Georgina earned her BS in Mathematical Sciences and completed graduate studies in Public Administration and Organizational Development. Upon leaving Active Duty, she spent four years working as a Manpower and Organizational Consultant for NATO in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. When she’s not wearing the Eagle, she spends her time fostering puppies with a local rescue in Houston. She is originally from Mexico City but moved to Texas as quickly as she could!

Amanda Rondon

Digital Engagement Manager

Amanda Rondon

Digital Engagement Manager

Amanda Rondon has been actively involved with Team RWB since January 2013. Previously, Amanda spent 12 years in the benefits administration outsourcing space as a Senior Technical Analyst, most recently at Willis Towers Watson as a Lead Business Analyst. Born and raised in rural southern New Jersey, Amanda comes from a family with a strong military tradition. Amanda is a graduate of La Salle University where she majored in Management Information Systems and was a captain of the varsity softball team. Amanda enjoys obstacle racing, triathlon, power yoga, playing soccer, and anything that involves spending time outdoors with friends.

Chris Oliver

Data Manager

Chris Oliver

Data Manager

Chris has been involved with the Fairbanks, AK chapter since 2014 and in 2018 was selected as an Eagle Leader Fellow for National Strategic Projects. She has a professional background in human resources and holds a Master’s degree in Management – Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy State University.
Chris likes to refer to herself as a professional military dependent, as both of her parents served and her husband is currently serving. Born and raised in Florida, she and her husband, Ron, call Alaska home and raise their two girls in their Lincoln Log house. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, Yoga, and cherishes any time spent outdoors, regardless of the weather.

Mark McNamara

Technology Manager

Mark McNamara

Technology Manager

Team RWB is excited to announce the addition of Mark McNamara to our staff as our Technology Manager! In this role, Mark is responsible for the management and strategy of Team RWB’s technology ecosystem.  Previously, Mark spent 12 years at Chatham Financial, a global leader in risk management advisory and technology solutions. He held a variety of roles, including derivatives consulting, marketing, technology, and CRM.  Mark earned a BS in Economics from the United States Military Academy and spent the first five years of his career on active duty as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. He currently resides in North Dallas with his wife Dayanne. Mark and Dayanne have 5 boys: Devante, DJ, Michael, Horatio, and Theodore.  Mark enjoys family time, basketball, and bass fishing.

Jeff Levine

Email Marketing Manager

Jeff Levine

Email Marketing Manager

Jeff Levine is our Email Marketing Manager. Prior to joining Team RWB, Jeff served as Associate Director for Email Philanthropic Communications for one of the nation’s top rated non-profit pediatric hospital systems, Children’s National, located in Washington, DC. There, he was responsible for overall vision, strategic direction and execution of the hospital foundation email marketing program. He has also served as Product Manager for a large national media organization responsible for email communications and outbound marketing, as well as Digital Marketing Director for an independent analyst and advisory firm dedicated to higher education technology projects. Jeff resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and three children.

Concurrent to his “normal” marketing life, Jeff has also served his community as a Paramedic/Firefighter for 25+ years, in capacities ranging from full-time, part-time, volunteer and career. He’s performed amateur stand-up comedy in front of audiences ranging from 10 – 350 people, and enjoys family time, sushi, really good lattes, home pot-popped popcorn, lawn & gardening, running, mountain biking, and coaching his son’s challenge soccer team.

John Willis

Finance Manager (A/P)

John Willis

Finance Manager (A/P)

John provides accounting services and processes payments for Team RWB’s staff, regions, and chapters. He is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Virginia. John had two deployments to Southwest Asia as a Field Artillery officer and served as an analyst and West Point professor. Since leaving the military, he has performed systems engineering and research consulting, conducts leadership training, manages a B&B, and co-owns a Virginia farm.
John is also the social director for the West Point chapter of Team RWB and enjoys running and other fitness activities. He resides in Highland Falls, NY with his wife, Tricia, son, Michael, daughter, Madeleine, and their Cavalier King Charles, Captain Molly.

Margaret Britten

Marketing Manager

Margaret Britten

Marketing Manager

Margaret Britten is Team RWB’s Marketing Manager. She joins the team after implementing public relations and social media strategies as Communications Director of the USO of North Carolina. She previously served as an account manager at a boutique communications firm in the Washington, D.C. area, working with nonprofit and corporate clients supporting the military and veteran communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and policy studies from Syracuse University, and was named a PR Rising Star in 2016 by PR News. Margaret grew up in a military family, moving all over the world, and her husband is currently serving on active duty. She is a longtime member of Team RWB and enjoys traveling, gardening, jogging with her Jack Russell terrier… and documenting all of the above on her Instagram. 

Kelly Hunsucker

Special Events Manager

Kelly Hunsucker

Special Events Manager

After being a volunteer leader in the Team RWB Stockton Chapter for over three years, Kelly Hunsucker is joins Team RWB as our Special Events Manager. She brings years of service in the veteran non-profit space and leadership as a voice for military and veteran caregivers. Kelly is a 2019­­-2021 Elizabeth Dole Foundation Caregiving Fellow and is committed to serving both veterans and their families. Prior to making her way to Team RWB, Kelly worked as a Project Manager for the United Way of San Joaquin cultivating strategic partnerships and managing projects that served the homeless population.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Davis and then went on to earn a Master’s of Education. As a veteran caregiver for her US Army veteran husband, Kelly is in tune with the needs of this community and the importance of finding your new “team.” When she’s not volunteering, you can find her reliving her glory days on the volleyball court, practicing yoga, or chasing her three children around the house.

Emily Mosera

Sponsorship Manager

Emily Mosera

Sponsorship Manager

Emily has been involved with Team RWB since running her first half marathon in February of 2012. She immediately identified with the mission of the organization since both of her grandfathers served in World War II and she is married to a West Point graduate and Army Veteran. Emily began her career in the nonprofit sector eight years ago as part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, most notably directing the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb at the Columbia Tower in Seattle. Most recently she served as the Assistant Director of Corporate Partnerships at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She now resides near Boston in Hingham, MA and enjoys going for runs with her daughter and chocolate lab.

Mary Patterson

Grants Manager

Mary Patterson

Grants Manager

Mary joins Team RWB in the role of Grants Manager. She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from University of New England and a Master of Arts in English from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She teaches college English courses and volunteers with various community nonprofits including a local food pantry. She is a civilian Master Resilience Trainer through the US Army and is a Military spouse, dog mom, and distance backpacker deeply involved with the Appalachian Trail hiking community. She enjoys running on trails where she resides in Northern New York with her husband, John, and their two Labrador Retrievers, Hazel and Bettie. She’s originally from Ohio and loves hiking, camping, and snowshoeing.   

Nicole Craig

Individual Giving Manager

Nicole Craig

Individual Giving Manager

Nikki serves as Team RWB’s Individual Giving Manager, where she is responsible for the sustainment, growth, and stewardship of individuals giving to Team RWB. Her favorite part of her role is hearing the unique stories of Team RWB supporters and their motivations for being involved with the organization. Nikki graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) and entered the world of fundraising, working for political campaigns and non-profit organizations before joining Team RWB. She is currently in her second decade of being a military spouse and is passionate about supporting military families and veterans as they navigate life during and after service. You’ll find Nikki enjoying free time with her husband Michael and kids Isla and Ian on foot, bike, at the box, or in the water as they pursue their collective love of endurance sports. She currently lives wherever the Air Force tells her to.

Mollie Geyer

Area Director

Mollie Geyer

Area Director

Prior to joining the executive staff, Mollie served as a Marine Corps officer specializing in logistics and operations.  Her experiences include Asia-Pacific multinational military exercises, humanitarian disaster relief operations, and acquisition program management.  Mollie is a two-time gold medalist in the Armed Forces triathlon championship and was named the Marine Corps Athlete of the Year in 2016.  She earned her Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy where she ran cross-country and track.  Mollie comes from a large family full of military service members, with two sisters, three brothers, and her husband all currently serving active duty. She now resides in San Diego, California with her husband Bennett.  She enjoys training for and competing in long distance triathlons and recreational back-country skiing, and surfing.

Kris Lord

Area Director

Kris Lord

Area Director

Prior to joining the executive staff, she was selected as an Eagle Leader Fellow for the Pacific Region, utilizing her fellowship to explore her passion for writing, and receive ASIST and safeTALK certifications. She has been a volunteer leader in the San Francisco chapter since 2014. As the sister of an Army veteran, Kris has a long history of veteran support, including assisting her brother in building his veteran mentorship program in the Northwest. She has a professional background in management and working with seniors for over twenty years, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University East Bay. A Bay Area native, Kris enjoys any time on the water, running trails, and walking the hills with her Border Collie, Cruiser.

Kian O’Donohue

Area Director

Kian O’Donohue

Area Director

Prior to joining Team RWB, Kian worked for Davenport University where he advised military and veteran students, making sure they used their military benefits to get the most out of their education. He was in charge of coordinating and organizing Veterans Day events, and assisted in creating a veterans’ lounge for military students on campus. Kian also served a tour in Iraq with the US Army doing convoy security from 2006-2007. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University. He currently lives in Wixom with his wife, Christina. During the summer season, Kian enjoys playing Gaelic football, soccer, and kayaking.

Caitlin Pollard

Area Director

Caitlin Pollard

Area Director

Caitlin has been involved with the Oswego, NY chapter since its start in 2014, and in 2017 was selected to be a member of the Eagle Leader Fellow Class 003. Her most recent role with RWB has been as a Northeast Regional Volunteer. Prior to Team RWB, Caitlin worked in international education, most recently as Assistant Director for Education Abroad at SUNY Oswego. She has a BS in Journalism from SUNY Brockport (NY) and a MA in College Student Development and Administration from Shepherd University (WV). Based in Philly, Caitlin is a certified yoga instructor and loves all outdoors activities including skiing, triathlon, running, cycling, swimming, and rucking.

Jessica Reid

Area Director

Jessica Reid

Area Director

Jessica is a member of the first class of Eagle Leader Fellows, and has been a part of Eagle Nation since 2013. Originally from Philadelphia, Jessica earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Jessica served in the Army as an intelligence officer for 6 years, including a deployment to Iraq in 2004 with the 759th Military Police Battalion. Prior to joining the executive staff, Jessica was a public high school history teacher and gym owner. Jessica currently resides in Philadelphia and enjoys yoga, meditation, trail running and travel.

Alex Reynolds

Area Director

Alex Reynolds

Area Director

Prior to joining Team Red, White and Blue, Alex worked in municipal government as a Project Manager, City Special Events Coordinator, and Program Manager. Alex is also a current member of the Army National Guard, with prior active service as an Artillery Officer where he led some of the Army’s only Arctic Paratroopers. The service of his Grandfathers, Dad, Sister, Uncles, and Cousin, is a great source of pride for him and set the foundation for his desire to serve. Because of his family’s service, and his own experiences, he is passionate about fostering relationships and making meaningful connections for veterans and service members that will help them live fulfilling and rewarding lives. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and commissioned from Gonzaga’s Army ROTC as a distinguished military graduate. Alex currently lives in Spokane, Washington where he lives with his wife, Ariel, their twin daughters, and their husky. His favorite pastimes include trail running and rucking, weight lifting, drinking fine coffee, and tea parties with his girls.

Chris Thompson

Area Director

Chris Thompson

Area Director

Prior to joining the executive staff, Chris served a majority of his time in the Army as a Green Beret in 3rd Special Forces Group. After his time in the military, Chris worked as civilian supporting Special Operations for the next several years. Altogether, he conducted seven combat deployments and was decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor and was also presented the Congressional Veteran Commendation. Chris later owned and operated a small manufacturing company while volunteering as a Chapter Captain for Team RWB in his local community. He now resides in Texas with his wife and son and loves being outdoors, to include leading events as a GORUCK Cadre.

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Scott Tekesky

Area Director

Scott Tekesky

Area Director

Prior to joining Team RWB, Scott moved between Talent Acquisition and Operations roles in the non-profit and government contracting worlds. Growing up in a military family and serving as an active duty Infantry Officer, Scott has had the opportunity to live throughout the country and values the diverse people and cultures he has encountered.

An accomplished collegiate athlete, Scott was a nationally ranked 10,000 meter runner and qualified for the U.S. half marathon national championships while attending George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. While in the Army, he also graduated from RANGER School and Airborne School.

Scott continues to enjoy a physical life style and spends his time running, lifting, mountain biking, scuba diving, and just about any other outdoor activity that can be done with a group. He currently resides in the Atlanta area with his wife Chelsea, two dogs, and growing family.

Board of Directors

Douglas McCormick

Chairman of the Board

Douglas McCormick

Chairman of the Board

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.

Mike Erwin

Executive Director

Mike Erwin

Executive Director

Mike Erwin is a 2002 graduate of The U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned as an officer and went on to serve three combat tours with the First Cavalry Division and 3rd Special Forces Group.  After his third deployment in 2010, Mike founded Team RWB and served as the organization’s first Executive Director until 2013.  He continued to chair the Board of Directors until 2016, and returned as Executive Director in 2019.

Mike is the co-author of LEAD YOURSELF FIRST by Bloomsbury Press (2017). Mike continues to serve the nation as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he is an Assistant Professor.   He and his wife Genevieve live on a 32-acre farm in North Carolina, where they raise their 4 young children, with one more due in December.

Paul Bell

Board Member

Paul Bell

Board 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.

Joanna Graham

Board Member

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.

Joyce “JJ” Jelks

Board Member

Joyce “JJ” Jelks

Board Member

Joyce “JJ’ Jelks is the Head of Human Resources at Excel Sports Management. Prior to joining Excel, she was an HR leader at New York City Football Club (NYCFC), NJ Devils/Prudential Center and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. While seeking to master an HR focused career in the sports and entertainment industry, JJ also serves as a Major in the Army Reserves within the Inspectors General Office at United States Southern Command and is approaching her 20th year of service at the end of 2020. JJ graduated from her hometown university, University of Toledo, and later went on to complete her master’s degree in HR at Florida International University. JJ resides in the NYC area with her husband, Fred and son, Jalen.

Toby Johnson

Board Member

Toby Johnson

Board Member

Toby Johnson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. She was commissioned as an Army Aviator and spent seven years on active duty as a Longbow Apache helicopter pilot. Toby deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division and was part of the initial invasion into Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Upon transitioning from the military, Toby graduated from Harvard Business School in 2007 and joined PepsiCo, where she has had broad functional experience leading teams throughout the value chain. Her responsibilities have included leading manufacturing operations, driving productivity globally, owning sales relationships with some of the company’s largest customers, developing new products, packaging and consumer insights, leading large teams, and general management. She is currently a region vice president for Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo.

In addition to serving on the board of Team RWB, she is also a board member for the USO of New York City, and an executive sponsor for Valor, a PepsiCo employee resource group for veterans. Her passions include health and well-being, mentoring other leaders, and artistic outlets. Toby and her family split their time between Dallas and Philadelphia.

Sam Linn

Board Member

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 Battalion Commander at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he resides with his wife and three children.

Jannell MacAulay

Board Member

Jannell MacAulay

Board Member

Dr. Jannell MacAulay spent 20 years in the US Air Force where she commanded the 400-member joint 305th Operations Support Squadron, was a professionalism and leadership instructor, and served as the Director of Human Performance and Leadership for the 58th Special Operations Wing. Most recently, she serves as a Human Performance consultant for the US Air Force, Department of Justice, and corporate America. Her latest venture is a partnership with Pete Carroll, the coach of the Seattle Seahawks & Dr. Michael Gervais, a world-class sports psychologist.

Combining their expert work with the NFL, Olympians, and the military, they’ve developed an effective, performance-based warrior mindset training experience for individuals and organizations called Warrior’s Edge. She is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, has a Masters Degree in Kinesiology and a Ph.D. with work in the field of strategic health & human performance.

Dr. MacAulay is a certified wellness educator, yoga instructor, mindfulness researcher, and holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition. She is a mother of two, and a combat veteran with over 3000 flying hours as a pilot in the C-21, C-130, & KC-10 aircraft.

James McBride

Board Member

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.

Mel Parker

Board Member

Mel Parker

Board Member

Mel graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1989 as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery and served as a forward observer, a fire direction officer, a battery executive officer and as division assistant logistics and support officer with the 319thAirborne Field Artillery in the 82ndAirborne Division.  During his service, Mel also attended Airborne School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School and Airborne Operations School.  Mel is also a combat veteran (Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield). Captain Parker transitioned from the military in to the corporate world in 1994.

After leaving the military, Mel embarked on 20+ year journey in corporate America working for some of the most prestigious organizations in their industries. Some of the positions held include – President of North America(Brinks), Managing Director of North America(Aggreko), Vice President and General Manager of North America – Consumer/Small Business (Dell), Vice President Sales and Marketing – North America (Newell Rubbermaid), Vice President and General Manager of US Commercial Business (Corporate Express(Staples)), Gatorade Business Manager, Strategic Account Manager and General Manager (PepsiCo).  In the roles as President, Managing Director or General Manager, Mel has been responsible for successfully leading high performance teams of multi-billion-dollar businesses with up to 14,000 employees.

Mel has delivered leadership expertise through panels, seminars and keynote addresses, with a special focus on: Inspirational/Servant Leadership, High Performance Team Leadership, Transformational and Change Leadership and Crisis Leadership.

Mel currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vectrus (NYSE: VEC).  Vectrus delivers global infrastructure, IT and logistics services primarily to the Department of Defense.  Mel formerly served on the Executive Advisory Board Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Texas.

Bryan Patchen

Board Member

Bryan Patchen

Board Member

Bryan retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of flying the B-52 bomber. While active duty, he flew combat missions in 3 different theaters and was involved in strategic planning throughout the US and Europe. He received his Master of Aeronautical Science in Management and Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy.  In addition to Team RWB, Bryan is a long time LIVESTRONG Leader and volunteers as an Advisory Board member at two Camp Kesem chapters as well as a diver at the Georgia Aquarium.  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 Buford, Georgia.

Martin Steiner

Board Member

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.

Mike Thirtle

Board Member

Mike Thirtle

Board Member

Mike is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bethesda, a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides housing, employment, transportation and healthcare supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the U.S.

Before joining Bethesda, he worked for the RAND Corporation in various roles for 12 years, including Director of the RAND office at Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Before his years with RAND, Thirtle was Director of Consulting for the National Data Corporation in Chicago and a Senior Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles.

Thirtle is a proud veteran and retired member of the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an active duty and reserve officer for more than two decades. He graduated with military distinction—in the top one percent of his class— with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in Spanish from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In addition, Thirtle holds several advanced degrees, including doctoral and a master’s degrees in policy analysis, both from the RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California. Thirtle also has master’s degrees in finance and economics, both from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has attended Executive Leadership Programs at both the Stanford Business School and the Harvard Business School.

Laura Werber

Board Member

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. 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.