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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bob served thirty-one years as an infantry officer, a senior military leader and strategist, and Commander of the 2d Infantry Division in Korea, and the US-Israeli Combined Task Force for Missile Defense.  Following the military, he served in business at Microsoft, in non-profit leadership, and in academia as a VP for military outreach at Liberty University and founder of the Liberty Institute for Military Resilience.

 

In 2015 and 2016, he served as national security advisor and chairman for Dr. Ben Carson's Presidential Campaign. Bob has authored five books including the Resilience Trilogy and the Resilience God Style series. He was also featured as one of 30 “Master Leaders in America” by noted author George Barna and was awarded the Council for National Policy George Washington Military Leadership Award in 2018.

 

Bob is a graduate of West Point, Naval Postgraduate School, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and Royal College of Defence Studies in London.  He and Kathleen, married for 47 years, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.  They are grateful for the privilege of serving God, Nation, and Others during these critical times.

Bob Dees, Major General

U.S. Army, Retired

Director

President of Board

Jeff served 30 years as a senior military leader an inter-agency strategist, the Army's first Space Operations general and later as Director of Human Resources and Program Policy. He has since served as a space and missile system senior program executive for Lockheed Martin and a nonprofit CEO assisting thousands of military members and their families with career transition, new business creation, and building strong resilient lifestyles.

 

He is a trusted advisor to military, federal, university, and state authorities on subjects like military career and skills transition, workforce development in education, transformation entrepreneurship, resiliency, suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury, PTSD recovery, and advanced marketing practices.

 

Jeff holds multiple advanced degrees in marketing, engineering, information technology, and national security strategy. He is the recipient of many military, intelligence, and civilian agency awards and is recognized as member of the Ohio State University Hall of Fame.

Jeffrey C. Horne

Brigadier General

U.S. Army, Retired

Vice President of Board

Clifton was brought up in a military. His father served as a marine pilot from World War II in the Pacific until 1965, shortly after finishing a tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. Clif is very aware of the stresses placed on the family caused by long deployments and separations, as well as the effects of war on those serving our nation around the world.

Clifton is currently the president and founder of Brigham & Calhoun, PC., a public accounting firm in Williamsburg, Virginia, established in 1994. He has earned several certifications in his career: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He has been recognized as a “Super CPA” by the Virginia Business Magazine and selected as one of “America's Best Financial Planners” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.

Clifton is a strong supporter of the local community and has served on the boards of various non-profits over the years.

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Clifton L. Brigham

CPA. MST, CFP, CMA, CGMA

Director

Treasurer of Board

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Barbara Hayley is the principal and founder of Hayley Capital, a strategic consultancy that helps clients maximize commercial real estate performance. She is more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience as a top sales performer and a corporate instructional training leader and team builder. She has also worked with numerous non-profits and civic organizations in leadership, volunteer, and fundraising capacities.

Barbara holds the “All-time National Sales Record” for two corporations and was a performance team leader for a company named one of the “Best 5 Learning Organizations in the World.” In 2016, Barbara was a finance campaign team member for Dr. Ben Carson's presidential campaign . She was USO Houston Advisory Council President from 2008-2011 and is co-founder of Proud American Kids and Kids4RTroops. Barbara is a graduate of Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business.

Barbara Hayley

Director

Secretary to Board

Joseph Basel is the owner of Paradigm Partners, a nationally recognized system disruption consultancy and city transformation firm based in Washington, D.C. His work in agriculture, politics, affordable housing/healing housing has radically and positively realigned entire industries and communities.

His current work advising governments, non-profits, churches, and small home village design and implementation, is on the cutting edge of healing housing, creating and building communities around the country that help veterans and other vulnerable populations recover from trauma and return to productive happy and healthy lives.

Joseph has worked extensively in the agribusiness sector, an integral to building a $1.5 billion dairy business partnership in the Midwest. Joseph holds degrees in finance and economics from the University of Minnesota Morris.

Joseph Basel

Director

Mike Braham is the CEO of Trapollo, a Cox Business Company, and is responsible for profit and loss performance while leading all aspects of strategy and execution of the business plan. He is an experience innovator, leader, and builder of teams with unique expertise in strategic planning, IT, and physical and behavioral health industries.

Prior to Trapollo, Mike was with Magellan Federal, a division of Magellan Healthcare focused on behavioral health at VA, DOD and federal agencies, championing work on veteran suicide prevention, PTSD and programs for families and caregivers. Prior to this, Mike served as Chief of Staff, Head of Strategy and Innovation, and head of member engagement and digital assets for Aetna’s $8 billion Medicare division.

Mike also spent seven years with Cox Business as vice president of the company's Hampton Roads market, working closely with healthcare provider organizations, medical schools, and major universities to create new delivery and monitoring capabilities. Mike is a former United States Marine officer and Harrier pilot.

Mike Braham

CEO, Trapollo

Director

Dr. Daniel Gade is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, professor at American University in D.C. (from 2011-2017 taught at West Point Military Academy until he retired from the Army), and public policy leader. During more than 20 years of military service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts. Daniel graduated from West Point in 1997 and served in multiple locations in the United States and Korea.​

In 2004, during his deployment to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom leading 150 soldiers, he was wounded by enemy fire twice, and was decorated for valor. His second combat wounding caused his entire right leg to be amputated, and he spent the next year in the hospital, enduring more than 40 surgeries. Choosing to thrive amidst a life changing disability, he started his Master of Public Administration, and later went on to earn a PhD in public administration and policy. He served in President George W. Bush’s administration, working on veteran issues and military healthcare, and served on several national-level policy councils, including the National Council on Disability and the VA Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation. In 2020, he ran for United States Senate in Virginia.​

For fun, Daniel enjoys road bikes and CrossFit. In 2010, he competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, where he won the paratriathlon category. A week later, he completed Ironman Arizona, pedaling the 112 miles with only one leg. Daniel resides in Alexandria with his wife of 20 years, Wendy, and their three children.

Dr. Daniel Gade

Board Member

Eric Scalise, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, is the President of LIV Consulting, LLC. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) with Hope For The Heart, an international Christian counseling ministry offering biblical hope and practical help.

 

He is also the former Senior Vice President for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and former Department Chair for Counseling Programs at Regent University. Dr. Scalise is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with 40 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field, and he served six years on the Virginia Board of Counseling under two governors, helping to write the MFT regulations for the state. Specialty areas include curriculum development, professional/pastoral stress and burnout, combat trauma and PTSD, marriage and family issues, grief and loss, addictions and recovery, leadership development, and lay counselor training.

 

As the son of a diplomat, Dr. Scalise was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, and has also lived and traveled extensively around the world. He is a published author, conference speaker, and frequently works with organizations, universities, clinicians, ministry leaders, and churches on a variety of issues. Dr. Scalise and his wife Donna have been married for 39 years, have twin sons who are combat veterans serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and four grandchildren.

Dr. Eric Scalise

Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

Board Member

NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Eric Scalise

Eric Scalise, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, is the President of LIV Consulting, LLC. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) with Hope For The Heart, an international Christian counseling ministry offering biblical hope and practical help.

 

He is also the former Senior Vice President for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and former Department Chair for Counseling Programs at Regent University. Dr. Scalise is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with 40 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field, and he served six years on the Virginia Board of Counseling under two governors, helping to write the MFT regulations for the state. Specialty areas include curriculum development, professional/pastoral stress and burnout, combat trauma and PTSD, marriage and family issues, grief and loss, addictions and recovery, leadership development, and lay counselor training.

 

As the son of a diplomat, Dr. Scalise was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, and has also lived and traveled extensively around the world. He is a published author, conference speaker, and frequently works with organizations, universities, clinicians, ministry leaders, and churches on a variety of issues. Dr. Scalise and his wife Donna have been married for 39 years, have twin sons who are combat veterans serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and four grandchildren.

Michael Reese was born and raised in Gladys, Virginia.  He graduated from William Campbell High School in June 1989 and attended Basic Training in Great Lakes, IL.  He attended Signalman “A” School in Orlando, FL and his first duty assignment was USS AMERICA (CV-66) homeported in Norfolk, VA.

Michael’s other sea duty assignments have included USS PETERSON (DD-969), USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG-79) and USS GEORGE HW BUSH (CVN77).  His shore assignments included the Chief of Naval Operations Security Detachment Washington, DC, and Naval Station Norfolk.

Michael was selected to the Command Master Chief program in 2008 and reported to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC-40) supporting 450 Sailors.  In March 2012, Master Chief Reese reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125), the Navy’s First Advanced Hawkeye squadron.  In December of 2014 Michael reported to his last command, Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

Retiring in August 2019 after 30 dedicated and faithful years of Navy service, Michael and his family relocated back to their hometown of Campbell County, VA.  Michael presently serves as a Military Processor I for Liberty University.  He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Center for Healthy Veterans.

Michael Reese

Glenn is the founder and president of Spears Advisors, an independent business development consultancy focused on the commercial and defense aerospace sectors.  He provides profitable advice on emerging markets, technologies and requirements, and helps clients navigate the multi-layered government acquisition terrain.  Glenn is an outside reviewer for the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded research center.  He also helped guide a non-profit Veteran Service Organization focused on transitional housing and education.

 

Glenn served for over 33 years in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and commander.  He led units from 500 to over 60,000 Airmen.  He personally piloted 16 different types of military aircraft, in peacetime and combat.  His staff duties ranged from strategic plans and budget requirements to personnel policy and international security assistance.  His last five years on active duty were focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, with service as the deputy commander of U.S. Southern Command, and as commander of Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern).

 

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Glenn holds advanced degrees in Management and National Security from Salve Regina University and the Naval War College.  He is a resident of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Glenn Spears

LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD

Tracey Fairchild, Chief of Public Safety, Campbell County

Captain Marc Schmitt,  Campbell County Sheriff’s Office

Campbell County Fire Department Representative  (TBA)

 

Jim Tennant, Lynchburg Regional Veterans Council

Jonathan Roberts, Combat Veteran, Farming, Timberlake

Greg Torren, Perky’s Restaurant Business Owner, Neighbor

 

Michael Reese, Command Master Chief USN, Retired, Rustburg

Glenn Spears, Lieutenant General, USAF, Retired, Lynchburg

Turner Perrow, Former Lynchburg City Council, former VMI Alumni President.

 

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