Founded by OIF/OEF Veterans, and supported by a distinguished Board of Advisors, our organization strives to put the right people in place to serve the best interest of those who reach out to us.
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Board of Directors & Founders
Brian Kinsella grew up in New Jersey. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 were his call to military service, which included assignments in Germany, Italy, and Fort Knox. He deployed as a Captain and Detachment Commander to Baghdad, Iraq, for fifteen months during the surge in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and subsequently was Aide-de-Camp to the commanding officer of the 3d Expeditionary Sustainment Command (XVIII Airborne Corps) in Operation Unified Response, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
In 2010, Kinsella co-founded Stop Soldier Suicide and today serves as the Chief Executive Officer of this non-profit organization. He holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and has completed executive education at Harvard Business School. Kinsella currently works for a financial services firm in New York City.
After graduating from The Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Political Science, Nick served five years active duty service as an Officer in the United States Army. While in the Army, Nick served in several leadership positions in 1-503 Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team located in Vicenza, Italy. During his military service, Nick was deployed to combat zones in Afghanistan for 27 months and was awarded myriad medals that included two bronze stars, army commendation medal (valor) in addition to being Airborne-Ranger qualified.
Nick co-founded Stop Soldier Suicide when he and fellow Johns Hopkins graduate, Brian Kinsella, transitioned home in 2010.
Nick is a graduate of The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a Master’s in Business Administration and was actively involved in the student body association and was awarded the Rollie Tillman Jr. Outstanding Leadership Award for his work as a Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow.
He began his own company, inKind, to offer nonprofits a way to connect with supporters on a deeper, more meaningful level.
Craig Gridelli was born in New York and served in the US Army after commissioning through The Johns Hopkins ROTC program. He spent 13 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he held various positions, including base commander and FOB Fenty BDOC OIC.
During his army career, he was a graduate of US Army Ranger school and recipient of both a Bronze Star and a Combat Action Badge.
Craig was a third founder in Stop Soldier Suicide, having attended Johns Hopkins with fellow SSS founders Brian Kinsella and Nick Black.
He completed his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and is currently an Associate with Miller Buckfire & Co.
Staff and Other Leadership Partners
A Veteran of both Air Force and Army, Shawn deployed four times in his Army role to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Shawn received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in military studies from Troy University and his Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health and a sub-concentration in Military Social Work and Veteran Services from University of Southern California.
He will lead the creation of our Contact Center and the strategic formation of our case management system for our Assessment, Triage and Followup model of care.
Distinguished Board of Advisors
Laura Black got involved with Stop Soldier Suicide in 2012, after her stepson (currently a Major in the Army) recruited her help with the organization.
She has never looked back and her passion for helping veterans reclaim their lives and feel empowered to help others has only grown over the years.
Laura is a social media and marketing professional who loves to connect with people and build relationships. She is responsible for growing our social presence online and our brand.
Laura’s career has taken her to national acclaim in the advertising world, she ran her own successful marketing firm for 8 years, then gave it all up to co-found a tech startup to help nonprofits thrive.
Derek S. Wallis is a founding partner of Marlowe, a concentrated equity investment firm in NYC. Prior to joining Marlowe, Mr. Wallis spent thirteen years at Soros Fund Management in a variety of roles, including Head Equity Trader. Mr. Wallis has been raising money for military Veterans for 10 years through a variety of events including a 1,500-person annual fundraiser at the Intrepid Museum in NYC and hosts an annual Christmas Party for Toys for Tots. His fundraising events have provided the foundation and resources necessary to launch this non-profit organization, and he remains partnered to help end the problem of military-related suicide. Mr. Wallis received a BA and a Masters from Auckland University in New Zealand.
Derek Wallis (Volunteer)
Dr. Perea-Henze is Managing Director at HORUS Advisors, a strategy and private equity firm specializing in healthcare and international government affairs. He advises C-Suite executives of multinational corporations on growth strategies and partnerships to increase organizational value.
Confirmed by the Senate in March, 2010 to served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, he held this position until early 2013. As the Chief Strategy Officer, Dr. Perea-Henze was the principal advisor to the Secretary and the President on veteran policy and strategy, overseeing VA transformation and interagency collaborations with DOD, HHS and the White House and was responsible for developing corporate-wide functions in the areas of governance, quadrennial strategic planning, data and program analysis and evaluation, and enterprise program management.
He has a long career as a physician, corporate executive, and government official. He developed and managed new areas on global science and medical policy for Pfizer, Inc. and Merck & Co., building partnerships with governments and UN agencies in areas such as bioterrorism, genomics and global R&D. He also served directly under all four Secretaries of Commerce in the Clinton Administration, first as a White House Fellow (and Senior Health Care Advisor at the White House), and later as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Secretary for Management and Budget and CFO. Before that, he was a management consultant specializing in global strategy, and a senior official in New York City government.
Dr. Perea-Henze is a Board member of the President George HW Bush – Points of Light Foundation, the Advisory Boards of Stop Soldier Suicide and Soldiers to Summits (sponsored by the Prince Harry of Wales Trust), two organizations working on the critical issues affecting veterans. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council of Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council as well as a Fellow of the World Medical Association, the New York Academy of Medicine and the UK Royal College of Physicians. He has worked or lived in 110 countries and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Dr. Perea-Henze graduated magna cum laude as a Medical Doctor in Mexico at age 21 and obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health, with concentration in Health Policy and Management, from Yale University, School of Medicine. He also completed Executive Leadership Programs at INSEAD, France on Strategy and Management; at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University on National and International Security and on Corporate Governance at the Harvard Business School.
Raul Perea-Henze, M.D., M.PH.
Brian DiSabatino is President & CEO of the 106 year old, EDiS Company. EDiS’s staff of over 70 delivers $125 MM in facility planning, design, construction and facility management to the Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Eastern Shore of Maryland.
For the past ten years, Brian DiSabatino and EDiS have joined forces with the Welfare Foundation and Eastern States Development to form The Town of Whitehall, a major mixed use community of 10,000 residents slated to begin in 2014 and completed in 2044.
Along with his son Jacob, Brian worked with the Stop Soldier Suicide organization to formulate an awareness and fundraising program called 22in22. This program encouraged people to organize fundraising teams or to join teams with the purpose of raising the profile of the Stop Soldier Suicide effort.
Mr. DiSabatino was the 2014 DelMarVa Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year, the 2009 Recipient of the Bank of America Outstanding Community Builders award, The 2009 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for Healthcare, and the 2009 Catholic Charities Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Outside corporate activity includes Brian as a Co-founder and the Chairman of the Board of Delaware Sterling Bank and Trust Company, which was purchased by PNC Bank. Additionally, Brian served as Chairman of the National Advisory Council for Butler Manufacturing of Kansas City, MO.
Brian has actively served the community for twenty-five years. He was recently the Chairman of the Grand Opera House’s $10 Million Imagine Your Grand Campaign. He is the former Chairman of the St. Francis Hospital Foundation and an Executive Committee member of the St. Francis Hospital Board of Directors. The St. Francis Hospital Foundation created funding for it’s mission to serve the poor and raised over $30 Million.
Mr. DiSabatino is Vice Chairman of the Grand Opera House Board of Directors, A Director for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce in Malvern, PA and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Contractors Association. Mr.DiSabatino is also a Trustee of the American College in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. DiSabatino was Governor Thomas R. Carper’s Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Alcoholism, Mental health, and Drug abuse. Mr. DiSabatino also served as a Trustee of the Laborers Union Local 199 Pension, Welfare and Education funds.
Brian DiSabatino (volunteer)
Graduated cum laude with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 1993. Through the cooperative education program at Drexel , worked as project engineer for Exxon Oil and Sun Oil. Performed one year of BioMechanical research at AI Dupont Institute in Wilmington Delaware from 1993 to 1994. Entered Temple University School of Medicine in 1994.
Selected by both the US Army and US Air Force to receive a Health Professional Scholarship Program to fund Medical school. Inducted into the US Air Force Reserves in 1994 as a second Lieutenant. Upon completion of medical school, was commissioned to active duty and entered a combined US Air Force and University of Texas residency in San Antonio Texas (Lackland Air Force Base). Became Board Certified in Neurology in 2002. Received the Air Force Commendation Medal while staff Neurologist at Malcolm Grow Hospital at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Separated with an Honorable Discharge from the US Air Force in 2006, reaching rank of Lt Colonel select.
Joined Lehigh Neurology in Allentown Pennsylvania in 2006. Lehigh Neurology is a large academic based Neurology practice with 17 Physicians, 9 Physician Assistants and 4 Nurse Practitioners. Currently hold the position of Practice Leader for Lehigh Neurology.
Gary Clauser, MD (USAF Veteran)
Boyd Melson is a Class of 2003 West Point Graduate. Before attending West Point, Boyd spent his childhood between Brooklyn, New York and White Plains, New York. Both of Boyd’s parents are Army Veterans with his mother serving 4 years and his father serving 26 years. His brother and sister both were commissioned into the military as Officers as well.
Boyd earned a Bachelors of Science from West Point majoring in Psychology with a minor in Nuclear Engineering. Boyd was commissioned into the Field Artillery Branch as a 2LT. Upon completion of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, he spent the remained of his 5-year Active Duty service at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs assigned to the Army’s World Class Athlete Program. Boyd was part of the Army’s Elite Athlete Program boxing for the Army as well as for TEAM USA for 3.5 years. Boyd is a multi-year All Army Boxing Champion, multi-year Armed Forces Boxing Champion, a World Military Boxing Champion, and was an Alternate for the 208 United States Olympic Boxing Team. Boyd served on the USA Boxing Board as the “Athlete Representative” during this time. Additionally, he earned his Masters in Business Administration through Touro University International during his time on Active Duty. Boyd immediately transitioned over to the Army Active Reserve upon the completion of his Active Duty time, and in the role of Captain, he serves as the Group S-1 for the 151st Theater Information Operations Group (TIOG).
Boyd has spent time in the civilian sector working as a medical device sales representative for 5 years. He spent 4 of those years working for Fortune 100 Companies as 1 year working for a start-up. He teaches fitness classes throughout Manhattan at Equinox Fitness Gym. Boyd is a professional speaker and a member of the “Great Black Speakers Bureau.” Boyd is also heavily involved in philanthropic work. He is a Co-Founder of the Non-Profit TEAM FIGHT TO WALK aimed at curing paralysis due to Spinal Cord Injuries. He is a Board of Directors member for the Non-Profit BOXER INC. which is a mentorship program for inner-city youth aimed at using boxing to instill discipline and guidance as well as offer exercise to youth of different ages. Boyd is an Advisor to the stem cell banking company “Store-A-Tooth” which is a company that banks childrens’ stem cells found in their baby teeth. Boyd is a volunteer staff member for Congressman Jose Serrano’s (15th Congressional District in the Bronx of New York) Service Academy Nomination Committee. To compliment Boyd’s professional speaking, Boyd has made a habit of volunteering his time to speak to students in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges as well as the Veteran Leadership Councils at many different companies.
To round Boyd out, he has spent the last five and a half years boxing professionally as junior-middleweight boxer. Boyd has donated every professional boxing purse he has earned to TEAM FIGHT TO WALK. Last May, Boyd became the 154-pound Junior Middleweight World Boxing Council Champion. Over the years, Boyd was featured on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the Department of Defense, and Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and Boyd has received a variety of Humanitarian Awards honoring his efforts.
Boyd Melson (volunteer)
Karly Valenzuela is an attorney in McKool Smith’s New York office. She focuses her practice on white collar and intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Karly drafted successful motions for summary judgment for intricate patent cases, and drafted memoranda regarding execution of judgment and enforcement issues, advisory opinions on issues of law or equity, and Walker-process claims. Karly has trial experience from working at a criminal defense firm, where she assisted the chief counsel with all aspects of two capital cases. Additionally she has experience in government work from her time as a legal intern in the Chief Counsel’s Office at ATF.
Karly’s extensive education includes multiple degrees in Forensic Biology; Crime, Law, and Justice; and a minor in Biochemistry Molecular Biology from Penn State University. She is also a James Kent Scholar with a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
As a law student, Karly was a member of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and was a Moot Court Student Editor. She was actively involved in the Environmental Law Clinic where she wrote and filed motions and briefs related to the Clean Water Act. Before attending law school, Karly was a Forensic Auxiliary Officer at The Pennsylvania State University Police Department where she documented evidence and assisted with crime scene investigations at campus locations. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.
Karly Valenzuela, J.D. (volunteer)
Rachel is the surviving spouse of SGT Eric William Landon who tragically ended his life in the summer of 2015. SGT Landon joined the Army in 2005 and served for 10 years as an infantry Soldier. He also completed deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since her husband’s death in 2015, Rachel has been a committed advocate for survivors of suicide, families of service members and Veterans struggling with the challenges of transition to civilian life, and the important mission to end military-related suicide. She leads outreach efforts for awareness, service access, and campaign coordination across the Tampa Bay, Central Florida, and the broader Southeastern United States. She attends races throughout the area in honor of her husband and all surviving spouses and their families.
Rachel currently works as a financial analyst and manages a retirement wealth management firm in Tampa, Florida. When not advocating for Stop Soldier Suicide, she enjoys golfing, kayaking, traveling and spending time with her two young daughters – Amiyah and Dahlia.
Rachel Landon (volunteer)
Shawnice Meador has close to 20 years of progressive corporate and higher education experience, including leadership roles in strategic talent management & leadership development, career management, employer relations, Six Sigma process improvement and engineering, at General Motors, General Electric, Progress Energy Corporation and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Shawnice is currently the Executive Director of Career & Leadership Services at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Meador and her team design and lead programmatic and consultative career management, leadership development and employer relations services for 1,700+ full time and working professional MBA students and 34,000+ alumni worldwide. She also serves as the Chair of the Career Services Council, with executive sponsorship from the Dean of the Business School.
Meador earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and earned her MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business Weekend Executive Program.
Shawnice is a certified coach and facilitator for numerous career, leadership and global cultural assessment tools and programs, through the Center for Creative Leadership, the Center for Credentialing and Education, the Cultural Intelligence Center and others. Meador is a featured speaker at various higher education conferences and corporate engagements and has been a featured talent management expert in on-line publications including Forbes, US News & World Report, Fox Business, Business Insider, Diversity Executive, SHRM, Woman’s Day and others.
Gerry Byrne is the Vice Chairman of PMC, which owns leading entertainment and digital media brands that include Variety, Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Life, MovieLine (Mr. Byrne is Managing Director), TVLine and India.com (partnered with Zee TV).
Additionally, Byrne’s media and entertainment consultancy, Fidelis Global, launched in January, 2010, has partnerships, clients and board seats that include: Black Ocean Investments, a privately held media and technology company that invests in, incubates and operates next generation digital platforms; film financing newco Magic Storm Entertainment (with China based Ricco Capital and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment); 212 Media; David Clark Cause; Recognition Media (parent of the Webby Awards); and, Washington Life Magazine where he serves as Executive Chairman.
Byrne’s decades of accomplishments as a media executive, entrepreneur and community leader are highlighted by a long time run as publisher of Variety where he dramatically transformed that business into a powerful, diversified, global media brand. The start-up publisher of both Electronic Media and Crain’s New York Business, Byrne also successfully created The Quill Awards for NBC before he led a division of Nielsen that included The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.
A staunch believer in “participation”, Mr. Byrne is on the boards of numerous not-for-profits including Fisher House, The Intrepid Museum, VeteransAdvantage, The Veteran’s Healing Initiative, The Bob Woodruff Foundation, The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, The Creative Coalition, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The Reisenbach Foundation (Chairman), The Armory Foundation and The New York City Police Museum. Mr. Byrne was awarded the “Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award” at ShowEast ’96, New York’s Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center’s 2002 Distinguished Service Award and the NYPD Marine Corps Association 2002 “Semper Fi” Award for his work in the community.
And in June 2009, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Mr. Byrne the “Made in New York” Award for his support of the Gotham’s entertainment and media industries. Mr. Byrne is a member of The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, The New York Athletic Club, The Quogue Field Club (Elected a Governor), Laurel Links Country Club and The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick.
A 1966 graduate of Fordham College, Mr. Byrne served as a Marine Officer in Vietnam in 1968/69 and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V.
John brings 14 years of experience in finance, capital markets and investment analysis. Most recently, he was Director of Structured Finance at Institutional Credit Partners, where he originated and executed transactions in asset-backed securities, CDOs and other structured credit products. Mr. Roglieri’s experience includes positions at: Fitch Ratings as a Director in the Structured Finance group, where he managed a team responsible for rating asset-backed securities; American International Group, AXA Financial, and at Price Waterhouse in the Investment Management consulting group.
John holds an M.B.A. in Accounting from Boston University and received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. John resides in Bergen County with his wife and children, where he is aware and supportive of the needs of the community.
A native of Canada, Dr. Shepherd joined the OB/GYN Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. She completed her OB/GYN training in Philadelphia, with a fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Louisville where she also completed her Masters of Business Administration.
Dr. Shepherd is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She has been awarded the prestigious IRCAD award in 2010 and was the 3rd place recipient of the Jay M. Cooper Award that same year.
As a physician who specializes in women’s health, she understands the need to reach out to women who may be suffering emotionally and mentally. She is committed to the mission of Stop Soldier Suicide to curb suicide attempts among US Soldiers and Veterans. According to a study in Psychiatric Services, among women ages 18 to 34, female Veterans were three times more likely to kill themselves than non-Veterans. The connection between women and their physicians is essential as women suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at more than twice the rate of men. Therefore it is essential that women are not forgotten in this fight to save lives.
Dr. Shepherd, who has appeared on the Dr. Oz show, CBS News as well as other news venues in major cities, has been able to learn from her patients that women’s health issues are not discussed enough. Their needs span physical, emotional and spiritual positions. Dr. Shepherd will address these topics with women of all backgrounds, including Veterans, via her new outreach venture, Her Viewpoint. Through this foundation, women will have a voice and be able to discuss openly in a supportive environment all topics that affect them. You can connect with Her Viewpoint through its Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages as well as online at www.Herviewpoint.com
Dr. Shepherd has authored multiple articles as a medical expert in printed and online publications including Women’s Day, LifeScript.com, Heart and Soul, Best Health and WebMD. She has also contributed a book chapter on Prevention and Management of Laparoscopic Complications.
Jessica Shepherd, M.D., M.B.A.
Ryan Walsh is a portfolio manager at Senator Investment Group in New York City.
Baker Woolworth is a financial adviser at Stifel Nicolaus in New York City. Baker is passionate about mental healthcare services and is on the board of Clubhouse International. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.
A. Baker Woolworth
Tanner is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. During his career he has held the title of Forward Observer, Company Fire Support NCO and BDE Targeting/EW NCO. In 2011 he deployed to Combat Out Post Terminator in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan with the 1St Infantry Division (The Big Red One). After 7 years of service, he’s currently in the process of medically retiring due to PTSD.
Recently, Tanner founded Through Struggle, an apparel line where he creates every design and prints all apparel by hand to aid in his recovery. He also hopes to bring awareness to the high veteran suicide rate as well as inspire others suffering from combat related PTSD. Through Struggle’s motto is “Never give up. Never give in.”
He lives with his wife Kaci and two dogs Max and Sam.
Ed is President of Fidelis Services Group, a Certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business which offers Low-High Voltage Installations, IT, and Life-Safety services. He is a retired Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) from the NY Air National Guard and a Marine Vietnam Disabled Veteran (Sgt).
Ed’s career has been with companies such as NYNEX (Verizon), Telco Systems and other telecommunication companies before starting his own business in 2008. He received many business awards for his sales leadership skills and accomplishments, including being crowned “King of Kings County-Brooklyn CY2013 and received a Life Time of Service Award from the Brooklyn Rotary Club. He was presented with two “Proclamations” from the Brooklyn Borough President, as well as, two Congressional Recognition Awards for his accomplishments within the Veteran community.
CMSgt. (ret) Schloeman holds Life Memberships in; Enlisted Association of The New York National Guard, Enlisted Association of the United States, and The Marine Corps League and Vietnam Veterans of America. He has membership with; The Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, National Veteran Small Business Coalition, and The Iwo Jima Association. Ed was National Chairman of The David Lynch Foundation’s Operation Warrior Wellness Division, which he co-founded. This program supports and works with those who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). Presently, he is Chairman/President of Operation Warrior Shield, which continues to support veterans.
Some of his military decorations include; Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Ribbon and NY State Military Commendation Medal
Ed is married to Judith Ann whose children are Catherine Syslo (CPA and homemaker), LtCol Edward Schloeman Jr, USAF (F-15/C-5/C-17 Pilot) and NYPD Lt.Commander Robert Schloeman
Ed Schloeman, (USMC Veteran, Volunteer)
Kelly Ryan grew up in a big family in Central Florida, one of nine kids in the middle of an orange grove. She performed in every school play from kindergarten through high school and in many local community theater productions and when Hollywood came to her small town in Florida she got her first opportunity to work on a feature film as a featured extra player. After school she moved to NYC to develop her acting chops studying various styles of acting, Stellar Adler being her favorite and performed in Off-Off Broadway productions but soon Los Angeles called and she answered. She received a nomination for “BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT FILM” at the Method Fest in the 34 minute psychological dramatic short film ‘Turn Around’ playing the lead, Christy Logan. The role gave her an opportunity to portray a woman wracked with human despair, major insecurities and desperate lifestyle struggles and her performance brought forth an awareness of the depth of acting she is capable of achieving. Kelly’s TV credits include an appearance on HBO’s ‘Hung’, Adult Swim’s ‘Childrens Hospital’, the Bravo pilot ‘True Fiction‘ and Amazon Studio’s ‘Good Girls Revolt’
Kelly is passionate about helping Veterans and is committed to helping Stop Soldier Suicide with communications and media production to help in outreach efforts.
Kelly Ryan (Volunteer)
Brittany graduated from Pasco Hernando State College as a Registered Nurse after practicing massage therapy for 8 years. The wife of an NCO in the National Guard, she has a strong core of family values. Brittany understands the unique challenges of life in the National Guard on service members and their families. She is intimately familiar with the stresses of deployments and the difficulties with integration back into civilian life. Brittany got involved with Stop Soldier Suicide after losing a close friend, SGT Eric Landon. It started as a positive outlet that has blossomed into a passion. She currently represents Stop Soldier Suicide as an advocate for reserve component families, and she leads outreach efforts for military and veteran communities across the National Guard and Reserves.
Brittany Gray, RN (Volunteer)
Tim practices environmental law with the international law firm Hunton & Williams LLP. His practice has an emphasis on litigation, and he has represented clients in federal and state courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration proceedings. He also advises clients on environmental compliance-related issues.
Tim’s pro bono practice is dedicated to veterans. He represents individual veterans and their families on issues of administrative law related to veterans benefits, serves as co-chair of his firm’s veterans pro bono program, and is in charge of volunteer recruitment for the Virginia Bar Association’s Veterans Issues Task Force.
Tim was a college freshman on September 11th, and during his sophomore year, he withdrew to enlist in the United States Army and fight in the War on Terror. He served as a paratrooper, infantryman, and non-commissioned officer with the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. During that time, Tim held nearly every position that exists in an airborne infantry squad, including that of squad leader during his final combat deployment. He left the Army in 2008 as a staff sergeant, and his awards include the Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device.
Tim’s commitment to Stop Soldier Suicide stems from his own experiences with veteran suicide. Tim served with multiple veterans who have since taken their own lives, rivaling the number of men in his unit lost to direct combat with the enemy.