LinkedIn Chris Ford Chief Executive Officer, Veteran

Chris is a 20-year U.S. Air Force and combat veteran. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a Master’s degree in National Security Studies for the Far East from the Naval Postgraduate School. Before joining SSS, Chris served as the Deputy Director for the Joint Staff Security & Chief Special Security Office and the West Regional Director, Warrior and Family Support for the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and founded NAVSO, the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations.

Josh Holley Chief Financial Officer, Veteran

Josh Holley is a Marine Corps veteran who earned an undergrad degree in Business Administration at the University of Tennessee and a Master’s degree in Accountancy at Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. In addition to his career in finance, Josh has been active in founding and participating in programs to help veterans start and manage small businesses and providing diligence support for venture capitalists.

Glenn Devitt Chief Technology Officer, Veteran

Glenn is a U.S. Army veteran with 11 years of enlisted experience in infantry, human intelligence, counterintelligence, digital forensics, and machine learning. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan in a Special Mission Unit. After military service, he founded the Sentinel Foundation, composed of former intelligence agents, special mission unit operators, and special skills experts who fight child crimes and rescue children around the world. Glenn is the creator of Stop Soldier Suicide’s Black Box Project.

Melanie Gideon Chief Operating Officer

Melanie holds a BA in Biology from Indiana University and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. She served as the Director of Operation Mend at UCLA Health for more than a decade, and has served as an independent consultant to healthcare organizations nationwide, advising on clinical and administrative leadership on military, veteran, and first responder programs.

Alan Riggs Chief Information Officer

Alan earned his BS in Computer Science and BA in Mathematics and Creative Writing at Eckerd College. He has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, with specialties in Technical Architecture and Infrastructure.

Austin Grimes Chief Product Officer

Austin graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Economics & Systems Engineering. He later earned his MBA from North Carolina State University. Austin is a U.S. Army veteran who served as an Information Technology and Information Awareness Manager with deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. After his military career, Austin was an Assistant Professor of Military Science followed by nearly a decade of managing channels and global partnerships for various enterprises.

LinkedIn Keith Hotle Chief Program Officer

Keith earned his MPA from the University of Wyoming and earned his JD from The University of Texas School of Law. He has nearly two decades of experience leading and managing public health programs focused on suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, and early intervention.

LinkedIn Tina Starkey Chief Growth Officer

Tina earned her BS in Business Administration from Towson University. She has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit development, social media content strategy, and cross-functional team leadership.

Interested in joining our team? Learn more about careers at Stop Soldier Suicide.

Our Team


Brian Buland
Vice President of Innovation

Kathryn Nerowski
Senior Director of Human Resources

Sarah DePalma
Director of Data Strategy and Solutions

Chuck Eastman
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Slade Burkeen
Director of Finance in Finance

Lindsey O'Donnell
Director of Talent Acquisition and Development

Neat Savage
Office Manager

Becky Schwendiman
Project Manager

Madyson Gentry
Talent Acquisition Specialist

Dustin Millado
Digital Forensics Lab Manager, Black Box Project

David Garcia
Senior Salesforce Administrator


Kathy Kauffmann
Vice President of Development

Cameron Bartlett
Vice President of Performance Marketing

Hannah Huntt
Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Crystal Clark
Senior Director of National Donor Engagement

Jenny Siler
Senior Director of National Corporate Partnerships

Ashley Ege
Director of National Fundraising Events

Jackie Gibson
Director of Brand Marketing

Kolby Harrell
Director of Product Marketing

Kim Burditt
Senior Manager of Donor Engagement, Black Box Project

Michael DeSelm
Senior Manager of National Corporate Partnerships

Carly Braun
Manager of National Corporate Partnerships

Claire Lankford
Manager of National Fundraising Events

Morgan Robertson
Manager of National Donor Engagement

Colleen St. Clair
Prospect Research Manager

Robin Story
Manager of Program Marketing

Rodney Alexander
Senior Specialist of Revenue Operations

So Youn Cooper
Product Marketing Specialist

Chris Stephens
Creative Specialist

Akshay Khullar
Lead, Digital Marketing & Fundraising


Keith Hotle
Chief Program Officer

Sonja Batten
Vice President of Programs

John Richardson
Vice President of Research and Evaluation

Patricia Glenn
Senior Clinical Director

Nicole Bauer
Wellness Center Operations Director

Tanya Kelly
Director of Client Services

Meagan Henry
Wellness Center Compliance Manager

Jared Zamora
Wellness Center Operations Manager

Dysheka Bibbs
Wellness Center Manager

Breanna Crenshaw
Wellness Center Manager

Rucia Lundy
Wellness Center Manager

Carly Pass
Wellness Center Manager

Jackie Stonebrook
Wellness Center Manager

Talia Wanee
Resource Referral and Benefits Manager

Ann Gasperini
Community Affairs Manager

Abby Beatty
Research Scientist

Tia Benbow
Wellness Center Compliance Specialist

Alex Lopez
Scheduling Specialist

Michael Worley
Scheduling Specialist


Meet our ROGER Wellness Coordinators as well as our Resource Referral and Benefits team here.