Our Leadership

The strength of Children of the Fallen Patriots Foundation is its leadership team. Our leaders serve as guardians of our mission and ensure that our outreach grows.

Thomas M. McGann - Chief Executive Officer, K&N Engineering

Thomas M. McGann - Chief Executive Officer, K&N Engineering
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Directors, Chairman

Tom McGann is the Chief Executive Officer at K&N Engineering in Riverside, California. K&N is the world’s leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. Tom brings over 30 years of operating experience in the performance-driven consumer brand sector.

Most recently, Tom was the President and CEO of Spyder Active Sports headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Spyder is the global leader in technical performance ski apparel and a sponsor of the US Ski Team. Prior to Spyder he was the President and CEO of Motor Sport Aftermarket Group, a build up of premium high performance motorcycle parts and accessory companies.

Before his position at Motorsport Aftermarket Group he served as President of Burton Snowboards, the global leader in snowboarding equipment and apparel. Tom has served as a board member of The Chill Foundation, United Way, and USIA.Tom attended St. Lawrence University, in Canton NY, where he met Nancy, his spouse of 33 years. Tom and Nancy have two children and reside in Longmont, Colorado.

Paul F. Murphy - Partner, Sentinel Capital Partners

Paul F. Murphy - Partner, Sentinel Capital Partners
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Directors, Director

Paul Murphy, Partner, joined Sentinel in 2000. Over the past decade, he has established himself as a successful lower middle market private equity investor. He currently is a director of Inscape Publishing, Interim Healthcare, ReachOut Healthcare America, and Trussbilt. He also served as Chairman of Metro Dentalcare, and a Director of Castle Dental Centers and Fasloc prior to the sale of these businesses.

Before joining Sentinel Capital Partners, from 1997-2000, Mr. Murphy was a Director at Dilmun Investments, the U.S. private equity affiliate of Bahrain International Bank. While at Dilmun, Mr. Murphy focused on originating, structuring, and executing private equity investments in lower middle market companies. He has been associated with several successful companies as an investor or director, including Sarah Michaels, Inc., Thompson Products, Inc., Avenues Coffee Company and Springfield Service Corporation.Prior to working at Dilmun, Mr. Murphy was a Vice President in the Financial Buyers Group at NationsBanc Capital Markets, where he focused on providing debt and equity financing for leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. Previously, he spent two years as an Associate in the Merchant Banking Group of Chase Manhattan Bank where he focused on private equity and subordinated debt investments in lower middle market companies.

Mr. Murphy holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He spent five years as a U.S. Army Artillery officer where he attained the rank of Captain.

Steve Stafford - Partner, Ernst & Young

Steve Stafford - Partner, Ernst & Young
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Directors, Treasurer & Interim Secretary

Steve Stafford is a Transaction Advisory Services partner with Ernst & Young LLP. Steve has 25 years of experience providing advisory and consulting services to private equity and corporate clients. Steve’s experience includes complex, cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and recapitalizations. He has led cross-border teams working on transactions ranging from $5 million to more than $25 billion. Prior to moving to New York in 2003, Steve lived in London and coordinated Ernst & Young’s European and Middle East Transaction Support practice for U.S. acquirers from 1999 through 2003.

Steve is a magna cum laude graduate of St. Louis University, a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Steve has been active with a number of charitable and civic activities over the course of his career. He has three children who are all avid St. Louis Cardinals fans like their father.

Steve Cannon - Chief Executive Officer, AMB Group, LLC

Steve Cannon - Chief Executive Officer, AMB Group, LLC
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Directors, Director

Steve Cannon was named chief executive officer of AMB Group, LLC effective February 1, assuming the day-to-day leadership of the company’s for-profit businesses. Cannon leads all business operations of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons; Atlanta United of Major League Soccer; Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company, the developer of Mercedes-Benz Stadium that is scheduled to open in 2017; PGA TOUR Superstore; and Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.

Prior to joining AMB Group, Cannon served as president and chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and was responsible for leading operations that generated record sales with annual revenues exceeding $20 billion. During his tenure, MBUSA achieved a first-ever No. 1 ranking on the American Customer Satisfaction Index and was also lauded as one of the best places to work by Fortune Magazine five years in a row. Cannon oversaw MBUSA’s successful headquarters relocation from New Jersey to the metro Atlanta area, in addition to crafting a sports sponsorship strategy that closely aligned the premium brand with properties reflective of its category leadership and brand position.

Cannon began his automotive career in 1991 as executive assistant to the president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz of North America (predecessor to MBUSA). From there, he moved to Stuttgart, Germany and joined a small team tasked with the development, manufacturing and launch of the M-Class, the first Mercedes-Benz SUV ever made in, and for this market. Following his time in Germany, Cannon served as director of marketing for Debis Financial Services (later Daimler Financial Services).  He also served as principal for The Richards Group, one of the largest independent full-service advertising agencies in the U.S. before re-joining MBUSA in 2007 where he served as the vice president of marketing for MBUSA from June 2007 until he was promoted to president and CEO in 2012.

Cannon graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point (B.S., Economics).  He is Airborne Ranger qualified and served as 1st Lieutenant in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain. During his time in the Army he also served five years as an artillery officer. 

Cannon and his wife, Ann, reside in Atlanta and they are the parents of nine children.

Hollister K. Petraeus - Military Spouse & Daughter

Hollister K. Petraeus - Military Spouse & Daughter
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Holly Petraeus is a government employee and former Director of BBB Military Line®, a program of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc. providing consumer education and advocacy for servicemembers and their families. As such, she oversaw a national program that works with the Department of Defense as a partner in the DoD Financial Readiness Campaign and fosters outreach from the 165 local Better Business Bureaus (BBBs) to military communities across the United States.

A military spouse of 33 years and a former Department of the Army civilian employee, Mrs. Petraeus has extensive experience as a volunteer leader in military family programs. In that role she has worked with local, state and national legislators on issues affecting Army families, to include testifying at two U.S. Senate hearings on deployment-related issues. Mrs. Petraeus is a summa cum laude graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She is a recipient of the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award, the Boy Scouts of America “Service to Families” Award and the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.

Col (R) Jack H. Jacobs - Medal of Honor Recipient, MSNBC Commentator

Col (R) Jack H. Jacobs - Medal of Honor Recipient, MSNBC Commentator
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Jack Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, New York. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and entered the U.S. Army in 1966 as a second Lieutenant through the ROTC program. He served as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, executive officer of an infantry battalion in the 7th Infantry Division and commanded the 4th Battalion, 10th Infantry in Panama.

A member of the faculty of the US Military Academy, Jacobs taught international relations and comparative politics for three years, and he was a member of the faculty of the National War College in Washington, DC. He was in Vietnam twice, both times as an advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions, and he is among the most highly decorated soldiers from that era, having earned three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest combat decoration.Jacobs retired as a Colonel in 1987. He was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of AutoFinance Group, Inc., one the firms to pioneer the securitization of debt instruments; the firm was subsequently sold to Key Bank. He was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust, where he ran foreign exchange options worldwide and was a partner in the industrial hedge fund business. He retired in 1996 to pursue investments. He is a principal of the Fitzroy Group, a firm that specializes in the development of residential real estate in London and invests both for its own account and in joint ventures with other institutions.Jack serves on a number of charitable boards of directors and is the Vice Chairman of Humanities and Public Affairs at the US Military Academy and is an on-camera and political analyst for NBC.

Nancy Armstrong - Producer, MAKERS: Women Who Make America

Nancy Armstrong - Producer, MAKERS: Women Who Make America
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Nancy Armstrong is an Emmy-nominated producer and founding member of the team that created  the award winning web site and documentary series, MAKERS - Women Who Make America.  MAKERS.com is a first-of-it’s-kind, dynamic, digital platform from AOL showcasing thousands of compelling stories from America's most groundbreaking women. It was named one of the 100 best web sites for women by Forbes.  In 2013, MAKERS launched its first three-part documentary on PBS, and received the Women’s Media Center Award for it's ground-breaking contribution to women, history, and America.  In 2014, MAKERS launched an Emmy-nominated documentary series focusing on the groundbreaking achievements of women in the areas of business, politics, space, war, comedy, and Hollywood.

Prior to MAKERS, Nancy was a senior executive at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in New York City.   Nancy’s first career was as a film, television, and stage actor and singer.  Her career highlights included co-starring roles on Third Rock from the Sun, L.A. Heat, and a lead role in the comedy pilot, Kinks. In addition to numerous stage performances, Nancy wrote, directed and produced the one-woman show, “A Look Beyond the Attitude,” that she performed at the acclaimed Cinegrill Theatre in Hollywood.  Nancy currently serves on the board of directors of The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation.   She received a BA in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MA in corporate public relations and communications from Boston University.  She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Tim, and their three children.

Michael L. Buettner - Managing Director, CFI Advisors LLC

Michael L. Buettner - Managing Director, CFI Advisors LLC
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Michael currently serves as non-executive Chairman of the Board of S&S Cycle Inc., and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders. 

His background includes senior executive positions in market leading companies Motorsport Aftermarket Group, Hillenbrand Industries, and Bausch & Lomb.  He has extensive finance, licensing, and mergers and acquisitions.  In addition to his B.S.  in Accounting from the University of Illinoi, he has earned the CPA and CLP designations.  He also served in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

Benjamin Y. Carter - Partner, Southpoint Capital Advisors

Benjamin Y. Carter - Partner, Southpoint Capital Advisors
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Ben is a partner at Southpoint Capital, a hedge fund based in New York City.  Southpoint Capital utilizes a long/short equity strategy and manages capital on behalf of pension funds, endowments, and other institutional and high net worth clients.  Prior to his employment at Southpoint Capital, Ben worked for global private equity firms Clayton, Dubilier, & Rice and Apax Partners.  He previously worked in the Leveraged Finance group of Bank of America.

Ben graduated summa cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics.  He serves as President of The OGC Charitable Foundation and is a former trustee of the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York.  Ben resides in Riverside, CT with his wife Hillary and their two children.

Chris Clarke - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PureGrowth Group

Chris Clarke - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PureGrowth Group
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Chris is a social entrepreneur with a unique mix of vision, creativity and global operational expertise. His core strengths include business and brand strategy, new product innovation and creative thinking, that together, work to yield measurable and significant business results.

In 2011, Chris co-founded PureGrowth Group a collective focused on inventing, investing in and advising businesses that change the status quo.  Chris's first venture at Pure was to develop and launch a new naturally powered energy shot brand, SK energy, which has quickly become #2 in the $2.2B energy shot category with expansive distribution in over 70,000 doors across the US. Soon thereafter, Chris's passion for creating sustainable business growth led to the launch of PureGrowth Partners and PureMedia both which focus on leveraging disruptive thinking and technological innovation to drive maximum profit, efficiencies, consumer engagement and most of all brand love.

In 2002, Chris founded Nitro. As Chairman and Chief Creative Officer he and his team helped reposition the advertising industry by vertically integrating holistic industry offerings: innovation, brand strategy, traditional advertising, and digital advertising. Nitro quickly became a global network with a client base that included Mars, Nike, Unilever and Coca-Cola. In 2009, Chris merged Nitro with Sapient, creating SapientNitro, which became the largest independent advertising agency and biggest digital agency in the world. When Chris left SapientNitro in 2011, it had 9,500 employees, 35 offices around the world and a market capitalization in excess of $2B.

Chris is an active philanthropist. He has helped establish a number of philanthropic organizations including: Celebration of Life, Malaria No More, Millennium Promise and Goldie Hawn’s MindUp Foundation where he is also an active board member.

Paul Morton - Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets

Paul Morton - Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Paul is the head of US and Latin American Private Banking Distribution for RBC Capital Markets.  Prior to RBC, Paul was Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets, Operating Platforms and Business Development at Barclays Wealth in the Americas. 

Before Barclays, Mr. Morton worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for 13 years. He served as Head of Market Investments and most recently as the COO for the Global Investment & Insurance Solutions group within Global Wealth Management. He previously worked in OTC Derivative Sales and began his career at PaineWebber Derivative Sales.

After graduating from West Point, Mr. Morton served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army for five years. Mr. Morton holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dick Pace - Director of Strategic Consulting, Maritz Inc.

Dick Pace - Director of Strategic Consulting, Maritz Inc.
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Dick is a Director of Strategic Consulting at Maritz Inc, a $1.6 billion performance improvement company specializing in customer loyalty, employee motivation, travel incentives and training. Dick focuses on global market research for the financial services sector where he is responsible for managing and growing the financial services group and helping clients improve revenue by measuring and increasing customer and employee satisfaction and loyalty.

Prior to joining Maritz in 2003, Dick spent 11 years as the Managing Director of the Research and Consulting Group of Abt Associates. Before Abt, Dick spent 8 years managing his own international marketing consulting firm and 12 years as an international banker with Midland Bank (HSBC) and Banco Credito Nacional of Brazil. Dick attended college at Bucknell University and graduate school at the Baruch School at CCNY. He was a Lieutenant with the 8th Special Forces Group from 1966 to 1969 and a member of the Army Reserve for two additional years. Dick is married with two grown boys and lives in Riverside, Connecticut. He continues to be active in Greenwich youth activites.

Lorin Radtke - Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Lorin Radtke - Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Lorin is a partner at Goldman Sachs & Co, and head of the FICC Americas Structured Product Sales team. Prior to assuming this role in 2012, he was head of the Mortgage Sales Group. Lorin has served on the Goldman Sachs Firmwide Black Network and Americas Diversity Committee as well as leading minority mentor and advocacy initiatives.

Lorin joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in Mortgage Sales in Chicago, moved to Mortgage Sales in London in 1998 and to Rate Sales in New York in 2000. He was named managing director in 2004 and partner in 2008.Lorin earned a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1990 and an MBA from The University of Chicago in 1992. Lorin served as a director of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Foundation. He and his wife, Staci, live in Greenwich, Connecticut with their four children.

Darren Rebelez - President, iHOP Restaurants

Darren Rebelez - President, iHOP Restaurants
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Darren Rebelez is President of iHOP Restaurants, which is part of the DineEquity Inc (NASDAQ: DIN).  He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for 7-Eleven, Inc., where he was also responsible for Information Technology, the company’s Gasoline business, Asset Protection and its Business Transformation projects. Before joining 7-Eleven, Darren was with ExxonMobil where he supervised franchising for ExxonMobil’s On the Run convenience operation.

He led that company’s U.S. distributor fuels pricing program and U.S. category management. Darren’s broad experience includes his position as Vice President of Merchandising, leading strategic planning, category management and marketing for Thornton Oil Corporation. He was also President of the oil and convenience-store company’s bakery subsidiary.A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Darren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Houston. Outside of his work at 7-Eleven, Darren serves on the Board of Directors for Torchmark Corporation.

Dan Rice - President, Sundial Capital Partners

Dan Rice - President, Sundial Capital Partners
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Dan is President of Sundial which is a renewable energy company. He has fifteen years experience in executive leadership positions in the private sector as a Managing Director at Convergent Wealth Advisors and at US Trust. Dan has done considerable philanthropic work for veterans and national security causes including Operation Enduring Support, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the USS Hornet aircraft carrier museum, Veterans for National Security Foundation, WildAid and the Project for National Security Reform (PNSR).

He is a graduate of West Point where his field of study was National Security and he then served for a total of five years in the Army. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University, and has been awarded the Purple Heart, Airborne Badge and Ranger Tab.

Rob Sweeney - Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Rob Sweeney - Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Rob is a Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and head of the firm’s investment banking coverage of retail clients. Prior to his current role, Rob led the firm’s Equity Capital Markets business for consumer and retail companies. Rob joined Goldman, Sachs in 1997, was named Managing Director in 2004 and Partner in 2008.

Rob is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.After graduating from Penn’s NROTC program, Rob served more than six years in the Submarine Force, in various roles aboard USS Annapolis (SSN 760) and the Submarine Officers Advanced Course training command. He serves as a trustee of the Windward School, and lives in Connecticut with his wife Ellen, and their children Peter, Emma and Isabel.

Vincent Tortorella - Chief Surveillance Officer, Point72 Asset Management

Vincent Tortorella - Chief Surveillance Officer, Point72 Asset Management
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Vincent Tortorella, Jr. is the Chief Surveillance Officer of Point72 Asset Management and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and member of the Department of Justice.  Vinny joined Point72 in April 2014 to create and lead a surveillance unit, utilizing his experience as a former general counsel and his background in law enforcement.  Vinny and the surveillance team focus on improving the monitoring of contact and information flow inside and outside of Point72.

Prior to joining Point72, Vinny worked at Coatue Management as the General Counsel and Head of Proprietary Research.  He was previously the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Guidepoint Global in New York.

Earlier in his career, Vinny was a trial attorney in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Prior to that, Vinny practiced white collar and commercial litigation at the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Vinny has a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and is an honors graduate of Duke University School of Law.  Vinny lives in Old Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife and family.

Bud Watts - Partner, The Carlyle Group

Bud Watts - Partner, The Carlyle Group
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor

Bud Watts is a Managing Director and Head of the Technology Buyout Group. He focuses on buyout and growth equity investments in larger companies focused on software, software enabled services, semiconductors, systems, and related distribution businesses. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Watts was a Managing Director in the M&A group of First Union Securities, Inc.

He joined First Union Securities when First Union acquired Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co., where Mr. Watts was a principal.Prior to joining Bowles Hollowell.Mr. Watts was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. During his service, he was qualified as an instructor pilot in both the F-16 and A-10 aircraft and served in a number of leadership and operations management positions in the United States and abroad.Mr. Watts earned a B.S. in electrical engineering cum laude from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He is on the Board of Directors of CPU Technology, Firth Rixson, Ltd., Freescale Semiconductor, Open Solutions and SS&C Technology, Inc.

Clifford S. Asness - Co-Founder, AQR Capital Management

Clifford S. Asness - Co-Founder, AQR Capital Management
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Senior Advisor

Prior to co-founding AQR Capital Management, Cliff was at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was a Managing Director and Director of Quantitative Research for the Asset Management Division. Cliff and his team at Goldman were responsible for building quantitative models to add value in global equity, fixed income and currency markets for Goldman clients and partners.Cliff has authored articles on many financial topics including multiple publications in the Journal of Portfolio Management and the Financial Analysts Journal.

He has received the best paper award from the Journal of Portfolio Management twice (2001, 2003). From the Financial Analysts Journal he has received the Graham and Dodd Award for the year’s best paper (2003), a Graham and Dodd Excellence Award (2000), the award for the best perspectives piece (2004), and the Graham & Dodd Readers’ Choice Award (2005). In addition, the CFA Institute has awarded Cliff the James R. Vertin Award which is periodically given to individuals who have produced a body of research notable for its relevance and enduring value to investment professionals.Cliff is on the editorial board of the Journal of Portfolio Management, the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal, the governing board of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Finance at NYU, the Council on the Graduate School of Business and the university-wide Investment Committee at the University of Chicago, Co-head of the Leadership Council of the Robin Hood Foundation, and on the Board of the International Rescue Committee. Cliff received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BS in Engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, both graduating summa cum laude at the University of Pennsylvania.

He received an MBA with high honors and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Chicago where he was Eugene Fama’s student and teaching assistant for two years (he is still respectfully scared of Gene).

Professor Henry B. Reiling - Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Professor Henry B. Reiling - Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Senior Advisor

Professor Reiling is the Baker Foundation Professor and Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he is also a member of the finance area. In the MBA program, he teaches Tax Factors in Business Decisions and the interdisciplinary course, Leadership and Corporate Accountability. In the executive program he is faculty chair for Finance for Senior Executives and teaches in Strategic Finance for Smaller Companies.

His articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Michigan Law Review and other journals.Professor Reiling co-founded a successful financial services company and has been a director or advisor board member of over a dozen organizations both for profit (publicly traded and privately owned) and not-for-profit.Professor Reiling is a graduate of Northwestern University (BA), Harvard (MBA) and Columbia (JD). He is a Regent and Alumni Trustee of Northwestern and has received its Alumni Merit and Service Awards.

Christopher Crane - Senior Vice-President, Bank of America

Christopher Crane - Senior Vice-President, Bank of America
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Senior Advisor

Chris is a Senior Vice-President for Bank of America, where he is responsible for the execution of the bank’s corporate divestitures.  Over the last five years, he and his team have managed over twenty-five domestic and international programs in support of the bank’s strategic priorities of expense reduction and simplification. Prior to joining Bank of America, Chris worked in security consulting and crisis management, serving high net worth individuals, international corporations, and U.S. Government agencies.

He holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  As a ranger-qualified combat engineer officer, he served over six years on active duty in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg and in the 25th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis. 

Chris has been involved with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation since 2001, when David and Cynthia Kim proposed the concept as a Harvard Business School field study.  A previous Fallen Patriots Director, he is truly honored to be a part of such a noble undertaking in support of our military families.   Chris and his family live on a small farm in Nashville, Tennessee.

David Y. Kim

David Y. Kim
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

David is the global co-head of investor relations for Apax Partners, a leading global private equity investment firm operating across the United States, Europe, Asia, India and Latin America.  Founded in 1983, Apax is one of the largest private equity firms in the world having raised over $40 billion in capital to provide long-term equity financing to growth companies around the world.  David has been with Apax since 2000 and is responsible for fund raising and investor services in North and South America as the firm invests its latest pool of investment capital which is $7.5 billion in size.  He has been in the private equity industry since 1994.

David is an honors graduate at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Harvard Business School. He also served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army where he participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989 with the 7th Infantry Division.  David is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools and completed the New York City Marathon and Triathlon. He is married and has four children.  His wife Cynthia serves as the volunteer Programs Director for Fallen Patriots.

 

Cynthia Kim

Cynthia Kim
Co-Founder & Volunteer Programs Director, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Cynthia Kim is the co-founder of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and is the Volunteer Programs Director. As Programs Director, Cynthia works closely with the Fallen Patriots programs staff and oversees the process of enrolling eligible families and distributing grants. She also works personally with Fallen Patriots' families to provide them emotional support and guidance.

She has played a key role in the organization’s rapid growth. She also plays a crucial role in Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation's fundraising activities, having planned major galas and other fundraising initiatives in multiple cities.  Cynthia graduated with a liberal arts degree in Biology and Chemistry from Hollins College and is a former sales representative for Becton Dickinson. She is married and is a mother of four. She has completed the New York City Marathon twice. 

Kendra E. Davenport

Kendra E. Davenport
President, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Kendra manages the growing demands on the Foundation to ensure access to education by college-bound children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.  Prior to joining Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Kendra worked at Africare, a Washington, D.C. based organization with annual revenue in excess of $50 million that promotes sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. At Africare, Davenport served initially as Chief Development and Communications Officer, before becoming Chief of Staff and eventually, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs.

Prior to Africare, Davenport served in leadership roles at Project HOPE, the National SIDS Alliance and other national and international nonprofits.

Katelyn N. Brewer

Katelyn N. Brewer
Chief of Operations, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Katelyn manages the growth of the Foundation’s operations portfolio, with a focus on maintaining transparency and accountability to both Fallen Patriots donors and scholars. Before joining Fallen Patriots, Katelyn worked for Africare in South Africa as the Director of Strategic Engagement where she managed all Johannesburg based programmatic activity and regional business development initiatives for Southern Africa. With a strong focus on both how process feeds impact and how thoughtful design creates success, Katelyn was promoted to Director after managing the performance of 10 West and Central African country portfolios as an HQ-based Program Manager and raising $162 million in new business during her tenure as Business Development Coordinator.

Kimberly Chamberlain

Kimberly Chamberlain
Finance Manager, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Kimberly received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Jacksonville University, where she was voted Student of the year.   She also obtained her Masters in Management from Troy University. Most of her career has been working in nonprofit organizations; she worked for another Veteran Service Organization as well as other nonprofits in Jacksonville for a number of years.   She is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful, giving organization and work with great people whose focus is to help others.

Kimberly has a passion for animals, which has led her to serve on several committees for fundraising events to benefit homeless animals.  Jacksonville Beach has been her home most of her life, where she lives with her husband, three rescue dogs, and a rescue turtle.

Brittany Marshall

Brittany Marshall
Program Manager, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Brittany manages the overall programmatic scope of scholarship distribution for Fallen Patriots Foundation. Her experience includes over 7 years in nonprofit management, ensuring program and financial compliance for multi-million dollar portfolios and providing technical assistance and training to ensure programs were in compliance with their contract requirements, local and federal regulations. She holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Trinity Washington University.

Prior to Fallen Patriots, Brittany held leadership roles at United States Veterans Initiative - DC, Senior Services America Inc., and The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness.

Brittany is excited to be a part of the Fallen Patriots family and looks forward to building a rapport with scholars and their families.

Lindsey Houston

Lindsey Houston
Supervisor of Operations, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Lindsey oversees the day to day operations for Fallen Patriots, with her main focus areas including interdepartmental coordination, donor services, vendor management, and event coordination. While managing several client services Lindsey also manages the 9,000+ CRM database. Lindsey’s commitment to the foundation for the past three years has resulted in remarkable operational efficiency, demonstrated now through the support various scale-up initiatives receive.

Lindsey received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and plans to finish her MBA from the University of Wisconsin’s Online Consortium program in 2017.

Sarah Cramer

Sarah Cramer
Grants Administrator, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Sarah is a former scholarship recipient of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.  She graduated from Liberty University where she received a degree in Music and Worship studies.  After graduation, she worked with families at the Union Mission and those less fortunate at the Center for Student Missions.   Sarah has always been passionate about serving and volunteering and is looking forward to honoring her father in her newest position as Program Administrator with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Sarah was 10 years old when her dad, Staff Sgt Paul Cramer, was killed in a plane crash while returning from a training mission with the National Guard. When she needed help, the foundation was there and as program administrator, Sarah is looking forward to helping others in the same way.    

Jane McGee

Jane McGee
Offiice Assistant, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Jane contributes to the detail oriented tasks of the foundation’s ongoing programs, namely spearheading the effort to digitize all of our current paper files in order to streamline the use of our new Grants Management System with historical data. Prior to joining Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Jane was the Head of Visitor Services and Docent Management in 2011, for the Kreeger Museum in Northwest DC. While essentially serving as the administrative "heartbeat" of a small museum, which sees an average of 15,000 visitors annually, she recognized a lucrative opportunity for the institution to increase its revenue generation through private facility rentals.

In late 2011, Jane successfully lobbied the Director to allow her to take this project on and subsequently added an additional title to her already crowded business card: Private Events Manager. During her time at the museum, from 2011 to 2016, she helped generate an additional $400,000 through this program.

Jane is looking forward to contributing her polished set of skills to such a noble cause as The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and is excited to play an integral part in the growth of this organization.

 

 

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