MEET THE BOARD (alphabetical Order)
Chris is the Sunbelt Rentals Branch Manager for the Fayetteville Branch. Chris has been with Sunbelt for over 10 years and is responsible for over $11 million in Fleet and a staff of 16. He is married and has two well-mannered boys. Chris is a US Military veteran and has served a tour in Iraq. After he ended his military career he was fortunate enough to be able to stay around Fort Bragg and strives to make a positive impact in the community.
Darren, RHF’s Development Committee member, is the founder & CVO for Alpine Training Services LLC. A leading international specialty rigging (design/ build) & training corporation. He is a Senior Designer, Licensee & Business Developer for the “Ninja Warrior” obstacle course based television show. Additionally, he serves as advisor to the board for the Peak Rescue Institute and was previously a Professional Wild land firefighter.
Dick, RHF's Financial Committee member, and is Rick Herrema’s father. He has been VP and Treasurer of Great Lakes Painting and Decorating Inc. for 30 years. He has served as an elder at Forest Grove Christian Reformed Church for the last 9 years and Treasurer for 3 years and Chairmen of the building and grounds committee. Dick is also a board member at Hudsonville Christian School and a member of the building and grounds committee.
Elisabeth is the Chief of Protocol for US Joint Forces Command.
Jack, RHF's Physical Property committee member, was a Green beret officer who now owns and operates HOMEPRO USA real estate in Fayetteville, NC. He is married and has two beautiful daughters and several grandchildren. He has been a mentor for many young SF guys in our community over the years and continues to do so. He loves to hunt and fish and he and his wife dream of creating and running a similar center like Rick’s Place in the future as a place of restoration for those in need.
Joe, Vice President, is a Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of active duty service, 16 of which have been with Army Special Operations. Army life has taken Joe and his wife Patty to duty stations in Europe and across the US, where they have weathered many peacekeeping and combat deployments while raising their 5 kids. Joe worked side by side with Rick Herrema in the 101st Airborne Division, and is honored to serve the vision of RHF by helping to create a sanctuary in Fayetteville where families like his can come to find respite and renewal.
Jonathan, was a personal friend of Rick Herrema. He holds a BA from Campbell University and has served as Senior Pastor at Bethel Church from 2008-2015. Jonathan is known as an unofficial chaplain to many of the Special Forces guys who serve in the Ft. Bragg community as he has a unique way of connecting with some of our nations elite warriors. He is President of Angier Chamber of Commerce 2014 as well as a Certified Professional Life and Leadership Coach with Life-forming Leadership Coaching.
Josh, is an active duty soldier who joined the Army before 9/11 and has been overseas multiple times since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He currently serves on the board of directors and he along with his wife and the invaluable assistance of other dedicated supporters founded the Rick Herrema Foundation (RHF). RHF is dedicated to the memory of Josh’s best friend, Rick Herrema, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006. Josh has three children and, as a father and husband, knows first-hand the challenges of full time military service, Josh wanted to create a place that would honor his best friend by creating a retreat for still serving military families where they can come and spend fun, quality time with each other.
Ken is a former Paratrooper and Combat Engineer in the 82nd Airborne Division. Ken is a senior operations leader bringing more than 20 years’ experience across Healthcare, Service Industry, Manufacturing, Transactional Businesses, Federal Government, and Non-Profit industries in the deployment of small and large scale Business Transformations, Business Unit Leadership, Lean Transformation, Operational Excellence, Large Scale Program Management Office (PMO), Revenue Generation/Cost Reduction Initiatives, Strategic Planning & Execution, Executive Coaching, Operational Merger Leadership, and Business Turnaround deployments.
Kimberly, Treasurer, is an active duty military spouse. As a family, they have endured more than a dozen combat deployments. She is a beloved wife, friend and mother to two young daughters. She is also a former Army kid whose late father served in the Vietnam War. She has a degree in accounting and has spent most of her professional career working as an auditor and finance manager for local governments located near Ft. Lewis, WA and Ft. Bragg, NC.
Sam, President, is currently serving as a consultant to the U.S. Military. He is a U.S. Army veteran who spent his career in Special Operations serving in multiple combat tours. Sam is married to author, teacher, and counselor Kathy. They are the parents of nine children and two grandchildren. Sam served with Rick Herrema.
Ted, Governance chair, is an expert in organizational development. He served as a consultant to c-suite and senior leaders in NYC for 30 years before retiring to become an active executive coach and ethics and leadership professor of the practice at Duke University. Of note, he assisted the Central Park Conservancy in Manhattan transition from start-up to a robust organization. He continues to advise senior leaders in the US, Asia and Latin America. He has degrees in cultural anthropology, religion and organizational psychology. He is married to Allegra.
Tom, RHF’s Spokesman and Chairman of Development Committee, is a current Green Beret serving in 19th Special Forces Group. He graduated Georgetown Law with Honors before joining the military and he is also an investment entrepreneur and Principal at The Willis Group, which has completed over $8.4M in investment projects in venture capital and commercial real estate since 2003. Formerly, Tom served as an Attorney Advisor for a Federal Judge at the U.S. Tax Court. He also served as an International Attorney with the world’s largest law firm, Baker & McKenzie.
Our Board/Staff member:
Allegra, Secretary, Programs Chair, and Executive Director. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of RHF, Allegra helped develop superior leaders and teams so communities can prosper. She has worked at a high level in numerous industries in 16 countries and on five continents. Her generative outlook and generous approach have led to hundreds of millions of dollars of realized value, improved executive capacity, healthier global communities, creative content, and major awards. She holds an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a certification in leadership coaching from Georgetown University. She is a former US Air Force kid whose late father served multiple tours in Vietnam. She is married to Ted. They have four grown sons.