Michael Schlitz, US Army Ranger veteran [Director of Veteran’s Affairs – Veterans’ Spirit]
Service-disabled Veteran, Board member of GallantFew, Inc. Michael has received many awards including the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal 2nd Award, Army Commendation Medal 5th award, Army Achievement Medal 7th award, Good Conduct Award 4th award, National Defense w/ bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal.
Tim is a former US Army Ranger w/ Cco 2/75 Ranger Bn., and the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard) Caisson Plt. He is also a Hollywood actor who’s starred in films and TV, such as “We Were Soldiers…”, “Hatfields & McCoys: Bad Blood”, Jerry Bruckheimer’s TV series, “Soldier of Fortune inc.,” “Soldier of God”, ” JAG”, “CSI: Miami”, “CSI: NY”, “Sons of Anarchy”, to name a few and has just completed Navy Veteran and director, Georgia Hilton’s, feature film shot aboard the USS Lionfish submarine. “Subconscious”, is being dedicated to SFC Michael Schlitz and a portion of the proceeds will go to help grassroot veteran organizations like GallantFew to help veterans transition back into civilian life and to help stem the alarming veteran suicide rate. He has also been hosting the Outdoor Channels “Grateful Nation”, for seven seasons, which tells the stories of our wounded and returning warfighters while afield. Tim is the former Chairman of the Board for GallantFew and a current board member for GallantFew and American Soldiers Network.
Jon Barton, US Marines veteran
Serving 10 years in the Marines, Jon Barton earned his combat and weapons experiences as a US Marine infantryman (0351) in Operation Nobel Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Owner, Tactical Media Group and Brotherhood Brewing Company.
U.S. Marine veteran, Hollywood Actor, and Co-Founder of RethinkingAutism.com, an organization whose mission is to change the autism conversation and improve the quality of life of autistic people.
Charles Brown, US Army Sergeant First Class
Charles Brown is a Service-Disabled Veteran who served honorably for over 15 years. In his Army career he has had many roles ranging from Combat paratrooper to Army Recruiting Station Commander. Mr. Brown is the CEO of Exodus International. Host of the MyVetZone radio show. Mr. Brown holds an MBA and Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Marketing. Mr. Brown is also trained in recruiting strategies and trends by the Department of Defense, and is certified to identify talent and fit by both the *Gallup® and *Talent +® * organizations. *Gallup Strength finder™* Talent +® Clinic Director Interview Analyst (CDIA) *Talent+® Clinician Interview Analyst (CIA) *
Shawn Cooper, US Marine Veteran
US Marine Veteran who severed six years as a Public Affairs Officer. Shawn Cooper earned an MBA from Northwestern’s JL Kellogg school of Management and is the President of TCG Consulting, Inc, a market research and marketing communications consulting firm.
Lisa Deuker, US Army Veteran
Combat Medic in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with Bachelor’s degrees in both Marketing and Management.
Major Chris Dougherty, USAF
11 Combat Deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Awarded USAF Combat Action Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Air Medals, 3 Aerial Achievement Medals, Pilot for JetBlue and current Air National Guard C-130 Pilot.
Michael Dowling, US Marine
Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran turned actor, producer, author, and advocate for veterans. He was awarded the Navy Commendation medal for his work while being a part of the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion(2008-2010.) He is part of the producing team at Blue Three Productions, a military veteran owned and operated company, and author of “Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog.”
Jolisa Webb Dudley, USAF Veteran
As a decorated Veteran and retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, Ms. Dudley has over 20 years of executive, analytical and leadership expertise in strategic human resources management and services, with demonstrated success in the areas of personnel, training, protocol, and military equal opportunity. She has held a variety of key leadership positions, including Executive Officer, Squadron Section Commander, Chief, Military Personnel, and Chief Air Force Military Equal Opportunity. Additionally, Ms. Dudley has 8 years experience working for the Department of Defense, Headquarters, United States Air Force, and Defense Agency staffs, emphasizing leadership skills, long-range planning, and organizational management.
Chuck Fountain, US Army Ranger Veteran
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from 1988-1993. Partner at Habersham Beverage Warehouse in Savannah, Ga. Member of the Board of Directors or the Georgia Alcohol Dealer’s Association. Founder and President of the 1st Ranger Battalion Sua Sponte Foundation which maintains the Ranger Memorial at Hunter Army Airfield and provides for the needs of Rangers and their families in times of crisis.
Jeffrey J. Mellinger, US Army Command Sergeant Major (Retired)
CSM Mellinger’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2d award), Bronze Star Medal with V, Meritorious Service Medal (8th award), Army Commendation Medal (7th award), Army Achievement Medal (4th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (13th award), Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 8, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3), and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals to name a few., CSM Mellinger is a member of the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution, a Distinguished Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and has been presented the Order of Saint Maurice (Primicerius), the Order of the Combat Spur, the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and the General Brehon B. Somervell Medal of Excellence.
Major Lynwood Metts, USAF (Retired)
Retired Air Force Major, Lynn is a Special Operations service-disabled Veteran, and President/Founder, Vista Tek, Inc. Mr. Metts brings 31 years of consulting and systems integration experience having served 20 years in the US Air Force.
Karl Monger, US Army Ranger veteran
Karl is a Social Services Entrepreneur and Societal Problem-Solver. He is an Army Ranger Veteran with ten years experience leading and training combat soldiers in the US Army, including three years as a personnel and planning officer in the 1st Ranger Battalion. Karl Founded GallantFew, Inc – a nonprofit serving Veterans to reduce suicides and increase employment. Karl is also the Owner/Principal of DriPowder, LLC – driving business development for organizations lacking the ability to grow internally.
Phyllis Newhouse, US Army (Retired)
A service-disabled Veteran who Retired from the United States Army in 1999, having served her country for three decades. She is the President and owner of Xtreme Solutions, Inc. Recently she received the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women award and her company was also awarded the designation as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in America. She has worked tirelessly as an advocate for homeless Veterans supporting Quest 35 in Atlanta. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO).
Craig Sawyer, US Navy
A decorated combat veteran with service connected disabilities. Craig spent his adult life in the Marines, Navy SEAL teams and Federal Air Marshal Service. Today, Craig is an actor, tech advisor and tactical trainer, appearing often on History’s Top Shot and serving as on-air consultant to CNN, Fox News MSNBC and CBS on Navy SEAL operations