Angels of America’s Fallen is a 501(c)3 charity that was founded on the idea that, with an average age of seven years old at the time of loss, the children of our fallen have lost their parent at the most crucial developmental time in their life. There should be specific support for these children now with guidance and healthy outlets during adolescence. We stand with them during this critical time.
All of our board members have served in the military, worked with law enforcement, or worked with fire fighters. Each has experienced the loss of a friend that was serving our country. Knowing what was most important to them, we believe it is our duty and an honor to assist all children of our fallen.
Board Of Directors
Chairman of the Boardtraviswright@aoafallen.org
Travis has over 21 years of military service as an Army helicopter pilot and staff officer at the national level in the National Capital Region. He was responsible for developing policy for National Guard Counterdrug aviation prior to developing strategic plans for Counterdrug programs and funding in 54 states and U.S. territories. He has regular interaction with military and governmental leaders at the state and national level discussing Counterdrug issues and policies. He is a US Army Master Aviator, an FAA Certified Commercial Pilot (Airplane and Helicopter), and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Travis earned a Bachelors of Science in Professional Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2007, and a Masters of Science in Project Management at The George Washington University in 2010.
Travis is currently serving as the National Guard Liaison to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President.
Chairman of the Board
Rick enlisted in the United States Air Force after high school graduation in Cincinnati, Ohio, and continued active service until retiring as a Colonel 31 years later. Serving initially as altitude chamber physiological training instructor, Rick completed his bachelor degree and was selected for commissioning through Officer Training School. After a short assignment as a disaster preparedness officer, Rick was selected for pilot training, and after earning his wings he flew all over the world supporting missions as an air refueling pilot in the KC-135 and KC-10. His staff tours were focused on personnel assignments and leader professional development.
Following his Air Force career, Rick moved with his family to Colorado Springs, and applied his military experience to defense contractor positions with NORAD and US Northern Command, and the Missile Defense Agency. After work, Rick pursues his passion to help youth develop into neighbors we want to live next door. His volunteer work includes youth sports coach in soccer, baseball, and basketball, and Boy Scouts assistant scoutmaster, merit badge counselor, and high adventure leader.
Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Park University, and a Master of Arts degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.
Lieutenant Colonel Craig Temmer has over 31 years military experience including enlisted service as a helicopter crew chief in the Marine Corps from 1981 to 1984, and as an officer in the Army from 1984 to present. He is the Branch Chief of National Guard Training and Education (J723), North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
He also serves as acting President for the Pike's Peak Chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America, as the President of the Rocky Mountain Alumni Association for Delta Sigma Phi, and was a former Board Member of the Colorado Federation for Drug Free Youth, a not for profit Anti-drug Coalition.
Craig earned a Bachelors of Art in Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado in 1984 and a Masters of Science in Systems Safety Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2009.
Shelli served many years as a teacher in public and private schools before moving into leadership and curriculum development roles. After teaching in diverse environments including aboard a Choctaw Indian Reservation and at an Armenian private school, she served as the Director of Family Child Care for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort from 1995 to 1998. She served in the same capacity after she transferred to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL from 1998 to 2001. Since 2003 she has been the company treasurer for a multi-unit residential property company.
Shelli earned a B.S. degree in early childhood education from Troy University.
Joe served in the military for 25 years from Private to Lieutenant Colonel with 25 combined years as an enlisted Army cannon crewman in a field artillery unit, a Marine Corps fighter pilot flying F/A-18 Hornets, as a flight instructor, and as a transport pilot, and as an Air Force reconnaissance pilot flying the RC-26. He supported local, state, and federal law enforcement including the FBI, DEA, and U.S. Secret Service. He served at the National Guard Bureau in Washington DC as the Counterdrug Aviation Section Chief, Chief of Domestic Operations, and Chief of Federal Operations Programs. He retired as a Lt Col from the Air Force in 2011 after completing his final tour at the United States Customs and Border Protection's Air and Marine Operations Center.
After retirement, Joe founded Angels of America’s Fallen to serve the children of our fallen military, coast guard, and first responders. Having lost friends in each service, and knowing the ages of their children, he recognized a crucial gap in the support being provided to these children who had just lost one of their biggest mentors. With the mentoring of his own sons being his biggest concern if he should not return from one of his missions, he felt the need to reach out and help provide mentoring and developmental opportunities that matched each child’s individual interests and needs. He developed Angels of America’s Fallen as a way to proactively engage the children of our fallen in healthy activities under the guidance of a coach or instructor where they could excel and develop their very own strong sense of self worth.
Joe earned a B.S. in Physical Science with dual minors in Business and Criminal Justice from Troy University. He is working towards a Masters of Public Administration and Graduate Certificates in Fund Raising and Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
He resides in Colorado Springs with his wife of over 21 years and two sons. He is a volunteer at New Life Church where he serves the Men’s Group and Military Outreach Programs. Joe is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Clay has over 27 years service as an officer in the Army and Navy. He has in-depth work experience as a physician, pilot, test engineer, author, editor, educator, research scientist, and building contractor. He is a proven aviation trainer and program/project manager in multiple, diverse fields. Specialties include aerospace engineering; residential real estate; risk and safety management; aerospace medicine; human anatomy and physiology; whole animal research (physiology/pathophysiology); and ACLS/ATLS/PALS/NALS instruction; commercial pilot; rotary and fixed wing single- and multi-engine flight instruction (FAA) and flight test; helicopter aerodynamics; new residential construction and renovation. He has served as: SAR Officer, Civil Air Patrol, Leesburg Composite Squadron (VA-117); scoutmaster at Troop 20, BSA, Oak Hill, VA; mentor at Wounded Warrior Program; Health Systems Specialist at Veterans Health Administration; Helo Aero Course Director at Training Air Wing Five; naval aviator/flight surgeon at US Navy; and as a US Army airborne infantry officer, and senior army aviator.
Clay earned a Bachelor of Science, Applied Sciences and Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point; a Masters of Science, Systems Management at the University of Southern California; and both a Doctorate of Medicine and a Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Robert is a First Officer on the Boeing 777 at American Airlines. He served 12 years as a Navy fighter pilot flying the F/A-18 Hornet before joining the Air National Guard where he flew F-16 Falcons. He served six years at the National Guard Bureau in Washington DC as the Chief of Domestic Operations and Chief of the Support Branch before retiring as a Lt Col.
Robert earned a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1985, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey- Camden in 2007.
Vanessa Riley Harris
Vanessa Riley Harris is a native of Dothan, AL. She is a graduate of Dothan High School and a graduate of Wendy Ward Charm School, where she discovered a passion and acumen for modeling and the fine art of etiquette. Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Florida. She also earned Associates of Science Degrees in Information Management and Education & Training from the Community College of the Air Force. Although Vanessa vigorously pursued an education, she still found time to dedicate time to her passion and produced and modeled in numerous fashion shows across the United States. Her experience led to her selection as host of the the auditions for the Air Force finest, “Tops in Blue,” an elite showcase of Air Force professional entertainers that travel the globe. In addition, she has starred in Air Force movies that displayed the dangers associated with drug use.
While serving in the military, Vanessa immediately became aware that her skills in etiquette were a must at high-level events and political gatherings. She regularly interacted with top-tier state, local, and federal decision makers with confidence – knowing that her twenty years of etiquette training gave her the tools and knowledge needed to carry herself with style, elegance, and grace. In addition, she provided professional leadership, technical expertise and assisted with coordination and planning as it related to development of comprehensive Drug Demand Reduction programs and initiatives.
Vanessa retired from the United States Air Force in September of 2010. She spends her time teaching etiquette to children, teens, and adults through her company, Ladi Vee’s Etiquette and Consulting (LVEC). When Vanessa is not out providing etiquette-training sessions, she is producing and coordinating her fashion shows throughout the United States. Vanessa always strives to make a difference in the lives of others by helping them to understand the importance of treating others with respect and knowing the right behaviors necessary to handle all situations with style and grace. Because of her passion and desires to challenge others to achieve, Ladi Vee officially established Ladi Vee’s Etiquette & Consulting (LVEC), in Waldorf, Maryland in 2010.
Vanessa Riley Harris
Pete served as a U.S. Army officer for 27 years. Over time, Pete was an aviation commander, a tank leader, a paratrooper, a strategist, and an expert in joint, multi-agency and multinational leadership. He served as an air cavalry troop commander on the West German-Czechoslovakian border at the end of the Cold War and also served two combat tours—one as an aviation commander in Iraq and the other as the Director for Operations (CJ3) for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Pete is a published author on issues of national security and organizational effectiveness. While still in uniform, he taught executive-level decision making to senior U.S. Government leaders while assigned to the U.S. Naval War College, the Brookings Institution and the Marine Corps War College. He continues to mentor and coach leaders today.
Currently, Pete is the Co-Founder of D.A.R. Partners, a consulting firm specializing in helping companies leverage their data to create new markets, develop new data services and use that data to make better decisions.
As the Operations Committee Chair, Pete integrates the supporting activities throughout the AoAF stakeholder network to help as many children as possible.
Pete lives in Virginia with his wife, Irene. They have three adult children.
Fundraising Committee Chairrego@aoafllen.org
Dennis is employed as a defense contractor at Peterson, AFB. He is very involved in youth athletic activities. He has been coaching lacrosse since 2008 and has conducted fundraising events with the Denver Outlaws and Denver Avalanche. Dennis Rego has organized multiple groups in support of AOAFallen's fundraising goals. He partnered with the Air Force Academy firefighters which resulted in Angels of America's Fallen being selected as the charity for the Guns and Hoses firefighter's vs police softball tournament. Dennis resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Fundraising Committee Chair
Mathew comes from a long line of veterans, firefighters, and public servants. He is the acting chairman of the marketing and media committee for El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition. He is completing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration with certifications in Nonprofit Management and Homeland Defense at the University of Colorado. He resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Board Of Advisors
Bobby rejoined The Charles Group, LLC as President in April, 2005 after serving from 2003 to 2005 as Assistant Secretary of State, for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), under Secretaries Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. His tenure in the Bush Administration led to the development of strong international relationships, which reinforce his strong ties with many in Congress and the administration.
Charles founded The Charles Group, LLC in 1999 upon leaving service as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice Subcommittee (GRO) in the House of Representatives from 1995-1999. Charles also served Subcommittee Chairman J. Dennis Hastert, onetime Speaker of the House, as chief staffer to The Speaker’s Task Force on a Drug Free America from 1997-1999 and as top staffer to the Bi-Partisan Drug Policy Group from 1995-1999. Charles maintains strong ties with House leadership.
A former litigator in New York and Washington, Charles worked at Weil Gotshal & Manges and Kramer Levin between 1988 and 1995, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and taught both Government Oversight and Cyberlaw at Harvard University Extension School from 1998-2001. In 2000, he was awarded Harvard's prestigious Petra T. Shattuck Award for Excellence in Teaching by the University. In the first Bush administration, Charles served in the White House as Deputy Associate Director, Office of Domestic Policy and served as a temporary appointee in the first-term Reagan White House during three stretches of 1981, '82 and '83.
A regular writer and commentator in print and broadcast media, Charles remains close to many top decision makers in Washington, and formerly penned a column for the Washington Times. He authored Narcotics and Terrorism, a 2004 volume explaining national security and homeland security implications inherent in the worldwide illicit drug trade. He has also authored a number of academic studies and law review pieces. He was a Navy Intelligence Reservist for ten years, and served on active duty at the Pentagon immediately following the September 11th attacks.
Charles received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in New York, M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in England, and A.B. from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Raised in Maine, he now lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.
<span style="color: #5a5a5a">Since 1996, Dean has been coaching and facilitating programs for groups and individuals around the country on many organizational, interpersonal and personal topics. With his extensive coaching and training background, Dean has partnered with executives, managers, and front-line employees. Dean's experience in the fields of manufacturing, aerospace, financial services, health care, oil and gas, and non-profits demonstrates his ability to quickly adapt to the unique needs of each industry. </span><br style="color: #5a5a5a" /><br style="color: #5a5a5a" /><span style="color: #5a5a5a">As a keynote speaker, Dean has had the opportunity to influence leaders at the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies, regional leadership conferences and respected international non-profit organizations. He is also a contributing author for a top 20 leadership blog, and has been an expert guest on Effective Leadership Strategies radio program which broadcasts in 50 states and 113 countries. He has trained Fortune 100 companies on topics such as High Risk Termination, Executive Protection, Work Place Violence and Drugs in the Workplace with training from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). </span><br style="color: #5a5a5a" /><br style="color: #5a5a5a" /><span style="color: #5a5a5a">Dean is a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Business. He is an active member of the International Coach Federation, Denver Coach Federation and is credentialed through The Coaches Training Institute. He is currently coaching leaders in Asia, South Africa, Egypt, Uganda, Latin America, New Zealand, Europe, and North America. </span><br style="color: #5a5a5a" /><br style="color: #5a5a5a" /><em style="color: #5a5a5a">"I've had the great pleasure of working with Dean over the last 6 months and I strongly believe his services has given great value to our company. Due to his coaching abilities, I have noticed that great things have emerged in our company and has impacted our Safety Culture." - Nicho Arredondo, Health Safety Environment Manager, Precision Drilling
"Dean's insight, enthusiasm, and his light hearted delivery created an atmosphere that challenged people and stimulated growth. As a facilitator he kept my entire company engaged and his follow-up promoted an "always learning" environment." Shane Michelli, CEO/President, Easton Mountain Products (formerly with Evolved Industries)
"Every time I am with Dean, whether it is working together in a corporate setting or climbing a high mountain pass, he provides keen insight into human relations and development. I would strongly recommend utilizing his expertise." Kurt Leander, Assistant to the Chairman, Focus on the Family</em>
Suzi Phillips was born and raised outside of Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a degree in American Studies. After years of teaching in the public school system, she and her husband began raising a family. They helped establish a church plant in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where she participated in a two year lay-counseling training program. In 2005 the family relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado when her husband accepted a job in ministry with Focus on the Family. Suzi began homeschooling the children and joined her husband in ministry when possible.
After his sudden death in 2010, Suzi and her three boys began a difficult grief journey, but found that it was filled with the faithfulness of God. Family, friends and church members came alongside them offering help and support as they walked through this valley of grief. After receiving her own grief counseling, she participated in another lay-counseling training program at New Life Church. She later enrolled in a Masters Degree Program in Counseling at Liberty University. Through this trial, she discovered the value of healing in community with other people. Suzi joined the staff of New Life Church in 2012 providing Pastoral Counseling for women. She loves walking with others through life’s trials and testifying to the hope that is found in Christ alone.
&lt;p style="color: #5a5a5a"&gt;Mark has served his community as both a volunteer and paid firefighter. He served 22 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, where he completed two combat tours in the Middle East.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p style="color: #5a5a5a"&gt;Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, graduating summa cum laude, from Concord University, Athens, WV. After retiring from the Air National Guard,he earned a Juris Doctorate from the West Virginia University College of Law and is now an attorney focusing on Labor and Employment law with Steptoe &amp;amp; Johnson, the largest law firm in West Virginia.&lt;/p&gt;
Kristine Rego has established fundraising campaigns and running teams to benefit the children of our fallen. Her leadership resulted in a team running the 191 mile Epic Rocky Mountain Relay.
Paul is a sports recovery and training expert. He has organized events including teens doing timed performance activities to raise awareness for Angels of America's Fallen. He and his seven year old son, Cayden, have completed endurance events raising awareness for Angels of America's Fallen
Joe Lewis served in three different branches of the military and lost friends in each service. He also worked extensively with city and state police, FBI, U.S. Secret Service, DEA, Sheriff Departments, and U.S Customs and Border Protection officers. He recognized the risks our military and first responders take serving our country and communities. Joe realized the children of the fallen he knew were always very young at the time of loss, and he worried about what support and guidance the children were receiving when they moved back home without their hero.
Before retiring from active duty, Joe researched and discovered the average age of the children of our fallen at the time of loss was just seven years old. What he had seen typically offered to help these children was college scholarships – a wonderful gesture, but not something that helped during the most crucial developmental time in their life. He knew while he was on active duty if he should not make it home, his greatest concern for his sons was for them to grow up to be strong and healthy young men in his absence. After he retired he knew he was blessed to have made it to be there for his sons, and he felt a strong calling to provide support for the children of his fallen brothers and sisters. He knew there should be specific support for the children of our fallen with guidance and healthy outlets during adolescence, but found there to be a critical gap in support provided to them during this time. Because of this, Joe formed Angels of America’s Fallen, a 501(c)(3) charity, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2012.
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