ABOUT

Board of Directors 
Dave Henderson 
Founder and President

Dave is currently the Director of Operations for Mission1st Group, Inc., a defense company that specializes in secured communications and cryptology solutions for the Department of Defense and other US federal agencies. After graduating from West Point in 2007 as a Field Artillery Officer, Dave served two combat tours in Mosul, Iraq and one combat tour in Khost, Afghanistan. While Dave left the active duty Army in 2013 as a Captain, he still serves as a Reserve Officer in the 5/98th Psychological Operations Battalion. He received his MBA from Penn State University in 2015

Steve Phillabaum
Vice President

Steve is current board President of The Veterans Group, Treasurer and Founder of the Philadelphia Veterans Parade, and Speaker for the Travis Manion Foundation.  He led US Navy Sailors and Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom for 5 years, responsible for immediate combat engagement and point defense of strategic infrastructure in the Northern Arabian Gulf. Steve also spent several years working for Datalogic Industrial Automation, a world leader in the material handling industry. He advanced through technical and managerial positions to include finance, engineering, new product development, and project management.

 

Today, Steve is responsible for sales growth at Lamb Financial Group, the nation's fastest growing privately held insurance brokerage.  He leads a team that protects organizations that positively affect the lives of others.

 

A Philadelphia Business Journal Veteran of Influence Awardee, Steve is a published author on key risk management issues and serves many community organizations.  Steve is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he played NCAA Division I Water Polo and received his MBA from Saint Joseph’s University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business.

Paul Fischer
Treasurer

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Paul attended Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School where he graduated with honors in 1999. Upon graduating, Paul chose to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  In 2003, Paul was selected and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.  After completing combat leadership training in Quantico, Virginia and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Paul joined Echo Battery, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines in Camp Pendleton, California.  In 2004, Paul deployed to Ramadi, Iraq as a Platoon Commander where he led 40 Marines in combat security operations for 7 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Upon returning home, Paul was promoted to First Lieutenant and quickly deployed again as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit that provided training for host nation countries in support of the surge of forces in Iraq during 2006.  
After multiple deployments abroad, Paul was selected to be the Operations Officer for Marine Corps Recruiting Station Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  During his two and a half years serving on Recruiting Duty, Paul led his team to win the Commandant’s Superior Achiever Award, which recognizes the top Recruiting Stations in the country in both 2009 and 2010.  In 2010, Paul was selected to attend Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia, where he graduated with honors in 2011.
In 2011, Paul was named Commanding Officer, Battery G, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  As Commanding Officer, Paul deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he led 120 Marines and over 100 Afghan and Jordanian forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  During this deployment, Paul was awarded the Navy and Marine Commendation Medal for Combat Valor.  Paul returned home to his family in 2012 and was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2013.  
Paul subsequently transitioned to a career in Medical Device Sales and currently works at Medtronic as the Sales Director for the Northeast Region in the Heart Valve Therapies Division.  In addition, Paul volunteers his time as an ambassador for the Travis Manion Foundation and is an active member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.   
Paul holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the United States Naval Academy and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University in June 2016.
Paul has been happily married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 12 years. They have three daughters: Carly, 11, Gabrielle, 8, and Katie, 4. Paul and his family reside in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.            

Board Members and Advisors 
Timothy Wynn
Board Member

Timothy Wynn is a United States Marine Corps Veteran who served from 1999- 2003. During his enlistment he was stationed at Camp Lejeune. He also served in Iraq during the initial invasion in 2003 with 2 nd Military Police Battalion. He has an Honorable Discharge as a Sergeant (E-5).  Timothy Wynn is currently a Veterans Certified Peer Specialist in the City of Philadelphia.  He is the Coordinator of the Philadelphia Veterans Court Mentor program, which provides peer to peer support to Veterans involved in the criminal Justice system. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tim dedicates many hours advocating for and supporting local Veterans in the Philadelphia area.

Janine Curran
Advisor 

Janine Curran is a United States Navy veteran who served from 2006- 20011. During her enlistment she was stationed on the USS Carl Vinson. She has an honorable discharge as a 3rd Class Petty Officer (E4).  Janine Curran is currently the program manager of Care Crew, the AmeriHealth Caritas associate volunteer program where she leads 2,600 associates to find and fulfill volunteer opportunities.  She is a mentor in Philadelphia Veterans Court Mentor program, which provides peer to peer support to Veterans involved in the criminal Justice system.

Bryan Lentz
Advisor 

Bryan Lentz attended Valley Forge Military College, Class of 1984 and Georgetown University Class of 1986. He is currently an attorney at the law firm of Bochetto and Lentz, PC.
Following his graduation from Georgetown, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. He was ultimately assigned to the Second Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. after completing the Infantry Officers Basic Course and U.S. Army Ranger School. He completed 4 years of active service as an Airborne Ranger Infantry officer. After leaving active duty he entered law school at Temple University, graduating in 1993. His first job out of law school was at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office where served for six years developing a specialty in the prosecution of violent gangs and juveniles. While at the District Attorney’s office he began
service as a Civil Affairs officer in the Army reserves. In 1998 his reserve unit was activated for service in Bosnia where Lentz served for 8 months as an Army Captain commanding a multinational unit responsible for organizing reconstruction projects in areas damaged and disconnected by the civil war. One of his first projects was the organization of a joint Russian/American/Muslim/Serbian bridge reconstruction project which was completed with military civilian assets in order to reconnect Muslim and Serbian communities. He received the NATO Joint Service Commendation for his service in Bosnia. In 2003 he volunteered to return to the reserves in order to command a Civil Affairs unit in Iraq during the second year of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the city of Mosul. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Service for his time in Iraq.

In 2006, Bryan was elected to represent the 161st Legislative District in the Pennsylvania General Assembly where he served two terms. While in the legislature Lentz served on the State Judiciary committee and was a leading advocate for legislation aimed at the reduction of gun violence including sponsoring legislation to close the so called Florida Loophole. In 2010, Lentz ran unsuccessfully as a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 7th District of Pennsylvania.

From February of 2011 until October of 2013 Bryan was the Chief of the Philadelphia Regional Gun Violence Task Force. Under his leadership the Task Force investigated and prosecuted straw purchasers of firearms and implemented innovative gun violence reduction strategies like Gunstat and Focused Deterrence.

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