ABOUT

Board of Directors 
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Dave Henderson 
Founder and President

Dave is currently the owner of Stronghold Group. 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 Major in the US Army Reserves. He received his MBA from Penn State University in 2015, and his Bachelor's from West Point in 2007.

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.

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.  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. 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.

 

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Amanda Po
Design Committee Chair

Amanda is a CW2, 125D, Geospatial Engineer Technician for the 28ID, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. I've served two tours in my 14 years of service and preparing for my 3rd. As a full time civilian, I support the Warfighter at the Army Geospatial Center in Alexandria, VA. I provide Geospatial Support and services to the warfighter and their units as they prepare for mobilization. .

Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) , 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard (14 years in service). HHBn, Bravo Company - GEOINT Chief. 2 military deployments ( Iraq 2009, Kuwait 2018).

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Carlo Aragoncillo
Design Committee 

Carlo Aragoncillo was born in Yokota, Japan – his father’s first United States Marine Corps duty station. At the age of three, his family relocated to Philadelphia where they lived on the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for several years. Carlo’s family later moved to Deptford, NJ where he graduated from Deptford Township High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007 and a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University-Camden in 2010.

Carlo joined the United States Army in October 2011, and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, GA. Upon graduating from OCS in 2012, Carlo commissioned as a Signal Corps officer. During his career, Carlo served as a Battalion IT Manager,
Platoon Leader, Direct Signal Support Team Officer in Charge (DSST OIC), Company Commander, Public Affairs Officer, and Brigade IT Director. He supported the New Jersey National Guard 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry (1-114th IN) during state active deployment in response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He
deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS) and Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) from 2016 to 2017. Carlo has been assigned to the following units: 439th Multifunction Medical Battalion at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; Bravo Company, 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion at Tobyhanna Army Depot; 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; and 304th
Civil Affairs Brigade at Bristol, Pennsylvania. While deployed overseas, he served as the DSST OIC at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq in support of Task Force Al Asad (TFAA) and Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).

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Debby Derricks
Advisor

Debby Derricks is a proud third-generation Philadelphian and dedicated advocate for local Veterans. She has extensive experience in the private, non-profit and public sector, including diverse projects within political campaign management, communications consulting, and business development. Most notably, Debby was one of the original founders for the Pennsylvania GWOT Memorial and helped spearhead the initial concept design, fundraising, community outreach, and partnership development. 

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