Thomas Bird – Board President – Tom is the founder and executive director of Walking Point Foundation. He served in Vietnam in 1965 – 66 as an infantryman with the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). He was awarded a Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, among other decorations. He founded and artistically directed the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theatre of New York for 12 years, receiving numerous awards for his work, including a Drama Desk award for Giving Voice to the Trauma of Vietnam. He co-produced Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam for HBO for which he received Emmy, Ace, and Peabody Awards. He also acted in the movie The Killing Fields.
Gary Huff – Board Secretary – Gary served as a civilian in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps in 1965 – 69 and spent a year in Vietnam stationed at Cam Rahn Bay, supplying U.S. Marine combat operations, most notably the siege of Khe Sahn in 1968 – 69. He is the founder and principal owner of Sea Wolf Digital: Invisible Technology, of Calistoga, CA, specializing in major security installations.
Amir Lahidji - Amir currently serves as CEO of The 360's Group Inc., a Silicon Valley financial assessment, business management, and licensing company. At The 360'd Group he plans corporate strategy, cost savings, and product development. The 360's Group has worked with The Thomas Kinkade Company, Shop HQ, Morning Glory Licensing, and QVC. Amir is founder of Save, a non profit foundation, and on the Board of Directors for Care.
Angela Nibbs - Angela is a veteran communications professional who works with emerging and established companies during critical stages of messaging, launching, and media outreach. A Native New Yorker and recovering attorney, Angela has held senior positions at H+K Strategies and Edelman Worldwide. She also founded maven communications, a high-level media relations consultancy. www.maven-pr.com
Leanne Gueco - Leanne serves as Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager for the
San Francisco Union Office of Comerica. In this capacity, she is responsible for
developing and maintaining long lasting relationships with Entrepreneurs, Nonprofit
Foundations and High-net worth individuals.Leanne committed over 14 years to the banking industry, developing an extensive knowledge in Bank Depository Products, Consumer lending, Treasury Management, Investments, Foreign Exchange, and Business Lending.
Michael Pritchard – Michael is a former probation officer, a comedian, and the host of 11 PBS series. He has traveled America and the world lifting children and families up with comedy for over 40 years. He appears in Happy, a movie about the neuroscience of happiness (which can be found on YouTube). His website is www.michaelpritchard.com
Paul Boehmcke – Paul is a retired senior executive with over 40 years’ experience in the Wall Street financial printing business at Bowne and Co. and Charles Young. He has been a fundraiser for the Archdiocese of Rockville Centre, NY, a publisher, and an entrepreneur. He also served as a board member of the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theatre of New York.
Ralph Maher – Ralph served in Vietnam as an infantryman and was awarded a Combat Infantryman Badge and Purple Heart, among other decorations. He was a very successful restaurant owner in San Francisco for 30 years. His former restaurants The Brazenhead and Liverpool Lils' are renowned in the city. He retired in 2006 and now serves on the boards of veterans’ charitable organizations such as Operation Open Arms and Walking Point Foundation.
Mike Sharpe – Mike has been a worker advocate representing the members of UFCW Local 648 working for Safeway, Walgreens and Lucky stores and other employers in San Francisco for 26 years and has been President of the local for the last 9 years . He brings his passion and his advocacy to Walking Point. "I Look forward to assisting the veterans returning home from both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in any way I can as my personal thank you for their service."
Kim Kelley – Music – Kim is an accomplished singer, songwriter and video director/editor. She graduated in May 2015 from USC with a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) with a speciality in veterans. Kim is an intern at The Pathway Home and also works in a Brain Study Group at the Yountville Veterans Home. Two of her songs in the here in the Blog section and her music video "Home" is in the Videos & Media section.
Victor Tardino, Jr. – Advisory Board - Vic is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Commander. He spent three years on various vessels, including the U.S.S. Wright, the National Emergency Command Post Afloat, serving as the Officer of the Deck. He served a year in Vietnam (1968 – 69) attached to the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Amphibious Force. He was a partner in the New York CPA firm Tardino, Tocci, & Goldstein, LLP, and is currently a professor at Norwalk, Community College in Connecticut. He also served as a board member of the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theatre of New York.
Abigail Brenner – Advisory Board - Abigail Brenner, M.D. attended New York Medical College and completed her internship and residency in psychiatry at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center. In practice for more than 30 years, Dr. Brenner is a board- certified psychiatrist and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is an accomplished author of 4 books and her blog, In Flux, appears monthly on Psychology Today.
Erin Bogdanski – Advisory Board
Susan Agudo – Web Design
Sira Anderson – Nonprofit Development
Cooley LLP, Palo Alto, CA – Legal Counsel and Representation
Victoria Cooper – Communications
Leah Jachimowicz – Web Design
Peter Klabunde – Print Design