Founders

COL. JOSEPH D. SNYDER, USMC Ret.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / BOARD CHAIRMAN

MILITARY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Col Joe Snyder

  • Graduated 1966 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, A.B. Communications
  • Alumnus Naval War College, Armed Forces Staff College
  • Vietnam Vet 1968-1969
  • Helicopter Pilot, Naval Aviator
  • Career Marine for 25 years
  • Motivational Speaker for Military Pre-deployment & Post-deployment for 15 years
  • Flew 1,200 combat missions in Vietnam; awarded 60 Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Commander Reserve Support Unit at NAB Coronado 1977 – 1980
  • Commander Reserve Support Unit at MCAS El Toro 1980 – 1985
  • Worked for President Ronald Reagan 1985 – 1988, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
  • Inspector General, Marine Corps Air/Ground Combat Center 29Palms, California 1988 – 1990
  • Two-term Mayor 2002 & 2004, city of Dana Point
  • Reside in Capistrano Beach since 1973
  • Current Member Advisory Board of Saddleback College Foundation

SGT. PHIL WISE, U.S. Air Force
BOARD MEMBER

phil_wiseCAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Born and raised in Flint, Michigan
  • Enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from South Western high school
  • Medical Technician, 1973 – 1975
  • Operation Babylift aircrew, C-5A crash survivor
  • Mott Community College graduate, 1978
  • ABC News Magazine 20/20 Interviewee, Operation Babylift & its aftermath
  • Author, “Fragile Delivery”, an Operation Babylift story

JESSICA NGUYEN
BUSINESS MANAGER/OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

  • Key employee in designing and implementing business plans and strategies to promote company’ goals
  • Ensuring that the company has adequate and suitable resources to complete its activities
  • Organize and coordinate operations in ways that ensure maximum productivity and safety
  • Follow-up with donors, volunteers, supporters
  • Ordering office supplies and other items relating to daily business operations
  • Goals oriented, details oriented, hard working, people person, integrity, dedicated

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