Our Board Members consist of individuals with diverse backgrounds in business who are committed to advancing our mission
and supporting the success of each Sentinel within the program. Their leadership provides guided professionalism and a passion for helping wounded veterans complete their education and transition into successful post-military careers.

The board includes a mix of long-term members and two graduated Sentinels with the first-hand experience of the program. Together, they provide their time, talent, and leadership to ensure our passion for helping disabled veterans to complete their education and transition into successful post-military careers can continue long into the future.

Mike Conklin

Chairman and CEO
Sentinels of Freedom

The idea for Sentinels for Freedom began with our founder, Mike Conklin, whose son Kris was wounded in Iraq. While visiting Kris in the hospital, Mike spoke with others who were also wounded. It when then that he realized the tremendous physical and emotional hurdles these wartorn men and women faced when transitioning back to civilian life.  

Conklin established Sentinels of Freedom as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2007. Its mission is to provide severely wounded or injured post-9/11 veterans with comprehensive personal support and financial assistance as they complete their higher education and achieve success in their post-military careers. We are meeting our national responsibility as citizens to support those severely wounded veterans who have served and sacrificed to defend our freedom.”  

Mike Conklin

Chairman and CEO
Sentinels of Freedom

Mike Sandy

Board Secretary and CFO
Sentinels of Freedom

Kent Strazza

Board Treasurer
Managing Director, Alternatives Group
Franklin Templeton Investments (Retired)

Jason Church

Graduated Sentinel
State Counsel and Northwest Regional Director for
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson

Stacy Hadeka

Senior Associate in Government Contracts
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Mary King

Executive Vice President,
People & Culture,
Invenergy LLC

Ron Lowe

Major General Ronald Lowe, US Army (retired)
Executive Director of General Contracting (retired) AT&T

Chris Marzilli

Executive Vice President, Retired
Information Technology
Mission Systems General Dynamics

HT Tran

Graduated Sentinel
Community & Citizenship Manager
Turner Construction Company

Pete Walsh

Founder, President, and CEO
Owards LLC

Dan Coleman

Director of Design
Planning Engineering and Construction
for River Islands Development

David Halverson

Lieutenant General Halverson, U.S. Army (retired)
President of Cypress International

Samantha Chapman

Vice President of Programs
Sentinels of Freedom

Marty Kaplan

Board of Directors Secretary

“Without this program, I would not have internal peace or a place to call home. While we all have our ups and downs, life is a bit easier with Sentinels of Freedom. Thank you so much for continuing to support my career and educational needs. For life I will always give thanks to Sentinels of Freedom.”

Richard Casillas

U.S. Army, Bachelors of Sociology from California State University Long Beach