Foundation Leadership

The Navy SEAL Foundation board and staff guide the philosophy and direction of the Foundation in the course of fulfilling its primary mission. Many Foundation leadership members have personal experience as members of the Naval Special Warfare community, making them familiar with the unique challenges and rewards associated with service in this elite fighting force.

Senior Staff and Directors

  • Robin King

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Scott Burke

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Alison Messick

    Programs Director

  • Meaghan Martinak

    Development Director

  • Chris Irwin

    Communications Director

  • Carolyn Petschler

    Development Director

    North East

  • Owen O’Shea

    Development Director

    West Coast

  • Erin Huffaker

    Development Director

    South Central

  • Lisa Wagner

    Development Director

    North Central

  • Mindy Franklin

    Programs Manager

    East Coast and Europe

  • Beth Holland

    Programs Manager

    West Coast and Pacific Islands

  • Marlessa Buergler

    Events Manager

Board Officers


VADM (Ret) Sean A. Pybus

The Pybus Group
Odessa, FL
BUD/S Class 105
Vice Chairman

CAPT (Ret) Robert Smith

BUD/S Class 166

Jack Daly

San Francisco, CA

Jelani Hale

National Resilience Inc.
Ketchum, ID
BUD/S Class 233

Muneer Satter

Satter Investment Management, LLC
Chicago, IL

Board Directors

SOCM (Ret) Eric Adamski

BUD/S Class 185

CAPT (Ret) Christopher Cassidy

President and CEO
National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation
Arlington, TX
BUD/S Class 192

Henry Cornell

Founder and Senior Partner
Cornell Capital, LLC
New York, NY

Tony Duynstee

Vice President
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
San Diego, CA
BUD/S Class 226

Sean Freitag

Vice President
The Blackstone Group
BUD/S Class 243

VADM (Ret) Robert S. Harward, Jr.

BUD/S Class 128

Christopher D. Heinz

Pittsburgh, PA

CAPT (Ret) Matt Hickey, Medical Corps

Occupational / Undersea Medicine Specialist
Norfolk, VA
BUD/S Class 141

William Hodge

Managing Director
Raymond James
Houston, TX
BUD/S Class 227

Gene Mak

Head of Operations
BUD/S Class 250

Joel S. Marcus

Executive Chairman and Founder
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
Alexandria Venture Investments
Pasadena, CA

Michael C. Martin

Managing Director
Walleye Capital, LLC
La Jolla, CA
BUD/S Class 210

Dino Mavrookas

Software Investor
Vista Equity Partners
Austin, TX
BUD/S Class 255

Ted Muhlner

Vice President
Redpoint Resolutions LLC
San Francisco, CA
BUD/S Class 229

Stephanie Osler

Director, Mental Health
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Virginia Beach, VA

Tom Prescott

President and CEO (Ret)
Align Technology, Inc
Scottsdale, AZ

William H. Strong

Anzu Partners, LLC
Naples, FL

Timothy B. Phillips

Chief Legal & Risk Officer
American Cancer Society, Inc.
Marietta, GA
BUD/S Class 166

Board Advisors

VADM (Ret) Albert M. Calland, III

BUD/S Class 82

VADM (Ret) P. Gardner Howe, III

BUD/S Class 131

RADM (Ret) Garry J. Bonelli

BUD/S Class 51

RADM (Ret) D. Brian Hendrickson

BUD/S Class 171

RADM (Ret) Brian L. Losey

BUD/S Class 126

RADM (Ret) Kerry M. Metz

BUD/S Class 149

RADM (Ret) William H. Payne

BUD/S Class 89

RADM (Ret) Gary W. Rosholt

BUD/S Class 106

RADM (Ret) Raymond C. Smith

BUD/S Class 54

RADM (Ret) Edward G. Winters, III

BUD/S Class 112

RDML (Ret) Craig E. Dorman

BUD/S Class 32

RDML (Ret) Alexander L. Krongard

BUD/S Class 138

RDML (Ret) Scott P. Moore

BUD/S Class 126

RDML (Ret) Thomas R. Richards

BUD/S Class 55

RDML (Ret) Thomas W. Steffens

BUD/S Class 47

RDML (Ret) George R. Worthington

BUD/S Class 36

FORCM (Ret) Clell W. Breining

BUD/S Class 101

FORCM (Ret) Stephen D. Link

BUD/S Class 116

FORCM (Ret) Michael L. Magaraci

BUD/S Class 155

FORCM (Ret) Richard M. Rogers

BUD/S Class 71

FORCM (Ret) Steven D. Studdard

BUD/S Class 137

FORCM (Ret) Andrew J. Tafelski, Jr.

BUD/S Class 111

FORCM (Ret) Timothy R. Zimmerman

BUD/S Class 138

Honorary Board

Jerry Bruckheimer

Founder and President
Jerry Bruckheimer Films & Television

SOCM (SEAL) Edward C. Byers, Jr., USN, (RET.)

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, 2016
BUD/S Class 242

CDR Norman J. Carley, USN (Ret.)

BUD/S Class 51

Dr. Robert M. Gates

22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense
RiceHadleyGates LLC

Kenneth C. Griffin

Founder & CEO
Citadel Securities

Edward S. Hyman, Jr.

Evercore ISI
Founder and Head of Economic Research Team

Robert A. Iger

Executive Chairman
The Walt Disney Company

The Honorable J. Robert (Bob) Kerrey, USN (Ret)

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, 1970
BUD/S Class 42

The Honorable Michael D. Lumpkin, USN (Ret.)

Former Special Envoy for the Global Engagement Center
U.S. State Department
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC)
BUD/S Class 162

Nancy & Howard Marks

General James Mattis, USMC, Ret.

26th Secretary of Defense

ADM Michael G. Mullen, USN (Ret.)

17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

LT Tom Norris, USN (Ret.)

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, 1976
BUD/S Class 45

Stephen A. Schwarzman

Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder

SOCM (SEAL) Britt K. Slabinski, USN (RET.)

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, 2018
BUD/S Class 164

Mike Thornton, USN (Ret.)

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, 1973
BUD/S Class 49

Loralee S. West

*BUD/S = Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL