Meet our Advisory Board Members

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I joined Operation Second Chance because it gives me the opportunity to say thank you to the people who have defended our country and who have suffered some horrific injuries to make sure my family is safe. As I've said many times since joining Operation Second Chance, I will never have another bad day when I think about the hardships our wounded soldiers endure on a daily basis recovering from their injuries."

Tom has owned and operated Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling in Gaithersburg for 21 years. His office has been awarded the District Office of The Year 12 times since 1991.Tom has been in the construction field for 24 years. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1979 and moved to the Washington, DC area in 1983. Before becoming the owner of the PDR office in Gaithersburg, he was Vice President of a foreign manufacturer, marketing several products to the construction industry. Tom lives with his wife and two children in Ijamsville, MD.

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Walt is one of the original co-founders of Ride Allegheny (a bicycling ride from Pittsburgh PA to Gaithersburg MD) and the founder of Paddle Second Chance (a Stand Up Paddle board race on the coast of Delaware) dedicated since 2005 to raising funds for Operation Second Chance (OSC). Since that time he has played an instrumental role in raising over $ 1,700,000 for OSC.

Walt has been in executive positions in the Healthcare IT space for over 30 years and currently works for SAP in their healthcare innovations and strategic alliances group. Walt completed his bachelor’s degree at West Virginia University and his master’s degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in Health Services Administration. He and his wife Valerie currently reside in the Peninsula Community on Indian River Bay on the coast of Delaware. They have three wonderful daughters, Emily and Natalie currently working and living in the DC metro area and Madeline completing her environmental sciences degree at Old Domino University. All of whom play an active role in philanthropic events for OSC and other worthy causes.

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Native Buckeye from the great state of Ohio. Enlisted in US Navy 1974, entered U.S. Naval Academy 1975 graduated with an Ocean Engineering Degree and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Tours onboard U.S.S. Mississippi (CGN-40), qualified Engineer on ships nuclear power plant before moving onward to U.S.S. Josephus Daniels (CG-27) where he became Surface Warfare Officer qualified. Deployments in the Mediterranean, North Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, & Caribbean. Shore tour teaching NROTC at The Ohio State University, before leaving active duty in 1988. Master's degree from The Ohio State University and licensed Professional Engineer. Reserve Engineering Duty Officer from 1988 until retirement in 1998.

Account Manager/Engineering Sales for Boland for 21 years. Various leadership roles in Scouting program for 15+ years. Active boater, scuba diver and fisherman.

Married to my wonderful wife of 30 + years Therese. Three children, LT Jason Shell, U.S. Naval Academy Graduate 2005, Rhodes Scholar. Masters Degree Oxford, England. U.S. Navy Special Operations (EOD). Justin Shell, Webb Institute Graduate 2008, currently Master's degree IED Venice, Italy, 2011. Christie Shell, Business Major at the University of South Carolina.

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Cara is a not-for-profit leader increasing impact and funding for cancer research, sustainable energy, and public education. She serves as Development Officer for the following initiatives, including the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program, which transitions STEM professionals and military veterans into second careers in education.

Cara has previously worked in three different sectors on three different continents, and is currently earning her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, while serving as Vice President of Women’s Business Connection and Director of Challenge for Charity. Her thesis project focuses on strategic U.S. market entry for a Finnish energy management firm.

Cara is a retired professional dancer for a wide variety of musical artists, as well as the New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Washington Redskins and the U.S.O., through which she developed the utmost reverence for our nation's armed forces.

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Born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Ryan enlisted in the U.S Army after high school. While in the Army, he served as an Infantryman in the 25th Infantry Division with the 1/14th Golden Dragons. After his enlistment, Ryan returned to Maryland to go to college and plant his roots. He attended The University of Maryland where he earned a degree in Economics and then went on to University of Maryland University College where he earned his MBA.

Ryan stays busy working with his clients as an Associate Wealth Advisor with Jacob William Advisory, in Timonium MD. He also enjoys spending time outdoors. His favorite pastimes are fishing and hunting on the Chesapeake Bay, as well as watching his kids play their various sports.

Ryan lives in Urbana, MD with his wife Germaine, and along with their son and daughter.