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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Robert “Bob” Klinger, LUTCF, CPIA, is the president and CEO of Klinger Insurance Group. Bob founded Klinger Insurance Group, an independent service-disabled veteran-owned insurance agency, in 1993. His agency has been offering personalized, expert service to individuals and businesses in the Washington, DC area and in 16 states across the country for over 24 years.

Bob’s passion and caring for our country and community is demonstrated in his 20 years of service in the United States Army. He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from the United States Army Officers Candidate School. Bob served as an Infantry Commander for the 1st Infantry Division under the Big Red 1. Before he retired from the military in 2008, Bob was wounded in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom and received a Purple Heart. He recovered at Walter Reed, and was fortunate to meet and receive assistance from Cindy McGrew at Operation Second Chance. While recovering, Bob continued to grow his insurance agency, as he was even more determined to make sure his clients and future clients receive the service and coverage they need to protect their families, their personal insurance needs, and their business insurance needs.

Within the past decade, Bob has joined many of the insurance industry’s major associations and has served in leadership positions on their boards. Bob is both a Board of Directors Member and the Treasurer of the American Insurance Marketing and Sales (AIMS) Society, and serves the Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers (DVIC) as the Regional Director for Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Bob is a former National Director for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), and is a member of the Member Agent Panel (MAP) under Insurance Agents & Brokers (IA&B). Previously, Bob was the Chairman of the Board for Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania under IA&B. Bob sits on the boards of several organizations so that he may take part in important decision-making and lobbying, allowing him to stay up-to-date on what is happening in the insurance industry. He does this so he can better educate his clients and inform them of any anticipated changes as they arise. Bob strives to be a mentor to his clients, employees, interns, and others.

Bob enjoys getting involved in and around our community, devoting time and funds to help local charities and provide scholarships to minority students. Several of the organizations that Klinger Insurance Group volunteers with include Operation Second Chance, Manna Food Center and the Smart Snacks Program, KindWorks, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Frederick Soup Kitchen, Hire Our Heroes, the Boy Scouts of America, Luke’s Wings, and Wreaths Across America. As a result of Bob’s leadership and the importance he places on volunteerism, Klinger Insurance Group employees are motivated and encouraged to give back to their community both individually and as a team.

Bob can be reached at r.klinger@klingerinsurancegroup.com

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Ryan Cooley is an integral member of the Jacob William Advisory team, a wealth management firm whose sole mission is to service their clients’ needs beyond their expectations. “My primary goal is to help clients identify and pursue their personal, financial, and business goals so they can live the life they choose. By being completely objective I can ensure my clients have all the tools and resources necessary to make the most beneficial decisions for the present as well as the future.”

Ryan first began working on his defining characteristics at Fort Benning, Georgia during basic training to become a U.S. Army Infantryman, in 1998. As a young private he learned the seven basic values of the U.S. Army: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. Since leaving the Army he has maintained these virtues and continues to live up to them in everything he does. He now helps his clients with the same solid foundation.

After leaving the military, Ryan attended the University of Maryland where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 2006 and a MBA in 2009.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time in the outdoors fishing and hunting. In an effort to give back to his favorite place, the Chesapeake Bay, Ryan is an active member of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland. Additionally, Ryan is also passionate about veteran’s issues and holds a seat on the Advisory Board for Operation Second Chance. Ryan is also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Ryan, his wife Germaine and two wonderful children reside in Urbana, Maryland. Aside from the outdoors, Ryan enjoys cooking, cheering on his son and daughter in all their activities and Maryland Terrapin sports.

Bob can be reached at r.klinger@klingerinsurancegroup.com