Meet Our Board Members
Cindy McGrew worked full time for 18 ½ years, at Legg Mason, now Morgan Stanley, as a Client Service Representative. She left her full time job to devote her efforts full time to Operation Second Chance. She began this mission of hope out of love for our country, pride in being an American and a huge respect for those serving in the military.
“I learned Patriotism and love for Country at a very young age. I have four older brothers that served in various branches of the military (2 Marines and 2 Army). Three of my brother went to war. My brother Ted was fortunate to have West Point as his duty station. My older brother was injured while serving our country. I remember how my brothers were treated when they returned home from Vietnam, and I vowed to do all I could to see that future heroes were not treated that way again. As a teenager I word a special POW/MIA bracelet as a constant reminder we still had soldiers missing… to this day, they are not forgotten.
Saying the Pledge of Allegiance every day in school as a child taught me to be very proud of my country. I still get chills when I say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing our National Anthem. Two of my brothers are now laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.”
In 2004, Cindy’s admiration and respect for our men and women in the military grew even greater when her friend when to Iraq as a civilian contractor, attached to the Stryker Brigade Combat Team. She learned of wounded troops from that unit, on their way to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and she began daily visits. She continues her visits as often as possible, and maintains great relationships with those she refers to as her ‘heroes’. It became apparent to Cindy that she needed to do more than just visit and bring items to the troops. In January of 2005, she began the process of setting up a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization, which was approved in March of 2005. OSC has provided more than $4 million dollars in emergency financial assistance and morale related activities to thousands of individuals, ranging in the prevention of homelessness, travel and lodging to morale boosting retreats, hunting, fishing and professional sporting events. OSC remains dedicated to assisting our wounded, injured and ill veterans and works hard to fill in the gaps when funding is needed.
Cindy learned that ‘Great determination was the key to overcoming most odds’. These service members are living proof of this. We have a new generation of veterans and OSC is committed to helping as many of them as we can. We will not stop until our mission is fulfilled. Cindy is the proud mother of one daughter, three sons, five grandsons and one granddaughter.
Tom works as a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services in Bethesda, Md., where he will shortly complete his 32nd year in the investment business. He works on a team with four other advisors and two administrative assistants. They make his work so enjoyable that he will literally have to force himself to retire in 2012 in order to do more traveling, which is his other passion in life. Earlier in his working career he spent four years as an active duty Naval Officer in the Division of Naval Reactors, which at the time was headed by the legendary ADM Hyman G. Rickover.
Tom worked with Cindy McGrew while both were at Smith Barney, and joined the OSC Board as Treasurer in April, 2009. He lives with his wife Suzanne in New Market, Md.
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Mark grew up in a Laurel, Maryland (a small town North West of Annapolis) where he currently resides with his wife Sue and their two children. Mark never served in the military however his father, a World War ll Veteran, instilled a good work ethic as well as a love for God and Country in him. As a young man Mark became a well known and respected hunter and fisherman within his home state of Maryland, and was asked to Pro-Staff for some of the Industries top companies.
It was during this time Mark was first able to give back to the sport that had given him so much by introducing young hunters to the sport, and teaching them like his father did for him. In 2004, Mark and a friend started a program called Handi-Capable Hunts for wheelchair hunters. In 2006, staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center learned of Mark and his friend's successful efforts through an article in the Washington Post. They reached out to the duo hoping they would be interested in taking some Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans out on a hunting outing. Needless to say Mark was honored to be asked to support these heroes and they agreed without hesitation.
In 2006 No Person Left Behind was founded and today it is known as Operation NPLB. "It has been and incredible journey and a great accomplishment for family and friends.
It's never been about me; I have been blessed to have a father and mother who loved me and never spared the rod. Good friends and family that have made me who I am today. A wife and kids that allows me to do the things my heart tells me. And a loving God that forgives me of my sins. Not to mention a country I believe in. If that's wrong so be it.
Mark "La cross" Hoke
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Deane is a Past President of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Foundation. He is a former member of the Montgomery County Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, has served on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, is Past President of the Rockville Jaycees, and is Past President of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce. He is a Fellow of the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
He was recognized as one of the top attorneys in Maryland for 2008 and 2009 by Law & Politics and the Baltimore Magazine, and in the D.C. Metro Area in 2009 in the D. C. Magazine's Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Section. He is a member of the National Registry of Who's Who, and was the founder and first President of the University of Maryland football support group, Maryland Gridiron Network. He has also tried cases in Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
He is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and has the highest rating, an AV rating, with Martindale Hubbell Law Directory.
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Ben Knisely grew up in Southwest Florida and entered military service via a direct commission following graduation from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Following 27 years of active duty he retired at the rank of Colonel from the US Army In 1993. That same year he joined Information Network Systems (INS) Incorporated, a Defense Services Company. In 2002 he was promoted to Senior Vice President directing the Medical Response and Security Operations (MRSO) Group of INS, Incorporated. In this position, he was responsible for the business operations of the Group, including strategic planning, program development, administration, and technical performance. In 2004, INS Incorporated was acquired by Lockheed Martin and Ben’s Group responsibilities grew to over 600 employees with a $120 Million dollar annual budget.
The primary activities and business lines of his Group responsibilities were: (1) Medical Logistics sustainment and planning; (2) Public Health Bioterrorism support and emergency response programs; (3) Security management services for the physical protection of critical infrastructure sites of national significance and; (4) Operational support for a select number of DOD and VA Telemedicine Research activities. Throughout his career, Mr. Knisely has been involved with emergency medical response, public health and special security programs.
He was a Medical Service Corps Officer and MEDEVAC Helicopter Aviator in the US Army. As a young Lieutenant, he was shot down by an enemy missile in Viet Nam and declared, MIA. Wounded with burns and a fractured ankle, he and his co-pilot spent 4 days without food and water evading enemy capture until finally being discovered and rescued by a highly publicized search operation of the 101st ABN Division. Following 9 months of hospitalization, he petitioned to remain on active duty and sequently completed a 27 year career. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991, he served as the Deputy Command Surgeon on the special staff of H. Norman Schwarzkopf at the Untied States Central Command.
Mr. Knisely received an A.A. Degree from Manatee Junior College in Bradenton, Florida, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Science in Systems Management (MSSM) from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Knisely is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Military Academy (SMA), Sarasota, Florida. He is on the board of Directors of Operation Second Chance, Inc., P.O. Box 461 Clarksburg, MD. He also serves as the Military Liaison Officer for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department.
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Mr. Larson is the Vice President for Strategic Business Development of Emergency Management and Medical programs for MacAulay-Brown (MacB). He served as the Program Manager for the Technical and Acquisition Management (TAMS 2 and 3) contracts at Eglin AFB, FL with 20 separate tasks orders supporting Air Armament Center customers, including the Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB, NM and the 46th Test Group at Holloman AFB, NM. Mr. Larson joined MacB in the fall of 1999 and has achieved steady growth in the Armament, Emergency Management, Medical, and Training areas since that time. These areas now include over 150 professionals supporting Air Force clients in areas of Acquisition Management, Logistics, Information Technology, Test and Evaluation, Budget/Financial and Cost Analysis, Full Spectrum Threat Response, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Training, and Combat Support programs. Mr. Larson contributes personally to these projects, primarily addressing issues of acquisition management, emergency management, contract management and administration, Weapons of Mass Destruction exercises and evaluations, test and evaluation efforts, cost/financial management, system acquisition/fielding/maintenance (the "life cycle support" functions), and program management -- all areas important to our customers.
Prior to joining MacAulay-Brown, Mr. Larson was with TRW, Inc. and BDM for seven years (1992-1999). He began service in 1992 as an acquisition manager for the BDM Corporation at Tyndall AFB, FL and later served as the Director for Readiness and Strategic Planning for TRW at Eglin AFB, FL. Before his entry into the contractor support career, Mr. Larson served 26 years in the Air Force, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He served at all levels of command, including two tours of duty in the Pentagon as a Program Element Monitor for Air Force Chemical/Biological Defense programs. He also served as the Systems Program Director for the Air Base Systems Program Office at Eglin and retired as the Vice Commander of the 3200th Support Wing at Eglin. Prior to his assignment at Eglin, he served as the Director of Chemical/Biological Defense Programs at USAFE Headquarters, Ramstein AB, Germany, and also served as the Deputy Base Commander at Zaragoza AB, Spain.
Mr. Larson graduated from the University of Arizona in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and earned a Masters Degree in 1982 from the University of Northern Colorado in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Acquisition Management for Senior Acquisition Officials.
Bob and his wife Molly have been involved in support activities for Operation Second Chance over the past three years, including helping with retreats in both Montana and Colorado, as well as attending and coordinating Combined Federal Combined Campaign meetings and fund raising event support.
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OSC Goals: To work with new local volunteers to rebuild and expand Durango Retreat Programs. I am currently working with other local organizations desiring to assist veterans and have established numerous positive contacts. I have also established working relationships with the Colorado VA Hospitals and will draw candidates from these organizations and other applicants in the OSC system. In partnership, we are starting an Adaptive Skiing, Camping, Rafting and Horse Riding Program. I am very honored to be a small part of Operation Second Chance and help my fellow veterans who are not as fortunate as I am to gain enjoyment/healing from our efforts. We must never forget who we serve.
Operation Second Chance: The Durango Adventure, Retreat Coordinator for two successful retreats and participated in two retreats at Red Lodge Montana. Assisted in writing the OSC Training Protocol for Retreats. Designed and manned a booth at the LaPlata County Fair for five days which raised $1500.00 dollars. I have helped raise over $10,000 addressing local civic groups, businesses and Electric Co-Op. Participated in four parades this year representing OSC.
Decorations: Three Meritorious Service Medals, Two Commendation Medals, One Air Force Achievement Medal, One Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Two Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Senior Security Force Badge and Master Readiness Badge.
Community Service: LaPlata Country: Big Brothers and Sisters ,Board member/President of a Home Owners Association, Thrift Shop Volunteer, Bayfield High School Tutor, Special Education, Civitain Member, Friends of the Library Vice President and Board Member of Hope Christian School. Member of Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church and currently a Church Elder.
Special Assignments: Sentry Dog Operations, Viet Nam, Strategic Air Command, Inspector General Team Member, Initial cadre to develop Disaster Preparedness Resourse Center and Committee Member, NATO Chemical Defenses Panel. Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4031 Durango Colorado, Post Chaplin. Annual member of American Legion Post 0211, Durango Colorado
Civilian Occupation(s): Los Alamos National Laboratory 1983 through 1993. Three years Group IT-1, Intelligence Division, five Years, Group MEE-3 Electronics Division, and two Years Support Section Leader, Electronic Division Office. Supported Seven Division Groups with Property Management, Safety, Security Environmental, and Space Allocation for ever changing scientific programs and experiments. Small Ranch Operator, Bayfield and Ignacio Colorado, 2004 through 2011.
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Scott Beaty was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school he received an appointment to West Point and graduated from there in 1973. He and his wife Sue married shortly after his graduation from West Point and have been married over 41 years.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant and branched into the Medical Service Corps. He served in a series of assignments in Germany, Washington D.C. twice, Ft Sam Houston twice, Hawaii, and Ft Sill, Oklahoma. He deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm while serving as the Commander of the 47th Combat Support Battalion and 47th Field Hospital. Scott completed the Armed Forces Staff College and an Army War College Fellowship at George Washington University. He retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1997.
After a one year stint at the Bank of Montreal’s Institute for Learning, Scott joined Shell Oil Company. In his nearly 14 years in Shell he served in a variety of HR, Learning and Leadership Development roles at the VP level. His final assignment with Shell he served as Shell’s VP, Learning and Organizational Effectiveness for Upstream Americas. Previous assignments included HRVP for Shell’s Upstream Americas business, as well as the Global Head of the Learning Services Practice. While living in The Hague, Netherlands he had oversight of all non-technical learning activities in Shell and supervised offices in Melbourne, Australia; Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, The Hague, London and Houston.
He has volunteered with Operation Second Chance for over three years. His focus has primarily been on those recovering from injuries at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He has coordinated retreats for these soldiers and their family members at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Shell Houston Open, the HP-Byron Nelson Pro-Am, the Web.com Pro-Am and the AAA/Texas 500 NASCAR race.
Scott and his wife Sue have two grown sons, one of whom served multiple combat tours with the Army’s 3/75th Ranger Battalion before returning to Dallas.
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Pete Hinz retired from Federal service in 2008 with 29 years of service as a Senior Information Technology Manager and a Management & Program Analyst with the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He retired from military service in November of 2013 after 38 years of active and active reserve service. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army including assignment to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, as a Courier Specialist for the Armed Forces Courier Service. After completing his enlistment, Pete took full advantage of the G.I. Bill to earn Bachelor and Masters degrees from Frostburg State University. While at Frostburg, Pete enlisted in the Maryland National Guard and became a combat engineer officer and later a transportation and support operations officer. He commanded and held primary staff positions at platoon through brigade levels. Pete’s final assignments were Assistant Division Commander of the 29th Infantry Division, then Assistant Adjutant General/Army Commander for Maryland. Soldier and family care and welfare were hallmarks of his command tours. His military recognition includes the National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Norwegian Foot-March Bronze Skill Insignia, and the Silver Order of the deFleury Medal.
In “retirement,” Pete serves as the President of the Board of Directors of BraveHEART, a newly forming non-profit therapeutic riding program for veterans and as Vice President of the Executive Board of the Maryland Military Historical Society. He free-lances as a professional writer/editor; his part-time work in a local bicycle shop complements his retirement passion for cycling. Pete is looking forward to his first RiDe Allegheny.
Diane Morales recently retired as president of DMG Enterprises, a defense logistics systems integration and supply chain management consulting company. In 2004, the Honorable Ms. Morales resigned her position as Deputy Under Secretary of Logistics and Material Readiness for the Department of Defense. In addition to the directorates of supply, transportation, logistics systems, maintenance, materiel readiness, logistics programs and planning, the Defense Logistics Agency, a combat support agency with more than 21,000 employees operating a $35 billion business, reported directly to her. Ms. Morales was named one of the top 20 Logistics and Supply Chain Executives in the U.S. for 2002-2003.
Previously Ms. Morales was president of Defense Management Services [DMS], Inc., a logistics/supply chain management consulting services firm. From 1990 to 1993, Ms. Morales served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics where she coordinated a comprehensive post Cold War restructuring of defense logistics to consolidate and streamline organizations and operations. Ms. Morales served in this capacity during Operation Desert Storm and played a substantial role in addressing airlift and sealift requirements.
Ms. Morales was born in Houston, Texas, graduated. from the University of Texas in Austin, and is married to James N. Glerum, former director of special operations for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Hank Tuell grew up in Oklahoma and entered the military service as an ROTC graduate from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Tuell served worldwide in a variety of command and staff positions in military hospitals, medical evacuation units and on the Department of the Army staff during his 29 years of Army service. During his varied Army career, Mr. Tuell served as a Medical Service Corps Officer and MEDEVAC helicopter aviator. He served a tour as the Garrison Commander of Fort Detrick MD. In that position, he directed the total reengineering effort of installation activities focused on total quality management and better business practices. He also served a tour as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Medical Command. He provided leadership and oversight in the activation and design of the Medical Command to conform to the Army's Force XXI concept.
Following retirement from the Army in 1997, he joined Logistics Management Institute as a research fellow in the Distribution and Health Systems Logistics Program. His work centered on reengineering the acquisition support for the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. He also worked in support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the development of a capstone document for Force Health Protection. He served as a senior medical logistics consultant to CDC in developing and managing the Strategic National Stockpile and support for their emergency deployment efforts.
In 2002 Mr. Tuell joined Information Network Systems (INS) Incorporated as a Vice President. He provided operational oversight for the Medical Response and Security Operations (MRSO) Group. He continued to support CDC's response activities and manage medical logistics and operations support for the Medical Research and Material Command at Fort Detrick, Maryland. In 2007, after a transition period following the purchase of INS by Lockheed Martin, Mr Tuell joined MacAulay Brown, Inc. as their Senior Director of Medical Program.
Mr. Tuell also serves as a Medical Logistics Consultant for the World Health Organization. During the H1N1 Pandemic Influenza outbreak in 2009-2010, Mr Tuell participated as a member of an international traveling team to assist all member nations in preparing their national pandemic response plan.
Mr. Tuell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University, and a Masters of Health Administration from Baylor University. He resides with his wife Linda in Red Lodge, Montana.
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