Meet Our Board Members

Founder & CEO

”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.”

Director of Retreats

Colonel (USAF Retired) Robert Larson serves as the Director of Retreat programs and Vice President of Operation Second Chance. He served for 26 years in the US Air Force with most of his years of his service in the Emergency Management career field, serving at all levels including two tours of duty in the Pentagon. His career included assignments in numerous commands, and Eglin AFB, FL, where he served as the Director of the Combat Support Program Office, leading the development and fielding of combat support equipment throughout the AF. He was selected in 1990 as the Vice Commander of the 3200th Support Wing, one of the largest Air Force bases Wings in the free world.

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Tim is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and a member of The Wharton School’s Executive Leadership Program and Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to effect, in a meaningful way, the lives of those who defend America’s freedom. They pay the price – we reap the rewards. Having never personally served, supporting the OSC cause is the least I can do.”

Attorney for OSC

Deane is a former President of the Montgomery County Bar Association & a former member of the Montgomery County Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission. He has handled cases in Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia. Florida, Maryland & Pennsylvania & Virginia. I have never served in the Military, but my father served as a First Lieutenant in the Second World War. I am honored to do my small part to assist our courageous injured & ill veterans who protect our freedom each & every day.

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A former MIA from the Vietnam War, Colonel Ben Knisely is a retired Army Aviator (MEDEVAC helicopter pilot) who spent a full year of his life in military hospitals recovering from combat wounds. A former corporate Vice president, Ben admits that his work today with Operation Second Chance, is a “Labor of Love” and a chance for him to “give back” in honor of those heroic soldiers who saved his life a half century ago.

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Army Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy Ret. served two tours with the 187th Infantry Regiment, a component of the 101st Airborne Division. He was medically retired in 2007 after being catastrophically wounded in an IED blast.

Post-surgery, he graduated from college, competed in marathons, and emerged as a key public advocate for wounded veterans. Luke is a keynote speaker and frequently gives talks on overcoming adversity.

Find him at lukemurphy101.com.

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Lt. Col (Ret) Lourake retired form active duty where he last served as the Director of Plans and Programs under the Air Force District of Washington, and Special Air Missions pilot at Andrews Air Force Base. Until recently, he served as Director of Veteran Outreach at the Minnesota based Veterans Airlift Command. A veteran centric non-profit that provides free air transportation to post 9-11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.

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Pete is BG (Ret) and 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 also on the Ride Allegheny planning committee.

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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.

Ms. Morales was named one of the top 20 Logistics and Supply Chain Executives in the U.S. for 2002-2003.

She is married to James N. Glerum, former head of special operations for the Central Intelligence Agency. 

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Clark Wagner founded the Ride Allegheny bike tour in 2001 which has raised in excess of $3,000,000 in the last 10 years for Operation Second Chance. He is chair of the Ride Allegheny Planning Committee which meets monthly to organize the annual event held every October.

He is Vice President of Entitlements and Land Acquisition for Pleasants Development in Clarksburg, MD and currently lives on a small farm in Lovettsville, VA with his wife Lisa and children, plus their horses, lambs, donkeys and chickens.


Meet Our Honorary Board Members

Honorary Board Member

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. 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.

Honorary Board Member

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. 

Hank is retired COL and one of the highest decorated pilots
of Vietnam.

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John currently works with other local organizations desiring to assist veterans and have established numerous positive contacts. He also established working relationships with the Colorado VA Hospitals and will draw candidates from these organizations and other applicants in the OSC system.

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Honorary Board Member

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Scott 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 is COL (Ret).

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