Board of Trustees
COL(R) Harvey (Barney) Barnum, Jr. USMC
Medal of Honor Recipient
HON Norman R. Augustine
Former United States Under Secretary of the Army
GEN(R) Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF
15th Chief of Staff of the Air Force
COL(R) Jack Jacobs, USA
Medal of Honor recipient and military analyst for NBC/MSNBC
Mike (“Coach K”) Krzyzewski
Mens Basketball Head Coach at Duke
Honorable Tidal W. (Ty) McCoy
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Washington Capital Partners, LLC
Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.
President of National-Louis University
GEN(R) Peter Pace, USMC
16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
CEO of RotoHog.com
Jan C. Scruggs
Founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
HON Deborah Wince-Smith
President of the Council on Competitiveness
HON R. James Woolsey, Jr.
16th Director of Central Intelligence
VADM(R) Dan Cooper, USN
Former Under Secretary for Veterans Benefits
ADM(R) Thomas Hayward, USN
Chief of Naval Operations for the United States Navy
Former NFL quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins
Partner, Hogan Lovells
RADM(R) Terry "T" McCreary, USN
Chief of Naval Information
William F. Murdy
Former CEO of Thayer Leader Development Group
BG(R) John W. Nicholson, USA
Former Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission
MCPOCG(R) Vince Patton III, USCG
Eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
GEN(R) William R. Richardson, USA
Former Commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
SGM (R) John P. Strock, USA
HON G. Kim Wincup
Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board
Executive Director: Kristina Kaufmann
Kristy has served as an advocate for military and veteran families for over 15 years and is a subject matter expert regarding the mental health impacts of war on military families. Her publications and media appearances include the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, CNN, NBC, FOX and ABC. Kristy has briefed congress on several occasions and speaks at conferences across the country. In her role as the executive director of the Code of Support Foundation, she combines her first-hand experience as a wartime Army wife with her knowledge of research, programs and organizational strategies to raise awareness, inform policies and facilitate collective effort necessary to meet the needs of the military/veteran families. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, and a native of New Rochelle, NY.
Program Director, Case Coordination: Chelsea Hilton
Chelsea oversees Code of Support’s case coordination program, assisting service members, veterans and families (SMVF) across the country by directly connecting them to the services and support that meet their immediate, short and long term needs. She helps provide wrap around services by vetting individual cases and organizations, tapping into various types of resources, tracking progression, and following up even after the needs are met. Chelsea is actively involved in advocating for SMVFs and finding creative ways to help Americans bridge the civilian-military divide. Prior to joining COSF, Chelsea worked in customer service, advocacy, and fundraising positions with The Housing Foundation, TD Bank, Colleges Against Cancer, and Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. She attended the University of Maine and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Development. She is the granddaughter of a Vietnam Veteran and a cousin to several active duty service members. Through her passion of serving, she is extremely honored to be working with and supporting our military/veteran communities.
Director of Communications: Shane Cooke
Shane seeks to educate and engage the public about the service and sacrifice of our service members, veterans and their families. Growing up as the son of a Marine, Shane has always had a passion for issues facing the military community and foreign policy. After his father got out of the Marine Corps his family settled in Warrenton, Virginia. Shane holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of Virginia where he concentrated in Foreign Affairs and Comparative Policy. Shane is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Public Relations Society of America. When he is not busy managing Code of Supports social media efforts, Shane likes to spend time outdoors or watching the Washington Nationals. He is proud working to support our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their families in crisis.
To learn more about Shane, check out our blog.
Director of Development: Patricia Gross
Patti Gross joined Code of Support Foundation as its Director of Development. She has 20 years of development experience in military support, arts and humanities non-profits and nearly 30 years working with and supporting the military. Prior to joining Code of Support, Patti was Chief Development Officer for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. She also spent over 7 years with the Coast Guard Foundation ending as Vice President of Corporate and Government Relations.
Patti worked with corporate and individual donors to provide support to the many programs and projects of the Foundation. She also functioned as the liaison to Coast Guard headquarters, working with staff and senior leadership on all aspects of Foundation work; supporting the Foundation President's initiatives with Coast Guard Headquarters and served as liaison to other Governmental and Military entities including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pattiserved as the Vice President of Member Services at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association becoming the Association’s first female and non-graduate executive. Patti also worked at the Connecticut Humanities Council and Summer Music, a classical music festival in Connecticut.
Prior to moving into the non-profit arena she spent nearly a decade in the computer services department at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. In June 2012 she completed the Women in Power: Leadership in a New World course at the Harvard Kennedy School. Patti is a Coast Guard survivor, having lost her husband of 22 years in November 2010. Her father and three uncles all served in the United States Navy.
Program Director, PATRIOTlink™: Simmone Quesnell
Simmone oversees Code of Support Foundation's new initiative PATRIOTlink™, a cloud-base resource navigation platform for service providers. Her passion for supporting the military community stemmed from her father’s service in the Air Force and her work with military families in her AmeriCorps term. After her term, she worked directly with active and veteran military families providing support through various programs focusing on holistic healing and resiliency skill training. She holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University with a focus in Leadership. When she is not at COSF, she is most likely exploring hiking trails in the area or learning to cook a new dish. She is honored to have the opportunity to find new ways to best support our nation’s military service members, veterans and their families.
Education and Engagement Program Specialist: Alexis Leilani Grems
Alexis Leilani Grems was born and raised in Honolulu, HI and later moved to New York where she attended Vassar College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in English. Alexis spent a semester abroad in London, attending King’s College. Further, she spent 2 years working for Alumni Development at Vassar and volunteered on the Student Gift committee all four years, raising the most money of any student in a single year. During her summers, she interned at the FBI in Honolulu as well as at the San Diego Democratic Party and was a summer teaching assistant at the prestigious St. Andrew’s Schools. After college, she moved to Alabama to work with Impact America, a non profit dedicated to empowering and promoting change within the community.
Strategic Partnerships Coordinator: Kelsey Wolfe Davis
Kelsey Wolfe Davis is an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Code of Support Foundation as their Strategic Partnerships Coordinator. She is from Greenville, Ohio. This past May, she graduated from Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. While attending IU East, she was an active member of the campus and worked in a variety of different offices, including the Admissions Office and the Humanities and Social Sciences Advising Office. She currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Storm – an active duty member of the United States Air Force. Together, they have two adopted rescue dogs, Gilbert and Wrangler.
To learn more about Kelsey, check out our blog.
Information Delivery Specialist: Vince Sullivan
Vince Sullivan is an AmeriCorps VISTA from Roanoke, VA who works to assist in the development of PATRIOTlink, Code of Support’s online searchable database of resources and services. He consistently updates and thoroughly vets PATRIOlink through profiling and engaging new potential organizations. In 2013, Vince graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Prior to becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA, Vince was serving a 10 month assignment with AmeriCorps NCCC-FEMA Corps in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. as their National Disaster Recovery Support Coordination Specialist. While in FEMA Corps, Vince successfully completed a variety of different assignments including rewriting the Basic Workshop in Emergency Management for the state of New Jersey, facilitation of emergency preparedness programs, the development of a database for FEMA Corps, and the 100% inventory of all IT equipment for all of FEMA. In his spare time, Vince likes to play basketball and hang out with his pit bull, Boss.
PATRIOTlink Program Specialist: Kate Hurney
Kate Hurney joined Code of Support Foundation in February of 2016 as a Program Specialist for the PATRIOTlink program. Having shared office space with COSF at her previous non-profit, Kate witnessed first hand the success of the Case Coordination team in navigating services for those in the military space with complex needs. Kate has a background in operational management, primarily in the financial and legal sectors. She looks forward to contributing to the success of the PATRIOTlink program and is proud to have joined the dedicated team at COSF.
PATRIOTlink Program Specialist: Alison Ashcroft
Alison Ashcroft was born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Newport News, VA. She attended Old Dominion University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She spent several years working with Alzheimer’s patients, many of whom were veterans. Alison moved on to work at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) and has performed various tasks for four aircraft carriers (CVN 76, CVN 77, CVN 78, and CVN79). While working at NNS, she has served as a designer, a material cataloger, a nuclear quality inspector, and a material forecaster. As a Program Specialist with Code of Support, she assists in the development of PATRIOTlink by researching, profiling and vetting organizations for inclusion in the PATRIOTlink database. Away from the office, Alison enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and spending time with her cat, Fleury.
Veteran Peer Navigator: Phil McMillan
Phil McMillan is a Veteran Peer Navigator here at Code of Support Foundation. As a disabled veteran, Phil assists his fellow warriors and their families by providing peer support and assisting them in their time of need. Before joining Code of Support, Phil served three years in the Army as an Infantryman in the 1st Calvary Division where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He also volunteered at the Fayetteville, VA Medical Center as a Veteran Peer Support Specialist where he assisted OEF/OIF veterans with the difficult transition from military to civilian life. Phil holds a B.A. in Sociology from Fayetteville State University and relishes the opportunity to assist his fellow veterans on a national level. Phil lives in Alexandria with his wife, Felicia, and their two children, Omar and Zoe.
To learn more about Phil, check out our blog.
Veteran Peer Navigator: Steven Routt
Steven Routt is a Veteran Peer Navigator serving veterans and their families with Code of Support Foundation in Northern Virginia. Steve is a veteran himself of the US Army, US Army Reserve, Arizona National Guard, and Hawaii National Guard. He is also head of the support team (along with his two sons Dylan and Heydn) for his wife of 25 years LTC Jennifer Smith-Heys, USA.
Steve has held several MOSs in his military service- 96R Surveillance Specialist, 67R Apache Crew Chief, 68W Combat Medic, and M6 Nurse. He has served in Panama, Honduras, Arizona, Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, and deployed in support of OIF/OEF.
Steve graduated from Augusta College in Georgia majoring in Criminology, Sociology, and minoring in Cultural Anthropology furthering his academic desires as a “lifelong learner” at George Mason University. He has earned a Nursing license, Realtor’s license, EMT-I, NRA Rifle/Pistol, Field First Aid instructor certifications and is currently working towards Clinical Massage Therapist certification.
While Jennifer was instructing at Ft. Huachuca with the Officer Basic Course, Steve opened Trail Boss Outfitters, a boutique retail location dealing in firearms, training, and specialty equipment. He continues to pursue entrepreneurial satisfaction through personal business endeavors.
Along with hours spent each week in support of Boy Scouts of America Troop 4077 as Scoutmaster, Steve volunteers with his community association, CAUSE, Wounded Warrior Mentor program, and local schools. Steve is an avid photographer. He also finds a moment to mountain bike, fly fish, hike and camp, as well as participating in shooting sports.
To learn more about Steve, check out our blog.