Nick Velez | Founder and President
Nick is a native Californian. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2005. In 2006 Corporal Velez deployed with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines as part of the Surge Strategy into the most dangerous cities of Iraq. Nick is the owner of Bastard’s American Canteen – proudly named after his battalion. Through his business and network, Nick discovered that his passion for helping Veteran’s with PTS was his calling. He remains a staunch advocate for the Veteran community he proudly serves through outreach and fundraising efforts to give back to those in need.
Ernesto Delgado | Vice President
Ernie is a Vietnam Veteran and spent thirteen months in Vietnam serving with 3d Battalion, 26th Marines in some of the toughest fighting during the historic urban battle of Khe Sanh. He was a squad leader and Grunt in an era of war that rivaled by few others. Still missing the chaos of battle, Ernie has nonetheless stayed connected to the brotherhood of Marines and has dedicated himself to helping others, like him, that battle the effects of PTS.
Scott Huesing | Executive Director
Scott is a proven combat leader. A retired United States Marine Corps Infantry Major with 24 years of honorable service, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer. During his career spanning 10 deployments he conducted operations in over 60 countries. Throughout his numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa he planned, led, and conducted hundreds of combat missions under some of the most challenging conditions. The bestselling author of Echo in Ramadi, he speaks and volunteers to serve our veteran warriors through outreach and mentorship programs to keep our veteran tribe strong and connected.
Eulalo “Lalo” Lopez | Program Director
Eulalio is an emergency room and mental health nurse with fifteen years of active duty and Naval Reserve service. He served as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman with the United States Marine Corps during combat operations in Iraq. He has operated in the most challenging environments and collaborated with military services around the globe in medical and research programs. His experience helps support the mission of Save the Brave and the Veteran communities they serve. He is an avid outdoorsman, angler, and horseman and shares his passions to help bring veterans together in a safe environment to heal and connect.
Thom Foster | Area Outreach Director
Thom retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant Major with 30 years of active service. His distinguished career spanned the fields of legal, recruiting, and infantry. He has multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan and has held senior leadership positions in aviation, communications, and infantry units with include 2d Battalion, 4th Marines. Throughout his career Thom has led thousands of Marines, both at home and overseas, in some of the most difficult and austere conditions. Thom’s continued commitment to serve and mentor veterans makes him an invaluable asset to the team, and the veterans STB serves.
Michelle Ginn | Chief Business Development Officer
Michelle is a steadfast supporter of our military and veteran community. She has over thirty years of executive leadership experience. During a long career at the Coca-Cola Company, she managed high-profile partnerships such as Disney and Del Taco. Michelle then led real estate and technology organizations to deliver results consistently. She served as the CEO of a sizeable non-profit, managing nearly four million in revenue and 100 employees. Michelle is a proven leader who drives positive change and creates strong partnerships. Michelle's strategic vision is an integral component to support Save the Brave's mission and help our veteran tribe.
Manuel “Manny” Maeda | Secretary
Manny is a former Sergeant in the US Marine Corps with 8 years of service — from team leader to platoon sergeant, he led Marines in countless combat operations in the Middle East. Additionally, he instructed at 1st Marine Division Schools preparing small unit leaders for combat deployments. He now serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Bastards American Canteen and Chairman for MPOD Management Group. Manny is an avid outdoorsman and has dedicated countless hours of his time to continue to serve and support Save The Brave outreach programs and our Nation’s veterans.
Gary Warren | Chief Financial Officer
Gary is a retired Marine Officer with 25-years of service. He served in various financial management positions throughout his career. As a veteran of Iraqi Freedom, he established Marine Corps Disbursing policies that remained in effect from the early stages of the war in 2001 during critical operations. He now acts as the Comptroller for Navy Region Southwest, Reserve Component Command, San Diego accountable for over $100M in operating budgets. Gary continues to volunteer serving with Navy supporting mobilized Sailors returning from overseas deployments.
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