MG Richard E. Stephenson, Chairman Emeritus, a graduate of West Point, has made major contributions to the Army and Army aviation for more than 40 years as a combat aviator, logistician and retiree. Many of his innovations have had dramatic impact on Army aviation. Today, he is co-founder and President of America's Huey 091 Foundation.
Gary Lawson, a Partner at Strasburger & Price, LLP Dallas Texas is a highly regarded lawyer, co-founder of America's Huey 091 Foundation and several other non-profit organizations, including Medisend International. Gary was the Vice Chair in 2009, and is now serving his second year (2012 & 2013) of SnowballExpress.org, a non-profit dedicated to helping children who lost a parent in the military since 9/11.
Gary was selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines, 2007, 2008, 2012 & 2013.
In 1997 Gary Linfoot became a member of the Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) serving in combat as a "Little-bird" pilot.
Bill Chatfield served as the Director of the U.S. Selective Service System, appointed to that position by President George W. Bush, the Nation's 43rd President. Bill now chairs the initiative to return the iBOT Moblity System to production.
Donna brings years of corporate managment experience together with a passion for helping our veterans to our Board. Donna Chairs our veteran selection committee, helping determine the right technology for the injured veterans who apply for our assistance.
Jim Gigrich, the son of an Army and Air Force father who served in the Vietnam War, Korea and West Berlin. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and received a Regular Army Commission in 1986 as a Military Intelligence Officer from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Mike Boston is a storied (lots actually and some verified) career Navy Carrier Pilot, with over 5000 flight hours (3000 jet) and over 500 carrier landings (100 night). Today Mike serves on many civic boards and as a founder of America's Huey 091 Foundation.
Col. Charles Bogle (US Army Ret.) and his wife of 44 years, Dorothy Williams live in Westcliffe, Colorado. They have successfully "fledged" two grown children; a daughter, Ashley, and son, Bryan.
Captain Jim Palmersheim, Director of Veterans Initiatives, American Airlines.
One of the principal reasons America's Huey 091 Foundation's namesake helicopter holds a place of honor and serves as a tribute to the men and women of our Armed Services, in the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Price of Freedom Exhibit, is the tireless work of Capt Jim Palmersheim, both a rotary and fixed wing pilot.
Jim and General Dick Stephenson led the efforts with dozens of other veterans and civilians to fly 091 to every military academy on its Final Journey Home.
Jim's passion for our veterans and their families is the impetus that America's Huey 091 Foundation got its "wings" and today provides education to our nation's children on the "Price of Freedom" and provides aid to our most seriously wounded veterans and their families.
As the mother of Alan Babin, a severely wounded warrior, Rosalinda “Rosie” Babin knows first-hand the challenges that service members and their families face after they’ve been wounded and what the caregivers face when taking care of a severely wounded patient. She herself faced many paths with no clear direction and many ‘No’s’ from places she turned to for help after her son was critically wounded in 2003.
Dr. Roy E. Alston is a 1989 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned a BS in Leadership. Roy served in the US Army as a commissioned officer with the 82d Airborne Division. Roy served in combat with the 1st of the 319th Field Artillery Regiment during the first Gulf War. Roy is a graduate of the US Army's Ranger School, Airborne School, Jungle School, Field Artillery Officer's Basic Course, and the Field Artillery Officer's Advance Course. Roy earned his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2003 and received his doctorate in management with a specialization in leadership and organizational change from Walden University in 2010.
After graduating from South Texas College, Mario went on to work for Lockheed Martin at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Houston. Mario applied his dexterity to the development of mechanical/electrical test fixtures used on the Space Shuttle Program. After ten years at NASA Mario went on to work on the Iridium Satellite System for Motorola in Chandler Arizona. After two years and the project winding down Mario moved to Colorado Springs where he began working for ARINC, responsibilities included software and hardware support as well as developing Satellite communications hardware for US Special Forces. Other employers include Stanford Telecom/ITT, responsibilities included hardware and software upgrades to the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) worldwide, and Starkey Hearing Aid Corporation, responsibilities included test fixturing, printed circuit board layout as well as component characterization, from the very large satellite array to the ultra miniature electronics Mario has demonstrated an uncanny ability to work well with his hands and his mind.
In 2002 Mario embarked on furniture design and discovered that the angular measurement device did not exist in order to efficiently make the precision cuts required for his furniture, he therefore invented and patented a precision magnetic angle measurement tool which he later licensed to Sears Craftsman. He is currently working on other precision wireless angular tools that are speech capable for the visually impaired craftsman.
Mario was awarded the Editors Choice Award from Popular Mechanics and has been featured in “This Is My Job” segment as well as a contributor to the “Inventors Handbook” segment. Mario has also been featured in the DIY Network “Inventors Challenge” and DIY’s “Cool Tools” where he was a judge in a ten thousand dollar first prize inventors giveaway.
Additionally Mario has been a regular guest speaker at Colorado Technical Institute as well as local educational science fairs and has been involved with the DaVinci Institute in Denver Colorado. Mario also consults with up and coming inventors sharing with them his experience regarding inventing, patenting and licensing.
Mario is also an expert woodworker/furniture and tool designer, machinist, welder and humbly calls himself a general purpose Renaissance Man who is continually trying to create a better mouse trap as well as doing what he can in order to leave the world a bit better than he found it.