Board of Directors & Advisors
Healing Their Hidden Wounds
Healing Their Hidden Wounds
Chairman/President: Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Ed Schloeman, USMC, NYANG
Mr. Schloeman is a retired Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) from the NY Air National Guard (1973-1995) and a Marine Vietnam Disabled Veteran (Sgt) serving from 1960 to 1966.
Ed’s career has been with companies such as NYNEX (Verizon), Telco Systems and other telecommunication companies before starting his own business in 2008. He received many business awards for his sales leadership skills and accomplishments, including being crowned “King of Kings County-Brooklyn CY2013 and received a Life Time of Service Award from the Brooklyn Rotary Club. He was presented with two “Proclamations” from the Brooklyn Borough President, as well as, two Congressional Recognition Awards for his accomplishments within the Veteran community.
CMS (ret) Schloeman holds Life Memberships in; Enlisted Association of The New York National Guard, Enlisted Association of the United States, and The Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and membership in The Iwo Jima Association and The National Veteran Small Business Coalition. Ed is an active spokesperson for supporting Veterans’ initiatives, emphasis on veteran homeless issues, and he is well recognized within that community and government appointees.
Some of his military decorations include; Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Ribbon and NY State Military Commendation Medal
Ed is married for 53 years to Judith Ann whose children are Catherine, Edward, and Robert.
Treasurer: Catherine Syslo
Catherine Syslo, CPA, is a Partner in CohnReznick’s National Assurance Practice, specializing in audits of not-for-profit organizations, including Uniform Guidance. She provides technical accounting and auditing expertise to engagement teams and clients. A licensed CPA in both New York and New Jersey, she has over 30 years of experience in both public accounting and the private sector.
Catherine is a frequent lecturer on not-for-profit accounting standards, the Uniform Guidance, Single Audits, and other topics affecting the not-for-profit industry.
Catherine is a member of the AICPA, the NJCPA and the NJCPA Nonprofit Interest Group. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the NJCPA and as a resource member to the American Cancer Society’s Audit Committee. She is the prior Chair of both the NJCPA Nonprofit Interest Group and the Nonprofit Conference Committee.
Catherine was awarded the 2021 NJCPA Woman to Watch Award which applauds the success of women NJCPA members for their leadership and commitment to fostering the success of their colleagues. She is a prior recipient of the NJCPA Volunteer Award, based on her significant contributions to the NJCPA, her local community and accounting students.
Secretary: LtCol. (Ret) Patrick Kernan
Patrick B. Kernan
8309 Holly Haven Lane, Fairfax Station, VA
Phone: (703) 867-2973; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Secret Clearance (not active, adjudicated by OPM for DHS in Sep 2011)
Current DHS T2 Clearance
Served 12 years on active duty in the Army as an attorney (Jan 92 to Aug 04)
Worked 8 years as an attorney in DHS, USCIS (Aug 04 to May 12)
Recalled to Army active duty and deployed to Iraq twice (2006 & 2011)
Retired from the Army as a LieutCol with 20 years of service in Nov 2012
U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School (VA) – Master of Laws, 2001
Wake Forest University School of Law (NC) – Juris Doctor, 1991
Hamilton College (NY) – Bachelor of Arts, 1987
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
District of Columbia
Top Secret (Not Active, Adjudicated by OPM for DHS in September 2011)
Kernan & Associates, PLLC May 2012 – Present
Vius, LLC July 2012 — Present
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services September 2011 – May 2012
Special Counsel, Commercial and Administrative Law
Department of Defense May 2011 – August 2011
Staff Judge Advocate (Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Balad, Iraq)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services October 2006 – May 2011
Chief Counsel, Office of Transformation Coordination
U.S. Army January 2006 – October 2006
Chief, Procurement and Fiscal Law (Multi-National Corps, Baghdad, Iraq)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services July 2004 – January 2006
Associate Counsel, Commercial and Administrative Law
U.S. Department of Justice 2003 – 2004
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Eastern District of Virginia)
U.S. Army 2001 – 2003
Litigation Attorney (Arlington, VA)
U.S. Army 1998 – 2000
Chief, Criminal Law Division (Fort Bragg, NC)
U.S. Army 1995 – 1998
Trial Attorney, Contract Appeals Division (Arlington, VA)
U.S. Army 1992 – 1995
Defense Counsel (Korea) & Prosecutor and Administrative Law Attorney (Fort Hood, TX)
Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Service Ribbon, Meritorious Service Medal (3d Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2d Award), Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge.
John Walsh, President/CEO Sightspan Inc.
Mr. John Walsh is President and CEO of Sightspan Inc. which specializes in Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Security and Overall Business Process Improvement.
John has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, with direct responsibility for Management, Security and Anti-Laundering, Combat Terrorist Financing and Corporate Security matters for the majority of his professional career. He has established and trained members of the Financial Investigations Units and Federal Crime Specialists for global and personal work in high risk areas designing methods to detect and reduce global criminal activities for both private and public organizations.
John is a Certified Compliance Officer, an active member of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Professionals, a member of the Arab American Bankers Association and Certified Examiners Association, Global Association of Risk Professionals and several Security Groups. John is active with many military and veteran groups and is a Committee Member of the North Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Francesca DeVito, President BTD Textile
Ms. De Vito started her career working in several New Jersey hospitals as an x-ray technician, attended Moore College of Art, and danced professionally for the Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company, before moving to NYC to enroll in The Actors Studio.
She performed Off-Broadway in a number of shows, including stand-up comedy. She had a singing career and taught children acting classes before entering the Garment Industry as a sales person. She starting her own company in 1996, Francesca De Vito Inc.
Her charity efforts started with Francesca and Friends, which raised funds for gift cards for families in need and made gift baskets for the soldiers at Walter Reed. Some of her veteran work, was and still is, with organizations as The David Lynch Foundation’s Operation Warrior Wellness and other Not For Profits, Operation Warrior Shield. She held many successful fund raising campaigns for each.
She is the author of “Johnnie Discovers the Book of Light, The Mysteries of Magic Town and her new book in which she was a contributor to, Dictionary of Dreams.
Dennis Herrera, Founder of Nuday Capital
Anthony Rodriguez, AFEX CRO
Anthony Luis Rodriguez is the son of a Vietnam Veteran, a Meditator, a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and currently the Chief Global Compliance and Data Protection Officer for AFEX, a global payment and risk management solution provider.
Anthony is a senior executive leader with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, leading complex global compliance initiatives, audits/validations, and the implementation of technologies throughout North America, Asia Pacific and EMEA. Over the years, he has developed comprehensive skills in global economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, privacy, regulatory corporate compliance and enterprise risk management.
Currently Anthony is a member of the Advisory Board of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven, as well as, the ACAMS Advisory Board representing the MSB industry.
Elisabeth Halfpapp, Co-Founder, CoreBarreFit
Mychal Watts, Watts Photography
Steven N. Gordon, Principal, Gordon Law
Steven is the principal of Gordon Law which handles affairs for a broad spectrum of individual and corporate clients, complex civil and criminal litigation across the United States, and high-stakes settlements and negotiations. Steven is an investor in, and developer of, promising innovations and drug discovery in biotechnology and other areas of healthcare. Steven co-founded a biotech company which was listed on the NYSE, received FDA approval for an internally developed drug and was sold in 2020 for ~$2B. Steven managed an investment fund that used litigation experience and social science methods to predict the outcome of critical litigation events. Before launching his fund, Steven enjoyed time as a litigator for two well-known New York City law firms, served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of New York (under the Honorable Robert T. Johnson), worked at the New York County District Attorney’s Office and at the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York. Steven earned his B.A. in economics and business administration from Bar Ilan University and his Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He is admitted as an attorney before the New York and New Jersey state bars, the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Steven is an ardent believer in the benefits of Transcendental Mediation and of Dr. John Hagelin’s work towards a lasting world peace. He is a staunch supporter, through The Monroe Institute, of the global awakening of human consciousness and Bob Monroe’s mission of helping people create more meaningful and joyful lives through expanded meditation. Steven and his wife Elaine live in New York City. They enjoy life with their twin daughters who are in college and their high school son.
Andrea Corbine, Executive VP, Sightspan, Inc.
Rita Cosby, TV/Radio Host Emmy Winner, best-selling author
Rita Cosby is a renowned TV host, radio host, bestselling author and veteran correspondent, who anchored highly-rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She is currently a Special Correspondent for the CBS syndicated program Inside Edition specializing in interviewing newsmakers and political figures. Honors for the three-time Emmy winner include the Matrix Award and the Jack Anderson Award.
She was also selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as a “Fun and Fearless Female.” A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all US military installations around the world. October 11, 2010, was declared “Rita Cosby Day” in the State of New York for her “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community.”
(The Late) Jerry Yellin WW II P-51 Pilot
Captain (ret) Jerry Yellin is an Army Air Corps veteran who served in WWII between 1941 and 1945.
Jerry enlisted two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on his 18th Birthday. After graduating from Luke Air Field as a fighter pilot in August of 1943, he spent the remainder of the war flying P-40, P- 47 and P-51 combat missions in the Pacific with the 78th Fighter Squadron.
He participated in the first land based fighter mission over Japan on April 7, 1945, and served on Iwo Jima during that horrific battle. He also has the unique distinction of having flown the final combat mission of World War II on August 14, 1945 – the day the war ended. On that mission, his wing-man (Phillip Schlamberg) was the last man killed in a combat mission in WWII.
After the war ended, Jerry struggled with severe undiagnosed PTSD. He always wondered why he survived, while so many of his comrades died during the war. Because of these experiences, Jerry has dedicated his life speaking on the horrors of “the hidden wounds of war-PTSD”.
Jerry is the award-winning author of four books, including Of War and Weddings, The Blackened Canteen, The Resilient Warrior, and The Letter. He is the official spokesperson for The Spirit of “45. .
Jerry is traveling the world sharing his story and helping to bring healing and hope to a new generation of veterans who are battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).He aims to help heal the wounds of war while dissolve the barriers and misunderstandings that bring us to the point of destroying ourselves. He delivers an insightful glimpse into the life of a warrior from the perspective of a humble humanitarian.
Jerry’s military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross. He married Helene Shulman in October 1949, is the father of 4 sons and grandfather to 6 grandchildren. Helene passed away in June 2015 after 65 years of marriage.
Wilem Wong, Ret. Sergeant Special Assignment, NYPD; Ret. Lieutenant Colonel, USAR
Wilem Wong, Ret. Sergeant Special Assignment, NYPD; Ret. Lieutenant Colonel, USAR
Wilem Wong was born and raised in NYC Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side. He is a retired New York City Police Department (NYPD) Police Sergeant Special Assignment. He has served over 11 years as a NYPD Sergeant as part of his 21 years of combined creditable service to New York City and New York State. Prior to the NYPD, he served as a Police Officer in the San Francisco Police Department. He has worked in NYPD assignments in the Police Commissioner’s Project Management Office, Office of Chief of Strategic Initiatives, Police Academy’s leadership & training development unit, Health and Wellness Section’s foundational initiatives, as well as in investigations, and patrol operations.
In his military capacity, he has retired after serving over 34 years (12 years Enlisted and 22 years Commissioned Service) in the United States Army Reserve as a Combat Medic, Licensed Practical Nurse, as well as a Health Services Planning, Operations and Training Officer. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom having served with United States Army Civil Affairs in Baghdad, Iraq, as well as Operation Enduring Freedom, having served with United States Marines in Regimental Combat Teams 1 and 5, in Helmand, Afghanistan. His military decorations include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Basic Parachutist Badge.
Wilem earned a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University (Walker) and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from New York University (Stern). He considered himself an accidental long distance runner, a la Forrest Gump, finishing the following marathons after his military deployments: Honolulu, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
Bethann Carbone, Goodwill Ambassador and Chief Strategy Officer
Wil Wong, Goodwill Ambassador
Daniela Zahradnikova, Goodwill Ambassador