September 17, 2014

Wounded Nature Team

 

Kimberly Bush, Major, US Air Force Reserves – Member – Board of Directors

Kimberly has over 14 years of experience in the US military managing projects as well as people. She is a Public Health officer in the Air Force Reserves, versed in the effects of and response to environmental and natural disasters. Her professional experience extends into regulatory compliance for research, civilian and military facilities; writing protocol guidelines, program development; and implementation of standards. She has collaborated with multiple non-profit organizations for marketing, fund-raising, and concept development activities. Kimberly is also a certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor and has worked with the Horses for Heroes program through one of the Charleston area therapeutic centers. Having completed her Master’s degree at The Citadel, Kimberly remains well connected to the veteran community in the Charleston area.

Kimberly has a passion for helping veterans, as she has a strong family history in the military. Her mutual passions for helping veterans and for environmental awareness have come together in Wounded Nature-Working Veterans. Kimberly currently performs contract marketing, public relations, and training for companies in the greater Charleston area.

Kimberly’s board term expires August, 2014.  You can reach Kimberly at 04kimber (at) gmail.com.

 

Carolyn Darrow, President, Development and Administration

Ms. Darrow has twenty-plus years of operations and administrative management experience. Her greatest strengths are relationship building, training and administrative management. She has been involved in the administrative responsibilities for two startup companies. She is most recently hired to handle the turnaround of a financially troubled assisted living facility.

She has focused on developing vendor and customer relations, purchasing, financial reporting, presentations, regulatory requirements on the local, state and federal level, and administrative operations including software installations and upgrades.

Ms. Darrow has been on the Board of Directors for the Habitat for Humanity, and is now on a Chamber of Commerce Board. Early in Ms. Darrow’s career, she did extensive hospital nursing, followed by years as a nurse educator. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters in Library Science from the Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. She is the proud mother of four including two Coast Guard veterans.

You can reach Carolyn at wwcbd(at)hotmail.com

Photo: Charleston Center for Photography www.ccforp.org

Bill Horner, Member – Board of Directors

Totally Green Bottles and Caps, LLC  www.totallygreenbottlesandcaps.com founder William (Bill) Horner grew up on a family farm in Iowa. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from North Park University in Chicago, he taught junior high school while earning a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University. In 1966 he founded Experience Education, a non-profit educational corporation which has operated continuously since that time.  In the 1980s, he established educational and agricultural businesses in Africa and the Caribbean. In 2003 he started Naturally Iowa, an organic dairy processing plant where the first PLA-plastic bottles for dairy products were pioneered.   After taking Naturally Iowa public, he joined with Tulsa-based businessmen in 2010 and the company name was changed to Totally Green, Inc.  To better target the growing market for Ingeo™ bottles, Totally Green Bottles and Caps, LLC, was created in 2012.  As the President of Totally Green Bottles And Caps, Bill continues to carry forward his vision of expanding the use of Ingeo™ bottles in “closed loop” environments and growing the company in the United States and beyond.

Bill’s board term expires August, 2013.   You can contact Bill at : whorner40 (at) earthlink.net

Lee Kelley, Member – Board of Directors

Lee is a proud native of New Orleans, Louisiana, though he left there at the age of 20 to join the Army. Since then, he has traveled extensively and has been writing for as long as he can remember. Lee spent 15 years in the Army, working his way from Private up to Captain and Company Commander. He is also an Iraq war vet who spent 2005-2006 in the Al Anbar Province.

Lee studied creative writing at the University of Montana, and received his BA in English from the University of New Orleans in 2002. He has been freelancing part-time since college, but in 2007 Lee left the Army and created Lee Kelley Creative Group, LLC (www.desertsunwriting.com) in order to write full-time. He now helps senior military, corporate and government officials to reach their career goals in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and also ghostwrites non-fiction books for a variety of clients. He wrote about his own experiences in Iraq in his book Fire in the Night: Creative Essays from an Iraq War Vet.

Lee’s board term expires August, 2013. You can contact Lee at lee(at)desertsunwriting.com

Matt Lipkin, ISO Industries - Treasurer - Board of Directors

Matt Lipkin has more than 20 years of maritime executive and entrepreneurial experience. Matt’s industry experience includes energy and fuels, wastewater reclamation, tugs and towing, and general maritime shipping. Matt has served as President, CEO, Investor, Owner, and advisor within these companies. Under Matt’s guidance, his companies have grown in revenue and made inroads into adjacent market areas allowing for maximum use for each the company’s vessels.

Matt is currently serving as a senior contract executive with ISO industries, LLC www.isoindustries.com in Norfolk, VA. He is currently working with the company’s business partners to plan and compensate for changing market conditions and ensure adequate equipment and people to support continuing operations.

Matt’s board term expires August, 2015.  You can contact Matt at  mlipkin(at)isoindustries.com

Photo: Charleston Center for Photography www.ccforp.org

David Avellar Neblett, Perry Neblett P.A - Secretary – Board of Directors

David Avellar Neblett, Esq., is a founding partner of Perry Neblett P.A. www.PerryNeblett.com where he focuses on admiralty litigation and first party insurance claims.

David Avellar Neblett earned a degree in the Marine Sciences from the University of Miami, and a J. D. in law from the University of Miami School of Law with special emphasis in maritime law. Mr. Neblett was the Admiral of the Maritime Law Society for two years, the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society for one year. Mr. Neblett is very active in the legal community via his active participation and lecturing with many national and local organizations and through his studies and work at the University of Miami School of Law, and RSMAS “University of Miami’s Marine Science Graduate School.”

Mr. Neblett is a former treasurer and board member of the Miami Yacht Club and Shake-A-Leg Miami.  In addition to being actively involved with the Miami Yacht Club and Shake-A-Leg Miami, he is also involved with the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Maritime Law Society, the Marine Council, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Dade County Bar, the Coral Gables Bar, the Florida Bar, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Propeller Club.

Mr. Neblett is an avid, fisherman, scuba diver and sailor.   In 2010 he fished thirteen fishing tournaments, placed in four and caught the largest fish in two.  In addition to his love of fishing and boating, Mr. Neblett helped arrange, sponsor and fished a number of tournaments for non-profit organizations to raise money and awareness for causes from ovarian cancer to boating safety.

Mr. Neblett is admitted to practice law in Florida State Courts, the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of the United States District Courts of Florida, and is also admitted to litigate in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and on a pro hoc status in South Carolina, Georgia and Oklahoma.

David’s board term expires August, 2014.  You can contact David at:  david(at)perryneblett.com

Jared Slovan, Mt. Pleasant Cosmetic Dentist - Member – Board of Directors

Jared Slovan grew up in Arizona and has developed a passion for all things outdoors. When it comes to the ocean and marine life, he is a diver, boater, fisherman, surfer and marine educator for his two young sons.

Dr. Jared L. Slovan has deliberately created one of the most caring, comfortable, and relaxed dental atmospheres in the Charleston area. His dental practice specializes in cosmetic dentistry including implants. Dr. Slovan is involved with several professional associations including the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry , the South Carolina Dental Association, as well as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

What sets a cosmetic dentist apart is their passion for creating beautiful smiles. Only a very small percentage of dentists have a real enthusiasm for appearance-related dentistry. Dr. Slovan is one of the few dentists that has pursued his accreditation in cosmetic dentistry. He has passed his written examination with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is in the process of presenting cases to the the examining board to further his journey toward becoming one of only 300 Accredited Cosmetic Dentists in the World.

Continuing education has always been a top priority for Dr. Slovan and he has further developed his passion for creating beautiful smiles as a sustaining member with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

He grew up in Tuscon , Arizona, was an Eagle Scout and granted a football scholarship to Rutgers University in New Jersey . He graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale , Florida .

Dr. Slovan calls Mt. Pleasant his home and during his leisure time, he can be found enjoying the great outdoors. Whether it’s a round of golf, a hike, camping, or fishing, he will be living every moment to the fullest. Spending some quality time with family is always at the top of his list, with his wife Rachel and their sons Cal and Tradd.

Jared’s board term expires August, 2015. You can contact Jared at: jaredslovan(at)yahoo.com

Rudy Socha, CEO

Mr. Socha has 20 plus years of management experience in launching successful companies. His launches occur on or ahead of schedule, and under budget. He is an entrepreneur capable of getting the job done.

In 1979 – 1980 Mr. Socha was hired by Nuclear Metals to clean up a massive amount of depleted uranium machine turnings. Byproducts of this cleanup included thorium and similar radioactive materials. At the time a radioactive waste clean up of this size had never been completed. With total P&L and management responsibility by Mr. Socha, this project was completed two years ahead of schedule and 2.7 million dollars under budget.

Mr. Socha has 20 plus years of assisting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland with fundraising, corporate relations, and working with underprivileged children. The last 5 years Mr. Socha served as President of the Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Association.

In 2003, Mr. Socha and Ms. Darrow, co-authored a book titled Above & Beyond profiling 88 former Marines who are successful in the civilian world. Royalties from the book’s sales were paid directly to seven Marine Corps-related non-profit organizations. Mr. Socha is also a veteran, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps.  rudy(at)woundednature.org Cell 440-452-1042

You can connect with Rudy on Linked In at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rudy-socha-rudy-zandavisitor-com/14/193/123

Photo: Charleston Center for Photography www.ccforp.org

Jeff Stevenson, Google - Vice Chairman - Board of Directors

Jeff is Google’s Global Hardware Operations Deployments Program Manager.  Jeff graduated from The Citadel in 1991 with a BS in Mathematics as a member of the first Honors Program class.  He went into the US Navy in the Nuclear Engineer program and served on Nuclear Attack Submarines.  After becoming qualified as an Engineer, Jeff completed his active duty time at the Naval Leader Training Unit as an instructor and IT Officer.

From the Navy, Jeff went to become a Navy Civilian at SPAWAR Systems Center Charleston where he worked on various Navy and Intelligence Community Projects as a Project Engineer.  After 9/11, Jeff moved to working with the FBI as a Project Engineer/Manager.  After 6 years with the FBI, he chose to leave the Public sector and join Google www.google.com as the Data Center Program Manager for the Carolinas.  Currently, Jeff works as Google’s Hardware Operations Deployments Program Manager overseeing changes to Google’s production hardware globally.

Jeff takes great pleasure in being actively involved in SC and the Low Country.  His is a member of the Board of Directors for the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, the Citadel and College of Charleston’s Joint Industry Advisory Board, Advisory member of the Low Country STEM center of excellence, and the Berkley County School District Improvement Committee.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys being a father to three boys and is active with the Boy Scouts, Mensa, American Legion, and the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums.

Jeff’s board term expires August, 2015.  You can reach Jeff at:  jcstevenson(at)gmail.com

Photo: Charleston Center for Photography www.ccforp.org

 

James Weckbacher, Contract Artist, Volunteer,

James Weckbacher has been influenced by art all of his life.  His Father is a professional artist and encouraged James’ talents at a young age.  With a natural talent for drawing and a love of movies, James began a career as a storyboard artist and illustrator for film and television.  He also is a caricature artist and photographer.  Many of his works are inspired by nature and animals.  Drawing and taking photos at the nearby zoo is a favorite pastime.  An avid cyclist as well, James spends much time on the Cuyahoga Valley Towpath where he photographs the local sites.  A proponent of nature and it’s resources, James literally “draws” his inspiration from the environment.

James designed Wounded Nature – Working Veteran’s logo and served as an interim board members until a permanent board was seated.

James’s website can be found at www.wexpix.net and his email address is xntrixone(at)yahoo.com.

Louis A. Winoski, Homeric Partners, LLC, Chairman – Board of Directors

Mr. Lou Winoski is the Managing Partner of Homeric Partners, LLC, www.homericllc.com a consulting firm providing business development, execution and risk mitigation services to the aerospace industry. A seasoned leader with 31 years of executive experience across a broad range of leadership positions including CEO, President, Managing Director, Chairman and board member of a variety of manufacturing and aerospace design concerns in the US, Canada, and Europe. His expertise spans vision and strategy development and deployment, business development, fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, integration of diverse entities, operations, and supply chain optimization.

Mr. Winoski also serves on the board of TechPrecision Corporation (TPCS:OB), a publicly owned precision manufacturer of large scale metallic products for the defense, aerospace, energy, commercial and medical industries. He is a former Airborne Ranger officer in the US Army and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Industrial and Systems Management Engineering.

Lou’s board term expires August, 2015.  You can reach Lou at:  LWinoski (at) homericllc.com.


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