April 26, 2017

Wounded Nature Team

Wounded Nature – Working Veterans is always on the lookout for new board members who can help raise the money necessary to carry out our mission. If interested, please send an email to rudy (at) woundednature.org.


Taylor James Emry, MA, Board Chairman – Board of Directors


Taylor is a client acquisition expert and owner of Stunning Digital, a Mount Pleasant based agency which helps local businesses use Facebook Ads, Google Ads, and SEO to successfully market their services and gain new customers.

Prior to helping local business owners, Taylor used his market research and digital marketing experience to launch and grow LZR Labs, an online-based nutraceutical company.

Taylor earned his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 2013 and his M.A. in 2015. Having grown up on the Isle of Palms, Taylor is passionate about preserving and restoring the local ecosystem in the Charleston Area and is especially concerned with lingering debris from tropical storms and hurricanes.

You can reach Taylor at: iopemry@gmail.com

Gray Jones, Secretary – Board of Directors

Gray recently relocated to the Charleston area after having grown up in Murrells Inlet, SC. He is in the process of obtaining his Master’s degree in Information Systems from Coastal Carolina University. He plans to work in the accounting industry after graduating. Gray has fully embraced Charleston as his new home and seeks to keep America’s number one city the most beautiful city in the world.

Gray’s board term expires August, 2019.  You can reach Gray at grayjones6 (at) gmail.com.

Ingrid Russell, Vice Chairperson, Board of Directors

Ms. Ingrid S. Russell has over twenty-five years of International Finance, Accounting and Auditing experience. She has worked in leading multinational companies such as United Technology and Hewlett Packard in senior positions such as Controller, Director of Finance and Chief Finance Officer. She had completed international assignments in Brazil, England, and the Netherlands. In addition, she was involved in organizing her companies’ mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures in Germany, Japan, Spain, and the United States. She has also set up a manufacturing facility in China and the United States. Ms. Russell has built a reputable track record in developing and directing talented and highly motivated teams focused on tangible goal achievement through fundamental basics and solution oriented approaches.

Ms Russell completed her Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Finance from Bentley University, She completed her Masters of Business Administration in Business Administration from Western New England University and is in the process of completing her Doctor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from Trident University.


You can reach Ingrid at: irussell2168@gmail.com

Francisco Valencia, Treasurer, Board of Directors

Francisco is responsible for supply chain operations for PepsiCo. He counts on over a decade worth of experience in Fortune 50 corporate operations, marketing, and strategy. Francisco completed his BBA from the University of Texas and his post-graduate studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Throughout his professional career, he has been involved with several non-profit organizations and is very attracted to intertwining strategic though with tangible practices to attain results. Francisco is passionate about environmental sustainability and aiming at making an impactful change with Wounded Nature.

During his free time, Francisco is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

You can reach Francisco at: Francisco.Valencia@pepsico.com




Captain Rudy Socha, (USCG Licensed Boat Captain) 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 is passionate about cleaning up rural and hard to access beaches, tidal marshes and coastlines in wildlife critical areas.  He works hard to keep Wounded Nature focused on making a REAL difference in increasing America’s seafood stocks and coastal wildlife populations.   He is a USCG Licensed Boat Captain with a Master’s rating.

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


Captain Justin Willis, (USCG Licensed Boat Captain) Florida Director

After graduating from high school in southern Pennsylvania, Justin enlisted in the Army. Justin’s Army
training varied from rappelling out of helicopters to learning the Arabic language. Multiple deployments gave Justin the ability to view the US military through both a peace time and combat lens. After completing his military obligation Justin worked in support of the US military and returned to Iraq and also worked in Afghanistan.

Justin graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), with a BA in Political Science and completed studies towards a Master’s degree in Public Policy. Justin’s research while at UMBC includes topics such as Veteran Suicide, Ethics in Technology, and Urban Problems and Policy Analysis in Baltimore, more specifically ‘Landfill Diversion and Waste Reduction.’

Justin is a Lifetime Member at the VFW, has been certified to provide Mental Health First Aid to community members, and remains committed to preserving the environment for his children’s generation and beyond. He enjoys the camaraderie and remains involved with both the military and veterans organizations. Lastly, Justin has used remaining GI Bill benefits to complete training and schooling to become a USCG Licensed Boat Captain.

To reach Justin directly, you can email him at justin (at) woundednature.org.


Splash – Our Mascot
Born on December 29, 2014, Splash was donated to Wounded Nature – Working Veterans by Air Force veteran Jamie Logan.  Splash is one quarter Labrador Retriever and three quarter Golden Retriever.  Splash’s veterinary care is being donated by Drs. David and Leslie Steele of Advanced Animal Care of Mount Pleasant, http://www.advancedanimalcaremp.com/index.html.

Splash is a veteran of numerous cleanups and helps to keep some of the children occupied at the shoreline on cleanups.

Splash has been trained to pick up plastic bottles along the high tide line on beaches.  She loves riding the boats but if given too many treats she will litter the bottom of the boat with them on the return ride.

Please make a donation to
Wounded Nature – Working Veterans

Wounded Nature works year round to cleanup America’s coastal areas.  Most of these areas can only be reached by boat and include rural beaches, tidal marshes, and high tide line collection points.  Our work results in reducing the deaths of sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and marine life.  Cleaning these wildlife habitats results in increased recreational and commercial seafood production including clams, oysters, shrimp and fish.  Boats are usually needed on our cleanups making our cleanups expensive to conduct.  Your donation can place a volunteer on the coast and help remove another cubic yard of litter and debris creating a small stretch of pristine beach and coastal area where wildlife breed and live.