As the founder of K9s For Warriors, Shari spreads awareness of the organization. Shari is also involved in the social media aspect for K9s For Warriors including daily posts and contact with past, current and future veterans within the program. Shari’s past experience includes owning her businesses as well as fundraising efforts for various non-profits, including but not limited to Wounded Warrior Project, Christina Smiles, the Cincinnati Zoo, Jacksonville Ronald McDonald House, and various veteran causes. Her talents and passion for the veterans she is helping is immeasurable. Shari is also a 2017 winner of the Pearls of Leadership EVE Award.
Chipper is a native Floridian, born in Fernandina Beach in 1949. He graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1967 and then went on to the University of Florida, graduating with a B.S. Degree in Finance.
In 1972 Chipper joined the family businesses. He worked in their seafood and insurance companies, and then settled into a production position with the family’s company, Rex Corporation, a manufacturer of folding cartons and graphics solutions serving the cigar, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and food industries in the U.S. After working and learning in all departments of Rex, Chipper became President/CEO in 1977. He held that position until his family sold Rex to Cenveo (CVO) in March 2008. Chipper focuses his time and resources on giving back to many organizations in the community.
Rory is the CEO of K9s For Warriors and is responsible for the executive management of the non-profit organization. Prior to leading K9s For Warriors, Rory was a litigator at two international law firms specializing in complex litigation, government investigations, and sophisticated bank fraud. Rory also served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in organized crime, public corruption, and financial fraud prosecutions. Before earning his law degree, Rory served as Briefing Director for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and as a Deputy Associate Director at the White House for President George W. Bush. Rory was working in the White House on 9/11 and, ultimately, served as part of the startup staff for the U.S. Office of Homeland Security.
Hugh R. Harris, currently the president, CEO, and member of the board of directors for Lender Processing Services, Inc., has held several leadership roles in the mortgage industry during the past 30 years. Hugh R. Harris is well known as a visionary leader in the mortgage industry with consistent success in maximizing corporate performance. His extensive career includes leadership roles at multiple top mortgage companies and a Fortune 500 technology company, as well as playing a critical role in taking two companies public. Hugh is also an active member of the Jacksonville community.
Pat was born in Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and Gwynedd-Mercy College. She was married for more than 45 years to the late Rear Admiral Kevin Delaney USN (ret).
Pat was an honorary member of the Navy Wives Club of America and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society while her husband was on active duty. Subsequent to his retirement, she served on the Board of Hubbard House. Pat also served on the Board of the Jacksonville Humane Society for eight years and served as Fur Ball Chairman, the principal fundraiser of the Society, for five years. She is currently on the Board at First Coast No More Homeless Pets whose mission is low cost spay and neuter and plans to be a “no kill” in Jacksonville in 2014. She has long been an advocate for rescue animals and giving them a second chance.
M.J. is a native of South Carolina and moved to Ponte Vedra in 2004 when she married local resident, David A. Smith. She is a retired and highly respected executive of the medical industry where she served for over two decades. As an independent consultant with her own business, MSJ Consulting, LLC., she became an active and trusted brand in the business. She served ten years as Director of Corporate Accounts and Sales for an international manufacturer of specialty equipment for acute and non-acute hospital environments in a very competitive market. She productively mentored and led her sales force to success and has received awards and recognition for her continued achievements. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and currently leads specialized projects as CEO through her second company, Clinical Advantage, LLC.
M.J. is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Smith Family Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to make an impact on the lives of those who have selflessly served others but now find themselves in need.
Joe is a 2012 graduate of the K9s For Warriors program. Since being paired with his rescue service dog, Lily, he has made great strides in managing not only his physical combat-related injuries but also in overcoming the psychological traumas of war.
Joe is a decorated Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the United States Army, who served three tours of combat supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since returning from war and graduating from the K9s program, Joe's new mission is to save his fellow veterans from the darkness and despair of PTSD, a growing epidemic that claims the lives of an average 22 veterans a day.
Joe, and Lily have become one of the most prominent Warrior-Canine Teams of K9s For Warriors, speaking at both charitable and corporate events about the enormous impact Lily has made on his life. Joe honestly shares his personal story of both tragedy and triumph as he maneuvers through his forever altered life, amid the aftermath of war. His Army call sign, "Attackwrench" still holds true. With Lily by his side, he intends to attack the invisible wounds of war, head on, with fervor and grace. He stands as a shining example and authentic representation of the crucial mission of K9s For Warriors.
As a senior financial executive in diverse industries, Janet has successfully overseen financial operations for companies with more than $1 billion in revenue, led large staffs, and profitably managed national and international technology conversions as well as mergers, acquisitions and IPOs. As the Director of Finance & Funding Development for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Janet developed the first annual budget for the NFL team’s philanthropic initiatives and activities. Janet earned her B.B.A. from the University of North Florida.
Ray has been a Business Broker at Transworld Business Advisors since 2007. Transworld is the world leader in the marketing and sales of businesses, franchises, and commercial real estate offering the professional services that successfully bring buyers and sellers together. His experience ranges from business brokerage to mergers and acquisitions.
Bob Fleckenstein served proudly in the United States Air Force and graduated from the University of Florida. Early in his contracting career, Bob was appointed by the Governor to serve as a board member on the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. He has also served on the Board of several National Contractor Associations and was a past board member on the Construction Advisory Board for both the University of Florida and the University of North Florida. Bob was the President of Summit Contractors Group, Inc. until he retired.
Bob has lived in Jacksonville since 1969 and currently lives in Mandarin with his wife, Rea.
Craig Richard McKinley is a retired USAF General who served as the 26th Chief, National Guard Bureau, from 2008 to 2012. He is the first ever officer from the National Guard to achieve the grade of a four-star general. Prior to becoming Chief, General McKinley served as the Director, Air National Guard from May 2006 to November 17, 2008.
At the 2012 ceremony where General McKinley transferred authority to Frank J. Glass, the succeeding Chief, General McKinley received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal. He is currently President of the Air Force Association.
Ronald V. Swanson is a judge on the Florida First District Court of Appeal. He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in June 2011. He has served on several community boards and is also volunteers with us at K9s For Warriors.
Prior to holding this position, Judge Swanson served as the Circuit Court Judge, First Judicial Circuit, from April 2003 to July 2011 and was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. Additionally, he served as a County Court Judge, Santa Rosa County, from May 2000 to April 2003, also appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. Preceding that Judge Swanson was a Military Judge, Navy and Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, from 1982 to 1985.
Judge Swanson served in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps for over 20 years, retiring as a Navy Captain in 1995. While on active duty, Judge Swanson served in numerous assignments including on ships of the Atlantic Fleet; as Special Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations during the First Gulf War; a 1988 assignment as counsel in the Persian Gulf; duty at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service Office Central, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.
Upon retirement from the United States Navy, Judge Swanson served as an Assistant State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit, from August 1995 to May 2000. He was designated Special Prosecutor for cases of significance, 1998 to 2000.
Daniel K. Bean is the executive partner of the Jacksonville office of Holland & Knight and is a trial lawyer who has prosecuted and defended a variety of matters in both federal and state court. Mr. Bean possesses extensive experience in trust and probate matters and in complex commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, insurance coverage issues, financial lending matters and class actions, as well as in the provision of assistance to foreign litigants in accordance with Title 28 United States Code Section 1782.
Mr. Bean previously served in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer and as a judge advocate. He is a retired Navy Captain and received the Legion of Merit. Mr. Bean has also served as a board member or chairman for many nonprofit organizations in Jacksonville and has received a plethora of awards for his law career, military career, and leadership capabilities.