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Operation Not Forgotten Team
Steve Schiffman, Operation Not Forgotten Founder and Executive Director, an Air Force veteran, has served as a marketing and media consultant and is an international best- selling author. He is the visionary, one of the founders and a strategic planner for Operation Not Forgotten. His accomplishments include receiving the National League of American Pen Women’s State of Georgia Award for Achievement in Letters and winning television’s most prestigious award, a local Emmy, as well as three National Religion in Media Awards. Steve has organized and directed creative teams to produce award winning commercials, which have aired on ABC, NBC and CBS network television. As a publisher, he was asked by the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation to conceptualize and produce the original Power for Living book, which has reached millions through their national media campaign.
Janet Labas Orman, Board Chair, Life Renewed/ Operation Not Forgotten Co-Founder, B.S., Ed., Director of Programs and Curriculum Development is the principal author of the Life Renewed Life Coaching program. She works with Life Renewed to develop programs and curriculum for Life Renewed, including Operation Not Forgotten. Additionally she does graphic design, website development, grant writing, and trains ONF Program Directors and Life Coaches. Janet has facilitated leadership development conferences and has given educational workshops to many professional groups. (Board Chair) SEE MORE
Laura Wingfield, Vice Chair, President of the Executive Board of Beta Sigma Phi International, the international sorority founded by her Grandfather, Walter W. Ross, began working at the Beta Sigma Phi International office in 1979, leaving a job as a commercial artist. She has worked her way through most departments of the organization and now oversees the entire sorority. She is also an active member in a local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She has a BFA in Studio Art and graduate work in Marketing and Direct Marketing, studying with Bob Stone and Martin Baier through the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Prior to coming to work for Beta Sigma Phi through Walter W. Ross and Co. Inc., she worked retail and commercial art. She still uses both her art and retail background in her position as the director of Beta Sigma Phi. The sorority gives her a chance to enhance all parts of her own life through the different areas of Beta Sigma Phi experience—social, cultural, and philanthropic, enhancing the lives of women and their families, their communities and so much more. She has served on the Board of the Missouri American Diabetes Foundation, and works on several different fund raising campaigns as a volunteer. (Board Vice Chair)
Harry Wetzler, M.D., M.S.P.H.O is one of the principal authors of the Life Renewed Quality of Life Assessment Software. Dr. Wetzler is an independent health outcomes epidemiologist and Clinical Outcomes Specialist with the American Medical Groups Association and is nationally recognized as an expert in outcomes management, and survey design. He has designed studies and analyzed data for a diverse group of outcomes including functional status and well-being asthma, diabetes and total hip replacement, glycosylated hemoglobin control and patient and provider satisfaction. Dr. Wetzler is board certified in Occupational Medicine and Aerospace Medicine. Dr. Wetzler graduated from U Of Texas, Hlth Sci Ctr At San Antonio. He is also a retired Air Force Colonel. (Board Advisor)
Dr. Sandra K. Young-Whigham, Psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; National Director of Strategic Initiatives and Vet Life Youth Community Dr. Young – Whigham is an executive level professional with expertise in education, counseling, forensic social work, program development, management, grant writing, corporate training and motivational speaking. She has worked as a Field Supervisor of PhD psychology, Masters level Counseling and Social Work. Her experience also includes 15+ years as a Clinical Supervisor for LCSW Candidates. She has developed and presented professional training on local, state and national levels; Developed and presented parent education training seminars; Served on state committee to review educational standards and programs for health care professionals.
Her counseling experience includes: 10+ years as Crisis Team Leader with police department; Member of Red Cross Mental Health Cadre and Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps; Response team member for 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina & Rita, and local Disasters; Taught Medical Reserve Corps and law enforcement training on emergency procedures and mental health issues; Evaluation of children referred through juvenile court and Child Protective Services; 15+ years of individual, family and group psychotherapy practice; 10+ years psychiatric intensive care including hospital emergency room Social Work; 15+ years of psychosocial assessment, academic and mental health testing in English and Spanish; 15+ years of forensic social work in criminal and domestic cases. Her degrees include: Doctorate in Psychology, California Coast University; Master of Science in Social Work, University of Texas-Austin, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Bachelor of Science in Social Work, University of Texas –Austin. (Board Member)
James W. Kurth, Jr. (Jimbo), Program Director for Gulf Coast Vet Life Community, lives in Victoria Texas. After over two decades of combined service in the Texas Army National Guard, The United States Navy, and the United States Army, and a Department of Defense Military Analyst he and his family have moved back home to Victoria in the summer of 2014. Through his military service he has attained various degrees to include a Master’s of Science in Information Technology Management with a concentration in Information Security and Digital Forensics (MSITM), a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management (BSITM), an Associates of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering and Associates of Liberal Arts.
Jim separated from the Army in Sept. 2012. Jim has served in many community and civic organizations in the cities of Cache and Lawton, Oklahoma. Currently he is a private telecommunications contractor for Conoco working in support of the Eagle Ford Shale area of operations.
Jimbo and his wife Katy (Co-Program Director of Gulf Coast VLC) have two children. (Board Member)
Chris Pergantis, Information Officer, has a background encompassing mainframe to programmable logic chips, including COMS, Macintosh OS and MS Windows. His software development background includes over sixteen different programming languages with experience in multiple types business and industry. Everything including robotics, visual recognition, industrial manufacturing and business applications make up his three decades of experience. Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Southern Polytechnic Institute and the proprietary Control Data Institute make up a variety of approaches to the learning experience. As an instructor for Career Development Institute, he provided valuable direction to future software engineers. He is currently the CEO of Accelerated Design, Inc. (www.accelerateddesign.com) which specializes in the development of custom software for OEM’s and VAR’s, as well as, providing custom and pre-developed applications for businesses. (Board Member)
William P. Goodwill, Director of Communications
Mr. Goodwill has been involved with military recruiting since the inception of the all- volunteer defense concept in 1972. At that time he worked as a field account director for Grey Advertising, on behalf of a national recruiting advertising campaign for the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command. His responsibilities included working with over 400 Navy recruiters to raise local Navy visibility in the five-state Mid-Atlantic Region.
As CEO of Goodwill Communications, Inc., he completely restructured the PSA program for the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command, and supervised the distribution and evaluation of over fifty national PSA campaigns for all of the military services except Regular Army. These included campaigns for most of the Reserve forces, Army and Air National Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, the Department of Defense, the Joint Advertising Market Research & Studies (JAMRS), the Veteran’s Administration, the American Legion, and USO.
Bill is a U.S. Army veteran, having served at various posts in the U.S. and the Southern European Task Force based in Vicenza, Italy. His firm is a VA certified SDVOSB (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business) company and he is a graduate of the Veterans Institute of Procurement. He holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, and a masters degree in mass communications from the American University’s Graduate School of Communications in Washington, DC. (Board Member)
Joe Taylor, writer, musical composer, singer, guitarist, sculptor, painter and paleontologist, is one of those people who works silently behind the scenes, practicing his craft and leaving an incredible legacy, particularly as it relates to the scene in Hollywood, California throughout the 1970’s and ‘80s.
Just some of the billboards he painted for Hollywood postings – mostly at Tower Records on Sunset Strip – include those for: Kiki Dee, The Who, Olivia Newton John, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, John Denver, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Three Dog Night, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Peter Frampton, and David Bowie.
Joe is also a veteran, and philanthropist, who cares deeply about veterans and veteran issues. (Board Member)
Buzz Brockway, State Representative, Vet Life Treasurer, is the state representative for the 102nd District in the Georgia House in Gwinnett County which covers parts of Lawrenceville and Suwannee. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2010, and currently serves on the Insurance, Governmental Affairs, and the Children & Youth committees. He has lived in Lawrenceville since 1976. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990 with a Bachelors of Science in Management Science with a certificate in Economics. He worked as an operations manager in the plastics manufacturing industry for over 20 years before he and his wife started their own business in 2005. Buzz serves as the Treasurer for Life Renewed and Operation Not Forgotten. (Board Member)
Dr. Douglas Huber, MD: Former Commander, American Legion Post 140, Buckhead, Georgia. In April of 1965 Dr. Huber received a draft notice from my local draft board announcing that he was being inducted into the Army. At that time, all male physicians were required by law to serve in the military or another government medical service. He reported to duty at Fort Myer, Virginia, and served in the Dispensary as a General Medical Officer. The troop escalation announced by President Johnson several days after he arrived on July 1, 1965 resulted in his receiving orders for Viet Nam. At Fort Sam Houston, Texas, his unit was assembled and he was appointed commander of a type A dispensary with two physicians, one dentist and eighteen enlisted personnel. His unit was then sent to Long Bihn, Viet Nam. Upon returning to duty in the U.S., Dr. Huber was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he completed his active duty requirement of two years. At Fort Belvoir he received a Letter of Commendation. Because of his young age at the time of induction, he was required to serve four more years in the Army Reserves and was assigned to the 3297 Field Hospital, a 1000 bed Reserve unit that had not been activated since WWII and had multiple extensions throughout Georgia. Dr. Huber was honorably discharged in 1971. He is currently retired. (Board Advisor)