Board of Directors
Mr. Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. Ken is highly respected around the world as an innovative and forward thinking thought leader on the subjects of wounded warrior care, military and veteran transition, counterterrorism, military training, and innovative technology development.
Ken’s passion is taking care of his fellow combat veterans and their family members and is chairman and founder of Boulder Crest, and organization focused on the teachings of posttraumatic growth, and the EOD Warrior Foundation. Ken spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families from the last 16-years of war.
Ken is a serial entrepreneur. As the Founder and CEO of his first company, A-T Solutions, the company is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. At the forefront of providing training and consulting services in the Anti- and Counter- Terrorism industry, A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology“Fast 50”, Smart CEO’s “Future 50”, and the winner of the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M. In 2010, Ken was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.
Ken also founded Shoulder 2 Shoulder, Inc. a multimedia technology company and prior to selling his share of the company, he served as the CEO for six years.
Ken is married to Julia Falke (for the last 35 years) and has two daughters Gennavieve (29) and Rhian (24). Ken’ daughter Genna is married to Brayden Keller. Ken and Julia are grandparents to Troy, Riley, Cameron, and Gwendolyn.
Prior to Ken’s professional career, he was an avid hockey player and struggling student that barely graduated high school.
Masters of Policy Management, Georgetown University
Member, Harvard Business School Executive Education Program
BS, University of the State of New York, Regents College
Founder/Chairman, Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors
Founder/Chairman, EOD Warrior Foundation
Author, Struggle Well
Nicole Motsek began with the EOD Memorial Foundation in 2012 and was asked to continue on with the EOD Warrior Foundation after the March 1, 2013 merger. She comes to the Foundation’s helm having achieved great successes as a business development manager in the transportation and logistics industry.
She has also supported the continued success of nonprofit organizations like the Junior League of Atlanta, the Anti-Prejudice Consortium, and the YMCA, serving as a key member of numerous boards and committees throughout her career. She is no stranger to the EOD community. Having supported her husband during his years in Army EOD, she was a part of our family long before serving in the capacity she does today. Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from American InterContinental University
Rod Simmons is a partner/shareholder in the law firm of Hirschler Fleischer. Rod’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisition transactions in the defense contractor and other industries. Rod’s involvement with the defense contracting industry spurred his interest in the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation. Rod graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and he received his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, where he was an editor of the William & Mary Law Review. Rod is active in both bar and civic organizations and currently serves as vice chair of the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia.
Jane Cady Gingrich is a certified public accountant from Gaithersburg, Md. Before establishing her own practice in September 2009, Jane worked for the public accounting firm McGladrey & Pullen, LLP for five years in the government contracting practice. Jane managed multiple audits and reviews for entities with annual revenues ranging from $5-150 million, both in the private and public sectors. Jane is a graduate of Colgate University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. Jane is honored to serve on the board for the EOD Warrior Foundation.
Paul R. Plemmons serves as the corporate vice president for the Electronic Warfare Business area of the Sierra Nevada Corporation. Paul previously served 35 years of active-duty service as an Army-enlisted Infantryman and Ordnance Officer. He retired from active-duty military service at the rank of colonel in 2007. Key EOD assignments during his career include the first OIC of the Iraqi Captured Enemy Ammunition mission, 2003, Deputy Commander for the 20th Support Command (CBRNE), (2005) and Commander of Combined Joint Task Force Troy (2006). Paul’s personal military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Combat Action Badge and Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge. He was selected to the United States Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame and will be inducted later this year. Paul is married to Nancy (38 years) and has two sons and three grandchildren.
Mr. Herren serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Yulista Holding, LLC. In this role, he oversees a portfolio of companies that operate in aerospace, defense, and civilian markets. After serving in the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1999 until 2008 as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Operator and Team Leader, Mr. Herren joined Yulista’s parent company, Calista Corporation, focusing on business and corporate development.
Upon successfully executing key growth initiatives at the parent company, Calista Board of Directors appointed Mr. Herren to CEO of Yulista Holding; the government services division and largest business segment in the company. Mr. Herren’s experience includes executive leadership, board of director/shareholder relations, value creation and management, merger and acquisition (M&A) expertise, strategic planning and partnerships, customer relations, and corporate development.
Since taking over in 2011, Mr. Herren and his leadership team have produced record years in profitability and revenue for Yulista while maintaining the most diversified portfolio in both business base and capability since the company’s inception.
Mr. Herren has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (Management) and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). He also has certificates in M&A and corporate valuations in addition to numerous military certifications and course completions. Mr. Herren has held certifications from the Middle Market Investment Banking Association as a Chartered Merger and Acquisition Professional (CMAP) as well as a certification from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts as a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA).
Greg K. Mittelman, is a retired U.S. Air Force EOD veteran. He served previously on the Board of Directors of the EOD Memorial Foundation. He is passionate about EOD personnel and their families, and has a wide breadth of USAF, Joint, and Combined experience in all levels of EOD operations with hands on experience in Conventional, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, and IEDs. He is a former USAF Commander at Naval School EOD and was a key team member in the transition and opening of the school to Eglin AFB, FL and in commemorating the EOD Memorial there. He also serves on, and is the EODWF liaison to, the National Defense Industrial Association EOD Advisory Committee. He has a Masters of Public Administration from Troy University, Bachelor of Arts from Texas State University and has also completed Non-Profit Management Certificate at the University of Texas.
Clark Nichols retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service in 2009. Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1989, he first served as a Surface Warfare Officer. Following his initial ship assignment, Clark was accepted for a transfer into the EOD community, where he served for the remainder of his career. His assignments include command of a forward deployed EOD Mobile Unit and Deputy Commander of CJTF Troy in Iraq. Clark now serves as a principal at R3 Strategic Support Group. In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree, he holds a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from Old Dominion University and a Masters of Arts in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Kellie Perry has been a staunch supporter of the EOD community since joining the EOD family in 1988. As the spouse of an active-duty EOD technician and mother, she has achieved great success in raising two children while enduring multiple CONUS and OCONUS assignments, as well as numerous deployments. Kellie’s commitment of self-sacrifice extends well beyond her immediate family. Service to community is Kellie’s mainstay, and her involvement has been far-reaching. She served as president of the Stephen Decatur School Parent-Teacher Association, director of religious education for NAS Sigonella Chapel, Sigonella, Sicily, officer of the board of directors and as a volunteer for Okaloosa-Walton County’s only Domestic Violence Shelter. Kellie earned strong accolades in her service as an individual augmentee deployment support specialist with Navy Fleet and Family Support Services, San Diego, Ca. Kellie has served on the EOD Memorial Foundation’s board of directors since 2011. Kellie earned a liberal arts degree from Okaloosa Walton College. She and her husband, Mark, have two sons, Michael and Christopher, one daughter-in-law, Cathryn, and three grandchildren, Evan, Elliotte, and Eilah.
Adam Popp is a 12-year combat veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as an EOD Team Leader. After being wounded in Afghanistan, he was visited at the hospital by members of the foundation. He found it a very humbling experience and decided then that he wanted to get involved. Adam is certified by the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) as a peer visitor for amputees and other severely wounded. He currently leads a very active life as a senior analyst and partner at Shoulder 2 Shoulder Inc., and he attends school and enjoys outdoor activities.
Rob Reynolds retired as a commissioned officer from the Canadian Army after 22 years of loyal service. Rob joined as a non commissioned officer and after achieving the rank of Master Warrant Officer, was chosen to be commissioned from the ranks. As a Combat Engineer, Rob specialized in the explosives field as a Demolition Instructor and qualified EOD Operator. Rob’s deployments into operational theaters include Kuwait, Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Rob concluded his military career as a member of the inaugural Canadian Counter-IED Task Force, participated internationally on NATO initiatives and Tiger Teams and was responsible for EOD requirements across the Canadian Army, Air Force and Navy. In 2008 he left military service to join industry and continue to support the EOD Warfighter through current product offerings and the development of future capabilities. Under the ownership of The Safariland Group in 2013, Rob was chosen to lead the Med-Eng team. Rob is currently the Vice President and General Manager of two companies, Med-Eng and Pacific Safety Products. Rob is married to his wife Manon and have two sons, Zac who is a competitive alpine ski racer and JJ who has recently enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Combat Engineer.
Tasha Sprovtsoff is the surviving spouse of Nicholas A Sprovtsoff, KIA September 28, 2011. At that time she was pregnant and their daughter was 14 months old. While still living in California she started a side business that gave her the opportunity to stay home with their little ones. She currently resides in Colorado with those now school aged children and they enjoy traveling and exploring in their RV. After being so supported by the EODWF since her husband’s death Tasha felt drawn to serve as an ambassador in May of 2016. She is honored to serve the community as a voice for Gold Star families.
Leon Tackitt is a 27-year Navy veteran. During his first 5 years, he was an anti-submarine warfare specialist, search and rescue crewman, radar and sonar operator in H2 Helicopters. He transitioned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal in 1984 and completed his career in the EOD profession. After his retirement, he and his wife, Cindy, started a small family winery. Shortly thereafter, Leon joined the EODWF family as an ambassador, and through the winery has developed a very strong network of friends and professionals who are committed to supporting the EOD Warrior Foundation in its endeavors.