Board Members: Military Adaptive Sports Inc.
Ken Fisher, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Invictus Games 2016
Ken’s involvement in support of active-duty personnel and veterans dates back more than 25 years. He is Chairman and CEO of Military Adaptive Sports Inc. (MASI), the not-for-profit corporation founded to organize and host the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, and Chairman & CEO of Fisher House Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that constructs “comfort homes” for families of hospitalized military personnel and veterans. Founded in 1990 by his late uncle Zachary Fisher, the program has built 71 houses to date in the United States and Germany, and partnered with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Help for Heroes to open a Fisher House for British Families in the United Kingdom.
Ken is a senior partner at Fisher Brothers, a diversified real estate firm active nationally, Mr. Fisher is part of the third generation of leadership, and oversees the leasing, management and marketing of more than 6 million square feet of class-A commercial properties in New York, Washington, D.C. and around the country.
Gerry Byrne is PMC’s Vice Chairman, guiding business initiatives across PMC’s entire portfolio of media brands. Gerry is on the boards of numerous not-for-profits including Fisher House, The Intrepid Museum, VeteransAdvantage, The Veteran’s Healing Initiative, The Bob Woodruff Foundation, The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, The Creative Coalition, The Reisenbach Foundation (Chairman), The Armory Foundation and The New York City Police Museum. Among his many awards, Gerry received the NYPD Marine Corps Association 2002 “Semper Fi” Award for his work in the community. A 1966 graduate of Fordham College, Gerry served as a Marine Officer in Vietnam in 1968/69 and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V.
Paul W. Bucha
Paul Bucha is a Vietnam War veteran and a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. He was a foreign policy advisor to President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He attended the US Military Academy at West Point and earned an MBA at Stanford University.
Martin L. Edelman
Martin L. Edelman is “of counsel” to Paul Hastings LLP. Mr. Edelman has more than 40 years of experience and concentrates his practice on large complex international real estate, corporate mergers and acquisitions transactions. Mr. Edelman is on the boards of Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City football clubs. He is also an advisor to the Miami Dolphins. He is on the advisory board at Columbia University’s Business School. He is a founding member of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and also on the board of the Tribeca Film Institute and Festival. Mr. Edelman has been recognized for his work with the United States Military and military families by being awarded the Department of the Army Public Service Award. Mr. Edelman graduated form Princeton University in 1963 and Columbia Law School in 1966.
Ms. Bronwen Evans is a Founding Director and CEO of True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), which has been raising record funds to support military families through its signature Tribute Dinners since its inception in 2009. Under her leadership since 2012, TPL has successfully spearheaded Expeditions to the Himalayas and the North Pole, partnering prominent business leaders with wounded veterans. Previous to her role with TPL, Ms. Evans was the Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Medcan, the largest executive health clinic in North America, where she became the company’s first Chief Privacy Officer. Ms. Evans currently serves as Director of the National Ballet of Canada. Ms. Evans received an undergraduate degree with Honours from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Biomedical Ethics from Carleton University in Ottawa.
David Fox is a retired Senior Partner of Greenwich Associates where he served for more than 35 years. At Greenwich Associates he led the Banking Practice and the Insurance Practice areas. David has been a trustee of the Fisher House Foundation for many years and also serves there as the CFO, Chairman of the Investment Committee and Treasurer. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and holds an advanced degree from the University of Virginia. As a Naval Officer he served in the Atlantic as well as the Pacific fleets and had two tours in Vietnam. David has served on a number of Boards both academic as well as commercial. Current Board activities and commitments include Topmark, Soundbeach Technology as well as several private equity entities. He has been married for 44 years to Patricia and they reside in Old Greenwich CT.
Dr. Mike Haynie is the Vice Chancellor of Syracuse University, responsible for Veteran and Military Affairs. In that role Dr. Haynie provides strategic leadership to the University’s veteran and military-connected programs, partnerships, and research – and works to develop new military-connected initiatives across the institution. Dr. Haynie also serves as the Founding Executive Director of Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans & Military Families IVMF), and as the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at SU’s Whitman School of Management. Mike completed his doctoral degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before beginning his academic career, Haynie served for 14 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. In 2006, Dr. Haynie found the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), a program designed to empower veterans through entrepreneurship. Hayne later went on to launch the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (2011), as the nation’s first interdisciplinary academic institute focused purposefully on informing and impacting the policy, economic, wellness, and social concerns of the nation’s veterans and their families. Dr. Haynie currently serves as the chairman of the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach. In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Bob McDonald appointed Haynie to serve as the vice chairman of the newly created MyVA Advisory Committee, chartered to set the course for long-term excellence and reform at the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Donna E. Shalala
Donna E. Shalala is President and CEO of the Clinton Foundation. She is on leave as the Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami. President Shalala has more than 40 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator. President Shalala received her A.B. degree in history from Western College for Women and earned her Ph.D. degree from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993 and
President of the University of Miami from 2001 to 2015. In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed her U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history..
In 2007, President George W. Bush handpicked Shalala to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, to evaluate how wounded service members transition from active duty to civilian society. . In 2008 President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and in 2010 she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, which recognizes individuals for outstanding dedication to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally.
Christie Smith, PhD
Christie is the Deloitte Managing Principal for Consulting in the west region of the United States. Her responsibilities include markets, clients, talent and community for more than 2,400 consulting practitioners and more than 250 Principals and Directors. She is also a Lead Consulting Partner and Advisory Partner on several of Deloitte’s largest life sciences/biotech clients In addition to her management and client responsibilities Christie leads the Deloitte University Leadership Centers for Inclusion and Community Impact. Christie is a Board member at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Advisory Council for New America’s Caregivers & Breadwinners.
Christie has a MSW from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Social Work/IO Psychology from New York University.
Jacqueline A. Weiss
Jackie Weiss is the General Counsel of Fisher Brothers, responsible for legal affairs. Prior to joining Fisher Brothers, Jackie devoted more than 30 years practicing law in firms based in New York City, representing and counselling clients in all aspects of real estate, construction, finance and corporate law. She has lectured in law school and at professional organizations on numerous real estate and finance based topics, including distressed debt, commercial and retail leasing and various financing matters, and has been recognized nationally by several organizations, including Chambers USA and the Legal 500, as leading expert in her fields of practice. Jackie earned her JD from Fordham University School of Law and her BA degree from Queens College (CUNY).
Mr. Williams is an internationally recognized, award winning media personality, decorated former naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur and advocate for patients worldwide. Williams earned his degree in General Engineering and minor in International Security Affairs from the United States Naval Academy. Williams and his partners founded the brain science technology company, Neurohabilitation, Inc, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly traded Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. Williams is a principal of Pure Blue Resources, LLC, an innovative renewable energy company. Williams serves as a Special Envoy to the United Nations Save Our Sharks Coalition and as a board member to the Fisher House Foundation, and The Freedom Festival.