President - Lisa Regina
Vice President - Ret. Colonel Jon D. Schleifer, USMCR
Treasurer - John Aromando, Sr.
Secretary - Dr. Pamela Arnell
Lisa is a filmmaker and Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot. She has worked as a professional Actress and Acting Coach for over 35 years. She studied at New York University in the School of Educational Theatre, including, film production and screenwriting at NYU’s Tisch School for the Performing Arts. She also taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Lisa has always had a passion for mission driven projects. In 2001, Lisa wrote, directed and produced an educational film, "Kenny" to raise awareness for the rare skin disease, Ichthyosis. Kenny won The Manhattan Global Film Festival and Humanitarian Award.
As a survivor of domestic violence Lisa founded her non-profit, 501C3, A Write to Heal, Inc. in 2006 and traveled across the country presenting her one woman show. She proudly presented as a keynote speaker for the YWCA in Washington, D.C. and internationally in Zurich, Switzerland at the Women’s World Council.
Lisa’s advocacy work has a strong focus on raising awareness on issues surrounding trauma. She has a passion and love to serve our military community through her film productions, which include veterans as consultants, cast and crew members.
The camaraderie of ‘Vets on set’ has proven to be a positive healing experience for our heroes in Lisa’s film productions, ‘The Shooters Nail' and ‘The Shades’, an official selection of the Cinequest Film Festival and Berlin Lift-Off.
Over the last 9 years, Lisa has conducted interviews with military soldiers and their families. She is currently adapting their true stories into a dramatic tv series, Heroic Episodes.
Lisa can be booked as a keynote speaker and continues to develop her humanitarian projects and writings with a focus on a universal message of hope and healing.
Senior Leader at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center
Jon is the Manager for the Research and Development Management Division at the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC).
The Technical Center’s workforce directly influences aviation’s future through: Core Work, Technology Advancements, Partnerships, and Outreach efforts. In his role, Mr. Schleifer’s workforce plans and coordinates the agency-wide research and development driving the modernization of the national airspace system and the future of aviation. The division uses a variety of print, digital and video products to communicate the FAA’s R&D activities to Congress, the aviation industry, the flying public, academia and other federal agencies. His Division is responsible for generating the National Aviation Research Plan (NARP), the R&D Annual Review and the Agency’s portion to the Department of Transportation’s Annual Modal Research Plan (AMRP). Mr. Schleifer also oversees administration of the congressionally-mandated Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) and related reports as well as the FAA’s Technology Transfer program.
Mr. Schleifer also leads the Technical Center’s Outreach and Partnership efforts by bringing an awareness to the work accomplished at the Tech Center by communicating its capabilities and showcasing its work. Additionally, he built and sustained effective and productive global relationships with industry, academia, and other government agencies. Prior to his current position, Jon served as the Chief of Staff for the Technical Center. His responsibilities included providing strategic guidance and executive support to the Director and Deputy Director. In this role, he improved business processes that spanned wide-ranging strategic initiatives aimed at growing the Center’s influence, capabilities and capacity to innovate and advance new aviation and air traffic management technologies. Prior to that, he led the Atlantic City Field Office for Flight Inspection Services after serving as Pilot in Command. As Pilot in Command, he amassed over 5,500 flight hours and was instrumental in commissioning and maintaining the National Airspace System.
Throughout his career with the FAA, Mr. Schleifer was also a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He retired in September 2015. His last assignment was as the Officer in Charge of the Staff Training Program Division in Quantico, VA. He directed a staff of fifty (50) Marines that deployed globally to facilitate large scale Exercises. The unit specialized in the Marine Corps Planning Process and regularly facilitated and emulated a Higher or Adjacent Headquarters Command. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of his duties.
Mr. Schleifer holds a Bachelor's degree from Evangel University. Additionally, he attended the U.S. Air Force Air War College, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and attended the Federal Executive Institute Leadership for a Democratic Society Program and other course work from OPM.
During his personal time, he is a member of the Atlantic County Veterans Advisory Board as well as the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board. Mr. Schleifer is the Chairman of the Board for IHS Deliveries. A not-for-profit entity that disseminates donations from U.S. benefactors to missionaries in South Africa and Burma. He is an avid weightlifter, reader and moviegoer. Jon is married to the former Ana Palacios of Laredo, TX. They currently reside in Mays Landing, NJ.
Retired Army Captain, Leslie Nicole Smith, graduated from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and received her commission from the Army ROTC program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Leslie was then assigned to the Nuclear Biological Chemical Corps, and also attended the Army Defense Information School, enabling her to serve as a Public Affairs Officer.
Leslie deployed to Bosnia in September 2001 with the 29thInfantry Division for Stabilization Force 10 during Operation Joint Forge. While in Bosnia, Leslie developed a blood clot and returned stateside two weeks before the end of her deployment. She was immediately admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and diagnosed with a blood infection, resulting from exposure to a chemical agent or toxin. Ultimately, Leslie lost her left leg and she is now legally blind.
Leslie was never discouraged by her losses and forged ahead. Her positive attitude carried over into her work at the USO and the Department of the Navy. Leslie is an Ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation. She has appeared on Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars to raise awareness for women veterans and on the daytime drama, Days of Our Lives, for a special veterans episode dedicated to PTSD.
Leslie has shared her inspirational story across the country including the White House, West Point and Wall Street. She has appeared on both local and national media such as FOX News Live, MSNBC, CBS Talk Philly, News Close Up with Marvin Scott and SNJ Today.
Leslie’s story was included in the third book of the American Heroes series written by New York Times best-selling author and former Marine Colonel Oliver North. In February 2014, both Colonel North and Leslie were guests on the Katie Couric Show to discuss the book, “On the Homefront The Hearts of Heroes” and to share her motivational story.
Leslie is always accompanied by her faithful and hard-working service dog, Issac, who helps her navigate through life each day with confidence and happiness.
John was born and raised in Medford, NJ and is the 4th of 5 children. He was the son of a US Air Force Veteran and gained a deep respect for the military at a young age. John graduated from Shawnee High School (1981) and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from Trenton State College (1986). He has worked in the Finance Industry for the last 35 years. He is married to the love of his life, Lisa Regina. They currently reside in Hainesport, NJ.
John decided to play football for Trenton State College. He was a 4 year starter and had a successful career. John was voted Small College Football Player of the Year (1983) and is a two-time Small College All American Football Player (1983-84). He was inducted into the Trenton State College Hall of Fame in October 1998. He currently holds 13 school records as well as 1 NCAA Division III record. In 1985, John was drafted by the Philadelphia Stars of the United States Football League. Unfortunately, the league folded prior to the start of the 1985 season. He was then invited to the NY Giants camp (1985) and the NE Patriots camp (1986) but was released both times before the season began.
John has one son, John Jr., who is married. He has a 3 year old grandson, John III and another grandson due in November 2023. John Jr. is a Computer Science Professor at the University of Delaware.
John is the Co-Founder of Retirement Refined, LLC and has 27 years’ experience as a Financial Advisor. His emphasis is Retirement Planning, Investment Management, and Estate Planning. John prides himself on honesty, being proactive with his clients and being organized. His philosophy is to treat people with courtesy and respect and to provide prompt, attentive, and professional service. His goal is to assist his clients with their financial decisions so they can achieve financial independence and enjoy a worry free retirement.
In addition to guiding his clients with their financial needs, John’s life purpose is philanthropy. He and his wife Lisa are working to assist veterans in obtaining drone pilot careers through Lisa's non-profit, A Write to Heal, Inc. They hope to expand the program throughout the US. They also plan to get involved in other philanthropic endeavors dear to their hearts. John's interests include working out, sports, music, comedy, animals, traveling and spending time with family & friends.
Dr. Arnell is the Executive Director for 22Zero.
She has been the Youth Service Officer (YSO) for Giles County, Tennessee, since 2014. Before being the YSO, she owned Arnell’s Counseling Service, Inc., as a contract provider for the State of Tennessee for 14 years. Dr. Arnell has been an adjunct faculty at Columbia State Community College since 2004, teaching in the Psychology program and some Education classes. Dr. Arnell has been a member of the Giles County Fire and Rescue Squad since 2008 and is also a member of the Pulaski Lions Club. She served on the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network as the regional committee chair from 2004- 2011. Dr. Arnell also served on the State Advisory Council for the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network from 2004-2014. As part of her dissertation, Dr. Arnell completed an analysis on The Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention based on the original National Strategies for Suicide Prevention.
Dr. Arnell became involved with 22Zero in March 2021, when the Giles County Fire and Rescue Squad assistant fire chief asked if she would be willing to go through the training.
In April of 2021, Dr. Arnell went through the training process and was astonished at how well the program worked. “Due to my job, working with children/youth who have been abused, neglected and working with them with their trauma being in law enforcement for five years as a reserve deputy, a rescue squad member, childhood trauma, in addition to being married to a veteran; Now, Dr. Arnell is involved with 22Zero/ Healing the Hero by analyzing data and assisting with publications. She has already successfully treated individuals that previously struggled with PTSD symptoms.
As of November 5th, 2022, Dr. Arnell became the Executive Director for 22Zero Follow Me, Inc. Dr. Arnell also provides marketing, speaking at conferences for 22Zero, providing co-training for the peer-to-peer coaches along with Dan Jarvis.
Dr. Arnell will also collaborate with the board of Directors of 22Zero to identify, create, and implement strategic plans to actualize business objectives effectively for all mission clients, coaches, and staff. Also, to identify, recruit, train and develop a talented team of coaches and employees.
As part of the Executive Director, other tasks are to identify potential sources of investment and organize fundraising efforts while representing 22Zero, at social and corporate events in ways that strengthen 22Zero and communicate the company’s message, professionally, ethically and with strong values. Dr. Arnell can be reached at email@example.com
Donna has worked in Education for the past 40 years at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mt. Holly, NJ as a counselor, teacher of Special Education and coach.
Donna’s passion for serving others, specifically for Veteran causes, includes spearheading an annual fundraiser, called the RV Devil Dash for the past 10 years for the Pat Tillman Foundation that has raised over $190,000. In addition, Donna led the charge for her school’s Armed Services Recognition Program, Law enforcement Week, Victory Lap for Veterans and Remembrance Walk. She also donated a commemorative headstone displayed on the school’s athletic field honoring those that served.
Her advocacy in Veteran Causes and community service has earned her accolades as a two time recipient of the Colin L. Powell Memorial Service Award, Volunteer of the year from the Burlington County Volunteer Center, Civic Engagement beneficiary, Person of the Year from the local newspaper and the Humanitarian Award from Trenton State College. She was also selected by her high school and college for the Academic and Athletic Hall of Fame and All American. Her employer recognized her as a VIP for her contributions to her school and community for her leadership and inspiration to others.
Donna is thrilled to be part of the Advisory Board for a Write to Heal and looks forward to serving.
Frank served his country in Desert Storm as a Mental Health Specialist. Johnson provided counseling to veterans who were suffering from depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Johnson understood the perils of the Gulf War and was able to help his fellow soldiers envision better days ahead. Little did he know that he would soon need every bit of this optimism to guide him through a dark chapter of his own.
In 1993, shortly after returning stateside, Johnson was shot twice in the back by a group of teenagers during a random dispute in his hometown of Philadelphia. He was instantly paralyzed from the waist down, with doctors informing his family that he would never walk again.
Always the optimist, Johnson was not ready to give up. In the hospital he had his first experience of that ‘silver lining’ while sharing a room with a man who was a quadriplegic. Johnson’s life lesson, “Whenever I feel like a victim, I think of my roommate who never complained and I’m grateful.”
Johnson’s faith and strong will proved doctors wrong and he was walking in two years. However, he was challenged once again when an infection led to the amputation of his right leg below the knee. Never giving up Johnson went on to pursue a career in acting and play as a team member of the Magee Sixers and the Wounded Warrior Flag Football Team.
Johnson still serves his community as a peer mentor for newly injured patients at the VA and a neighborhood rehabilitation center. He is a keynote speaker and advocate of mental health for A Write to Heal, and other non-profit organizations, Think First, Get Back Up Today, Inspiring People and iFit.
David Sweet is an Air Force combat veteran, a retired Boeing Executive, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Nation Aerospace Research and Technology Park (NARTP). He also co-leads the accelerator for the Smart Airport and Aviation Partnership (SAAP), as well as serving on SAAP’s Advisory Board.
While at Boeing, he served in leadership positions in both corporate and product strategy, in Boeing’s Washington office, in corporate mergers and acquisitions, in strategic analysis, and in product development.
Earlier, he was a principal systems analyst for ARINC Research, and a defense analyst with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA.) He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics from Colgate University, an M.S. in Operations Research from RPI, and advanced graduate work in technology and strategy from both RPI and Virginia (UVA).
Born in the 60’s and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Barry was quickly exposed to his first true loves; blues & rock-n-roll and photography. It was while he was playing guitar in a band with his then-girlfriend and lead singer, that he was taking publicity shots of her that he discovered his true gift: photography. Driven toward his new passion, Barry enrolled at the International Center for Photography in New York City and learned the basics of what makes a “great shot”, which ultimately laid the foundation for his development of a deeper, more personal approach to photography.
Barry’s career began when he landed a position as an assistant to the renowned music photographer Mark Weiss. Within two years, he was the top photographer at the agency and was shooting primarily concerts and studio sessions. Through this and building a magnificent portfolio and a reputation, he was able to establish his own photography studio, which is currently in New York City.
Barry eventually found his niche shooting headshots and portraits for actors, news anchors, tv hosts, politicians, executives, attorneys, doctors, etc. Barry’s goal remains true as it was the first time he picked up a camera “To capture the essence of the moment in every photograph”. “I feel like capturing the emotion of the moment with a few simple lights is just like a great guitarist transmitting emotions through a few simple notes.” With this philosophy, Barry is known for creating timeless photography. His body of work earned him being voted “Best NY Headshot Photographer” three times in the Backstage People’s Choice Awards.
Through his simple approach and innate ability to capture the true beauty and emotion of his clients. To this day, much of Barry’s work for Record Labels, Modeling Agencies and Publishing Companies consistently appear in major print publications, such as Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, The New York Times, People, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Parade, and Soap Opera Digest.
Over the years due to Barry's patriotism and passion for veterans and law enforcement, Barry has become the “go-to-guy” for military and law enforcement personnel, earning Barry's nickname "America's Headshot Photographer". Barry has been honored with awards from the nation’s leading law enforcement magazine, The Blue Magazine. Barry is consistently working to expand his horizons through building his portfolio and developing his brand while working to give back through various organizations he supports.
Barry's favorite and most honored gig was volunteering for The Independence Fund and The Gary Sinise Foundation in South Carolina photographing veterans and their spouses. This was a life changing event for Barry. He always offers veterans, active-duty military, and law enforcement discounts. He also photographs Gold Star families for free. Barry's philosophy is “If an American does not serve, it is his or hers duty to honor and respect those that have.”
Shelly is a licensed real estate agent who has 30 years of commercial real estate experience with a focus on multi-family. She has worked every facet of the industry from on-site leasing, appraisal, property management, investment sales, receivership & finance. Shelly is passionate about our military, veterans and first responders. She served as the Phoenix lead for VetNet (Veteran’s Network) in Arizona that focuses on engagement & long-term careers for military men and women. Making a positive impact in the lives of our veterans and their families is where Shelly finds her happiness. In 2019, Shelly was involved in a horrific car accident that broke her right side of her body and she sustained head trauma. Each day presents its difficulties both physically & mentally. A new normal can be challenging some days, but Shelly has always maintained a Never Quit and Forever Forward attitude.
Jayden Linton is a creator with a substantial online presence. With over 600k followers on TikTok nearly 100k on Instagram, and a combined 400+ million views across both platforms, his content has resonated with a vast and engaged audience.
While still attending high school Jayden has acquired an in depth understanding of all things Marketing and Online analytics, proving his capabilities by collaborating with renowned companies such as Disney, Fox, Universal, General Mills, Topgolf, Ebay’s StubHub, and more.
Driven by a strong focus on family and giving back Jayden uses his platform to spread kindness and encourages his large following to do the same.
Michael Mazzeo is an actor who has appeared in national commercials & TV guest star roles: Quantico, MacGyver, Billions, Law & Order and many more. We love him as 'Marco Polo' in the GEICO commercial. Most recently Michael starred in the holiday film, Santa Bootcamp with actress Rita Moreno.
"I'm always busy with auditions and many times I've reached out to Lisa to help me with my sides. I can be in NYC on the street on my way to an audition and Lisa will make time for my call to discuss the character and details of the audition. She's always insightful and finds gems in the dialogue. Lisa is a passionate, honest film producer and acting coach. I'm proud to be part of her team and help our Veterans."
Michael honored his life-long friend, Vietnam Veteran Peter Pizzuti, Sr. and brought him to Lisa's project to be interviewed for Heroic Episodes. We're grateful for Peter's service and for sharing his story with us.
Denise grew up in a household with a sister who was a special needs student, thus generating her interest in special needs populations. In college, she majored in special education, graduating from West Chester University in 1972 with a Bachelor’s degree in this area, and graduating from Trenton State College with a Master’s in Special Education in 1975. Denise received her Educational Specialist degree in Learning Disabilities from Rowan University in 1983. She has worked with children in various programs including being the Learning Disabilities Consultant for the Hammonton School District from 1980 to 2006. She continues to freelance as a Learning Consultant and advocates for parents and special needs students. Denise has worked for the Youth Advocate Program for the past 10 years.
Denise also has an acting career and has been affiliated with the Reinhard Agency in Philadelphia for over 30 years. (reinhardagency.com) . She has done numerous commercials over the years, and has been a QVC model during that time, most notably modeling Luxhair wigs for Sherri Shepherd and many other vendors. She recently played a role in the Indie film, Dismissal Time, which focuses on cyberbullying and suicide prevention.
Denise is the board president for IDEA, which is the Institute for Development of Education in Arts, which promotes educating youth in the arts. She is also involved as a Camden Liaison for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.
Peter is the Managing Member of Cordua Consulting LLC located in Moorestown, New Jersey. He has more than 40 years of professional experience and has helped many clients with management efficiencies, ownership structure, real estate development, restaurant partnerships, succession planning and mergers. Peter’s areas of concentration are taxation, management consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and testifying as an expert legal witness.
Peter has been awarded with many honors by his peers over the years. In October 2017, he was named Jersey Man/PhillyMan magazine’s male “Person of the Month”. He is also a past “Person of the Year”, according to the Collingswood, NJ Sons of Italy Lodge #0494. Peter was also chosen as one of SNJ Business People’s “Exceptional Entrepreneurs” in 2014.
Peter is a Certified Public Accountant registered in the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the New Jersey and the Pennsylvania Institutes of CPAs as well as the American Institute of CPAs.
EDUCATION & AFFILIATIONS
Peter earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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