Board of Advisors Listing

Our Board of Advisors:

COMMANDER [Ret.] Dr. William “Chip” Beck
  • Program and Policy Coordinator, U.S. State Department’s African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) Program.
  • Commander, USNR (ret), 1964-1996.
  • Senior Operations Officer, CIA Clandestine Service (ret.), 1970-1993
  • Veteran of wars and conflicts in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Angola, Western Sahara, Sudan, Afghanistan (Soviet era), Chad, El Salvador, Nicaragua/Honduras, Colombia, Beirut, Panama (Just Cause), Kuwait (Desert Shield/Storm), Cold War, and Iraq.
  • Defense Fellow (2001-2005), Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict, DoD
  • Strategic Communications; Director of Community Affairs, International Zone, Baghdad (2003-2005)
  • Founder, Green Zone Council of Volunteer Scouters and Iraqi Scout Initiative (2004)
  • NCIS Reserve Agent/Commanding Officer NCIS Reserve Unit 0166 (1993-1995)
  • Navy Combat Artist, Operation Desert Storm (1991)
  • Special Investigator for Un-repatriated American POWs, Defense POW/MIA Office (1995-1996)
  • Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO)
  • UDT/SEAL Association
  • Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (past Board of Directors)
  • National Cartoonists Society (past Board of Directors)
  • Adult Leader: Boy Scouts of America/World Organization of the Scout Movement (1997-2005)
  • Doctoral Degree — Organizational Leadership/Conflict Resolution, Nova Southeastern University (2009)
  • Master’s Degree — Middle Eastern Studies, George Washington University (1988)
  • Bachelor’s Degree — International Relations, CALSTATE Northridge, 1968
Mr. Christopher Bond
  • Washington Scholars Fellowship Program, Executive Director
  • Americans for Prosperity Foundation
  • Tulane University, BS in Philosophy
  • Zeta Psi Fraternity of North America
  • National Debutante Cotillion, Floor Committee
Mr. Patrick Carney
Patrick Carney
  • Bachelor of Arts University of Washington (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Master of Business Administration Columbia Graduate School of Business
  • Associate Vice President – Investments and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ( CFP®) Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, San Antonio, TX
  • Past International President Zeta Psi Fraternity of North America and Zeta Psi Educational Foundation
  • Grand Treasurer, Grand Priory of the United States, Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
  • Prior of the Priory of St. Matthew (Texas) Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
  • Grand Officier of the Temple of Jerusalem
  • Ordained Elder and Deacon of the Presbyterian Church USA
  • Commissioner to the 200th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA
Dame Karen R. Groff
Ms. Karen R. Groff
  • Knights Templar Dame, Priory of Saint King Charles, the Martyr [SKCM, SMOTJ] Life member
  • Admiral James J. Carey Foundation, Board of Trustees[AJJCF]
  • Association of the United States Army [AUSA] Life member
  • Navy League of the United States [USNL] Life member
  • National Military Families Association [NMFA] Life member
  • Association of Small Foundations [ASF] – Present
  • Virginia Association of Museums [VAM] – Present
  • Volunteer, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation [NSFH], Nominating/Governance Committee Chair – 2009 to 2012
  • Volunteer, Association of the United State Navy [AUSN] Strategic Planning Committee – 2010
  • National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy [NCRP] Nonprofit Congress Delegate – 2006
  • Employers in Support of the Guard & Reserve [ESGR/FL] Executive Committee – 2005 to 2006
  • University of Tampa / Army ROTC Medal of Honor Committee / Treasurer – 2005
  • WWII Memorial Foundation/American Battle Monuments Commission – 2003 to 2004
MAJ Mark G. Hartell, PhD, KTJ
  • State University of New York, BS (Chemistry)
  • The Ohio State University, MS (Biophysical Chemistry)
  • Auburn University, PhD (Analytical Chemistry)
  • Former research faculty, Auburn University
  • Former consultant to SAIC, Advanced Concepts Division
  • Former Team Leader, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Nearly $6M of personally funded research
  • Over 55 publications and presentations, including two U.S. patents
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Webmaster and Editor, Priory of St. King Charles the Martyr, Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
  • Founding Member, Knights of State
  • Board Member, The Angelic Foundation
Mr. Dale Leppard
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Computer Systems Analyst, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Former Quality Assurance Engineer, Electronics Industry
  • President, Washingtonburg Chapter, S.A.R.
  • President, Royal Confraternity of Sao Teotonio, USA, and Deputy General Prior for the USA
  • Ennobled and honored for service to the Imperial Ethiopian Dynasty
  • Grand Herald Emeritus, OSMTH International Knights Templar
  • Prior Emeritus, Saint James of Jerusalem, Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
Mr. Darren Littell
  • University of Washington, BA
  • Account Manager, DCI Group
  • Vice President of Strategic Development, Future Leaders for America Foundation
  • Former Chairman, Washington Scholars Fellowship Program
LCDR Steve Michaels
  • Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Professional Engineering License in the State of Wisconsin
  • EO/IR Targeting & Surveillance Engineering Manager, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Board of Directors, Lake County Council of Navy League
  • Life Member of Military Officers Association of America, Reserve Officers Association, & the Naval Reserve Association
  • Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association
  • Zeta Psi Fraternity
  • Association of Old Crows (Electronic Warfare)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • Lieutenant Commander US Navy Reserve, Officer-in-Charge SurgeMain Green Bay, WI
  • Knight Templar – Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
  • Arkansas State University, BSE
  • Retired U.S. Army Major-Master Aviator-Helicopters-Multi-Engine Airplanes
  • Presidential Appointee-The Reagan Administration
  • Presidential Appointee-The Bush (43) Administration
  • National Point of Light Award-President Bush (41)
  • National Jefferson Award for Community Service
  • National Advisory Committee-Veterans Business Affairs- US SBA (2002-Present)
  • US SBA Georgia Veterans Advocate of Year Award
  • Executive Director-Veterans for Dole/Kemp
  • Employment-US Senator’s Mattingly and Coverdell
  • Arkansas State University ROTC Hall of Heroes
  • Consultant-3 Vietnam POW Documentaries
  • Technical Advisor-Movie-Green Berets
  • Technical Advisor-Movie-Perfume River
  • Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
  • Life Member-VFW-AL-DAV-MOAA-Member-ROA-MOWW-VHPA-KheSanh Vets
Mr. Jason Murphy
  • Tulane University, BS Computer Science
  • George Mason University, JD (Dec. 2008)
  • Knights Templar, St. King Charles the Martyr Priory
  • Member, Zeta Psi Fraternity Canadian Advisory Committee
  • Board Member and Alumni Relations Chair, Zeta Psi – Tulane Elders Association
Mr. Mark Polansky
Mr. Mark Polansky
  • BS, Geography, Jacksonville Univ.
  • MAS, Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.
  • Senior Civilian, US Department of Defense
  • Former US Air Force Captain
  • Knight Commandeur, Order of the Temple
  • Co-founder, Priory of St Jude in Tokyo, Japan
  • Mensa member
  • Resided 13 years overseas (Japan 10 & Germany 3)
  • Active in numerous fraternal and volunteer organizations
  • Bronze Medalist, European Action Pistol Championship
  • Former member, Board of Directors, National Skeet Shooting Assoc.
  • Certified Pistol and Shotgun Instructor
  • Civic and military awards:
    • Spirit of America Award, from Gen. John Shalikashvili, USAREUR Commander (later Chairman JCS)
    • CAP Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Air Patrol)
    • USAF Commendation medal with 1 OLC