Our Board Members and Advisors represent an impressive mix of individual talents and professional backgrounds which enable them to provide governance of the highest quality. We also understand the necessity of providing these children with the opportunity to fulfill their individual dreams.
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U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Andrew Baldwin, M.D. is a physician, humanitarian, U.S. Navy diver and media personality currently serving as a family medicine resident at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Southern California. Prior to his current position, Dr. Baldwin served at the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C. as a spokesman and advocate for Navy medicine. While in D.C. he assisted the U.S. Surgeon General with a program called Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future and currently serves as an advocate for the Let's Move Campaignheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama. Both of these programs target childhood overweight and obesity.
Dr. Baldwin has had an accomplished academic, athletic and professional career, which includes service to the country as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. As an endurance athlete and national health & fitness specialist, he has competed in numerous triathlons and racing events internationally, such as the prestigious Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii. Dr. Baldwin has also been named to the All-Navy Triathlon Team five times and was a three time U.S.A. Triathlon All-American.
Beyond his professional and athletic pursuits, Dr. Baldwin is active in charitable and humanitarian efforts. He is founder of the Got Your Back Network, a 501(c)(3) foundation that provides an avenue for the children of fallen soldiers to learn and be inspired by the most successful leaders of our generation. Dr. Baldwin has been featured extensively in the media and on television. This includes his starring role on the ABC hit show, The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman. For more information, visit www.AndyBaldwin.com.
Roy was born in Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York and grew up on a potato farm in western New York State. He attended Cornell University and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. His work experience includes working for twenty five years in engineering, marketing and human resources at the New Holland farm machinery company, five years working at engineering companies and four years as a State Representative in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.
Roy developed a sense of community service when he was a member of the New Holland Jaycees. A line in the Jaycee Creed reads "Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life"
He attended Leadership Lancaster Class in 1986. LL provides training in volunteer work and non-profit organization. Roy has held office on several non-profit boards over the last thirty years and is currently on four boards.
Roy is married to Cynthia and has three children; Andy, Matt and Susie and a dog named Zoe.
Kathleen Gagg brings her knowledge, passion and ability for promotion to Got Your Back Network. Her experience with non-profit organizations combined with her experience in developing and implementing strategic result oriented public relation and marketing campaigns has helped the organization gain important recognition and support. Kathleen was instrumental in the first major fundraising and promotion efforts of The Got Your Back Network including our evening with the New Jersey Nets.
While serving as Executive Director for another 501(c)3 foundation she has also successfully brought awareness about Congenital Heart Defects in children to help prevent Sudden Cardiac Death by early detection. Kathleen has planned, executed and successfully implemented a program to offer free heart screenings to school age children to promote awareness about Automated External Defibrillators (AED's), as well as the placement of AED's in our schools and accessibility at all sporting events.
Kathleen feels as an American it is her turn to return the salute to our country's bravest!! Kathleen is a successful business woman and is also recognized as a successful multimillion-dollar producer in real estate.
Kathleen resides in Northwest New Jersey with her husband and 3 children.
Ellen Stiefler, legal counsel to GYBN, is an attorney, agent, business manager and transmedia producer based in California and New York. Ellen has many bestselling books, movies, television, gaming and Internet programs, successful companies, marketing roll-outs, and other transmedia projects to her credit.
Ellen was graduated from Duke University, like Andy Baldwin. Her father, Lt.Col George A. Weiler, served in WWII and Korea and rests at Arlington National Cemetery. Ellen also has served on the boards of Kids Korps USA and Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine for over a decade. She and Rand Pipp are blessed with an extended family of nine wonderful children.
Andy has held this post since 2004, prior to which he served as Director of Government Relations and Community Development for the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Possessing some of the most diverse political experience in the gaming industry, Andy's duties include managing the political and governmental affairs for LVSC along with aiding and assisting in the company's expansion efforts and development projects.
Andy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He began his career working on local, state, and federal campaigns in the late 1980's. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to serve as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Harris County, Texas. In 1992, Andy returned home to Nebraska where he worked on the Republican National Committee's Victory Campaign for the Midwest region. At the campaign's conclusion, he went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Douglas County Republican Party. He was then appointed to serve statewide as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Republican Party until 1997 when he left to manage the Christensen for Governor Campaign.
Since 1998, Andy has been instrumental in instituting The Venetian and Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s political and community development activities, along with helping to ensure The Venetian and LVSC properties continue to set the industry's standards. Abboud oversees the company's political activity and lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., Carson City, as well as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He led the company's campaign to obtain a gaming license in Pennsylvania, spearheading a proposal to redevelop the former Bethlehem Steel property into a mixed-use resort development. He continues to lead the company's expansion opportunities in other jurisdictions within the United States.
Andy has been at the forefront of several of the company's political and community initiatives including the creation and development of LVSC's Responsible Gaming Program. In the development of this program, he facilitated a partnership with the Harvard University Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance Division on Addictions to develop a cutting-edge training curriculum for all team members, establishing LVSC as the foremost leader in responsible gaming in the world.
Andy also organized and oversees the charitable arm of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. 501c (3) charitable foundation, the Sands Foundation. The Sands Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in charitable contributions to thousands of organizations and individuals in need throughout Southern Nevada and the world focusing on youth, health, and education. The Sands Foundation has comprehensive scholarship programs for team members and residents of the communities in which the company operates. In recent years, Andy has helped facilitate Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson's program to bring wounded warriors and their families to Las Vegas for VIP treatment as a show of gratitude for their service to our country.
Andy is also active in several civil and charitable organizations, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Problem Gambling Center, Three Square Foundation, Got Your Back Network and the Sands Foundation.
Andy's hobbies include reading, exercising, and most importantly all aspects of University of Nebraska Football.
Cynthia Baldwin is a highschool math teacher in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She earned her BA in mathematics in 1972 from Cornell University. She is married to Roy Baldwin and has three children. In her early years she lived overseas because of her father's employment with the US State Department. She lived in the Marshall Islands, Lybia, and Paraguay and returned to the US at age 14.
Susie grew up in Lancaster, PA in a family with a strong sense of community service and a desire to help and empower others. This desire helped her choose a career path. Susie graduated from Cornell University in 2008 and will graduate with a Master in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2010. During graduate school, Susie has learned and developed skills to be used in work with both children and adults, and in the face of life-threatening illness, loss, trauma, and chemical dependence. Susie has experience with short-term and long-term counseling in both the school and the hospital setting.
Susie is the daughter of Roy and Cindy Baldwin and has two older brothers, Andy and Matt.
The oldest of 3 children, Shana has always wanted to make her mark. Her love of community service started at a young age and has just increased through the years. Coming from a long line of Army having her Grandfather and Grandmother serving in WWII, Korea and uncles in Vietnam and the Gulf War and then marrying a soldier having deployed multiple times in his 15 year career – she knew it was time focus her passion of service to those who serve. For the past 12 years she has been affiliated with several military programs including LINKS and the Key Wives groups. In addition to her military experience she has worked in crisis management and volunteered with several domestic violence charities; serving on the board and assisting in both awareness and fundraising.
Raised in California, Shana LOVES being outdoors and attending sporting events with her family. As Orange County residents they are huge fans of both The Anaheim Ducks Hockey team and the Angels baseball team. You can find them cheering on either team at any given time – although admittedly hockey is her love. She also enjoys showing her daughter the importance of community service.
Shana works full time as a Procurement Coordinator in the healthcare industry and working towards complete her studies.
Shana and her husband Grant are parents to a wonderful daughter...and a dog, a cat, the fish and a guinea pig.
Barbara Allen is a mother of four and lives in New York. Her husband,Lt Louis Allen, was killed in Iraq in June 2005. Barbara is enrolled in American Military University's Masters Program,pursuing a degree in criminal justice. She has written her first book, due out later this year.
Ursula is the surviving spouse of SFC Collin J Bowen. He met his wife, Ursula, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County when he was enrolled in a Spanish class she taught.
SFC Bowen volunteered to go to Afghanistan in November 2006. On January 2nd 2008, only two weeks before coming back home, he was injured in an IED attack. He passed away on March 14th, 2008. They had one daughter, Gabriela, who was only 3 years old at the time of his death. His other two daughters from his previous marriage, Erin and Katelyn, were 13 and 10 years old.
Ursula is originally from Bogota, Colombia, but has lived in the US for more than a decade now. She holds two Master degrees in communications, and for the last five years has worked as Director of Marketing and Operations for a real estate auction company in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ursula as a military wife, mother, worker and immigrant thought she had confronted strong challenges throughout her life, until she was faced with the injuries and later death of her husband. Now, a few years later, she is happy to offer her knowledge, diverse background and first hand experience of widowhood to Got Your Back Network.
Ryan Scully grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 with a degree in neurobiology and physiology. That summer, Ryan was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and began medical school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Ryan has two younger brothers and a dog named Lola.