Board of Directors

Major General Les Carroll (USAR – Ret)

Les retired in 2017 after 39 years military service. He served as commanding general of the 377th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) in New Orleans, LA, the largest command in the U.S. Army Reserve, with more than 36,000 Soldiers, over 900 Civilians and 442 units in 39 states. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, NC from July 2012 until June 2014. Les was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry from the University of Georgia Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in 1978 and began his military career at Fort Benning, GA. He received his bachelor’s from Northwestern State University in LA.

Quindola Crowley, Ph.D, LICSW, BCD

Quindola is the Chief of Veteran Care and Transition at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX where she leads a dynamic multidisciplinary team of over 300 social workers, RN case managers, peer supports, psychologists and LMFTS. She retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel after 29 years of combined active and reserve service, with two commissions and three successful military commands, one as an Engineer Officer and two as a Medical Service Corp Officer. From a multi-generational military family, Quindola is passionate about serving Veterans. She holds a PhD in Non-Profit Leadership and a Master of Social Work.

Jerry Steele, Col USMCR (Ret)

Jerry served 27 years in the military and retired as a Colonel in the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve. His collateral duties included logistics officer, fiscal budget officer, safety officer, drug and alcohol abuse control officer and legal officer. He amassed over 2,000 flight hours in Marine jets. Jerry also brings over 25 years leadership experience in medical practice management and non-profit. He is very active in the community, currently serving as the Alabama State Council of MOAA Secretary. He is a past Commandant for the Marine Corps League, past President of the Medical Group Manager’s Association and Program Manager for Toys for Tots.

Colonel Mike Plattenburg, USAR

Mike is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve with 30 years of service, specializing in logistics and medical operations. He spent his last deployment in Kuwait in 2017, as the director of the Iraq Train and Equipment Funding (ITEF) team with the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). In his civilian life, he works in education within the Mobile County Public School System. He is a founding Board member of Veterans Recovery Resources, contributing to the development of its bylaws and founding principles. Mike is passionate about caring for his soldiers and has seen the struggles that many face upon transition from military service. He graduated from the University of Alabama.

Henry Esham, DMD

Henry is a dentist in Fairhope, AL and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry in 2013. He served over 22 years in the military, including nine years as a Naval Aviator (commissioned in 2001) and five as a military police officer in the Alabama National Guard. He completed several deployments, flying missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. Henry continues to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve and is committed to serving his country and community and ensuring Veterans receive the best care available.

John Kilpatrick, Founder & Executive Director (Ex-Officio)

John has a bold vision to change how Veterans can return to normal lives after combat. With 32 years’ military service, including 12 years as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 20 years as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, and four deployments, he has experienced first-hand the challenges service members and their families can face returning to civilian life. He founded Veterans Recovery Resources to offer a new approach for those needing support. In 2016, John was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit by the Army Medical Department for his outstanding character and service. He earned his Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama.

Amanda Hayes – M.I.M.

Amanda has 30 years of marketing strategy, communications and program management experience in the consulting services, technology start-up and non-profit industries. She spent 18 years working and contracting with Accenture in London, Toronto and the U.S. and is currently a co-owner of MFH Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia. Amanda holds a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is passionate about raising awareness of the issues facing our Veteran community across the nation, all of whom have so selflessly served our country.