Veteran Advisors

Rod Middleton, Veteran & Law Enforcement Advisor

Rodney D. “Rod” Middleton retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2017, following 27 years of service, beginning as a Special Agent and concluding as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the National Security Branch of the Mobile Division. He has extensive experience working international terrorism and counterintelligence investigations and completed multiple overseas deployments to Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other locations. Rod is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and served five years active duty as USAF Intelligence Officer. Rod’s wife and children also serve or have served our country, in the FBI, U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. He serves as a Mentor at the Baldwin County and Mobile County Veterans Courts.

Christopher Montgomery – Veteran Advisor

Chris is a retired Corporal in the U.S. Marines with six years of service, including three combat tours in Afghanistan. Chris was wounded by an IED on his last tour while serving with the 3/5 Dark Horse Marine Battalion. After returning home and recovering from his extensive injuries, Chris became an Ironman triathlete and successful business owner. Over the last few years, Chris has lost four members of his company to suicide, driving him to join the cause to support Veteran wellness. Chris graduated from Baker High School in Mobile, AL.  Learn more.

William Harkins, Jr. – Veteran Advisor

Bill enlisted in the Marine Reserves in 1983. After twenty-one years of active duty, the majority of which was spent as a Military Police Officer at Marine Corps Bases throughout the U.S. and overseas, Bill retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006. He holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Theology from Spring Hill College. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Bill recently retired as the Executive Director of Public Works for the City of Mobile.

Pete Riehm – Veteran Advisor

Pete served 21 years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, deploying multiple times to the Mediterranean and Middle East. He participated in The Cold War, Desert Storm, the aborted invasion and the occupation of Haiti, and conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo. As Commanding Officer, US Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center Mobile, Alabama, he trained and prepared troops for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pete is now a Commercial Real Estate broker with NAI Mobile. Active in the community, Pete started broadcasting Common Sense Radio weekly in 2011 and syndicating his Common Sense column weekly since 2015. Learn more.

Lori Renner – Veteran Advisor and Family Advocate

Lori served as an ER Nurse for over 25 years, both inside and outside the military. She served 8 years as a Medic in the U.S. Army, with deployments to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Camp Humphreys in South Korea and Desert Storm. As a military child, military spouse and a Veteran herself, she has seen all sides of the armed services and the challenges that veterans and their families face. She joins Veterans Recovery Resources with great enthusiasm to provide peer support and family advocacy. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama.  Learn more.

Dr. Reginald Eggleston – Veteran Advisor

Reginald has over 25 years of experience in public education and was recently named CEO of the Montgomery Public Schools takeover. He also has 29 years’ military experience, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He currently serves on the Joint Chief Chiefs of Staff in the U.S. Army Reserves. Reginald holds a Masters in Special Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, an Educational Specialist Degree from Auburn University in Montgomery, and a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Maria D. Harkins – Veteran Advisor

Maria served 6 years in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Petty Officer First Class and earning several awards. She continued her service in the U.S. Government for over 20 years in a number of roles, including 10 years in the U.S. Department of Labor as a Wage and Hour Investigator (bi-lingual). In this position, she independently conducted locally assigned and nationally directed investigations. She is now the owner and CEO of Compliance Smart Consulting, based in Mobile, Alabama. As a Veteran and a military spouse, she understands first-hand the challenges that service members and their families face and is passionate about mentoring others and serving in the community with her husband, Bill.

Toni Henry – Military Family Advocate

Toni has over 20 years experience advocating for military families. As a military spouse, Toni served in many capacities including Family Readiness Group Leader in Fort Riley, Kansas and Vice President of the Fort Monroe, OWC. She was key to organizing a Wounded Warrior 5K fund raising event for the OWC. Toni is a native of Mobile, and returned to the area in 2011 with her husband, LTC(R) Walter L. Henry and their son. She is excited to continue her advocacy for military families at Veterans Recovery Resources. Toni holds a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health.

Lloyd Michael Austin – Veteran Advisor

“Austin” is a combat Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Iraq (1990-1991), and achieved the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army.  He is a local small business owner, a minister at Faith Ministries and actively supports Veterans in crisis. Austin is currently training to be a Veteran Peer Support Specialist and is deeply committed to serving the Veteran community in any way that he can. He met his wife of 30 years, Charlyn, in the U.S. Army, where she served 22 years as a medic. Together, they live in Mobile, Alabama with their children and grandchildren. Learn more.

Mike Anderson – Veteran Advisor

LTC Mike Anderson is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, a position he has held since January 2002. He also serves on the Policy Committee, Environmental Crimes Section, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, in the Department of Justice. His career in the military began in 1986 when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Over the last 30 years, Mike has served his country in a number of capacities and is currently Chief, Legal Assistance in the 167 Theatre Sustainment Command in the Alabama Army National Guard. He lives in Mobile, Alabama with his family and his very active in the local community and his church at St. Mary Parish.

Shane Rice – Veteran Advisor

Shane is a Gulf Coast native, born and raised in the small shrimping town of Bayou La Batre, AL. He served as an Army Ranger and was in one of the first groups to deploy to Afghanistan after 9/11. Based on his experiences, he is deeply committed to doing anything he can to end Veteran suicide. Shane has loved taking photos his entire life. He holds a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Colorado and is the owner of Shane Rice Photography in Mobile, Alabama where he is active in his church and the community.