Veterans Recovery Resources Advisory Board

john-kilpatrickJohn F. Kilpatrick – Founder & Executive Director

John is a 30+ year military veteran, local business owner, and founder of Veterans Recovery Resources. He has a bold vision to change how veterans can return to normal lives after combat. Over the last 18 years, he has served as a medical service corps officer, specializing in medical operations and hospital administration. He was recently awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit by the Army Medical Department for his outstanding character and service. Learn more.

joseph-currierDr. Joseph Currier – Clinical Program Lead

Joe is leading the effort to develop a leading-edge, concurrent clinical approach to veteran recovery and dual diagnosis. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor/Director of the Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical/Counseling Psychology at the University of South Alabama. Joe has worked with military veterans as a clinician and researcher for over a decade, both within the VA system and in the community, fueling a deep passion to enhance existing models and practices for supporting veterans and their families. Learn more.

jim-wareJim Ware – Clinical Advisor

Jim is a founding member of the Board of Directors and has over 25 years of professional experience in the treatment field of addiction. He is owner and President of Recovery Resources, specializing in addiction and codependency. Jim understands that recovery from codependency, like recovery from drugs and alcohol, requires continued work.  His passion is teaching and showing individuals and families that people do and can recover. Jim holds a B.S. and M.S. in Psychology and numerous certifications in addiction counseling and interventions. Learn more.

Dr. Lynn Yonge – Medical Advisor

Lynn is the senior partner of Bay Medical Family Practice in Fairhope and the medical director of Strickland Youth Center in Mobile and Pathways of Baldwin County. Dr. Yonge serves as an assistant clinical professor for the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and the UAB School of Medicine. He is the past president of the Baldwin County Medical Society and the Thomas Hospital Medical Staff. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Wilderness Medical Society and the Alabama Wilderness Medical Association. Lynn is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the USA College of Medicine. A lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast, Lynn and his wife Cori have two children.

chris-montgomery-5 Christopher Montgomery – Veteran Advisor

Chris is a retired Corporal in the U.S. Marines with almost 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 and resides in Mobile, AL.  Learn more.

William Harkins, Jr. – Veteran Advisor

Bill was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marines in 1985. He holds an MPA 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 is currently the Executive Director of Public Works for the City of Mobile.

Amanda Hayes – Marketing & Communications

Amanda has over 25 years of marketing strategy, management, communications and public relations experience in the B2B, technology and non-profit industries. She is currently a co-owner of MFH Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia and 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.

Darwin Williams – Veteran Advisor

Darwin was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and a veteran of Desert Shield / Storm, with almost 11 years active duty. He has spent the last 15 years in sales operations and client management for companies in the IT industry, including Primerica, Who’s Calling, ATG and most recently ContactAtOnce!, a LivePerson company. Darwin joined Veterans Recovery Resources to help guide the development of its donor management and CRM system—and to help other veterans. Darwin lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Paula, who also served in the U.S. Marines. Learn more.

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.

Dr. Reginald Eggleston – Veteran Advisor

Reginald has over 23 years of experience in public education and was recently named CEO of the Montgomery Public Schools takeover. He also has 27 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.

Lori Renner – Veteran Advisor and Family Advocate

Lori has worked 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, spouse and Veteran, 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.

Vaughan Drinkard – Non-Profit Advisor

Vaughan (retired) has led a distinguished career as an attorney and litigator in Alabama. With over 60 years of experience spanning many areas of the law, he has dedicated much of his time in retirement to advising non-profit organizations.

mike-plattenburgMike Plattenburg – Veteran Advisor

Mike is a Colonel in the U.S. Army with over 25 years of service, specializing in logistics and medical operations. His service includes two tours in Iraq, a tour in Kuwait and three Stateside fighting terrorism. Mike is passionate about supporting his soldiers and has experienced the difficulty in getting help for those that need it. In addition, Mike is a dedicated teacher at The Pathway School in Mobile, AL. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Marketing.

todd-greerTodd Greer – Organizational Leadership

Todd advises Veterans Recovery Resources on organizational structure, donor relations, and business planning. With over fifteen years’ experience across a range of non-profit organizations, Todd serves as an advisor to multiple non-profits in organizational development and serves as a Board member for two other non-profits focused on innovation in Mobile, Alabama. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Catalyst for the Exchange 202, a co-working community in Downtown Mobile. He has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership/Human Resource Development from Regent 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, AL. As a veteran and a military spouse, she understands first-hand the challenges that service members and their families face.

ronald-mcbayRonald McBay – Veteran Advisor & Corporate Counsel

Ron has served over 30 years in the military, earning the Bronze Star twice for his service in Iraq (2005) and Afghanistan (2013). He has experience in military medical logistics, medical operations, and is certified as a Judge Advocate. Currently, he serves as the Regional Defense Counsel for the Southeast Region of the Army National Guard. Ron was instrumental in establishing the first Veterans Court in Mobile County to help address the issues of how combat experience and PSTD relate to criminal behavior and how to treat those veterans in a way to help them return to productive lives. He also runs his own private practice, McBay Law LLC and has practiced law for over 16 years. Learn more.

Lloyd Michael Austin – Veteran Advisor

“Austin” was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and a veteran of Desert Shield / Storm.  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 Peer Support leader and is committed to serving the veteran community in any way that he can.  He met his wife of 28 years, Charlyn, in the U.S. Army, where she served 22 years as a medic. They live in Mobile, AL with their children and grandchildren. Learn more.

Jason “Jay” Watkins – Development

Jay is a partner at Jones Walker in the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation Group and active in a number of civic and charitable organizations in the Mobile community. Prior to joining Jones Walker, Jay was a law clerk to Judge Randolph Baxter of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio and a partner at Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak. Jay grew up in a military family and is committed to helping the veteran community. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law. Learn more.

Jeremy Fletcher – Veteran Advisor

Jeremy is a Physical Therapist and an Asst Professor at the University of South Alabama. He uses a mind-body approach to reduce chronic pain and improve quality of life for all Service Members. Jeremy brings extensive experience working directly with Veterans through his active duty in the U.S. Army, which included one deployment to Afghanistan, and in the Army Reserves where he is currently a Major. He holds a number of degrees, including a Graduate Certificate from the University of Alabama—Birmingham and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Alabama. Learn more.

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 for the OWC, which served as the primary fund raising event for the organization. Toni is a native of Mobile, and returned to the area in 2011 with her husband, LTC(R) Walter L. Henry and their son. Toni is excited to continue her advocacy for military families at Veterans Recovery Resources. Toni earned a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health.

April Boudreaux – Financial Advisor

April has almost 30 years of accounting and auditing experience and became a partner at Smith Dukes since 1998. Active in the community, April has held leadership roles with the Junior League of Mobile and the Ronald McDonald House of Mobile. She is a Spring Hill College graduate and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA), where she served on the Mobile Chapter executive committee. With a heart for Veterans, she now serves on the Board of Directors for Veterans Recovery Resources and has been key to the creation of its innovative financial plan.

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, AL where he is active in his church and the community.

chris-goldschmidtChris Goldschmidt – Brand Strategy & Advertising

Chris has over 30 years of experience helping both profit and non-profit organizations succeed with his strategic approach to marketing, award-winning advertising and brand building. While his work has been featured in AdWeek, Millimeter, and Print Magazine his passion lies in helping clients achieve objectives in new and innovative ways. Chris is president of the Forte Marketing Group in Birmingham, Alabama.