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Our Board of Directors.

Committed to Veterans and Our Community.

Les Carroll, Major General 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.

Jerry Steele, Colonel USMCR RET

Vice President

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.

Amanda Hayes


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.

Tina Stewart, CPA


Tina is a CPA and manager with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. Prior to that, she worked at Smith, Dukes & Buckalew. Tina specializes in government and non-profit public accounting and has Uniform Guidance audit experience. She is a member of both the Alabama and Louisiana state societies for CPAs. Tina received her B.S. in Accounting and B.S. in Mathematics from the University of New Orleans. As a military spouse, Tina is passionate about supporting military families and understands the challenges they face. Her husband, Jimmy, serves in the U.S. Coast Guard and served in the U.S. Army prior to that. They live in Spanish Fort, AL with their four children.

Mike Plattenburg

Board Member

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

Board Member

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.

Mike Dow

Board Member

Mike is the Executive Director of the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum and serves on the boards of a number of philanthropic organizations, specializing in public-private partnerships. Mike served as the Mayor of Mobile for 16 years from 1989-2005. Prior to that, he was the EVP at Centralite and QMS. He earned an MBA in Finance from the University of South Alabama. Mike served as a Sergeant in the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s 335th Assault Helicopter Company (Cowboys) and 173rd Casper (Ghost) Helicopter Platoon for three consecutive tours as a machine gunner in Vietnam. He is both a passionate and compassionate advocate for Veterans and those in need.

John Kilpatrick

Founder (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, 22 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.

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