Who We Are

Team: noun |tēm| : 1: a number of persons associated together in a group or activity 2: emphasizes the organization’s focus on small, cohesive units

Rubicon: proper noun |rü-bi-ķän| : a bounding or limiting line; especially: one that when crossed commits someone irrevocably. Origin: River in Northern Italy marking the border of Gaul and Rome; crossed by Julius Caesar in 49 B.C., considered by the Senate an act of war

TEAM RUBICON: proper noun | tēm rü-bi-ķän| : 1: a group of military veterans and medical professionals irrevocably committed to changing veteran reintegration and disaster response 2: the “Nation” of supporters who make this mission possible

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jacob Wood

honorably served four years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2008. He graduated Scout-Sniper School at the top of his class and in 2007 he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” for actions in Iraq. Jake serves on numerous national veteran committees and speaks around the country about veteran issues and social entrepreneurship. In October, Crown will publish Jake’s first book, Take Command. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a double major, where he also played football.

Co-Founder and Managing Director, TR Global

William McNulty

is a Marine who served in both the infantry and intelligence. He has worked in support of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council’s Iraq Threat Finance Cell. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University.

Chief Operations Officer

Ken Harbaugh

is a former Navy pilot and holds a JD from Yale Law School. He served as an Electronic Warfare Mission Commander and taught naval history at The Citadel. Following his Naval service, Ken co-founded The Mission Continues, a non-profit that empowers veterans to serve in their communities. He worked for two years with McKinsey and Co., and served as Executive Director of ServiceNation. Ken  taught as a guest fellow at Yale, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Yale Journal of International Law, Canada’s National Post, Proceedings, and on NPR.

Director of Finance

Dipali Mehta

is a certified public accountant, originally from the Washington, DC area. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce with concentrations in accounting and management information systems. She has over 18 years of accounting experience in both public and corporate accounting.

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Matt Pelak

is currently working as a Firefighter/Paramedic in Poughkeepsie, NY and has over 13 years experience in EMS and technical rescue. He has worked in a multitude of environments from busy urban systems, to rural, to third world. Matt has over 12 years of Army service as an infantryman and forward observer and is currently serving in the National Guard in NY. Matt deployed to Iraq with the Army in 2004 and also worked as an overseas contractor with the US State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. He deployed to Pakistan with Team Rubicon following the massive 2010 floods.

Director of Program Operations

Matt Runyon

is responsible for the development, implementation and management of Team Rubicon’s veteran programs. Originally from Akron, Ohio, Matt is a graduate of the USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting (Fight On!). He is an 8 year Army veteran, deploying with the 56th Military Police Co. in support of Police Transition Team operations from 2007-2008. Matt joined TR full-time after working in varying corporate finance and contract negotiation roles for Raytheon Company. In his spare time, Matt keeps a positive and hopeful attitude while enduring the unending pain of being a Cleveland sports fan.

Director of Division Administration

Nicole Green

graduated from the Air Force Academy with a BS in Political Science. She served as an intelligence officer in Iraq in 2003. Nicole holds an MA in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution from Norwich University and has worked as an English teacher in Russia, Critical Thinking instructor for the Army, and Strategy and Operations consultant for Deloitte and Touche. She is a passionate advocate for the strengths veterans offer their communities and the corporate world.

Director of Field Operations

Vince Moffitt

hails from Farmington, NM. He has over 20 years of international and domestic emergency response experience between serving as a Fire Battalion Chief, a Task Force Leader for a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, and owning a rescue and disaster instructional and consulting company. Vince strongly believes that followership and servant leadership is the foundation to create strong and effective leaders and philanthropy is imperative for personal development and growth. He also knows that the secret to happiness in life revolves around service to others and eating lots of bacon.

Chief Medical Officer

John P. Sutter, M.D.

is a board certified family practitioner who, when not traveling, lives in New York City. He splits his professional duties between volunteering with Team Rubicon, and working intermittent shifts in rural Alaska where he provides full spectrum family medicine care to native Yupik populations. He received his B.A. in international relations from the University of Virginia, where he also served as a volunteer firefighter. During medical school at George Washington University, and during residency at UCSD, he volunteered for medical relief trips to Tibet, Malawi, South Sudan, and the Philippines.

Digital Media Coordinator

Kirk Jackson,

originally from the Houston area, attended NYU followed by a 7 year master’s degree from the NYC School of Hard Knocks where he learned more than he cared to about the film and television industry. While working in the documentary and nonprofit realm, Kirk began producing and managing digital media for Team Rubicon in late 2010. In addition to being a connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies, he loves to sit on the porch with his wife and children to watch dueling hummingbirds while sipping a season-appropriate cocktail.

Communications Coordinator

Mike Lee,

a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

Online Donations and Donor Engagement Coordinator

Matt Scott

studied business management at Loyola Marymount University. With a background in implementing large-scale technology solutions, he joins Team Rubicon with a keen understanding of the intersection between technology and human behavior. Matt redefines donor engagement for the modern era by leveraging technology to connect with every supporter in a way that is personally meaningful to them. When not glued to his mobile device, he can be found exploring Portland’s culinary scene. Matt credits his can-do attitude and determined approach to growing up as a New England sports fan.

Public Affairs Officer

Sam Kille

has a strong background in crisis communications and media relations, following nearly seven years—and several major disasters—as a communications director with the American Red Cross. A 3rd-generation Marine, he served initially as an amphibious assault vehicle crewman, and then in public affairs, with deployments to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Latin America. He lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and two children. He can often be heard yelling at his television during NY Islanders games.

Digital Engagement Associate

Bobbi Snethen

hails from Madison, Wis., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement. Wired to connect, Bobbi is often found rooting for the home team (in her case, the Green Bay Packers), contemplating Earlybird vs. Valencia, or generating “likes” like a boss.

Operations Planning Associate

Evan Koepke

joins us from the University of Virginia and the world of wilderness rescue. There, he merged an education in planning methods and emergency management with experiences in remote emergency operations. Evan has served as Chairman of the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, interned with the Homeland Security Institute and Red Cross, and provided training in wilderness SAR and lost person behavior. Free time is dedicated to providing TR an accent of kilt and highland bagpipe.

Senior Training and Exercise Associate

Jason Ferguson

is an interdisciplinary Emergency Management professional who has worked within the Public Health, Emergency Management, and Higher Education sectors. He is a certified ICS instructor with the ability  to relay incident management concepts with organizational relevance. Jason leads the Training Team as they develop a comprehensive program for training TR volunteers for mission success. He hails from Chicago, enjoys music, and is said to have a pretty decent jumpshot.

Resource Management Associate

Cal Verdin

retired from 20 years active duty status in the United States Army where he spent 17 years as a medic. He deployed to Iraq twice and after his last tour in 2007, he finished his career teaching TC3 to reserve service members deploying overseas. After getting out in June 2010, he continued his educational career by attending Grantham University and receiving a BS in Criminal Justice. After graduating in December of 2011, he continued to enjoy retirement until TR opened its national headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.

Operations Training Associate

Chris Wharton

also known as “The Brit,”  is British by birth and Welsh by choice. An Iraq conflict veteran, firefighter, and hazardous materials technician, Chris also responded to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan in 2011. Following his time in Japan, Chris determined that the best way to save lives was educate people before a disaster strikes, rather than try to rescue them afterwards. A life-long adventurer and outdoorsman, when Chris is not helping train TR volunteers in operational excellence, he can be found dangling under the love of his life: his para-glider.

Senior Field Operations Associate

David Burke

graduated from the University of Iowa where he majored in business, bicycle maintenance, and beer snobbery. He served just under 5 years in the Marine Corps as a logistics officer and he deployed to Iraq with RCT-8 and to Afghanistan with the 2d Marine Division. David finished active service as a Captain in Quantico, VA, supporting the M1A1 Tank and M88 Recovery Vehicle. After a short stint in consulting, David and his wife, Amanda, traveled the US logging 1000’s of miles on the road and 100’s with a backpack.

Program Operations Associate

Nathan Dowds

joins TR after practicing law in California and Oregon. Originally from Shelby, Ohio, Nathan served four years with the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying to Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Nathan is active in numerous veterans’ organizations and is an excessively loud and proud advocate for vets and the underserved.

Program Operations Associate

Amanda Burke

attended Sonoma State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science. She grew up as an Air Force brat and shocked her parents by joining the Marine Corps. After serving four years as a signals intelligence officer, Amanda dabbled in supply chain management and government consulting. In her most recent adventure, Amanda traveled and backpacked through 28 states with her husband David, where on one occasion, she found herself running from a herd of buffalo in the black hills of South Dakota.

Office Manager

Maurice Johnson

is currently pursuing his B.A. in Human Resource Management and previously served 8 years in the United States Navy as a Personnel Specialist. While serving in the Navy, he had been on four deployments, visiting five of the seven continents. Maurice is currently volunteering for the Navy Recruiting District of Los Angeles as an ombudsman. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and bambino where they enjoy walks on the beach and being wonderful parents.

Ambassador

Joshua Maverick Webster

is currently an Army Officer stationed in Vicenza, Italy. He recently spent 8 years as an Air Force Pararescueman “PJ” for the 131st Rescue Squadron in Mountain View, California. He previously served as an Army Ranger Team Leader at 2/75th Ranger Battalion and was released honorably after two combat tours in Afghanistan. He is a registered Paramedic and holds a B.A. in History from UCLA.

Board of Advisors

General David Petraeus USA (Ret.)

is a highly decorated four-star general, serving over 37 years in the United States Army. Petraeus’ assignments include Commander of US Central Command, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, and Commanding General of the Multi-National Force – Iraq, where he oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq from 2007-2008, where he developed and implemented the “surge” strategy. Following his decorated career in the US Army, General Petraeus was appointed as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Petraeus holds a B.S from the United States Military Academy as well as a M.P.A. and a P.H.D. in International Relations from Princeton.

Duncan Niederauer

is Chief Executive Officer of NYSE. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Niederauer is proud to have overseen the transformation of the company into an innovative, globally integrated organization with a high-tech, high-touch focus. Prior to his current position, Mr. Niederauer was President and co-Chief Operating Officer of NYSE Euronext with responsibility for U.S. cash equities. Niederauer has served on numerous boards, including the Archipelago Holdings, LLC, Colgate University, and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to name a few. He earned an MBA from Emory University and a BA from Colgate University.

Kaj Larsen

is an award winning Correspondent and Producer for CNN and Current TV. He covers conflict zones and international policy issues around the world reporting frequently from the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. He spent five years as a US Navy SEAL Lieutenant at SEAL Team One. Kaj continues his service as a reserve officer at USSOCOM. A former ocean lifeguard in his hometown of Santa Cruz, California; he has been a certified EMT and volunteer rescue swimmer since 2000. Kaj holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.

David H. Evans

is a partner with the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke, LLP, in Washington, D.C., where he chairs the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Law Practice. David manages a diverse practice that includes civil and individual criminal antitrust litigation as well as complex international mergers and acquisitions. David holds a BA and JD from Northwestern University and serves as TR's outside pro bono counsel.

Cindy Testa-McCullagh

is responsible for tenant, employee, government, and community relations for Shorenstein Company. She has been involved in the planning and production of many major events, including the United Nations 50th Anniversary Ceremonies and the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Democratic National Conventions. Testa-McCullagh serves on or is a member of the Council of Friends of the Bancroft Library UC Berkeley, the Prohibition Documentary Advisory Committee, National Endowment for the Arts, Coming up Taller, CYO, White House Endowment Fund, Board of SF Connect, and Mayor Gavin Newsom's Finance Board.

Dr. Charles F. Kalmbach

is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Princeton University ROTC. He holds BSE and PhD degrees from Princeton University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania. His career as an international business consultant (McKinsey and Accenture) and CEO of a global company (DBM, Inc.) spans more than 35 years. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is presently a professional corporate director.

Board of Directors

Scot Chisholm

is the CEO of Stay Classy, an online fundraising software company for Nonprofit organizations. Scot was selected by Businessweek as one of the top 5 most promising social entrepreneurs in America. He has been quoted or featured on CNN, AOL News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Mashable and more. Scot is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society of Quality, and holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with a Mechanical Engineering concentration, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Col. G.I. Wilson USMC (ret)

is a combat veteran with 33 years of military service and several years of experience in law enforcement-emergency services. He is widely published in professional journals, appears on national television, radio, and in documentaries. He coauthored the seminal paper “The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation” (which coined the term “fourth generation warfare”). He has BA in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, an MA in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, and an MA in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.

Bob Verhey

brings twenty-five years of entrepreneur experience and has successfully launched and managed five new ventures in Silicon Valley as the CEO in healthcare, high technology and telecommunications companies. Having experienced a successful career as an operating entrepreneur and executive, Bob chooses now to guide others so they may also succeed. Bob earned his BA in Economics from Duke University and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Charles Macintosh

is Managing Director at First Key Holdings, a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management. He has been a senior mortgage trader for 15 years at Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and Raymond James and head of captial markets for Thornburg Mortgage. Charles holds a BA in Economics from Middlebury College and is an avid athlete, having competed in over 150 triathlons.

Adam Yarnold

is a Managing Director at Barclays Capital, Inc. Adam served in the United States Army from 1994-1997 at 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and from 1997-2001 the California and Oregon Army National Guard. Adam holds a B.S. from Stanford University and Master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Adam Miller

is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. Miller recently was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 award winner. He was also was named the Southern California Technology Association's CEO of the Year in 2009. Miller has a JD from the UCLA School of Law, an MBA from the Anderson School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Chairman of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, which leverages Cornerstone's expertise, solutions, and partner ecosystem to help empower communities.

Jake Wood

William McNulty