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MEET OUR FOUNDATION BOARD

Marie Tillman

President & Co-Founder
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After the nationwide outpouring of support following Pat’s death in 2004, Marie, along with family and friends, established the Pat Tillman Foundation. Actively involved, first as a board member and now as the President, Marie led the effort to redefine the Foundation’s mission in 2008 by starting the Tillman Military Scholars program. This major initiative aims to create the next generation of leaders by helping exceptionally talented veterans, active service members and their spouses achieve academic dreams.

A native of San Jose, California, Marie graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and worked in Marketing and Production at The Arizona Republic and ESPN before focusing full-time on philanthropy.

Marie is passionate about supporting and encouraging young veterans to continually serve their communities. She has been a featured speaker at the United States Air Force Academy Center for Character Development, the University Of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Harvard Kennedy School and the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Also a writer, Marie has contributed to a variety of projects. Her memoir about love, loss and life, entitled The Letter, was released in June 2012 by Grand Central Publishing.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, Joe, their four boys – Joey, Johnny, Sam and Mac – and their daughter, Francesca.

Chris Hart

Co-Chair
Senior Controller, NexTag
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Chris first met Pat through his wife, Gina, first cousin to Pat’s wife, Marie. Their friendship grew over the years, inspired by common interests and a shared passion for debates. In 2006, Chris joined the board to honor Pat’s legacy. The Chief Financial Officer for NexTag in San Mateo, CA, Chris has a BA in English and Philosophy from Emory University. He also has an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Chris enjoys the Bay Area’s many outdoor activities with his wife, Gina, and their daughters, Maya and Zoe.

Sean Moriarty

Co-Chair
Chairman, Triton Media and Former President & CEO, Ticketmaster
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Sean joined the Pat Tillman Foundation board of directors in April 2010. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Ticketmaster Entertainment, the world’s largest live entertainment ticketing and marketing company.

In addition to his work with the Pat Tillman Foundation, Sean currently serves as a member of the board of directors for CoachArt.org, a Los Angeles-based charitable organization providing free lessons in the arts and athletics to children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Sean holds a BA from the University of South Carolina. He was an exchange fellow at the University of Warwick in Britain and he attended graduate school at both Boston University and the University of South Carolina.

A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Sean resides in California with his wife, Andrea, and their two daughters.

Benjamin Hill

Treasurer
President, Hill Financial Advisors
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Benjamin and Pat grew up together. They were friends since kindergarten. Over the years their friendship deepened and grew stronger. Benjamin always admired the genuine interest and care that Pat put into his relationships, and he joined the board to honor his great friend’s legacy.

President of Wealth Enhancement & Preservation, Inc., a financial planning practice based in California, Benjamin graduated with a BS in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He also holds three designations: the Certified Financial Planner (CFP), the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) from the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies.

Although he’s an avid triathlete and golfer, his most cherished times are enjoyed with his friends, his wife, Jamie, and sons Camden Patrick, Parker Daniel and Gavin.

Michael Bidwill

Director
President, Arizona Cardinals
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Michael joined the Pat Tillman Foundation board of directors in April 2010. After practicing law for six years as a federal prosecutor, Michael joined the Cardinals organization in 1996 as Vice President/General Counsel. He has been influential in steering the organization on its path to an eventual NFC Championship.

In addition to guiding the Cardinals, Michael has also taken on an ever-increasing role in both the National Football League and the greater Phoenix business community. In 2007, Michael was appointed to the league’s Business Ventures Committee; one of the NFL’s most prominent committees. In September 2008, he took over as Chair of the influential Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). He is also a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), an organization composed of the region’s top business and civic leaders.

A licensed pilot and flying enthusiast, Michael donates his time and resources as a volunteer for “Flying Samaritans,” a group of volunteers, including doctors and other medical personnel, who offer free medical clinics in Mexico.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from St. Louis University and a Law degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Joe Browne

Director
Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, National Football League
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Joe joined the Pat Tillman Foundation board of directors in September 2010. He is senior advisor to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Joe is focused on Congressional and political issues in Washington, D.C., as well as local legislation in NFL markets. He manages the league’s philanthropic and youth football endeavors. He is the longest serving employee ever at NFL headquarters, a job he started full-time after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

His other current nonprofit endeavors include serving on both the board of directors of USA Football and the board of trustees of the NFL Youth Football Fund.

A native of New York City, Joe and his wife, Karyn, live on Long Island and have two sons.

Alex Garwood

Director
Founding Executive Director, Pat Tillman Foundation and Regional Sales Manager, NetApp
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Alex has been a board member since the Foundation’s inception in April 2004. Pat and Alex became friends when they both courted and later married sisters Marie and Christine. Alex played football at Leland High School and at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he was named Student Athlete of the Year following his senior season. At Cal Poly, Alex earned both his BS in Marketing and his MBA graduating cum laude.

Alex worked for five years with a large high-tech company in various sales and management roles before leaving to establish and lead the Pat Tillman Foundation. Alex has since returned to Silicon Valley for the leading high-tech company NetApp. He lives in California with his wife, Christine, and their sons, Ryan, Adam and Scott.

Ian Sacks

Director
Managing Director, TowerBrook Capital Partners
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Ian joined the Foundation’s board of directors in April 2010. He is the Managing Director at TowerBrook Capital Partners specializing in healthcare and business related investments. Previously, Ian served as Chairman and CEO at HelpCare, a healthcare services business, and was a partner at the investment and advisory firm MESA Partners. Prior to MESA, Ian was a consultant with APM, North America’s largest healthcare management consulting firm.

Ian has a BS in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University.

MEET OUR STAFF MEMBERS

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    Marie Tillman

    President & Co-Founder

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    Rodney Watt

    Vice President of Development

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    Elizabeth O’Herrin

    Director of Programs

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  • cara

    Cara Hammer

    Program Manager

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  • michelle

    Michelle McCarthy

    Director of Brand and Communications

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  • sandy

    Sandy Flynn

    Pat's Run Event Director

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  • suzanne

    Suzanne Reddie

    Pat's Run Event Logistics Manager

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    Ashley Havrilla

    Pat’s Run Event Coordinator

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    Lauren Lopriore

    Development Coordinator

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Marie Tillman

President & Co-Founder
marie

After the nationwide outpouring of support following Pat’s death in 2004, Marie, along with family and friends, established the Pat Tillman Foundation. Actively involved, first as a board member and now as the President, Marie led the effort to redefine the Foundation’s mission in 2008 by starting the Tillman Military Scholars program. This major initiative aims to create the next generation of leaders by helping exceptionally talented veterans, active service members and their spouses achieve academic dreams.

A native of San Jose, California, Marie graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and worked in Marketing and Production at The Arizona Republic and ESPN before focusing full-time on philanthropy.

Marie is passionate about supporting and encouraging young veterans to continually serve their communities. She has been a featured speaker at the United States Air Force Academy Center for Character Development, the University Of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Harvard Kennedy School and the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Also a writer, Marie has contributed to a variety of projects. Her memoir about love, loss and life, entitled The Letter, was released in June 2012 by Grand Central Publishing.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, Joe, their four boys – Joey, Johnny, Sam and Mac – and their daughter, Francesca.

Rodney Watt

Vice President of Development
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Rodney joined the Foundation in October 2013 with over 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, board development, and major gift stewardship.

A Chicago native, he served as Vice President of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, overseeing philanthropic and program services, and was the first Executive Director of the Chicago Dental Society Foundation. He also served as the Director of Development for the Resurrection Development Foundation managing fundraising for three of Chicago’s major hospitals. He started his career as Development Officer for the Children’s Memorial Foundation, where he implemented the Children’s Miracle Network partners and the highly successful 101.9 The MIX 36-Hour Radiothon.

Rodney lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.

Elizabeth O’Herrin

Director of Programs
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A proud member of the 2010 class of Tillman Military Scholars, Elizabeth O’Herrin serves as Director of Programs–overseeing scholarship selection, engagement, and opportunities. She served with the Wisconsin Air National Guard from 2001-2008, assembling and transporting conventional weapons for F-16 fighter jets. She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MA from the Johns Hopkins University, where her research focused on the federal government and veteran reintegration.

She has worked on a wide range of issues facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for nearly a decade. She co-founded the Student Veterans of America and fought with a dedicated team of veteran advocates to successfully pass the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008.

She is passionate about learning people’s stories, promoting all things Wisconsin, her faith, and coffee.

Cara Hammer

Program Manager
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Cara joined the Foundation in May 2011 to support scholar selection and community engagement for the Tillman Military Scholars program. Previously, she worked for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America as a liaison to veterans and their families, helping them resolve problems related to housing, legal issues, employment, physical and mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and financial planning.

Cara enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1997, serving with the 348th Transportation Company based out of Phoenix, AZ, and the 310th TACCOM in Fort Belvoir, VA. In 2002, she joined the active-duty Army, serving with the First Infantry Division in Germany, before deploying to Iraq.

She is a proud graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned a BS in Family and Human Development.

Michelle McCarthy

Director of Brand and Communications
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Michelle joined the Foundation in April 2013. As director, she’s responsible for driving internal and external strategic communications for the Tillman Military Scholars program, Pat’s Run and other foundation initiatives. Previously, she served as the Director of Communications for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in New York City. She earned her BA in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in Media Studies from The New School.

A New Jersey native, she loves the Fighting Irish and college football.

Sandy Flynn

Pat's Run Event Director
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Since July 2010, Sandy oversees all planning and execution for Pat’s Run, the signature annual fundraising event to support the Tillman Military Scholars program. Sandy has served as Program Coordinator for the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Before moving to Arizona, Sandy spent several years in Colorado where she worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Colorado Republican Party. Sandy’s political experience started in Washington, D.C., where she served as a legislative correspondent for United States Senator Jon Kyl. Sandy also worked with the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the development department, planning events and managing donor databases.

She earned her BA in Government from the University of Redlands, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

Suzanne Reddie

Pat's Run Event Logistics Manager
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A veteran volunteer for Pat’s Run, Suzanne joined the Foundation in September 2007. In addition to managing Pat’s Run, Suzanne directs workflow planning, human resources, administrative processes, project management, and special programming, and also ensures fiscal responsibility and 501(c)(3) compliance.

Suzanne earned her BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from Arizona State University. After finance, control and operational roles at NCR, AT&T, Dial Corporation and Intel Corporation, she became involved in higher education development with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, where she cultivated scholarship donors and built donor stewardship processes for endowed and annual gifts.

Ashley Havrilla

Pat’s Run Event Coordinator
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Ashley joined the Pat Tillman Foundation in October 2013 as Event Coordinator for Pat’s Run. In Tempe, she is responsible for cultivating relationships and building community impact to make Pat’s Run a success, every year. Ashley previously worked with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Arizona Chapter. She graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a BA in Psychology. She loves sports, hiking, movies, and enjoys time with her husband and dog.

Lauren Lopriore

Development Coordinator
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As Development Coordinator, Lauren supports major gift stewardship, fundraising events and grant writing for Pat Tillman Foundation. She also manages development strategy for Team Tillman, a program for everyday athletes who participate as a team or individually in marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, cycling and other athletic events to raise scholarships for Tillman Military Scholars.

A graduate of the University of Dayton, Lauren joined the foundation from the The Metropolitan Club in Chicago. She began her career in non-profit event planning in New York City. On the creative team for a brand marketing-licensing agency, she managed creative, product development, branding and communications for key clients including PepsiCo, Entenmann’s, Planet Earth, Animal Planet and Discovery. She also worked for a boutique event planning company organizing corporate events and high-end weddings.

She lives in Chicago with her husband.