Board of Directors
BEN DURAN, USA (Ret), PRESIDENT
Ben Duran is a Special Operations Wounded Warrior who retired after 14 years in the United States Army, 9 of which were with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). His duty assignments include 4/3 ACR (Ft. Carson, CO), JTF B 228 Aviation Company (Soto Cano, Honduras), 2/160th SOAR (A), and SOATC Special Operations Aviation Training Company. During his time in the 160th, he served on several combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Ben graduated “cum laude” earning a BS/BA in Management from the Colorado Technical University and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He also competed in the Warrior Games (2013) where he was a member of Team SOCOM.
SANDY WEEKS, Civil Service (Ret), SECRETARY
Sandy retired from civil service in December 2012 after 42 years of service to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. Her most recent position was as the Senior Action Officer in the Adaptive Reconditioning Branch in the G-3 at the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command. As the Senior Action Officer, Sandy was responsible for planning and executing reconditioning activities for wounded, ill or injured Soldiers. One of her primary responsibilities was setting up training camps and clinics to assist in selecting the Army’s Warrior Games teams. She was responsible for all logistics requirements for the 2010 through 2013 Warrior Games. For the majority of her civil service career, Sandy served as a Management Analyst. Her primary duties were conducting manpower surveys, documenting manpower requirements and equipment authorizations. While living in Fayetteville, NC, Sandy served as the secretary/bookkeeper for the Special Warfare Museum. She was the secretary of the Heidelberg International Walking Club for two years. Sandy is active in volunteer activities with the American Legion, Wreaths Across America, Honor Flight, Ride2Recovery, Washington, DC chapter of the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders, Toys for Tots and animal rescue groups.
DAVID MACDONALD, USA (Ret)
David MacDonald graduated from James Madison University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary's College and a Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. David retired as a Colonel after serving 25 years in the Army as an Aeromedical Evacuation officer. During his military career he served in a variety of command and staff assignments both in the Continental United States and overseas, to include Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
SCOTT SILVESTER, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Scott Silvester graduated from the University of Richmond in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Business Administration from Webster University and is an AAMS, Accredited Asset Management Specialist. Scott served 6 years in the Army as an Engineer Officer and was Honorably Discharged in 1987. He was a Brokerage Manage for UNUM/Provident Cos until 1997 and is currently a limited partner with Edward Jones. Scott serves on the Programs Committee for the Rotary Club of Innsbrook and is Team captain for Team Edward Jones, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Tour de Vine MS 150.
DAVID SIRAK, Director of News Technology, WFTV (ABC) Television
Dave Sirak has over 25 years of experience working in television news. He is a Montana native and a graduate of the University Of Montana School Of Journalism. His career path working behind the scenes of television news has taken him to multiple stops between Seattle and Orlando where he currently works as the Director of News Technology for WFTV (ABC) Television. In addition to working as photographer and editor he has directed the technical resources for coverage of major disasters, news and sporting events including Space Shuttle launches, hurricanes and Super Bowls. David served as the media committee chairman for journalists planning and covering the Casey Anthony trial. He has been awarded 5 regional Emmy awards for achievements in news and sports production and technical achievements. David is also a SCUBA diver and has contributed to several projects that sank large ships as artificial reefs. He is the co-founder of Formula H2O, an underwater racing league which also provides therapy through recreation to disabled divers and their families. Some of Dave’s favorite stories feature the real life characters that have made significant contributions in defense of the country.
NATHAN CRUZ, USA (Ret)
Nathan Cruz is a Special Operations Wounded Warrior who retired from the Army after serving eight years in progressive leadership positions focused on human resources in the field of Special Operations aviation, aviation technology, maintenance and aviation safety. Nathan earned an Associate’s Degree from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico in 2000. Nathan also volunteers as a mentor for wounded soldiers and their families. As a peer mentor he provides guidance, feedback, and encouragement to Wounded Warriors.
JAMES SHIVER, USA (RET)
James Shriver retired as a Master Sergeant after serving 20 years of progressive military experience in positions of increasing responsibility in a variety of elite worldwide organizations. He also served as a consultant for the U.S. Olympic Committee where he managed the development and execution of strategic event plans. James is currently a Regional Manager, Strategic Military Relations for Trident University International where he manages strategic military and community relations.