Board Of Directors
Robert D. Patch
Rob Patch is a senior relationship manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he covers corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, Canadian corporate and public funds. Rob joined Goldman Sachs in GSAM in 1998 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2004. Rob has been involved in the financial services industry since 1982. Rob previously served as Treasurer on the Forman School Board of Trustees in Litchfield, Connecticut. Rob earned a BA in Economics from Boston College. He and his wife, Trish, have two children and live in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Founder and Vice Chair
Ben founded Patton Veterans Project: I WAS THERE Films in 2011 after discovering the impact of the film workshop model on teenagers. He went on to oversee hundreds of workshops over the past seven years. Ben also spearheaded a ground breaking, three-year-long study to demonstrate the efficacy of the workshop on veterans with ptsd. The youngest grandson of WWII’s General George S. Patton Jr., Ben is co-author of Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom (Berkley-Caliber, 2012). Formerly a producer and development executive at New York City’s PBS affiliate, he also operates Patton Productions, LLC, a full-service video production company specializing in marketing and promotional videos and high-end family biographies for private clients. Ben has a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University-Teachers College and a BA from Georgetown University.
Wes Becton is a seasoned health care executive with over 25 years of executive level leadership and management experience in highly complex organizations. From private practice medical groups to academic medicine to physician – hospital joint ventures, Wes is known as a results driven leader who gets the job done. Wes has degrees from Valley Forge Military College, George Washington University and Lewis University. Wes is a former Army Ranger and served as a platoon leader in the Demilitarized Zone in Korea and later as the Commander of the U.S. Army’s Honor Guard Company. Wes is currently the President of Kovach Eye Institute with offices in Elmhurst, Naperville, Barrington, and Chicago and also serves as a Trustee at Elmhurst College.
Joe Anderson is a visionary leader with unparalled global experience. Throughout his career, he held military roles that essentially are the same as civilian COOs, culminating in Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of the Army. In this position, he carried out the role of Chief Operating Officer for the entire U.S. Army, responsible for all operations involving more than 180,000 soldiers deployed in 140 countries as well as supporting all emergency operations in the U.S., including relief efforts for disasters such as Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Florence. He also was responsible for all Army training, leadership development, education policy, mobilization and staff preparedness, and oversaw a budget of $23.2 billion.
Louis Dubin is a Principal and Managing Partner in Redbrick LMD, a residential real estate investment and development company in Washington D.C., since 2008. Prior to that he was CEO and President of Athean Group. Louis hold a law degree from American University, where he is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Louis also sits on the boards of Lincoln Center and the Kaufman Music Center.
Carol Eggert is Senior Vice President of Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal. In this role, she leads an eight-person team that works collaboratively across Comcast NBCUniversal to provide strategic leadership to all aspects of programs and outreach engaging the military and veteran community, including recruiting, hiring and building talent at all levels of the organization. Carol brings more than 30 years of military and civilian experience to Comcast. In her civilian role, she assisted various organizations in the private, government and non-profit sectors with their initiatives in knowledge management, strategic planning and project management. During her military career, she served in a variety of command and staff positions and completed numerous overseas deployments, including a 15-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Chief of the Women’s Initiatives Division and Senior Liaison to the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, where she conducted a full-scale analysis of women’s initiatives and developed a strategic plan for the economic and political empowerment of Iraqi women under the U.S. Secretary of State. She is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in recognition of her contributions to the military, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and multiple awards of the Meritorious Service Medal. Carol is a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Army War College, where she also served on the faculty and was later selected as the Deputy Commandant. She holds two master’s degrees in instructional design and strategic international studies and a doctoral degree in organizational leadership. Carol serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for West Chester University, and the Boards of Directors for Valley Forge Military Academy, the Philly POPS, and PsychArmor. Her leadership in the private sector has been recognized by We Are The Mighty, who placed her on their 2018 Meet the Mighty 25: Influencers Supporting the Military Community, HillVets, who placed her on their 2016 list of the 100 most influential veterans in America, and by the Philadelphia Business Journal, who named her one of their 2016 Veterans of Influence.
General Jimmie Keenan retired in early 2016 from a distinguished Army career spanning nearly three decades, and now serves as Senior Vice President for Clinic Operations and Integration for WellMed Medical Management, based in San Antonio, Texas. Her last assignment was as Deputy Commanding General (Operations), U.S. Army Medical Command and Chief, US Army Nurse Corps. Previously, she served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Southern Regional Medical Command, Commanding General, U.S. Army Public Health Command, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command, and Commander, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, CO, where she first became acquainted with the I WAS THERE program.
General Keenan is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Henderson State University with a Bachelors of Nursing and holds a Masters in Nursing Administration from the Medical College of Georgia and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Katie Koch is global head of client portfolio management and business strategy for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Fundamental Equity. In this role, she leads the firm’s global team of client portfolio managers in the development and communication of our investment and market views. Katie is a member of the GSAM Client Experience Group. Previously, she worked in GSAM’s London office, where she held several leadership positions over the last 10 years. Most recently, Katie was head of the Global Portfolio Solutions (GPS) Group for EMEA and Asia Pacific Ex-Japan, and a member of the GPS Investment Committee. The GPS Group provides multi-asset class products and solutions for institutional and individual investors. Before that, she was a senior portfolio strategist and chief of staff for GSAM’s Office of the Chairman. Katie joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 2002 and was named managing director in 2011 and partner in 2016. Katie serves on the Securities Industry Institute Board of Trustees. In 2015, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Katie has also been honored as one of the Top Women in Asset Management by Money Management Executive and named as a Rising Star in Asset Management by Financial News. Additionally, she has contributed to the firm’s research efforts on the economic enfranchisement of women in the developing world. Katie earned a BA, magna cum laude, in English and Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.
Maria Cuomo Cole
Maria Cole serves as Chairman of HELP USA, the leading national developer of housing for homeless and low income populations including families, victims of domestic violence, and veterans. She also serves as a director on the boards of Mentoring USA, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and HELP PSI. She was also an executive producer of “The Invisible War”, a documentary about Military Sexual Trauma.
Judy Girard is a long-time television executive, having worked extensively overseeing programming, production, and operations at both TV stations and Cable networks. In 1993, Ms. Girard became Senior Vice President of programming and production at Lifetime, and from 1998-2000, Ms. Girard oversaw Americast. In 2005, Ms. Girard assumed the Presidency of Scripps’ flagship network, HGTV. Upon her retirement in 2008, the National Academy of Arts and Sciences bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Emmy to Ms. Girard in recognition of her impact on television programming.
Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Ellen Goosenberg Kent won the Oscar for Best Documentary, short subject, for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, her third, award-winning film for HBO on the lives of veterans, including Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq (Primetime Emmy- nominee, Outstanding Non-Fiction Special) and Wartorn: 1861-2010 (winner, The Television Academy Honors and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award), which premiered at The Pentagon. Both were executive produced by James Gandolfini. Her other films include One Nation Under Dog; I Have Tourettes but Tourettes Doesn’t Have Me; Risky Drinking and numerous films on overcoming stigma.
Major General (Ret.) Mark Graham
General Mark Graham retired from the Army after serving almost thirty-five years. Among his many current duties he serves as the Director of the Vets4Warriors national program providing 24/7 personalized peer support for all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members, veterans, and their families. He is also responsible for all aspects of the UBHC National Call Center which includes nine peer support programs, the New Jersey Addictions Hotline, the New Jersey Hopeline as well as appoint scheduling operations for UBHC, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group and other programs.
Val Nicholas is Vice President of MultiCultural Initiatives at NBC News. Val is on the forefront of guiding on-air content and digital deliverables aimed at diverse audiences in both traditional and emerging formats. Building consensus among entertainment industry and government groups, he is a founding member of the Hiring Our Heroes and Got Your 6 veterans support initiatives, theGrio.com (an African American news site), NBCBLK.com and NBCOut.com. Val’s career in Television spans both Broadcast and Cable. Val has been with NBC since 1998 with a brief break in 2000 to work with ABC’s Creative Department and is the recipient of 24 Emmy nominations and winner of seven.Val graduated with a BA with Distinction from California State University and served in the US US Army Signal Corps of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Dave Palmer
General Dave Palmer was the Superintendent of the West Point (1986–1991) and US Military Academy graduate (1956). His commands included the Tiger Brigade, 2nd Armored Division which, at the time, was commanded by Major General George Patton, Ben’s father. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including: The River and The Rock, Summons of the Trumpet: US-Viet Nam in Perspective, and George Washington’s Military Genius.
Robert H. Patton
Bob Patton is an accomplished writer who has published three novels, two histories, and a family memoir. his most recent novel, Cajun Waltz, was published by Thomas Dunne Books at St. Martin’s Press in June 2016. After receiving degrees in literature and journalism from Brown University and Northwestern University, Rob worked as a Capitol Hill reporter, a commercial fisherman, and a real estate developer before publishing The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family to wide acclaim in 1994. The book chronicles five generations of ancestors culminating in his grandfather, General George S. Patton of World War Two fame. His books since then include Patriot Pirates, about Revolutionary War privateering; and in 2014, Hell Before Breakfast, about America’s first international war correspondents. Next up is a series of historical novels set in the maritime world of the Revolution and the War of 1812.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Sachs
Dr. Sachs is President of Sachs Consulting, a New York City-based consulting firm focused on federal and state health care policy. Formerly Dr. Sachs was Senior Health and Human Services Advisor to NY Governor Hugh Carey. Dr. Sachs is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Andrew N. Schiff, MD
Dr. Andrew Schiff is Managing Partner of Aisling Capital, New York, since 1999. Prior to that Dr. Schiff practiced internal medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he maintains his position as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Schiff holds an MD from Cornell University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a BS from Brown University.
Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, PhD
Dr. Tuval-Mashiach is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Bar Ilan University, Israel. She is also the head of the Community Services Unit of NATAL, the Israel Center for Victims of Terror and War. Her research and clinical work includes the study of the use of narrative approaches to diagnose and treat people exposed to trauma and those with PTSD. Rivka also studies collective trauma, gender and trauma, and indentity constructor processes following traumatic events. She uses qualitative and mixed methods in her research and has published extensively on these topics.
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Christopher E. Weaver
Rear Adm. Christopher Weaver was born in Harrisonville, Missouri. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1971, majoring in International Affairs. He holds a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University and is a distinguished graduate of the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, The National Defense University. He was designated a surface warfare officer in 1973. His sea tours include duty aboard USS Marvin Shields (DE 1066), USS Capodanno (FF 1093), USS Boulder (LST 1190) and USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13). His seagoing commands were USS Exultant (MSO 441) and USS Spruance (DD 963). Weaver retired after 35 years of service and has performed as a private consultant, enjoying success in a range of business areas including organizational change; cybersecurity, energy and the environment; defense and private industrial infrastructure development and security; infrastructure management; integrated coastal security vessels, systems and processes; and leadership training. From September 2015 to August 2016, he served as the director, Department of General Services for the city of Washington, D.C., returning to his consulting practice after this service.
Rachel Yehuda, PhD
Dr. Yehuda is a Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry, and Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is also the Mental Health Patient Care Center Director at the Bronx Veterans Affairs. She has published several hundred scientific papers and compiled over 10 books examining diverse aspects of traumatic stress, and has studied PTSD and resilience in combat veterans, survivors of genocide, interpersonal violence and terrorism, as well as in animal models. Her work has focused on neuroendocrinology, neuroimaging, genomic and molecular biological studies of trauma, experimental therapeutics (pharmacological and psychotherapy trials), biomarkers, genetic and epigenetic heritability, gender differences, and suicide. Dr. Yehuda received her PhD in Psychology and Neurochemistry and her MS in Biological Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed her postdoctoral training in Biological Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department at Yale Medical School.