Todd is one of the three original founders of the Patriot Fund and acts as the visionary for the Fund. Patriotism runs deep with Todd and he actively shares his desire to give back to our Veterans in meaningful ways. Professionally, Todd is the Senior Partner of the SSG Executive Advisory Group at Raymond James, a boutique wealth advisory team focused on addressing the needs of successful families. As a result of his work with clients, Todd identified an opportunity to match the philanthropic interests of the financially successful with the most-deserving and often underappreciated military Veterans and their families. He has and continues to be moved personally by the stories of valor, the pains of combat, and the heart-breaking loss often encountered as a result. Todd believes by striking on the patriotism of charitable families, he can, along with the Board, inspire them to give, share meaningful ways to give, and ultimately provide the due diligence identifying the best military Veteran organizations to support.
Major General (Ret) Steven J. Hashem
Major General (Ret) Steven J. Hashem is one of the founders of The Patriot Fund and is responsible for due diligence of our beneficiary organizations. Steve is passionate about Veterans, servicemen and women along with their families, and is involved in several endeavors that benefit the military. He and his family understand firsthand the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make to defend our freedoms and the American way of life. As a West Point graduate and soldier for life, his guiding principle is, “Duty, Honor, Country.” General Hashem served for 41 years in the United States Army primarily in Special Operations assignments to include multiple deployments to overseas combat zones. He was a General Officer for 10 years and his two final duty assignments were at the United States Special Operations Command and the United States Central Command where he served on the staffs of Generals Doug Brown, David Petraeus, James Mattis, and Admiral Eric Olson. Currently, Steve is the CEO and founder of Peak 74 International, a company that specializes in leadership development, tailored coaching, facilitated strategic planning and keynote addresses. He also worked for GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin for 27 years in a variety of operations, management and executive positions.
Joseph Caruso joined The Patriot Fund to provide strategic direction for the organization. His passion for the military developed from his father who served in the Navy for 26 years. Joe is fully committed and grateful for the opportunity to do what matters for our military families and Veterans knowing full well it will make a difference in so many lives. Professionally, Joe is the Founder of The Omnifirst Group, a respected merchant banking and business strategy organization that is engaged in various businesses and investments ranging from Minor League Baseball to Healthcare IP to 5G Technology.
Pete Musumeci started out as an Advisor to the Board for The Patriot Fund in 2019 and became an Executive Committee Member in 2021 when the committee was first established. He became interested in The Patriot Fund after having an inspiring conversation over lunch about the organization’s mission with current Executive Committee members and board members. These conversations further led him to want to become part of the Executive Committee and he has taken great strides, along with the rest of the Executive Committee and the board, to make The Patriot Fund the organization it is today. The Patriot Fund resonates well with Pete’s patriotic passion for giving back to our Veterans and their families. He’s humbled that he can be part of helping them through this organization as a way to say “Thank You” for all of the sacrifices that these Veterans have made to protect our freedom. Pete stated, “Nobody on the board at The Patriot Fund became a board member to build their resume or add to the lists of boards that they are on. Everyone on the board is inspired by The Patriot Fund’s mission and we collectively strive to help Veterans in the most impactful way that we can – because they deserve it and we truly care to help.” Pete is proud to serve the Delaware Valley region and is just as ecstatic to reach regions beyond this as The Patriot Fund continues to expand year after year. Pete was the Chief Credit Officer for Commerce Bank and is presently a consultant and board member of Republic Bank. With more than 40 years of experience in the banking industry, he has brought decades of industry experience with high growth, customer focused businesses.
Command Chief Master Sgt. US Air Force (Ret) Will Markham
William Markham, Command Chief Master Sergeant US Air Force (retired), joined The Patriot Fund as the Executive Director on December 1st, 2020. Will served for 30 years in the United States Air Force and has received numerous decorations and awards for his courageous duties. His inspiring past has led him to become the generous and noble man that he is today. As a retired Veteran, he continues to serve the military community through mentorship, charitable actions, and patriotic leadership. The Patriot Fund’s core values and Will’s principles are one and the same. As a young boy when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up Will’s response was consistent in stating, “I just want to take care of people”. Will continues to live his life based around two mottos that have become the compass for his everyday actions. The first motto being “Freedom of maneuver,” and the second, “Always find the way to YES.” His passion to raise funds for veterans and their families for the last 20 years has increased every year with gaining support from the community. Will resigned from SOWF (Special Operations Warrior Foundation) in April of 2019 to create a solution and a greater need for veterans in June 2019. Will along with a close team of legal and medical professionals started a 501(c)3 non-profit, Project OVAT (One Veteran @ A Time), which is a charitable organization that was established to help veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military. Will has recently joined The Patriot Fund team as the Executive Director, as a former advisor to The Patriot Fund, his role and community involvement in fundraising without ever asking for money but relaying the story of veterans, their families, and his personal stories of supporting the philanthropic idea of giving back. A constant professional since his retirement, he has been inducted into the 2018 USAF, Gathering of Eagles, and 2021 U.S. Special Operations Command, Commando Hall of Honor. Will continues to give back to our community through mentorship, leadership, and team building activities to our professional and private organizations. Will’s other interests outside of his philanthropic passions include biking, golfing, cooking, and spending quality time with his family and his fur babies Cooper and Stella.
Michael (Mike) Francisco joined The Patriot Fund and is the Lead Chair of the Annual Patriot Invitational. His patriotism is rooted in giving back to the individuals who sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. Mike believes philanthropy and patriotism go hand in hand. Often taken for granted, the service of our Veterans and their families should be celebrated as well as a priority. Supporting our service men and woman through The Patriot Fund is a way for all of us to serve and lend a hand when needed the most! Professionally, Mike is Managing Partner of the SSG Executive Advisory Group at Raymond James, a boutique wealth advisory team focused on addressing the needs of successful families. His goal is to make a difference in people’s lives, and he applies his expertise in wealth management, financial planning, estate planning strategies, portfolio management, and business development to do just that.
Joe Crandall became a board member of The Patriot Fund in February of 2021 and has a passion for giving back to our military heroes and their families who expect nothing in return. In 1989, Joe joined the U.S. Navy as an Electronics Technician and ultimately earned a commission through the Naval Academy in 1996 with a degree in General Engineering. After graduating, Joe went to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL School (BUD/S) training and was assigned to SEAL Team 5 where he served until 2003. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Joe began a career in sales with Pfizer, GetWellNetwork and GE until he joined Greencastle in 2012 as the Director of Client Engagement. In 2015, Joe was made Partner as the business continued to grow. On October 1st, 2019 he purchased the company from Greencastle’s founder and Managing Partner Celwyn Evans. Currently, Greencastle employs Veterans only and has 55 Veterans onboard. With his experience serving as a Navy SEAL and his accomplishments made at Greencastle, Joe’s patriotism and experience are well recognized and make a great asset to the Board of The Patriot Fund. “I love The Patriot Fund for three reasons,” said Joe. “It is led by people that want to help Veterans without letting their egos get in the way, it helps Veteran Service Officers in the Greater Philadelphia area, and it is making a real impact on our Veterans and their families’ lives.” His main goal for being a board member is to elevate the organization by helping more Veterans get the assistance and benefits they need as well as growing The Patriot Fund’s community altogether. Outside of his philanthropic interests and notable work experience, Joe spends time with his family and heads up to the mountains to enjoy the great outdoors.
Navy SEAL (Ret) Kyle Kroberger
A former Navy SEAL, Kyle Kroberger, served honorably for 8 years where he participated in hundreds of high-risk training evolutions and ‘Real World’ counterintelligence and security operations during the Bosnia and Kosovo campaign. He is an experienced operator who excelled at all levels of training, operations, and leadership development. Kyle knows firsthand what our veterans sacrifice and is committed to supporting our veterans and their families through The Patriot Fund. Professionally, Kyle has become a top performer at Merrill Lynch, Pioneer Investments, and currently a Regional Director at Build Asset Management. He also is a member of Froglogic, a Navy SEAL Motivational, and Performance Training Company.
Tim Irons attended Elon College in 1981 and disembarked shortly after and started the TC Irons Agency in 1983. TC Irons Agency is a licensed general commercial and personal retail insurance agency with two offices in Burlington County serving clients in approximately 35 states. In 1989, TC Irons merged with Haines and Haines and Tim became partners with Robert S. Haines. Sadly in 2017, Robert passed and Tim is solely at the helm. Tim has always believed in supporting his community and has a love for Veterans and the military. His grandfather served in WWI and his father served in the Pacific Campaign in WWII and earned the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and was promoted to Captain by the age of 23. Tim’s strong core value of patriotism was bred in him. Tim’s partner, Robert Haines, was a Naval Academy graduate Class of 1957 and served as Lieutenant Commander for the United States Navy. Tim has been a member of over 20 nonprofit boards during his tenure and currently sits on several boards. His hobbies include offshore fishing, hunting, and golfing.
Mark has spent most of his life under the tutelage of his father who was a World War II Navy Veteran. The stories and background have left him with a sense of honor and duty to carry on the selfless endeavors of his father which have left him personally invested wherever he can be when it comes to our US Military. He considered it an honor to be asked to join the Board and feels we all have an obligation to care for our current and former Veterans. Growing up, he and his father raised and trained German Shepherds for the Philadelphia Police Department as drug and bomb-sniffing canines that eventually went on to serve the Philadelphia Police Department and local Military compounds. Professionally, Mark is a Senior Tax Partner of Friedman LLP, one of the Nation’s top 40 accounting firms where he handles a wide array of clients and his reputation of responsiveness and caring for his clients in every aspect of their lives is paramount to him.
Robert Curley is no stranger to the Delaware Valley. His commitment to helping the local community and love of America is proven in his actions throughout his career. In addition to joining The Patriot Fund as a Board Member, he currently serves on a wide variety of boards including the New Jersey Bankers Association, Boys & Girls Club of Camden County, Southern New Jersey Development Council, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Rob has been chosen as one of SJ Biz Magazine’s “Power 50” for 4 consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) and was awarded Non-Profit Trustee of the Year by the Non-Profit Development Center in 2016. As South Jersey Market President of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, Rob Curley oversees all commercial and small business lending throughout Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, and Salem Counties as well as oversees all corporate and charitable giving throughout that footprint.
Danny Bianco joined The Patriot Fund board of members in August 2019. “It is an honor to be part of the Patriot Fund and its mission to aid and support our service men, woman and their families after the sacrifices they make for our country is truly a humbling experience” – Danny Bianco. Danny believes that we all have a duty to give back to our fellow Veterans and their families. Being a board member at The Patriot Fund, Danny is determined to grow this organization and help as many Veterans as possible through The Patriot Fund’s philanthropic efforts. His patriotism goes hand-in-hand with The Patriot Fund’s mission and is dedicated to helping our American heroes and their families live an easier life. In addition to joining The Patriot Fund as a board member, Danny’s dedication and drive can be acknowledged through his many accomplishments made at Laurel Creek Country Club that he has been a member of for over 24 years. To name a few highlights from Laurel Creek, he has served on various committees there, Co-chaired the Member-Guest Committee, Co-chaired the Grievance Committee, and has served as the Board of Trustees President for over two years to help guide the Club through challenging times. Outside of his many achievements and positions at Laurel Creek, Danny founded Dynamic Physical Therapy, a leading Out-Patient Physical Therapy provider with 40 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland until its sale to Pivot Health Solutions, where he now serves as the President of Sales, Marketing, and Market Development. Danny is also the Managing Partner of Dynamic Pediatric Therapies, a Pediatric Behavioral Disorder Company based in Chicago, IL. In Danny’s spare time, he enjoys traveling, golfing, spending time with his wife Tracy and his four children Bridget, Megan, Danny, and Katie and attending his girls’ lacrosse and soccer games.
This former Miss New Jersey has been a Voice for Veterans for more than 30 years. Amy began her career with the USO of Metropolitan New York. She later served at the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and has entertained our troops around the globe, as a performer with Armed Forces Entertainment, under the US Department of Defense. She is a recipient of the James C. Gates Distinguished Service Award, awarded by the VFW Department of NJ, for her efforts to help veterans find gainful employment. Amy has served on the Board of the NJ State Veterans Home at Vineland, as well as the Selective Service Board, both of which are Governor’s appointments. She is proud to have represented veterans’ service organizations on President George W. Bush’s “Hire Vets First” Committee. Amy currently serves on the Boards of the Southern New Jersey Development Council, The Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers-Camden, and Pints 4 Pets. An Ocean City, NJ native and Cherry Hill resident, Amy is a Vice President and Regional Private Banker for Republic Bank in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Jeffrey L. O’Hara
Don Tretola is the Advisor to the Board at the Patriot Fund.