Scott Statton, Board Chair

Scott served his country in the United States Air Force from 1993-2003, spending 7 of those years serving overseas in various locations. Scott took part in several US Operations including Operation Allied Force, Operation Northern Watch, and a support role overseas in the days and months following the September 11th attacks on the United States.

When not volunteering his off time serving his fellow veterans, Scott works in the Immunology and Dermatology Division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. At Novartis he strives to make a difference by assisting Doctors and their staff, as they work to improve the lives of their patients.

Scott is a native of Oklahoma and resides in Goldsby, OK, with his wife, Tiffany, and their three children. He is the proud parent of his son, Mitchel, a student at Oklahoma City Community College; his step-daughter, Kaegan, a student at the University of Oklahoma; and his step-daughter, Maelyn, an 8th grade student in Norman Public Schools. 

  Jon Sissney, Board Vice Chair

Jon Sissney was born and raised in north central Oklahoma in a small community. He followed in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps right into the family business of being a mechanic. He practically was raised in a garage so having a technical mind was just second nature and he excelled at his trade. When he moved to Oklahoma City, he worked for a couple of different companies as a mechanic including a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team where he not only did mechanic work on the race truck, but it was also his job to jack the truck up during pit stops.

Jon is an avid hunter and fisherman, for the last decade he and his wife have owned and co-hosted an outdoor television show called His & Hers Outdoors. They also co-host an outdoor radio show. The T.V. and radio shows give him the opportunity to share his addiction of the outdoors with fellow outdoorsmen. Jon still enjoys the chase of the hunt himself, but he particularly loves taking a new hunter out for their first harvest whether it is a child, a veteran, or someone who never had the opportunity to go hunting.

Jon is project manager for a company that acquires government contracts to install two-way communication radios in local and federal government vehicles. Even though he has to travel often for his job, he is the head coach for his daughter’s tournament team and he also volunteers his time helping coach his daughter’s softball team at Community Christian School.

Jon has been married to his wife, Stacy, since 2001. They now reside in Noble, OK with their daughter, Maison.

 Chad Berry, Board Treasurer

Chad Berry is a Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Tribune Capital, an Oklahoma City based private equity firm focused on three verticals: consumer retail, real estate and energy.  Tribune’s portfolio includes over 25 companies across its three verticals.  Highlights include:

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – a self-serve frozen yogurt franchisor with over 200 stores in 32 states, Mexico and Dubai

EOTE Coffee – a small batch, craft coffee roaster located in Oklahoma City.  EOTE, which stands for Ends-of-the-Earth, was born out of its founder’s passion for connecting people and building relationships over a great cup of coffee.

VIMA – a consumer technology brand with a mission to provide game-changing sensory training technology that elevates human performance through its VIMA Rev sensory training eyewear.

In his role at Tribune and the various portfolio companies, Chad serves as a member of the Executive Team and is responsible for accounting, finance, supply chain, human resources and corporate administration.

Before joining Tribune, Chad served as the Chief Financial Officer of Quorum Business Solutions, the leading provider of software solutions to manage business processes for the oil and gas industry.  Chad’s time at Quorum culminated with the successful marketing and sale of the company to the Carlyle Group.

Chad began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he spent time in the Dallas mergers & acquisitions group and the Oklahoma City assurance practice.  Chad is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, where he serves on the Members in Industry Committee.  In addition, Chad holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation.

Chad graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Accountancy and holds a Master in

Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.  Chad and his wife Kimberly reside in Edmond, Oklahoma with their three boys, Henry, Eli and Oliver. 

 

 Rob Allen, Board Director

Rob Allen is Co-founder and Managing Broker of Sage Realty Partners in Nichols Hills, OK. He was born and raised the fourth of five children—attending Westminster School and Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City. During his senior year of High School, Rob enlisted in the Army Infantry as a Private. Over the course of a decade-long Army career, Rob graduated college as a distinguished military graduate, deployed twice to Iraq, and achieved the rank of Captain. During that time he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Three Army Commendation Medals, Two Army Achievement Medals, the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge and Combat Action Badge, and numerous other awards. He left the Army in 2009 to raise his family and attend Oklahoma City University School of law.

During law school, Rob focused his studies on Business, Real Estate, Banking, and Oil & Gas Law. He was a member of the Law Review, the Holloway Inn of Court, and was president of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity. Rob graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012.
Upon graduation, Rob went to work as an in-house attorney at a Fortune 500 oil and gas company. During that time, Rob managed litigation, negotiated settlements, and advised clients in multi-million dollar disputes. Rob left the oil and gas industry in 2015 to pursue a passion he developed in law school – Real Estate. Rob has led Sage to be one of the top boutique real estate brokerages in the Oklahoma City Metro Area—with sixteen sales associates and a goal of $60m in sales per year. Rob is a year-after-year multi-million dollar producer with a keen eye for details and a knack for guiding clients and peers through difficult issues.

Rob lives in Edmond with his wife and four children. The Allen’s are parishioners of Christ The King Catholic Church. Rob is a member of the St. Joseph’s Society, The Oklahoma Men’s Dinner Club, the Society of Mineral Lawyers, the Oklahoma Bar Association, a Life Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and President of the Thunderbird Chapter of The Association of the United States Army. Rob also volunteers his time as a Den Leader with the Boy Scouts of America. 

  William Bowers, Board Director

Will is originally from South Carolina and graduated with honors earning a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel in 2002.  He will complete his M.B.A with Finance Concentration from Oklahoma City University in August 2017 and has been accepted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Society.  He and his wife, Dr. Kelly Bowers, reside in Edmond with their son.

After college graduation, he served ten years active-duty as a Naval Officer.  He led aircrew teams as an Aircraft and Mission Commander onboard the E-6B “Mercury” providing essential communication links to ground forces for Central Commands.  He was also a rated Instructor Pilot on the Boeing 737 and 707.  His military service also included a one year joint deployment with the 18th Airborne as an Airfield Operations Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Military honors include:

2 Naval Air Medals

Joint Service Commendation Medal

2 Navy & Marine Corps Commendations

Joint Service Achievement Medal

National Defense Medal

Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal

War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

 

After honorable discharge from the Navy, he developed a passion for working with small businesses as a Contract Specialist with the United States Air Force.  Will entered the financial services industry in 2014 as a Financial Advisor and worked with high net-worth households at Merrill Lynch.

Will found a home with Bank of Oklahoma as a Financial Professional. He focuses on building customized financial strategies for households and businesses by providing financial planning, investing and insurance resources. 

 

  Sam Barnett, Board Director

Sam is the owner of Twin Peaks in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Arkansas along with several other business under Seven Valleys Management.

He comes from a lineage of veterans, including his grandfather, father, step-father and brother.  The majority of his close friendships are with combat veterans and the brotherhood they share is very special.

In his free time, Sam enjoys hunting, shooting, fishing, camping and spending time outdoors. For this reason and the desire to give back to those that have sacrificed so much, Warriors for Freedom has been his charity of choice and serving on the Board of Directors is so important.

Sam is married to a beautiful soul, Donna, and God blessed them with an amazing daughter, Reagan, in 2015. 

 

 

  Dr. Hamilton Le, Board Director

Dr. Hamilton Le served in the U.S. Army as a combat surgeon during his deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom(OIF) in 2008.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.  His overseas assignments include being stationed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, caring for wounded warriors returning from theater of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to Oklahoma to go into private surgical practice.  As an Army veteran and physician, he wishes to support his fellow veterans in improving their health and wellness.

Hamilton and his wife Jenny have been married for 13 years.  They now reside in Edmond, Oklahoma with their two children, Jasmyne and Austin. 

   Bill Lanesey, Board Director

Bill Lanesey is General Manager for the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Oklahoma City.  Sinclair owns and operates KOKH (FOX25) and KOCB (CW34) as well as Sinclair Digital in OKC.  Prior to moving to here in 2016, Bill worked as a General Manager in Cincinnati and St. Louis and as Vice President of Sales in Columbus, Ohio.  He has been a Board member for several non-profits including Children’s Miracle Network (Board Chair), Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (Marketing Chair) and Junior Achievement.

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A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Bill is married to his best friend, Julie.  They have two daughters, Katie (and husband Mike) and Madison.  While never serving in the military both Bill’s father and Julie’s father are veterans as is Bill’s grandfather.

In his spare time, Bill enjoys golf, travel and listening to music. 

 Ray Carter, Board Director

 Although Ray hasn’t served in uniform, he has military service in his family, dating back to George Washington and Robert E. Lee. He is committed to serving our fighting men and women. Ray has been working with Warriors for Freedom since 2012, as he hosts the Warrior Shootout at Rose Creek in Edmond each summer. The Warrior Shootout allows Ray to blend a love of golf, which he’s been playing since the age of five and a passion to heal the hidden wounds of war, Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Ray is the Business Development Manager for BG Products, Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle. BG Products is the world’s leader in automotive preventive maintenance and was founded in 1971 by seven WWII veterans. BG proudly begins each meeting with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ray earned a degree in Marketing from Southern Nazarene University in 1993 and Master’s degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2001. Ray and his wife, Sherri, reside in Edmond with their three children, Emily, Samuel and Alexandra. 

  Maj. Ed Pulido, Co-Founder

Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.) is the Sr. VP of the Folds of Honor Foundation a Veteran’s charity which provides the spouses and children of the fallen and wounded educational scholarships. Additionally, he is a Founding member of Warriors for Freedom Foundation a leadership institute focused on the mental, physical and wellness support of our wounded Veterans and their families. He is the spokesperson for Acadia Health Care. Finally, Major Ed is the Founder of Warrior Nation, a movement focused on the rights of liberty, freedom and patriotism with an autobiography entitled Warrior for Freedom: Challenge, Triumph and Change, the Major Ed Pulido Story. Major Pulido has a degree in Military Science, Marketing, and Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Logistics Management/ Human Relations. He attained the Rank of Major in his 19-year military career and on May 16, 2005, he was medically retired from the United States Army. On the 17th of August, 2004, Major Pulido hit an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D) or roadside bomb while serving with the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team under the command of General David Petraeus. Due to the extensive injuries to his left knee, doctors had to amputate his left leg on October 1, 2004. For his heroism and valor on that August day, the President of the United States along with General David Petraeus awarded him the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals. Major Pulido’s story of courage and sacrifice has been featured in Time Magazine, PGA Magazine, Fox News, CNN and many national and local Oklahoma City television stations and print media. Since, his amputation, Major Pulido has been a staunch advocate for veterans with disabilities, specifically focusing on advocacy efforts to promote prosthetic technologies, peer visiting with fellow amputees at Brooke and Walter Reed Medical Centers, and raising awareness on the needs of veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries (T.B.I) on behalf of the DOD and VA Real Warriors National Campaign. He has received countless awards including the prestigious Disabled American Veteran of the Year Award, HeartLines Festival of Hope Award for Suicide Prevention, the Hero’s award from the American Red Cross, the Reaching our City Award, OKC Thunder/Devon Energy Community Hero Award, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Veteran Patient Award. Additionally, he has received the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation Award for national and state level service and the Tuskahoma Brown Miller Award for outstanding leadership.

On a personal note, Major Pulido during his time in the hospital experienced the inner darkness of depression, PTSD, and suicidal ideation that would cripple his positive spirit. This inner darkness he describes as a “deep wounding of a soldiers spirit”. It was at that time that he understood that as a Warrior he could not walk alone in this journey. In that moment, he asked for help from his God, Country, his family and the American people. The result of this intervention would put his life on the road to recovery. It would also be the building block for his understanding the inner wounds of war and making sure that mental health is a focus of the Department of Defense and the VA. Major Pulido is a national and global spokesperson for Acadia HealthCare, Department of Defense and VA Real Warriors National Campaign and he is on the State Board of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with a mission to address the mental health needs of returning service members, Veterans and their families. Ed Pulido has been married to Karen Pulido for 21 years. He has a daughter Kaitlin and a daughter Kinsley. He and his family reside in Edmond, Oklahoma. 

 

  Scott Momper, Co-Founder

SGT Scott Momper, co-founder of Warriors for Freedom, promotes the advocacy and awareness to veteran issues and topics.  Along with Warriors for Freedom, Scott has been serving many charitable groups in the effort of raising awareness for the veteran community. He is currently a senior member of the Texas Fallen Hero’s Memorial Wall. The wall is a traveling memorial of everyone from the state of Texas that has been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. He also serves with Lone Star Veterans Association which is a Houston based organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Scott joined the United State Marine Corps in 1999 and was medically retired in Dec of 2007. He served 2 tours in Iraq.  While serving in the Marines SGT Momper was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Five certificates of Commendations, Three Certificates of Appreciation and Nine letters of Appreciation. After being injured in Iraq and having multiple surgeries, he was ultimately retired from the Marine Corps. Since that time he has never missed a chance to make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families. He proudly speaks to the military and civilian community to let them know that the sacrifice that his fellow brothers and sisters have made will not be forgotten.

Scott currently resides in Kemah, TX. He has 4 children Makaylee, Gracie, Sarah and Kyle.