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We are honored to have the following individuals support the mission of the Snowball Express, honoring and assisting the families of Fallen Heroes, by volunteering to serve on our Corporate Advisory Board. We wish to thank each of these individuals publicly and praise their support in the past for all of their efforts in helping the children and spouses of military members killed since September 11, 2001. Without these supporters, last year's event and this year's activities under the umbrellas of Snowball Express could not occur.
General Peter Pace,USMC(Ret)
16th Chairman,Joint Chiefs of Staff
"These children have already sacrificed more for our country than most of us do in a lifetime. They deserve all the support we can provide. It is an honor for me to be a small part of that support via Snowball Express"
General Peter Pace retired from active duty on 1 October, 2007, after more than 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.
E.V. Di Massa, Jr., President, TriWest Entertainment
Snowball Express is honored to have Ernni Di Massa, Jr. join our Advisory Board team to provide guidance and energy to this year's project.
'Erni' brings over three decades of experience as an EMMY® winning producer, writer and television executive to the organization. As Senior Vice President of the most successful independent syndication company in the history of television, KingWolrd he was in charge of all programming and development for shows from Oprah to Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! as well as several shows he helped create including Inside Edition. He also produced, The Mike Douglas Show, The Regis Philbin Show, Hollywood Squares and shows for NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox. He is an active member of the Writer Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has been named to Who's Who In America every year since 2000.
"Snowball Express brings a story to light that needs to be told. The surviving children and spouses of our fallen heroes deserve the chance to connect with and be thanked by their 'American Family'. Snowball Express is doing its part to give the gift of new memories and new hope to those that have given so much. I'm honored to work with an organization that is doing its part to say thank you to these brave families. I encourage you to find your place on the Snowball Express team and volunteer your efforts to this worthy cause."
Al Krueger, Director - Government Affairs, Oakley
Al Krueger has graciously offered to serve on the Advisory Board. Last year, Al was the key Snowball Express contact for Oakley Corporation and he currently serves as Director - Government Affairs. Al actively gives back to his community in many other non-profit organizations. Currently the President of the Foothill Business Association, he has served on many other community and charitable foundations boards. Al is an avid skydiver and was awarded in 2003 with the United States Parachuting Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. He inspires others with his incredible powers to overcome adversity. A Vietnam veteran, Al believes strongly in the Snowball Express and its mission.
"I am very proud to be a part of the Snowball Express and to participate in honoring the Snowball Express Families for their sacrifice. The 2006 events filled my heart and I was proud to be a part of this 'thank you' from the heart of a grateful nation. I look forward to working with the volunteers and supporters of the 2007 event and know that we will all walk away with hearts that are full and memories that will last a lifetime."
- Al Krueger, Director - Government Affairs, Oakley
Ms. Carroll is currently the President of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS is the national non-profit peer-based veterans’ service organization addressing the emotional, psychological, and administrative needs of military survivors. Ms Carroll also serves as the civilian Co-Chair of the Department of Defense (DoD) Task Force on Suicide Prevention by Members of the Armed Forces. Ms. Carroll is an Army widow and a Reserve Major in the U.S. Air Force. In her civilian career, she has served as Deputy Senior Advisor for Programs, Ministry of Communications, Baghdad, Iraq; Deputy White House Liaison, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); Deputy Director, Governor’s Office, Anchorage, Alaska; and Executive Assistant for Cabinet Affairs, West Wing, The White House. She is a graduate of several Service schools, including the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and USAF Logistics Officer Course. Ms. Carroll holds a B.A. in Public Administration/Political Science from American University in Washington, DC, and completed the JFK School of Government Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University (2003). Her military experience includes service as Chief, HQ USAF Casualty Operations. Ms Carroll also serves on the DoD Military Family Readiness Council, Board of the Association of Death Education and Counseling, VA Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, and Sesame Street Advisory Board for the national “Talk, Listen, Learn” campaign. She has co-authored several books that address coping with traumatic loss, including Living with Grief After Sudden Loss; Living with Grief, Children and Adolescents; and Living with Grief, Who We Are, How We Grieve.
Mary Eisenhower, President / CEO, People to People International
Mary Jean Eisenhower, President and CEO of People to People International (PTPI), was born in Washington, DC during her grandfather, Dwight Eisenhower’s first term as US President. Her PTPI experiences have included everything from meeting first families to diverse cultural, educational and humanitarian exchanges at home and abroad. In 1999, she established PTPI’s International Friendship Fund, inspired by a visit to an orphanage in Morocco. The Fund is a way to assist PTPI in global humanitarian efforts. Mary received an Honorary Doctorate in Letter of Humane from Schiller International University. She also was awarded the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy.
Mark Kelsey, Event Coordination & Survivor Outreach
Mark Kelsey, M SHS, Field Researcher, The National Military Family Bereavement Study
Mark retired from American Airlines as a Supervisor in Weight & Balance Planning in 2004. In 2006, Mark was mobilized on Active Duty with the Army where he served as a Casualty Notification/Casualty Assistance Officer for the Fort Hood Casualty Assistance Center at Fort Hood, TX, until his retirement in July, 2010. Prior to joining the Advisory Board, Mark served on the Snowball Express Board of Directors as the Volunteer Coordinator. In his civilian career, Mark currently works with our surviving military family members gathering data in support of The National Military Family Bereavement Study.
“Unfortunately, I have had to notify many children of the death of their parent. I know from firsthand experience how children do not get the full measure of attention they deserve during this most tragic time. This is why I am so completely drawn to Snowball Express. When children attend Snowball Express they are transported to a place where they can share their stories with one another and develop lasting memories of fun, fellowship and communal healing. I am deeply honored to be able to be part of the effort to provide these children with a comfortable place to find a moment of happiness and hope.”
Trisha Marshall, past SBE Board Member, Current Snowflake Coordinator
Aside from continuing to proudly serve on Snowball’s Board of Directors, Trisha serves as National Co-Chair for Snowflake events. These are events already planned that our families are invited to enjoy all year long throughout the Nation in cities where they live. Please go to the Snowflake Link on the homepage to see what they are all about and how you or your corporation might participate.
Trisha is presently a Residential Real Estate specialist with Coldwell Banker in Orange County. She enjoyed a lengthy career with a major airline as an In-Flight Service Manager, Flight Attendant Instructor and Corporate speaker.
Her commitment to “Service Above Self” is further exemplified as a Rotarian. Trisha’s Newport-Irvine Rotary was one of the co-sponsors of the first Snowball Express which was held in 2006 in California. “The fact that we were successful in our first year in providing hope, healing and creating new memories for close to 917 Snowball Express attendees was a miracle and the experience has continued to , well, “Snowball”!!
Trisha’s father and brother have both proudly served in the Marine Corp and Snowball Express is especially meaningful to Trisha, as she and her six younger siblings lost their mom to a heart attack at a very young age and she knows full well the impact and challenge of having only one parent for support, love and guidance. One of the joys of her life is her daughter, Meghan, who will complete her third year of Law School this year.
“It has been my honor for the last four years, along with thousands of volunteers, corporations and fellow Rotarians and countless other service groups to help provide this opportunity of healing for these deserving children of our fallen heroes. The experience of feeling the joy and the cathartic bonding of child with child, widow with widow throughout this special time together is life-changing and is etched in my heart."
Jack H. Jacobs, Medal of Honor Recipient
Colonel Jack Jacobs, who entered military service through Rutgers ROTC, earned the Medal of Honor for exceptional heroism on the battlefields of Vietnam. He also holds three Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars. Jacobs was an adviser to a Vietnamese infantry battalion when it came under a devastating fire that disabled the commander. Although bleeding from severe head wounds, then-First Lieutenant Jacobs took command, withdrew the unit to safety, and returned again and again under intense fire to rescue the wounded and perform life-saving first aid. He saved the lives of a U.S. adviser and 13 allied soldiers. Jacobs served on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the National War College in Washington, D.C. After retirement, he founded and was chief operating officer of Auto Finance Group. As a managing director of Bankers Trust Co., he led Global Investment Management to $2.2 billion in assets and later co-founded a similar business for Lehman Brothers. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a director of the Medal of Honor Foundation. He is also a military analyst for NBC/MSNBC.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Jacobs (then 1st Lt.), Infantry, distinguished himself while serving as assistant battalion adviser, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. The 2nd Battalion was advancing to contact when it came under intense heavy machine gun and mortar fire from a Viet Cong battalion positioned in well-fortified bunkers. As the 2nd Battalion deployed into attack formation its advance was halted by devastating fire. Capt. Jacobs, with the command element of the lead company, called for and directed air strikes on the enemy positions to facilitate a renewed attack. Due to the intensity of the enemy fire and heavy casualties to the command group, including the company commander, the attack stopped and the friendly troops became disorganized.
Although wounded by mortar fragments, Capt. Jacobs assumed command of the allied company, ordered a withdrawal from the exposed position and established a defensive perimeter. Despite profuse bleeding from head wounds which impaired his vision, Capt. Jacobs, with complete disregard for his safety, returned under intense fire to evacuate a seriously wounded adviser to the safety of a wooded area where he administered lifesaving first aid. He then returned through heavy automatic weapons fire to evacuate the wounded company commander. Capt. Jacobs made repeated trips across the fire-swept open rice paddies evacuating wounded and their weapons. On three separate occasions, Capt. Jacobs contacted and drove off Viet Cong squads who were searching for allied wounded and weapons, single-handedly killing three and wounding several others.
His gallant actions and extraordinary heroism saved the lives of one U.S. adviser and 13 allied soldiers. Through his effort the allied company was restored to an effective fighting unit and prevented defeat of the friendly forces by a strong and determined enemy. Capt. Jacobs, by his gallantry and bravery in action in the highest traditions of the military service, has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Mark "Dill" Driscoll
Mark “Dill” Driscoll is the internationally recognized marketing pioneer and entrepreneur behind some of the world’s most recognizable events, including Blue Planet Run, the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour and the Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Relay. His legendary work spans 190 countries on five continents.
In 1997, he and his wife and business partner Susan founded ignition, a global experience-based marketing company created on their shared vision to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Through ignition, he continues his impressive record of forecasting trends and incorporating them into trailblazing activations that connect brands and consumers.
With more than 35 years of experience, he has been blessed to work with the world’s biggest brands. He currently brings to life the brands of Aircell, American Express, British Petroleum, Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, ESPN and the United Nations Foundation. He has founded eight companies, many of which stand today as the leaders in their respective fields, including Momentum.
Dill’s combination of can-do attitude, groundbreaking thinking and exemplary leadership has secured his place in marketing history. But if asked, his greatest accomplishments are the opportunities he and his wife create for young people around the world. He is currently the entrepreneur in residence at the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business.
Dill was named an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, where he works with the faculty to add his input to the entrepreneurship department, providing opportunities for students who wish to learn more about starting their own business.
Dill’s latest endeavor is founding Relay of Heroes. Relay of Heroes is an organization that helps create events for deserving not-for-profits to create awareness and drive fundraising.