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While serving as a Marine rifleman in Afghanistan at age 20, on the morning of November 21st, 2010, Lance Corporal Carpenter’s squad was attacked by Taliban forces. During the attack, a live grenade landed between Kyle and a fellow Marine. In a courageous act to save his fellow Marine, Kyle threw himself on the grenade.

Kyle’s injuries were severe – he was unconscious for five weeks and spent almost three years recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He had lost his right eye, most of his teeth, and his right arm was broken in 30 places. He went through roughly 40 surgeries during his recovery. After completing his surgeries, while still working towards a complete recovery, Kyle worked as an intern on Capitol Hill, in the House of Veteran Affairs Committee, under Congressman Jeff Miller. He also obtained a top secret security clearance in order to complete an internship at the National Counter Terrorism Center, where he was the first intern to ever brief the White House along with all 16 intelligence agencies.

During his grueling recovery process, Kyle’s spirit remained strong. He set several post-recovery goals for himself: run a marathon, earn a college degree, backpack across Europe, and go skydiving. After nearly three years of recovery, Kyle was released from the hospital at age 24 and has since been able to accomplish every post-recovery goal and many more.

On June 19, 2014, Kyle was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama for his self-sacrificing act of valor. Kyle is the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award for valor. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Kyle’s military awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and the Purple Heart, the award for which he is most proud.

In 2015, Kyle was the first military veteran to be inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Kyle received the “Portrait Of A Nation” prize alongside Hank Aaron and Aretha Franklin.

In 2019, Kyle published his autobiography, You are Worth It: Building A Life Worth Fighting For. It not only tells the story of the events leading up to November 21st, 2010 and the recovery period which followed, but it is also a story of rebirth and overcoming adversity, of how Kyle battled back from the gravest challenge to forge a life of joyful purpose. His autobiography earned him a 2019, Silver Nautilus Book Award under the Heroic Journeys category.

Kyle graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and a minor in history and travels the country and world as a professional speaker with the Washington Speakers Bureau. His most notable speaking engagements and appearances include, Fox and Friends, Forbes, Vanity Fair, Katie Couric, Simon Sinek, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, ESPN: E60, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, Uber, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Facebook and David Letterman. He also appears in notable podcasts with podcasters such as John Maxwell, Rachel Hollis, Tanks Good New, Order of Man and Zero Blog Thirty.

Kyle joined the Headstrong Board of Directors in mid-2021 and resides in North Carolina with his fiancée, Brittany.

Zach Iscol

Zach Iscol

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Albert Rabil III

Albert Rabil III

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David Petrucco

Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board at The Headstrong Project, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Backcast Partners

Paul Casey

Paul Casey

Chairman of the Board, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

Ryan Sparks

Ryan Sparks

Board Member, Treasurer Chief Information Officer at Lennar Corporation, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Jay Epstien

Jay Epstien

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W. Jameson McFadden

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Libby Leist

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Darlan Monterisi

Board Member, EVP and Global Head of Communications at Playtika
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

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Megan Ortiz

Board Member, President, The Cohen Group

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Darryl Rodgers

US Army Veteran,
Executive Director,
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Peter Westmeyer

Board Member, Founder and President at Remedy Medical Properties, Inc.

Jim Wilkinson

Jim Wilkinson

Vice Chairman at McLarty Diversified Holdings &
Executive Chairman of TrailRunner International,
U.S. Navy Reserves Veteran

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William Wolfe

Board Member, Co-founder and Chairman of First Washington Realty, Inc.

Dan Kaepernik

Dan Kaepernik

Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Amy M. Williams, PhD

Amy M. Williams, PhD

Chief Clinical Officer

Ed Lord

Ed Lord

Chief Revenue Officer

Matt Kress

Matt Kress

Chief Operating Officer
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Randy Baker

Randy Baker

Vice President, Corporate Partnerships
Military Spouse

Lois Slubowski

Lois Slubowski

Sr. Director of Business Operations

Adrienne Gibson

Adrienne Gibson

Sr. Director, Data Science & Technology

Katie Dexter

Katie Dexter

Sr. Director, Revenue Operations
U.S. Army Veteran

Erin Mintmier

Erin Mintmier

Sr. Director, Major Gifts

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Austin Courtney Stiffler

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Evelyn Polcari

Evelyn Polcari

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Kathryn Dosch, LPC

Kathryn Dosch, LPC

Sr. Director, Network Clinical Operations

Ned Freeze

Ned Freeze

Director of Corporate Partnerships
U.S. Army Veteran

Anna Crane, PhD

Anna Crane, PhD

Sr. Director, Network Clinical Operations

Kelsey Custer

Kelsey Custer

Director, Data Analytics

Chelsea Lynch

Chelsea Lynch

Director of Major Gifts & Foundations

Courtney Anne Konecny, LCAT

Courtney Anne Konecny, LCAT

Director, Care Coordination

Jess Franklin

Jess Franklin

Director of Human Resources

Robin Myers, LMSW

Robin Myers, LMSW

Director, Clinical Systems

Todd Townley

Todd Townley

Director, IT Operations

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Marissa Wirth

Product Manager

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Renee Rudolph

Manager, Donor Relations & Outreach

Noelle Melton

Noelle Melton

Clinical Care Coordinator
Military Spouse

Kristin Meisner

Kristin Meisner

Clinical Care Coordinator