Meet the RHS team

President

Founder

Executive Director

Jo Brower

vice President

Tony Salvarezza

Secretary

Vacant

Treasurer

Madison Swartz

Col. John Alvarez, USAF, AFSOC (ret.)

Terry Collier, Ed.D

Dick Crippen

Adam Curtis

Asst. Chief Mike Kovacsev, SPPD

Chief James Large, SPFR

  • First responders
  • Military
  • Honorary Community Leaders

  • Chief Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., BPD
  • Chief Anthony Holloway, SPPD
  • Asst. Chief Antonio Gilliam, SPPD
  • Chief Derryl B. O’Neal, MBFR (ret.)
  • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, PCSO
  • Chief Daniel Slaughter, CPD
  • Chief Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., BPD
  • Asst. Chief Antonio Gilliam, SPPD
  • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, PCSO
  • Chief Anthony Holloway, SPPD
  • Chief Derryl B. O’Neal, MBFR (ret.)
  • Chief Daniel Slaughter, CPD

  • CDR Janette M. Arencibia MSC, USN
  • Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake, USAF, (ret.)
  • David Caras, USCG, AETC
  • Col. Sam Martin, USAF, (ret.)
  • CMDR. Jeff Cavanagh, USN, (ret.)
  • CDR Larry Miller, USN (ret.)
  • CAPT. Tom Chaby, USN SEAL, (ret.)
  • MGEN John Schoeppner, Jr., USAF, (ret.)
  • CSM Frank A. Grippe, USA (ret.)
  • Father Bob Swick, USMC (ret.)
  • Colonel Beau Higgins, USMC, (ret)
  • LT. COL. Keith Walter, USA (ret.)
  • CSM Gary Littrell, USA (ret.)
  • Niki (Byers) Wilson, RP2 (USN)
  • CDR Janette M. Arencibia MSC, USN
  • David Caras, USCG, AETC
  • CMDR. Jeff Cavanagh, USN, (ret.)
  • CAPT. Tom Chaby, USN SEAL, (ret.)
  • CSM Frank A. Grippe, USA (ret.)
  • Colonel Beau Higgins, USMC, (ret)
  • CSM Gary Littrell, USA (ret.)
  • Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake, USAF, (ret.)
  • Col. Sam Martin, USAF, (ret.)
  • CDR Larry Miller, USN (ret.)
  • MGEN John Schoeppner, Jr., USAF, (ret.)
  • Father Bob Swick, USMC (ret.)
  • LT. COL. Keith Walter, USA (ret.)
  • Niki (Byers) Wilson, RP2 (USN)

  • Honorable Rick Baker
  • Mayor Rick Kriseman
  • Stacey J. Robinson, MD
  • Gene Bodden
  • Ed Montanari
  • Amb. Mel & Betty Sembler
  • Craig Chown
  • Commissioner Kathleen Peters
  • Craig Sher
  • Bob Decker
  • Ron Petrini
  • Commissioner Ken Welch
  • Andrew Hines, Jr.
  • Amb. Michael Ranneberger
  • David Yates
  • John Waechter
  • Courtney Robinson
  • Stacey J. Robinson, MD
  • Amb. Mel & Betty Sembler
  • Craig Sher
  • Commissioner Ken Welch
  • David Yates
  • Honorable Rick Baker
  • Gene Bodden
  • Craig Chown
  • Bob Decker
  • Andrew Hines, Jr.
  • John Waechter
  • Courtney Robinson
  • Mayor Rick Kriseman
  • Ed Montanari
  • Commissioner Kathleen Peters
  • Ron Petrini
  • Amb. Michael Ranneberger

Commander Lawrence M. Miller
BIO

Commander Lawrence M. Miller BIO Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy (retired)

Commander Miller, a native of Stony Brook New York, graduated from Ward Melville High School in June 1973. After completing 1 year of general studies at Suffolk Community College, he enlisted in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, and completed Field Medical Service School at Camp Pendleton California. Completing his first active duty assignment with the USMC 1st Force Services Support Group, he finished his first active tour in Okinawa, Japan with BAS 3/4 USMC.

After graduating from The State University of New York at Stony Brook in August 1985 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, he was Board Certified as a Physician Assistant. CDR Miller attended The Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center Post Graduate Surgical Internship for Physician Assistants in General and Special Surgery. Completing this program in October 1986, he continued for an additional year in Vascular Surgery under Frank Vieth MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery.

His first commissioned assignment as a USCG Reserve CWO1/2 in 1986 was at Air Station Clearwater Florida as the Medical Department Head, and later OIC of the Medical Unit. He was promoted to LTJG in place of CWO4. After his inter-service transfer back to the U.S. Navy in 1995, he was assigned to U.S. Navy Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, serving as Training Officer, and Administrative Officer. September 01, 2001 he was transferred to NRCOMUSNAVCENT (Navy Central Command) in Tampa, Florida as the Medical Department Head. He completed his Master’s Degree in Emergency Medicine in 2003 from the University of Nebraska, and practiced Emergency Medicine in Tampa Florida. Since September 11th, 2001 he has deployed to the CENTCOM AOR multiple times in support of OIF/OEF and participated in many multi nation exercises in the Middle East, and battle field planning in Iraq and Afghanistan.

CDR Miller completed 8 years, 6 months on Presidential Recall to Active Duty orders ending June 4th, 2014. He was first recalled for 3 ½ years as the Officer in Charge, Senior Medical Officer, Wounded Warrior Regiment, USMCR Medical Review Team Manager, at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC. He then completed a 5-year tour as Deputy Force Surgeon, Marine Corps Forces, Central Command starting June of 2009 and completed numerous Middle East Deployments. He was promoted to rank of Commander 01 August 2007 and retired July 1st, 2014. He currently is employed at the Tampa VA Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation working with mTBI SOCOM patients (PREP Program).

CDR Miller’s awards include: The Legion of Merit, Two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Services Achievement Medal, Three Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and The Global War on Terrorism and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals. SUNY Stony Brook 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Niki (Byers) Wilson, RP2 USN
BIO

Niki served in the U.S. Navy from 1992 to 1996. Her assignments included sea duty on the USS Hunley (AS-31) Naval Station Norfolk, FMF duty with 2D FSSG Battalion Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and deployment to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (NAVBASE GTMO) for Operation Sea Signal. Prior to her military service, Niki earned a BFA in Studio Arts from Indiana University- Bloomington.

Niki is a Compliance Advisor at Raymond James. She has been at the financial services firm for over 19 years. She is a founding member and leader in the Raymond James Valor (Veterans Inclusion) Network. She currently lives in Largo with her entrepreneur husband.

Craig Chown
WHY?

I support and desire to help RHS accomplish it's mission to promote our men and women in uniform, and the memory of the horrific events on 911. I also strongly support RHS initiatives for our first responders.

BIO

Craig Chown has over 30 years of accomplished experience in the government and private sectors. Craig served as a policy and budget advisor for Florida Governor's Lawton Chiles and Jeb Bush, and served as a policy analyst in the Florida Legislature, Office of the Auditor General. Additionally, he served as a Statewide Chief in Administration for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and was responsible for management and oversight of statewide agency motor vehicle fleet, purchasing, inventory, insurance, records management, telecommunications, mailroom, headquarters security, and DJJ facility new construction and maintenance.

Craig currently works with the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) in partnership with the Florida Association of Counties and Florida Fire Chiefs Association to manage their statewide bid process and contracts. This streamlines the administrative process and maximizes purchasing value for sheriffs, police, counites, local municipalities, school districts, special districts, and other entities. Items in the contracts include but are not limited to a wide range of police rated vehicles, other cars and trucks, fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency response vehicles, public works vehicles and equipment, and tires.

Since 1996, Craig Chown also successfully performed consulting work activities in areas including business development; contracts and procurement, public relations and communications; marketing; media and social networking and promotion; strategic planning and performance reviews; community development; environmental planning, permitting, mitigation, and construction project management.