Meet the RHS team


Founder | Executive Director

Jo Brower

Board of Directors

President

KENT WILSON, EM1 (DV USN)

Vice President

Vacant

Secretary

Kathryn J. Copeland

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

Jim Rudolph

TONY SALVAREZZA

  • First responders
  • Military
  • Honorary Community Leaders

  • Chief Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., BPD
  • Chief Anthony Holloway, SPPD
  • Asst. Chief Antonio Gilliam, SPPD
  • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, PCSO
  • Chief Daniel Slaughter, CPD
  • Chief Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., BPD
  • Asst. Chief Antonio Gilliam, SPPD
  • Chief Daniel Slaughter, CPD
  • Chief Anthony Holloway, SPPD
  • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, PCSO

  • CDR Janette M. Arencibia MSC, USN
  • Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake, USAF, (ret.)
  • David Caras, USCG, AETC
  • Col. Sam Martin, USAF, (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
  • 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)
  • Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake, USAF, (ret.)
  • Col. Sam Martin, USAF, (ret.)
  • CAPT. Tom Chaby, USN SEAL, (ret.)
  • CSM Frank A. Grippe, USA (ret.)
  • Colonel Beau Higgins, USMC, (ret)
  • CSM Gary Littrell, USA (ret.)

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

Kent Wilson
BIO

Kent Wilson is a member of the Fox Foundation’s Executive

Team and a recognized expert in Enterprise Operational Excellence. During his career he’s served as the CEO, COO or Regional COO for several organizations (both profit and non-profit) including Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., Ocean Wines International, the National Football Foundation, and FPMC, Inc. In addition to his Foundation responsibilities, Mr. Wilson is currently a sought-after Senior Business Consultant in the areas of Operational Turnaround Strategy and Value Enhancement. He began his career in the United States Navy where he was a Diver and Explosive Ordnance expert. After leaving the Navy he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eckerd College and a MBA from Rollins Collins. He is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

Mr. Wilson believes that we live in a current society that requires time, energy, and resources be directed towards helping others overcome whatever challenges they are facing to strengthen themselves and those around them. In that regard, Mr. Wilson has a passion for helping those who come from: underserved socioeconomic communities, serve or have served as first responders, served or have served in the military for the purpose of helping to enrich their lives not only during times of need but also during their successes.

In Mr. Wilson’s current position as Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director of the Fox Foundation, he is personally involved in the establishment of several initiatives that will address several of the needs he is passionate about. Notably, The Justice Initiative which is a comprehensive research and interventional program designed to, (1) identify, frame and size the problems via research and outreach programs, (2) categorize and evaluate existing solutions, (3) develop new interventions where required, and (4) assist and validate each municipality’s implementation of these solutions. The initial phase of this program is already underway with the training program currently being conducted with the Miami Police Department and the Connecticut State Police force. As evidenced by the acceptance and results of the training in Connecticut, the state has asked to have the training module integrated into the curriculum at the State Police Training Academy.

Mr. Wilson believes the initiatives he is involved with are in synergy with the mission and goals of the RHS Foundation and would welcome the opportunity to assist in helping RHS realize its goals, objectives and an honor to serve the RHS Mission.

Jim Rudolph
BIO

Jim Rudolph grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1976, he graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg. In 1980 he graduated from Gupton Jones College in Atlanta.

After graduation from the Gupton Jones College, Jim worked with several prominent local funeral homes for many years.

In 2001 Jim founded Veterans Funeral Care, the nation’s first funeral home designed & built to serve veterans, retired military and their families exclusively. When not working, Jim is an avid backcountry hiker. Favorite hikes are the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Longs Peak, Estes Park, Colorado and the Lost Dutchman trail in Apache Junction, Arizona. He also is a huge fan of the HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.” He built and maintains the web site for one of the stars of that series www.JoeToye.com Jim is the founder of www.OperationToySoldier.com which provides toys for the children of Tampa Bay area military families. He is a board member of Clearwater First Assembly of God, and the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance. He is a member of the Marine Corps League, Detachment 54, Largo and the American Legion, Post 7, Clearwater.

Jim has been married to the former Kim Nelson of Clearwater, Florid for forty-one years. Jim & Kim have two grown children, Jimmy and Joel and their daughtersin-law, Jordan & Abigail.

“My life has been all about honoring veterans and retired military. So many first responders are also veterans. But civilian first responders also put our safety above their own. 911 was proof of that. So, remembering, honoring and supporting police, firefighters, EMT’s is something we all should do every day."

Kathryn Copeland
BIO

After practicing for 7 years in the areas of family law and personal injury litigation, Kathryn joined Englander Fischer’s litigation team and practices primarily in commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and creditor’s debt collection.

Kathryn graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 2012. Prior to attending Stetson, Kathryn worked as a legal assistant for several years in the Tampa Bay area.

Kathryn is a native Floridian who lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, Derek, and their rescue dog, Max.

WHY?

I am interested in the secretary position in Remember Honor Support as a way to support our local community while utilizing some of my personal strengths. As a St. Petersburg resident, I desire to be more active in my local community. RHS specifically is a great way for me to become more involved because of its mission in supporting first responders and veterans, as I have firemen, former law enforcement, and military veterans in my family. As an attorney, I have excellent organization skills and extensive experience in taking notes and maintaining documents/files, all of which would be valuable as RHS secretary. My career and prior volunteer activities have also afforded me substantial involvement with all types of persons from our community, which I believe would also be beneficial to RHS.

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.

Tony Salvarezza
BIO

Tony Salvarezza is the General Manager of Duke Energy’s Regional Services Florida. He received his BSM from University of Phoenix in 2001. AA in Electronic Engineering, Pasco Hernando in 1998. Blackbelt in Lean Six Sigma Processes.

He joined Florida Power (Duke Energy) in 1978, over the past 43+ years his jobs have evolved from 17 years in various craft operations and maintenance roles, and DCS engineering to Superintendent of Operations, Maintenance and Shift Operations Manager, General Manager at multiple large generating sites involving various combustion technologies (Oil, coal, gas & steam,) and now Regional General Manager are some of the positions he has held all with continuously highlighted accomplishments in plant performance, capital management, budget reduction and overall site management. Each position with increasing leadership responsibilities for Duke Energy. Experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the utility industry. Skilled in Leadership, Team Building, Safety Improvement, Power Plants, Continuous Improvement, and Operational Excellence. Successful track record of running projects, service organizations, plant maintenance and operations. Key skills include commercial negotiations, strategic thinking, labor relations, change management, continuous improvement/LEAN/Six Sigma, and relationship building.

Tony and his wife Mariela reside in St. Petersburg Florida. They enjoy boating, traveling the world and spending time with family.

WHY?

I am proud to be a member of the RHS board (formerly VP) and afforded the opportunity to give back. Supporting our first responders in all areas of our community, not only for the honoring of those who lost their lives in the tragic 9/11 events but also supporting those who have fought for this great country. I can live this life because of the sacrifice others have made. I am fortunate to be able to remember, honor and support others. I thank you for the opportunity to serve.

AVIATION ELECTRONICS CHIEF DAVID CARAS, USCG (Ret.)
BIO

Born in Munich, Germany, and raised mostly in Fayetteville, NC, USCG AETC (Ret.) David Caras entered the U.S. Coast Guard in 1984 at Training Center Cape May, NJ. He was a rescue surf boat crew member until he graduated from Aviation Electronics School. He is qualified as Avionicsman Radio Navigator Instructor on HH-3F helicopters, Flight Mechanic Crew Chief Instructor on HH-60J helicopters, HU-25A/B Falcon jets, and Radio Operator on HC-130 Hercules aircraft. He deployed to the Caribbean with USCG and DEA antinarcotics operations and is a member of a USCG pistol and high-power rifle team. He retired in 2004 with twenty years of service as an Aviation Electronics Chief.

He attended North Carolina State University, Polymer Chemistry and is a graduate of the University of Phoenix, earning a Bachelor of Science of Business Management. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.

In David Caras’ spare time he competes in triathlons, Nordic Biathlons, is an Area Coordinator raising guide dog puppies, a Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor, camp counselor for Faces of Courage Kids Cancer and Blood Disorders camp, a Peer Mentor for Amputee Coalition, and camp counselor for Camp No Limits for young people with limb loss and families, a member of Stetson University Disruptive Leadership Advisory Board, and National Society of Leadership and Success member.