Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

Board of Directors

John McDaniel


Founder and CEO

John McDaniel

Founder and CEO

John McDaniel, Founder and CEO:

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John J. McDaniel served on active duty in the United States Army from November of 1987 to November of 2007. John is a decorated combat veteran, former Infantry Officer, Airborne Ranger, and Master Parachutist with a Special Operations background.

Shortly before his military career ended, John began taking wounded veterans on fishing trips in the Florida Keys and in Tampa Bay. What once was a grassroots initiative has now developed into an ever-growing national charity, the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation. Although retired from active duty, John says of his work, "I'm not done serving. We simply can't do enough for these tremendous Purple Heart heroes."

A Master of Business Administration, John is a successful entrepreneur, business developer, and former CEO in the private sector. In addition to his work with the Foundation, John is a certified US Coast Guard Captain, a senior certified USA Hockey coach, an outdoor enthusiast, avid sportsman and conservationist. John lives with his wife Lisa (nee Tobul) and their two sons, Dylan and Luke, in Apollo Beach, FL.

Karen D. McDaniel, Esq.


Legal Counsel and Board Member

Karen D. McDaniel, Esq.

Legal Counsel and Board Member

Karen McDaniel serves as pro bono legal counsel to Wounded Warriors in Action, and is also a Board Member. Karen was admitted to the practice of law in 1988, and is licensed in both the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Karen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin law school, cum laude.

Karen is presently in private practice as a partner at the law firm of Briggs and Morgan. During her nearly 30-year career, Karen has not only run and managed her own legal practice, but has also served as legal counsel to the largest medical device manufacturer in the world. She brings her extensive legal expertise and her diverse business background to the WWIA.

Karen has deep experience in negotiating agreements and resolving complex business disputes. She is a recognized leader in the law. In 2012, she was named as one of Minnesota Lawyer's Attorneys of the Year. In 2013, she was named a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer' by American Lawyer Media and Marthindale-Hubbell™. She holds an AV Preeminient® peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Karen comes from a military family, with a number of veterans who have served our Nation. She supports the work of WWIA in all its various aspects, but in particular she focuses on the business and legal needs of the organization. She solidly believes in the mission of WWIA, and is proud to be connected to this growing, grass-roots organization that is helping to heal the spirits of our combat-wounded Purple Heart veterans.

Mark Broda


Secretary

Mark Broda

Secretary

Mark Broda is a US Air Force Purple Heart veteran. Enlisting in the USAF in 1992, he honorably served 4+ years as a Survival Equipment Specialist and served 2 tours to the Middle East in Turkey supporting Operation Provide Comfort and in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch where he was injured in the Khobar Towers bombing.

He graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Computer Technology in 2003 and started his IT career with IBM before finding his way back into Federal Civil Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is currently with the Department of Veterans Affairs, OI&T managing project requirements.

As a veteran and an employee of the VA he has a very vested and passionate interest in serving his fellow veterans. After attending a WWIA event in 2012 he got involved with the organization as an Associate. He continually leads 3-5 WWIA events each year and participates in several fundraising activities. He has proven to be a valued Associate and a trusted leader to the foundation.

As a Board Member, Mark is continuing to lead WWIA in its mission to serve our Nation's combat-Wounded Warriors.

Arthur Kandarian


Board Member

Arthur Kandarian

Board Member

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Richard Wheeler


Board Member

Richard Wheeler

Board Member

Biography: Rich Wheeler is an accomplished veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, offering guaranteed results, domestic and abroad, with demonstrated success in executing corporate strategies and leading operations. He is a proven leader with an extraordinarily diverse background capable of mastering the science of any industry standard. Rich possesses an uncanny ability to motivate and lead world-class individuals and multi-dimensional organizational teams under pressure, worldwide, while assessing and mitigating the risk to the organization. He has a Master of Military Art and Science, Master of Business Administration, and is a bilingual English-Spanish speaker.

Rich is employed as Director of Operations for Jacobs Technology, Mission Operations Group (MOG), located in Tampa, FL. Jacobs' MOG is dedicated to special operations, intelligence, and IT support. The $12B company delivers solutions and services focused on operational mission planning and execution support, special-mission training, intelligence analysis, IT, cyber-security, data management, and the acquisition and support of related technologies and systems.