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

Vice President of Operations at APR Energy

Art joined APR Energy in February 2017 as the Senior Director, Supply Chain and led a global team of 46 employees across the procurement, logistics and inventory functions in support of global plant operations. In February of 2018 he was promoted to Vice President of Operations and now leads the Supply Chain, Security/HSE, Project Management, Global Plant operations and Fleet Operations.

Prior to joining APR Energy, he was the Senior Vice President for Business Development for two years with Combined Insurance, a Chubb Company. He led and was tasked with increasing the military veteran and Latino markets nationally. He served in a leadership capacity (1 of 4 assistant zone managers in the US) for an emerging sales force of 295 reps and agents responsible for, $5M+ in annual sales in 2016.

Art Kandarian is a US Army Veteran with over 27 years of active duty service with the United States Army as an Infantry Officer in Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger and Special Operations units. He led platoons and commanded companies, a battalion and also commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He led the Brigade, known as Combined Task Force Strike during the President’s surge into Afghanistan from 2010-2011.

He deployed on eight combat deployments to Panama, Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan and is a Silver Star Recipient.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.

He is on the Board of Directors for the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that serves our nation's combat-wounded, Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.