Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

Executive Staff and Advisors

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 in Apollo Beach, FL and is blessed by his two sons Dylan and Luke with whom he enjoys spending time exploring the great outdoors and various other sporting activities.

Corrina Bea Hart


Logistics Coordinator and Hero Engagement Specialist

Corrina Bea Hart

Logistics Coordinator and Hero Engagement Specialist

Corrina Hart, our Logistics Coordinator and Hero Engagement Specialist, ensures our operations run smoothly and that we provide the best services possible to our Purple Heart recipients.

She is the proud daughter of a 100% disabled Vietnam veteran who succumbed to his wounds in June of 2009, and sister of a career Air Force senior NCO (retired). An accomplished sportsman herself, having owned and operated a hunting and fishing guide service for nearly 10 years, Corrina has an intimate understanding of what's entailed in making our events successful. She is honored to have such a critical role in an organization that gives so much back to our wounded veterans.

In addition to her work with WWIA, Corrina is a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT currently residing in Idaho. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandson.

David Kelber


Mission Support Specialist

David Kelber

Mission Support Specialist

David Kelber is our Mission Support Specialist. He provides comprehensive event support, including: thank you letters and recognition gifts to event supporters; social media admin; event newsletter content and press releases.
David has worked the past twenty years with at-risk youth and families, and is now honored to be working on behalf of Purple Heart Heroes as a part of the WWIA team. He holds an Undergraduate Degree in Theology, and a Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling/Leadership. David’s most coveted title; however, is being a husband to his wife Denise, and a father to his four children Kari, Gabriel, David Jr and Ember. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family, working out, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Keith Tidball


Science Advisor

Keith Tidball

Science Advisor

Dr. Keith Tidball, of Cornell University's Department of Natural Resources, serves as Science Advisor for WWIA.

Tidball, an avid hunter and angler and licensed NY State Guide, enlisted in the Michigan National Guard in 1990 as an E1 Infantryman, 38th ID. He was selected for Officer Candidate School, which he completed in 1993 at Fort Knox. He served as an Infantry platoon leader until receiving a career-ending eye injury. Despite the injury, Tidball continued his service by becoming an International Affairs specialist in the Foreign Service (USDA/FAS/ICD), where he served as a Subject Matter Expert in natural resources management in conflict and disaster settings throughout the world.

Today, Tidball serves as Assistant Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension for Veterans, Military Families, and Disaster Education, and as a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources, where he conducts research, extension, and outreach activities in the area of ecological dimensions of human security. Tidball also volunteers as a member of the Brigade staff of the 10th Brigade, New York Guard and is a life member of the American Legion.

Dixon Gunther


Senior Outdoor Instructor and Advisor

Dixon Gunther

Senior Outdoor Instructor and Advisor

Dixon M. Gunther is WWIA’s Senior Outdoor Instructor and Adviser. A retired United States Army Colonel, Dixon culminated his 25 year career as an Infantry officer in JUL 2012. He is a decorated combat veteran whose assignments included service in the 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd, 6th, and 25th Infantry Divisions, and the 101st Airborne Division, along with various TRADOC, International Exchange Officer, and Joint assignments.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (second award), Combat Infantryman’s Badge (second award), and the coveted Ranger Tab. He holds a Master of Science degree in Adult, Occupational, and Continuing Education from Kansas State University.

Dixon is also a musician, outdoorsman, as well as a certified NRA Rifle and Shotgun Instructor, and an avid competitive shooter. Dixon is married to the former Katie McSheffrey. They have two sons and a daughter, and currently reside in San Antonio, TX.

Shelly Niesen


Executive Assistant

Shelly Niesen

Executive Assistant

Shelly Niesen is our Executive Assistant, who provides direct support to the Founder, John McDaniel, as well as the rest of the WWIA Team and Operations. As a new member of our team she has over a decade of experience in such a role, and is excited and proud to be apart of our mission. Shelly has many close family members and friends who are Veterans, and is honored to be working on behalf of Purple Heart Heroes as a part of the WWIA team.

Shelly is originally from Chicago, IL, and now resides in Florida as an in house team member. In her spare time, she enjoys, painting, spending time with her family, and enjoying the Florida beaches and springs.


Erin Tulloch


Donor Relations Specialist

Erin Tulloch

Donor Relations Specialist

As our Donor Relations Specialist, Erin is a vital part of our fundraising team. She tracks and manages our donor information, creates and sends out thank you letters and other correspondence, and is responsible for ensuring that all of our donors receive timely and accurate acknowledgments for their gifts. Erin also provides administrative support for the foundation as needed.
Erin is the kind of person who loves to talk and build relationships. She's always quick with a smile, and she has a way of making everyone feel like they're the most important person in the room. Erin is passionate about our cause, and she loves to cultivate relationships with our donors. She knows that building strong relationships is essential to our success, and she's always looking for ways to deepen our connection with the people who support us. Erin's outgoing personality and genuine care for others make her an invaluable member of our team.
A member of her local American Legion, Erin is the proud granddaughter of an Army Master Sergeant. In addition to her work with WWIA, she volunteers at her local Elks Lodge and holds a position on its board. Erin enjoys living in Florida and spending time with her family and friends. On her days off, you can find her discovering new beaches, navigating new hiking spots, and finding local, off-the-beaten-path coffee houses.