Hon Martin R. Hoffmann (R.I.P.), Sec of the Army, 1975-1977
Mr. Hoffmann graduated from Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School. Mr. Hoffmann served the U.S Government as General Counsel to the Atomic Energy Commission; as Special Assistant to the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary of Defense; as General Counsel to the Department of Defense; and as Secretary of the U.S. Army [under President Ford]. He served and managed a number of Law Firms, and served on a number of corporate boards. He served for six years full-time as a Pro Bono Consultant to the TreatNOW Coalition for the Cause of Brain Injured (TBI/PTSD) Military and Military Veteran casualties. Secretary Hoffmann passed away on July 14, 2014. His passion and ethical compass kept him focused until the end on the well-being of Service members.
The Honorable Patt Maney, BG, USAR (ret.)
Judge Maney is a War Veteran who was wounded by an IED while serving in OEF. After 15 months convalescing in Walter Reed, he was showing little progress. Heroic interventions allowed GEN Maney to be treated in a private hospital with HBOT 1.5. He is now back serving as an elected Judge in Okaloosa County, FL where he has helped institute Veterans Courts. He was recently named Patriot of the Year by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for his volunteer work on behalf of veterans and his contributions to the community.
James K. Wright, MD (COL, USAF, ret.)
Dr. Wright graduated from the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medical School. He completed medical fellowships at Harvard Medical School and in Hyperbaric Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. He is board certified in Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He spent 28 years in the Air Force and directed hyperbaric clinical research at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine for four years before moving to the 720th Special Tactics Group, Air Force Special Operations Command. Since retiring from the Air Force in 2010 Dr. Wright has devoted his volunteer efforts to the NBIRR project. He is the author or co-author of 32 publications of which twelve deal with hyperbaric oxygen. He is currently the lead investigator and Study Director of the observational Clinical Trial of the National Brain Injury Rescue and Rehabilitation (NBIRR) study of Hyperbaric Oxygen for the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation.
Dr. Albert Edwin Zant Jr., M.D.
Dr. Eddie Zant is the founder and medical director of Hyperbaric Medicine Inc. in Destin and Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Dr. Zant is American Board Certified in both Hyperbaric Medicine and Anesthesiology. Dr. Zant has 30+ years experience, and served as a US Army medical officer during the Vietnam War. He is past President of the Medical Staff at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and was Chief of Anesthesia for 6 years. He has successfully treated, pro bono, dozens of Special Operations Warriors, veterans, professional athletes and other brain-injured patients.
Paul G. Harch, MD
Dr. Harch is the Director, LSUHSC/Medical Center of Louisiana, New Orleans Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Department. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Harch is a hyperbaric medicine, diving, and emergency medicine physician who is a Diplomat of the American Board of Hyperbaric Medicine and the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine of the American Board of Physician Specialties. In recognition of his accomplishments in clinical practice, teaching, and research he was awarded fellowship status in the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine in 1997. He also received the Edgar End Award from the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine in 1994 and the Richard A. Neubauer Award for Excellence in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Pediatric Neurology in 2003. Dr. Harch is the first President of the International Hyperbaric Medical Association (established in 2001) and Past President of the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation. He has lectured and presented his work at numerous scientific meetings throughout the U.S. and overseas.
Robert Mozayeni, MD, Director, Translational Medicine Group
Dr. Mozayeni is a graduate of the Leadership in Medicine 6-yr program at Union College and Albany Medical School. He did his post graduate medical training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Yale University. He was a Senior Staff Fellow in the National Heart, Lung and
Blood Institute while simultaneously holding a clinical appointment as the Rheumatology Fellow in the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases. He was also on the medical staff at the NIH Clinical Center during the same time period. He presently serves as Director and VP of Translational Medicine for the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation. His current practice also includes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury.
James L. Bauerle, Brigadier General, US Army, (ret.)
General Bauerle served for over 32 years and is a Vietnam and Desert Storm Veteran with numerous decorations. He has held command at every level through Group Command. During Desert Storm is led a logistic task force to conduct the emergency restoration of Kuwait and later he served as the chief of staff for a three star logistics command (the 22ns Support Command a unit of 54,000 service members. Additionally, he worked in various management positions in the computer and telephone industry. Today he is the VP and Legislative Director for The Military / Veterans Coalition of Indiana which is an advocacy coalition of over 75 organizations in Indiana. General Bauerle led the team to get legislation enacted and $1 MILLION funding from the state for the Indiana Veteran Recovery Pilot Program which treats veterans across Indiana who suffer from TBI, PTSD, or PCS. He holds military specialties in the Engineer Corps, Adjutant General Corps and as a Logistician. His military education includes Command & General Staff College, National Security Council Course, Senior Officer Legal Orientation Course, Army War College, Joint Senior Leader/Chemical Officer Course, and the Force Integration Course. General Bauerle holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Graduate work in Operations Management & Leadership.
Robert Schmidt, Chairman/CEO, Great American Broadband, Inc.; and Executive Director, Pro Football Retired Players Assc.
Mr. Schmidt has over 30 years of experience in the communications industry and has become a nationally recognized leader in new telecommunications technology development. He has served in Senior Management with distinction in public and private companies including: ITT, CTM, CMI, National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Wireless Communication Association International (WCAI), and National Digital Network. Mr. Schmidt maintains significant contacts with key leaders in the cable television and related telecommunications industry, most notable as Founder and President of the American Teleport Association (ATA); Charter board member of the World Teleport Association, Co-Founder and Board Member of Cable Satellite Public Affairs network (C-SPAN) and recipient of the President’s Award from the NCTA. Mr. Schmidt is the Founder and Chairman of the Vincent T. Lombardi Foundation and past President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Football Foundation and the Hall of Fame. Mr. Schmidt is also the Executive Director of the Pro Football Retired Players Association, and is deeply involved in the effort to get healing treatments to ballplayers and veterans suffering from TBI and the effects of concussions. Mr. Schmidt attended the University of Notre Dame, holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a M.S. in International Business from American University and a J.D. from Georgetown University School of law.
William Duncan, Ph.D., Director, Oklahoma Legislative effort for Veterans Recovery
Dr. William A. Duncan, a former Army officer, was instrumental in passage of the Oklahoma Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Recovery Plan Act of 2014. He is President of Capitol Strategy Consultants, Inc., where he represents clients on healthcare, biomedical research, veterans, Department of Defense, and criminal justice and public health arenas. His clients benefit from his extensive background in the congressional appropriations process and heath care regulations. In the medical realm, Dr. Duncan supervised numerous legislative priorities including National Institutes of Health reforms for setting research priorities, expansion on biomedical research infrastructure, AHRQ and evidence-based medicine initiatives, NIH and CDC initiatives in environmental medicine, amputee services, and addressing chronic disease including diabetes and public health. He dealt with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services problems, including getting CMS to approve a new indication for hyperbaric oxygen to reduce diabetic foot amputations, reducing the regulatory burden on health care, prescription drug, and FDA issues.
Hal Koster, MBA. Founder and Executive Director, The Aleethia Foundation.
The Aleethia [“Truth”] Foundation was formed in 2005 to support newly injured service members. As an Owner/Manager of Fran O’Brien’s Stadium Steakhouse, support took the form of Friday night steak dinners, a tradition that continues, pro bono, to this day for the wounded and their loved ones. Hal is a Vietnam Veteran, serving thirty one months in the US Army, twenty six of those months in Vietnam as a helicopter crew chief. He earned numerous Air Medals and an Air Medal with “V”. He then spent 30 years in the computer business in various positions of technical and management capacity, along with 10 years ownership and management in the restaurant business. Hal’s work with The Aleethia Foundation has earned him many awards from various groups including letters of appreciation from President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace. Among his awards is the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award – October 2004, the highest award given to a civilian by the Department of Defense.
Thomas M. Fox Jr., MAS, MS.
Tom Fox is the Research Physiologist for the Hyperbaric Institute for Research and Training, a division of the Center Hyperbare de L’Ile, Pincourt QC. He has worked in the field of Clinical Hyperbaric Oxygen for the last 30 years. During this time, he has been intimately involved with the implementation and the development of the US Army’s Clinical Hyperbaric Service at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Prior to accepting his current position in Quebec, Canada, Mr. Fox served as the Chief of the Atmospherics Branch of the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine, Fort Rucker Alabama. In this capacity, he was responsible for hyperbaric/ hypobaric operations and training of US and NATO aviators, flight surgeons and flight medics. Mr. Fox is a senior army aviator and flew twelve years as a Medical Evacuation for the US Army. He has a special interest in the role of blast overpressure from blasts or explosions in the silent wounding of veterans.
Stephen D. Reimers, P.E.
Mr. Reimers is an MIT-trained Professional Engineer. He is a former member of a Navy Experimental Diving Unit with an extensive background in breathing and compression technologies. He has 37 years experience as President/Owner of Reimers Consultants, Reimers Engineering, Inc., Reimers Systems, Inc., and Hyperbaric Clearinghouse, Inc. and has been responsible for the design of over $40,000,000 of currently installed clinical hyperbaric facilities. He is the current Chair of the prestigious PRESSURE VESSELS FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY (PVHO) and Secretary/Treasurer of the sponsor of NBIRR, the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation.
Adam Heitke has over 15 years of experience designing, developing, and deploying highly secure enterprise DoD software systems and HIPAA-compliant healthcare information management systems. He is head of the information technology system available to Coalition clinics for data collection, storage, analysis and reporting.
Ben Richards, Major, US Army, (ret.)
Major Ben Richards is a West Point graduate and a Wounded Warrior with numerous decorations, one of which is a Purple Heart for TBI/PTSD.
Russ Laney, Founder and Director, Brain Health Team
Russ Laney, a 1976 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, is a highly engaged and connected member of the sports community of Colorado. Serving as the Athletic Director at the Air Force Academy for 13 years, his background lends itself well to his position as “Head Coach” and founder of the Brain Health Team (BHT).
Robert L. Beckman, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, Foundation for the Study of Inflammatory Disease
ROBERT L. BECKMAN, Ph.D., has been building knowledge management systems most of his professional career, primarily in the Intelligence Community and DOD. He is currently helping to run the Clinical Trial researching TBI and PTSD in brain-injured wounded warriors. He is responsible for sustaining the national network of hyperbaric clinics as well as improving the technology platform for data collection and analysis. He is a former USAF KC-135 pilot and a Vietnam Veteran.