Charles Butler is a retired USAF colonel with over 24 years of active duty service. He is a 1991 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a command pilot with over 3,800 hours of flight time in the C-141B, F-15C, and F-22A. He has deployed multiple times to the Middle East in support of combat operations. After retiring from the USAF, he has worked as a consultant helping numerous companies reach their business goals. Currently, Charles is a Senior Managing Director for Avix, Inc., working in Nashville.
As a member of the ASC Board, Charles has been an integral part of developing ASC’s 3-year strategic plan and an active supporter of ASC’s charitable events. He has two beautiful girls, Mary and Taylor, and is a native of Murfreesboro, TN
Holly McClung is a Managing Director for Ankura Consulting Group. She advises Fortune 500 clients on strategic plans, go-to-market strategies, business-process optimization, and transformational initiatives. An expert facilitator, Holly is skilled at aligning teams and stakeholders at all levels around strategy, critical decision-making, and cross-functional planning.
Holly is a native Tennessean and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Industrial Engineering. She is married to her husband of 21 years, Kevin, and has four children, Claire (17), Annabelle (14), Asher (12), and Genevieve (6). They are members of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee.
Holly was first introduced to ASC through a short-term consulting opportunity to advise on the 3-year strategic plan. She has a tremendous amount of respect and gratitude for the families who serve to protect our freedom and is incredibly honored to be part of this organization.
Daryl J.W. Mackin has been married since 1995 to his wonderful wife JoJo and he is a father of three, Zachariah and twins Malakai and Nadia. Like many Americans, Mr. Mackin’s favorite pastime is baseball. He has been coaching Little League baseball religiously since 1996.
Mr. Mackin is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Daryl has over 30 years of experience in the food service Industry. His Culinary career highlights include being the Executive Chef of the prestigious Haile-Maile Restaurant in Maui, Hawaii and was also the Executive Chef of the Tarry-A-while Resort and Restaurant in Bridgton Maine.
In 1979, Mackin began his cooking career in the U.S. Navy, where he served for 6 years. Daryl had taught high school culinary arts for 18 years. In 2012, Mr. Mackin resigned from teaching to do A Soldier’s Child Foundation full time.
Daryl Mackin founded the nonprofit A Soldier’s Child Foundation in 2008 after his neighbor’s son Marine Staff Seargent Marcus Golcyznski was killed by sniper fire in Iraq. Daryl believes it is the responsibility of the average American citizen to show love and compassion to the children and families of our fallen heroes.
On June 2, 2008 Daryl and others celebrated ASC’s first birthday for Marc’s son Christian Golczynski, who at that time turned 10 years old. ASC has grown substantially over the years since it’s conception in 2008.
Travis Richmond is a homegrown middle Tennessean, born and raised in Nashville. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1991 with a degree in business administration and accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1993. Travis is currently an audit manager at Kraft CPAs.
Travis served from 2011-2017 on the board of directors of FiftyForward, a charity serving people over 50 around the Nashville area. He has always had a great respect for veterans and their families and wants to help them as a thank-you for serving our country.
Travis is married to Tiffany and they have a terrific daughter, Lauren.
Jennifer Washabaugh was born in Ohio, grew up in Florida, moved to Tennessee in 2005, and by 2009 had four wonderful children, Rachel, Megan, Katie and Timothy. She’s been a teacher since 2007, focusing specifically on music, when she became an adjunct professor at The Renaissance Center. Later, she enjoyed teaching at Merlot Sound Recording Studio, where several of her students made professional recordings of their work, and she now teaches part-time in her home studio. In 2017, Jennifer began Peaceful Hills Retreat, a Bed & Breakfast, wedding venue, and campground located in Centerville, TN. It consists of three lovely homes, thirty forest campsites, and ninety-seven acres that is a retreat for others to get away from the city to find some rest and relaxation.
In 2012, Jennifer became a widow after her husband had served eighteen years in the military, and her children became recipients to A Soldier’s Child. As a parent who has witnessed sadness and shame replaced with new hope and honor from ASC, Jennifer is extremely happy to be a part of the team and to encourage other military families who have experienced the same great loss of a loved one
Eric Richey is an internationally recognized technologist, business strategist, conservationist and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience building high performing organizations, teams and industry verticals. He is a native Montanan and a 1991 graduate of the University of Wyoming where he was a track & field scholarship athlete, Captain of the UW Men’s’ Track Team for two years and a collegiate record holder in the pole vault. Eric graduated with a degree in Physics / Astrophysics and was Navy-bound with aspirations of training as a Navy Aviator after college graduation. The end of the Gulf War however delayed his entrance into military service during which time he started his first technology company in south Florida, a decision that would forever reshape his life and career.
Eric’s business successes have been widely documented across multiple business segments and business verticals including state and federal government, telecommunications, North American wildlife management & conservation, & media & marketing to name a few. Eric is an avid car enthusiast, outdoorsman, and the host of the 2-time Emmy Award-winning tv program “The Sovereign Sportsman” which allowed him to begin working with ASC nearly 10 years ago as one of the original contributors to ASC’s outdoor mentorship / camp programs. Eric lives in Smyrna with his wife Christi, have 6 children and a new baby granddaughter!
Mike Stalnaker is Chairman and CEO of PayTek Solutions, Inc. and has 26 years of experience in the payment processing industry.
He graduated from Graceland University in Iowa and the Strategic Alliances Program at The Wharton School -University of Pennsylvania. He is married to his wife of 23 years Desiree, and has two daughters Hannah and Rylee who attend Providence Christian Academy where he coaches golf and serves on the Board of Directors. Mike attends World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN.
As a loving husband and father, Mike has a passion for ASC because of his profound respect and gratitude for the families that make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the extraordinary freedoms we enjoy as American citizens.
Bryan Prince is currently the General Manager of Venture Express, Inc., where he has worked since 2014. In his role at Venture Express, Inc., Bryan has participated in increasing revenue by over 300% along with additional points in net margin, making them one of the largest privately owned transportation carriers in the United States.
As an officer of Venture Express, Inc., Bryan and the team have participated in many Soldier’s Child events and have worked to make it the primary charitable contribution of the company.
Bryan believes leadership and partnership are essential to creating long-lasting and mutually beneficial business relationships. Bryan believes the children in A Soldier's Child Foundation should be first on every American list of giving.
Bryan serves as a Murfreesboro City Commissioner and enjoys giving back to the community and the country, providing the opportunity for so many to succeed.
He lives in Murfreesboro, TN, with his two daughters attending Providence Christian Academy. They enjoy traveling and spending time on the Lake.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Leslie Ford-Matthews was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. She currently resides in Murfreesboro, TN. She attended Middle Tennessee State University before starting her career full time in commercial real estate and administration. She next went on to work in residential property management and then to full time real estate sales. She has managed real estate offices with a focus on administration and accounting for many years while also selling real estate.
She is the proud mom of a daughter, Ally (21), and the cutest dog ever, Rhett. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, camping and spending time on the lake.
Christopher Fisher is a husband of 10 years and a father to two girls and two boys. Chris graduated from Nashville State Community College, where he earned his associate's in social services, earned his degree in Psychology, and received his certification in Life, Wellness, and Family coaching from Liberty University. Chris is also a two-time national champion with the Nashville Storm Semi-Pro Football team, earning the humanitarian award for his inner city and mission work in Africa. Chirs also serves as a men's pastor at his church, where his goal is to see men restored to whom God called them to be.
In Chris's off time, he loves spending time with his wife and children. Going on hikes with his wife and coaching his children's sports teams. As a cancer survivor, Chris was driven to become a certified fitness trainer, which he is currently studying for. Along with all of this, Chris also enjoys studying the word of God to become more equipped.
Andrew Fendrich was born and raised in southern Indiana. He attended Bryan College in Dayton, TN, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English. After five years in the worlds of journalism and content production, he joined Operation Mobilization for a 2-year commitment in sub-Saharan Africa as a missions journalist. Traveling to 10 different countries, he oversaw content communication for churches, schools, and programs for widows and orphans.
In 2022, Andrew moved to Murfreesboro, TN, got married, and joined A Soldier’s Child Foundation. He and his wife, Lauren, live with their dog, Jack. Andrew is currently pursuing a Master of Arts, Theological Studies (MATS) through Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. He is passionate about church history, theological training, and pastoral ministry, specifically for African pastors. In his spare time, Andrew loves reading and writing fiction, cooking, and Atlanta Braves baseball.
HEATHER VON LOH
Heather Von Loh was born and raised in Nebraska. She is also a military widow; she lost her husband in 2009. She relocated to Tennessee with her four children, Grace, Dusty, Chloe, McKinzy in 2021. Heather and her two children, Grace and Dusty have been recipients since 2016.
Heather is excited to be a part of the staff and help other families that have gone through the same experience she has.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Rachel Washabaugh was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and relocated to Oregon and California before landing in Tennessee. She studied with Bryan College and attended Columbia State where she studied Mass Communications. She moved from the countryside of Tennessee to Nashville in the summer of 2023.
Rachel has been a part of A Soldier's Child Foundation since 2012 at ten years old when she lost her military father, Justin Lee Washabaugh. She attended all of the ASC camps from ages fourteen through seventeen and then became a PS23 leader. She has been a mentor with ASC for five years now and as of September 2023, she joined the staff as well.
She is passionate about serving the children whom she has so much empathy and understanding for. She has loved watching her campers grow up. She has also been honored to remain friends with those who were campers with her years ago, and now she attends their weddings and baby showers.
In her spare time, Rachel can be found baking in one of her favorite aprons, hosting a dinner party, or playing her old piano at home.
MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER
Fred Reyes grew up in Texas and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1990. He is a proud father of three amazing young adults: Ahnna, Caleb, and Seth. Fred earned his degree in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University. He worked in various positions at LifeWay Christian Resources for over 13 years and served as Youth Pastor for several middle TN churches. With over 20 years of camping ministry Fred learned about ASC while he served as Camp Director for a few of their Journey Camps in middle TN. He met Daryl, several ASC families and was inspired by the mission and vision of ASC.
Fred helps to coordinate Journey Camps and serves as Major Gifts Officer reaching out to individuals, foundations, and corporations pursuing resources for ASC families and programs.
Makenzi Dotson was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. She was born in Nashville, TN and has lived in Smyrna her whole life. She graduated high school in 2020 during the uncertain times of pandemic. Makenzi has worked in retail settings, as an office manager, in childcare, and continues to work in the service-related industry. She enjoys talking to others and helping them along with learning new things. In addition to working, Makenzi had started making her own Soy wax melts at the end of 2022 and started selling them locally and/or gave them as gifts.
Makenzi has two amazing dogs that are dad and daughter, named Max and Lucy, which she loves endlessly. Makenzi’s hobbies include spending time with her family/friends/boyfriend, going to coffee shops, shopping, listening to music, scrapbooking, watching movies or shows (mostly scary), fall-time festivities, going out to eat, gift-giving, and making wax melts.
Angela Nicole Cross started her profession in the private sector as an HR professional. She later pursued her dream of becoming an Attorney, and in 2009 she graduated from law school. While attending law school, she worked as a Paralegal and a Court Clerk. She also worked for one of Rutherford County’s judges, the Honorable Royce Taylor, as a Law Clerk. In 2011, Angela began serving the people of Tennessee at the Department of General Services. Angela has a PHR certification in Human Resources and is listed as a Rule 31 Mediator. Angela’s professional background consists of conducting employee relations investigations, reviewing, and updating policies and procedures, drafting legal documents, and mediating employee disputes. Currently, Angela serves as the Policy Manager for the State of Tennessee Department of General Services.
In 2016 after the sudden death of her son, Angela founded a youth-based nonprofit organization, OKAS, Inc., in loving memory of her son. Through OKAS, Inc., Angela passionately serves and gives back to the community where she grew up. Angela is also a Tennessee Promise Mentor where she serves as a valuable resource guiding high school students and their families through the college process.
Angela enjoys exploring and learning new things. She calls herself an “unapologetic geek” due to her curious mind, thirst for knowledge, and fascination with technology. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Angela is a lover of Christ, family, food, fun, and music!
Anna Rascon of Lebanon, TN, is a proud mother of three and 'G' to her sweet grandson. She has more than Twenty-Five years of experience advocating for countless non-profit organizations. Serving with her Church Youth group for several outreach projects that supported many causes from feeding the hungry, clothing drives, hospital infant blankets and beautification projects allowed her to find a passion in advocacy work at a young age. Over the years she continued to be an advocate and has raised awareness to include monetary donations in support of worthy causes. While serving fourteen years coordinating the TN Combined Federal Campaign for the US Dept of Homeland Security, she was priviledge to have met ASC Founder Daryl Mackin in 2009 during campaign season events. From that moment on, she has been a supporter of the ASC Mission.
She now serves as the HCA Caring for the Community - ITG Finance & Administration VP Delegate. Allowing her to coordinate department Caring for the Community charitable efforts. This additional role within HCA Healthcare allows her to maintain and oversee annual charitable product / food campaigns and service projects supporting Nashville's surrounding counties. Anna sits on a couple veteran non-profit boards, 'We are Building Lives a Veterans Organization' and 'Battle Run' supporting the ASC mission. She now supports ASC even more as a member of the Advisory Board and ASC Website Manager. Her goal is to be part of something much bigger than herself and achieves this every day she serves.
David D. Delk was born in Orangeburg, SC and moved to Chapel Hill, TN at a young age. Upon graduation from Forrest High School, he joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1992 and served 6 years. During this time, he also attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, graduating in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After several years of working for Charleston Marine Containers Inc. and Leopard Inc., both U.S. Department of Defense contractors, David took a position with First Commerce Bank in his hometown of Chapel Hill in 2004 where he currently holds the position of Senior Vice President. David is married to his wonderful wife Larissa and they have two children, Sydney, and Sutton.
David became aware of A Soldier’s Child Foundation in 2013 and has been hooked ever since. Being a childhood friend of USMC Staff Sgt. Marcus Golczynski, KIA in Iraq in 2007, he felt obligated to care for and mentor those children left behind by our fallen American heroes. He currently serves ASC by coordinating hunting/fishing outings, serves on the Annual Dinner Banquet Committee and serves on the Annual ASC Golf Scramble Committee. David states, “While there are other philanthropic causes to be associated with, none capture your heart and soul like A Soldier’s Child Foundation. Having the opportunity to associate with and mentor the children of our fallen American heroes is truly awe-inspiring… and the leadership and staff at ASC do a wonderful job molding it together for all involved. I am very appreciative and honored to be associated with ASC.”
WILLIAM R. MOTT
Dr. William R. Mott's experience includes being the head of school at three different independent schools, a member of the board of trustees of several independent schools, as well as other nonprofit organizations. He is currently the Head of School at Providence Christian Academy in Murfreesboro, TN. In addition, he has served as a consultant for over a decade and assisted numerous schools with a range of governance, fundraising, planning, and search issues.
In addition to the above experience, Dr. Mott is on the faculty of Vanderbilt University as an Adjunct Instructor. He teaches governance for the masters’ program in Independent School Leadership. He is also on the faculty for the Peabody Leadership Institute for Independent Schools – a week-long comprehensive institute that features practitioners working with independent school leaders from around the world. He is the author of three books on the subject of independent school governance. The latest, published in 2018, is "Healthy Boards, Successful Schools: The Impact of Governance and Leadership on Independent and Faith-Based Schools."
Dr. Mott received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. He also holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Courtney have been married for over thirty-nine years. They have two grown children and a wonderful dachshund, Roscoe, who is in charge of the household.
William R. Mott, Ph.D. is a leading authority on governance issues for independent and faith-based schools. His third book, "Healthy Boards – Successful Schools: The Impact of Governance and Leadership on Independent and Faith-Based Schools" is a comprehensive resource and serves as the text book for the master’s program in independent school leadership at Vanderbilt University and Mercer University. Dr. Mott has served as head of school at three different independent schools and as a trustee at several others. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and his B.A. from the University of Mississippi.
Lieutenant Colonel John C. Rigdon is a native of Mississippi and a resident of Murfreesboro, TN since 1996. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recording Industry Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. LTC Rigdon’s military career spans over 24 years, including the United States Marine Corps Reserves and the Tennessee Army National Guard. LTC Rigdon is a Senior Army Aviator with qualifications in the UH-60 Blackhawk, OH-58 A/C Kiowa & UH-72 Lakota. His current assignment is Commander of the Recruiting & Retention Battalion for the Tennessee Army National Guard. LTC Rigdon lives in Murfreesboro, TN with his wife Crystal and their son Paxton. The Rigdon’s are honored and humbled at the opportunity to serve Military Families through ASC.
Scotty Carroll A Florida native, Scotty moved to Middle Tennessee in 2007 and currently resides in Westmoreland, TN. He attended Florida State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. After serving on active duty for four years, Scotty entered the private sector and worked as a power engineer until 2009. Then he started ECHO Power Engineering with his partner Joe Maynard, and currently serves as the company Chief Operations Officer.
Scotty and his wife, Johnna, have been married for over 27 years and have three adult children. Scotty has served as a bi-vocational pastor and church music minister. He and Johnna have also led InnerFire Ministries for the last thirteen years serving churches in various capacities. When it is time to relax, Scotty enjoys working on his farm, hunting, fishing, and sports.
Scotty has been an avid supporter of ASC nearly from our inception. He has attended and served at various functions such as the hunting camps, golf tournaments, and others.
Sonya Tate is from Sparta, TN and has been living in Murfreesboro for 11 years. Sonya has been married for 28 years to Tony Tate from Erie, PA, and they have a combined 4 kids total and 4 beautiful grandkids. Only one granddaughter lives in Murfreesboro, TN, and attends Providence Christian Academy. Sonya served in the Navy for 2 years and enjoyed cooking at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, met Tony, who was a Corpsman. She worked at the VA Hospital in Erie, PA, attended JH Thompson Business School of Erie, PA. She has over 25 years of collections/accounts receivables experience and has been able to travel the US doing so. She acts as the Office Manager Venture Express Inc. and has been there 11 years. She also helps with 1st Shot Basketball Youth Organization and attends North Boulevard Church of Christ.
She enjoys giving back to the community when she can and loves serving others to make sure they are taken care of. Being a part of A Soldier's Child as they embrace the kids that have lost parents makes her even prouder to be involved.