BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Deby Kyle - Wayne Kyle

Deby Kyle - Wayne Kyle

Deby Kyle - President / Wayne Kyle Secretary

Wayne & Deby Kyle are the proud parents of Chris & Jeff Kyle. Wayne & Deby raised their sons in a country environment stressing the importance of values and ethics in everyone’s life. They also instilled in them patriotism and to stand and fight for the freedom that we have in our great nation. Both Chris and Jeff lived out their dreams of serving in the military and standing proud of their service and sacrifice.

Wayne spent over 40 years working in the corporate world. Deby has always been dedicated to her family and spent the early years of her sons lives at home teaching them and instilling the values they live. Deby went on to achieve her degree while being a mother, housewife, and businesswoman. She earned her degree in Criminal Justice, with an emphasis in Juvenile Detention Administration.
After Chris was killed, Wayne & Deby have dedicated their lives to spending as much time as possible with family and helping Veterans and First Responders.

Jeff Kyle

Jeff Kyle

Vice President

Jeff is a Marine Corps veteran, serving 8 years from 2000-2008. Jeff served with the 3rd and 4th Marine Divisions.

Early in his career, Jeff was selected to become a rifle and pistol instructor. As an instructor he trained countless Marines as well as foreign military members to include, Tanzania’s, Ugandans, Japanese, Koreans, and Australians. Jeff also acquired an instructor certification in Combat Marksmanship. As a Marine Infantryman and later with Marine Recon, he deployed multiple times to Iraq and other areas during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
While serving with 3rd Marine Division, Sgt. Kyle received the Navy Achievement Medal for leading the first Marine detachment to transport a nuclear submarine through hostile waters.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Jeff married and started a family. As a family, Jeff and his wife are very active in Veterans organizations, giving back to our brave warriors. Jeff’s love for weapons instruction did not stop with the Corps. He has a great passion and desire to educate and better hone individual’s skills with firearms and safety.

Amy Kyle

Amy Kyle

Trustee

Amy Kyle is married to Jeff Kyle. Amy and Jeff met while working in College Station and attending school. They got engaged December 2006, after which Jeff was deployed to Iraq. Jeff and Amy were married November 03, 2007 and now have two beautiful girls together.

Amy graduated from Texas A&M University with her bachelors in kinesiology, exercise physiology in August of 2006. Attended The University of Texas Medical Branch and graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy in December 2009 and then a doctorate of Physical Therapy August 2010. She now works as a physical therapist for Baylor Scott and White Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center in Hewitt, Texas.

Amy has been involved with several other Veteran organizations including Guardian for Heroes, Spirit of a Hero and has spent the past two years assisting with the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit.

Amanda Kopke

Amanda Kopke

Trustee

Amanda was born and raised just north of Houston, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville and obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Amanda was also the 2004 Miss Texas A&M-Kingsville, reigning until just prior to her graduation in 2005.

While in college, Amanda became an intern at the FBI Houston and Corpus Christi offices. The internships lead to intelligence analyst position through Texas DPS wherein she was assigned full time to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2008, she was hired by NCIS and became a Special Agent. During her tenure in NCIS, Amanda has deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2012, Amanda was awarded the Special Agent of the Year for Combating Terrorism. Amanda currently resides in North Texas.

Bo Pharr

Bo Pharr

Trustee

Bo grew up in Midlothian, Texas where he became friends/family with the Kyle family. Bo and Chris were teammates on several sports teams while in school. After high school, he attended Tarleton State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Management and Maintenance.

Bo and Chris were roommates for 2 years at TSU. It was at college that Bo met his beautiful wife Jill. Bo and Jill have been married for 18 years and have been blessed with 2 wonderful children. Jase is now 14 years old and Jenna is 10. They have lived in Van Alstyne, Texas for the past 15 years. Bo is co-owner of JBS Express, which sells landscape materials and stone in the McKinney area, for the past 15 years.

Bo has been actively involved in the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit since it was established in 2014.

Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson

Trustee

Mark like most hardcore Texans, was born in Texas. Mark grew up in the Katy, TX area, and then attended Texas Tech University earning a Business Degree. After college he moved to Dallas, TX in 1999 where he worked for Cingular Wireless. Always having an entrepreneurial mindset and having started and ran a successful lawn and landscaping business while growing up, and in college; Mark formed Road Armor bumpers in late 2000. Today Mark is operating both Road Armor and a few other successful business entities while pursing efforts to help veterans organizations.

In 2011 Mark was introduced to Chris Kyle and formed a strong friendship with him. It was through Chris’s eyes and actions where Mark learned and became passionate about helping veterans in need. It was also through Chris where Mark has formed some of his greatest friendships with veterans that he was introduced to and other family and friends of Chris.

Mark is married to his beautiful wife of 15 years Melissa, and they have 3 children together; Landon, Trent & Tristan. When not working on one of his many business endeavors or helping veterans in need Mark enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, basically anything outdoors.

Chad Prather

Chad Prather

Trustee

Chad Prather is known for his way with words. He is a comedian, armchair philosopher, musician, and observational humorist. He is often referred to as "the modern day Will Rogers." He is a fast-talking combination of Lewis Grizzard and Jeff Foxworthy. Originally from Augusta, GA Chad now calls the Fort Worth, TX area home. He grew up working with horses (an industry he is actively involved in) and is often recognized by his ever-present cowboy hat. His social media viral video are counted in the hundreds of millions. Many recognize him from his fast talking, rapid fire rants from the front seat of his truck. CNN has labeled him the "Pick-up Pundit" and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson has called Prather, "supernaturally articulate." He is known for his comedic family stories told from an adult perspective onstage.

Prather has made numerous appearances on Fox News, CNN, A&E, The Blaze, MSN and has been featured in magazines from Southern Living to Nash Country Weekly. He is the host of Ride TV‘s "It’s My Backyard" and "Chad Prather‘s Comedy Shootout." His wildly successful 2016 "Kings of Cowtown Comedy Tour" was a hit and his current "Star Spangled Banter Comedy Tour" is selling out theaters all over America. He is one of the country’s fastest rising and talked about comedians and entertainers.

Chad and his wife, Jade, have 5 children.

Freddy Vaca

Freddy Vaca

Trustee

Freddy grew up in Los Angeles, California but got to Texas as fast as he could! The oldest son of Ecuadorian Immigrants, Freddy grew up believing that entrepreneurship and civic leadership went hand-in-hand. Freddy has had a front row seat at what it means to build big business while building and giving back to your community.

Today, Freddy serves as President of Talent Solutions for Pinnacle Group; the industry’s largest diverse owned workforce solutions company. Freddy is responsible for strengthening and streamlining the company’s business strategy, service delivery, and sales throughout North America.

As one of the founding employees of Pinnacle Group and one of the most tenured executives, Freddy has been integral to the company’s growth and current market position. Pinnacle Group has been recognized with more than 92 local and national awards for business excellence, including listing 12 times on Inc. 500/5000 Fastest-Growing Companies, Women Presidents’ Organizations No. 1 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Firms in the Country (2015 & 2018) and Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest-Growing Firms for 10 consecutive years. Pinnacle has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc, Lean IN, Kiplinger and Entrepreneur Magazine.

On a community level, Freddy is no stranger to giving back. Throughout his business success Freddy has dedicated significant time and resources to initiatives that benefit young children, women, military veterans, the homeless, including The Boys and Girls Club of America, Back on My Feet, Parents Step Ahead and Heroes for Children. Freddy currently resides in Dallas Texas with wife Lindy Vaca and their four daughters.

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