Mike and his bride Delores of 48 years were born and raised in Kansas. They met when he was attending Fort Hays State University from where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree. After school they moved to Wichita Ks where he worked for Coleman Company in Customer Service. While working for Coleman the family moved to Redmond WA as part of the O’Brien Water Sports division. Other job experiences included working for a startup company and ending his career with Boeing Co as business support for the IT Network Organization.
Mike’s experiences include budgeting, logistics, costing, administration and management. Mike & Delores are active in their church as well as Mike being an active member of The Knights of Columbus. Mike & Delores have two daughter’s one son-in-law and two granddaughters, who keep them very busy.
Mike is humbled to be able to support our wounded veterans
David is a well-known KTTH radio personality and a Heartbeat supporter of many years.
Danny Dudek, Lt. Col.
Lt. Col. Dudek is the Warrior Transition Battalion commander at Fort Lewis, Washington. He is also a decorated wounded warrior.
Carl Higbie was born in 1983 in southwestern Connecticut. As state champion wrestler in high school he attended Sacred Heart University until the war on terror was declared. In 2003 Carl dropped out of college, leaving behind a promising wrestling career and enlisted to become a US Navy SEAL. He completed 2 combat deployments to Iraq in 2007 and 2009 where he led his team to capture the infamous “Butcher of Fallujah”. Subsequently, he returned to take a senior training position for his remaining three years where he taught high risk evolutions such as Close Quarters Combat and Air operations.
It was during this time that Carl released his first book “Battle on the Home Front” which brought to light many problems, some political in nature that were plaguing our country and the military. The book led to a highly publicized battle against a politically charged machine reaching to the White House. Two years after leaving the military, Carl emerged victorious against all odds which his new book “Enemies Foreign and Domestic” is based on. With a victory against political correctness under his belt and at 30 years old, he took on a run for US Congress in 2014 loosing a contentious convention in a five-way race garnering 14 percent on his first run, more than any other candidate outside of the party favorite who received over three quarters of the total votes.
Carl Higbie has owned two successful business’ in his tenure, been an integral player on over a dozen campaigns including as a chief presidential candidate’s surrogate and his new book is set for release on May 10th 2016; “Enemies, Foreign and Domestic, A SEAL’s Story”. Higbie is quickly becoming one of the most respected authorities on politics, military and national security. His natural leadership skills coupled with his experience as a Navy SEAL make Higbie uniquely qualified to comment on a range of issues. An intelligent and eloquent orator, Higbie has become a fixture on both Fox News and CNN, where he is frequently called upon to provide insight on a variety of matters.
Raised in Boston but transplanted here some 30 years ago he believes himself a confirmed Seattleite. Ron served 6 years in the U.S. Navy, literally traveling the world finally being discharged here in Bremerton, WA. in 1970. A Vietnam War veteran he was also a member of the Prime Recovery Team aboard the U.S.S. Hornet for (both) the Apollo 11 and 12 missions, assisting the first men to land on the moon and return safely.
Ron then went on to a career in corporate Sales & Marketing for nearly 28 years before finally founding and building his own firm, i.e., Innovative Business Systems. Retiring in 2008, during a tough bout with cancer, Ron has continued to keep himself busy with his wife Missy along with 3 children, 6 grandchildren and serving charities such as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s “Jimmy Fund” and the “Make a Wish” Foundation.
Ron became involved with Heartbeat when he elected to Chair a proposed tournament on the 4th of July for wounded warriors in 2008. One himself, he understood the many physical and mental challenges that lay ahead for these men and women and wanted to do something that mattered. He was enamored with the idea of keeping the money for local families and worthwhile ventures like the Scuba program. After convincing the Harbour Pointe Men’s Club and the Oki Golf Course to make Heartbeat the “primary” charity for Harbour Pointe Golf Course, it’s developed into a terrific joining for both parties. Although just starting to get off the ground with only $40,000 in donations to date, this year’s tournament promises to be something else with the addition of more corporate sponsors, a better format in the tournament and a new emcee, Mr. Jesse Jones. Ron says $20,000 by the end of business on the 4th is very reachable. No one betting against him.
Ed Nixon, brother of President Richard Nixon, is a retired captain of the United States Navy Reserve. He is an avid supporter of volunteerism, both military and civilian. Ed works as a geologist specializing in recovery of resources for our nation. His work and his life are a testimony to his passion for our country.
Dan O’Brien is a Connecticut Yankee in the Pacific Northwest. He attended UConn. Worked at IBM and United Aircraft Research Labs before accepting a position with Boeing Computer Services in Seattle. Finished his career with Boeing as a Sr Manager on the 767 Program in 2003.
Served as co-Executor (2002 -2010) of a significant estate in Mill Creek that was in Trust to the Volunteers of America. Responsibilities included maintaining a machine shop and property, caring for the widow until her death in 2009 and preparing monthly reports to VOA Management.
His bride of 48 years, Carol, is also from CT. Their interests include traveling, fishing, square dancing, and auto racing. Carol is a Registered Nurse. Dan is very involved with the Knights of Columbus. Carol and Dan have two daughters, one son-in-law and a grandson, Blake, all living in WA.
Dan and Carol are very honored and humbled to be supporting Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors.
Steve is a local business leader and proud father of a United States marine.
Carol Robinson is long time supporter of our military and Heartbeat. She has been active for many years in projects supplying our Wounded Warriers with comfort items, financial support and resources.
Tony Robinson is active in many civic and military support projects. A retired college vice president now turning his energies to support of our military and their needs through Heartbeat.
Helen Smythe has been a volunteer with Heartbeat for over 8 years. She has a diverse professional background started as a Physical Therapist ended as a Designer/Builder of high end homes. She got involved with Heartbeat as a way to give back and say thank you to all that have served and are serving in the military.