Leadership

Helping a Hero BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
David Balat

David Balat is currently the Director of the Right on Healthcare initiative with Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has a broad base of experience throughout the healthcare spectrum with special expertise in healthcare finance. He is a former Congressional Candidate in Texas’2nd Congressional District and a seasoned...

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Secretary
Karen Roan

Currently Director of Investment Relations at RIA Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisory firm. Her responsibilities include communications with clients and prospective clients, operational support of the financial planning and portfolio management process and investment research and analytics.

Karen has...

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Vice Chairman of the Board
Sunil (Sunny) Sharma

Sunny Sharma received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering in India, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Sunny has been very active with Helping a Hero’s Wounded Hero Home...

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Board Member and Finance Chair
Honorable Chris Daniel

Chris Daniel is an attorney and is the former Harris County District Clerk where he managed the court records of over ninety judges and seventy eight courts, including specialty and probable-cause courts. He managed a staff of five hundred employees at the District Clerks office and oversees a budget of thirty-one...

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Board Member and Building Chairman
Randy Peterson

Randy Peterson is the President of Peterson Homes where he specializes in building custom designed multi-million dollar homes and has a roofing business that focuses on disaster recovery like Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters.

Randy has spearheaded many charity homebuilding projects in the Lexington...

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Board Member and Public Relations Chair
Jennifer Hammond

As the host of SiriusXM’s highly-rated real estate talk show “The Jennifer Hammond Show,” Jennifer Hammond gets great fulfillment from using her knowledge and experience in the field of real estate to help her listeners understand the fundamentals of real estate. 

Jennifer’s true passion is...

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CPA, Treasurer
Michael Sloan

Mr. Sloan has over 30 years of experience in the practice of public accounting and his experience includes:

Audits, reviews, and compilations for profit and non-profit entities in a variety of businesses. The entities include non-profit, service companies, and construction companies.

General and...

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Helping a Hero EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
EDWIN A. “BUDDY” GRANTHAM, MBA United States Army (Ret), COL, TXSGR

Colonel E.A. “Buddy” Grantham served as the Audit Chair of the Board of Directors for Helping a Hero.org before accepting the position of Executive Director. COL Grantham has been involved with Helping a Hero since its inception and has hit the ground running leading the home program and refining the veteran support...

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Helping a Hero ADVISORY BOARD CO-CHAIRS
Honorable Adrian Garcia, Advisory Board Co-Chair
Honorable Adrian Garcia

Commissioner Adrian Garcia was recently elected to the Harris County Commissioner Court. Adrian has nearly 35 years of public service experience that covers a range of law enforcement, governance and legislation of the fourth largest city in America, and as an executive of the third largest Sheriff’s department in...

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Advisory Board Hero Co-Chair, 2009 Helping a Hero Home Recipient
Captain (Ret) Dan Moran, USMC

Captain Dan Moran is the founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of Moran Enterprises, Inc.   After five and a half years of service as an infantry officer, Moran medically retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Captain.

A proud “Aggie,” Moran earned a Bachelor of Arts degree...

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Advisory Board Hero Co-Chair, 2014 Helping A Hero Home Recipient
SSG (Ret.) Phillips Casey, USA

Casey graduated 12th in his high school class as a BETA and Honor Graduate.  He played football and baseball, and was active in his church before going to Georgia State University for two years.  In 2006, he joined the Army and was promoted to Sergeant within two years. 
While guiding his team...

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Advisory Board Hero Co-Chair, 2012 Helping a Hero Home Recipient
SSG (Ret) Shilo Harris, USA

Shilo Harris came from a family with deep roots in military service. As a son of a Vietnam veteran, Shilo always knew he wanted to be a soldier. On September 11th his life changed forever and shortly afterward he enlisted as a Cavalry Scout in the US Army. His first deployment was to Schweinfurt, Germany with the 1st...

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Advisory Board Co-Chair
The Honorable Robert Eckels

Judge Eckels is recognized as a national leader in issues of transportation, public finance/public private partnerships (P3), crisis management, disaster preparation, response and recovery, homeland security, education and health care. He served six terms in the Texas state legislature before being elected County...

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Helping a Hero CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
Chairman Emeritus
Rex King

Rex and his wife Marillyn borrowed $5,000 against an insurance policy and got a small loan from a friend to purchase their first truck to form Palletized Trucking. The Kings grew Palletized from that one truck into a multi-million dollar company.

Palletized evolved into a multi-service company providing a...

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Chairman Emeritus
Meredith Iler

Meredith Iler is President of The Strategic Alliance whose mission is to bring people together in business, government, politics, and charity. She founded The Wounded Hero Home Program in 2005 and has spearheaded the multi-million dollar fundraising campaign for Helping a Hero that has succeeded in funding over 100 ...

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