Leadership

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

David has been a professional healthcare executive and a former hospital CEO who specialized in finance and business development. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Houston, and his Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of...

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Secretary
Karen Roan

Currently Director of Investment Relations at Clarity Financial LLC, responsible for communications with clients and prospective clients, operational support of the financial planning and portfolio management process. 

Karen has held positions in the financial and investment business for more than 25 years....

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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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LTC E. A. (Buddy) Grantham - Commander, Texas State Guard 8th Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel E.A. "Buddy" Grantham assumed command of the Houston based 8th Regiment of the Texas State Guard from outgoing Colonel John Carpenter. The change of command ceremony took place at the National Guard Armory in Houston, Texas.

The 8th, the largest of the Army Component’s six regiments,...

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Board Member
Honorable Chris Daniel

Chris Daniel was elected Harris County District Clerk in 2011 where he oversees the court records of over ninety judges and seventy eight courts, including specialty and probable-cause courts.  His office provides constituent services such as Passport Application services and summons all eligible citizens to jury...

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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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Honorable Adrian Garcia

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 the country and the largest in Texas.

The proud son of immigrant parents, Adrian is...

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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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Helping a Hero ADVISORY BOARD CO-CHAIRS
Advisory Board 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 in...

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Advisory Board 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 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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