Our Team

Lou Schwartz

Lou Schwartz

Chief Executive Officer

“Today, nonprofits must fully embrace and employ new ideas, business models and financial capital that have emerged as tools once restricted for the for-profit world. We believe that our organization, with its impact to-date, and our creative community collaborations create a significant opportunity for a national impact.”

Joseph Holmes

Joseph Holmes

Chief Operating Officer

“Heal the Hero appeals to me because it provides real life-changing solutions to so many individual and organizational heroes. Every day, I stand in awe of the inspired work going on in communities throughout the country. It is such a privilege for Heal the Hero to empower that work.”

Wendy Nelder

Wendy Nelder

Public Benefits Advisor

“In my career as an elected official writing legislation, I learned from my father as the San Francisco Police Chief to have deep respect for human dignity. At Heal the Hero, we provide an opportunity to re-engage our current and future generations to take on new responsibilities because their performance has become greatly optimized.”

Ellen Sohus

Ellen Sohus, MC, LPC, LISAC

Board Advisor

“As a mental health and addictions counselor for over 20 years, I have seen how advances in neuroscience have given behavioral health professionals options that help stimulate neuroplasticity. When the brain is stressed, it cannot function optimally. I love the programs funded by Heal the Hero because they are designed to help our heroes develop resilience with the tools to manage any future recurrence. As a profession, we can do more. That’s why I’m involved here.”

General Holmes

Jerry Holmes, Major General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

National Service / Military Advisor

General Holmes’ distinguished career has included commanding the U.S. AWAS Air Control Wing, being Chief of Staff of a European Allied Air Force, induction into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, and serving 13 years as Chairman of U.S. Sen. James Inhofe’s Veteran Task Force. Oklahoma University’s The Jerry Holmes Leadership program for Engineers and Scientists was launched in 2015 in his honor.

Noel Ford

Noel Ford, M.A., BCN, BCB

Chief Technology Advisor

"Having worked in a clinical environment for nearly a decade, I have witnessed first hand how enhancements in brain health can improve people’s lives. I am passionate about identifying technology that enables our heroes to learn about their brain and how it impacts their daily life. With the use of these tools, we see a range of tangible improvements, such as enhanced sleep quality, mental acuity, and stress management."

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