Mike Foss is the President of the Warrior Bonfire Program, and was previously on the Board of Directors. Mike is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel, Engineer. Foss served as a Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant, 132nd Engineer Battalion; Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 4th Engineer Battalion; Commander, 994th Engineer Company (Bailey Bridge) and the 409th Engineer Company (MGB); Executive Officer, 244th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy); Collection Manager, G2, SMDC/ARSTRAT; Commander, 3/361st TSBN; Deputy Commander, 5th Armor Brigade; and Military Executive, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He has volunteer leadership positions as the President of the Arapahoe High School Quarterback Club and the President of the Littleton Youth Sports Club. Mike resides in Centennial, Colorado with his wife Peggy and they have three children, Morgan, Taylor and Kyle.
As the President of the Warrior Bonfire Program, Mike is implementing a five year plan to build our services and define a structure of regions. This plan includes a solid base of ongoing fundraising efforts, growth of efficient operations, growth of member services and growth of members served. Through personal and professional experiences, Mikes understanding of those we serve and their needs, due to his military service, energizes his desire to build the Bonfire to its fullest potential in order to help all those that need it.
Mike Chesne serves as our Vice President for the Warrior Bonfire Program. Mike joined the U.S. Army in 1985 as an Infantryman, in April 1990 he graduated from RANGER school, the went on to attend Special Forces Assessment and Selection along with the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1990-1991. He was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group and deployed throughout the Middle East between 1992 and 2001. Following the Events of 9/11 he was selected for and assigned to the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta where he deployed to combat in Iraq in support of OIF on nine separate tours and one tour in support of OEF in Afghanistan. He was wounded on several occasions and his operational career was effectively ended in 2005. He became an instructor for the Operator Training Course while recovering from his injuries. He was medically retired at the rank of Master Sergeant in 2010 while attending the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.
As Vice President, Mike promotes and connects the Warrior Bonfire Program to a vast network of Veteran Care organizations. He oversees and fosters partnerships to spread the Bonfire and its mission. As a Purple Heart himself, he naturally has our members’ best interest at heart and is a leader in the arena of navigating various therapeutic methods.
Director of Veteran Services & Special Projects
Helen serves as our Director of Veteran Services & Special Projects and has over 19 years of experience with startup entrepreneurial businesses, process system development and management, customer relationship management, marketing collaboration and network coordination. Helen has been with the Warrior Bonfire Program since 2014, building and developing, all member registration and vetting processes, website and social media foundations, network systems throughout the Veteran care industry, organization mission messaging and program service integrity.
As Director of Veteran Services & Special Projects, Helen manages veteran programs, IT solutions, non-profit partner relations, and marketing. Helen’s wide range of professional experience and personal experiences as a wife, mother, cancer survivor, and personal traumatic situations, allows her the ability and desire to help our combat wounded veterans heal past the trauma.
Field Officer & Administrative Assistant
Andi serves as an Administrative Assistant and Field Officer at our Headquarters in Mississippi. Her experience as a Co-Owner of seven plus years for her family business, Pugh’s Lawn Service, and her nine years in the Healthcare and Dental industries, allows her to offer the WBP the administrative management of processes, procedures and operation tasks needed to maintain our nonprofit status. Andi also oversees distribution of promotional items for events for both fundraising and marketing opportunities as well as items needed for our Bonfire Trips. Andi resides in Vicksburg, Mississippi with her family.
More important to note, Andi is the wife of one of our Purple Heart members and serves as a representative of those we serve. Andi is married to USA Retired Airborne Infantry Sgt. Allen Pugh, wounded in 2008 in Iraq in close quarters combat. Meeting and marrying Allen post injury, Andi has witnessed and lived the challenges of combat injuries alongside Allen, and after seven years realized she needed to find him help. Andi was then introduced to the Warrior Bonfire Program in 2015 and wanted to be more involved to help others going through the same experiences and journey.
Business Development Representative
Leslie recently retired from 17 years of teaching. Throughout her career, she focused on Elementary Education and produced life-long learners. She consistently garnered support from her school families due to her exceptional focus and her ability to go above and beyond for her students. She translates this into enhancing Warrior Bonfire Program fundraising efforts by submitting and securing grants. Leslie is a retired military spouse of a 20 year Air Force veteran. Their duty stations included Wright Patterson AFB, Offutt AFB, and Buckley AFB.
Facilities Director at Camp Down Range
Allen serves as Facility Director at Camp Down Range. The future home of the Bonfire Lodge which be used to serve our Purple Heart community at a greater capacity. Allen has been a Purple Heart Member since 2015. He is a Retired Army Airborne Ranger who served from 2003-2009 Iraq and Afghanistan tours, and sustained wounds during combat in Iraq. Allen brings a multitude of experience as he has served with the Vicksburg Fire Department form 2011 to the present, as an EMT and in Fire and Rescue. He is also the owner of Pugh's Lawn Service providing landscape maintenance for a number of commercial and residential properties. Allen recently founded Mississippi VetCorp that will pull together Mississippi Veterans for the purpose of employing Veterans in various construction contractor work.
Allen's background as a first responder with upper level management skills in landscape and construction industries will provide the necessary skills and support to manage the oversight of Camp Down Range and the construction of our Bonfire Lodge. Allen's passion to serve his military Brothers' and help offer them the best support possible drives Allen to be a key member of this program.