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.
Helen serves as our Vice President over seeing the organizations' operations 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, developing network relationships throughout the Veteran care industry, managing 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.
Director of Business Development
Kevin serves voluntarily as the Warrior Bonfire Program's Director of Business Development. Kevin brings his skills and talents from his current position as an IT Consultant and a transition specialist focused on Veteran employment. Kevin credits his success to his ability to build rich and meaningful relationships by conducting his business practices with integrity and strong ethics.
Kevin has a passion for helping Veterans and their families, as he himself is the son of a US Navy Combat Medic that supported the 3rd Marine Regiment in Vietnam as part of the Tet Offensive campaign where more that 1900 casualties occurred in less that 17 hours. Kevin's father suffered from service connected medical issues as well as PTSD which led him to counseling Veterans returning from combat. Kevin, worked alongside his father in this capacity until his father unexpectedly passed away. Kevin has since continued to serve throughout various Veteran care non-profits and was brought closer to the Warrior Bonfire Program after assisting on our annual winter retreat event in Granby, Colorado. Kevin resided in Littleton Colorado with his wife Crystal. He is a graduate of Adams State University earning a Bachelors Degree and was a member of the Men's Basketball team. Kevin's desire is to serve by not only helping our teams development model but to also spread his personal mantra that, sometimes all we need is hope, to those that have served for his freedom.
Leigh Ann Vanlandingham
Leigh Ann serves voluntarily as the Warrior Bonfire Program's Mississippi Coordinator. Leigh Ann is a high achiever with a desire to never stop learning. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiology Technology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and received her Master’s Degree Health Care Administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA. Leigh Ann serves as a mentor for research activities, classroom presentations, interview skills and resume’ preparation for many of the students at Hinds Community College in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
Leigh Ann also works at Merit Health River Region as the Lead Ultrasound technologist and supervises many different aspects of the daily workflow. She is involved in maintaining physician relationships and positive patient relations in and throughout the community of Vicksburg, MS. Leigh Ann's many connections in the central Mississippi area and throughout the state will benefit our Purple Heart Veterans by obtaining connections for the Warrior Bonfire Program to serve better.