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.
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.
Facility Director at Camp Down Range
Jesse serves as the Facility Director at Camp Down Range, headquarters of the Warrior Bonfire Program in Clinton, Mississippi. Jesse manages all operations and events that take place at Camp Down Range, facility maintenance, fishing club, gun range and over site of construction for the Bonfire Lodge. Jesse is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in History.
Jesse resides on site at Camp Down Range and enjoys the opportunity to host Purple Hearts at the camp, hearing their needs and networking for support to help. Jesse is excited to help build the future of Camp Down Range by developing the facility to provide greater and more activities for our Purple Hearts to enjoy.
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.