Hailing from Ohio, I have been living in Los Angeles for almost 16 years. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in International Relations/International Business with a minor in Italian. I studied International Business and Italian through Temple University in Rome, Italy. I am a Realtor at Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills, and have been in the real estate word for over a decade. I pride myself in going above and beyond for my clients, and am a recognized top producer in our office. I have always had my hand in philanthropic endeavors, whether it’s raising money for cancer research, or serving on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP).
Simply put, I founded this charity to serve our local unsung heroes in our community. I wanted to create something that is very tangible and straightforward. I am honored to have such an amazing board and teammates joining me in our inaugural year. My goal is to fill the map in every state with a pin that represents our efforts assisting a veteran, active duty military, or a teacher in purchasing a home. They are our heroes, and every hero deserves a home! Thank you for your support!
Jim Crowfoot is currently Plant Manager at Great Western Packaging, responsible for all manufacturing and logistics. He has spent his whole career in the printing and packaging business, working his way from an entry level position stacking newspapers to various Vice President and Director of Operations spots. He has been an integral part of multiple start-up operations as well as reorganizations, giving him a vast hands on knowledge managing change and disruption.
After playing football in high school and college in New York, he took a couple decade hiatus from athletics until starting to run. He has since completed seven full marathons along with numerous half and shorter distance races. After an injury while training in martial arts, he took up triathlon, joining Team In Training to help give back while learning to swim. Four half Ironmans and one full Ironman later, the training continues. The model for helping others while training for difficult events is a successful one. By joining with Heroes for Heroes from the inception, Jim hopes to bring organizational skills from his work experience together with mentoring and participant experience from triathlon to make a difference in the lives of those who have earned our help.
Tina is taking on double-duty as Treasurer and Head of Logistics. With a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration degree with a double emphasis in Finance and Management. Tina brings with her years of experience in Finance. Tina hopes to apply her finance and management skills to help ensure the smooth running of the Heroes for Heroes organization. Tina’s race history includes 25+ half marathons, 1 marathon, and 10+ triathlons including 4 70.3 Half Ironman races. She is sad to be missing out on racing Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa but she knows her friends and teammates will all be incredible and she’ll be tracking them and cheering for them from afar. With family and friends that have been retired and active military, Tina is excited about the opportunity to do her part to give back.
Jay Villanueva is extremely excited to be a part of the inaugural season of Heroes for Heroes. He is currently training for the Los Angeles Marathon in March and the Santa Rosa 1/2 Ironman in May. His race history includes many 1/2 marathons, three marathons, four 1/2 Ironman races, and one Ironman. As a physical therapist, he has always been interested in the benefits of strengthening, stretching, and cardiovascular training while pushing the physical limits of an endurance race.
Jay has not served in the United States military, but his brother served in the US Navy for four years. He is extremely proud of his brother’s dedication to the Navy, and raising money for Heroes for Heroes is a way for him to say Thank You for his brother’s service as well as the service of others. They are the true heroes!
My name is Susan Luna, Director of Veteran Outreach for Heroes to Heroes.
At the age of 17 I joined the US Marines Corps; it was one of my proudest days. It was in boot camp that that I learned the true meaning of “Espirt de corps”. It is that spirit that brings me to Heroes for Heroes, a U.S. registered 501(c )3 not for profit organization. When Scott mentioned he wanted to put together a charity to help out Veterans I was all in. I couldn’t think of a better way for me to give back to our most honored heroes. I am so honored to be a part of the inaugural charity triathlon team for Heroes for Heroes. Our teammates are all racing Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa on May 13, 2017. We race with a purpose – for our Veterans. Semper fi.
Rachel Griffin is the Sr. Director of Public Relations for JAKKS Pacific, Inc. spearheading consumer and trade public relations, promotions and social media. She is a dynamic and best practices-driven public relations leader, with over 13 years of award-winning excellence in implementing and negotiating strategic marketing promotions for children’s entertainment. Rachel has helped increase brand awareness year over year and successfully launched numerous core brands, including multiple Toy of the Year Winners and Nominees.
Rachel was nominated for a 2011 Wonder Woman of the Year Award from Women in Toys and is a member of the Toy Industry Association and the Public Relations Society of America. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, triathlons, photography and poker. She has completed two full Ironman Triathlons and is excited to be on the board of Directors for Heroes for Heroes to help raise awareness and money towards the down payment of a home for a veteran, active duty military, or a teacher.
Meet Brandon Bethea, Director of Social Media for Heroes for Heroes. He is currently training for the Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa on May 13, 2017 and raising money to support this amazing cause! Training and fundraising for this event is a huge challenge, but the inspiring work for Heroes For Heroes keeps him motivated. He has pledged to raise at least $5,000 but he needs your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can and share this page with others so they too can have an opportunity to make a difference.
Meet Dr. Steven Binns, Jr., Sport Psychologist and Director of Training for Heroes for Heroes. Steven brings 18 years of experience blending mental health, peak performance and mental skills training to support athletes and individuals of many cultures and experience levels.
Steven completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Kent State University in Ohio and continued his education to complete a Master of Business Administration at Keller Graduate School in Long Beach and later a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Orange County, California. With special training in sport psychology, Steve hopes to provide Heroes for Heroes members, donors and other interested parties a positive and fulfilling look into a healthy future.
Steven was raised in beautiful Columbus, Ohio and has lived in Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. Steve is passionate about being a part of the inaugural charity triathlon team for Heroes for Heroes. As he and the other members train for Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa on May 13, 2017, he never loses focus on the sacrifices Veterans have made for this country.
Bryan Vargas has long made it a goal to help to improve the lives of others through his personnel and professional activities. With Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology, and a Master’s of Business Administration, Bryan used his skills in a previous career as a Fundraising Consultant to help charities raise funds essential to their operations. As a former college athlete and two-time Ironman, Bryan is excited to combine his passion for sports and philanthropy at Heroes for Heroes, serving as the organization’s Director of Donations. In Heroes for Heroes’ inaugural season, Bryan will be racing at Santa Rosa 70.3 on May 13, 2017.
Today we are consumed in discussions about leadership; people question what accounts for good leadership and how to become a good one. The concepts spell out in thousands of hours of research, theories that describe, but it is the practice of fundamental aspects that form a leader. Taking action, being proactive, a man, a women with strong principles, who take responsibility for their actions, representing reality as fully and completely possible, someone who cared deeply about the less fortunate, who fostered a deep compassion and committed to create change; that is why I have joined Heroes for Heroes. We are a group of athletes that believe in “stirring people to enthusiasm over specific events” and we seek to provide support to those who have served our country.
I’m Barbara Stoliker, Instructional Coach for Early Childhood Education, Special Education Division for Los Angeles Unified School District and Director of Internal Resources for Heroes for Heroes.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an specialization in Business Administration at UCLA and currently attending California State University of Northridge, seeking to complete a Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an Administrative Credential. Along with special training in positive behavior practices, applied behavior analysis and early intervention, added authorization for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Special Education Mild to Moderate K -12 credential.
Though our team comes from different backgrounds, we all share a common goal, develop and grow this non-profit organization to benefit Veterans that have served our country. I am passionate about being a part of this inaugural charity triathlon team for Heroes for Heroes, and feel proud and honor to make mention of my brother, Marlon Romero, who serve in the United States Army, and thank the many man and women who have served this country.