Bruce Landsberg – President
Bruce Landsberg is currently president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation. He is also the father of Neil Landsberg, whose losing battle with post-traumatic stress led to the creation of the Coalition to End Veteran Suicide.
During his tenure of more than 20 years at the AOPA Foundation, the organization has been nationally recognized with numerous awards for aviation safety, leadership and educational program excellence.
A former U.S. Air Force officer, he holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Maryland. Landsberg has logged more than 6,000 hours as a pilot and flight instructor.
Sherri is Neil’s aunt and a highly successful real estate professional in the Washington D.C. area for the last three decades. She plans to use her business contacts and many friends to draw attention to the suicide epidemic claiming so many Veterans’ lives.
Matt, brother of Neil, is an entrepreneur who has started two successful companies. Matt is a member of the Board of Give an Hour, which provides free mental health services to military Veterans and their families. He is also a volunteer with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, and a co-founder of Walk This Way, an annual athlete/celebrity fashion show to benefit Becky’s Fund, a domestic violence prevention organization. Matt also spent four years volunteering as a mentor for the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund and two years as a personal swim instructor/coach for an autistic high school student. Matt is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he majored in finance and marketing.
Jan, mother of Neil, is a former special education teacher. She has been a volunteer activist for decades, particularly in support of animal welfare causes. Her objective is to ensure that the Coalition does everything possible to reduce the number of family and friends who have to suffer the loss of a Veteran loved one after returning home from the field of battle while defending our nation.
Jen has served as a Family Readiness Advisor for the United States Marine Corps and has supported various military charitable organizations. She began her career as a defense analyst for a major defense corporation and later served as a public affairs officer for a major defense agency. Her experience also includes successfully starting and overseeing a nonprofit organization, coordinating major events and fundraising, and providing technical and public relations guidance to leadership within the federal government. Jen is a graduate of Old Dominion University and completed her graduate work in international affairs at the Catholic University of America. She lives with her husband and son in Alexandria, Virginia.
With a background in international security, Kelly has worked in three conflict zones for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, served as the deputy program manager of a State Department global counterterrorism program, was a member of the 9/11 Commission and worked in the U.S. Senate. She is the former Washington, DC Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, where she met Neil. Kelly is also a yoga teacher and award-winning blogger. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she completed her graduate work in journalism and Russian and East European studies at Indiana University.
Mary Iafelice grew up as the daughter of a career Naval Officer and is now married to a Captain in the Marine, Corps. Members of her family are currently serving in all branches of the United States Armed Forces, making her particularly motivated to campaign for veteran programs and suicide prevention awareness. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in philosophy, and she and her husband have just arrived to Alexandria, Virginia for his duty assignment at the Pentagon.
With strong family ties to the military, Corrine has a personal mission to serve military families across the country. Graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in Public Relations, Corrine has utilized her talents for various organizations focused on ending the growing trend of PTS and Veteran suicide.
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