Believe in the Mission Gala Special Guests
Donald C. Bolduc is a retired United States Army officer. He took part in Operation Medusa as commander of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. From 2010 to 2011, he served as Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force commander and from 2012 to 2013 as Commander of the Combined Joint Special Operations Component in Afghanistan where he started the “Village Stability Operations” program. He served a total of 10 tours in Afghanistan.
Tom Mullins is the founding pastor of Christ Fellowship Church. Christ Fellowship is a multi-site church of more than 40,000 people meeting on seven campuses around South Florida and online around the world.
Before founding Christ Fellowship, he was a successful football coach at both the high school and collegiate levels. He is also the co-founder of Place of Hope, a residential community of homes for neglected and abused children, in Palm Beach County, Florida, and Place of Hope International, which places children’s homes around the world.
Tom now travels and speaks nationally and internationally on behalf of EQUIP, diligently working to raise up Christian leaders around the world. A long-time EQUIP Leadership board member, Tom is currently serving as President, to guide national and international leaders in creating a transformation movement within their own nation.
ALAN D. MENTSER Palm Beach County 2017 Awarded Meritorious Service Medal and Civilian Employee of the year, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Alan Mentser is an asset to any organization. With a background in project management, logistics management, cost containment, high-valued political and dignitary executive protection and security, and community service, the list goes on and on.
Alan has worked his way up through the ranks at the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office, starting as an entry level Service Technician, and is now the Facilities Service Project Coordinator for the entire agency.
Alan has also owned The Affordable Home Company since 1982, which has remodeled and built numerous houses. Alan has volunteered with his organization, Racing to the Rescue, which began almost 15 years ago as a children’s charity to help feed the hungry. It has also grown to responding to disasters such as Hurricane Michael in the panhandle in Malone Florida and feeding those without power.
He has also overseen the organization to make over 100,000 meals by thousands of volunteers. Some of Alan’s other volunteer work include Urban Youth Impact, Christ Fellowship Church, Place of Hope Walk, Big Heart Brigade, American Heart Association Heart Walk Chairman, Komen Race for the Cure Leadership Team, Hurricane/Haiti Earthquake Disaster Response, PBSO Reserve Deputy II, Fire Rescue, HAZMAT, EMT, and the Community Emergency Response Team.
Alan is a Florida native and appreciates the community that has been his home for many years. He looks forward to giving back as much as he can and sets out each day in hopes to make someone else’s day better, brighter, informed, and encouraged.
Michael Gier made a living as an entertainer for most of his life. In 2009 he started Gier Productions, LLC a full-service global production company. Over the years he’s
directed/produced hundreds of TV commercials, corporate videos, short films, feature films, and documentaries. His most recent project is the award-winning “Wounded Heroes” documentary about Veterans & 1st Responders, Post-Traumatic Stress, and the many successful alternative treatments available that give anyone battling PTS their lives back.
Congressman Brian Mast is in his third term representing the 18th Congressional District of Florida.
Prior to his election to Congress, Brian followed in his father’s footsteps by serving in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years, earning medals including The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. While deployed in Afghanistan, he worked as a bomb disposal expert under the elite Joint Special Operations Command. The last improvised explosive device that he found resulted in catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs.
While lying in bed recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center, Brian’s father gave him advice that has stuck with him to this day–to ensure the greatest service he gave to our country and the best example he set for his children was still ahead of him. Brian took this advice to heart and dedicated himself to finding new ways to serve our country and his community.
Brian remained on active duty following the injuries and provided expertise to the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms during his recovery process. After his retirement from the Army, he continued working in counter-terrorism and national defense as an Explosive Specialist with the Department of Homeland Security. Brian subsequently received a degree from Harvard University and volunteered to serve alongside the Israel Defense Forces to show support for the freedom Israel represents throughout the Middle East and the world.
In Congress, Brian strives to serve as he did on the battlefield: without regard for personal gain or personal sacrifice. He is a member of two committees:
- The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where his priorities include fixing the pressing water quality issues stemming from Lake Okeechobee; and
- The Foreign Affairs Committee, where he uses his military expertise to help strengthen the safety and security of the United States
Brian lives in Fort Pierce, Fla. with his wife Brianna and four children: Magnum, Maverick, Madalyn and Major.
We are elated to have Vincent Brodeur attend the Gala. Severely injured, in a coma for a year, Spaulding Rehab in Boston saved his life and got him out of the year-long coma. It was a personal family battle against the VA, DOD, and Army to save his life and give quality care for other veterans with catastrophic injuries. Jeff and his parents are the ones who were able to set up the TRICARE contract with Spaulding Rehabilitation in Boston.
Toby Overdorf is a Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 83rd district.
Tobin Rogers “Toby” Overdorf (born May 6, 1969) is a Republican member of the Florida Legislature representing the state’s 83rd House district, which includes parts of Martin and St. Lucie counties.A native of Rhode Island, Overdorf moved to Florida in 1992 the day after Hurricane Andrew. He worked as a marine scientist in Big Pine Key before going to graduate school at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). While in graduate school he worked as a graduate assistant for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and completed his thesis entitled, “Floodplain Fish of the Kissimmee River, Prior to Proposed Restoration.” He went on to found his own company, Crossroads Environmental and later merged with Engineering Design and Construction, Inc.
Title Compensation & Pension Deputy Product Line Director
Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States
As the Compensation and Pension (C&P) Deputy Product Line Director provide product line management and oversight to the Product Line Director for 4 Product Lines and 22 systems. In this role I functionally manage project/program staff, budget, actions as well as directing the 4 PLM’s, and multiple other functions to include execution of directed strategic initiatives.
The C&P Product Line has over 350 personnel (government and contractor combined) and an annual operating budget (development and sustainment) of over $50M. Lead portfolio management staff, PLM support in planning, execution, monitoring and oversight for all IT initiatives. Ensure alignment of execution with VA Secretaries, CIO and VBA priorities and strategic goals.
In this capacity responsibilities also include transition to Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and DevSecOps and acting as the OI&T Senior Executive Service (SES) executive with direct report to the VA CIO and Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Undersecretary in support of a directed Pension Automation initiative.
Responsible for ensuring projects are on cost, scope, schedule and executing to organizational priorities, while also focusing on the move to full DevSecOps, while changing the culture, budget, acquisition and planning strategies to match the new organizational processes. Weekly review of all project reports and reports that go to the Higher Leadership and offices, conduct multiple internal reviews per week as well as a weekly Pension Automation Executive Steering Committee (ESC) with the CIO and Under Secretary for Benefits.