Directors & Advisors

Board Of Directors


Benjamin Patton
Founder / Executive Director
As Founder and Executive Director of Patton Veterans Project, Inc., Ben oversees all operations, from strategy and development to recruiting and marketing to relationships with military, medical and film professionals. The youngest grandson of WWII’s General George S. Patton Jr., Ben is co-author of Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom (Berkley-Caliber, 2012). Ben was formerly a producer and development executive at New York City’s PBS affiliate. Ben has a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University-Teachers College and a BA from Georgetown University.

Louis Dubin
Louis is a Principal and Managing Partner in Redbrick LMD, a residential real estate investment and development company in Washington D.C., since 2008. Prior to that he was CEO and President of Athean Group. Louis hold a law degree from American University, where he is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Dubin also sits on the boards of Lincoln Center and the Kaufman Music Center.

MG (Ret.) Jimmie Keenan
Major General (Ret.) Jimmie Keenan retired in early 2016 from a distinguished Army career spanning nearly three decades, and now serves as Senior Vice President for Clinic Operations and Integration for WellMed Medical Management, based in San Antonio, Texas. Her last assignment was as Deputy Commanding General (Operations), U.S. Army Medical Command and Chief, US Army Nurse Corps.  Previously, she served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Southern Regional Medical Command, Commanding General, U.S. Army Public Health Command, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command, and Commander, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, CO, where she first became acquainted with the I WAS THERE program.

General Keenan is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Henderson State University with a Bachelors of Nursing and holds a Masters in Nursing Administration from the Medical College of Georgia and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

Robert D. Patch
Robert Patch is a senior relationship manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he covers corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, Canadian corporate and public funds. Rob joined Goldman Sachs in GSAM in 1998 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2004. Rob has been involved in the financial services industry since 1982. Rob previously served as Treasurer on the Forman School Board of Trustees in Litchfield, Connecticut. Rob earned a BA in Economics from Boston College. He and his wife, Trish, have two children and live in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, PhD
Dr. Tuval-Mashiach is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Bar Ilan University, Israel. She is also the head of the Community Services Unit of NATAL, the Israel Center for Victims of Terror and War. Her research and clinical work includes the study of the use of narrative approaches to diagnose and treat people exposed to trauma and those with PTSD. Rivka also studies collective trauma, gender and trauma, and indentity constructor processes following traumatic events. She uses qualitative and mixed methods in her research and has published extensively on these topics.

Board Member Emeritus

Joanne H. Patton
Mrs. Patton is Managing Partner of Green Meadows Farm, an organic 300+ member Community-supported Agriculture (CSA) operation located in in South Hamilton, MA. A 5th generation Army daughter, Mrs. Patton was married to the late Major General George S. Patton for 52 years. During their military life she became a volunteer for several organizations, including the American Red Cross, Army Community Service, and the National Military Family Association, where she also served on the Board of Advisors, and they established a scholarship in her name. Mrs. Patton is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and an Emerita Member of its Board of Directors.


Advisory Board


Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson
General Anderson currently serves as the US Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Strategic Plans, and Plans and Exercises (G 3-5-7). He previously served as Commanding General of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps headquartered at Fort Bragg, NC.  His corps command included four divisions and six additional brigades, with troop strength of nearly 200,000. During all of 2014, he also served as the Deputy Commanding General, US Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A). Prior to that assuming his corps command, General Anderson commanded the 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, CO. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point (1981).

Richard Beauvais, PhD
Dr. Beauvais is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Wellspring Foundation in Bethlehem, CT. Wellspring is a psychotherapeutic and educational center dedicated to healing through relational approaches, and assists individuals and families in working through the emotional, psychological, and educational issues that prevent them from establishing and maintaining healthy and meaningful lives.

Frank Bender
Frank Bender is COO of Executive Networks, Inc. in San Francisco, CA. Previously he served as COO of Shorelink Communications Corp, Chester, MD. Frank earned his BA from Stanford University.

Michael Brown
Michael Brown is an award-winning adventure filmmaker and mountain climber. He has summited Mount Everest five times—most recently when he co-directed the IMAX film, Return to Everest 3D. He also produced acclaimed feature documentary, High Ground, which follows 11 returning veterans during their ascent of one of the Himalayas highest peaks. Michael directs the Outside Adventure Film School, which organizes expeditions and seminars for aspiring filmmakers, including programs especially designed for veterans.

Jondou Chase Chen, PhD
Dr. Chen is a developmental psychologist whose work as an educator and researcher seeks to understand, partner with and advocate for individual and community well-being.  A graduate of Harvard University (AB ’01 History, MEd ’05 Education) and Columbia University (MS ’10 Applied Statistics, PhD ’13 Developmental Psychology), Dr. Chen has taken an interdisciplinary approach to understanding development across the lifespan and a range of contexts from youth centers and homeless shelters to faith-based organizations and mental health services for military veterans.  Dr. Chen currently serves as the Research Associate for Education, Equity and Society at the University of Washington Seattle, and as an Associate Director for the National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity).

Maria Cuomo Cole
Mrs. Cole serves as Chairman of HELP USA, the leading national developer of housing for homeless and low income populations including families, victims of domestic violence, and veterans. She also serves as a director on the boards of Mentoring USA, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and HELP PSI. She is also an executive producer of “The Invisible War”, a documentary about Military Sexual Trauma.

Major General Mark Graham (US Army-Ret)
Major General Mark Graham retired from the Army after serving almost thirty-five years. Among his many current duties he serves as the Director of the Vets4Warriors national program providing 24/7 personalized peer support for all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members, veterans, and their families. He is also responsible for all aspects of the UBHC National Call Center which includes nine peer support programs, the New Jersey Addictions Hotline, the New Jersey Hopeline as well as appoint scheduling operations for UBHC, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group and other programs.

Judy Girard
Ms. Girard is a long-time television executive, having worked extensively overseeing programming, production, and operations at both TV stations and Cable networks. In 1993, Ms. Girard became Senior Vice President of programming and production at Lifetime, and from 1998-2000, Ms. Girard oversaw Americast. In 2005, Ms. Girard assumed the Presidency of Scripps’ flagship network, HGTV. Upon her retirement in 2008, the National Academy of Arts and Sciences bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Emmy to Ms. Girard in recognition of her impact on television programming.

Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer (US Army-Ret)
Lt. Palmer was the Superintendent of the West Point (1986–1991) and US Military Academy graduate (1956). He is the author of several acclaimed books, including: The River and The Rock, Summons of the Trumpet: US-Viet Nam in Perspective, and George Washington’s Military Genius.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Sachs
Dr. Sachs is President of Sachs Consulting, a NY based consulting firm focused on federal and state health care policy. Formerly Dr. Sachs was Senior Health and Human Services Advisor to NY Governor Hugh Carey. Dr. Sachs is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Andrew N. Schiff, MD
Dr. Andrew Schiff is Managing Partner of Aisling Capital, New York, since 1999. Prior to that Dr. Schiff practiced internal medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he maintains his position as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Schiff holds an MD from Cornell University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a BS from Brown University.

Lt. Col. Charles Watkins (US Army – Ret.)
LTC Watkins served in 11th ACR “Blackhorse” as command chopper pilot for then-COL. George S. Patton in Viet Nam (1968-69). He is secretary of the Blackhorse Association, and an active volunteer at the Soldier Family Assistance Center at Fort Carson. LTC Watkins was instrumental in securing the first-ever I WAS THERE film workshop at Fort Carson in 2011.

Will Wilson, PhD
Dr. Wilson graduated from West Point in 1963 and later earned his Ranger tab and airborne wings. He has an MS in Experimental Psychology and doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In 1979, he transformed the West Point Cadet Counseling center into the Center for Leadership and Personal Development and founded the Cadet Leader Developmental System (CLDS). He retired from the military as colonel in 1992 and established a consulting organization focused on leadership and team building while maintaining a clinical practice.