Board of Directors

Tim Maxwell - Chairman of the Board

LtCol Tim Maxwell, USMC (retired) served as an infantry officer and advisor to the Wounded Warrior Regiment until June 29, 2009, when he retired due to combat injuries after twenty-one years of honorable and dedicated service.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Masters in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Park University.    He deployed six times throughout his career with three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. During his final deployment to Iraq, LtCol Maxwell suffered a severe traumatic brain injury on October 7, 2004 when his forward operating base in Kalsu was mortared and shrapnel tore through the left side of his brain.  Through his recuperation, he discovered that for himself and others, recovery was enhanced by being together with other wounded warriors. Today, due to his extraordinary leadership and vision, Marines at the Wounded Warrior Barracks (Maxwell Hall, named in his honor) located on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, find improved recovery through team healing. His push to ensure that the needs of Wounded Warriors are met and the success of Maxwell Hall became a catalyst of reform and wounded warrior programs throughout DOD.   His insight is attributed to the development and establishment of The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment.


LtCol Maxwell's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6), and others. Other awards for service include: the Marine Corps League’s 2013 Military Order of the Iron Mike award, the R.Lee Ermey’s Ooh Rah Award, the President of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania Award, Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest Recognition, the Mack McKinney Award, and the Bobby Simpson Memorial Award.


LtCol Maxwell’s article “The Team” has been published in the LA Times, and his interviews and motivational story have been highlighted over the last five years in the following media outlets:  Esquire Magazine, CNN, The Dallas Morning News, The LA Times, NPR, VFW Magazine, The Washington Post and others.


He has provided motivational speeches in such forums as The Patriot Gala, CAT Team Leadership Meeting 2005, The R. Lee Ermey Celebrity Experience – Gunny’s Ball, Marine For Life Command Conference, HQMC Resource, Evaluation and Analysis (REA) conference, and the Force Health Protection Conference.

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Justin Constantine

Justin is an entrepreneur, published author and member of the National Speaker’s Association. While on a routine combat patrol, an enemy sniper shot Justin in the head, causing catastrophic damage, destroying his jaws and much of his face. Thanks to the heroic efforts of a young Navy Corpsman, and his own warrior spirit, Justin is still alive today.  Since his injury,Justin has continued to lead from the front and serve as a role model to other Wounded Warriors.  Justin's personal awards include the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Justin was the Honor Graduate of his class at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and is now pursuing an advanced law degree at Georgetown University. 

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Bob Nilsson

A former Marine and Viet Nam Vet, Bob Nilsson is a retired former president of Turner International LLC, New York City, with which he is now a Senior Advisor.  Bob is a consummate advocate for wounded warriors and serves as a peer mentor at National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed and is a Warrior Liaison with the 100 Entrepreneurs Project.

Shannon Maxwell

Taking on the role of caregiver and working with Tim to advocate and fulfill the needs of other wounded warrior families, Shannon Maxwell co-founded Hope For The Warriors™ and SEMPERMAX Support Fund.  Most recently, she authored Our Daddy Is Invincible! and Big Boss Brain, children’s books instilling hope and possibility in life with a traumatically injured parent. For her service to wounded families around the nation, Shannon has been awarded the Marine Corps League’s 2013 Dickey Chapelle award, the Presidential Call to Service – 2007, National Military Family Association’s Very Important Patriot Award-2007, and the Ursula Laurus Award- 2011.

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Mike Zacchea

Mike Zacchea was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1990. He served as a forward observer and platoon commander, deploying to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope and to Haiti for Operation Support Democracy. In March 2004, as a major, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom II. His team’s mission was to build, train, and lead in combat the first Iraqi army battalion trained by the US military. During this time, the battalion participated in Operation Phantom Fury, the 2nd Battle of Fallujah. During the battle, Mike was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade, but declined to be medically evacuated.

Mike’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor (with gold star in lieu of 2nd award), the Purple Heart Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous unit and campaign awards. Mike was also the first and at the time only American recognized by the Iraqi government by the Order of the Lion of Babylon. As a result of his wounds, Mike was medically retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mike’s education includes an MBA from the University of Connecticut, an MA in Organizational Dynamics from Hawaii Pacific University, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. He is the Program Director of the University of Connecticut Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

He is also involved in the creation of ConnectVets, Inc., a non-profit organization of veteran-owned businesses in the state of CT. He was appointed to a multi-agency cross-disciplinary working group chaired by the Commissioner of the CT Dept of Veterans Affairs to align veteran education, job-training, and workforce re-entry issues. The Small Business Administration recognized Mike as the 2011-12 Veterans Business Champion. Mike is the author of “Veteran’s Advocacy: the Fight for Social Justice and Healing Through Activism” in Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches (Routledge: 2013).

Pat Horan

Capt. Pat Horan, US Army (ret), is a public speaker and blogger. His blog site provides uplifting and motivational perspective through the life of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor. His motto – “How to live the good life after TBI.” Pat was wounded July 7, 2007 when shot in the head by a sniper during a night mission in Baghdad. Today, Pat leads others by example, with his can-do attitude. Prior to accepting his commission in the Army, Pat attended Radford University where he played rugby and helped start a female rugby team. 

Patty Horan

Patty Horan accepted the role of Caregiver when her husband Pat was wounded. She has been a consummate advocate for Pat and other wounded families. Patty helped in the creation of the Traumatic Brain Injury Family Caregiver curriculum and has been a recognized voice for caregivers through organizations such as MOAA, NMFA, SemperMax Support Fund, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Patty currently serves as Communications Manager for 100 Entrepreneurs and is an Elizabeth Dole Caregiver Fellow. Patty is a graduate of Radford University and XX.





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