Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Founder and Chairwoman
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician
Dr. Gordon graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Medicine after completing her undergraduate studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has experience in internal medicine, emergency room medicine, occupational medicine and rehabilitative medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Since 1988, Dr. Gordon has served as Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville, Ohio. Her special interest is with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) since she has experienced TBI recovery both as a physician and as a patient.
In 2008, Dr. Gordon was called to action. Her one year “tour of duty” (2008-2009) included a part-time position at the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Columbus, Ohio, where she performed second-level screening for the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suspected with traumatic brain injuries. Her experiences with young heroes affected by TBI led to the production of a documentary to educate the military world about the signs and symptoms of the injury and to educate the civilian world about the difficulties with reintegration our heroes were experiencing as a result of their service.
Her documentary entitled, Operation Resurrection, was completed by Patton Productions in February 2013. Benjamin Patton serves as narrator for the film which demonstrates solutions for health care, education, and employment for our returning 450,000 Veterans with TBI. In 2012, Dr. Gordon founded The Resurrecting Lives Foundation which attained 501 (c) (3) status in July, 2012. This non-profit follows through with the solutions set forth in the documentary, promoting collaborative efforts between military and VA resources, and the civilian community. Resurrecting Lives Foundation continues to serve as a voice for our heroes with TBI and the families who struggle to care for them.
Her primary goal in establishing the foundation was to provide educational, vocational and employment opportunities for the more than 60,000 veterans of the OIF/OEF conflicts currently living in Ohio. However the goal has now expanded to providing a national networking community to assist the nearly 450,000 veterans currently affected by TBI.
Senior Military Liaison, Former Director Ohio Veteran Services
Colonel Tim Gorrell (US Army Retired) brings a wealth of experience to the RLF Board. In his 30 plus years of military service, Colonel Gorrell served in a variety of command and staff positions worldwide culminating in his assignment as the Command Inspector General of the Ohio National Guard. Following his military service he continued serving in the public sector most notably as Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services where he considered employment a priority issue for Ohio’s Veterans, a mission that he shares with Resurrecting Lives Foundation. Throughout his military career and post military activities he has been dedicated to serving service members and their families. As senior military liaison for RLF, Colonel Gorrell will be advising the transition networking protocols for the Foundation in an effort to collaborate with the DOD/VA/civilian resources available for our Veterans. He and his wife Lisa have two grown daughters.
Senior Consultant to the Global Institute for the Study of Intelligent Communities, Dublin Ohio
Paul Carlson has over 10 years of IT Project Management experience and over 8 years of experience in entrepreneurship in business startups. From 2000 to 2016, he worked for the City of Columbus. He was the city’s first Information Technology Project Manager and facilitated Columbus becoming recognized as the 2015 Most Intelligent Community in the World by the Intelligent Community Foundation. He has a proven track record of completing IT quality projects on time and under budget as a PMP. He also facilitated the 2015 NIST OSU/CAR Global City Team Challenge Autonomous Vehicle pilot and participated in the first phase of the winning proposal for the $40M USDOT “Smart City Challenge”.
One of Paul’s current passions is on “Smart Cities and Sustainability” and he has participated on panel discussions at universities and in Washington DC on topics related to Artificial Intelligence and smart transportation. His leadership roles included positions as President, Vice President, Assistant Director and Director of several successful organizations. At the State of Ohio Treasurer’s Office he researched and executed a surplus optimization strategy for the $2 billion State Lottery Fund where he built up a $100 million surplus. He was an expert on Arbitrage Rebate, helped advise several Ohio municipalities on their fixed income portfolios and he researched and helped to implement Ohio’s investment pool, STAR Ohio.
Paul earned a BA in Political Science (1976) and a MA in History (1978) from Youngstown State University. Paul also pursued an Engineering degree at the US Naval Academy (1969-1971).
Medical Technician, US Air Force Retired
Dino Villarreal is a medical technician at the Columbus Military Entrance Processing Station where they process over 600 applicants monthly for enlistment into the United States Armed Forces. He assists Medical Officers with applicant physical examinations, identification of physical abnormalities, to include discovery of disqualifying enlistment/retention factors, and determination of applicant’s fitness for military duty.
Juan was born and raised in a small town in South Texas, and entered the United States Air Force (USAF) in September 1991, where he served for 23 years. He started his USAF career as a Medical Services Technician. As a medic, he was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), TX, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, Andrews AFB, MD, Lackland AFB, TX and the Columbus Military Entrance Processing Station, Columbus, OH. He also was deployed to Eskan Village, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch. He then finished his USAF career as an Enlisted Accessions Recruiter in Chillicothe, OH and became a Flight Chief in Wilkes-Barre, PA. As a Flight Chief, he managed 6 recruiting offices covering Northeastern PA and led his Flight to back to back top ten finishes in the nation for recruiting. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and numerous other awards and decorations.
Juan lives in Dublin, OH with his wife Shawnna Villarreal.
Chief Executive Officer Pharmaceutical Segment, Cardinal Health
Jon Giacomin is the chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Segment of Cardinal Health which delivers approximately 25 percent of all medications prescribed in the U.S. each day. The $80.1 billion Pharmaceutical Segment is comprised of 16 businesses that offer a range of services across the entire healthcare supply chain. At the core, these businesses ensure that branded, generic and specialty pharmaceuticals are delivered to retail pharmacies, hospitals, mail-order facilities, physician offices, surgery centers and long-term and other alternate care facilities. Additionally, these businesses provide a range of critical services such as inventory management, marketing, nuclear compounding, drug manufacturing, reimbursement consulting, FDA consulting, clinical pathways programs and third-party logistics allowing customers to focus on what matters most – patients.
Prior to his current role, Giacomin was the president of U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution, where he was responsible for the business consolidating pharmaceuticals from hundreds of manufacturers into site-specific deliveries to health care points of care. Previously, Giacomin was the executive vice president of Pharmaceutical Operations, where he was responsible for efficient and responsive warehouse operations at 22 distribution centers and pharmaceutical repackaging operations. He also held the role of senior vice president of inventory management for the Healthcare Supply Chain Services segment, a role he assumed after his tenure as regional vice president and general manager for the Pacific Northwest region of the company’s Pharmaceutical Distribution business. Giacomin joined Cardinal Health in 2001 as vice president and general manager of its Pharmaceutical Repackaging business.
Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Giacomin held engineering roles with Griffith Micro Science, Sterigenics and the
Giacomin currently serves on the Cardinal Health Foundation Board and as the executive sponsor of the Cardinal Health Veterans and Military Advocates employee resource group and the Cardinal Health University of Notre Dame College Relations recruiting program. He is a member of the executive committee and serves on the board of directors for the Healthcare Distribution Management Association and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master of business administration from the University of Chicago.
Stan Crader, Board Member
Author, Businessman, Patriot
Stan Crader was born and raised in Bollinger County Missouri. Coming of age in rural Missouri provided him the material for many of the rich characters in his books. He credits the variety of jobs and the people with which he has worked for providing him his creative foundation. While growing up, his jobs included paper routes, mowing lawns, grocery store carry out, farm equipment set-up, sawmills, and janitor. One learns a great deal about people when they see what groceries they purchase.
After graduating from high school he attended the University of Missouri, where he fully realized the uniqueness of his hometown. He met his wife Debbie at a Missouri / Nebraska football game, in which Missouri won. Stan and Debbie live in the Bollinger County area where they raised three boys and a golden retriever.
Stan is known for the unusual. He once caught a bat at a Cardinal baseball game, he and his wife were invited to the home of Stan and Lillian Musial, he flew the Atlantic in a Cessna, and his grandfather filmed him jumping a creek on a motorcycle.
He’s President of a small family business that sells Stihl chainsaws and power tools. He was once elected city councilman of Marble Hill, the town where he came of age. In that capacity he gained a new respect for those that serve as volunteers in small towns. The mayor he served as councilman was also his former elementary school music teacher, which made for an interesting dynamic.
Proceeds from Stan’s books have always been donated to charitable organizations. Through a mutual friend, Stan was introduced to Chrisanne Gordon and Resurrecting Lives. Moments into his first conversation with Chrisanne, hearing the passion in her voice, and learning of RLF’s prodigious mission on behalf of America’s warriors, the decision to support Resurrecting Lives seemed providential.
Christopher Brown, MD, MPH, Board Member
Christopher Brown, MD, MPH, received his M.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Medicine. He completed his residency and internship at the Ohio State University Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Nephrology at Ohio State. Dr. Brown is board certified in internal medicine with a specialty in disorders of the kidney and hypertension. Prior to receiving his medical degree, Dr. Brown completed a Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Public Health Leadership Program with a concentration in health care and prevention.
Dr. Brown is the son of a Vietnam veteran and is a North Carolina native. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio and has a strong history of giving back to the community. His experience with a relative’s battle with traumatic brain injury fuels his desire to support returning veterans with their transition back into civilian life. Dr. Brown’s background and experiences promote his strong sense of patriotism.
Connie Pillich, Board Member
Attorney, Businesswoman, Veteran
Connie Pillich has been a strong advocate for veterans. She served in the Ohio House of Representatives where her legislative focus was on serving the veteran and military community, keeping children healthy and safe, improving public education, and protecting the environment. During her time in the Legislature she received Legislator of the Year awards from the Public Children’s Services Association of Ohio, the Ohio Association for Justice, AmVets, and the Cincinnati VA. She also received achievement awards from the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus.
Connie spent eight years on active duty in the Air Force where she served as a Communications-Electronics Officer in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. She is a three-time recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal and earned the rank of Captain.
Connie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati. She is a member of the Cincinnati and the Ohio State Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Ohio, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division; and the Sixth District Court of Appeals.
Connie lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Paul Forshey, and their two children, Kayla and Tallin.