After retiring from Lima Company 3/25 and seeing The Eyes of Freedom unveiled at the Statehouse in 2008, Mike Strahle knew he had witnessed something truly special. The bonds formed with these 23 men while fighting alongside them made the life-size portraits difficult to view at first, yet a sense of honor and remembrance soon prevailed. Three years later he would contact Anita Miller, the artist and creator of The Eyes of Freedom, requesting to host the memorial at a Veteran’s Support fundraiser he founded. It was this reunion that sparked the passing of the baton from its creator to the hands of a brother in arms.
Sean has been involved with Eyes of Freedom since Anita Miller’s first brushstroke hit the canvas. He has documented the entire two-and-a-half-year process of the creation of the Memorial and now travels full-time with the exhibit alongside Cpl. Mike Strahle. Sean’s initial involvement with the project started as a way to pay tribute to his friend, Sgt. Justin Hoffman, with whom he worked at an insurance company in Columbus, Ohio. Sgt. Hoffman, one of Lima Company’s fallen Marines, was the first Anita painted. Sean maintains EoF’s website, produces its periodic newsletter, and books sites for the Memorial to visit.
Alissa’s experience in the financial and accounting industry, which spans 20 years, includes accounting and analyst positions at local and nationally recognized organizations. For nine years she served as controller of a small PR firm in Columbus, Ohio. In 2010 she started her own financial business, AT Consulting. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otterbein College in Accounting and Business Administration, she went on to get an MBA from Capital University. She has also taught accounting at the university level as an adjunct faculty member.
Dr. Gibbons is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, organizational development consultant, and executive coach with over 15 years of experience in operations management, performance & process improvement, and workforce development. He has worked in both the private sector and higher education. After six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, he transitioned to the private sector focusing primarily on workforce and leadership development, C-level services, and corporate turnaround efforts.
Jody Davids recently retired from her role as Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of PepsiCo. As the leader of the IT function at PepsiCo, Jody and her teams delivered all information technology and digital services to PepsiCo through a large network of IT associates and partners worldwide. Jody has over 40 years of experience leading and developing technology for large companies. Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2016, Jody was CIO for Agrium Inc. and over the course of her career, she led at Best Buy, Cardinal Health, Nike, Inc., and Apple Computer, Inc.. She actively serves as an independent director for four companies; Premier Inc., Midcontinent Independent Service Operator (MISO), Movista, and Paymentus. After retirement, she began serving as an executive coach. Jody is a Gold Star mother, having lost her oldest son, Wesley, a US Marine, in Iraq in 2005. Her second son, Steven, then joined the Marines and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Having a heart for those who have served our nation, Jody serves on the board of two non-profit organizations; The Eyes of Freedom, honoring all who have answered our nation’s call to service, and the National Veteran’s Leadership Foundation. Her bachelor’s degree in business and her MBA are awarded from San Jose State University. She currently splits her time between New Albany, Ohio, and Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
The creator of the Lima Company Memorial, Anita began painting and drawing at 30. After Studying at the Columbus College of Art & Design, she taught drawing and painting in her little-log-cabin studio in rural central Ohio as well as workshops in Greece and Europe. After creating and having managed the Eyes of Freedom Memorial, she is sculpting the Silent Battle, a life-sized bronze to honor the service and sacrifice of returning vets struggling with PTSD and suicide. Anita now lives outside Boulder in Lyons, Colorado, with her husband, Rob. There she enjoys creating art and mountain hiking.
Steve Robbins is a highly-regarded leadership educator and program manager of executive-level leadership programs. He has led leadership education programs in the public, private and non-profit sectors as well as being a former partner of a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). He currently is the Program Manager for Executive and Command Leadership Programs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at their Advanced Training Center in Harper's Ferry, WV. Steve retired from the Marine Corps in 2005 after 22 years of active duty service. Steve earned his BA in Political Science and his Masters of Education (MEd) from the University of Florida. Steve and his wife Angie have four grown children and reside in Johnstown, Ohio.