Anita Miller,Executive Director – Artist and sculptor. 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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cpl. Mike Strahle, USMC (ret.), Public Affairs Officer & Logistics Director, Eyes of Freedom Memorial – Administrator. In 2005 Marine Corporal Mike Strahle was deployed to Iraq with the Columbus-based Reserve unit Lima Company, 3/25. On May 11th while conducting combat operations near the Syrian border, his vehicle struck an IED. The blast critically injured him while killing six of his squad members. He now carries the legacy of 3/25 and all service members by traveling with The Eyes of Freedom Memorial across the nation. This traveling tribute honors all who have answered our nation’s call. Besides managing the Memorial, Mike provides a first-hand account of the 2005 Iraq deployment, interacts with visiting veterans and their families, and comforts those that have been affected by military service. Email: email@example.com
Sean Flaharty, Logistics Director – Videographer and photographer. 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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alissa Trela, CPA, Finance Manager – CEO, AT Consulting LLC. 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. Email: email@example.com
Gretchen Stecher, Office Manager – Administrator. A purchasing manager for an electronics company in her early 20’s, Gretchen has worked with several different businesses over the years, managing offices, creating efficient systems, overseeing staff, facilitating interdepartmental communication, and servicing customers. A life-long learner, she moved from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Boulder to pursue her M.A. degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology at Naropa University (received in 2014). She delights in the drier climate of Colorado and loves hiking and exploring there. She works for EoF 10 hours per week. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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