Our Board Members share an unwavering commitment to our troops and a deep appreciation for all they have done in service to our country. Bonds of Courage is grateful for the significant talents and experience of our Board, and for the assistance they provide us in generating resources and getting this important work done.
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Christine Truhe, PsyD
Christine Truhe is Founder and President of Bonds of Courage. Dr. Truhe was awarded the Patriotic Civilian Award by the Department of the Army (2004). She is a licensed psychologist specializing in organizational and career psychology. Dr. Truhe earned a doctorate in organizational psychology from Rutgers University where she served as adjunct faculty and Director of the Career Psychology Group. She is also a member of the Society of Military Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Truhe worked with AT&T and subsequently opened a consulting practice through which she addressed management practices, and executive and group leadership performance. Dr. Truhe has a Master of Science from the University of Southern California-Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor of Science from The College of New Jersey (then Trenton State College)-Health Education. She is based in Summit, New Jersey where she is married to Robert Sheehan, and is the mother of Lauren Sheehan, a Congressional Aid to Rep. James Renacci (OH), Washington DC and Michael Aros-Truhe, United States Army veteran of three deployments, two (2) to Iraq and one (1) to Afghanistan, and honorably discharged in 2007. He is now a Sergeant in the Connecticut National Guard. Michael is married to Kelly and they have one child, Kaylee.
Dr. Truhe has received a number of awards, military coins and certificates for services rendered in support of members of the military through Bonds of Courage.
William Gouveia is Managing Director for Financial Services at SunGard Availability Services consulting, helping global clients protect their value and build resilient enterprises. He previously led Booz Allen Hamilton’s commercial risk management practice as well as a range of projects supporting the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and other national security clients. Before joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Gouveia served as a Military Intelligence Officer in U.S. Army armor, light infantry, and Special Forces units. He holds a BA in economics, political science, and history from Columbia University and an MA in security studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He lives in Summit with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.
Bonnie Park is a Director at a global wealth management firm and specializes in comprehensive financial planning for ultra high net worth families. She provides advice in areas such as advanced wealth transfer, philanthropy, cash flow analysis, and concentrated stock positions. Bonnie is also an author for a monthly client publication dedicated to financial planning topics such as wealth accumulation, distribution, and protection. Bonnie is a member of her firm’s corporate Veterans Network, whose mission involves recruiting, networking, community service, and professional development. Bonnie currently plays in the first violin section of the Summit Symphony Orchestra. She is also a mentee in the W.O.M.E.N. in America leadership program.
Bonnie earned a B.A. in economics from Yale University. Bonnie is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, Chartered Financial Consultant®, Chartered Life Underwriter®, and has her Series 7, 66, and 63 licenses with FINRA.
Bonnie lives in Summit and is married with two children.
Todd McGarity is currently Vice President of Distribution Sales and Services for Hachette Book Group in New York City. With more than 20 years of experience selling products and services into the content and publishing industries, Todd has held a variety of management positions at companies including Harcourt, Pearson, Thomson and Random House.
Todd graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors degree in Economics, and earned his MBA at the City University of New York’s Zicklin School of Business. He participated in the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corp at Penn State and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, where remained for 10 years before being honorably discharged as a Captain.
Todd is a member of the Summit Elks lodge and is active in the local Cub Scouts pack where he holds a leadership position. Todd lives in Summit, NJ with his wife Debbie and their two sons.
Todd Ward is a commercial real estate broker with CBRE in Florham Park, NJ, focusing on tenant representation in the office markets of northern New Jersey and NYC. His CBRE team has represented clients that include: Chubb Insurance, Commercial Metals Corp, and Ameriprise Financial. Todd joined CBRE in 2011 following his service in the U.S. Army.
Todd graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government in 2006. He was the commissioned through Officer Candidate School as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army infantry. During his time in the army, Ward graduated the Airborne and Ranger Schools before serving in the 10th Mountain Division as an infantry officer. He was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from 2009-2010 where he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 2011.
Todd was born and raised in Summit, NJ. He considers himself fortunate to have received overwhelming support from Bonds of Courage during his tenure in the army and was proud to accept a position on the Board of Directors to support those who still serve, new veterans, and their families. Todd resides in Hoboken, NJ.
Sandra Castaldo Williams
A graduate of Kean University with a Masters in Education, Sandra has an extensive background in early childhood education, serving as Director of the Westfield Child Care Center, St. Andrew’s Nursery School (New Providence, NJ), the Summit YMCA Summer Day Camp, and the Summit Child Care Center. Her teaching experience includes positions in the Cranford Public Schools, Peck School (Morristown, NJ), and Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (Summit, NJ), and adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Sandra has an extensive history of volunteerism including chairing the United Way of Summit Annual Campaign (1990-91), as well as volunteer positions with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer organization, Play for Pink (NY, NY), Normandy Shores Beach Association, as well as 39 years of continuous service at St. Teresa’s of Avila (Summit, NJ) rectory. Sandra has served on the board of the Crestview Swim Club and been an active member of the PTA in the Summit Public Schools as well as at Pingry School in Bernardsville, NJ.
Sandra resides in Summit, New Jersey, with her husband, Arthur. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Colonel Scott Spellmon, Honorary Board Member
Colonel Scott Spellmon was commissioned as an Engineer Officer from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from USMA, a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the United States Army War College.
Colonel Spellmon’s previous assignments include Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas (1987-1990); Assistant S3 and Company Commander, 82d Engineer Battalion, Bamberg, Germany (1990-1993); Combat Engineer Observer/Controller, Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany (1993-1995); Battalion S3 and Executive Officer, 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri (1999-2001); Commander, 317th Engineer Battalion and 3-3d Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3d BCT, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia (2003-2006); and Commander, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Polk, Louisiana (2008-2010). Colonel Spellmon’s operational assignments include Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colonel Spellmon is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Armed Services and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College. Colonel Spellmon’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Combat Action Badge.
Colonel Spellmon is married and has three children.