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.
Danielle Bracco is currently serving as the Bonds of Courage Executive Director. She’s presently serving as the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1-102nd Cavalry Squadron’s Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader. In addition to the veterans outreach, service and leadership she provides to Bonds of Courage her work as the FRG leader in the Cavalry brings her close to Soldiers and families as she assists them with myriad issues related to life in the military. Her distinguished service as a volunteer has spanned more than a decade of work with veterans and the community. Prior to this work Danielle gave of her time to veterans organizations in reaching out to vets overseas. She has also served the Westfield Community as the Parent Teacher Organization President and Vice President and benefited a variety of charities, including Children’s Specialized Hospital as part of her work as a Westfield Junior Womens’ Club member and board member.
Mrs. Bracco served with Rainbows, New Jersey, an organization focused on helping youth who’ve lost a loved one or experienced another traumatic event move through the grief process and learn to cope with life’s challenges. Her formal employment includes assignments with Perry Ellis as the Director of Marketing and Customer Relations for their Golf Division and with Bugle Boy as the Men’s Division Product Manager and Assistant Vice President. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and grew up in West Islip, Long Island. She is married to Stephen Bracco; they and their three children live in Westfield, NJ. Her awards include the Cavalry and Armor Association’s Honorable Order of St Joan D’Arcy and Noble Patron of Armor Award, the State of New Jersey’s Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, the Association of the United States Army’s Patriotic Service Award for Leadership Excellence and Distinguished Service Award as well as the Joint Legislative Resolution for Meritorious History of Service and is an Honorary Member of the 117th Cavalry Regiment.
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.
Timothy Boyle along with his brother Chis opened 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro on September 6th 2001 and were deeply affected by the events surrounding the attacks of 9/11. Timothy has been an advocate for Veterans since he became active in supporting the 1-102nd Cavalry and has been recognized for his advocacy by the Cav’s fraternal association, the 117th Cavalry Association, as an honorary member. Mr. Boyle’s influence has made a difference in the lives of dozens of Soldiers in the New Jersey National Guard. As well, he supports social events like Casino night or professional development seminars for Cavalry leaders by assembling effective groups of volunteers to give of their time, talent and efforts.
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.
LTC William F Morris, Honorary Board Member
LTC William F. Morris entered the Army as a Private in December 1984 as an M60A3 Armor Crewman and was assigned to a unit as a traditional drilling National Guardsman. He served in various tank crew positions until he attended Officer Candidate School in 1995. During that period he attended college and worked as an administrator in an automobile import manufacturer service department. LTC Morris was commissioned as an Armor Officer and assigned as a tank platoon leader. In 1997 he was selected as the Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) Training Officer for 2-102nd Armor. Over the next 5 years he served in AGR full time positions as the Training Officer and then Battalion Full Time Supervisor while also serving as the liaison officer, S1 and tank company commander.
Upon selection for Major in 2004, LTC Morris was assigned as the 50th IBCT S1 and deployed to Cuba as the Deputy J1 for JTF-Guantanamo. He returned to resume duties as the S1 as well as the IBCT Full Time Supervisor. In subsequent duties as the Assistant S3 and Plans Officer he prepared the 50th IBCT for deployment to Iraq, serving there until 2009. After returning from theater LTC Morris transferred to the 1-102nd Cavalry Squadron. He served as the XO until late 2010 and as the NJARNG’s Assistant Chief of Staff until he took command of the Squadron in November 2011. He leaves command to begin his assignment as the 50th IBCT Executive Officer. LTC Morris is married to Heidi Schoener of Lebanon, NJ and is father to two daughters, Georgianna and Samantha. He has an MBA from Regis University in Colorado and a BA in History from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.