CWC Board of Directors & Staff

Chairman- Paul Ekoniak

US Navy Veteran, Combat Wounded Warrior

Paul is a combat-wounded warrior and former medic for USMC and US Navy SEAL Teams. He has served on Combat Wounded Coalition’s Board of Directors since January 2013. Paul currently works for Anthem Healthcare as a Business Change Manager

Vice Chairman- Doug Porter

Senior Advisor, True Group LLC.; Former CEO of Ronald McDonald House Chicagoland and NW Indiana

Accomplished military, business and non-profit leader during 37 year career. Consistent track record of proven accomplishments and added value across diverse challenges, environments, geographies and operating conditions.

Treasurer- Duke Ingraham

President/SVP of Sales and Marketing, Fleet Services and Installations

Duncan (Duke) is a US Navy veteran and leading sales professional, with a track record of over 15 years of proven and consistent business growth. His specialties include strategic alliance building, contract negotiations and closings, and risk and loss management. Duke founded the SDVOSB Council which combats fraud impacting owners of disabled veteran companies. He has also testified before Congress regarding status for government programs. Duke holds a B.S, in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy.

Secretary- Jason “Jay” Redman

LT, USN (Ret), Founder and CEO of Combat Wounded Coalition

Jason is the Founder and CEO of CWC, a wounded warrior, author, and motivational speaker for SOF Spoken. Jason spent eleven years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and ten years as a SEAL Officer. On September 13, 2007, outside of Fallujah, Iraq, LT Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, LT Redman wrote and hung a bright orange sign on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. LT Redman is the author of “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader” which details lessons learned in leadership and overcoming adversity throughout his Navy SEAL career, his service in Afghanistan and Iraq and his personal journey with his wife Erica and their three children.

Dr. William "Wil" Zemp

Colonel, US Army(ret.), Senior VP, Strategy and University Chief of Staff, Southern New Hampshire University

Throughout a 25-year career in public service, Dr. Wil Zemp has held leadership roles in the United States Military, the US State Department, and the National Security Staff. Wil is a recognized leader and expert in the development and implementation of national security policy and strategy to include: military, political and economic strategy, war termination and peace negotiations. Dr. Zemp joined Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in 2014, after retiring as a Colonel in the United States Army. He is currently on SNHU’s executive leadership team as the Senior Vice President for Strategy and the University’s Chief of Staff. Wil is also an adjunct professor for International Relations and Organizational Leadership.

Amanda Nesmith

Industrial Development Manager at Norfolk Southern Corporation

General Managment professional in Marketing and Finance fields with 14 years of leadership experience in the US Navy, CPG, Medical Device Manufacturing and Railroad.

April Hartsook

President & CEO WDDD® Enterprises, Inc.

Award winning Customer Focused, Owner & Chief Visionary Officer - President and Out of the Box CEO. Articulate and intrinsically driven to succeed. Strategic planning and client relationship management expert. Dynamic energetic professional versed in all aspects of business management with an emphasis on process improvements to increase profits and customer satisfaction. For more information visit

Allen Fabijan  

Creative Director/Media Consultant/On-Air Personality- Sinclair Communications

On-Air radio personality for Sinclair Communications. To learn more about Some Guy Named Allen visit

Erica Redman

Co-Founder, Combat Wounded Coalition

Erica was a military spouse and is mother of three. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where she attended Spalding University and the University of Louisville. Erica's life was changed the day that her husband was severely wounded and she became a caregiver. Wounded Wear was created from the needs that Jay and Erica saw and lived through. There was no road map after Jay was wounded. Jay and Erica created Wounded Wear to pass on the information that they learned and continue to learn so they can make a difference for the men and women that come down this road. Erica has founded and operated many small businesses. Running a non-profit with a retail arm and advocating for Wounded Warriors and Gold Star families was something she never imagined.

Advisory Board Members

Scott Taylor

Scott is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 85th district. He is a former Navy SEAL of over 8 years and an Iraq War veteran, where he was injured on an operation. Scott holds an ALB concentrating in International Relations from Harvard University, Extension School. He is a public speaker and regularly appears on national news programs discussing military affairs, national security, and foreign policy.

Dr. W. Hank Brooks

Lead Pastor, Coastal Community Church
Hank “married up” to Donna 33 years ago – their children are grown: Casey, married, living in New York as a fashion photographer; Josh, a senior at Liberty University, studying pastoral leadership. Hank started Coastal Community Church 14 years ago in Virginia Beach – its mission is to make more and better followers of Christ, and Christ-following churches. This is Hank’s mission too... and to bass-fish as often as possible.


CWC Staff

Jason “Jay” Redman- CEO and Founder

Erica Redman- Co-Founder, Marketing and Media

Kenny Miller – Chief Operations Officer

Danita Jacobs – Office Manager

Brooke Juhas – Sales Manager / Volunteer Coordinator

Katie Sanchez – Graphic Designer

Patrick Brown – Wounded Warrior Liaison

Christine Conley – Wounded Warrior Liaison

Rob Allen – Gold Star Liaison

Michelle Roth - Accountant and Grants Coordinator

Donnie James - Information Technology