Thank You for Your Support
Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the US. Veteran suicide is a national crisis.
Helping to Meet The Crisis
Michael M.J. Minc
Creative strategist, designer, artist and humanitarian.
Founder of the Gene Vance Jr. Foundation, the Gene Vance Jr. Day, Operation Total Restoration and
Buds Bold Brew.
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Michael Minc is credited by the US Navy for
unyielding volunteer dedication
to the advancement of medicine
and commitment to education.
Gene Arden Vance Jr.
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Considered one of the most active proponents of resilience, sustainability, spirituality and justice for injured veterans, Mark is a retired, highly decorated US Marine Corps Explosive Ordnance Disposal leader who served multiple tours of duty sustaining traumatic injuries and amputations.
Rita A. Sheffey, PhD, JD
Assistant Dean for Public Service
Emory University School of Law
A veteran litigator with a career-long commitment to public service, Rita has provided guidance and support to the Gene Vance Jr. Foundation since its inception.
Rita was intent on becoming a physician. Instead of pursuing medical school, she earned her PhD in chemistry at Duke University, and then secured a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She earned her JD at Boston College Law School. In practice, she has focused on complex, scientific-based litigation in environmental, product liability, trademark and patent infringement, and business torts cases in both federal and state appellate courts.
Christine Myran, OTR
Certified Occupational Therapist and Executive Director of Stiggy's Dogs
Rescuing and training shelter dogs to be service dogs for military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) or Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”).
Christine was a former Vice-President of the Eisenhower Center which offers neurorehabilitation services to individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, anoxia, or stroke.
Her career-long commitment caring for veterans and first responders while they work through her intense treatment programs, is reflected in the volunteer support she brings to the Gene Vance Jr. Foundation's Operation Total Restoration.
Executive Assistant / Project Coordinator
Gene Vance Jr. Foundation
A career-long commitment to volunteerism
and public service, Jamie has provided
administrative and executive liaison support to the Gene Vance Jr. Foundation since its inception.
Jamie retired after 20 years at the Law Offices of the former Hunton and Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP) - a global legal practice, to join the Foundation in a full time volunteer capacity.