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 All of our staff and Board of Directors at SOM+C are volunteers.  Everyone at SOM+C is somehow connected to the Special Operations Medic Community and is highly vested in supporting and  taking the SOF Medic from battlefield provider to veteran professional.  

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Executive Staff

CEO/FOUNDER

The founder of SOM+C is an active duty special operations medic.  He saw a need to improve prehospital medicine and support for his fellow medics and operators.

coo

The coo of SOM+C is an active duty special operations medic.  He wants every Special operations medic to have every opportunity and resource needed to succeed and help improve their community both military and civilian.

Executive director

Katie Perez

Katie is an experienced Nonprofit professional. She has worked as executive staff for nonprofits since 2015. Prior to that she studied Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University where she graduated with her Master's of Science in Nonprofit Management. She honorably served just under 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman before embarking on her career in the Nonprofit sector. 

Board of Directors

Roy Archer

Gunnery Sergeant Roy Archer IV has served 20 Years in the US Marine Corps, with conventional forces and MARSOC.  Throughout his career he has deployed numerous times, in support of OIF, OEF, and OIR.  Currently serves at Camp Lejeune.

Doctor David Van Wyck

Major Van Wyck was commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2004. He has served in numerous roles such as Battalion Surgeon and Chief of Neurology. He graduated with his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine and has completed a Neurocritical Care Fellowship at Duke University. Major Van Wyck currently serves at Fort Bragg. 

Anthony Bunkely

After eight and a half years as a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, Anthony separated from the Navy to pursue his undergraduate degree at Columbia University. Set to graduate in the Spring of 2020, Anthony is seeking to move into an impactful career in Corporate America.

Anthony maintains involvement in various initiatives that actively assist Special Operations Veterans with medicine backgrounds make seamless transitions from active duty to civilian life.

Staff Volunteers

director of RESEARCH and education

Ricky ditzel

Ricky served with the United States Army on Active Duty for 7 years in functioning in a variety of medic roles. While on Active Duty Ricky represented pre-hospital enlisted military medics by serving on the Committee of En Route Casualty Care, Committee of Surgical Combat Casualty Care, Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, the Lethal Diamond Working Group, and is our very own Journal of High Threat and Austere Medicine Section Editor. Ricky aspires  to help reduce mortality and morbidity on the battlefield and back home by engaging in and helping other Veterans engage in, evidenced based medical research. 

director of international relations

Mike Turconi

Mike Turconi, originally from Italy, served as a NATO Special Operations Combat Medic deploying multiple times. He is involved in many international initiatives aimed to enhance the SOF medical community. Mike currently lives in Newfoundland with his wife, working on his degree in

Paramedic studies through University College Cork, Ireland.

fundraising director

mariah rhodes

Mariah is a Sports Massage Therapist who has worked with organizations such as the US Olympic Bobsled Team, US Paralympic Athletes, the Semper Fi Fund, Wounded Warriors, World Class IronMan Triathletes, and multiple CrossFit Games Regional Athletes. Mariah is currently finishing up a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a focus on Nutrition and Agriculture. Mariah currently lives in Eastern North Carolina with her husband and their three dogs. 

rico pesce

Rico served for 7 years in the Army as a SOF Medic for 2d BN, 75th Ranger Regiment. During his tenure as a Ranger Medic, he completed 5 combat deployments to Afghanistan and left as the BAS NCOIC. Rico is on track to graduate Columbia University in 2021 with a B.A. in Computer Science, a minor in Biology, and having completed the premed program. Before joining the staff at SOM+C, he was on the board of two student groups aimed at advancing veterans in the civilian sector, served as a veteran mentor to incoming students, and was a Research Associate at NYU. 

Chairman, Education Ambassador

William Eisenhart

WILLIAM EISEnHART IS A SPECIAL OPERATIONS MEDIC AND FORMER NAVY EOD WITH OVER 18 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE.  HE IS CURRENTLY ATTENDING THE YALE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM.  HE HAS A MASTERS DEGREE IN INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AS WELL AS NATIONAL REGISTRY PARAMEDIC, TACTICAL PARAMEDIC, AND FLIGHT PARAMEDIC CERTIFIED.  WILLIAM IS DEDICATED TO HELPING SOF MEDICS TRANSITIONING INTO THE CIVILIAN SECTOR, ESPECIALLY INTO MEDICAL PROGRAMS.  HE CURRENTLY LIVES IN THE DC METRO AREA WITH HiS WIFE, DAUGHTER, AND BEAGLE.  

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