Katie is responsible for the leadership of the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation staff. She provides long range planning to support the Foundation’s goals for recruiting, programming, fundraising, and overall growth and development. She serves as the point of contact for all media and PR opportunities, and is responsible for providing periodic updates to Board Members, Partners, Supporters, and Alumni.

“I consider it my honor to continue to serve our Nation’s military through Wall Street Warfighters.”

She retired from the Marine Corps after 28 years of active service, reaching the rank of colonel, and completing her career as the Special Assistant for Public Affairs to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – a trusted adviser and principal spokesperson for the nation’s most senior military leader.

Katie was born in Alton, Illinois, and graduated from Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and a secondary education teaching certification.  She was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1980, after completing Officers Candidate School in Quantico, VA.

She has served in a number of public affairs assignments in Garden City, NY; Norfolk, VA; New Orleans; Iwakuni, Japan; San Diego, CA; and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  These assignments provided Katie extensive experience in strategic communication planning, crisis communication strategy, media relations, and community outreach.

Katie graduated from the Amphibious Warfare School (1991), and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1998), in Quantico, Virginia; and the National War College, Ft. McNair, Washington DC (2002).  She earned two Masters Degrees in Military Studies and in National Security Strategy.

She was promoted to colonel on April 1, 2003, and retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 2009.

She and her husband Jerry, formerly of Laconia, NH, reside in Springfield, VA.  They have two grown children: Monique (Haddock) Voth, a chemical lab quality supervisor in Ormond Beach, FL, and Lewis, a white water rafting guide in the New River Gorge, West Virginia.

In addition to his duties as treasurer, Brooks is responsible for Partnership Development, working closely with our current strategic partners, and exploring new partnering opportunities. He serves as Case Manager for the Foundation’s participants, assisting them with their individual career goals and job placement opportunities. Brooks also manages our Non-Resident program, monitoring and supporting those working through a self-paced path to a career in finance.

Brooks is Founder of Strategic Contracting Inc, a Philadelphia / Washington DC based consulting and contracting firm. His duties include: sales, client acquisition, compliance, marketing, and corporate growth. He is also co-founder of Drexel Hamilton, an institutional financial services firm.

Brooks enlisted in the US Air Force at age 17; he was the Honor Graduate from Basic Training and Technical School.  He served tours in the Middle East in a combat communications role, and was selected to serve out the remainder of his enlistment in the US Air Force Presidential Honor Guard serving at Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, Pentagon and for various presidential functions.  He was honorably discharged in 1996.

In 2004 Brooks enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard where he served until 2010.  He remains active in the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry as platoon leader for its color guard, performing military honors for the funerals of area veterans.

Brooks was appointed Chairman and continues to serve on the Small Business Administration’s Region III Small Business Regulatory and Fairness Board of Directors.

He resides in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife Maria, son Alexander, and daughter Sofia.

As Wall Street Warfighters Foundation’s Program Manager, Rich Murphy is responsible for the day-to-day supervision and support of our warfighters. He manages and coordinates all aspects of the training program, to include curriculum, travel, licensing examination schedules, and visits to partner firms. Rich provides operational, logistical, and administrative support that keeps our program running smoothly!
First Sergeant Murphy retired in 2012 following more than 30 years of service in the United States military. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1980 and spent six years as a Paralegal Non-commissioned Officer (NCO). He transferred to the Army National Guard, where he served an additional 19 years on active duty as a member of the Active Guard Reserve. His most recent assignment was as Assistant Inspector General for the State of Pennsylvania, Joint Headquarters, National Guard.

Rich has deployed multiple times in his career, to include a deployment to Beirut, Lebanon in 1983 to and his most recent deployment to Afghanistan as a Combat Advisory Team member in 2011. He served in many positions of leadership and supervision including: Senior Enlisted Advisor; Command Group Operations NCO; Training NCO; Readiness NCO; and First Sergeant of State Headquarters – the most senior enlisted Leader next to the State Command SGM. Throughout Richard’s career he earned many awards and decorations, to include the most prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Award for exceptional and outstanding leadership.

Rich is an active member and leader of many professional associations, to include: Enlisted National Guard Association (EANGUS); Legislative Liaison Committee (LLC); Non-Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America (NCOA); and Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

Rich has two grown daughters, Auli’i and Charnelle and when not in Philadelphia, he enjoys spending time with family in Enola, PA.

Ron Griffin serves as Mentor/Volunteer Coordinator for the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation. He is responsible for recruiting, organizing, and tracking a wide range of volunteers who are interested in supporting our veterans. Ron matches mentors with program participants based on individual strengths, areas of interest, and overall experience. Ron also takes the lead in developing logistical and other support relationships in the New York City area, building partnerships and associations that will benefit the Foundation’s overall mission.

Ron Griffin was born and raised in The Bronx, graduating from Cardinal Spellman High School in 1963. He served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967, to include a tour in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged, having obtained the rank of sergeant.

Beginning his first job on his 14th birthday, Ron gained wide-ranging experience through several careers and mini-careers with Household Finance, Chase Bank, Paul Revere Life Insurance, and Newsweek Magazine, where he worked for 15 years. He owned a body shop, worked at The Valley Hospital, and finally served as the director of production processes at Sankar Cheese. Ron is a graduate of the New York University School of Computer Science.

Ron and his wife Robin are the proud parents of Kyle, Ryan, and Blair Griffin. Blair and Ryan are recent college graduates – Blair from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Ryan from University of West Virginia. Kyle graduated from Emerson High School before joining the US Army, where he graduated from the Army’s Infantry School, Airborne School, Long Range Surveillance School, and pre-Ranger School at Ft. Bragg, NC. Kyle was killed while serving in Iraq on May 30, 2003.

Since Kyle’s death, Ron has been deeply involved in supporting our troops and their families, especially Gold Star families like his own who have sacrificed profoundly. He was one of the four founders of Families United and Military Families United.

Ron has twice traveled to Iraq – where he spent three weeks at a Forward Operating Base with deployed Soldiers, and with the people of Iraq’s Kurdish Region.

Ron resides in Emerson, NJ with Robin, Ryan and Blair.

Abby Rosenthal enjoys her role as accountant for Wall Street Warfighters Foundation. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA degree in History and went on to complete her accounting coursework at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where her husband, Carey, is a Chemistry Professor.

Abby was a staff accountant for Elmer I. Rosen, CPA for 15 years and received her CPA certification in 1999. She currently works with two other non-profit corporations – the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Media, PA) and the SCW Foundation in Wilmington, Delaware.

Abby and Carey reside in Newtown Square, PA, and are proud of their two daughters in college – Brin, a Physics PhD student at Princeton, and Blake, an undergrad at

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