Dan Bellis

Stay at home dad

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Dan was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey where he had an uneventful childhood and excelled in mediocrity. After 12 years as an award-winning broadcaster in the U.S. Air Force, he majored in paramedicine, nursing, speech and hearing, and even briefly considered culinary school. Luckily, he married above his station and is now a stay-at-home dad. He lives in Minneapolis with his beautiful wife, Jana and his two amazing children, Sadie (age 4) and Rocco (age 2). He enjoys yoga, fishing, cooking, cycling and complaining about Minnesota winters.

Chris Edler

Owner, Mala for Vets


Originally from Simi Valley California, Chris joined the Air Force August 2, 1990 and retired November 30, 2013. He spent most of his career as a Combat Correspondent traveling the globe highlighting the amazing stories of his fellow-warriors. Chris deployed twice to Iraq and once to the Republic of Georgia. One of his highlights include running a 27-station radio cluster called Eagle FM for the American Forces Network. After making some 'crafts' with his daughter...Chris had the idea of making mala beads to help raise money for Veterans. Today, Chris raises money for three primary non-profits: the Give Back Yoga Foundation, Save A Warrior, and Mindful Yoga Therapy. Chris is currently studying to be a full stack developer.

Mindy Yu

Air Force Reservist


Shattering her family’s expectations of becoming a doctor or engineer, Mindy joined the Air Force after graduating from UC Berkeley. As much as she loved serving in the Air Force, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy forced her to hide a part of herself, taking a toll on her personal life. Ten years, three bases, and multiple deployments later, she decided to return home to the California to reconnect with family and friends while finishing her master’s degree in International Relations. Now, as an Air Force Reservist post-Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Mindy strives to serve as a positive role model for both gay and straight service members serving honorably and fearlessly. Although she spends the majority of her time on Air Force Reserve tours, she makes the most of her off time by exploring Northern California, kayaking, backpacking, hiking, and eating her way through her home state.

Zephrine Hanson

Stay at home Mom and Autism Advocate


For over 16 years, Zephrine has been in a 'long-con' marriage because of a triple dog dare; resulting in 3 cute, curious and mischievous little darlings who spend the day trying to over throw the monarchy. Zephrine’s whole-hearted laugh is mouth open, loud, and physically animated, guaranteeing that you’ll be dragged into the moment. Every so often she snorts, but she’ll deny it. Her favorite color is red, but orange and sometimes gray are a close seconds. It's never really her fault, even if it is. While better at being thoughtful and saying sorry, she is a work in progress….content with all that she has, yet constantly striving to be the best version of herself. Most importantly, Zephrine is definitive proof that people who refer to themselves in third person are perfectly sane. Best said by, William Butler Yeats, ''There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.''

Cory Boatwright

Corporate Consultant


Cory assists financial services organizations on governance, regulatory, and risk strategies. Previously, he worked as a product manager at a prominent investment management firm within their securities lending business. Prior to his civilian career, Cory graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Public Affairs manager assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he committed to the Air Force in 2004. His first assignment was at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. He completed a variety of missions within the broadcast career field, including earthquake relief during Operation Unified Response in Haiti, tsunami relief during Operation Tomodachi in Japan, and a U.S. Central Command Special Operations Task Force deployment in Afghanistan. Cory now lives happily in San Francisco with his wife, Melissa, and their lazy bulldog, Lou.

Andrew Hutchinson

Team Red, White & Blue


Andrew is a 2006 graduate of West Point with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his 7.5 years in the Army, Andrew served with the 36th Engineer Brigade and the 10th Mountain Division. He currently serves as the Director of Experiential Leadership for Team Red, White and Blue (Team RWB), a non-profit whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team RWB is located in over 130 cities across the country, and has close to 90,000 members. Andrew lives in San Francisco and spends his free time trail running, cycling in the Marin headlands, trying to get better at rock climbing, and looking for the best pizza and ice cream spots in the city.

Tim Jakab

Marine and Marketer

Tim was born in Brooklyn and moved to Bakersfield at 13. After failing to adjust to the desert heat, he graduated from high school in early 2000 and set off to Marine Corps boot camp. Tim served in Iraq, Southeast Asia and numerous stateside locations that were, in retrospect, hilariously hotter than Bakersfield. He also remembers what Marine Corps life was like prior to the wars: less deployments, lots of starch, and a heck of a lot of boot polish.Nowadays Tim is embracing his early 30s and wishing he knew how awesome they would be when he was in his 20s. He loves exercise, is teaching himself to code, and he is applying to a Master's program in Education Technology at Stanford University. He enjoys helping people, teaching, writing, speaking, and brainstorming innovative ways to solve complex problems. As a Policy Associate at Swords to Plowshares, a local Veteran Service Organization, he is applying sustainable and modern marketing principles to expand his department's presence in community education.

Jim Fabio

NFL Filmmaker


Jim Fabio is a two-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, Jim spent 18 years in Combat Camera, leading teams of photographers and videographers around the world capturing the story of the U.S. military at war and peace. Now, as a television and film producer, director, editor and cinematographer, Jim continues to tell compelling stories to a global audience. “My military experience is not who I am… but I wouldn’t be who I am without it.”