Message from the Founder and Trustee
“War. The hell where youth and laughter go.” – Siegfried Sasson
The Invictus Foundation’s mission is to provide a full range of behavioral health programs. These services will be designed specifically for the treatment of military related PTSD, TBI and other manifestations of psychological trauma.
There is no denying the emotional and physical toll that PTSD and TBI take on Americans who have experienced combat, most recently, those in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many who have survived shocking violence have made their way back to their families and friends, but part of them are forever stuck on a road in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their experience is interwoven with the thousands of other men and women from wars past who have experienced military related psychological trauma as a result of their honorable service to our nation.
To these men and women and their families, we dedicate the Welcome Home Networks and the Invictus Foundation Centers for Traumatic Brain Injury & Psychological Health. We resolve to help soldiers heal from the invisible wounds of war and to restore their belief that “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
Peter J. Whalen
Founder & Trustee
The Invictus Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide a full continuum of behavioral health services, as well as drug and alcohol treatment, for military related PTSD, TBI and other manifestations of psychological trauma.
Care options will be provided through state-of-the art behavioral health centers and will include both inpatient and outpatient programs. No soldier, nor members of their family, will ever be refused care based on their inability to pay.
We are a not-for-profit organization driven by the passions of individuals who believe that serving our nation’s warriors is a noble and worthy endeavor.
We will seek excellence in evaluation, treatment, and ongoing outreach services.
We are the stewards of a warrior’s emotional well-being while they are under our care. We accept the responsibility of the warrior’s trust and are accountable for our actions.
We must be humble and mindful in our actions and words. We seek and heed the counsel of outside voices.
We treat our philanthropists as valued partners.
We treat the ultimate beneficiaries of our work, our nation’s warriors, with respect.
We are dedicated to the efficient and effective use of resources. We accept the responsibility of the public’s trust and are accountable for our actions.
We believe in ethical and scholarly questioning to advance medicine’s knowledge base concerning military related PTSD, TBI and other manifestations of psychological trauma.
We are committed to the principles of truth and honesty, and will be equitable, ethical and professional.
Board of Trustees
Coach Bryan Hoddle has worked extensively with injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Hospital in Washington, DC as well as Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama, helping amputees, traumatic brain injuries, blind and wheelchair soldiers. Read More
Scott holds a B.A. in Finance from Gonzaga University and is a Principal of Downriver Capital Management, LLC. Read More
Kim Krummeck has practiced law in the areas of veteran’s benefits, Social Security appeals, worker’s compensation and unemployment benefits for the past fifteen years. Read More
Stephanie J. Mankiewicz
Stephanie is the founder and General Manager of Pace Media. Read More
Randy L. Meyers
Randy Meyers has been in the banking industry for 18 years starting at Key Bank in August of 2004 as a Senior Business Banking RM. Read More
Samuel M. Rhodes
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Samuel Rhodes is the author of the book “Changing The Military Culture of Silence.” Read More
Wayne A. Ross
Mr. Ross has 30 years of progressive financial management experience in a multiplicity of settings. Read More
Peter J. Whalen
Peter J. Whalen holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and a Masters Degree in Hospital Management from Washington University in St. Louis, MS. Read More
Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph. D.
Dr. Bridget Cantrell was appointed the 2008 and 2004 Outstanding Female Non-Veteran for her service to veterans by the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. Read More
Todd is a Vice President / Senior Strategist for Grizzard Communications, a pioneer in the world of nonprofit fund raising and direct marketing. Read More
Larry L. Ashley
Professor Larry Ashley has been involved in the substance abuse and trauma field for over 30 years as a college professor, researcher and therapist. Read More
Board of Advisors
Miles McFall, Ph.D.
Miles McFall, Ph.D. is Chief, Psychology Service and Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services—Seattle at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Read More
Jenny is the former First Lady of South Carolina and the bestselling author of “Staying True.” Read More
Richard C. Veith M.D.
Richard Veith is a Seattle native who has spent his entire academic career at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Read More
Born in San Francisco in 1925, Jack has become a powerful voice added to the chorus of warriors past and present encouraging active duty military personnel and veterans to seek help. Read More
Lori R. Bell
Lori Bell is a USAF veteran and founder of The National Association of Military Moms and Spouses or (NAMMAS). Read More
Major General Robert Dees
Major General (Retired) Robert F. Dees was born in Amarillo, Texas on 2 February 1950. Read More
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen is Professor and Theodore Roberts Endowed Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Read More
Senator Slade Gordon
Mr. Gordon joined K&L Gates as of counsel after spending 18 years representing Washington state in the United States Senate. Read More
Senator Mike Gravel
Senator Gravel enlisted in the U.S. Army (1951-54) and served as special adjutant in the Communication Intelligence Services and as a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps. Read More
Colonel Jack Jacobs
Colonel Jack Jacobs holds this country’s highest military award, The Congressional Medal of Honor, awarded to him by President Richard M. Nixon on October 9, 1969 for conspicuous gallantry displayed during combat operations in Vietnam. Read More
General William F. Kernan
General William F. Kernan was born in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He entered Officer Candidate School as a Staff Sergeant and was commissioned an Infantry Officer in November 1968. Read More
John E. Lee
John E. Lee, a Vietnam War veteran and retired Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army, was appointed director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs on November 1, 2005, by Governor Christine Gregoire. Read More