David F. Tharp, PsyD. started CombatPTSD.org because all of us have an intense passion for serving veterans. PTSD and suicide are two of the most challenging issues facing our military and veterans today. Because of the cost on military members and their families, I decided it was time. Time to find a new approach. Dr. Tharp serves as the PTSD Program Manager in Waco, Texas and is a Lt Col in the Air Force Reserves at the United States Air Force Academy. He experienced first-hand the cost of war on our military men and women after serving as a NATO Medical Advisor in Kandahar, Afghanistan. It was his responsibility to notify the country or service of those KIA and that of civilians as well, among many other responsibilities. He and his wife, Katherine Tharp, MD have two active boys and live in China Spring, Texas.
Brigadier General Jeffrey B. Kendall (Ret.) is the President of JBK Integrated Solutions, LLC, a “Digital Immigrant” consulting company in New Braunfels, Texas, delivering innovative approaches to executive leadership’s toughest challenges. He also is a Partner of and serves as the Vice President of Operations for #10000Strong/myKlick, performs international defense research analysis for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and is an associate with Burdeshaw Associates, Ltd., a defense consulting firm in the DC area. In his spare time, Jeff promotes healthy lifestyles as a Juice PLUS+ virtual franchisee and supports a variety of military family and veterans causes.
As a retired United States Air Force brigadier general and highly decorated combat veteran, Jeff has served in various operational, joint, and multi-national staff and command assignments around the globe. He has commanded at multiple levels, including F-15C fighter flight command during Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, an air liaison detachment with an Army brigade in Europe, a Pacific-based, operational F-15C fighter squadron in combat, the Air Force Academy flying training group, and the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program. He also served as the NATO Commander of Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, responsible for multi-national air base defense while exercising centralized control and coordination of all airfield operations, logistics, life support, NATO assets, real estate management, law enforcement, air base defense, and full-spectrum force protection for 30,000 personnel from 42 countries.
Katherine A. Tharp, MD is completing her 3rd year of residency in Clinical Psychiatrist at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Dr. Katherine Tharp joined the US Air Force Reserves after experiencing the families of military members while David was at Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell, AFB, Montgomery, AL. She decided that serving military families was important and she accepted the HPSP Air Force scholarship to attend Texas A & M University, College of Medicine.
Leila E. Harrison serves as the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane, WA. She has also worked in medical school admissions with two other medical schools: Texas A&M College of Medicine and the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has served on state and national committees through the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) in Texas supporting economically disadvantaged students pursuing medicine and with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, DC as a Holistic Review in Admissions Facilitator, Committee on Admissions Liaison, and Situational Judgment Test working committee. She has worked extensively in advising military veterans interested in pursuing medicine.
Mrs. Harrison is originally from New Mexico (maiden name Diaz), and resided in Texas for 14.5 years. Mrs. Harrison has a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Anthropology, M.Ed. in Counseling, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Psychology. She has a passion for serving veterans in her work and through volunteering. Mrs. Harrison is married to Heath Harrison who currently serves in the Army National Guard. Mr. Harrison has a 25+ year service record with the Army through active duty, Reserves, and National Guard and four deployments. Mrs. Harrison has three wonderful step children who live in Alabama.
Gretchen A. Evans, a combat veteran, served 27 years and retired as a Command Sergeant Major. She led and trained service members of all branches worldwide in peacetime and in combat. She held every enlisted rank in the U.S. Army from private to Command Sergeant Major and every position from squad leader to Corps Command Sergeant Major.
She is an avid runner, hiker and bicyclist.
She is involved in several veteran centric organizations assisting veterans in navigating post service life. Her passion is helping others, finding innovative and successful methods for healing, growth, and companioning the broken.
Being wounded in war and diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD she utilizes her personal experiences to journey with others.
In 2000, Jeff Kyle answered the call to serve his country, joining the US Marine Corps, serving as an infantryman with 3rd Marines. In 2002 Jeff became a weapons instructor and helped instruct many Marines as well as Coalition Forces. In 2004 he went to 4th Marine Division and served until 2008. Jeff deployed multiple times to the Middle East and other areas around the globe during OIF.
After honorably exiting the military, Jeff and his family have devoted their lives to helping and serving the needs of other veterans, first responders and their families. Jeff also is co owner of a weapons training company called 5TC Solutions and runs R & D for a tactical gear company called United States Tactical.
Ronna R. Morrison serves as an Executive Assistant for CombatPTSD.org. She comes from a family who has always held our service members in high esteem, and strongly believes in the mantra, “Land of the free because of the brave”. Her love for helping wounded warriors blossomed after having the opportunity to volunteer in such a capacity during her teaching years in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Tyler. Ronna served for ten years on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization that assists wounded warriors, and she’s now very excited to join our efforts in helping those who suffer from PTSD.
Ronna earned a B.S. degree from Boise State University where she played intercollegiate tennis, and an M.S. degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from UT Tyler. She worked in various fields of cardiology before teaching in higher education. Ronna and her husband, Marc, have one married daughter, who is currently pursuing her law degree at SMU.