Combat PTSD Board of Directors
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.
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.
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. Taylor, MD is completing her 3rd year of residency in Clinical Psychiatrist at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Dr. Katherine Taylor 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.
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
Col. Peter Coldwell, MD
COL Coldwell has served in the US military for 38 years, beginning his career in 1980 on active duty as a Private Airborne medic; he is currently assigned as the State Surgeon (senior medical officer) for the Texas Army National Guard/Texas Military Forces. Of his 38 years 8 have been on active duty, to include combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. As a senior military physician, he, all too often, sees the ravages of the “silent killer” of combat, PTSD. Wars and conflict have always taken a heavy toll on the psychiatric and emotional wellbeing of the combatants; however, the Global War on Terror is unique in is length and breadth, the first Gulf War being August 1990. The suicide rate has been alarming and often attributable to service and PTSD; COL Coldwell has seen more soldiers die by their own hand than by the direct action of the enemy. It is the suffering of his fellow service members and Veterans that prompted COL Coldwell to join with Combat-PTSD with the goal of decreasing the rates of PTSD and suicide.
As a civilian Dr. Coldwell practices Emergency Medicine in San Antonio and Alpine, TX. In addition, he works as an expert witness utilizing his skills as a board-certified family medicine doctor, military physician and flight surgeon. He volunteers as the EMS medical director for one of the local counties’ EMS service. He has two children currently in college. He is an avid motorcyclist and member of the Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Organization (a Veteran’s support organization).
Ronna R. Morrison serves as an Executive Assistant for CombatPTSD.org. She comes from a family who have 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]