Prior to OMFC, Mike spent several years working as a project manager for a Fortune 1000 global company. He then moved into the software industry, working his way up to executive leadership. Mike’s passion to enrich and strengthen military marriages, veterans, and their families led him and his wife to founding Operation Military Family Cares to find a way, through both high-tech and high-touch methods, to better refer and serve military and veteran families.
Schindler has over 20 years of experience in project management, coaching, and executive experience working in and with the military, startups, federal and state agencies, nonprofits, universities, and Fortune 500 companies. He was instrumental in launching the Communities of Practice across the Western United States that connects nearly 150 human service providers through a high-performing coordinated referral network.
Mike has been featured on numerous national radio shows, including CBS radio, Entrepreneur Radio, the Lars Larson Show, and is a key contributor on Q13 Fox TV in Seattle. He is a guest writer for several national publications, The Military Wire blog and the author of two books: “U.S. Veterans in the Workforce: Why the 7% are America’s Greatest Asset” and “Operation Military Family” – which is endorsed by retired General Tommy Franks and retired General Peter Chiarelli.
Experienced in identifying and defining markets; developing new products and services; and creating marketing and sales deliverables. Exceptional analytic, planning, and organization skills with expertise developed in identifying necessary startup pivots for growth or survival.
Skilled in building veteran support services networks, connecting resident Veterans to Veteran’s Administration and other related government and non-governmental organizations. Lori also has experience in managing entrepreneurial Internet businesses, since she co-founded Erosion Media with Sarah Warn. They sold their entertainment properties to MTV Networks in May 2006. She’s also a former VP of Marketing & Sales Operations, who was responsible for marketing and communications, product marketing, channel management and sales operations. She has more than 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry.
Lori is a member of the Goldbelt, Inc. (GBI) Board of Directors, serving her second term on behalf of GBI shareholders. Goldbelt is an Alaska Native, for‐profit corporation with a diverse portfolio comprised of federal contracts in facility and engineering; medical and defense services; information technology; and seafood and tourism industries. She’s chair of the Investment Committee and Shareholder Workforce Development Task Force. She’s also a member of the Budget & Audit. In 2016, Lori was Chairwoman of the Board in the last year of her first term.
She’s held positions in healthcare technology companies, focusing on revenue cycle management, cardiovascular information systems and benchmarking and outcomes management solutions. Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Alaska. She also holds a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine. You may find Lori moonlighting as “Scooby” in her spare time.
Board Member – Mike Rosen: Mike served as Managing Principal for PRR. This independently owned marketing firm was ranked 123rd internationally. Nationally recognized as a visionary communications innovator and strategist, he is a leader in creating communication solutions driven by business acumen. Mike has created and executed scores of national, regional and local initiatives across communication disciplines. He pioneered many of the approaches currently used in social marketing, behavior modification and market transformation programs, and has helped change the way consumers and residents view and interact with their world. Mike has done extensive work with both the private and public sectors, and has helped initiate many innovative public private partnerships. His portfolio includes work for clients such as Nike, Starbucks, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Remington as well as thousands of regional and state businesses and governments. Known for his unwavering commitment to results and fierce loyalty to clients, Mike is exceptional at leveraging client funds. As an accomplished television producer and photographer, his work has been distributed to audiences across the country and around the globe and has been recognized with some of the industry’s most prestigious national and international awards, including the Peabody, New York International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Emmy and IRIS awards. As a result of his leadership and vision, Mike is frequently sought out as a speaker and facilitator to help other individuals and organizations spark human-powered change.
Board Member – George Bennett: George currently serves as a Global Process Owner within the Finance Operations Group at Microsoft. His role encompasses over 300 global entities, 120 Countries, and seeks to ensure compliance and control across tax filings globally. Recognized as a leader in change management and post-merger integrations, George has executed over 50 mergers in both middle-market, private equity, buyer financed, and global corporations. George has streamlined the change management process across the human resources, information technology, and finance areas in acquisitions and is recognized for his ability to bring clarity to ambiguous, stressful events. George has done extensive work in manufacturing, professional services, consumer goods, and technology sectors, and has shifted the view of change management from “teach them how to fish” to “guide them through the process”. George regularly publishes articles on change management, merger integration, project management, and leading difficult change. As an accomplished business owner and leader, George focuses on delivering the right things for the right reasons and adding value through accountability to all stakeholders across the organization. George also is an active and engaged member of the community. His efforts and volunteer work for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Northwest Louisiana Rugby Foundation, and many other charities reflect his desire to insure and empower the community to drive change in lives that most need help. His unique perspective as the son of both a Vietnam Veteran and 30 Year Career Navy Dad bring insight into the real impact on spouses and dependents of our transitioning service members.
Board Member – Reut Schwartz-Hebron: Reut Schwartz-Hebron is a Certifying Partner at KCI (KeyChange Institute). She is a published author and a leading expert in the intersection of neuroscience and difficult change. In her current role, Reut trains and certifies change leaders (HR executives, coaches, and consultants) to use Neuroscience-based models to support people through transformation, growth, transitions, and difficult change.
She started her professional career serving as a Lieutenant in the IDF, experienced firsthand what it’s like to transition into the corporate world, interviewed and recruited veterans for corporate positions, and later, as a consultant, supported veterans to become superstars in the new environment. She is also the daughter of an Army colonel and is very familiar with the sacrifices and dynamics within this very unique family unit. Over the past 25 years, Reut worked with large international corporations like Intel, Comcast, NIKE, Nokia, Philips, Coca Cola, and GSK in a wide variety of industries, as well as supported leaders in small businesses. In recent years, Reut volunteered as a coach with the Honor Foundation. She believes that veterans receive some of the best in-practice training available anywhere and have unique talents that are extremely valuable and translatable to any industry. She feels privileged to give back, in any way she can with OMF Cares to the amazing women and men who serve.