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Leadership

Meet our Leaders

The Navy Special Operations Foundation is guided by committed men and women, many of whom have personally served themselves within the community as either warriors or family members. All of our leaders understand through experience the unique needs of our families, and they are dedicated to ensuring our mission adds value to the lives of all that comprise this exceptional community.

Executive Director

Navy Special Operations Foundation

Suzanna Fisher

Prior to committing her work full time to NSOF, Suzanna played an integral role in getting the organization up and running by serving as the Director of Programs. Additionally, she had previously founded and directed a nonprofit in the state of Florida while also running a small, bio-pharmaceutical company.

As the spouse of an active duty EOD operator, Suzanna has witnessed firsthand the struggles and gaps within the NSO community over the last decade, and she jumped at the opportunity to take part in providing our families the programs and assistance they deserve. She is dedicated to greatly expanding the reach and impact of NSOF and is passionate about ensuring all Navy EOD, Navy Divers, and their families are recognized, fully supported, and never forgotten.

Suzanna is currently completing her Master's in Public Administration, is part of the Academy for Non-profit Excellence, and is an active member of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. She is the proud mother of two and wife of an active duty Navy EOD operator who she met while attending the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.

Board of Directors

Navy Special Operations Foundation

Joe Cockrell

Chairman & Founder

Joe retired from the Navy honorably after serving 20 years, the majority of which was spent within the Special Operations community where he completed multiple combat tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa.

He started his career as a combat medic, then went on to become a Deep-Sea Diving Medical Technician, before ultimately becoming a member of the most elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal force in the world. Prior to hanging up his uniform, he decided to begin a new journey by starting the Navy Special Operations Foundation in order to more acutely address the needs of both the families and operators that he had the honor and privilege to serve beside for many great years.

Joe is currently a senior associate with JP Morgan Chase & Company. He resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife Robyn and their two boys, Riley and Bodie. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security from American Military University, Magna Cum Laude. He is also a graduate fellow of The Honor Foundation, an executive training program for those who have served honorably within Special Operations.

Navy Special Operations Foundation

Brad Snyder

Vice Chairman

Brad began his professional career as an Ensign in the Navy, having graduated from the Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture. Through his demonstrated leadership as the swim team Captain, he earned a coveted spot leading men and women in the Special Operations community as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer.

Brad first completed a combat tour to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, followed two years later with a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011 supporting SEAL TeamFour. After nearly six months completing countless combat missions, Brad was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost his eyesight.

As part of his healing and rehabilitation, Brad almost immediately returned to the pool where he earned his spot on the U.S. Paralympic team within just a few months of his injury. Exactly one year after his accident, Brad competed in the 2012 Paralympic games in London and won two gold medals and one silver. He has continued to compete professionally with Team USA, earning three more Gold and one silver medal in Rio de Janeiro and setting a new world record. His inspiring leadership in and out of the pool led Brad to being elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee in early 2019.

Through his experience as a leader, operator, and combat wounded warrior, Brad signed on as a "plankowner" to NSOF in January 2018. He believes that the NSO community is stronger by uniting with one another to develop true resilience through the four pillars of support offered and establishing a professional network for members so they can achieve success and happiness after their selfless service to our nation.

Navy Special Operations Foundation

Adam Fleck

Director

Adam medically retired from the Navy in June 2018 after serving honorably for 11 years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal operator. His entire career was spent with the Navy Special Operations community and he completed multiple deployments to various theaters around the globe.

Adam is passionate about raising awareness for and improving the treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s). After being approached by his old colleague and friend, Brad Snyder, about joining NSOF he decided that this organization was a great fit for helping him stay attached to the community and to continue to help current and former operators.

Adam lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Christina and daughter Penelope. He currently owns and operates multiple businesses that are involved in real estate developing, investing and consulting. He holds a bachelor degree in finance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has also attended The Honor Foundation, is amember of Elite Meets and is passionate about giving back to the special operations community that he was proud to be a part of.

Navy Special Operations Foundation

Brage Garofalo

Director

Brage Garofalo, M.A. is a Program Lead with AbbVie and has managed and led global clinical trials for major pharmaceutical and biotech companies such as Genentech, Gilead Sciences and currently, AbbVie, in therapeutic areas that include oncology, neuroscience, virology and infectious disease, cardiology, rheumatology, and gastroenterology. 

In her current position at AbbVie, Brage leads multiple, cross-functional teams on clinical trials in various phases of development (Phase 1-3) in oncology in both solid and liquid tumors, as well as neuroscience trials for advanced Parkinson’s disease.  Over the course of her career, Brage was responsible for leading global trials in support of 5 successful NDA and BLA approvals for treatments in HCV, HIV and rheumatoid arthritis.

Brage is also a volunteer transition coach and mentor with numerous veterans’ support organizations, including Navy Special Operations Foundation (NSOF), Elite Meet, The Honor Foundation, American Corporate Partners and eMentor Program.  In this capacity, Brage assists veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses in identifying and establishing career and/or educational goals, learning how to prepare for and conduct interviews, building a professional network, as well as developing many other skills that will help support a successful transition.

Brage actively consults with several veteran transition organizations where she helps develop, build and/or improve mentor programs and mentor matching platforms, including being instrumental in helping to build and manage the Mentor program for The Honor Foundation, as well as develop a transition-focused eLearning library for members of Elite Meet.  She has also held numerous leadership roles in her company’s Veterans Employee Resource Group, where currently she serves as Transition Advisor, supporting newly hired veterans transitioning into a corporate environment and pairing them with a mentor. Brage is also the recipient of multiple mentoring awards.

Brage graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Journalism and a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.  Brage currently resides in San Francisco.


Advisors to the Board

Landon Bell, San Francisco, CA

Venture Capital, Former NEOD

Dave Dennis, Tampa, FL

4D Tactical, CEO

Thor Gould, Miami, FL

Goldman Sachs, Advisor, Former NEOD

Jerry Holmes, San Diego, CA

The Honor Foundation, Dir of Impact, Former NEOD

Mike Hudson, Atlanta, GA

Wells Fargo, Senior VP

Kelly Lombard, New York, NY

Bain Consulting, Consultant, Former NEOD

Pat McLean, Virginia Beach, VA

R3 Strategic Support Group, Consultant, Former NEOD

Mark Sanders, San Diego, CA

R3 Strategic Support Group, CEO, Former NEOD

Karen Tyler, Virginia Beach, VA

Prodigy Realty, CEO

Nik Wendling, New York, NY

Columbia University, NEOD