WHO WE ARE
Get to know the patriots who believe in the Folds of Honor mission and are working hard to change lives in their city.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mike is a graduate of Clarion University of PA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. For over 30 years, he has held various sales and leadership roles in the Food Service Industry. For the last 6 years, Mike has been with Distribution Market Advantage (DMA), a Chicago based company serving as Vice President of Business Development. Mike is proud to assist his Distribution Members in developing innovative supply chain solutions for national restaurant chains by utilizing his distribution and food service expertise. Mike and his wife Crystal reside in Grove City and enjoy playing golf in their spare time. Mike has served on several non-profit boards over the years. When he met Major Dan Rooney in early 2016, he immediately knew that Folds of Honor was going to be an organization that he and Crystal would align with. Later that year, Major Dan was invited to speak at DMA’s fall conference to give the keynote address to the attendees. In late 2018, they decided to embark on starting a chapter in Western PA. A year later, with the assistance of a great team of Board of Directors, our Western PA Chapter has become real. Mike feels that it is our duty as citizens to serve those that have served and sacrificed for our country.
Jason was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where he played baseball. He spent his first 19yrs of his career with the HJ Heinz Company and has most recently spent the last 6 years working for the J.M. Smucker Company calling on national chain restaurants as a National Account Manager. In 2018 he attended a customer event in Dallas, TX that proceeds for that event were donated to Folds of Honor. Having never served in the military and wanting to give back in some way, and recognizing the passion of the Gold Star Mother who spoke that day in Dallas and what FOH meant to her family in their time of need, Jason met with Mike Popella and set out a roadmap to create a board and launch the Folds of Honor Western PA chapter.
Steve is a veteran marketer, serving in corporate, agency, education and nonprofit settings. Author of the books “Genius! Marketing: How to Brand, Target and Market Like a Genius!” and “Marketing in a Downturn”, Eckert has 25 years experience helping organizations from solo-entrepreneurs to Fortune 500s become better marketers. A past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Marketing Association and frequent judge of regional and national marketing and business plan competitions, Eckert is well versed in both developing and implementing winning strategies and tactics. He currently serves as marketing head at Mars Bank. Steve joined Folds of Honor Western PA as a way of thanking the men and women who serve our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. He is also an advocate and supporter of Veterans in Need, Butler County.
Bob was born and raised in South Western Pennsylvania. He is the General Sales Manager at Fuhrer Eagle Sales & Service with experience in sales, budgeting, pricing, adherence to Supplier Standards, acquisitions, and recruiting for 22 years. He enjoys traveling with his family, golf, outdoors, home projects and staying active. Having had the opportunity to hear Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney speak was a moving experience and the motivation behind my involvement in Folds of Honor. The passion for his cause, clear purpose and dedication to help military families is unquestioned.
Robyn Jones is a Real Estate Professional with Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty. Born and Raised in Sewickley, she comes from a long line of military veterans. After graduating from Ole Miss, and beginning her career in marketing in Louisiana, she returned home to Sewickley where she, her husband Doug, and children Jacob, Caroline and Lillian enjoy life in this great community. Her parents instilled a heart for service in her at an early age, as they were founding members of Christ Church at Grove Farms and she previously sat on the Board of the Child Health Association of Sewickley. Robyn holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership and multiple Real Estate Certifications and Top Producer Awards. With an extensive background in marketing and event planning, she hopes to spread the message of Folds of Honor throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Crystal Popella RN, CCM
Crystal Popella is a Clinical Quality Consultant with Optum Advisory Services. She has 25 years of healthcare experience as a Registered Nurse, with the majority of that time spent in leadership roles across the continuum of care. She brings extensive knowledge in leading teams in member and provider engagement thru incentive programs in both the payer and provider arena for Star Rating Quality and Performance Improvement Initiatives. Crystal’s in depth knowledge coupled with her clinical and strategic consulting experience are instrumental to improving efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare delivery system. In search of additional volunteering opportunities, coupled with a strong belief in the Folds of Honor Mission, the Popella’s saw a need for a Folds of Honor chapter in Western PA. One year ago, Mike and Crystal began the exciting journey of forming the chapter and recruiting a diverse, highly skilled, goal oriented, board of directors who all share the same passion for the organization. Outside of Folds of Honor, Crystal also provides pro bono consulting services to other local non-profit organizations and enjoys golfing in her free time.