Third Option Foundation is guided by a group of people with an intimate understanding of the needs of these officers and their families.
Third Option Foundation is guided by a group of people with an intimate understanding of the needs of these officers and their families.
We are fortunate to have a board of directors with deep roots in the CIA and an advisory board with extensive backgrounds in the military, government, and corporate worlds. Combined with the professional and personal experience of our Executive Director and Program Director, the Foundation is exceptionally well positioned to deliver efficient and effective programs with a tremendous impact on a community in great need.
Ian Allen is a former Marine and Central Intelligence Agency Clandestine Service Officer with broad international experience in defense and intelligence. As a Paramilitary Operations Officer with the CIA, he developed and implemented covert action programs in the Middle East, East Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. He holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego in International Relations and his awards include the Intelligence Star and Meritorious Service Medal.
Greg Vogle is a career paramilitary officer who recently retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after holding positions of increasing scope and responsibility, including senior executive positions in charge of global clandestine operations. His special skills include leadership of joint CIA, Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) programs and missions. He also collaborated within and across the CIA, the IC and all branches of the U.S. military. Prior to serving in the CIA, Mr. Vogle spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1981 to 1986. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
His CIA citations include Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal (2016), Director’s Award for Distinguished Service (2016), Intelligence Star (2003), Distinguished Intelligence Cross (2002) and Interagency Recognition including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (2016).
Kara Bohnsack graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in economics and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She spent ten years working in new product development and strategic planning in the financial services and entertainment industry prior to retiring to raise her family. Recently, she served for six years on the Board of Trustees for Greens Farms Academy, the independent day school her children attend. As a Trustee of Greens Farms Academy, she served on the Executive Committee of the board for four years and co-chaired the Education Policy Committee and the Committee on Trustees.
Philip Reilly is a former Special Forces soldier and retired member of the Central Intelligence Agency Clandestine Service. He had numerous senior positions including Chief of Station Afghanistan, Chief of CIA's Special Activities Division, and Chief of Operations of the Counterterrorist Center. He served as CIA's senior paramilitary officer. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University in International Relations. His awards include the Intelligence Star, the George H. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Director of National Intelligence Personal Medallion.
Barbara Leven is retired from the Central Intelligence Agency where she served in a variety of positions supporting operations, including assistance in fiscal planning. She also has worked as a Consular Assistant for the State Department, and as a Consumer Affairs specialist for local government. Ms. Leven is a past president of the CIA’s Family Advisory Board, an information and advocacy group for families of Agency employees. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Pam launched her career in Pharmaceutical Sales specializing in both respiratory and behavioral health sciences. This eventually led her into program training where she mentored and taught newly hired representatives. It was in this capacity that she was offered a specialty position with Amylin Pharmaceuticals to work directly with endocrinologists helping patients who suffer with diabetes.
In 2007 she lost her husband, Major Douglas Zembiec, USMC when he was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq. This major life change forced her to retire from the pharmaceutical industry to care for their infant daughter at the time, Fallyn. Shortly after Doug’s death she began writing and publishing a book, Selfless Beyond Service, describing her journey through the bereavement process. She also began work with PS Charities, a non-profit organization, helping to raise funds for military charities such as TAPS, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and Homes for the Warriors. She later served as a bereavement group facilitator for the Hospice Caring Center of Montgomery County.
In 2015 Pam began working with Third Option Foundation as the Program Director with a special focus on survivorship and resiliency programming. Having experienced a personal loss of her own, Pam brings with her an empathy and understanding of many of the issues officers and their spouses often endure. Pam is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she received a BA in Biological Sciences.
John O. Brennan, a Senior Advisor at Kissinger Associates, served as Director of CIA (2013-2017) and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (2009-2013). During his first stint at CIA (1980 – 2005), he was the daily intelligence briefer to President Clinton, Chief of Station in the Middle East, Deputy Executive Director, and the first Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Mr. Brennan has a B.A. from Fordham University and an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the American University in Cairo (1975-76).
Bob Eatinger is the founding Principal of SpyLaw Consulting, LLC, a consulting service for U.S. law firms that do not require permanent expertise in intelligence law, and for U.S. businesses facing conflicting demands from U.S. authorities for access to data for national security purposes, and from shareholders, customers, and international authorities to withhold that data for profit and privacy purposes.
Prior to establishing SpyLaw Consulting, LLC, Mr. Eatinger was the Senior Deputy General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency. As Senior Deputy General Counsel, he was the senior career lawyer in the CIA Office of General Counsel and Acting General Counsel in the absence of the General Counsel. He served as CIA’s Acting General Counsel from October 2013 to March 2014.
Prior to being named the Senior Deputy General Counsel, he served as CIA’s Deputy General Counsel for Operations from September 2009 to June 2013. Bob also has been the Chief Legal Adviser for Counterterrorism (2004 to 2009), Chief, OGC Litigation Division (1999 to 2004), Deputy Chief, OGC Litigation Division (1997 to 1999), Legal Advisor, Latin America Division, Directorate of Operations (1995 to 1997), and litigation attorney, OGC Litigation Division (1991 to 1995).
From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Eatinger served on active duty in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he specialized in intelligence law and national security litigation, including espionage prosecutions. He affiliated with the Navy Reserve Law Program after leaving active duty and retired in 2013 as a Captain with 30 years of service.
Mr. Eatinger is a member of the State Bar of California State Bar, received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1982 and his B.S. in political science from California State University San Bernardino in 1979.
He has received numerous citations within the CIA including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal (2015), Intelligence Community Legal Award for Lifetime Achievement, Directorate of Operations William O. Donovan Award for Excellence (2005), Office of General Counsel Stewart Award, CIA Counterterrorism Center’s George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, three Director’s Awards and Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. While serving in the Navy, his awards included the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
General Hayden is currently a Principal at the Chertoff Group, where he uses his broad geopolitical knowledge to brief clients on intelligence matters worldwide – including developments in cybersecurity – that may affect their businesses.
“The best defense is knowing what your enemies are up to, before they know you know it. For today’s CEOs,” he adds, “there is also the challenge of figuring out who and where your enemies are.”
Prior to joining Chertoff Group, General Hayden served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the U.S.
Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service.
General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in modern American history. He also did postgraduate work at the Defense Intelligence School conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency. General Hayden is the author of Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, a New York Times best seller. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University and Chairman of the Board of Delta Risk, LLC.
Jeff Jones is currently serving as Senior Counsel to Hunton & Williams, LLP in Richmond, Virginia. Formerly, he was the founder and Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office, head of the firm’s Business Practice Group and a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Jones specializes in corporate mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters.
He served as a Navy Lieutenant and Advisor with the Naval Advisory Group - Vietnam (1969-1970), was a CIC Officer and OODU in the USS Albert David (1967-1968), CIC Division Officer and OODU in the USS Forrestal (1966-1967).
Graduating from Yale University in 1966, Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia’s School of Law in 1973.
He is a member of the Richmond Ballet Board of Directors and served on the Advisory Council of Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. A retired four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing the current counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.
The son of Major General Herbert J. McChrystal, Jr., GEN McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and joined the infantry. He began his military career as a platoon commander in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Over the course of his career, he held several leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division and the XVIII Army Airborne Corp and the Joint Staff. He is a graduate of the US Naval War College and he completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.
After 9/11 until his retirement in 2010, General McChrystal spent more than 7 years deployed to combat in a variety of leadership positions. In 2002, he was the chief of staff for military operations in Afghanistan. A year later he was selected to deliver nationally televised Pentagon briefings about military operations in Iraq. From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC where he led the US Military’s counter-terrorism efforts all over the world. From the summer of 2008 until June of 2009, General McChrystal was the Director of the Joint Staff. In June of 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO appointed General McChrystal to be the Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF. His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. On August 1 of 2010 General McChrystal retired from the US Army.
General McChrystal is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He sits on the board of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Navistar International Corporation and JetBlue Airways. He is also the chair of Service Year Alliance, a project of Be The Change and the Aspen Institute, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American.
General McChrystal co-founded the McChrystal Group in January of 2011 where he is currently a partner. McChrystal Group’s mission is to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses to help them transform and succeed in challenging and dynamic environments.
In 2011, Leon E. Panetta was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the twenty-third Secretary of Defense. That capped a fifty year career in public service at the highest levels of government including Director of the CIA, White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton, Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and U.S. Representative. He currently serves as Chairman of The Panetta Institute for Public Policy.
Dr. Michael Vickers is widely recognized as one of our nation’s top national security professionals. He was a key operational strategist for the two great wars of our time: the operation in the 1980s to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan that helped bring an end to the Cold War – the largest and most successful covert action program in the history of the CIA – and the ongoing war with al-Qa’ida. He played a major policy and planning role in the operation that killed Usama bin Ladin.
From 2011 to 2015, Dr. Vickers served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise, an $80 billion, 180,000-person, global operation that includes the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, Defense Security Service, and the intelligence components of the Military Services and Combatant Commands.
From 2007 to 2011, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities. Dr. Vickers served as the “Service” Secretary for all Special Operations Forces – a 70,000-person, $10 billion enterprise with personnel deployed in 90 countries – and had policy oversight of all of DoD’s core operational capabilities – strategic forces (nuclear forces, missile defense, space, cyber), conventional forces (air, ground and maritime), and Special Operations Forces.
Earlier in his career, he served in the Special Forces and in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, and had operational and combat experience in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Dr. Vickers has received the nation’s highest awards in the fields of intelligence and defense, including the Presidential National Security Medal.
Dr. Vickers received his Ph.D. in International Relations-Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and also received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Steven Cashen is a graduate of the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program and a nationally certified Physician Assistant (PA-C). Since shortly after 9/11 he has specialized in medical planning to enable counter-terrorism operations in remote & austere environments in support of the Global War on Terror. He possesses particular expertise in operational medicine across the deployment continuum, achieving specialty certifications along the way in diving medicine, tropical medicine, and travel health. His prior military service includes 12 years as a weapons specialist & medic in the Green Berets; his last tour was with the 1st SFOD-D (Delta). As a medical professional with extensive operator-level experience in a variety of hostile and challenging environments, Steve brings a unique perspective to the role of Medical Director for the Third Option Foundation. He has been appointed to lead, along with our two eminent colleagues from Harvard-MGH, the development and introduction of a suite of healthcare, wellness, and performance optimization services in support of the client. In his spare time he climbs mountains and is an avid art collector.
Dr. David King received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is board certified in general surgery, trauma surgery, and surgical critical care. He is a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and an attending trauma surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army with 17 years of forward combat experience in the special operations community. Dr. King specializes in medical and surgical care of those wounded or injured in combat and in defense of our nation.
Dr. Laurence Ronan received his BA from Harvard College and medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine. He is a staff physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ronan at present is the Medical Director for the Boston Red Sox. He is a former Senior Advisor for the Center for the Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology. Dr. Ronan is a Senior Advisor for the Red Sox Foundation / Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for Veterans and Families.