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 experiences of our Medical Directors, 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 CIA 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 BA from the University of San Diego in International Relations, and his awards include the Intelligence Star and Meritorious Service Medal.
Greg Vogle is a former CIA Paramilitary Officer, serving in senior executive positions in charge of global clandestine operations. He directed joint CIA, Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense programs and missions, collaborating within and across the CIA, the IC and all branches of the US military. Prior to serving in the CIA, he served five years in the US Marine Corps. He earned a BA in Political Science and Government from The Citadel, and his CIA citations include the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, Director’s Award for Distinguished Service, Intelligence Star, Distinguished Intelligence Cross, and National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
Kara Bohnsack has over a decade of experience in new product development and strategic planning in the financial services and entertainment industries. She recently served for six years on the Board of Trustees for Greens Farms Academy, focusing her efforts on education policy. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University.
Scott Krase is the Founder of one2one USA Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to revolutionize charitable giving by connecting donors directly to individuals in need in customizable, meaningful, and transparent ways. He also currently serves as a Senior Advisor on the Investment Team of Oak Hill Advisors, LP (“Oak Hill”), which he helped launch in 1993. Previously at Oak Hill, he was a Senior Partner with portfolio management responsibilities in the United States and Europe. He received a BS cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
John Phelan is the Co-Managing Partner and Co-Founder of MSD Capital, LP, the private investment firm for Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Technologies. He also is the Co-Managing Partner of MSD Partners, LP, an SEC-registered investment adviser. Previously, he was a Principal at ESL Partners, Vice President at the Equity Group, and Financial Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He currently serves on the Boards of Trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Aspen Art Museum and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and on the Board of Dean’s Advisors for the Harvard Business School, the Investment Committee for the SMU Endowment, and the North American Advisory Board for the London School of Economics. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Political Science from SMU. He holds a General Course degree with an emphasis in Economics and International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Philip Reilly is a former Special Forces Soldier and CIA Clandestine Service Senior Paramilitary Officer. Over the span of his career, he has held numerous senior positions including Chief of Station Afghanistan, Chief of CIA's Special Activities Division, and Chief of Operations of the Counterterrorist Center. He holds a BA from Georgetown University in International Relations. His awards include the Intelligence Star, George H. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, and Director of National Intelligence Personal Medallion.
Barbara Leven retired from the CIA after 15 years of service, specializing in operations support and assistance in fiscal planning. She also worked as a Consular Assistant for the State Department and as a Consumer Affairs Specialist for local government. Formerly, she served as President of the CIA’s Volunteer Family Advisory Board, an information and advocacy group for families of Agency employees. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
John O. Brennan, a Senior Advisor at Kissinger Associates, served as Director of the CIA (2013-17) and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (2009-13). During an earlier stint at the 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. Currently, he serves as a Distinguished Fellow for Global Security at Fordham Law School’s Center on National Security. He holds an MA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Fordham University in Political Science. He also studied at the American University in Cairo.
Bob Eatinger is the Founding Principal of SpyLaw Consulting, LLC, an advisor to US law firms and businesses, and of Robert J. Eatinger, Jr., PLLC, a national security and intelligence law practice. His former roles with the CIA include Senior Deputy General Counsel and Acting General Counsel (2013-14), Deputy General and Counsel for Operations (2009-13), Chief Legal Adviser for Counterterrorism (2004-09), several leadership posts within the Office of General Counsel Litigation Division (1997-2004), and Legal Advisor, Latin America Division, Directorate of Operations (1995-97). He also served for 30 years in the US Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and the Navy Reserve Law Program, retiring as a Captain. He received a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law and a BS in Political Science from California State University San Bernardino. His numerous CIA citations include the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, Intelligence Community Legal Award for Lifetime Achievement, and George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism. While serving in the Navy, his many awards included the Defense Superior Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
General Michael V. Hayden is a Principal at the Chertoff Group, specializing in international intelligence and cybersecurity. Previously, he held posts at the highest levels of military and government service, including Director of the CIA (2006-9), Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (2005-6), Director of the National Security Agency (1999-2005), and Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center (1996-97). Currently, he serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government and Chairman of the Board of Delta Risk, LLC. He also has authored a New York Times best-selling memoir, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. A graduate of Duquesne University, he earned an MA in Modern American History and a BA in History, and pursued postgraduate work at the Defense Intelligence School conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Jeff Jones serves as Senior Counsel to Hunton & Williams, LLP in Richmond, Virginia and specializes in corporate mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. Formerly, he was the Founder and Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office, heading the Business Practice. He served as a Navy Lieutenant and Advisor with the Naval Advisory Group-Vietnam (1969-70) and an Officer on the USS Albert David (1967-68) and USS Forrestal (1966-67). He currently serves on the Board of the Richmond Ballet. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia’s School of Law and a BA in Political Science from Yale University.
General Stanley A. McChrystal is a Co-Founder and Partner of the McChrystal Group, a consulting firm working with American businesses. A retired US Army Four-Star General, he led the US military’s international counterterrorism efforts during his posts as Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO International Security Assistance Forces (2009-10), Director of the Joint Staff (2008-9), and Commander of Joint Special Operations Command (2003-8). Over the course of his career, he has held leadership positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division, and the XVIII Army Airborne Corp. Currently, he serves as a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Siemens Government Technologies, Navistar International Corporation and JetBlue Airways, and serves as Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance, a project of Be The Change and the Aspen Institute. He has published two New York Times best-selling books, My Share of the Task (his memoir) and Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval War College, and completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Leon E. Panetta is the Founder and Chair of The Panetta Institute for Public Policy. His 50-year career in public service included roles at the highest levels of government, including Secretary of Defense (2011-13), Director of the CIA (2009-11), White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton (1994-97), Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1993-94), and US Representative (1977-93). From 1964-66, he served in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer and received the Army Commendation Medal. At present, he serves on the Board of Directors for Oracle and Blue Shield of California, and as Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Defense Personnel Task Force and the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Countering Violent Extremism. He holds a JD from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a BA in Political Science from Santa Clara University. Recent honors include the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s William Oliver Baker Award, OSS Society’s William J. Donovan Award, and the National Defense Industrial Association’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Award.
Dr. Michael Vickers is widely recognized as a top US national security advisor. His leadership posts include Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (2011-15) and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities (2007-11). Earlier in his career, he served in the Special Forces and in the CIA Clandestine Service, with operational and combat experience in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Central Asia. He holds a PhD in International Relations-Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the nation’s highest awards in the fields of intelligence and defense, including the Presidential National Security Medal.
Melissa Allen provides process-based management consulting services to a number of non-profit organizations. Previously, she worked for a US Senator on foreign policy and intelligence legislation, following a two-year tour of service in Central Africa with the Peace Corps. She has spent over 15 years in the private sector specializing in business development and program management for DoD and Intelligence Community customers, including the CIA, NSA, and DIA. She holds an MA in International Relations from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego.
Miriam D’Alessandro has advised non-profit and for-profit organizations on communications, public relations, program development and community outreach strategies for over 20 years. Prior to her consulting work, she served as a public affairs specialist for The George Washington University Science and Technology Campus, and as the director of foundation and corporate giving for a constitutional rights organization in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Megan Jacoby specializes in financial review and analysis as well as streamlined accounting process improvements. With two decades of experience in accounting and finance, she has provided services to Deloitte & Touche LLP, Honeywell, and government contracting firms working directly with DoD and Intelligence Community clients. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.
Pam Zembiec specializes in survivorship and resiliency programming, informed by her personal experiences with the issues that Special Operations Officers and their spouses often endure. In 2007, she lost her husband, US Marine Major Douglas Zembiec, when he was killed in action in Iraq. At that time, she retired from the pharmaceutical industry to care for their infant daughter and authored Selfless Beyond Service, a book detailing her journey through the bereavement process. Since then, she has worked with PS Charities, a non-profit organization that helps raise funds for military philanthropies, and has served as a bereavement group facilitator for the Hospice Caring Center of Montgomery County. She holds a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland.
Steven Cashen earned his Physician Assistant certification from the University of Utah. Shortly after the tragedy of 9/11, his focus turned to medical planning in support of counter-terrorism operations in remote and austere environments as part of the Global War on Terror. His expertise in operational medicine spans the deployment continuum and includes specialty certifications in diving medicine, tropical medicine, and travel health. His prior military service includes 12 years as a weapons specialist and medic in the Green Berets; his last tour was with the 1st SFOD-D (Delta).
Dr. David King received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with board certification 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 specializes in the medical and surgical care of warriors wounded or injured in combat. In addition, he serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army with 17 years of forward combat experience in the Special Operations community.
Dr. Laurence Ronan received his BA from Harvard College and medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital, with a board certification in internal medicine. He serves as a staff physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. At present, he also is the Medical Director for the Boston Red Sox and a Senior Advisor for the Red Sox Foundation/Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for Veterans and Families. Previously, he served as a Senior Advisor for the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology.