Board of SOA

Sarah Verardo - Founder

Sarah Verardo is a national advocate for wounded Veterans and their Caregivers. Her husband Michael was catastrophically wounded in Afghanistan in 2010 in two separate IED attacks that took his left leg, much of his left arm, and left him with polytraumatic conditions that have required more than one hundred surgeries and years of speech, visual, physical, and occupational therapies.
Verardo advises Administration officials and members of Congress on the experiences of the families of severely wounded Veterans
and has been instrumental in shaping national policy for our warfighters and their families.

Nick Palmisciano - Founder

Nick Palmisciano is the CEO of Diesel Jack Media, a full-service marketing agency, focused on creating cutting edge content in both the film and commercial spaces. Nick is also the Vice President and one of four founding board members of Save Our Allies, an effort that rescued 12,000 refugees in the final 10 days of the Afghanistan Mission. He was one of the twelve men that physically went to Kabul to assist with the evacuation. He spent the best and hardest six years of his life serving as an infantry officer in the United States Army. In 2006, Nick created Ranger Up, the first military lifestyle brand, which kicked off a decade and change of veteran entrepreneurial endeavors focused around digital marketing and social media

Tim Kennedy - Founder

Tim Kennedy is a Special Forces master sergeant and sniper, with combat deployments throughout the middle east as part of the most elite counter-terrorism and hostage rescue unit within the U.S. Army Green Berets.He is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter and two time title challenger. He has fought for
the largest organizations in the world, which include the UFC, Stirikeforce, and the WEC.

Daniel Elkins

Mr. Elkins is Board member of SOA. His subject matter expertise on Special Operations and National Security, alongside his experience and relationships with the White House, Congress, as well as various government departments and VSOs are valuable contributions to the organization’s success. In addition to his work with SOA, Mr. Elkins is also the Founder and President of the Special Operations Association of America (SOAA), the only organization that engages in policy and legislation advocacy on behalf of the men and women in the Special Operations community.

Founding Board Members

Sarah Verardo, Chad Robichaux, Nick Palmisciano, and Tim Kennedy