Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder
Professionally, Fletcher Gill is the Managing Partner at The Genau Group, a commercial real estate company providing tenant advisory and lease brokerage in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Prior to starting The Genau Group, Fletcher was the Vice President of Tenant Representation at Montview Realty Advisors. Prior to that, Fletcher was a Controls Assurance Specialist and business consultant with Deloitte and Touche LLP and PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. At Luke’s Wings, Fletcher runs the day to day operations, meets with the Board, and plays an active role in supporting our wounded warriors and veterans. Fletcher ran Luke’s Wings between it’s inception in January 2008 until January 2012 with a salary of only $1.00 per year.
The Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Science, Accounting and International Business
University of Cologne, Germany – International Studies Minor
• Steering Committee – Corcoran Museum of Art
• Board Member, Fifty-Six
• Board of Governors – City Tavern Club of Washington
• Chairman – Young Members Entertainment Committee, Congressional Country Club
• Committee Member, Washington Humane Society, Fashion for Paws
• Young Benefactors of the Smithsonian Institute
• Executive Team Member, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), District of Columbia Society
Fletcher Gill featured on Fox Sunday as the “Power Player of the Week.”
Fletcher Gill featured on Fox HQ
Media Solutions Specialist at Defense News
Jason Sickels is Media Solutions Specialist at Defense News. He is also a volunteer member with Luke’s Wings assisting with development opportunities, media contacts and strategic military introductions. Jason has been an active support of Luke’s Wings since 2008 and was a volunteer for three year before being invited to the Board. Jason helps with marketing, networking, and fundraising for Luke’s Wings.
Jason started his career with Mobil Oil Corporation in Fairfax, VA and was selected to join the Executive Training Program with Downstream Fuels Marketing. Jason was a team member for technology and innovation with the roll out of Speedpass and On the Run convenience brand. After the ExxonMobil merger Jason was relocated to Southern California to serve as Sales and Business Consultant and Territory Manager. In 2002 Jason left ExxonMobil to pursue technology solutions to help the Post Secondary Education Industry and started Merced Solutions. Top School, Merced’s flagship product, was a web based CRM and compliance tool that met requirements with Department of Education and FAFSA. In 2005 Jason joined Independent Book Buying Services, a textbook procurement and logistics consulting company, and grew sales, geographic reach of the company, and added new revenue streams. By the end of 2008 Jason had taken IBBS from a garage business to a thriving company the served the K-12 education industry with a 65% market share of LA and offices in VA, FL and TX. Jason returned home to the Washington DC area at the end of 2008 to take the position of Vice President with Formula Sports and Entertainment Group. At FS&E, Jason focused the company in strategic military marketing with projects such as the National Memorial Day Parade, Armed Forces Football with CBS College Sports and many other projects that directly benefit military charities.
Today, he has found his home at Defense News at the Media Solutions Specialist. Jason Graduated from the University of Virginia and has been very active with the Alumni Association in both CA and VA.
Senior Manager of Federal Partners at CenturyLink
John Ennis is the Senior Manager of Alliances at CenturyLink and a 2002 Graduate of the US Naval Academy. Prior to this employment, he was an Account Manager with IBM, and earlier served in the defense industry at Lockheed Martin in its International Business Development Group and throughout 2012, he advised the Romney Campaign on Defense Policy. He is co-author of the LA Times Bestselling Book: In the Shadow of Greatness. The book chronicles the unique contributions of the Naval Academy Class of 2002 to global security as the first class to graduate following 9/11. Endorsed by Tom Brokaw with a foreword by David Gergen, the project donates 100% of profits to Veterans Organizations.
John last served in uniform as Chief Speechwriter to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. Additionally, he was co-author of A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, a document that remains the guiding doctrine for US Global Maritime Operations. His first sea tour was as Communications Officer aboard USS OAK HILL (LSD 51), and he went on to serve aboard USS BULKELEY (DDG 84), where he was the Damage Control Assistant. This tour included a deployment to the Persian Gulf and extensive multi-national operations. John currently resides in Reston, VA.
John was featured by the Department of Veterans Affairs in its “Still Serving” series:
John has also been featured in TIME Magazine online, and wrote the following OpEds for New Jersey’s largest newspaper:
Executive Director, Business Development and Corporate Sponsorship
Lindsay Gill is the Executive Director of Business Development for Luke’s Wings where her primary goal is securing long term funding through corporate sponsors, major individual giving and other joint fundraising ventures. Ms. Gill began volunteering with Luke’s Wings in 2010 as Director of Large Events. Currently, Lindsay oversees the Business Development and Corporate Sponsorship Team and has committed to raising over one million dollars annually through various funding streams for wounded warrior families. She has been featured on various media outlets including the Today Show, the Meredith Vieira Show, Fox’s America’s News Headquarters and MSNBC’s “Lean Forward”.
Ms. Gill has been selected as one of Washington D.C’s most influential under-40 leaders for the past four years. She spent time volunteering with an orphanage in Rabat, Morocco working with children, children with disabilities and at-risk youth. Ms. Gill holds a Bachelor of Communication degree from the University of Maryland.
Lindsay featured on MSNBC on Memorial Day, 2012
Executive Director, Family Communications and Logistics
Impressed and inspired by Luke’s Wings mission, Jennifer Magerer, a native of Maryland, began volunteering in 2009 immediately after hearing about the organization. She has been a volunteer with the Communications and Logistics Committee in addition to providing practical needs to the wounded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She believes it should be every civilian’s duty to assist in the healing process of every injured soldier who has risked their own well-being for the safety of another, whether donating time, money or resources. The exposure to military installations through her profession as a background investigator contracted to the federal government has shown her the great need for family and friendship in the lives of our service men and women, especially the injured. She feels honored to be a part of Luke’s Wings and values the organization’s commitment to excellence. Jenn has been working full time with Luke’ s Wings since the beginning of 2012. Jennifer is a favorite among our wounded warrior families. One of Jennifer’s greatest traits is her willingness to offer her free time and her personal income to our wounded warrior families. Jennifer often drives the families to and from the airport, takes them to dinner, and helps to entertain them while they are on town.
Director, Corporate Sponsorship
A Maryland native, Dakota decided to spread her wings and attend the University of South Carolina where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Entertainment Management and a minor in Environmental Studies.
After graduating college in August 2014, she accepted a position as Client Services Coordinator with the Washington Redskins. At the Washington Redskins, she was responsible for managing Suites and Corporate Hospitality accounts. A Redskins fan herself, Dakota enjoyed getting to work with her favorite sports team and learning the inner workings of a world-renowned organization.
She was introduced to Luke’s Wings in May of 2015. After learning about their mission and passion to support the military community, she knew there was no other choice but to join the team! Every day, she looks forward to contributing to a group of men and women who are proud to protect our country.
Darian Gilley is the Development Coordinator and newest member of the Luke’s Wings team. A Texas native, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baylor University where she began her career in the legal field and spent six months in Europe with a program focused on international affairs. During her time at Baylor she was deeply involved with a campus organization that strongly advocated for Domestic Violence Awareness. She fundraised for a local institution, aided the women and children of this institution in their rehabilitation proceedings, and organized campus and public events in order to raise awareness to such a prevalent issue to students and the Waco community. Through her involvement with this organization, she realized her passion for community outreach.
After three years as a legal assistant, she knew she wanted to make a change. By seeking to achieve her philanthropic dream of joining the nonprofit sector, she discovered Luke’s Wings and fell in love with the mission. Darian is excited to do her part in honoring and aiding military members who have defended this country and looks forward to fulfilling the mission of Luke’s Wings to the best of her ability.
Board of Advisors
Founder and President, Potomac Strategy Group LLC
Matt Mackowiak is a Washington, DC and Austin, TX based political and communications consultant and the founder and President of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC, providing political consulting, media relations and crisis communications assistance to campaigns, companies, groups and individuals. Since he arrived in Washington, DC, he has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators, a Governor, in the executive branch, in winning political campaigns, and in the private sector. Over his career Matt has developed deep relationships with national, state and local media and political figures. In 2011 Matt was selected as a “Rising Star” by Campaign and Elections Magazine, in “recognition of achievements and promise as a political consultant.” Most recently Matt has worked with PSG client Gov. Sean Parnell (R-AK) as a senior communications adviser.
In 2010 Matt served as Campaign Manager for Bill Flores, the Republican challenger in Texas’ Congressional District. After winning a 5-way primary, Flores defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) by 25% in November 2010, the largest margin of victory for a GOP challenger in 2010.
In addition to offering counsel to individuals and corporations, Matt provides political analysis for the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, BBC News, and radio stations throughout the country. Matt’s on-the-record political analysis has appeared in Politico, the Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, The Hill, Congressional Quarterly, the Washington Examiner, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and on ABCNews.com. He has had opinion columns published in the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, Roll Call, Austin American-Statesman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Des Moines Register, National Review online, Congressional Quarterly and on the popular blog sites The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. Matt has guest lectured and spoken to audiences at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, Texas Christian University, Georgetown University, Catholic University, the University of Denver, American University, the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington. From 2005-2009 Matt served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), the fourth ranking member of the Republican Leadership and three-term former
U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). Earlier in his career he was a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson, managed the second largest county in Iowa on the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, counseled corporate clients at the international PR firm Burson-Marsteller, and performed White House Presidential and Vice Presidential advance representation all over the country.
A native of Austin, Texas, Matt graduated with a B.S. in Communications Studies (Political Communication track) from the University of Texas in 2003. Aside from his professional work, he owns and manages the popular blog site www.potomacflacks.com, which the Washingtonian has called “one of the best political blogs.” In his free time, Matt enjoys sports, live music, reading biographies, and is an avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the University of Texas. Matt has helped Luke’s Wings make many inroads with Capital Hill and political leadership.
Executive Director of Defense Innovation Board at Office of the Secretary of Defense & Founder and President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
Joshua J. Marcuse serves at the Executive Director of Defense Innovation Board at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and is the founder and President of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders. YPFP provides young professionals with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. Established in 2004, YPFP is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London and New York, and has a dynamic, international membership of over 5,000 people. YPFP has hosted over 300 distinguished foreign policy leaders and experts such as White House officials, ambassadors, generals, Nobel prizewinning scholars, Pulitzer prizewinning journalists, and corporate and nonprofit leaders. YPFP also engages in public service initiatives to help refugees to resettle in America, assist returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan with their transition to civilian life, and educate inner-city
youth about global issues.
Josh chairs the YPFP Board of Directors and manages an all-volunteer staff of over 150. He advises individuals and institutions on how to engage young professionals in the foreign policy community, and frequently speaks to recent graduates and students about careers in international affairs, leadership, management, entrepreneurship, and civic participation.
Josh is an Associate in the Mission Performance & Policy Analytics division of Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm. He supports clients in the Department of Defense with the development of strategies for working with international and inter-agency partners to address shared national security challenges, and the integration of defense, diplomacy, and development. Previously, Josh worked as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Josh serves on the Board of Advisors of Next America, a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is a Truman Security Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Josh was an Aspen Scholar at the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival and is a member of the Aspen Socrates Society. Josh is proud to serve in the Board of Advisors of Luke’s Wings, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of service members who have been wounded in battle and their families.
Josh graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with honors in Government. His thesis, The Arsenal of Democracy in the Age of Terror: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Military Assistance as a Counterterrorism Strategy, received the Chase Peace Prize. After national security, his true passion is cooking.
Josh has been an instrumental part of the Luke’s Wings development. He has shared his experience and knowledge as a leader of YFPF to strengthen and protect Luke’s Wings.
Senior Account Manager at RedPeg Marketing LLP
Matt is a native of Chesapeake, VA where he attended Great Bridge High School. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management at James Madison University, and his M.B.A. at Old Dominion University, Matt moved up to the DC metro area to begin his professional career. His resume includes job experience with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, JMU Athletics, ODU Athletics, the Washington Nationals, an independently-owned beverage company, Vita Coco, and Luke’s Wings. Matt currently works in Alexandria, VA for RedPeg Marketing, an experiential marketing company. He continues to help spread the Luke’s Wings message and mission wherever and whenever he can and takes pride in doing so.