Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Luke’s Wings & Managing Partner, The Genau Group
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.”
Active Duty Army Spouse
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Chastine is a proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2007 and is a graduate of The Bush School of Government and Public Service. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, Chastine moved to Washington D.C. to work on a local Virginia political campaign and then secured a job on Capitol Hill.
She quickly learned how difficult it is to maintain a steady career as a military spouse and tried her best to obtain employment at each new PCS location including working two jobs at times to keep consistency in her career path. She knew that as a military spouse it is crucial to stay involved in your local and military community in whatever possible and has served as an FRG leader at Ft. Campbell and on the board of the Ft. Campbell Spouses Club and the Capital Area Military Spouses Club of Washington D.C.. Prior to the army life, she was member of the Junior League of Washington D.C. and a weekly mentor volunteer with Little Lights Ministry in Southeast D.C.
Most recently she served as the Chief of Staff for four years for a small boutique Public Relations firm having the honor and privilege of managing two non-profit organization clients based in D.C. pro bono; a wounded warrior military non-profit, Luke’s Wings and an anti-human slavery organization, IJM. Serving Luke’s Wings grew her love and compassion for the wounded warrior community. She is extremely passionate about military family affairs, military spouse employment, defense, and national security issues and Washington D.C. has her heart. She loves the Army life and being a part of a mission that is bigger than herself.
In her free time, Chastine loves to travel, play her violin, craft, volunteer, and spend time with her husband, friends and family. She is married to an Army Infantry Officer and they are expecting their first child in the fall of 2018.
Account Executive, Appian
John Ennis is a former Naval Officer and a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy Graduate, serving six and a half years as a Surface Warfare Officer. 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.
After serving, John got his start in the industry with Lockheed Martin where he was responsible for selling their weapons portfolio internationally. After Lockheed, he worked with IBM, Microsoft and Garter working with DoD customers. He is now an account executive with Appian, a leading provider of modern low-code and BPM software solutions. Along with his Naval Academy classmates, he co-wrote the 2012 Los Angeles Best Seller, “In the Shadow of Greatness” and has been featured in TIME Magazine online. 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 currently resides in Reston, VA and enjoys riding his bike on the W&OD Trail, playing pickup basketball games, writing and reading.
Marketing & Business Development Coordinator, Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP
Emily currently works as a Marketing & Business Development Coordinator within the Winston-Salem, NC office of law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Her husband, CPL Jessie Fletcher, USMC (Ret.) was severely wounded while on deployment in Afghanistan in 2011. After spending 14 months at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Emily and Jessie came to know the Luke’s Wings team very well, and were the beneficiaries of several flights.
Now settled back at home in Winston-Salem, Emily looks forward to furthering the impact, reach and mission of Luke’s Wings in order to unite wounded warriors and veterans with their loved ones. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Salem College, as well as a Master’s in Financial Management, graduate certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management, and M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Chairman of the Board, Park Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator, National Parks Service
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James Pierce (Ret.) was a member of the North Carolina National Guard for over 14 years before retiring in 2015. James was with the 514th Military Police Company out of Winterville, North when he was injured by a suicide bomber in the Khost Province in Afghanistan on October 1, 2012. The attack killed three of his teammates and James was one of three that were wounded. He spent 3 years recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a member of Able Company in the Warrior Transition Unit.
A former intern with the Operation Warfighter – Operation Guardian program, James joined the National Parks Service in July 2013, fulfilling his dream of becoming a park ranger. He chooses to honor our nation preserving iconic grounds through his work as Volunteer Coordinator for the National Mall and Memorial Parks. James continues to volunteer his time with Veteran Service Organizations in the DC and NC area, to include a scholarship for 514th Military Police Company members, in addition to running his own real estate investment company and working full-time.
Media Solutions Specialist, 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 Account Manager, RedPeg Marketing
A native of Chesapeake, VA, Matt earned 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 in 2010 to begin his professional career. His resume includes job experience with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, JMU Athletics, ODU Athletics, the Washington Nationals, and an independently-owned beverage company, Vita Coco.
Matt currently works in Alexandria, VA for RedPeg Marketing, an experiential marketing agency.
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.
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 where she was responsible for managing Suites and Corporate Hospitality clients. 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.
A Texas native, Darian 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 advocating for Domestic Violence Awareness. She was involved in fundraising 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.
Program Director, Family Communications and Logistics
Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, Katie spent the spring of 2017 as Luke’s Wings Development and Events intern. Upon her graduation from the University of Maryland in May 2017, Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and joined Luke’s Wings staff full-time as the Family Communication and Logistics Program Coordinator. She has previous experience working for other non-profit organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation and EarthShare Mid-Atlantic, where she assisted in development, fundraising, and events.
Always wanting to find a meaningful career that would continue her passion with helping those who needed it most, Katie found Luke’s Wings by chance. After attending the 2016 Army v. Navy football game to cheer on her cousin, a senior playing for West Point, Katie was motivated to find an opportunity for herself at an organization that helped our nation’s service members. She is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful organization and is excited for her future at Luke’s Wings.
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.