Board of Directors
General (USA Retired) Richard A. Cody* - chairman of the board
General USA, Ret. Richard A. Cody was born in Montpelier Vermont. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point on 6 June 1972 with a BS. He is a graduate of the Transportation Corps Officer Basic and Advance Course, the Army’s Aviation Maintenance Test Pilot School, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He is a master Army Aviator, rated in over 19 Helicopters and has over 5000 of flight time.
During his 36+ years of service, General Cody served in six of the Army’s combat divisions, the 25th Infantry Division, the 2nd Infantry Division, the 24th Infantry Division (MECH), the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 1st Cavalry Division and the 4th Infantry Division (MECH). General Cody’s command time includes Company Commander, E Company, 24th Aviation Battalion; Company Commander, B Company, 229th Attack Helicopter Battalion; Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (AH-64); Commander, 4th Brigade (Avn) 1st Cavalry Division; Commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; and Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, KY.
General Cody held several key staff positions to include Assistant Division Commander, 4th Infantry Division (MECH); Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Hawk in Albania; Director of Operations, Plans and Mobilization, Department of the Army; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army; and he served as the 31st Vice Chief of Staff, Army from June 2004 to August 2008.
General Cody currently is a Corporate VP for L-3 Communications, Inc. He is also a Board Trustee of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, on the Advisory Board for Hope for the Warriors, a Trustee of NOBLIS, the National Chairman for Homes for Our Troops and is in the Army Aviation Hall of Fame.
General Cody is married to the former Vicki Lynn Heavner and they have two sons, Clint and Tyler, who are active duty Army Helicopter pilots who have several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jennifer Freitas* - Treasurer
Jennifer Freitas joined our board in 2006. She served six years in the United States Army Reserves, as an operating room technician with the 399th Combat Support Hospital. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She currently works at a public accounting firm, Piccerelli, Gilstein & Company, LLP, as a manager.
"Being a part of Homes for Our Troops allows me to give something back to all individuals of the military and I'm proud to be a part of such a great organization."
SMA (USA, Retired) Kenneth o. Preston*- Director
Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston served as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army from January15, 2004 to March 1, 2011. He retires as the longest serving Sergeant Major of the Army with more than seven years in the position.
As Sergeant Major of the Army, Preston served as the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on all Soldier and Family related matters, particularly areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He devoted the majority of his time in this position to traveling throughout the Army serving as a force provider overseeing Soldier and unit training, manning and equipping challenges, and talking to Soldiers and their Families to understand their personal hardships and challenges. Preston is a native of Mount Savage, Md. He entered the Army on June 30, 1975. He attended Basic Training and Armor Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Throughout his 36-year career, he served in every enlisted leadership position from cavalry scout and tank commander to his final position as Sergeant Major of the Army. Other assignments he held as a command sergeant major were with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division; 3rd "Grey Wolf" Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; 1st Armored Division in Bad Kreuznach, Germany; and V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany.
His most recent assignment prior to serving as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army was as the command sergeant major for Combined Joint Task Force 7 serving in Baghdad, Iraq.
His military education includes the Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course, First Sergeant's Course, M1/M1A1 Tank Master Gunner Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer's Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. Preston holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from Trident University International.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, four Army Meritorious Service Medals, one Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, eleven Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense ribbons, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCOES Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Ribbons, the NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait), two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Department of the Army Staff Badge.
Major General (USA, Retired) Timothy P. McHale –President/CEO and Director
Major General USA, Ret. Timothy P. McHale was born and raised in Minnesota. In May 1977 he completed his undergraduate studies at St. John’s University Collegeville, Minnesota as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps. During his 35 years of service, he has commanded both aviation and logistics units of every echelon from platoon to theater support command, with duty in Germany, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the United States.
Major General McHale held several key staff positions on the Department of the Army Staff, The Joint Staff, US Forces Korea, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, and US Forces Afghanistan.
He holds Master’s Degrees in Management from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a former National Security Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Major General McHale has been married to his wife Janice for over 29 years and they have two sons, Casey who is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Vermont National Guard and is attending Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont and Riley who is attending Saint Louis Catholic School in Alexandria, Virginia.
He is currently the President/CEO of Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a national non-profit organization assisting severely injured Veterans who spend all or part of their daily lives confined to a wheelchair. HFOT provides these veterans and their family at no cost, a high quality barrier free home by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and then coordinates the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
Paul E. Keane* - Director
Paul Keane joined our board in 2010 after several years of being involved with Homes For Our Troops in a volunteer capacity. Paul is a former member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and holds a degree in Law Enforcement. He is the president of the Bryan Company, a promotional marketing company based in Lexington, MA and Jackson, NH.
"I am humbled and honored to be a part of such a great organization. Homes For Our Troops is more than lumber, drywall and roofing, it’s also about blood, sweat and tears….shed by our veterans on behalf of our nation and our nation of volunteers on behalf of our injured veterans."
General (USA, Retired) Robert W. RisCassi* - Director
General USA (Retired) Robert W. RisCassi, was a past Corporate Senior Vice President and currently serves as a Consultant for L-3 Communications Corporation.
In 35 years of Army service, in which he attained the rank of General, Robert W. RisCassi held a variety of diverse and increasingly vital positions, culminating his career as Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command and ROK/US Combined Forces Command in Korea.
He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1958. General RisCassi later earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Auburn University, and graduated from the Army War College and Air Command and Staff College. Among other assignments he commanded the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans on the Army Staff, and then as Director of the Joint Staff. Following promotion to General, he served as the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and then for three years as Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command, ROK/US Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea.
In the course of his career, General RisCassi has held responsibility and gained a successful reputation for managing multi-billion dollar budgets, developing mid- and long-range strategies, working with industry to innovate and apply advanced technologies to both the battlefield and peacetime functions of the armed forces, and for leading and managing large organizations. He has been assigned around the world, worked with national leaders from many nations, and has a rare understanding of the changing international environment effecting our nation. Subsequent to military retirement, General RisCassi has been employed as an executive with Loral Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Joseph G. San Miguel, Ph.D., CPA* - Director
Dr. Joseph G. San Miguel is Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of Business, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He was recently Distinguished Visiting Professor at INSEAD—Singapore and the David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Dartmouth Tuck Business School. He taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Business; New York University Graduate School of Business; Stanford Graduate School of Business; the University of California Davis Graduate School of Management; Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center, Claremont Graduate School; and the University of Texas at Austin.
Professor San Miguel has engaged in consulting and executive development programs with Goldman Sachs, Analog Devices, Discover Financial Services, Harley-Davidson, Arthur Andersen, Lucent Technologies, Northrop-Grumman, General Electric, IBM, AT&T, and other organizations. He was employed by Mobil Oil Corporation and Anderson Clayton & Co. He serves on the Board of Directors of Jenzabar, Inc. and Chairs its Audit Committee.
His Department of Defense and Department of the Navy research projects include: the Naval Industrial Improvement Program for the Under Secretary of the Navy; the National Industrial Security Program for the Departments of Defense and Energy and the Central Intelligence Agency; and the Financial Management Executive Program for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. For several years, he has been engaged in classified research for various national security agencies and defense organizations for which he has Top Secret clearance.
Professor San Miguel’s Ph.D. was awarded by The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies. His professional societies include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Honorary Member Award), American Accounting Association (Life Member Award), Institute of Management Accountants, and The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences. He served as a member of the Business and Industry Executive Committee, Management Accounting Executive Committee, and the Accounting Education Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Professor San Miguel has also written many cases at the Harvard Business School and the Naval Postgraduate School. His current research interests are in strategic enterprise management and global financial reporting.
* Indicates an independent voting Board member.
All Board members were reappointed to the Board in November 2012.
Paul W. "Buddy" Bucha - Director
Paul W. “Buddy” Bucha is a Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that can be given to military personnel.
He received his BS in 1965, graduating academically in the top 2 percent of his West Point Class, number two in Military Order of Merit and a two-time All American and Captain of the Swim Team. Immediately upon graduation from West Point, he attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, receiving his MBA in 1967 and completing his Airborne and Ranger training between academic years.
After Stanford, he reported for duty with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. to prepare for deployment to Vietnam as part of Operation Eagle Thrust. On March 16, 1968, Captain Bucha was the commanding officer of a reconnaissance-in-force mission that was inserted by helicopter near Phuoc Vinh, Binh Duong Province to locate and destroy an enemy stronghold. When his men were pinned down by heavy machine-gun fire, he crawled 40 meters through a hail of enemy fire to single-handedly destroy the bunker with grenades. Though wounded, upon seeing his unit’s perimeter was about to be overrun, he ordered a withdrawal while providing covering fire. At one point during the night, he ordered his men to "play dead" while he brought in friendly fire on the enemy. He also stood, in full view of the enemy, with a flashlight to direct the evacuation of three helicopters carrying the most seriously wounded from the field of battle. For his actions, Captain Bucha received, among other decorations, the Bronze Star with V and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor. Upon his return to the U.S., he reported for assignment as Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics at West Point.
After resigning his Army commission in 1972, Mr. Bucha had a successful international business career working for Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), headquartered in Teheran, Iran. He then went to form his own international consulting company, Paul W. Bucha and Company, Inc. (PWBCO) and real estate development company Terra Mark II, LLC. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Bucha was Chairman of the Board of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation and Chairman of Ohio Coatings Company. Bucha serves on many corporate and advisory boards and is a Trustee of Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network.
Mr. Bucha is a frequent lecturer to military and private sector leaders on honor and leadership. He has been a member of the Board and an officer of The Fisher House Foundation and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund which support military families and wounded warriors. He is active in a variety of veteran organizations including the American Legion, the U.S. Army Ranger Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, Hope for the Warriors, The Purple Heart Hall of Fame, Homes for Our Troops and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. Mr. Bucha is a member of the 50th Anniversary Commission of the Vietnam War and is a member of the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame. He is a Gold Medallion Inductee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award from the United States Military Academy. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Military Service Award from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Bucha is married to the former Cynthia Bell of Cornwall on Hudson, New York. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
Gerald M. Howard - Director
Jerry Howard, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Home Builders has over 25 years of association experience and a lifetime in the housing industry. Jerry began his association career at the National Association of Realtors, where he served as a Legislative Analyst for tax issues. Prior to joining NAHB, Jerry served as the Chief Lobbyist for the National Council of State Housing Agencies where he was instrumental in the development of the low-income housing tax credit as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.
Jerry came to NAHB as tax counsel in 1988 and served in a variety of roles, including Chief Lobbyist. Jerry was promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer in February 2001.
Before embarking on his association career, Jerry practiced real estate law in his home state of South Carolina. His exposure to the housing industry has literally encompassed a lifetime; Jerry grew up working in a variety of roles for his father, a developer.
Jerry earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina. He, his wife Christina and their children Eirann, Meaghan and Sean live in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C
John Gonsalves - Founder
We want to express sincere thanks to former President (2011) and founder John Gonsalves for taking action and leading the way.