Meet our Team:
Debbie Lee – Military Liaison – Gold Star Mother
Debbie Lee has been a leading spokesperson for the missions of U.S. troops fighting in the war on terrorism and for Move America Forward.
Her son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first Navy Seal to lose his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Marc, 28, was killed August 2, 2006 in a fierce firefight while on patrol against insurgents in Ramadi, Iraq.
U.S. Navy officers told Debbie Lee that her son died after single-handedly holding off enemy fighters as his team rescued a wounded soldier from a rooftop. During the two-hour battle, Navy officials informed her that Marc Lee fired 100 rounds of ammunition against insurgents before he was killed.
As the Portland Oregonian noted, A Navy SEAL’s everyday life would reduce most people to sobbing wrecks: extremes of heat and cold, sleep deprivation, the constant specter of danger. It is an existence of late-night phone calls and missed birthdays, while standing watch over the troubled waters of this world so that others may sleep peacefully.
Debbie Lee has toured the nation, speaking at pro-troop rallies, and helping to organize shipments of care packages to our troops serving overseas.
She met with President Bush and pledged her commitment to use her voice to make a difference in America’s to support for our troops. She presented him the Seal Team 3 hat, the Seal Trident and the picture of Marc and his platoon.
She appeared onstage at the 2007 Country Music Awards where Tim McGraw presented to her and other Gold Star Parents his new song, I’m Already Home which honors those in the U.S. military who gave their lives in service to this nation.
Lisa Baron – Director of Troop Support
Lisa is the Director of Troop Support and handles our Monthly Smiles Program as well as our Corporate Support Program. She is the editor-In-chief of the Move America Forward Monthly Newsletter.
Lisa came to us in 2009 with an extensive background in advertising, public relations, marketing and publishing and brings with her over 10 years of experience with troop support programs.
In addition to receiving numerous unit commendations, Lisa was nominated for and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Army Freedom Team Salute Program in recognition for her support of Soldier fighting the Global War on Terrorism.
As the daughter of a WWII Marine, and wife of a retired U.S. Coast Guard Chief, she is personally dedicated to the MAF mission of troop support. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the prestigious E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Danny Gonzalez – Communications Director
Danny Gonzalez manages email messaging with the group’s members, web site content, media requests and inquiries and assists in planning events, rallies and press conferences. He traveled to Iraq in 2007 and Guantanamo Bay in 2008 and documented the group’s findings there in print, photo and on the group’s blog.
Danny has been involved with Move America Forward since 2007, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and has extensive experience in politics including analysis, campaign, and legislative experience.
Scott Raab – Outreach Director
Scott Raab spent five years in the US Navy as an intelligence analyst and is an OEF/OIF veteran, deployed in Iraq with the USS Ronald Reagan strike group aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Decatur. Scott’s experience makes him ideal to discuss issues of military intelligence, strategy and concepts in relation to the Global War on Terror.
He is an expert in electronic warfare and understanding the causes and motivations of global jihadism.