Meet our Leadership Team

Paul Lavelle, CMSgt, USAF, (Ret), MSC
Founder and President

Chief Master Sergeant Paul Lavelle, USAF (Ret) is the Founder and President of Operation Restored Warrior and a Drop Zone Facilitator. Serving for 26 years on active duty as a medic, Paul held several major commands and senior medical executive leadership positions throughout his military career, culminating his career as a senior enlisted representative at the United States Air Force Academy, where he retired in 2001. 

REV Jordan Fulton, SGT, US Army, (Ret)
Executive Director of Operations & Drop Zone Lead

Reverend Jordan Fulton, Sgt., US Army, (Ret), is the Executive Director of Operations and a Drop Zone Lead for Operation Restored Warrior. Jordan served as an Infantryman at the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division and at the 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard. Jordan was a 240B gunner during his time at the 101st, and was a casket team leader responsible for rendering final honors at burials for both fallen active duty soldiers and veterans while standing stationed at The Old Guard.

Timothy Harting, SPC, US Army
Director, Drop Zone Operations & Drop Zone Facilitator.

Tim is the Director of Drop Zone Operations and a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior.  He served as a military police officer from 1999 to 2003 with two deployments, one  peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and the other combat operations with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Tim deployed with the 108th Military Police Company (ABN/AASLT) to Afghanistan in December of 2001 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Task Force Rakkasan.

Tom Walker
Executive Chef

Executive Chef Tom Walker is a Master Chef who has been running the Food Ministry for Operation Restored Warrior since its inception in the fall of 2008. After several years as an Executive Chef for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, he left a life of wandering far from God, never to look back again and soon after, Jesus got a hold of Tom’s heart.

Shannon Rusch, US Navy SEAL
Drop Zone Facilitator

Shannon Rusch is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and has extensive experience in communications, team leadership, and the delivery of solid results in high-stress environments. With experience as a United States Navy SEAL and a record of success in deployments to mitigate terrorism and narcotics trafficking throughout Central and South America.  As the Founder and Principle of SilentShadow USA Inc., Shannon brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to his roles as a trainer, speaker, and consultant for tactical and firearms skills development.

Brian “Coach” Cabral, Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champions, University of Colorado National Champions
LRE Facilitator

Coach Brian Cabral is a LRE Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior, served as a 30-year College D1 Assistant Football Coach and a 9-year NFL Veteran. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. His coaching experience includes 2 seasons at Purdue University, 24 seasons at the University of Colorado, including their National Championship in 1990, and 4 seasons at Indiana State University.

Daniel Strong, SSgt USMC, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator

Daniel Strong is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and a retired Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He served as an infantryman with numerous deployments including combat tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom earning commendations and awards including medals for valor and a Purple Heart. Daniel was wounded in combat from an IED explosion during his last deployment in Iraq in 2008.  He was medically evacuated back to the United States where he spent eighteen months recovering and then was medically retired from active duty. He currently serves as a Marine Instructor teaching Marine Corps Junior ROTC at his local high school.

Rob Opsenica, CPL, USMC
Drop Zone Facilitator

Rob Opsenica is a Drop Zone facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and a United States Marine Corps veteran having served from 1988 to 1995. He served on multiple deployments taking him to Iraq with Desert Storm and Desert Shield as well as patrolling the Philippine jungles. Upon completion of his time in service, Rob found a passion for underground utility construction where he quickly advanced over the years.

David Body, PFC, Army National Guard
Drop Zone Facilitator

David Body is a Drop Zone facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and is currently serving as an infantryman for the Washington Army National Guard assigned to the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.  Outside of his military service, David is an arboriculturist for the City of Seattle Department of Transportation.

Mike Daley, SgtMaj USMC, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator

Mike Daley is a Drop Zone facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and a retired Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps with 22 years of service. He has served on several deployments including combat operations in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, 2005, and 2006.

T. Michael Elrod, Commander, USAF/USN, USNR, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator

Mike Elrod is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and a retired military aviator having served 28 years collectively in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Navy Reserve. Mike’s time in the Air Force & Navy involved service to Pacific, Asian, and European theatres as well as support in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He was also a test pilot for Northrop Aircraft. In addition to his military service, Mike also retired with 21 years of service as a Captain at Northwest Airlines.

Jamie Clark
Drop Zone Facilitator

Jamie Clark is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior with a diverse and successful career path in media, corporate communications, foundation and nonprofit leadership. With over 26 years managing and owning radio stations in 8 states, he is skilled at leading large and small teams efficiently. He directed Corporate and Public communications for one of the nation’s largest privately held grocery store chains. His experience in both life and business benefits ORW on multiple levels that are needed for the mission and direction of helping veterans find healing.

Kevin Wilcox, SGT, USMC
Drop Zone Facilitator

Kevin Wilcox is a Drop Zone facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and a United States Marine Corps veteran having served from 2004 to 2009 .  He served as a drone operator on two deployments to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Kevin has over three hundred hours and more than two hundred combat missions as a drone pilot in support of contingency operations.  He is a successful business owner taking what he learned in the Marine Corps and flying drones in the public sector.

ORW leadership team rafting adventure.

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