Board of Directors

CHRIS HAMPTON
CHRIS HAMPTONBoard Chair
Chris Hampton is an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and equestrian. He is a retired U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer with over 26 years of service including 3 missions in support of Iraqi Freedom. Chris is currently a management consultant based in the Nashville area.
GREG ENDO
GREG ENDOVice Chair
Greg was an audit partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP until his retirement in September 2020. He served both public and private clients primarily in the technology, manufacturing and real estate industries. He served in the U.S. Army for four years and two years in the Texas National Guard.
BYRON HARRIS
BYRON HARRISSecretary
As a journalist and investigative reporter, Byron has multiple national, regional and state awards for his work. During his career, he spent forty-two years as investigative reporter for WFAA in Dallas.
BRETT SHEATS
BRETT SHEATSTreasurer
Brett has worked in the veteran service space for over a decade, concentrating on veteran employment and healthcare in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors. A former finance attorney and Alaskan commercial fisherman, Brett is an OEF veteran serving in the U.S. Army from 2001-2005.
SAM HORWITZ
SAM HORWITZBoard Member
A 9/11 First Responder, former United States Secret Service Agent, speaker, and author. She has spoken nationally to Law Enforcement, Veteran, business, and faith-based communities on how to recognize and combat the effects of PTS, and how to support those who have PTS. Sam is the co-host of the award-winning MAD (Making a Difference) Radio show.

Learn more about Sam here:
I Was There – Reflections of a 9/11 Survivor

LESLIE COHEN STRAKA
LESLIE COHEN STRAKABoard Member
Leslie has been an advocate of HOW since 2015 and supported the launch of the HOW Brazos River Valley Texas chapter. Leslie is the spouse to her better half, who is a volunteer Lieutenant Firefighter for BLFD in Texas. She understands the challenges facing a loved one serving the community and is continually learning how to give the best support to provide a healthy, understanding, and safe environment.