Board of Directors

  • Dave Winston
    Dave Winston Board Chair

    An avid sportsman and retired Marine officer, Dave is a seasoned entrepreneur and businessman. He currently leads the industrial practice for the eighth largest retained executive search firm in the Americas.

  • Linda Minghella
    Linda Minghella Vice Chair

    Founder and CEO of Blue River Digital Health, Linda is a successful entrepreneur with a strong healthcare background. Prior to her 28-year healthcare career, Linda served in the U.S. Naval Reserves, retiring with the rank of E8 – Senior Chief Petty Officer.

  • Brian Farlow
    Brian Farlow Board Member

    Currently a Partner at Gruber, Hail, Johansen, Shank, LLP, Brian served in the U.S. Army for 27 years. After leaving to pursue a law degree, he applied for and was recommissioned as a JAG Officer, from which he retired in 2015.

  • Matt Branigan
    Matt Branigan Board Member

    A lifelong fisherman, Matt retired as a Security Forces Officer in the U.S. Air Force shortly after 9/11. He has years of security management consulting, and is the founder of Watermark Risk Management International.

  • Leslie Cohen Straka
    Leslie Cohen Straka Board Member

    Leslie supported the launch of the HOW Brazos River Valley Texas chapter through her volunteer role as Community Chair for the Supporters of Military Veterans at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. She is the BCBSTX Director of Marketing, Communications and Positioning, Texas Sales and Marketing Division.

  • Byron Harris
    Byron Harris Board Member

    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.

  • Jim Dolan
    Jim Dolan Founder

    After graduating the U.S. Air Force Academy, Jim served in the USAF for 13 years. After retiring from American Airlines, he founded Heroes on the Water. After retiring from HOW, he spends his days kayak fishing and enjoying time with family and friends.