Tricia Stromberg, President/Co-Founder
Ms. Stromberg is a retired Boeing Engineer and Associate Technical Fellow. Her engineering career centered on military aircraft systems and spanned all services; from the Army Cobra Helicopter to the Air Force F-22. Also, 20 some years as a Marine Corps spouse brought her into close contact with the everyday challenges faced by families whose military member is sent into harm’s way. Throughout her career, Ms. Stromberg has interviewed, hired, managed and mentored numerous individuals in career transition. Since 2000, she has served on non-profit’ Boards of Directors including 7 years as President of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater and now as the Boots to Shoes Foundation President since 2010.
Ed Doyne, Vice President
Mr. Doyne is a technology consultant with over 20 years’ experience in creating and operating telecom, data center, and co-location facilities. He served 20 years as a US Marine officer, including combat service in Vietnam, receiving a Purple Heart. He is currently a board member of the Blue and Gold Foundation, NROTC University of Washington. Mr. Doyne effectively executed a successful transition to civilian life and through his business has interviewed, hired, managed and mentored numerous individuals. He continues to assist individuals with job search planning and interview skills at BTS outreach events. He additionally volunteers with the BlinkNow non-profit organization supporting their orphanage and school in Nepal.
Russ Stromberg, Treasurer/Co-Founder
Mr. Stromberg is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer, Viet Nam veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. While in the Marine Corps, he served two tours as a test pilot and was the Commanding Officer of two AV-8B squadrons. After his retirement from the Marines in 1990, he moved to Washington state. Mr. Stromberg founded his first of several successful businesses, all of which are primarily focused on supporting a variety of military programs to include the Joint Strike Fighter Program, several unmanned aerial vehicle programs and a variety of training and logistics support programs. Mr. Stromberg has hired, managed, coached, and mentored employees and job seekers. Mr. Stromberg and his wife’s philantropy has benefited numerous Puget Sound area non-profit organizations.
Angelica “Angel” Pilato, Secretary
Ms. Pilato is a retired USAF officer, Viet Nam veteran, and has a doctorate from Oregon State University. After Ms. Pilato’s military assignment in Southeast Asia, she returned to civilian life and transitioned to the Air Force Reserves, later retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Ms. Pilato has held management positions at a Fortune 500 company and the University of Washington’s Executive Education Programs. She recently retired from The Meals-on-Wheels People as Donor Relations Director. Angel is a private pilot, Rotarian, and a Paul Harris Fellow. As an active Rotarian, Ms. Pilato has traveled and participated in the Rotary Polio Global Eradication Initiative. Ms. Pilato holds favorite Aunt status with nieces and nephews and resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Rick Rezabek, Board Member/Co-Founder
Mr. Rezabek is an Aerospace Engineer with over 25 years experience in developing and delivering modern aerospace products and programs. Rick was the Chief Engineer of Joint Strike Fighter X-35 Demonstration Aircraft. He is currently working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) products across several manufacturers. Rick and Cheryl, his better-half, as he says, have a home in New Meadows, Idaho, commuting from there to Washington and to California. Mr. Rezabek is the owner and pilot of a 1937 Stinson Aircraft which has won “Best Classic” and “Best Antique” trophies at Oshkosh Airshows. Mr. Rezabek enjoys cross-country flights in the Stinson with his dad who is also a pilot and veteran of the Naval Reserves.
Mike Martinez, Board Member
Mr. Martinez is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and an operations & logistics program manager with Starbucks, working nationally and internationally, with both wholesale and retail infrastructure. He has long served the Puget Sound community as a Blue & Gold Officer and volunteer mentor for high school students seeking admission to the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Martinez earned his Master’s degree at Seattle University and his undergraduate degree from USNA. Having grown up in the Seattle area, Mr. Martinez continues to make it his home with his wife and three children. He is also active in coaching youth sports and serving on school committees. Mr. Martinez joined the Board in 2011 and supports mentor and veteran outreach activities.
Tori Ehlert, Board Member
Ms. Ehlert was a military spouse for over 20 years and served as ombudsman for many military families separated from spouses who were serving in areas of conflict. Ms. Ehlert dedicated herself to the health and welfare of those families as well as raising two daughters while her own spouse was away on extended duty. She joined the BTS Board of Directors in 2011. In addition she volunteers with the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, and serves on Redmond High School Cheer Association Board. Ms. Ehlert can frequently be seen at Military Job Fairs assisting transitioning soldiers and veterans with their mentor applications.
Greg Mowat, Board Member
Mr. Mowat is currently owner and principal at GTM Transformations, LLC and is doing a project for the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce mentoring businesses around hiring Veterans. He has worked in labor relations, workforce development, public policy, construction management, organizational development, alternative dispute resolution, and associated disciplines. Mr. Mowat is a U.S. Army veteran, having served two tours in Vietnam. He joined the BTS Board in 2014, and also volunteers as a BTS mentor. Mr. Mowat lives in Tacoma, WA, and with his bride Meiman, enjoys the nearby company of their daughter Lisa and her husband Michael.
Patricia Conover, M.A., Executive Director
Ms Conover has over 20 years’ experience in industry including Aerospace, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Retail. With a Masters of Arts in Organization Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Training and Development, she has effectively developed teams and programs that engage all of the stakeholders. She has applied her expertise in Change Management to team workshops in Effective Communication, Conflict Dynamics Profile, and Leadership Development. Over the last decade, she has been a community volunteer with such organizations as United Way of King County, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Little Bits Therapeutic Riding.
“I enjoy my role with the Boots to Shoes Foundation. I get to work with exceptional folks, including business people who, in addition to their daily work and family responsibilities volunteer to assist veterans with their career transitions, and military veterans of all ages and career levels. They inspire me to do my best, every single day!”
Patricia has been with Boots to Shoes Foundation since 2010.