Soldiers' Secret Santa Board of Directors & Advisors
The Board of Directors of Soldiers' Secret Santa controls all aspects of the organizations activities. They have responsibility for raising funds, marketing the organization, and management of our giving. All expenses associated with the organization are paid directly by the Board of Directors so every donation goes directly to the children.
Brad Boggess, Founder and Chairman of the Board - The son of a Vietnam War combat veteran, Brad grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated with a Degree in Business from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana on a 4 year Army ROTC scholarship. Following graduation, Brad was an Armor Officer in the United States Army serving in Europe and deploying to Bosnia with the 1st Infantry Division. He also served in the Georgia National Guard following his active tour of duty. Brad currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two sons.
Max Hilsman grew up in Atlanta, then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a degree in Mapping Charting & Geodesy. Upon graduation, Max was commissioned a 2LT in the United States Army. During his service, he was twice deployed, and served as both a Tank and Mortar Platoon Leader, before finishing his tour at Fort Benning GA as a Company Executive Officer for the Officer Candidate School. Upon completing his service, Max's career in the Financial services Industry eventually returned him home to Atlanta, Georgia where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
James P. Sheesley is an attorney and risk officer for a federal agency, working in Washington, DC. He attended Loyola University on an Army ROTC scholarship, prior to earning his law degree at Cornell University. Jamie's father served as an Army artillery officer in the Vietnam War and he has maintained a lifelong interest in the American military. He and his three sons live in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Grant Wilbeck is currently works in private equity where he focuses on debt and equity investments. Prior to this position, he worked as a research analyst focusing on high yield debt and special situations. He graduated with a Degree in Business from The University of Texas at Austin. Grant's family has multigenerational involvement with the American military and he has maintained a strong interest and support of our military personnel. Grant currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and sons.
The Board of Advisors of Soldiers' Secret Santa is made up of active and former active duty Officer and NCO's. This group has the responsibility to identify deserving Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines to be recipients of our giving. This group uses their network throughout the military to ensure only the most deserving families participate in the program.
CSM Felipe Paul - Chairman - Advisory Board Command Sergeant Major Felipe Paul (retired) - Chairman of the Advisory Board - CSM Paul recently retired after 31 years of distinguished service in the United States Army. CSM Paul entered the army in 1982 where he attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as an Armor Crewmen. Upon completion of his training he was assigned to 1-64 Armor in Kitzigen, Germany. His other assignments include 2-64 Armor Schweinfurt, Germany, 1-4 Cavalry Brigade and 2-81 Armor at Fort Knox, 1-35 Armor and 2D Brigade, 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany where he deployed in support of OIF I, and the Command Sergeant Major of 1-32 Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division where he deployed in support of OIF 04-06 and OIF 07-09, and served as Command Sergeant Major of 5th Brigade, 1st Armored Division. CSM ended his career as the Installation Command Sergeant Major for White Sands Missile Range. CSM Paul has served in every leadership position from Section Sergeant to Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Paul's awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (ninth award), National Defense Medal (second award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service medal, NCO Professional Development ribbon (fourth award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (third award), Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, and Combat Action Badge.
CSM Paul currently resides in Jacksonville, FL with his wife. He has two children; a daughter married to a former Special Forces NCO and a son who is currently an MP Officer in the US Army.