Our Team

Team Member

Sean Flaharty

Sean has been involved with Eyes of Freedom since Anita Miller’s first brushstroke hit the canvas. He has documented the entire two-and-a-half-year process of the creation of the Memorial and now travels full-time with the exhibit alongside Cpl. Mike Strahle. Sean’s initial involvement with the project started as a way to pay tribute to his friend, Sgt. Justin Hoffman, with whom he worked at an insurance company in Columbus, Ohio. Sgt. Hoffman, one of Lima Company’s fallen Marines, was the first Anita painted. Sean maintains EoF’s website, produces its periodic newsletter, and books sites for the Memorial to visit.

Finance 

Alissa Trela

Alissa’s experience in the financial and accounting industry, which spans 20 years, includes accounting and analyst positions at local and nationally recognized organizations. For nine years she served as controller of a small PR firm in Columbus, Ohio. In 2010 she started her own financial business, AT Consulting. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otterbein College in Accounting and Business Administration, she went on to get an MBA from Capital University. She has also taught accounting at the university level as an adjunct faculty member.

Our Board

President
Dr. Gibbons

Dr. Gibbons is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, organizational development consultant, and executive coach with over 15 years of experience in operations management, performance & process improvement, and workforce development. He has worked in both the private sector and higher education. After six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, he transitioned to the private sector focusing primarily on workforce and leadership development, C-level services, and corporate turnaround efforts. 

Treasurer
Jody Davids

 Jody Davids recently retired from her role as Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of PepsiCo. As the leader of the IT function at PepsiCo, Jody and her teams delivered all information technology and digital services to PepsiCo through a large network of IT associates and partners worldwide. Jody has over 40 years of experience leading and developing technology for large companies. Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2016, Jody was CIO for Agrium Inc. and over the course of her career, she led at Best Buy, Cardinal Health, Nike, Inc., and Apple Computer, Inc.. She actively serves as an independent director for four companies; Premier Inc., Midcontinent Independent Service Operator (MISO), Movista, and Paymentus. After retirement, she began serving as an executive coach. Jody is a Gold Star mother, having lost her oldest son, Wesley, a US Marine, in Iraq in 2005. Her second son, Steven, then joined the Marines and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Having a heart for those who have served our nation, Jody serves on the board of two non-profit organizations; The Eyes of Freedom, honoring all who have answered our nation’s call to service, and the National Veteran’s Leadership Foundation. Her bachelor’s degree in business and her MBA are awarded from San Jose State University. She currently splits her time between New Albany, Ohio, and Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Vice President
Anita Miller

The creator of the Lima Company Memorial, Anita began painting and drawing at 30. After Studying at the Columbus College of Art & Design, she taught drawing and painting in her little-log-cabin studio in rural central Ohio as well as workshops in Greece and Europe. After creating and having managed the Eyes of Freedom Memorial, she is sculpting the Silent Battle, a life-sized bronze to honor the service and sacrifice of returning vets struggling with PTSD and suicide. Anita now lives outside Boulder in Lyons, Colorado, with her husband, Rob. There she enjoys creating art and mountain hiking.

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