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Our Operations Team.

Committed to Veterans and Our Community.

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John Kilpatrick

Executive Director

John has a bold vision to change how Veterans can return to normal lives after combat. With 32 years’ military service, including 12 years as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 20 years as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, and four deployments, he has experienced first-hand the challenges service members and their families can face returning to civilian life. He founded Veterans Recovery Resources to offer a new approach for those needing support. He earned his Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama.

Todd Tournillon


Todd is a managing member of Richard CPAs and has over 20 years of professional accounting and auditing experience in both large regional firms and small businesses. He spent 18 years at Postlethwaite & Netterville Accounting and Assurance Services Group in Metairie, LA, where he served as a Director from 2007 to 2017.  Todd has deep experience in government and not-for-profit organizations. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Louisiana.

Col Mike Plattenburg, USAR

Mike is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve with 30 years of service, specializing in logistics and medical operations. He spent his last deployment in Kuwait in 2017, as the director of the Iraq Train and Equipment Funding (ITEF) team with the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). In his civilian life, he works in education within the Mobile County Public School System. He is a founding Board member of Veterans Recovery Resources, contributing to the development of its bylaws and founding principles. Mike is passionate about caring for his soldiers and has seen the struggles that many face upon transition from military service. He graduated from the University of Alabama.

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Chris Goldschmidt

Brand Strategy & Advertising

Chris has over 30 years of experience helping both profit and non-profit organizations succeed with his strategic approach to marketing, award-winning advertising and brand building. While his work has been featured in AdWeek, Millimeter, and Print Magazine his passion lies in helping clients achieve objectives in new and innovative ways. Chris is president of the Forte Marketing Group in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Vaughan Drinkard

Non-Profit Advisor

Vaughan (retired) has led a distinguished career as an attorney and litigator in Alabama. With over 60 years of experience spanning many areas of the law, he has dedicated much of his time in retirement to advising non-profit organizations.

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Todd Greer

Organizational Leadership

Todd advises Veterans Recovery Resources on organizational structure, donor relations, and business planning. He currently serves as Dean at the University of Mobile School of Business. With over 15 years’ experience across a range of non-profit organizations, Todd is an advisor to multiple non-profits in organizational development and serves as a Board member at the United Way of South Alabama and the Innovation PortAL in Mobile, Alabama. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Catalyst for the Exchange 202. Todd has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership/Human Resource Development from Regent University.

Jay Watkins

Outside Counsel

Jay is a partner at O’Hara Watkins and is active in a number of civic and charitable organizations in the Mobile and Baldwin communities, including the Sunset Rotary Club in Fairhope and former president of Daphne-Spanish Fort Rotary Club.  He presently serves on the Greater Mobile Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Advisory Council and is the Life to Eagle advisor for Boy Scout Troop 87 in Daphne. At O’Hara Watkins, Jay’s practice focuses on business litigation and bankruptcy.  He frequently counsels local companies of all sizes on labor and employment matters. Jay grew up in a military family and is committed to helping the Veteran community. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law.

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