BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Bohlinger, President
John is a U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Veteran and a champion for Veterans advocacy. Currently, he is the Director of Operations for McKesson Corporation's Southern California Pharmaceutical Distribution Center and has served as Chairman of McKesson’s Military Resource Group. John has more than four years of executive experience, leading innovative 501(c)3 organizations focused on warrior wellness. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has been responsible for multi-billion dollar P&L’s for more than 15 years.
John has been intimately involved with SPARTA since its inception and leads the effort to build the support and collaboration within the business environment that will allow SPARTA to sustain long-term operations, specifically with warrior reintegration and leadership development. His integrity, passion, and commitment to service are an inspiration to the SPARTA team and participants. After serving his country honorably, John continues his service in an effort to help this generation of warriors get access to the healing they deserve.
Richard Verdone, Vice President
Richard began his career with the US Army in 2001 and was selected to serve as an Army Ranger assigned to 3rd Ranger Battalion. Richard fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan in four Combat deployments with the Rangers. He finished his Army career in 2015 with six deployments, five of which supported combat efforts overseas. Thanks to help from the SPARTA providers, Richard is the President of ONYX, a veteran run and operated construction company. Richard is a full-time advocate dedicating his life to assisting communities to better understand their veteran population by providing education and experience to assist organizations to be more active in the veteran transition process.
Amy Sexauer, Executive Director
Amy comes from a large military family. Her father retired from the Army in 2005 and all three of Amy’s siblings are currently serving. Amy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009 with a degree in System Management. She commissioned as a Military Police Officer and later joined the Special Operations community as a CST and then as a Psychological Operations Officer. She deployed at total of three times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Amy served nine years on active duty and continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves.
After her healing experience led by the providers of The SPARTA Project, Amy became committed to bringing healing to all veterans and their families and believes that veterans play a key role in healing their communities.
Amy also recently became a mother with the birth of her now six month old daughter, Jyn.
Buddy Rake, Board Member
Buddy Rake is one of the principals of the firm and is certified as a Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death cases by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. He practices in the area of product liability, aviation, automobile product failure, electrical generating accidents, medical malpractice and education law. He is the Chairman of both the Boating and Seating Law sections of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is on the Board of Directors of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and is a founding member of the Institute of Injury Reduction. He is a founding member of the Master of the Bench, Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court, American Inns of Court.