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.  

Buddy RakeBoard 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.