A Passionate Team

With Weekly business meetings, we celebrate as a team focused on delivering real results for Veterans and their families.

Garret Whiteside
National Director

Cross Junction, VA
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Dr. Garret Whiteside is a Retired LTC from the USMC.  He is a former VP of Bitek International, Inc., and former CEO of Whiteside Consulting. Garret serves as the National Director for field and fund raising operations. He is known for his dedication to our active military and veterans. He started the Whiteside Group to support a few vets who were in desperate need. Then when Bitek decided to formally terminate the BTMS (BiTek International Technical Management System) US Market and move the company he worked with Wounded Warrior Project for a short time before joining the reorganization efforts at NROTC.

Alex Rich

Raleigh, NC

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Alexander Rich comes to the NROTC with a 35-year background in fundraising in the non-profit sector. 

In 2007 after being introduced to NROTC's Founder and past President Thomas Ruley and his vision of what the organization could become, Alexander Rich decided to dedicate his life to helping veterans, and the families of our fallen heroes. He is especially focused on helping honorably discharged combat veterans who by no fault of their own have fallen on hard times and found themselves to be unemployed or homeless. "No honorably discharged veteran should ever find themselves without meaningful employment or a roof over their heads," says Alex.

Tom Ruley
Founder and Chairman
Essex, MD
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Tom Ruley has been involved in the non-profit sector for over 20 years including 15 years with NFIB, The National Federation of Independent Business. Tom explains that he considers himself to be a caring individual who is driven by a genuine desire to do good for others. Says Tom, “It had its beginnings after a heart attack forced me to re-evaluate my life. In looking at my life from a more serious point of view, I evaluated the positive impact I have made on this earth so far during my stay and I decided that somehow, I wanted to do more.”

Lisa Sietsma
Eastern Regional Manager

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Stephanie Armentrout
Central Regional Manager

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Claydee Dunks-Martin
Western Regional Manager

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Nonprofit organizations are governed by a Board of Trustees. The “Trustees” determine by majority vote, the salaries of our personnel so that a fair but not excessive amount is paid to its executives and employees, as compared to similarly situated profit and not for profit business organizations. They exercise control over all fiscal related issues including budgets and distribution of assets. They
also are instrumental in determining the direction of our organization. Our “Trustees” bring to the table much experience in business administration and can be counted on to exercise fiscal responsibility and restraint. Most importantly, our Trustees can be relied on for their morals, ethics and common sense as trusted fiduciaries of our organization.


Stanley Beers – Secretary/Treasurer

Middle River, MD

Stanley Beers is a U.S Air Force veteran and is the owner/operator of Beers Tax and Accounting.

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Eino (Ed) D’Amario – Trustee

Essex, MD

USAF Veteran

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Donald (Slim) Pletka – Trustee

Baltimore, MD

Vietnam Veteran

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Remembering All Who Serve and Have Served
Celebrating Over A Decade of Service
National Remember Our Troops Campaign, Inc. (“NROTC”) is a Maryland non-profit corporation recognized as tax-exempt under IRS § 501(c)(3). All donations or contributions made payable to NROTC are fully tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. EIN: 26-0098940
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