Special Forces Charitable Trust Appoints Jodi Burns as Executive Director
Southern Pines, NC (July 21, 2020) – Terry English, President of the Board of Directors of the Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT), announced today that after an extensive national search, the Board is appointing Jodi Burns as the new Executive Director. She will replace David Guernsey, who is retiring after 10 years.
“I can’t say enough about the key role David played in building SFCT from scratch,” said English. “His over 30 years as a nonprofit professional was instrumental in establishing a solid base for our charity. And as we developed, his skills were paramount in establishing and executing programs and support for Green Berets and their families. Especially important was the rapport and mutual respect he established with SF Command.”
When Guernsey announced his intention to retire, the Trust engaged the national executive search firm Kittleman & Associates, which specializes in the recruitment of nonprofit executive directors. A national search identified over 60 applicants, most with military or extensive nonprofit experience. Through a series of interviews, Burns clearly demonstrated the passion, knowledge and leadership to take the Trust to the next level.
Burns brings a decade of experience in developing and directing a large-scale resilience program for elite, high-performance military personnel and their families here in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Burns was SFCT’s Director of Programs, where she excelled in implementing what is now the SFCT's signature program, Mettle & Moxie. Mettle & Moxie provides an education-based weekend designed to refresh and strengthen the SF Family as they continue to face unique challenges as part of serving. As a SOF spouse of over 20 years while raising two children, she knows intimately the challenges Special Forces Soldiers and their Families face through multiple deployments.
“For the last 10 years, I’ve enjoyed building this organization into what it has become today in support of the SF community,” said Guernsey. “With the help of a dedicated Board of Directors, we’ve been able to provide over $12 million in meaningful programs and support for SF soldiers and their families. I’ve known Jodi for a number of years and have worked closely with her over the last two years. I’m confident SFCT will continue to grow under her leadership.”
“What an honor it is to lead the Special Forces Charitable Trust,” said Burns. “I’m grateful for David and the Board of Directors who have paved the way for future success. I look forward to continued growth, expanding critical programs and answering the call just as these Families do each and every day.” Burns will assume her responsibilities as Executive Director of the Special Forces Charitable Trust on October 1, 2020.
The Special Forces Charitable Trust financially supports the programs that promote wellbeing, healthy living, and strong family bonds of our U.S. Army Special Forces and their families to improve the quality of their lives while enhancing mission readiness. For additional information please visit www.specialforcescharitabletrust.org.