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David T. Guernsey, Jr.

Executive Director

David is a nonprofit professional with over 30 years experience with symphony orchestras, maritime museums, foundations and colleges with the last 18 years serving with military nonprofit organizations. Prior to his appointment as the first Executive Director of the Special Forces Charitable Trust, David served with the Navy SEAL Foundation and the Coast Guard Foundation. David earned a B.M. from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgia Southern University. He is an active member in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a member of the Philanthropy Roundtable.

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Rachel E. Zarra-Locks

Communications Director

Rachel is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where she earned both a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in History.  In the past, she has worked with other nonprofit organizations, such as Easter Seals Goodwill Industries, and managed several successful nonprofit fundraisers.  Rachel worked at a social media marketing start-up in New York prior to happily rejoining the nonprofit industry at the Special Forces Charitable Trust.

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CW5 Douglas Frank, USA (Ret)

Operations Director

Doug entered the Minnesota Army National Guard in 1976 as an Infantryman and entered the U.S. Army in 1978 as a Military Policeman.  In 1985, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).  Doug was appointed as a Special Forces Warrant Officer in 1990.  He has led small teams of Green Berets, served in key and critical staff positions, and advised commanders at all levels within the Special Forces Regiment during peace and war.  Doug was selected to serve as the Command Chief Warrant Officer at both Brigade and Command levels in the 7th SFG(A), 1st Special Warfare Training Group, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, and the United States Army Special Forces Command.  His last assignment was with the USSOCOM Special Operations Joint Task Force-Bragg.  Since his retirement in 2014, Doug has continued to show his support for the Special Forces Regiment most notably though his active involvement with the Special Forces Association and serving on the USAJFKSWCS Legacy Group.  In 2017, Doug was chosen to serve as the Honorary Warrant Officer of the Special Forces Regiment. 

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Elsa Erickson-Trojan

Executive Assistant

Elsa is originally from Wisconsin where she studied Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  After college Elsa served with AmeriCorps NCCC for two years in the Northeast, which instilled a passion for nonprofits.  After many management positions since then, she is finally back in the nonprofit world.  Elsa lives in the area with her husband and three young boys.

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Jodi Burns

Program Director

Jodi has more than 15 years of experience in event marketing, planning and program design.  While attending University of Maryland University College, Jodi studied business management while she launched her very own national media marketing firm.  For the past decade, Jodi served as the Director of Field Operations for the Center of Military Relationships & Family and was the NSW Resilience Program liaison to the commands, where she collaborated with leadership to plan and deliver highly regarded multi-day retreats and workshops for those who answer the call time and time again, the SOF community and their families.