Meet Our Board of Directors
Thomas P. McShane
Chairman of the Board
Tom McShane has initiated and led successful start-up companies and served at the senior executive
level of others. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for PLH
Group, Inc., a Dallas-based, private equity-owned holding company with 14 diversified power line and
pipeline construction and maintenance companies with $1 billion in revenue. Prior to that, he was cofounder
and CEO of Air2, LLC, a helicopter operation specializing in power line transmission construction
and maintenance, established in 1998 and sold to PLH Group in 2010. Tom started his business career
with Deloitte in 1976 and became a Certified Public Accountant. In 1987 he founded McShane Group, a
turnaround management-consulting firm serving U.S. and international clients from five U.S. offices.
Throughout his career, Tom has been successful in starting and managing business entities, raising
capital from banks, private equity firms, corporate entities and public equity markets. Tom holds a BBA
in Accounting from Florida International University. Tom’s youngest daughter is a Captain in the U.S. Army
and a 2013 Graduate of West Point, Army Ranger School, Sapper School and a member of the
Cultural Support Team program . His son-in-law is a U.S. Army Special Forces Medic.
Tom Caldroney served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970 through 1976. He retired in 2013 after 42
years at Ferguson Enterprises. Tom has a background of running a sales organization that includes
leading a team of as many as 150 associates to accomplish sales and profit goals. He currently resides in
Baltimore, MD, and Naples, FL, along his wife, Gini, a native of Durham, NC.
Al Myers is a Durham, NC, resident who, along with his wife, Sharon, is a pillar in the community. Al is a
decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Marine Air Wing in Vietnam. His construction
company built key developments in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill metropolitan area. His competitive
BBQ Group, “Up in $moke,” has held numerous community fundraisers and free events for veterans and
active-duty service members over the past several years.
Cpl. Patrick Matisi, USMC Ret., and Sasha Techet
Patrick Matisi and his wife, Sasha Techet, are uniquely qualified to articulate the Warrior Wellness
Solutions mission from a combat-wounded warrior and caregiver perspective, having been the
recipients of WWS services while stationed at Wounded Warrior Battalion-East Camp Lejeune, NC.
Patrick served as a combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a Purple Heart recipient who was
wounded in action in by a Taliban Sniper in Afghanistan in 2011. After medically retiring from the Marine
Corps, he worked at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and currently works in security for the
National Institutes of Health. Patrick and Sasha live in Washington, DC, with their son.
Sgt. Michael Politowicz
A Detroit native, Politowicz is the grandson of the late Edward Politowicz Sr., a World War II USMC veteran and survivor of four amphibious assaults, including two on Iwo Jima. He recently passed away at age 91. With his grandfather as his role model, Michael Politowicz enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000 at age 18, but he didn’t make it very far. “Halfway through boot camp, I was attacked by fire ants and went into anaphylactic shock," and "the Navy medical board deemed me unfit to continue with training.”
Politowicz returned to Detroit and worked on auto assembly lines and other factories. His goal was to de-sensitize his allergic reaction to fire ants and then re-enlist. But the Marine Corps told the six-foot-three-inch-tall Politowicz he was 60 pounds overweight. Two months later, he came in 20 pounds overweight. The third time he tried, they told him he still had 8
pounds to lose, so he left the recruiter’s office, put on a wet suit and garbage bags, worked out and lost the weight in two hours.
Finally, in 2009, Politowicz was a Marine again. He was older than his drill sergeant, but he successfully completed boot camp and became a combat engineer. Two years later, he was on foot patrol in Afghanistan when he stepped on a trip wire and an
improvised explosive device (IED) detonated only three feet from him. Politowicz was blown up and landed with a forearm shattered by shrapnel and a traumatic brain injury. That’s how he wound up in the USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune, N.C., a Purple Heart recipient suffering PTSD and nightmares, back up to 50 pounds overweight and taking 15 prescription medications. He was determined to return to active duty. Politowicz’s wife, Suzi, reached out for help and was referred to Elijah Sacra, a USMC veteran, personal trainer and founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization
Warrior Wellness Solutions. Sacra, who lived in Maryland at the time, was planning a weekend trip to his fiancée’s home in Durham, N.C., and agreed to bring his fiancée, Clarissa Kussin, to visit Politowicz at Camp Lejeune. That turned out to be the same weekend Hurricane Irene was headed for the North Carolina coast and Camp Lejeune was evacuated. Instead, Politowicz, Suzi and their dog, Jinx, spent the weekend at the farm owned by Kussin, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and a cofounder of Warrior Wellness Solutions and Director of Operations for the nonprofit. Together, Sacra and Kussin taught Politowicz and his wife the foundations of their Warrior Wellness Solutions Program, which encompasses nutrition, adaptive functional movement exercise and mindful yoga therapy. Within three months of working with Warrior Wellness Solutions, Politowicz had reduced his prescription medications from 15 to one. In addition, he had lost so much weight that his company commander at Wounded Warrior Battalion East demanded to know what he’d been doing. Politowicz told his commanding officer, Antony Andrious, about Warrior Wellness Solutions and said, “You should bring them here.” His improvement continued by leaps and bounds until finally Andrious called Sacra and invited him to present to the wounded Marines at Camp Lejeune. “That first workshop at Camp Lejeune in 2011 was the beginning,” Sacra said. “We’ve been here ever since, and Michael Politowicz has been there to tell his story as a testimony at every workshop.” Politowicz knows something about physical performance and workouts, because he’s a competitive bicyclist, triathlete and powerlifter. He’s also won a gold medal in shot put and a bronze in discus at the Marine Corps Warrior Games Trials and will be participating again in June. Politowicz is part of the one percent of Marines who has left the Wounded Warrior Battalion and returned to active duty, just as he set out to do years before. He now works in the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), supporting Marines who are training for special operations. He currently resides in Jacksonville, NC with his wife, two children, and two American Bull Dogs
Antony Andrious is an Active Duty U.S. Marine Corps Officer and former Company Commander at Wounded Warrior Battalion East
Camp Lejuene, NC. He resides in New Bern, NC with his family and is the Communications and Public Affairs Director for WWS.