Nathan Helder

Board of Directors, Chair

Nathan Helder is the Manager of Operational Technology at ALLETE, where he is part of a team that supports the operational and control networks across Minnesota Power and ALLETE's other subsidiaries. Nathan grew up in the country town of Mantorville, Minnesota, before heading north to attend the University of Minnesota - Duluth where he received Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Psychology. He later attended the College of St. Scholastica, earning Master's degrees in Management and Business Administration. Nathan and his wife, Joanna, live in Duluth and have two children, Xaria and Torin.

Nathan was introduced to 23rd Veteran while participating in Leadership Duluth with Founder Mike Waldron. After Mike gave a presentation to the class on the 23V Recon program and its goal of empowering veterans to lead more successful lives, Nathan felt compelled to join the cause. He helped plan Duluth's second Nearly Naked Ruck March and later joined 23rd Veteran's Board of Directors. Nathan believes strongly in the vision for 23rd Veteran and is honored to help contribute towards its continued success.


Tom Nathe

Board of Directors, Community Engagement

Tom Nathe is a graduate of North Dakota State University and grew up in Central Minnesota.

Tom was introduced to 23rd Veteran by means of a Nearly Naked Ruck March flyer. Intrigued by the flyer, Tom spent many hours learning about 23rd Veteran on their website. Inspired to make a difference, he became a civilian volunteer for the 23V Recon program in Minneapolis. After meeting Mike Waldron, Tom was invited to be the first civilian to attend week one of the Recon curriculum in North Carolina in October of 2018. Tom’s time in North Carolina was so beneficial to the Recon program, it opened the door for civilians to attend week one of future Recon programs.

Tom’s wife served in the Air Force and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Between Tom and his Wife, their family trees include service in Desert Storm, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. Tom is inspired to give back to, and to be there for today's Veterans. The following quote sums up his feelings toward our Veterans…

“Only two defining forces have ever volunteered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom” – author unknown."


Hilary McCausland

Board of Directors, Human Resources & Bookkeeping

Hilary McCausland is the Director of Human Resources at Sisu Healthcare IT Solutions. She is responsible for all aspects of human resources such as benefits administration, recruiting, employee relations, compliance and compensation. She is originally from Duluth, Minnesota, but joined the US Navy in 2001 as an Operations Specialist. Hilary served during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Second-Class Petty Officer.

After the Navy, Hilary earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Management with an HR Management emphasis and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. After entering the HR field, she earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) certification. She is married with three boys.

Hilary first heard about 23rd Veteran during their annual Nearly Naked Ruck March when she participated in a team to raise money for the event. She later became part of the board of directors and is excited about this opportunity to help support veterans.


Brian Krusz

Board of Directors

Brian Krusz is the Co-Founder of Sgt. Clean’s Car Wash with multiple locations throughout Northeast Ohio. With over a decade thriving as an entrepreneur, Brian’s passion for business, love for people, infectious attitude and eagerness to help others succeed, has allowed him and his team to blossom. Brian, a Marine Corps Veteran of eight years and former Executive Recruiter, has a Business Management degree from Kent State University. Brian serves his community as an active Strongsville Rotarian, volunteer for the Strongsville School District and as a board member with COSE, Small Business Council.

Brian was attracted to 23rd Veteran after meeting Founder Mike Waldron at a Veteran Edge Conference in Texas. After hearing Mike’s journey and his vision for 23rd Veteran, he was hooked and eager to get involved. Brian is honored and blessed to be part of such an amazing, life changing organization.

Brian resides in Strongsville, Ohio with his wife Melissa and two energetic boys, Ethan and Griffin. Brian loves golf, hockey, tennis and all things Cleveland.