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.
Board of Directors, Treasurer
Jared Krog is a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. He joined their team after 10 years of service as an Infantryman in The United States Army. During his tenure in the Army, Jared completed two deployments - one to Afghanistan in 2004 and one to Kosovo in 2007. Some of his military accomplishments include completing Airborne School, Army Mountain Warfare School, Air Assault School, Modern Army Combatives and US Army Ranger School. Jared completed a total of 12 years on active duty and with The Minnesota National Guard in June of 2014.
During his time as an intern, Jared was named the #1 intern in the nation due to his accomplishments and dedication to this business. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Jared became a full-time Financial Advisor in February of 2014. He ranked 5th amongst his peers in the 2015 Mike Gisch Competition. Jared has since qualified for Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. Jared continues to be a leader within Northwestern Mutual as a College Unit Director and by doing the right things for his clients. Jared lives in Minnetonka, MN and enjoys spending time with friends and family, being active outdoors, and working out.
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."
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.
"Donating to 23rd Veteran is my chance to serve those who've sacrificed so much for me".- sustaining donor