Who We Are

The Force 50 Foundation was born out of the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program, an initiative by the Office of the Governor to improve access to healthcare and Veteran’s resources. Download our 2022 brochure.

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop a communication and coordination plan linking all resources assisting Oklahoma veterans, to recognize and provide support to those resources when appropriate and provide emergency aid to veterans and their families facing quality of life issues.


• We believe in the power of collaboration.
• We will advocate for quality support services for those who have served in our armed forces.
• We will build and sustain a Veteran Partner Network and create networking opportunities to increase communication between agencies within that network.


  • Pete Reed, (MAJ, Ret.)

    , Board Chairman

    Manager of Veteran Services, LifeSpring Home Health Care
    Veteran organization affiliations: Coordinator, Governor’s Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program, Former Executive Director of Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Myles Deering, (Major General, U.S. Army, Ret.)

    , Vice-Chairman

    Veteran organization affiliations: American Legion

  • Ashley Howard

    , Board Secretary

    Director of Marketing, NewView Oklahoma

  • Ben Robinson (Brig. Gen., USAF, Retired)

    , Board of Directors

    Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education

  • Gary W. Banz (Sgt., U.S. Army)

    , Board of Directors

    Former State Representative, Retired School Teacher
    Other Veteran organization affiliations: Co-Founder/Executive Director of Oklahoma Honor Flights

  • Karen Vahlberg

    , Board of Directors

    CEO, LifeSpring Home Health Care, BSN, RN

  • Mark Kinders, Ed. D. (Sgt., USMC)

    , Board of Directors

    Visiting Scholar, Vice President-Emeritus, University of Central Oklahoma
    Veteran organization affiliations: Co-Chair, Governor’s Pilot Project on Veteran Access to Health Care, Coordinator, UCO research and mitigation strategies development on Veteran suicide, Member, Governor’s Challenge to reduce Veteran suicide

  • Mike Intrieri

    , Board of Directors

    Just Kids Pediatrics

  • Pete Costilow, (Brigadier General, US Army, Ret.)

    , Board of Directors

    Retired FAA & US Army
    Veteran organization affiliations: Commissioner of Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs

  • Rich W. Hess (Sgt. USMC, Veteran Desert Storm, F 2/14)

    , Board of Directors

    Health Care Highways
    Veteran organization affiliations: Folds of Honor

  • Shanna Stallings

    , Board of Directors

    Blanchard Professional Properties

  • Steve Yarger

    , Board Treasurer

    LifeSpring Home Health Care


  • Representative David Smith

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Senator J.J. Dossett

    Oklahoma State Senate

  • Senator Paul Rosino

    Oklahoma State Senate

  • Representative Josh West

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Representative Chris Kannady

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Representative Collin Walke

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Representative Marcus McEntire

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Senator Frank Simpson

    Oklahoma State Senate

  • Senator George Young

    Oklahoma State Senate

  • Representative Jon Echols

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Representative Jay Steagall

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Representative Kevin McDugle

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Representative Sheila Dills

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Representative Jason Dunnington

    Oklahoma House of Representatives

  • Steve Owens

    University of Oklahoma Heisman Trophy Winner and former NFL player

  • Tinker Owens

    Former University of Oklahoma football standout and NFL player

  • Barry Switzer

    Former Head Football Coach for the University of Oklahoma, Former Head Football
    Coach for the Dallas Cowboys and member of the college football Hall of Fame.

  • Honorable George Nigh

    Former Governor of Oklahoma (1979-1986)
    Special Advisor to the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program

  • Donna Nigh

  • Honorable Mary Fallin

    Former Governor of Oklahoma (2011-2018)

  • Wade Christiansen

  • Governor Bill Anoatubby

  • Blake Shelton

    Award winning Country Music Star

  • Rita Aragon, MG (Ret)

  • Ed Pulido, MAJ (Ret)

  • Scott Mitchell

    Host of MitchellTalks


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