Mr. John Bushey – Program Director
Mr. Bushey is the Program Director for EagleForce Warrior Foundation. He manages the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and development of future strategy for sustainability and partnerships. He comes to the Foundation after a 29 year Navy career, where his last active duty assignment was Director of the Navy Wounded Warrior program. His operational experience included assignments such as maintenance quality assurance, flight instructor and standardization, aircraft carrier navigator and commanding officer of a helicopter squadron and an overseas installation. His staff assignments were with Chief of Naval Education and Training, the Joint Staff, and Navy Installations Command. He was recognized as the Squadron Officer of the Year for 2001, Wing Officer of the Year for 2004, Navy League leadership award recipient for 2012, and recognized as having the most improved squadron for 2009 and 2010. Mr. Bushey earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History at Iowa State University.
Mr. Christopher Cresswell – Board Member
Mr. Cresswell has played instrumental roles in driving innovation across both the commercial and clinical verticals within the healthcare sector for nearly two decades. He is a nationally recognized entrepreneur with a plethora of successful start-ups including AdherenceRx, New Enterprise Ventures, US Wellness, and the National Wellness Foundation He also served as General Manager of Patient Innovations for both Dr. First and United BioSource Corporation, now ExpressScripts. He has supported many healthcare technology companies as well as defined new business models, channels, and revenue streams through the formation of strategic partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions both domestically and internationally.
Dr. Philip Corcoran – Board Member
Dr. Corcoran is a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. He specializes in cardiovascular surgery and thoracic surgery. He practices at the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Clinic at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his surgery residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery. He has been recognized as one of the area’s “Top Doctors” in cardiovascular surgery and thoracic surgery by Washingtonian magazine.
Mr. James A. Smith Jr. – Director of Flight Operations and Training
Mr. Smith has been involved in aviation for over 45 years. He has a Master of Science Degree from the University of Southern California in Systems Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology. James had a 25-year career in the United States Marine Corps flying the AH-1 Cobra aircraft and served as the Squadron Commander for Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773. He also flew over 35 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Medal as well as the Kuwait Liberation Medal.James has been employed by United Airlines since 1992. He holds type ratings in the B-777, B-767, B-757, B-737 and the Airbus 320. He also held the position of Assistant Chief Pilot at the Washington, DC pilot base and also as the Flight Operations Duty Manager at the Willis Tower in Chicago. James brings a wealth of aviation operational and management experience to the EagleForce team.
Mr. Jeffrey S. Gray – Corporate Director of Operations
Mr. Gray comes to EagleForce with over 25 years experience in the education and defense sectors. In the education sector, he worked for Chicago Public Schools and Archdiocese of Chicago as a senior school administrator—both at the district and school level. He was responsible for the supervision of numerous high-profile educational programs for the school district, such as, director of Selective Enrollment High Schools and Military Academies admissions; Gifted, Talented, and Enriched Programs; high school sports and marching band grant worth $6 million; City of Chicago’s Principal for a Day Program; Title IX compliance; and team member for school closings and openings. In the defense sector, he transitioned periodically between active and reserve status as a Navy reserve public affairs officer. He created and managed the Chief of Naval Personnel’s Navy City Outreach Program. The program is a national outreach program that engaged and connected senior Navy leaders with youth, educators, civic and business leaders, and local elected officials in five large urban centers. Mr. Gray has also served as a public affairs officer in Afghanistan at NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, in Kabul.Mr. Gray holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. In addition, he is professionally affiliated with: Chicago Navy Memorial at Navy Pier project, Illinois Secretary of State’s Veteran’s Advisory Council, Board member for the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy, and Board secretary for the Sue Duncan Children’s Center.