Our Mission

The mission of It’s About The Warrior Foundation is to assist and empower ALL post 9/11 veterans and their families from the Tri-State Area, not just wounded or combat veterans, with our financial grant, home improvement, therapeutic, and outreach programs thus, leading them to a successful and enriched life.


Our History

It's About the Warrior Foundation was created in 2012 by Founder and Executive Director Steve Monteleone, a seven year United States Air Force veteran. What was just supposed to be a simple golf tournament fundraising event at OLDE STONEWALL GOLF CLUB in Ellwood City, PA for the Injured Semper Fi Fund, has turned into something special in the TRI-STATE AREA for our veterans and their families! Along with the Board of Directors, the ultimate goal of the Foundation is to assist and empower post 9/11 veterans from the Tri-State area.

Financial Transparency

The funding for these programs is allotted from our fundraising events, donations, and sponsorships throughout each year. We welcome our communities, businesses, and any other interested organizations to support our Foundation each year. To ensure transparency of financial responsibility, we made our 990s available for your review. So you can rest assured that your donations and support go to those who need it most. 2012 2013 2014

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Our Mission

The mission of It’s About The Warrior Foundation is to assist and empower ALL post 9/11 veterans and their families from the Tri-State Area, not just wounded or combat veterans, with our financial grant, home improvement, therapeutic, and outreach programs thus, leading them to a successful and enriched life.

Our History

It's About the Warrior Foundation was created in 2012 by Founder and Executive Director Steve Monteleone, a seven year United States Air Force veteran. What was just supposed to be a simple golf tournament fundraising event at OLDE STONEWALL GOLF CLUB in Ellwood City, PA for the Injured Semper Fi Fund, has turned into something special in the TRI-STATE AREA for our veterans and their families! Along with the Board of Directors, the ultimate goal of the Foundation is to assist and empower post 9/11 veterans from the Tri-State area.

Financial Transparency

The funding for these programs is allotted from our fundraising events, donations, and sponsorships throughout each year. We welcome our communities, businesses, and any other interested organizations to support our Foundation each year. To ensure transparency of financial responsibility, we made our 990s available for your review. So you can rest assured that your donations and support go to those who need it most. 2012 2013 2014


Steve Monteleone
Founder/Executive Director

Steve Monteleone is the Founder and Executive Director of the IT’S ABOUT THE WARRIOR FOUNDATION. Mr. Monteleone is a 7 year veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Monteleone's military awards/medals include; USAF Good Conduct Medal w/device, USAF Longevitiy Service Medal, USAF Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, USAF Outstanding Unit Award w/device, USAF Expert Marksmanship Medal and USAF Achievement Medal. Mr. Monteleone received an Honorable Discharge in 1992.

Born in Butler, Pennsylvania, Mr. Monteleone is a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Blinded Veterans Association.

Mr. Monteleone earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Slippery Rock University and was the lead instructor with the Department of the Navy's Starbase Atlantis educational program from 2001-2013. Mr. Monteleone enjoys coaching football where he was the Offensive Coordinator at both Butler Area and Penn Hills High Schools and currently is a coach at North Allegheny High School, golfing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He lives in Butler with his wife Debbie, son Trevor, and two daughters Marriah and Emma.

Sean Swidzinski
Board Member

Vice President of the Foundation. Sean was born in Butler, PA in 1975. Graduated from Butler in 1994 and received his bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University in 1998. Interned with the University of Pittsburgh football team after graduated from SRU. Sean is the PGA Professional at Olde Stonewall GC in Ellwood City, PA since 1999.
Sean enjoys athletics, exercise and the outdoors.
He and his wife Stacey reside in Butler Twp with their two children Hunter and Halle

Dr. Sasha Mondragon, Ph.D.
Board Member

Sasha Mondragon was raised in Wyoming and received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah in 2006. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2012 at Brigham Young University. She enjoyed working with Veterans at the VA Hospital in Houston, Texas and hopes to continue to work with Veterans throughout her career. During her postdoctoral fellowship at the VA she received focused training in trauma/PTSD and anxiety. She is happy to have recently relocated to Pennsylvania and to be working with Veterans again through IATW! Dr. Mondragon is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania (License # PS017538).

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Kevin James Broderick
Board Member

Currently reside in Patterson Township, PA with my loving wife Barbara. Have 4 children, Jillian Elko, Philip Elko, Kyle and Michael Broderick and one granddaughter Emeline.

Have been employed by Stepan Company as a National Account Manager for 24 years and have worked in the Polymer Chemistry Industry since 1977. Graduated from Riverview High School and attended University of Pittsburgh for Chemical Engineering.

A Christian and avid outdoorsmen who enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing. Currently working with my wife Barbara on restoration of 1883 Farm House and 75 acres in South Beaver Township. We hope to complete in 2015 for hosting many “outdoor adventures” for our warriors. Chairman for the Hunting and Fishing committee for the IATW.

Brandon Rumbaugh
Board Member

At 27, United States Marine, Corporal Brandon Rumbaugh retired medically from military service in September 2012 after serving five years on active duty with 1st Battalion 8th Marines as an 81mm mortar gunner during his first deployment to Iraq.

Later deployed to Afghanistan, Corporal Rumbaugh was the squad leader during his deployment, where he suffered multiple injuries from a multitude of IED explosions over a three month period. However, when one of his fellow Marines stepped on an IED while conducting a security patrol around their temporary makeshift outpost, Corporal Rumbaugh quickly geared up, grabbed a stretcher and headed for the wounded Marine. Nearly 25 meters from the wounded Marine, he stepped on a secondary IED, causing him to lose both of his legs.

He was immediately sent to Camp Leatherneck for treatment, and then to Germany for four days, and finally returned to Walter Reed in the U.S. for therapy.

Spending 16 months at Walter Reed undergoing extensive therapy, Corporal Rumbaugh has returned to his home in Uniontown, PA. He is regularly competes in powerlifting competitions, as well as ATV races on his adapted Yamaha YFZ 450 ATV. Brandon has also spoken all over the country while representing IATW Foundation.

Ashley Dougherty
Board Member

Meteorologist Ashley Dougherty forecasts Pittsburgh weather each weekday on Pittsburgh's Action News 4 This Morning and on Pittsburgh's Action News 4 At Noon.

Ashley is a native of Wampum, Lawrence County, and received her B.A. in communication from Bethany College in West Virginia. She earned her broadcast meteorology degree from Mississippi State University.

In 2008, she began her career as a meteorologist at WTRF in Wheeling, W.Va., and worked her way up before arriving at WTAE in 2012.

When Ashley is not predicting local weather on Pittsburgh's Action News 4, she enjoys golfing, working out, bocce, spending time with family and friends, traveling, baking, and relaxing with her dog, Bubba.

An animal advocate, Ashley raises awareness to animal abuse and neglect, and is involved in working with animal shelters to help dogs and cats find their forever homes.

Patrick Vero Hammonds
Board Member

Treasurer and Legal counsel of the Foundation. Patrick is a native to Butler, PA and graduate of Butler Area High School (2003), Robert Morris University (B.S.B.A., 2007) and Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 2010). He is currently employed at the law firm of Dillon McCandless King Coulter & Graham, LLP and a member of the Butler County and Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Patrick is an avid sports fan—coaching, playing and watching hockey as often as he can. He is actively involved in the local high school hockey organization and is the head coach for the Butler Golden Tornado hockey team. Patrick and his wife Brittnee reside in Butler County.

Dr. Thomas Burnett, M.D.
Board Member

Dr. Thomas J. Burnett, originally from Dayton, OH, was a captain in the United States Air Force.

After completing medical school, he served 3 years as a flight surgeon for the 178th Fighter Wing and 445th Airlift Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio from 2008 to 2011.

He was awarded the Commendation Medal in June 2011 for his achievements while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, where he served as a validating flight surgeon of Regional Command South.

After his honorable discharge in 2011, he returned to Pittsburgh to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) and is now the acting Medical Director of Legacy Medical Centers here in Pittsburgh with a focus on concussion, post-concussion syndrome and musculoskeletal injuries. He lives in Peter's Township with his wife Nancy and two boys Colin and Keaton.

Michael Sears
Honorary Board Member - Silver Star/Bronze Star/Purple Heart

Master Sergeant Michael Sears is an eighteen year combat veteran of the United States military. MSgt Sears has served with both the United States Marine Corp and United States Air Force. He currently serves as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician with 177th Fighter Wing Atlantic City, NJ. After returning from combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for actions he took during combat missions.

Thirty-six years old and born and raised in New Jersey, MSgt Sears has been deployed overseas on four separate occasions both as a Marine Infantryman and an EOD Technician with the Air Force. MSgt Sears is one of the highest decorated Airmen in his career field. He has over 200 explosive related combat missions and has defused over 100 Improved Explosive Devices (IED). He has been honored with multiple awards including the USO George Van Cleave Leadership award, Enlisted Association CMSgt Richard W. Spencer outstanding NCO of the year award, Military Officers Association of America Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer and the 177th Outstanding NCO of the year award.

He is currently employed with the Department of Homeland Security Pittsburgh office as an Explosive Security Specialist. MSgt Sears currently resides in Beaver, PA with his loving wife Jen and three children, Mike age 9, Alexis 7 and Mikaela 5.

Rob Chillinsky
Advisory Board Member

Rob Chillinsky, born and raised in South West Pennsylvania is a devoted husband to his wife Shawna and father to his children Roman, Lily and Sophia (In-Transit). He currently works as a bridge designer for SAI Consulting Engineers along with being Co-Owner of Apparition Scents, a hunting scent and lure company.

With Rob’s knowledge of the outdoors and drive to support our veterans, he has helped organize and plan multiple veteran hunting trips, documentaries and fund raising events. Rob plans to help grow the IATW Foundation with his knowledge of the hunting industry along with helping our heroes every chance he gets.

Matt Bloom
Advisory Board Member

Matt Bloom is United States Marine Veteran who served 8 years in the Marine Corps Reserves out of North Versailles, PA from 1998-2006. Matt was a part of Military Police Company B 4th FSSG and completed two combat tours in Iraq in 2003 and 2004-2005. During his tours in Iraq, Matt received company level and personal awards to include the Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his work during the Battle of Fallujah in November 2004.

At the age of 37, Matt currently lives in North Fayette Township just west of the City of Pittsburgh with his wife and step daughter and also has an older daughter who lives in Smithton, PA. Matt currently works as a Licensed Social Worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Pittsburgh. Matt works in the VA’s Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn program where he assists Veterans from the current conflicts become enrolled and engaged in care through case management services.

Mike Keim
Advisory Board Member

"I currently reside in Beaver, PA with my lovely wife Brenda and 2 children Leah and Gavin.

I have spent my career in the Inside Sales arena in Individual Contributor and Sales Leadership roles. I began that career with Dun & Bradstreet in Bethlehem, PA. After 13 years with D&B I accepted the challenge of joining my current employer, ADP, where I was tasked with building their Major Accounts Inside Sales Team from the ground up. After completing the first phase of that build in Allentown, PA, I relocated to the Pittsburgh area to launch our second office in Robinson. I have now been with ADP for over 8 years and currently serve as the Vice President of Major Accounts Inside Sales."

Philip Elko
Advisory Board Member

"I was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. I was a MP with MP Company Bravo and served two tours overseas. In 2008 deployed to Iraq and was attached to 2nd LAR (Light Armor Reconnaissance) and in 2010, I deployed to Afghanistan and was attached to 1st Battalion 2nd Marines. As part of the PMT (Police Mentor Team), we were responsible for training the Afghan police. I am a Combat Veteran, employed at AK Steel and residing in Butler Pennsylvania.

I was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal during a mass casualty that occurred from an IED explosion in my area of operation. I utilized my training as a combat life saver to administer aid to more than eight civilians injured in the blast. My quick actions and assistance to the battalion aid station personnel ensured the stabilization of the casualties and their expedited movement to the next higher echelon of care."

Drew Volchko
Advisory Board Member

"I currently reside in Heidelberg, Pa, with my wife Teresa and our daughter Shelby-Lynn and our zoo of rescued pitbulls Benne and Glory and my rottweilers Cuffs and Judge. I am a proud graduate of Cornell High School, US Army Intelligence School and Columbia Southern University where I earned my Bachelor''s degree in Criminal Justice.

I have been a police officer nearly twenty years. After graduating from the CCBC Police Academy I served with the Potter Township Police in 1996 before leaving for my current position with the Bethel Park Police. Before becoming a police officer, I served proudly with the US Army, serving in Europe and the Middle East, including service in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Earned several awards for service prior to returning to complete my service at Ft Meade. Served as a civilian with Star Wars program SDIO/BMDO at the Pentagon before returning home to start service as a police officer.

My free time is spent with my family, dogs and horses and serving others as a Christian. I am a founding member of the We s tern PA Police Benevolent Foundation and advisory member of the IATW. My family shares my passion for animals and service to others."