Two new members joined the Board of Directors of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge at the fall meeting on Oct. 19, and new leadership positions were also announced.
The two new members are Sally Peterson Brinton, a manager for Ensign Pines Properties, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Marvell Ruppel, of Cedarburg, Wis., the immediate past national president of National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.
Chris Rothey was reelected chairman of the board. Chris, vice president of Multifamily Product Solutions at Comcast, became a board member of Freedoms Foundation in 2012 and vice chairman in 2014. He is a regular speaker for the Foundation’s Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program.
Chris served for five years as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Pennsylvania on a Navy scholarship. There he completed the University’s Management and Technology Program, earning a bachelor’s degree in Finance at the Wharton School as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering at the Moore School.
Jordan W. Clements is the new vice chair of the Board of Directors. Jordan is a partner of Rock Creek Capital, a private equity investment firm based in Salt Lake City. He began his investment career in 1995 when he became the managing partner of a start-up private equity firm. Before that, Jordan practiced corporate and business law.
He has served on numerous boards of directors, including Energy Solutions and 3form, and has led or invested in more than 50 privately held, high-growth businesses. He has also been active in numerous charitable, nonprofit activities. Jordan obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School.
Richard Griffith, of Newtown, Pa., has been named board treasurer. Rick founded Image API, a content services, imaging and business process services provider in Tallahassee, Fla.
Rick has more than three decades years of experience in records management, document conversion services, business process strategy and enterprise content management. He is a strong proponent of industry standards, quality and operational efficiency and possesses a broad managerial and technical understanding of business process improvement. Rick is a graduate of Purdue University.
Forrest Hansen has become secretary of the Board of Directors. Forrest serves as special counsel at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia. He previously was counsel for Deutsche Bank AG and an attorney with White & Castle LLP. Forrest is a lecturer at the Universite Paris Descartes: Faculte de Droit and was an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Forrest clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie, and is a graduate of Brigham Young University and American University’s Washington College of Law.
Sally Peterson Brinton began piano lessons at age 7 with her mother. Four years later she performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony. Sally graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah and received her master’s degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School of Music. She is the first-prize winner of four national piano competitions and has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall and with orchestras throughout the United States.
She is past president of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Utah Chapter, and served on the Utah Board for seven years. As chapter president, she organized a Freedoms Foundation Concert of patriotic music and inspiring words with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, 2002. She has traveled to Valley Forge on two occasions as a chaperone with her husband for the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conferences, and six of her seven children attended SOA conferences.
Sally, a manager for Ensign Pines Properties in Salt Lake City, has served on the Board of Directors for Snowbird Ski Resort and Deer Valley Institute, and she was also on the advisory board for Macy’s, where she received a commendation from the CEO. She is the mother of seven children and grandmother to 29. She enjoys traveling with her husband (has traveled to all seven continents) and spending time with their family.
Marvell Ruppel served as the 71st National AMVETs Ladies Auxiliary president from 2017-2018. As national president her project was the streetlamp replacement at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Marvell has held many positions in AMVETs Ladies Auxiliary on the local and state levels.
Marvell currently serves on the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary Board of Trustees as their secretary. She is also an active life member of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #60 in St. Francis, Wis., where she currently holds the offices of president and hospital chairman.
Marvell holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her professional career has spanned over 30 years and she currently works at Fresh Start Family Services, where she is a treatment foster care case management supervisor, clinical advisor and trainer. She is also an adjunct lecturer for the School of Social Welfare at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Marvell is the daughter of a Navy WWII veteran. Her brother and husband both served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
Marvell and her husband, Jim, of Cedarburg, Wis., have been married for 46 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Three of their children attended the Spirit of America AMVETS sponsored youth conference.