After retiring from Lima Company 3/25 and seeing The Eyes of Freedom unveiled at the Statehouse in 2008, Mike Strahle knew he had witnessed something truly special. The bonds formed with these 23 men while fighting alongside them made the life-size portraits difficult to view at first, yet a sense of honor and remembrance soon prevailed. Three years later he would contact Anita Miller, the artist and creator of The Eyes of Freedom, requesting to host the memorial at a Veteran’s Support fundraiser he founded. It was this reunion that sparked the passing of the baton from its creator to the hands of a brother in arms.
Sean has been involved with Eyes of Freedom since Anita Miller’s first brushstroke hit the canvas. He has documented the entire two-and-a-half-year process of the creation of the Memorial and now travels full-time with the exhibit alongside Cpl. Mike Strahle. Sean’s initial involvement with the project started as a way to pay tribute to his friend, Sgt. Justin Hoffman, with whom he worked at an insurance company in Columbus, Ohio. Sgt. Hoffman, one of Lima Company’s fallen Marines, was the first Anita painted. Sean maintains EoF’s website, produces its periodic newsletter, and books sites for the Memorial to visit.
Alissa’s experience in the financial and accounting industry, which spans 20 years, includes accounting and analyst positions at local and nationally recognized organizations. For nine years she served as controller of a small PR firm in Columbus, Ohio. In 2010 she started her own financial business, AT Consulting. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otterbein College in Accounting and Business Administration, she went on to get an MBA from Capital University. She has also taught accounting at the university level as an adjunct faculty member.
Dr. Gibbons is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, organizational development consultant, and executive coach with over 15 years of experience in operations management, performance & process improvement, and workforce development. He has worked in both the private sector and higher education. After six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, he transitioned to the private sector focusing primarily on workforce and leadership development, C-level services, and corporate turnaround efforts.
Senior vice president and chief information officer, PepsiCo. Jody was first introduced to Anita Miller and the Eyes of Freedom during the creation of that moving piece of art. As the mother of LCpl. Wesley Davids, one of the Marines depicted in the paintings, she worked with Anita to develop the project and eventually joined the board. She recently published her first book, A Tale of Two Heroes, a beautifully illustrated children’s story. In her career Jody is an information-technology executive, having worked for some of the most exciting companies in America: Apple Computer, Nike, Cardinal Health, Best Buy, and now PepsiCo. She also serves as a board director for Premier, Inc.
The creator of the Lima Company Memorial, Anita began painting and drawing at 30. After Studying at the Columbus College of Art & Design, she taught drawing and painting in her little-log-cabin studio in rural central Ohio as well as workshops in Greece and Europe. After creating and having managed the Eyes of Freedom Memorial, she is sculpting the Silent Battle, a life-sized bronze to honor the service and sacrifice of returning vets struggling with PTSD and suicide. Anita now lives outside Boulder in Lyons, Colorado, with her husband, Rob. There she enjoys creating art and mountain hiking.
A former U.S. Marine Corps Corporal, Michael Logue is a survivor of Lima Company’s 2005 Iraqi deployment. Upon graduating from Ohio University with a B.S. in Aviation, he completed an MBA. After leaving the military, he used Combat to College as his theme for giving a number of talks and interviews in Ohio. During his time at Ohio University, he also founded and led the Combat Veterans Club. Currently he is qualified as an Airline Transport Pilot, and as a volunteer he is leading an effort to support USO hospital programs in Washington, DC. He has been a USAF civilian since 2013.
Jeff Eichholz is a retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel who deployed with 3/25 in 2005 as the Battalion Executive Officer. Prior to the deployment, Jeff was the Inspector Instructor with Lima Co and has deep ties to the unit and Ohio. Jeff has commanded at the platoon, company, and battalion levels and is a plank owner with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command where he served for eight years. Since retiring in 2013, Jeff has worked in south Louisiana helping local communities and nonprofits recover from the numerous hurricanes and floods. Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors for Honor Flight Louisiana and is very active in his church.
Steve Robbins is a highly-regarded leadership educator and program manager of executive-level leadership programs. He has led leadership education programs in the public, private and non-profit sectors as well as being a former partner of a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). He currently is the Program Manager for Executive and Command Leadership Programs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at their Advanced Training Center in Harper's Ferry, WV. Steve retired from the Marine Corps in 2005 after 22 years of active duty service. Steve earned his BA in Political Science and his Masters of Education (MEd) from the University of Florida. Steve and his wife Angie have four grown children and reside in Johnstown, Ohio.