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Abbie Patterson

Abbie is the Executive Director for Veterans for Responsible Leadership, and is the daughter and granddaughter of a veteran. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Relations at Jacksonville State University and her Master's of Public Administration degree at the University of Colorado Denver.

Abbie focused on veteran and environmental policy while earning her graduate degree. Before coming to Veterans for Responsible Leadership, she was the Public Affairs Coordinator at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce where she was a part of the military affairs task force. Abbie currently lives in Northwest Arkansas with her dog Frankie.

Mariah Martinez Rabideau

Mariah is the Director of Communication & Information Strategy with Veterans for Responsible Leadership. She is the spouse of a U.S. Army Reserve Officer and the daughter of two U.S. veterans that come from a long line of service, both in American and foreign militaries, tracing back to the Revolutionary War.

Mariah is a proud "Gator" after pursuing Telecommunications at the University of Florida and post-graduate education in Professional Communication at the University of Tampa. Mariah's experience includes public affairs and diplomatic relations at the U.S. State Department, non-profit leadership, and communication strategy for educational institutions. In addition to volunteering for VFRL, Mariah currently works at the Bank of New York Mellon, pioneering strategic engagement and internal communication methods for cross-functional teams. She lives in South Florida with her wife, daughter, and fur babies. Mariah believes the veteran voice is essential to civic and political discussions, and that veterans and their families are uniquely positioned to balance the scales of our democracy.

Daniel Barkhuff

Dan is VFRL's Founder and President of the board. He was born in Maine and lived his childhood in New England. Dan attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in May 2001. He served seven years on active duty as a member of Naval Special Warfare and completed multiple combat tours.

Upon leaving active duty he attended Harvard Medical School and then completed an Emergency Medicine Residency training program at the University of New Mexico. He is now a faculty member and Emergency Medicine doctor at the University of Vermont, and the father of three small girls.

Ryan Hill

Ryan is VFRL's Operations Advisor and runs global leadership development for the largest gold mining company in the world.

Prior to joining his current company, Ryan was a consultant, worked for a non-profit promoting children's literacy, and led operations for a start-up. Prior to those endeavors, he served in the US Army for 11 years where he lead teams of Soldiers from 2 – 200+ in various locations around the world including multiple combat deployments. He finished his time in the military by teaching hand-to-hand combat and leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Ryan has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Colorado State University, a Master’s of Education from the University of Virginia, and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

He lives in Denver with his wife and two young kids.

Glenn Schatz

Glen is Vice President of VFRL's board and Chief Revenue Officer at BlocPower, a smart buildings platform that partners with governments, utilities, building owners, philanthropies, and community members to generate energy bill savings and reduced carbon emissions, and generates financial returns and improved public health.

He has also held senior-level position at Link Labs and the U.S. Department of Energy. Earlier, he co-founded Energy Conversion Research (ECoRE) Ventures and was as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. Glenn started his career as an officer in the Navy, where he worked as an engineer-qualified nuclear submarine officer on a guided missile submarine. Glenn received his master’s degree in national security policy from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s degree from The United States Naval Academy. Glenn resides in Baltimore with his spouse and two young children.

Michael Smith

Mike is on the VFRL board and is the co-founder and CEO of Aclymate, a climate management application for small businesses. He's also the co-founder of RenewWest, a company that uses the power of natural and working lands to tackle climate change and the developer of the largest carbon reforestation project in US history.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mike was an FA-18 pilot in the US Navy, with three deployments, 354 carrier landings, and postings to Italy, Japan, and the US southeast. He's a graduate of the US Naval Academy and the happily married father of two. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, skiing, and reading. 

Kenneth Harbaugh

Ken is on the VFRL board, and is a former Navy pilot and past president of Team Rubicon Global, a disaster relief organization that has helped train over 100,000 veterans as disaster responders.

He is a prominent commentator on leadership and civil-military affairs, serving as a guest fellow at Yale University and writing for The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Yale Journal of International Law. In 2021, Ken received the National Conference on Citizenship HOOAH award. He is the host of several award-winning podcasts, including Reclaiming Patriotism and Warriors In Their Own Words. Ken holds a B.S. from Duke University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. 

Meet Our Team

Meet the U.S. military veterans and patriotic civilians working to elect responsible leadership across our nation.