Meet our Leadership Team

Paul Lavelle, CMSgt, USAF, (Ret), MSC
Founder and President

Chief Master Sergeant Paul Lavelle, USAF (Ret) is the founder and President of Operation Restored Warrior. Serving for 26 years on active duty as a medic, Paul held several major commands and senior medical executive leadership positions throughout his military career, culminating his career as a senior enlisted representative at the United States Air Force Academy, where he retired in 2001. 

Kevin Knutson, (former) United States Marine
Executive Director of Operations, Drop Zone Facilitator

(Former) United States Marine Kevin Knutson is the executive director of Operation Restored Warrior. Serving as a HAWK Missile Systems Operator in the 4th LAAMBN, 4th Marine Air Wing, Kevin is the recipient of both personal and unit awards for honorable service. Kevin grew up in a family-owned bakery business, where he learned the business from the ground up.

Tom Walker
Executive Chef

Executive Chef Tom Walker is a Master Chef who has been running the Food Ministry for Operation Restored Warrior since its inception in the fall of 2008. After several years as an Executive Chef for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, he left a life of wandering far from God, never to look back again and soon after, Jesus got a hold of Tom’s heart.

Jordan Fulton, Sergeant, US Army (Ret)
Director of Training

Sergeant Jordan Fulton, US Army, (Ret), served as an Infantryman at the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division and at the 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard. Jordan was a 240B gunner during his time at the 101st, and was a casket team leader responsible for rendering final honors at burials for both fallen active duty soldiers and veterans while standing stationed at The Old Guard.

Troy F. Schielein Sr., 1stSgt United States Marine Corps (Ret)

Drop Zone Coordinator and Facilitator

1stSgt Troy F. Schielein Sr., United States Marine Corps (ret), currently serves as the Executive Director Drop Zone Coordinator/Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and served proudly for 22 years as a United States Marine. He served in multiple units as an infantryman to include Special Operations units as well as subsequent tours as a combative marksmanship trainer, Marine Corps Martial Arts instructor and a tour as a Marine Drill Instructor at Parris Island South Carolina.

Shannon Rusch, US Navy SEAL

Drop Zone Facilitator

Shannon Rusch has extensive experience in communications, team leadership, and the delivery of solid results in high-stress environments, with experience as a United States Navy SEAL and a record of success in deployments to mitigate terrorism and narcotics trafficking throughout Central and South America.  As the Founder and Principle of SilentShadow USA Inc., Shannon brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to his roles as a trainer, speaker, and consultant for tactical and firearms skills development.

CW4 Michael Hunt, US Army, (Ret)

Drop Zone Facilitator

Michael is a retired CW4 who served over 23 years in the U.S. Army. He enlisted in 1990 and attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where he learned Russian. He attended U.S. Army Rotary Wing Flight School in 1994, graduating in 1995. He flew for 19 years and amassed almost 4,500 flight hours including over 1000 hours in combat.

Col. Mel “Keoni” Kahue, US Army, Aviation, (Ret)

Drop Zone Facilitator

Colonel Melson “KEONI” Kahue is a 28-year U.S. Army Combat Veteran of the Vietnam War and has served in leadership positions in Infantry, Airborne, Ranger, and Aviation units. A Senior Army Aviator, he flew OH-58, UH-1, and CH-47 combat sorties in Southeast Asia. He served on the Headquarters Department of the Army Staff at the Pentagon as well as Executive Officer to the Army Auditor General.

Timm Harting, SPC, US Army

Drop Zone Facilitator

Timm is a combat veteran having served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer from 1999 to 2003. He had two deployments, one as a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and the other with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Timm deployed with the 108th Military Police Company (ABN/AASLT) to Afghanistan in December of 2001 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Task Force Rakkasan.

Ray Dillman, Major US Army (Ret)

Drop Zone Facilitator

Major Ray Dillman, US Army (Retired), is a facilitator for ORW. Ray served nearly seven years as an enlisted Soldier and another sixteen as a commissioned officer. Highlights of his enlisted service include driver/bodyguard for the 2nd Infantry’s Division Commander in South Korea, Infantry team leader for 9th Infantry Division, and Senior Medic for 7th Special Forces Group (ODA 745).

Brian “Coach” Cabral, Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champions, University of Colorado National Champions

LRE Facilitator

Brian Cabral served as a 30-year College D1 Assistant Football Coach and a 9-year NFL Veteran. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. His coaching experience includes 2 seasons at Purdue University, 24 seasons at the University of Colorado, including their National Championship in 1990, and 4 seasons at Indiana State University.

ORW leadership team rafting adventure.
Our Operation Restored Warrior Leadership Team building the team through a rafting adventure.