Our Team

We’re thankful to our dedicated and passionate team that make the Best Defense Program a reality.

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Donnie Edwards - Founder and Executive Director

Donnie is a retired NFL football player who has spent the last 22 years giving back to our military. He has done numerous USO tours, visited many military bases and accompanied hundreds of WWII veterans and Vietnam veterans back to their battlefields. 

Donnie was the Los Angeles Chargers Salute to Service Award recipient in 2017.

His dedication and support for our military is unwavering. 

Our Team

Donnie Edwards - Executive Director

Kathryn Edwards - Director

Joe Conway - Veteran Affairs

Alex Buggy - SEAL Transition Director

Aaron Turkel - Marketing Director

Ralph Peeters - Holland Program Director 

Austin Bishop - Head Videographer

Patrick McCue - Head Photographer

Madisson Solid - Program Coordinator

Anna Becker - Program Coordinator

Liberty Phillips - Program Coordinator

Michael Malone-  Program Coordinator

Gwenael Jacob - Normandy Coordinator 

Mayo Osman-Strauss - SEAL Transition

Bilal (Bibi) Mustaphaoui - Driver

Gregg Colvin - Board Member

Stewart Frederick - Board Member

Jeffery Strauss - Board Member

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In Dedication

Maximino Razo Pearl Harbor - 1941

(Donnie’s Apache Nation Grandfather)

Contact Us

249 Hwy 101 Ste. 312

Solana Beach, CA 92075


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