Ellen Sanders Pelstring
A former Division One Athlete, two time team Captain for The University of Alabama’s Women’s Soccer Team, Ellen Sanders Pelstring is no stranger to creating a winning tradition.
Ellen is a proud Navy Spouse and currently resides in Norfolk Va, with her two boys and husband.
As a veteran of USN’s Nuclear Power Pipeline, John Weiss felt called to serve our nation’s veterans and Co-Founded The 31Heroes Project. After the Navy, John obtained his B.S. in MET from Old Dominion University. Alongside working for Instron ITW as a Senior Service Engineer, John owns and operates CrossFit 757 of Norfolk, VA, and is a 3-Gun athlete. His love of God, Family, and Country set him apart as a leader in the athletic community.
Robert F. Thorndike
Robert specializes in financial, retirement and estate planning. His clients include successful individuals, families, corporations and charitable organizations. He has extensive experience in constructing investment plans using stocks, bonds and fee-based portfolio management services.
Robert served on the Junior Achievement Board of Hampton Roads as their Project Business Coordinator for 10 years. He is also a past president of the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the Indian River Ruritan Club.
Currently, he is the Stock Market Game Consultant for the Virginia Council of Economic Education. Robert also serves on the Advisory Board for the Virginia Tech Student Investment BASIS Program and Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program.
Robert is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He has been married to Tracie, fellow Virginia Tech alum and DCP team member, for more than 30 years. They reside in Carrollton, Virginia where they have raised their three grown daughters.
He entered active duty in March of 2003 and went on to Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) “A” school in Pensacola, Florida after completing basic training in Great Lakes, IL. From there he was stationed at Naval Security Group Detachment Potomac at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC where he completed tours in Bad Aibling, Germany and Diego Garcia. From there he was screened and selected to serve at Naval Special Warfare Development Group where he was assigned to Gold Squadron communications detachment from 2005 to 2009. During that time he served one deployment in Iraq and three deployments in Afghanistan serving with many of the operators and support personnel who were lost onboard Extortion 17.
Presently he works as a Senior Systems IT Engineer for CSRA, Inc. for the Defense Intelligence Agency.