Meg Hawkins, Director & Co-Founder
Meg has dedicated her life to public service and has 17 years of law enforcement experience.
Meg quickly realized her calling for community service, volunteering, and fundraising as she encountered citizens and helped them in ways others weren’t able to. Over the last several years, she has dedicated herself to numerous causes, some of which she has created out of her own observations and passions.
In 2010, Meg began volunteering for the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), an organization that provides online memorials for over 23,000 fallen officers and advocates to keep cop-killers from obtaining parole. She immediately started planning the Officer Down Memorial Ride motorcycle inaugural ride drawing over 300 participants. Over the next six years, the ride has grown to over 1,000 participants and has raised over $250,000 for ODMP, including a combined total of $114,000 at the 2018 and 2019 rides.
Over the past 10 years, Meg has also organized fundraisers for various events and charities.
Eric Provow, Secretary & Co-Founder
Eric is a retired combat veteran with 20 years of military service in Special Operations. He currently works as a firefighter and paramedic.
Eric brings his experience in planning and coordinating with multiple people and groups to help facilitate our charity events.
Based on his own struggles with post-traumatic stress and suicide, he is passionate about supporting the military, veterans, first responders and public safety personnel.
Watch his recent interview with Jonathan Elias from ABC/7: Combat veteran commits to helping others with ‘invisible scars.’
Eric and Meg have been married for over 6 years. Recently, Meg and Eric’s personal purpose has turned to removing the stigma of mental health and suicide prevention in first responders. In January 2017, Eric almost succumbed to his PTSD. That experience and struggle rocked their worlds and change their life’s mission. Now they share their stories to help others know that “it’s ok to not be ok” and seeking help is not a weakness but a strength. They also do not want the mental health of the significant others of first responders to be forgotten or overlooked.
Watch their recent interview with Doreen Gentzler NBC4 Washington: First Responders Share Mental Health Battles to Help Others.
Sande Hawkins, Treasurer
Sande has worked in the accounting field for over 40 years and is now enjoying retirement.
Rose Kloehn, Board Member
Rose grew up in Northern Virginia and has close ties through family and friends with the military and first responder community. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice, interning at a national organization to help find missing children, and volunteering to help at risk youth, she knew she wanted to dedicate her free time to giving back to the community. Over the past ten years, Rose has organized and volunteered at multiple charity events to support breast cancer research, domestic assault victims, severely wounded veterans, officers wounded or killed in the line of duty, and the Officer Down Memorial Ride.
Having lost two friends and a co-worker to suicide, mental health initiatives are of great importance to Rose. Working with Meg and Eric, she wants not only the military and first responder community, but also the general public to know it is okay to seek help and treatment and to raise our voices against the stigma associated with mental health issues.