Board of Advisors

Jay C Manty, CMDCM SEAL Team TWO (ret)

Biography

The co-founder of Discover Courage, Mr. Manty retired as the Command Master Chief of SEAL Team TWO with more than 26 years of active duty service in the US Navy. He is a veteran of multiple combatant deployments and served as the Director and Chief Instructor of the SEAL Scout/Sniper School. Jay served as Discover Courage’s President from 2013-2017.

Macauley Lord

Biography

Macauley received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Casting Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fishers in 2011. He is the author of the L.L.Bean Fly-Casting Handbook, Revised Edition (Lyons Press, 2007) and has taught at the L.L.Bean Fly Fishing Schools since 1986.  He was Bean’s Head Instructor for twelve years and is a Registered Maine Fishing Guide. A recent seminary graduate, he trained as a hospital chaplain and now volunteers as a prison chaplain.

Craig P

Biography

Craig has served on numerous SOF forces as an Army Ranger, Navy SEAL, and intelligence officer. He is a veteran of numerous overseas deployments, and retired as a Navy Captain. He currently resides on the West Coast and is active as a security consultant.

Bob Richardson

Biography

Robert is retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3) following nearly 30 years in SOF. He is a veteran of numerous combat missions, and has been a member of SEAL Teams TWO, FOUR, SIX, and EIGHT. He has served as a SEAL BUD/S instructor, and has overseen numerous advanced land warfare training commands. He has a BS and Masters degree in Criminal Justice and currently works in the private sector.

Sammy Davis

Biography

Sgt. Davis is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

LCDR Christopher Smith MD

Biography

LCDR Christopher Smith, M.D., is an Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Surgery, and Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia.

Dr. Smith began his naval service in 1993, spending the first part of his career as a Navy SEAL.  After earning his undergraduate degree in biology at Old Dominion University he completed his medical training at the Medical College of Virginia and then received his Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at the University of Florida. He went on to complete a fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell in New York as well as an AO Trauma fellowship at the University of Tubingen BG Unfallklinik in Germany.

LCDR Smith has deployed twice in his career, once as a Navy SEAL assigned to SEAL Team FOUR in support of the Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in 1997, and once as an Orthopaedic Surgery Department Head assigned to Combat Outpost Shukvani, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2013.

John McElheran

Biography

John is a long time Discover Courage supporter and volunteer, and serves as Secretary.  His extensive and diverse background provides great value and perspective for our program services and fundraising activities.