Fallen Hero's Dream Ride
P.O. Box 32
Cottleville, MO 63338
Our Board of Directors...
Cary Williams, President
Mr. Williams is a United States Marine. He is currently the Commandant of Marine Corps League #184 in St. Louis, MO. He graciously gives back to the community in many ways. One way is his dedication to help take care of children of our Fallen. He met Julie Vinnedge several years back and was inspired by her mission. Mr. Williams is a valuable asset to this organization through his countless hours and efforts to raise funds and awareness for Fallen Hero’s Dream Ride.
Julie Vinnedge, Executive Director & Gold Star Mother of LCpl Phillip Vinnedge
Julie is the Founder and Executive Director of Fallen Hero's Dream Ride Foundation. She is a champion of children’s foundations, and veterans organizations, bringing attention to those men and women that gave their all for their fellow comrades and our country. Julie now has the appreciation of being an American; patriotic, faithful, loyal and honoring others and her country. She is committed to honoring our service members, their family members, and especially the mothers of “sons and daughters” serving our country.
Dean Alexander, Sergeant at Arms, Veteran - US Army
Mr. Alexander, an army veteran, served with the 82nd Airborne, deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He later deployed as an MP to Baghdad Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dean began his career in law enforcement in 1993 and currently serves on the St. Charles City Police Department and St. Charles County SWAT Team. Additionally, he instructs in defensive tactics, both in the law enforcement and private sectors. He and his wife Jennifer make their home in the St. Charles area where they are raising a son and daughter.
Kyle Burrows, Esq., Vice President
Mr. Burrows has been involved in Fallen Hero's Dream Ride since its inception in 2013 as a board member, legal counsel and overall supporter. The grand-son of a decorated WWII veteran, Kyle has always had an interest in supporting military charities. Kyle is an attorney practicing and living in St. Charles, Missouri with his wife, Jaime, and 3 sons. When not working, Kyle can be found on a soccer field, golf course or duck blind with his sons, family and friends.
Carol Biggerstaff, Photographer & Treasurer
In 03/2003, son was deployed to Iraq. It was the scariest and proudest moments in my life. Many people stood by me, helping me. He made it back home. It is important to me and my family to remember there are others still deployed and to remember, honor those who gave their all.
Brenda Williams, Secretary
Mrs. Williams is a patriot who is especially committed to helping the children of our Fallen. As the wife of a Marine, she understands the importance of honor, courage and commitment. Being involved with Fallen Hero’s Dream Ride, has enabled her to continue her gratitude for all our veterans and to help children of our fallen try to make happy memories again.
Jake Turnbough, Veteran - US Army
Hi, I’m Carrie! I support FHDR because I believe it achieves so much more than its mission. It creates fun experiences, good memories and a support system for the families of the fallen. But it also serves those who volunteer to help raise money, plan the events, and provide a shoulder on which to cry or a laugh to share. My grandfather, father, brother, and boyfriend all served. While I am lucky enough to still have them in my life, I’ve seen how the loss of their military brothers has had lasting affects on their lives, and how that also affects how they interact with others. It is crucial that we build a community of awareness, understanding, and rebuilding.
About me: formal education in plant sciences, work in Quality Assurance, LOVE my fur babies (3 dogs and 2 cats), spend my time working out, shopping flea markets and antique malls, FHDR events, and hanging with my friends of course!
Anthony Dafflitto, Veteran - USMC, 3/5 Marine on Sangin deployment with Phillip.
Anthony was born and raised in south St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the Marine Corps upon graduating high school in 2005 to begin his 8 year journey. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for 2 years and Camp Pendleton for 6. While stationed at Camp Pendleton, Anthony deployed to Sinjar, Iraq with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Sangin, Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, and Musa Qala, Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines. During his deployment to Sangin, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device. Anthony discovered Dave and Julie Vinnedge through his mother in 2012 and now continues to honor the fallen and the wounded by volunteering for Fallen Hero’s Dream Ride.
Pierce Krieger, Veteran - USMC
Pierce Krieger served in the Marines from 2013-2016. He continues his public service as a Police Officer in Warrenton, Missouri. In addition to his public service, Pierce is active in the construction industry. Pierce enjoys being able to help others, and learned of Fallen Hero’s Dream Ride’s mission in 2017. He began volunteering for events and has since become a board member.
Dave Vinnedge, Gold Star Father of LCpl Phillip Vinnedge
Dave is humbled not only by his own son's death, but by the sacrifices of all of our service members. His desire to help the children of our fallen began with his volunteer work with the Snowball Express Organization, where he was the pilot coordinator for American Airline's St. Louis domicile for 6 years. (Dave is a Captain at American Airlines.) Seeing a need for these children to gather more than once per year, he and his wife started the Dream Riders program of Fallen Hero's Dream Ride. In his spare time, Dave enjoys tinkering in the garage and is an avid motorcyclist.
Our Advisory Board...
Corey & Rebekah Vinnedge, Gold Star Sibling of LCpl Phillip Vinnedge
Jason Vinnedge, Gold Star Brother of LCpl Phillip Vinnedge
Bart Karol, Veteran - US Navy, Patriot Guard Ride Captain for Phillip
Kathleen Styer, Tax Adviser
Ed Beesley, Veteran - USMC, Author
Jim Wood, CFP
Dr. Eugene Day, Seattle Children's Hospital
Col Shane "Rhino" Tomko, USMC - Retired
Col Jason Morris, USMC
David Cornely, Veteran - U.S. Army
Kevin Doncaster, Veteran - USMC
Don Sink, Veteran - USAF