NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle resident Brett Morash, a retired Navy lieutenant commander, has been named at the new director of operations and finance by the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
The New York City-based organization was co-founded by ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff and his family after he sustained serious injuries while covering the Iraq War. It is dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 injured service members, veterans, and their families thrive after they return home.
Morash, who holds a doctorate in humanities from Salve Regina University, will fulfill many roles at the foundation -- from budget planning and accounting to overseeing event management and strategic planning.
“Since retiring I have seen too many fellow veterans that I have served with impacted by war with an adverse impact on their mental health, employment options, and homelessness,” Morash said.
The foundation, he added, helps “give veterans and their families an opportunity to rise up and live fulfilling and engaging lives across the nation.”
After serving 20 years as a naval surface warfare officer, Morash was vice president of veteran’s services at Services for the UnderServed, a nonprofit based in New York City. There, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of multiple programs related to veterans' issues including homelessness, employment, mental health and wellness.
Morash is also an adjunct professor at Norwich University, where he teaches courses on project management and intelligence operations.
While in the Navy, he was deployed several times to the Persian Gulf and Horn of Africa.
His final assignment was on the military faculty of the U.S. Naval War College where he educated military officers and senior civilian personnel on strategy, risk analysis, and operational planning.
“With the number of veterans transitioning into civilian life, there are even greater needs for outstanding services and programs to better support our veterans and their families,” said Anne Marie Doughtery, the foundation’s executive director.
“Brett’s leadership experience and knowledge of the issues facing today’s veterans will help us continue to build our best-in-class team to carry out the good work ahead,” she said.
Morash, recalling his own experiences, said it was his “personal passion” to help his fellow vets.
“Having made the transition myself a few years ago from active duty to civilian, I know how important that step is,” said Morash.
Working with the foundation will, he said, allow him “to continue to serve and make an impact on the national level.”
Morash lives in New Rochelle with his wife and two children.
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