Executive Director / Board of Directors, Treasurer (Acting)
After Mike’s service in the Marine Corps Infantry, he obtained a business degree and went on to manage U.S. Courthouses and Federal Buildings. Roughly 5 years after combat Mike fell into severe symptoms of PTSD. His anxiety and panic attacks, night terrors, isolation, and depression lasted for half a decade. Eventually he stumbled upon a return path to hope and happiness through particular physical activities and socialization. He dove into research to learn why this worked for him, and why it’s so effective with military members and combat veterans.
Mike returned to college at Purdue University to grow his skills in entrepreneurship so he could help other suffering veterans find their path to hope and happiness. In 2015 Mike left behind his career to launch 23rd Veteran. Under which he lead the development of a reconditioning playbook that is intentionally and effectively retraining brains to create strong social relationships, reduce the negative effects of common “triggers”, and increase happiness in our veterans and civilians.
Dina Clabaugh, MS, MSW, LGSW
Board of Directors, Psychotherapist
Dina Clabaugh is a psychotherapist specializing in trauma-informed care and couples counseling. Dina is a trained EMDR therapist and also supports individual clients and groups through CBT, RCT, DBT, and mindfulness based stress reduction modalities. Dina has been providing psychotherapy in private practice settings in Duluth, and she completed her internship in the Grief Support Services office at Essentia Health from 2015-2016. Prior to joining the community mental health field she was a career counselor and adjunct professor at The College of St. Scholastica. Dina is thrilled to be opening her own small private practice this fall: Insight Counseling Duluth.
Dina was introduced to 23rd Veteran while collaborating with others in the community around trauma-informed care. Dina’s father served in the military and she has always found herself connected to veteran outreach opportunities, including the opening of the veteran’s center at St. Cloud State University several years ago. Dina is particularly inspired by the 23rd Veteran Recon’s philosophy of positive psychology, fitness, and community engagement. Genuine and healthy empowerment thrives in connection with self and community. Dina practices her own self-compassion and balance through long distance trail running, yoga, meditation, reading, dancing in the kitchen, and enjoying time with her husband, two cats and five chickens.
Board of Directors, Chair
Nathan Helder is the Manager of Operational Technology at ALLETE, where he is responsible for leading the teams that support the various operational and control networks across ALLETE's subsidiaries, including ALLETE Clean Energies, Minnesota Power, and Superior Water, Light & Power. Nathan joined ALLETE as an intern in 2001 and has a background in application programming, enterprise integration, systems administration, and compliance. He grew up in the small town of Mantorville, MN and moved to Duluth in 1998 to attend the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he received Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Psychology in 2003. Nathan later attended the College of St. Scholastica where he earned Master's degrees in Management and Business Administration in 2016. "Nathan and his wife, Joanna, have two children, Xaria and Torin.
Nathan was introduced to 23rd Veteran while participating in the Leadership Duluth class of 2016-2017, where Mike Waldron was also a participant and gave a presentation on the 23V Recon program. Compelled by the notion of helping veterans to lead more successful lives, Nathan participated on the planning committee for Duluth's second Nearly Naked Ruck March and later joined 23rd Veteran's board of directors. Nathan believes strongly in the vision for 23rd Veteran and is honored to help contribute towards its continued success.
Board of Directors, Secretary
Katelyn Baumann is the Interim Coordinator and Specialist for Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) within the Center for Community Engaged Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. AS-L is a form of community-based learning that has been embedded within a course; students participate in an organized service activity that meets an identified community need. These experiences enhance a students’ understanding of their course learning outcomes while increasing their sense of civic responsibility. She primarily provides support and resources to faculty/staff at UW-Superior on how to incorporate AS-L into their courses by matching learning outcomes with community-identified needs. Katelyn develops reciprocal collaborations with local organizations in order to formulate creative solutions to existing community problems through AS-L partnerships. Katelyn obtained her Nonprofit Administration Certificate in 2014, and she is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Superior-Douglas County from UW-Superior’s Center for Continuing Education. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in 2012 at UW-Superior; Katelyn majored in International Peace Studies and Mass Communication.
Growing up, Katelyn was instilled with respect and gratitude for all service women and men. Her maternal grandfather served in the Army during WWII and the Korean War, and her paternal grandfather also served in the Army during WWII. Additionally, numerous uncles, cousins, and family friends have served in the Marines, Navy, Army, and National Guard. Katelyn is on the Board of Directors of 23rd Veteran because she hopes to honor the patriotism, sacrifice, and courage of all women and men, including her family, who have served this country and risked their lives to protect and defend our freedoms. Katelyn is passionate about empowering and supporting veterans and their families. She is a staunch advocate for veteran assistance organizations and innovative programs like 23V Recon that can assist veterans with transitioning back into civilian life.
Board of Directors, Human Resources & Bookkeeping
Hilary McCausland is the Director of Human Resources at Sisu Healthcare IT Solutions. She is responsible for all aspects of human resources such as benefits administration, recruiting, employee relations, compliance and compensation. She is originally from Duluth, MN but joined the US Navy in 2001 as an Operations Specialist. Hilary served during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Second-Class Petty Officer.
After the Navy, Hilary earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Management with an HR Management emphasis and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. After entering the HR field, she earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) certification. She is married with three boys.
Hilary first heard about 23rd Veteran during their annual Nearly Naked Ruck March. She participated in a team to raise money for the event. She became interested in the organization and believed in its mission. She later became part of the board of directors and is excited about this opportunity to help support veterans.