Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness Expands to West Coast
Braden Edwards and Will Walker Join Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness Board of Directors
Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, a free program that offers combat stress recovery programming, is expanding into the west coast. They announce the addition of Braden Edwards and Will Walker, who will join the board of directors.
“Although located in Bluemont, Virginia, Boulder Crest Retreat is a nationwide program, serving our nation’s combat veterans and their family members from all 50 states,” says Ken Falke, chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat. “Braden and Will bring a new dimension to our board’s fiduciary and fundraising mission and adding a west coast presence is exactly what we need at this time period of growth.”
Braden Edwards is a managing director of equity sales and trading with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). He held similar positions over the past fifteen years at Evercore, Credit Suisse, Robertson Stephens, Volpe Brown and Whelan, and the Capital Group.
Braden graduated from Gettysburg College in 1990 with a BA in Business Administration. Braden was a member of the Men’s lacrosse team and was a co-captain his senior year. Braden was selected as an All American defensemen in 1989 and 1990. In 2009 Gettysburg College honored Braden by inducting him into the Gettysburg College Athletic Hall of Fame. Braden played club lacrosse for many years and spent eleven years coaching lacrosse at University High School in San Francisco. Braden and two friends started the Alcatraz Outlaws travel lacrosse program in 2008. The program brings kids back east to help them with the college recruiting process.
“I am very honored to join the board. We held a very successful fundraiser earlier this year in San Francisco and I am excited about growing our network and increasing the visibility of Boulder Crest Retreat here in the Bay area,” says Edwards.
Upon graduation from college, Braden entered the Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery national sales and management program. He worked in various sales and management positions in New Hampshire, Hawaii, Arizona, and California. Braden spent a few years with Skyy brands before leaving consumer sales and beginning a new career in finance and equity trading. He currently resides in San Francisco with his wife Carolyn Feinstein and three children- Jack, Charlotte, and Sophie and their dog Steeler.
Will Walker is a vice president of equity trading in the investment management division of The Capital Group Companies, and is the investment advisor to The American Funds family of mutual funds, with over $1.4 trillion in assets under management. Will has spent the majority of his career in sales and trading roles on both the buy and sell side in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and now Los Angeles. Will graduated from Princeton University in 1993 with a degree in politics. Will comes from a long line of veterans on both his mother’s and father’s side of his family and has a particular interest in veterans charities. He currently resides in Pasadena, CA with his wife Sydney and their two sons, Wyatt and Brooks.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to join the board. I am looking forward to adding value to this team and am very hopeful that my financial background and network here in Los Angeles will help us accomplish our mission and increase the awareness of the very important work being done at the Retreat,” added Walker.
Edwards and Walker join the board of directors next to: Board Chairman Ken Falke, Vice-Chairman Fred Malek, Executive Director Dusty Baxley, Deb Alderson, John Coster, Michael Dignam. Lieutenant General John Dubia (Retired) U.S. Army, Tracey Ellis, Bruce Gates, Tony Gianchinta, Steven Kupka, Shane Moore, Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo (Retired) U.S. Army, Henry Stoever, Robert Veltre, and MSgt Rob Wilkins, (Retired) U.S. Air Force.
ABOUT BOULDER CREST RETREAT
Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness is a rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations, recreational, and therapeutic activities and programs to help our nation’s military and veteran personnel and their families recover and reconnect during their long journey of healing from physical and invisible wounds of war. The 37-acre retreat is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Virginia, just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. The Retreat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is entirely funded through private donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, please visit http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org.
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