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Richard Sugden - Director
Rich Sugden M.D. first moved to Jackson Hole in 1947. Rich went to college at Stanford, Medical School at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and entered the Navy as a flight surgeon in 1970.  He was the flight surgeon at the Naval Air Test Center and Test Pilot School at Patuxent River MD.  Rich moved to Jackson in 1975, where he has practiced Family Medicine since.  He started the Teton County EMS program, Jackson Hole Air Ambulance, and Teton Aviation Center which operates the general aviation business in Driggs, ID, just over the Tetons from Jackson.  He has restored and flies numerous ex-military aircraft in airshows around the country. His military service, and interest in helping our wounded veterans re-enter civilian life,  drew him to working with Honoring Our Veterans.
Sandy Sandberg - Executive Director

Prior to joining Honoring Our Veterans as Executive Director in 2015, Sandy has been involved with several non-profit organizations in Jackson Hole ... She has been on the Board of Directors of the Skating Club of Jackson Hole and involved with our local and regional Boy Scouts, even elected Den Leader of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region.  Most recently she has been the Office Manager for one of our local Internal Medicine specialists, who recently retired, allowing Sandy to take over as Executive Director of H.O.V. following Sandra Budak's retirement for medical reasons.

Board and Staff Members

Sandra Budak - Executive Director (Emeritus)

Prior to forming Honoring Our Veterans, the Executive Director, Sandra Budak, operated “Jackson Hole Supports Our Troops.” During the Bush Administration, “Jackson Hole Supports Our Troops” arranged activities and restaurant discounts for the active duty troops stationed in Jackson Hole in support of Vice President Cheney’s home visits. After the administration changed, Sandra recognized the need for high quality programs to help returning wounded warriors heal. Since she had an amazing network in place from “Jackson Hole Supports Our Troops,” she formed a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, Honoring Our Veterans. Sandra also worked for 15 years as a Visitor Services Agent at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.

Jim Whalen - President

I served as a law enforcement specialist in the U.S. Air Force from 1976 to 1981 and was in inactive reserve from 1981 to 1986. I became a police officer in Garden Grove, CA upon exiting the service and in 1989 I was hired by the Jackson Police Department.  In 1990 I came to the Teton County Sheriff's Office and became Captain of Operations.  In 2009 I was appointed Sheriff of Teton County when the current Sheriff retired in mid-term.  In 2010 I was elected Sheriff.  I am married and have a 29 year old son living in Oregon.  I have been the President of the Board of Honoring Our Veterans since 2009.

Richard Spencer - Director

Richard Spencer is the Managing Director of Fall Creek Management LLC which focuses on investments in private companies and charitable investments in various organizations supporting education and veteran activities. He most recently retired in 2007 from Intercontinental Exchange Inc. having served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. In 1976 Richard accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps and upon completing training he served in 3rd Marine Air Wing. He was honorably discharged in 1981. His charitable activities include service on the boards of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation, Veterans Campaign/Center for Second Service and the Defense Business Board. He resides in Wilson, Wyoming.