Board of Directors

Colonel Paddy Gough
Retired USMC Colonel Patrick “Paddy” Gough is the Chief Operating Officer for PKL Services, Inc. This leading global aerospace service company provides innovative maintenance, training, logistics, and leadership solutions to military and commercial customers worldwide. Prior to joining PKL, Paddy completed six years as the Executive Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Orange County Transportation Authority. Paddy comes from a distinguished 30-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as the Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 39, the Deputy Commander of Marine Corps Installations-West, Commanding Officer of Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, and the Operations Officer for both Third Marine Aircraft Wing and First Marine Expeditionary Force, in peacetime and in combat.  Paddy has been awarded the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Air Medal with the Numeral 2, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and numerous other unit and personal awards. Paddy and his wife, Karen, live in Carlsbad, California.

 

Michael Fleming
Michael Fleming is the CEO of Parlour Enterprises, Inc., parent company of Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants, which he co-founded in 2000. He also does educational and motivational presentations at industry conventions and churches. He is a court certified expert witness in roller and ice skating, family fun center, and restaurants with emphasis on design and operations. Michael has had wide variety of careers including Los Angeles Police Officer, CBS Sports Analyst, owner/developer of multiple roller skating rinks and family fun centers, and as a board member of A Million Thanks since its inception.
He lives in Orange, California, with his wife, Robbin, and has four children and one grandchild.

 

Dr. Julie Zimmerer
Dr. Zimmerer holds a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration with a concentration in Biomechanical trauma and is the founder of My Choice In-Home and Senior Care. My Choice was awarded the Veterans Administration Homemaker Services contract through Loma Linda Healthcare Systems, where it aided veterans in their home recovery and daily living. Dr. Zimmerer frequently lectures on the subjects of dementia, Know Your Benefits, and how to care for aging individuals and enjoys educating others on the benefits of healthy living. Dr. Zimmerer and her husband, Bill, live in Dana Point, California.

 

Joe McNally
Joe grew up in Florida, Washington DC, and California.  He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science at UC Santa Clara and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Following law school, Joe served as a law clerk to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen, United States District Judge.  Since 2008, Joe has worked for the United States Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office, investigating and prosecuting a variety of criminal cases including fraud, public corruption, and violent crime.  He is presently the Deputy Chief of the Orange County Office, where he is responsible for supervising federal prosecutions. Joe lives in Newport Beach, California.

 

Travis Lee
Travis attended California State University Fresno, graduating with a degree in Agriculture Business. He is a small business entrepreneur with numerous small businesses in development. He is also an operating partner of Farrell’s restaurants in Southern California. Travis has a deep background in general operations and event planning after spending several years in the hospitality industry, most notably with the Hilton Hotel Brand. He is a member of the National FFA Alumni Association and dedicates numerous hours volunteering with high school students in the FFA organization, coaching contestants in livestock, speaking, and debate. He lives in Upland, California, with his wife Ahlieah, daughter Mackenzi, and two adopted Greyhounds, Luna and Cosmo.

 

Brian Brinson
Brian Brinson began his career consulting for ecommerce companies in 1999.  After launching many successful campaigns for clients, he started his own ecommerce website in 2005.  Brian and his team launched many successful ecommerce websites. After selling a major portion of the company in 2009, Brian started consulting for other large ecommerce and service-based companies.  He has spent over 2.4 million dollars with Google advertising and is an expert in bringing the right traffic and converting those visitors into sales. Brian and his team have created and maintain A Million Thanks website and marketing.

 

What We're About

A Million Thanks Organization

Mission Statement – A Million Thanks provides support and appreciation to our active and veteran military men and women through sending letters and granting betterment of life wishes, as well as providing higher education scholarships to their children

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