Board of Directors


Dr. Julie Zimmerer
Julie is a Doctor of Chiropractic (retired) and 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.


Michael Fleming
Michael Fleming recently retired as 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.


Lauri Taylor
Lauri spent four years leading her mother’s murder investigation in both the United States and Mexico, but before that she was a marketing and branding expert who worked with professional athletes and premium lifestyle brands. She began her career assisting NBA professionals in developing their unique brand identities through endorsement opportunities, speaking engagements, public appearances and philanthropic associations. Her work in the field has also included event marketing and implementation, in which she partnered with corporate clients at major sporting events to increase brand awareness and consumer loyalty through advertising, media coverage and social opportunities for customers and employees. Lauri is an advocate for shameless communication about mental health, suicide and PTSD, and desires to use her platform to end the stigma of mental illness. Lauri is a graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business, holding a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She lives in Orange County, California and is the mother of two grown children.


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.


Justin Brown
Justin was born and raised in Ventura, CA and has always been a leader within his community. He attended San Diego State University and received his degree in Liberal Studies and his K-8 teaching credentials. Justin’s first experience in the public spotlight came when he was on the Ventura Unified School Board as a young man. After several years of teaching, he was recruited into the beverage sales sector and has had the privilege to work at a number of well-known players in the industry. Justin currently is the Director of Military & Convenience Stores for Ballast Point Brewing and absolutely loves his role and his daily interaction with top U.S. Military leaders all around our nation and world! Family is the most important aspect of Justin’s life and he resides in San Clemente, CA with his beautiful wife Kirsten and his two amazing daughters Ellery and Emerson. Rounding out the family is his golden retriever Charley and chihuahua Coco. Justin is a proud American and his personal mission is to say thank you to every member of our Armed Forces that he meets.


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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