Harry Hope, Chairman Emeritus
Harry Hope is the inspirational leader of Greater Saint Louis Honor Flight. He guides our way and also maintains more relationships with veterans and veterans organizations than can be imagined. Aptly named, Harry Hope is why we exist. Our annual Volunteer of the Year award is named “The Hope Award” in his honor.
Harry joined the Navy on his 16th birthday in 1947. In February of 1948, Harry transferred to the U.S. Marine Corps and was sent to Paris Island, N.C. for his recruit training. While in the Marine Corps, he served in the Mediterranean Sea area visiting Italy, France, Turkey and Greece.
While in France, Harry’s battalion was sent to Korea where he was involved in the Inchon Landing and the retaking of Seoul. In November and December of 1950, Harry’s unit was trapped for three weeks in the “Chosin Reservoir” area of North Korea, 78 miles from the coastal city of Hungnam. After Korea, Harry spent two years in Japan. Having spent ten years in the Marine Corps, Harry was discharged in 1958 due to injuries suffered in Korea.
Harry lives in Creve Coeur with his wife Terry.
Rich Ledbetter, Chairman
Rich first joined the GSL Honor Flight family in 2009 as a Guardian. Feeling like there was more to accomplish, he accepted a nomination to the GSL Honor Flight Board of Directors in early 2010. After more than 25 flights and many years, Rich’s focus is on the long-term sustainability of the Greater Saint Louis Honor Flight mission and bringing the experience to as many local veterans as possible.
Rich is a consultant in the construction industry. He actively serves many philanthropic efforts at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital, Loyola Academy, the Catholic Student Center at Washington University and SLUH.
Rich and his wife Julie have three children.
Carson Baur, Vice-Chairman
Carson Baur has been the strength of the GSLHF Board since 2011, chairing it for 3 years during its rapid development into one of the finest hubs in the nation. Carson has led more than 30 Honor flights. Carson’s focus is veteran safety, operational excellence and staying true to the mission “to safely transport America’s most senior veterans to Washington DC to experience the memorials built in their honor.”
Carson has been in the commercial real estate business for 16 years and is involved in several small business start-ups. Carson has been an active supporter of City Academy, Ladue Education Foundation, MICDS and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Carson and his wife, Martha, have three children.
Tom Sheehan, Director
Tom joined the GSL Honor Flight Board of Directors in 2017. He is profoundly grateful for the opportunity to serve and honor our local veterans, whose sacrifice is the basis for the freedom we all continue to enjoy.
Tom is an attorney and serves as Associate General Counsel for Deloitte. He was also a founding member of Gateway Children’s Charity, an organization committed to providing access to early childhood education for underserved communities in St. Louis.
Tom and his wife Alison have two sons.
Jill Indovino, Director
Jill is a passionate supporter of causes, from Girls on the Run to Prosper Women Entrepreneurs. Her love for veterans and her country inspired her to serve GSLHF as a consultant, assisting their growth strategies and event planning, prior to joining the board of directors in 2013. Jill serves as a flight leader and the executive committee with long-range strategy and planning.
Jill is a vice-president a JP Morgan Investments. She and her husband Jay have three children and live in Clayton, Missouri.
Chris Connell, Director
Chris first become involved in the organization in 2015 and has served as Flight Leader numerous times. His passion and loyalty for the military and veterans have led him to the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight organization. Chris is a former Air Force officer and graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. While at the Academy he played football from 1988-1992 and culminated with a visit to the White House receiving the Commander in Chief trophy from President George Bush Sr. in the spring of 1992. After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1992 he split his service time in the 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, FL and Academy. After fulfilling his commitment to the Air Force he began working at Merrill Lynch in the Wealth Management Group in 1997. Chris has been at Merrill Lynch 21 years and currently serves as a First Vice President helping his clients meet their financial goals.
Chris and his wife, Stephanie, live in St. Louis and have two girls who share the same patriotic spirit.
Robert Hibbard, Director
Rob Hibbard’s first experience with GSL Honor Flight was as a Guardian. He found the experience both rewarding and valuable as it was unique and powerful way to give back to our veterans. He wanted to contribute more and joined the GSL Honor Flight Board of Directors in 2015. He has been a flight leader on over 10 flights and continues to work hard to add value to this impressive organization.
Rob is a Vice President at Enterprise Holdings. He also serves on the board of directors for Forest ReLeaf of Missouri.
Rob has twin daughters.
Evan Gatch, Director
Evan proudly served in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS McCloy in Norfolk, VA. As a Veteran, Evan understands the importance of celebrating those who have served our Country and is eager to pass this tradition to his three sons.
Evan has 30 years’ experience as an information technology executive and works for Microsoft managing business relationships in St. Louis. Evan has participated in several community service organizations including Principal for the Day School Program, Independence Center, HIMSS Greater Saint Louis Board, and the St. Louis Rockets Hockey Club Board. He is a rockstar want-to-be and member of a local band that plays for charitable events.
Evan and his wife, Laurie, have three children.
Steve Savard, Director
Steve Savard has had the privilege of working on his hometown since 1994. He is currently a weeknight news anchor at KMOV. Prior to making the full time move to news, Steve served as Sports Director at KMOV for 18 years. He also served as the radio play-by-voice of the St. Louis Rams for 16 years.
He began his TV news career after a neck injury cut short his NFL career in his second training camp with the Dallas Cowboys.
Steve is a graduate of Parkway North High School and Northwest Missouri State University.
Steve is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Greater St. Louis Honor Flight. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Tom Lombardo Chapter of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Steve and his wife Jennifer live in Chesterfield.
Lisa Holley, Director
As the daughter of a WWII Veteran, Lisa was continually awestruck by the many war stories of bravery and perseverance that secured our nation’s freedom. When the invitation to join the GSLHF board was extended to her in 2015, she was not only inspired to help carry out the incredible mission of the organization, and appreciative of the Veterans she would meet along the way, but humbled by the opportunity it would offer to honor her Dad’s memory and patriotism, as well.
Among her additional volunteer work, Lisa has been fortunate enough to serve on the Friend’s Board of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and the Kirkwood School District Foundation Board. She has chaired many fundraising and special events for both organizations.
Lisa and her husband, David, live in Des Peres and have 2 adult children.
Heather Johnson, Director
Having always been enamored with the Greatest Generation, Honor Flight was of immediate interest to Heather. After attending the 2013 event, which featured the Honor Flight movie, she knew she had to get involved with the organization. She joined the board in the summer of 2013 and has found a place within the Development board.
Heather is a Realtor with Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, where she focuses on the central corridor of St. Louis. She has served on the boards of Girls on the Run and Rohan Woods School as well as chaired numerous auctions and events at her children’s schools.
Heather and her husband, Ethan, live in Kirkwood with their two boys.
Rick Randall, Director
A Patriot of the highest order, Rick is serving the GSLHF board of directors for the second time, having taken a hiatus to organize and lead “Flags of Valor” a magnificent art and patriotic memorial of 7200 American Flags on Art Hill in Saint Louis Missouri, one for each active duty soldier killed since 9/11. Rick serves as a Flight Leader and all-around steward for the veterans he respects so deeply.
Rick is a senior vice president for Pace Properties, leading some of Saint Louis’ most exciting development projects.
Rick and his wife Susie enjoy children and grandchildren as much as possible.
Amy Komnick, Director
Amy has two uncles who served in the Vietnam War and are her inspiration for getting involved with Greater St. Louis Honor Flight. Since joining the board of directors in 2018, Amy had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Honor Flight Summit of chapters from across the country. She’s even more driven now to give back to our veterans who give so much for our country.
Amy has 30+ years of corporate leadership experience at Monsanto, recently acquired by Bayer Crop Science.
Aaron Retherford, Director
Aaron has worked for Castle Contracting for 9 years and is currently the Director of Business Development. In 2011, Aaron volunteered as a Guardian and has been moved by the organization ever since. Castle has sponsored the Campaign of Courage and continues to advocate for volunteer opportunities within the company. Aaron’s grandfather served in the Army and fought in the Korean War.
Aaron also serves on the Kidstruction Committee, an organization supporting Children’s Hospital; the St. Louis Construction Consumers Council Golf Committee; and Castle’s internal Philanthropy Committee.
Aaron is married to Jaclyn and they have two sons, Ace and Jett.
Rolando Lopez, Flight Director
While working at Southwest Airlines, Rolando was honored to have participated on many Honor Flights. His team coordinated their every need, including the one special salute Veterans appreciated, their “Water Cannon Salute” honoring their service.
Rolando joined the GSL Honor Flight as a Guardian in 2009, honored to have been a Guardian on several flights and continue a relationship with the Veterans. In 2010, Southwest Airlines recognized his community service and participation with GSL Honor Flight.
In early 2011, Rolando retired from Southwest Airlines to spend more time with his family and continue with volunteer work. Rolando was honored to be invited to assist GSL Honor Flight where he now serves as Operations Manager.
His wife, Marla and daughter, Megan, are very supportive of our Veterans and GSL Honor Flights efforts.
Jim Pettit, Operations Manager
Jim served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force from 1966-1971, including a 3-year assignment on Okinawa.
He worked for 35 years at Southwestern Bell, which became SBC, and finally AT&T. He was Director of Labor Relations when he retired in 2001.
He was a charter member of the Board of Directors of LoveU2Pieces, a local nonprofit providing assistance to families with children who have autism. He has also been an Ambassador at Explore St. Louis for over 15 years, and is treasurer of his church.
Jim began his association with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight in 2015, first as a volunteer and then the team leader for Community Outreach. In April 2018, he accepted his current position as Operations Director.
He and his wife Connie have been married for 52 years and have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.