Team Members

Board of Directors

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jim and noreen kern - founders

Jim served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1961 and is a Vietnam-era Veteran. Being a Veteran, he was aware of the challenges Veterans face every day which caused Jim and Noreen to found the Brave Hearts Foundation, a 501 (c)3, in 2008. The Mission Statement of Brave Hearts is β€œto assist all Idaho Veterans in critical need” and to keep them from falling through the cracks.



philip vern hawkins - executive adviser & consultant

U.S.Army December 3, 1961 - May 30, 1991. Retired as a Command Sergeant Major. Volunteer Coordinator, Idaho State Veterans Home, Boise, Idaho. Executive Adviser of Brave Hearts and integral in the formation and coordination of the Foundation. Volunteer Board of the Brave Hearts Executive Board.

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h. melvin napier

Retired USAF, Korean Veteran. Past National Vice Commander of American Legion. President of Idaho Veterans Affairs Commission. Chairman of Brave Hearts Executive Board.


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mary sue chase

Spouse of 22-year Air Force Veteran. Receptionist Local Irrigation District. Member of American Legion Auxiliary since 2001. Executive Secretary of Brave Hearts Corporation.

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MCPO USN Retired. Department Service Officer. Department of Idaho. Volunteer Brave Hearts Executive Board.


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Major USMC Retired. Vietnam 1968 - 1969, Desert Storm 1992. Past State Commander VFW 2002 - 2003. Lifetime Member VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League. Volunteer Brave Hearts Executive Board.



Co-Chairman of Eagle Field of Honor. Resident of Treasure Valley 15 years. Volunteer Executive Brave Hearts Board.




Retired 34-year Government Employee. Vietnam and Desert Shield Veteran with service in Navy, IDAR NG and Idaho Air Guard. Life member of VFW and American Legion. Volunteer Brave Hearts Executive Board.

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Heather Paredes

Co-Chairman of Eagle Field of Honor. Director of Marketing & Consumer Relations of CTU Advisors, LLC. Volunteer the Bravo Project. Member Brave Hearts Band. Volunteer Brave Hearts Executive Board.