Board Of Directors

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HERO’s leadership has decades of experience serving the first responder population.

Our Board of Directors come from diverse walks of life and have first-hand experience dealing with and mitigating emotional challenges that arise from a career as a first responder.


Jonathan Lang, President
Jon is co-founder of HERO and an active firefighter/EMT with Fort Belvoir Fire Department. He is also a certified Peer Support Specialist with the state of Virginia, the International Association of Firefighters, and Virginia First Responders Support Services.

Jon currently serves as Chair of the Behavioral Health Working Group at Fort Belvoir, as Certified Peer Support trainer with Virginia First Responder Support Services (VFRSS), and as a Committee member for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Behavioral Health and Occupational Safety Committee.

Marjorie Yates, Board Member
Marjorie is the founder and CEO of Lightworks Recovery, an organization that empowers the recovery workforce through training and events.

Having been in long-term recovery herself, Marjorie seeks to eradicate the stigma surrounding addiction through education and community engagement. Marjorie currently lives in Richmond, VA with her corgi and pug.

Susan Starnes, Board Member
Susan works as the Wing Director of Psychological Health for the Maryland Air National Guard. Her role there focuses on building resiliency and encouraging healthy living for the airmen who work there. She also assesses and refers members to mental health care and treatment in their local communities.

Susan works to de-stigmatize those who seek treatment for mental health conditions. She is the widow of Staff Sergeant Michael Deal who completed suicide in 2012. Michael was a firefighter for the federal government, as well as a member of the Air National Guard.

Theresa Kraemer, Secretary
Theresa is a Design Manager working for Northrop Grumman in Springfield, VA. She brings her organizational skills to help document and plan tasks to keep the organization moving smoothly.

As a family member to a first responder, Theresa has witnessed the toll and stress that being an first responder brings. She is happy to support the HERO program and its initiatives.

Scott Obenhein, Vice President
Scott is a Senior Vice President of Griffin Capital Funding, a commercial real estate brokerage that helps churches and nonprofit organizations secure financing for various projects.

A resident of Fredericksburg, VA for more than 15 years, Scott has a passion for inspiring and helping people become the best versions of themselves. He has been a community leader and enjoys working with and mentoring kids in different activities including coaching baseball, the Boy Scouts of America, and martial arts.

Amy Lang, Board Member
Amy is a Senior Meeting Planner for Professional and Scientific Associates. A proven leader in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, Amy has worked for over 15 years to provide professional-quality event planning and management services to the commercial and government markets.

Amy is a mother of two and the wife of Jonathan Lang, a first responder who is currently in long-term recovery. She and her family currently reside in Fredericksburg, VA. She prides herself on being a strong mother and an accomplished professional.

Maria Moore, Board Member
Maria is a high energy, process and results-oriented professional with proven success in defining market strategy and implementing successful marketing plans for SaaS, Cloud, AI/RPA, Enterprise, and SMB accounts.

Maria has been an active supporter of many local charities including the USO Metro, a DC-based organization dedicated to serving and honoring military personnel and first responders and their families. Maria has volunteered her time to create awareness around key events for the USO, including the annual Gala, golf tournaments, care package distribution, and public service appreciation. Maria holds a B.S. in Psychology from Radford University.

Other Services

The HERO Home Page is an overview of who we are and what we do. HERO’s Assistance Fund can supply financial help for first responders who need it. The HERO Scholarship Fund is open to graduating high school seniors. HERO offers Peer Support in the form of a warm line. Frequently Asked Questions answers recurring questions from first responders. The Resources page lists other ways first responders can find help.