Leadership & Board

Our Mission

HeroBox is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports deployed, injured, aging and homeless veterans. Our mission is to ensure that every American hero receives the physical and moral support they deserve.

Our Story

HeroBox evolved from a family's simple effort of supporting their hero. HeroBox founder Ryan Housley learned during his brother's deployment that many service members were not receiving any support from home. He also noticed that all deployed service members have specific needs depending on their gender, location and a variety of other factors. Most care packages are generic and don't provide the items our heroes need.

Ryan worked with brother to develop a web platform that would connect the American people with their heroes instantly online. Thus giving service members the ability to request specific items and providing Americans with a way to directly support the troops. HeroBox.org was launched in May 2008 to support this vision. HeroBox now has volunteers in all 50 states who help us support tens of thousands of deployed service members each year. In 2013, HeroBox expanded its programs to include injured, aging and homeless veterans.

How you can help us

Just call at 866.999.HERO (4376) to make a donation

Leadership Team

Ryan Housley

Executive Director

Amy Horvath

Program Manager

John Burrescia

Military Outreach

Board Of Directors

William Thielemann, BG USAR (Ret)

Chairman of the Board

Brigadier General Thielemann was born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Georgia and Florida. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant Infantry through ROTC at Mercer... read more

MG (Ret.) Robert C. Hughes Jr.

Director

MG (Ret.) Robert C. Hughes Jr. is presently employed as a consultant by Oberon Associates, Inc. working on the Warfighter Information Capabilities Assessment... read more

Colonel (Ret.) David A. Otto

Director

Major John Burrescia

Director

MAJ Burrescia, a native of Dickinson, Texas, graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution in 2000. MAJ Burrescia was... read more

Ryan Housley

Executive Director

Ryan co-founded HeroBox in 2008 so that overseas troops could quickly and easily customize their support packages. He realized the need for such a solution after receiving special requests from his youngest brother who was deployed to Iraq in late 2007 with the 25th ID. Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn.

George Dillard III, Ph.D

Director

Dr. George Dillard is the Senior Minister at Peachtree City Christian Church where he has been preaching since 1993. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Atlanta Christian College in 1983.  He received both his Masters of Ministry and Dr. of Philosophy in Theology from Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Evan Housley

Director Emeritus

Evan is the inspiration behind HeroBox. It was Evan's late night (or early morning?) talks with his brother that eventually led to HeroBox. Evan is a US Army Scout with the 25th ID and was deployed to Taji, Iraq in 2007. Evan is a graduate of McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Georgia.