Lisa is the Gold Star mother of Capt. Matthew Freeman, USMC, KIA in 2009. Her military life includes that of being a Navy child, Navy wife, Marine Corps Mom and mother-in-law and Air Force mother-in-law. She spent 30+ as an educator serving 10 years in special education and 21 in middle school math and science. After her son’s death in Afghanistan, she founded The Freeman Project and has served as the president for the past 6 years. Lisa is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She lives in Richmond Hill, Georgia with her husband, a test pilot for Gulfstream. She is the mother of three and grandmother of four.
With over thirty years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, BJ (Betty) Rosenthal specializes in individual and corporate tax, non-profit, and business consultation. She is active on the boards of various local non-profit organizations. She lives in Richmond Hill, Georgia with her husband. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of one.
Bonnie Proctor graduated from Georgia Baptist Medical Center School of Nursing and was a practicing Registered Nurse until her retirement in 2012. She was involved in the establishment of the Freeman Project and served as it’s Executive Director for several years. As their next door neighbor she watched Matt grow up. She is a member of many local service organizations, is a member of First Baptist Church and is a past chairman of the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. She is the wife of Dr Bob Proctor, the mother of 3 daughters and is grandmother to five grandsons and one grand daughter.
Jeanne’s professional experience has always put her in the public eye. As an instructor at Flight Safety International, Jeanne taught pilots, flight crews and aircraft owners in the cabin usage and emergency procedures of their individual aircraft. As a kindergarten teacher Jeanne learned that teaching 5 year olds is more challenging than instructing pilots and also very rewarding. Jeanne has also served as an operations manager of an airport, manager of a Senior Center, and small business owner.
Jeanne’s strongest interest is helping others. From being a Red Cross Volunteer in Germany, to working with teen girls in her church. Her husband’s military service, gave her the opportunity to coordinate the 51st Doolittle Raiders Reunion, and escort wives of dignitaries to functions. Her most rewarding accomplishment was helping coordinate the worlds’ largest bazaar in Europe three years in a row. The funds raised were used for building a new school. Jeanne holds a pilot and glider rating.
Born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. Graduated from Armstrong State College as a Professional Registered Nurse. I have been married to the Army for most of my adult life. During this time I proudly supported the mission he led and the Family Members of the soldiers we stood beside. My husband retired from Active Duty in March 2012 at Ft Stewart, GA following 30 years of service. We have lived in Richmond Hill twice – the latest time started in 1999. Our children are ages 19 and 20; both graduated from Richmond Hill HS and were involved in the Captain Matthew Freeman Project from its inception.
Brianne M. Yontz
Brianne M. Yontz is the Executive Director of the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her current position, she was the Vice President of Member Services for the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah. She is a native New Yorker, but a Mid-westerner at heart having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Brianne earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University and is a die-hard Buckeye’s fan.
She is a past president of the Richmond Hill High School Cheerleader Booster Club and served on the United Way Allocation Committee as well as on the board of the Friends of Coastal Gardens and Rotary Club of Richmond Hill. She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Savannah and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia. In addition to serving on the board of the Freeman Project, she is also a current board member of United Way of the Coastal Empire.
Brianne is an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Richmond Hill, where she served as treasurer and president of the Parish Council of Catholic Women. She has been married to her husband Mark for 33 years and together they are the proud parents of three amazing daughters: Barbara, Jillian and Hannah Grace. Brianne and her family have lived in Richmond Hill for the past two decades, where she enjoys boating, tennis and reading.