Who We Are
Serving Servicemen was founded in October of 2018 at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, MO. CBC required students to complete 50 hours of service in a 1 week period as Juniors. Opportunities such as mission trips to Nicaragua and Montana were offered by the school, but they had three faults:
1. They didn't target local problems
2. Not all students could afford to travel and perform service
3. There were not enough spots to cover all students
This left us with an opportunity to create something incredible. Tripp had spent many weekends at Amvets Post 1 as a young boy. When thinking of local problems that could be addressed, the veteran community immediately came to mind. As our work grew, so did our passion.
Tripp Tobey | Founder and Director
I am a Sophomore at The Missouri University of Science and Technology. I'm studying Computer Science with an emphasis on data science. I have spent 7 months with Watlow Electric Manufacturing developing "smart" products and leveraging data science to solve thermal problems. I am a proud member of The Sigma Phi Epsilon MO Gamma Chapter.
I love the feeling of helping others and bringing people together. Serving Servicemen has grown my heart and mind more than I could have imagined. The vision our team has established is massive, we won't stop at a blue check mark. I am confident we have the talent and team health to reach our goals.
Andrew Barton | Secretary and Agent for Rolla, MO
My name is Andrew Barton and I am a Sophomore at Missouri S&T studying Mechanical Engineering. As the grandson of a veteran, I know first hand the sacrifice that the people we help have made and feel obligated to return the favor.
Sam Golinvaux | Head of CBC Operations
My name is Sam Golinvaux. I attend CBC high school. I have always wanted to devote myself to a cause greater than myself. Beyond physical work, Serving Servicemen is so much more! Spending time with veterans, hearing their stories, and doing anything I can to show how appreciative I am of their service are a few of the many reasons why I am so fortunate to be able to support and lead this organization.
Gabe Codada | CBC High School
I am a senior at CBC High School where I am an active chairman in our student council. Outside of school, I play soccer and lacrosse as well as volunteer my time at TASK which is a non-profit which helps special kids in team-oriented activities. Serving servicemen above all is my priority as I would do anything to give back what so many veterans have given to me. My goal for this year is to make as many new contacts as possible so that Serving Servicemen can reach beyond Missouri and reach the whole nation.
Justin Pesek | STL Operations
My name is Justin Pesek and I have been apart of Serving Servicemen since it started during my junior year. I am a graduate of the class of 2020 at CBC. I have always had a passion and pride for service and Serving Servicemen helped me find that. Hearing veterans' stories and spending time with veterans has put a significant impact on me as a person. I am glad to be helping out with Serving Servicemen throughout my college years at Maryville University.
Nate Kern | Head of Marketing
My name is Nathanial Kern and I currently attend Missouri Baptist University. I have a passion for finance and accounting and it is a great honor to be able to use these gifts for the benefit of this magnificent organization. Our servicemen have given up so much for our country, and we strive to give back to them in a wide variety of ways. I currently serve as the head of finance and look forward to continuing to serve servicemen.
Michael (Mike) Hickman | Head of Communications
I am a graduate of the CBC class of 2020. I joined Serving Servicemen during my Junior year. We're looking to expand this year! Currently, I am attending Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.
Colin Wagner | Head of Branding and Design
My name is Colin Wagner, I graduated from CBC highschool in the Class of 2020 and currently attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I have been doing work for Serving Servicemen since my senior year designing tee-shirts and graphics. In the summer following my senior year, I was asked to redesign the Serving Servicemen logo and help develop the Serving Servicemen brand as it grows into a national non-profit determined to help heroes across the nation.