President and Co-Founder
Norma Boyd is wife and caregiver to Brandon Boyd, a post 9/11 wounded soldier, and mother of six children ranging in age between 3-17 years. She understands the challenges a military family faces when transitioning into the civilian world, and the hardships a caregiver faces to provide for their family’s needs while maintaining an environment that fosters a positive attitude in the home.
In an effort to support her husband financially and to serve as a positive role model to her children, she has taken on several positions over the years which include working as an entrepreneur with the Mary Kay Company and working as a freelance photographer. Additionally, she received her certification as a Bridal Consultant through Ashford University, and is now in the process of obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Human Services through Colorado Technical University.
A dedicated, motivated, and enthusiastic advocate for wounded veterans and their families, Norma has served as a Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader for a term of one year, and is currently an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
She has led various outreach activities within her church, such as feeding the homeless. Always putting the needs of others first, Norma is willing to champion a cause to help those in need and worked diligently to assist and help victims during and after Hurricane Katrina.
Aside from her dedication to the veteran community, Norma is very passionate about the well- being of children, both her own and others in need of support. She has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at a Montessori school, homeschooled her own children for several years while tending to her responsibilities as a caregiver to her husband, and is the ‘cheerleader’ to her son Scott, who attends the Fork Union Military Academy. Norma is fluent in Spanish, and has passed along this skill to her own children.
Norma’s passion to work with and support the military community will continue in her role as President of Restoration HomeFront which she and her husband have founded together. Through the loyalty and dedication of the Boyd family as a whole, there’s no doubt many will benefit from their efforts and continuous support. Contact Norma.
Vice President and Co-Founder
Brandon Boyd, a retired Army veteran, was injured while deployed to Iraq in 2008. Upon his return to the states, Brandon was diagnosed as a T-10 paraplegic from the waist down. Despite the fact that he was told he would never walk again, through sheer willpower, determination and the grace of God, he was up and walking with the assistance of a cane within six months.
Brandon lives in Spotsylvania, VA with his wife, Norma, and their 6 children. Brandon currently works for the Department of Defense in the National Capital Region.
In 2011, after benefiting from Celebrate Recovery, a 12 step program that helps individuals deal with life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups, which also helped him deal with his severe anxiety issues and PTSD, Brandon became a leader for the program. His goal is to guide others through the Celebrate Recovery program so they can obtain healing for themselves as well.
Through continued physical therapy, Brandon is improving physically; and he is working to create a better life not only for himself but for his family as well.
Brandon has a great desire to help those who are in need of assistance. Contact Brandon.
Board of Directors
Connie Morinello, President of Veterans’ Outreach Program, is a dedicated self-starter creatively organizing, assisting, and taking part in events and opportunities for a variety of organizations, to conduct outreach to and develop relationships with veterans and their families, while motivating, recruiting, and training volunteers to support initiatives.
She is the recipient of multiple awards from military Commanders and service members, for her outstanding assistance to the military community, both overseas and stateside. Connie volunteers regularly with organizations such as Services to the Armed Forces through the American Red Cross, NY Chapter, The Ronald McDonald House, the NY Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, and the various military Commands within the city of New York.
Connie has a BA in Accounting and is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Citizen’s Academy program, with the New York office. She is a Notary Public in NYC and fluent in Italian. Connie continues to progress her passion for supporting the military community through her loyalty, dedication, and the knowledge acquired over the years with resources and her network of veteran supporters.
William Torrico is a program manager and senior consultant for B3 Solutions, LLC. He is a retired United States Marine with over 27 years service as both as an enlisted member and officer. He has over 16 years experience as a Military Attorney (Judge Advocate) practicing in numerous areas of law to include Criminal Law, Legal Assistance, Operational Law, Administrative Law, and Government Contract Law. In 2005 William deployed with the Second Marine Expeditionary Force to Al Ambar Province, Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
To improve the care provided to wounded warriors following the deficiencies discovered at The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2007, William was assigned as legal counsel to the Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Senior Oversight Committee for Wounded, Ill, and Injured Service Members. In that position he represented DoD and VA’s legal position to the President’s Domestic Policy Counsel and members of Congress.
William Torrico is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, the District of Columbia, the Military Courts of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
William earned his Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University, his Juris Doctor from The District of Columbia School of Law, and his Masters of Laws from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army.
William resides in Mine Run, Virginia with his son Tristan and five Arabian horses.
Joshua T. Ellis Sr. is an US Army Veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. Joshua was Medically Discharged in 2006 for PTSD and began working as a DOD Contractor and Veteran Advocate. He served as the State Captain for Vets for Freedom in the State of Georgia. Currently, he is Founder and President of ATHIO Technologies (www.AthioTechnologies.com). Joshua founded ATHIO intent on creating a technology business that focuses on hiring and training disabled veterans. Joshua lives in Spotsylvania, VA with his wife Lanie, and their 2 children, Faith and Joshua Jr.
Jen Miller is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has been awarded the certification of Holistic Health Coach. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She has her a B.A. of Sociology from the University of Maryland, European Division. She is an army veteran.
“I pride myself on helping active duty military, veterans, and family members form new relationships with food. I use nutrition, restorative exercise, life coaching strategies, and alternative healing modalities such as Emotional Freedom Technique to support my clients on their journey to health and wellness.”
Cindy Murdoch has long been in the business of caring for others. She and her husband adopted a sibling group of three emotionally disturbed children in 1996. They also founded and managed a company that provided non-medical in-home care for adults for over 12 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Prior to that she worked as a Senior Associate Design Engineer designing medical diagnostic equipment for Abbott Laboratories.
Cindy is also a graduate of the Celebrate Recovery program and has served as a leader in that organization for many years.
Recent health issues, which includes breast cancer, have required that she step back and take time to care for herself.
Cindy shares, “I look forward to being a part of an organization that helps loyal and dedicated soldiers returning to the states who find themselves unable to deal with the challenges that life has tossed their way. May God bless each and every one of them.”