MEET THE BOARD
CAROLE SCOTT, CHAIR
Carole is a successful executive with a myriad of talents gained from building and promoting high-performing, profitable corporations for more than 25 years in Northern Virginia that grew to be industry admired and ultimately acquired. Carole learned love of this country and respect for authority as the daughter of an Air Force fighter pilot, whose career service included action in WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Her mother, a British-born US citizen who survived the WWII London bombings, taught Carole character strength, perseverance and the power of positive thinking. Carole’s passionate and persuasive attitude is now focused on strategic consulting efforts for technology corporations, veterans’ organizations, and for education as a Trustee for the George Mason University Foundation.
TONY BANKS, VICE CHAIR AND INTERNAL COMMITTEE DIRECTOR
Tony is our in-house Marine. He served in The United States Marine Corps from 1983 to 2013, obtaining the rank of Sergeant Major. He served throughout the world in multiple hostile, humanitarian and training missions, including combat zones in Kuwait, Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Africa. He was initially trained and served as a field artillery cannoneer and subsequently served in a number of roles, including instructor, paratrooper, event coordinator, family advocacy advisor, equal opportunity advisor and executive advisor. Tony is the Vice Chair of the Mighty Pen board, directs the Internal Relations Committee, and does a very mean pushup.
TOPHER MURPHY, SECRETARY
Christopher "Topher" Murphy, PsyD, is a psychologist and former US Army Captain. The military connection in his family runs deep as his father and two of his brothers served in the US Army. He currently provides forensic psychological evaluations. Dr. Murphy completed his APA-accredited doctoral work at Regent University in Clinical Psychology. He served in the US Army at different duty stations such as Fort Gordon, GA.; Fort Campbell, KY and Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as Operation New Dawn. He was a small team leader and was the Officer in Charge (OIC) for a hybrid Combat Stress Control clinic in Taji, Iraq. Topher also completed Aeromedical Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama to become an Aviation Psychologist. Topher has a strong passion for serving Veterans and has consulted with different Veteran organizations in the past. He has completed the Mighty Pen Project writing seminar. He is a huge Manchester United fan.
Lin Rasmussen is the daughter of a WWII veteran who served in the Philippines, and the niece of 7 WWII veterans. Her brother served in Vietnam in the Army Infantry. As an RN, Lin worked at the VA hospital and served as a Nurse Manager at Henrico Doctor's Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. As a retiree, she still keeps her hand in Nursing, working part-time as a Compliance Officer. Because of her father and brother, PTSD is a long-time interest of hers and writings frequently include this topic in her story-lines.
ALICIA DIETZ, ARTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
The attention to detail and unwavering work ethic that Alicia had as a Blackhawk Maintenance Test Pilot and Company Commander while serving in the Army has run over into her work as a craftsman and artist. Recently earning her MFA in Craft and Material Studies at VCU, Alicia makes furniture and concept work. Her current body of work evolves from the navigation of her intersection between the structure and camaraderie of her previous military life and the instability, vulnerability, and search for purpose in her new civilian one.
DAVID L. ROBBINS, FOUNDER AND PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
David is the son of World War II veterans. Above and beyond his work as a New York Times bestselling author, David energetically believes in giving back to the community and considers his charitable efforts to be his most important work. In 2002, David founded the James River Writers, a non-profit group in Richmond that has grown to become the preeminent writers’ organization in the middle Atlantic. In 2008, he co-founded The Podium Foundation, a non-profit organization which brings writing and critical reasoning skills to Richmond’s young writers and artists. David founded the Mighty Pen Project in 2015. David also teaches advanced creative writing at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Honors College. David’s thirteenth novel, a story about survival, rescue, and love that takes place during the Vietnam War, was published in November 2016. David is an accomplished playwright, with his most recent play, The End of War, opening at the Virginia Reparatory Theater in March 2017.
David Robbins continues to shine in Richmond and beyond. Here are just a few of his recent accomplishments:
- Richmond Times Dispatch Honoree, Person of the Year
- Virginia Commission for the Arts, On of the 2 Most Inspirational Literary Artists in Virginia of the Last 50 Years
- Production of his fourth stage play, The King of Crimes, about the treason trial of Aaron Burr