Bob Kelly, Director, Founder
I believe we are all connected. I believe when you embrace your vulnerability through sharing your own story, you become stronger. Powerful. Together we are unstoppable. This is the inspiration behind HOG: Helping One Guy. It’s not easy for us as men to share ourselves through life-changing crises: cancer, loss, disability. We’ve been taught to keep it close to our heart. Tough it out. Put on a strong facade. But inside we feel it when we travel the road alone.
I should know. By age 55, I’d lived a full life. Some would say even a charmed life. I was Brother Francis, mascot to the Braves from 1980-1984. With my best friend, Rick Schirm, I opened the first successful sports bar in Cobb County, the Pew and Brew. But despite my successes, I kept a lot in and it took its toil physically. After surviving five heart bypass surgeries, I decided God must have kept me here for a purpose. HOG is my mission. It’s my way of giving back. It’s how I teach others what I’ve learned--that we are all connected and through that connection we are all lifted up. HOG is transformational, not only for those who are directly helped but for the participants as well. I would be so honored if you would join me in Helping One Guy.
Paul Nelson, Vice-President
Paul has been an entrepreneur and business owner for 30 years of his professional career. In 2012, Paul and two partners launched a company that works to prevent chronic diseases at worksites potentially saving lives through chronic disease prevention education. His most recent endeavour involves work with a company that recycles clothing which is then shipped to 6 continents around the world empowering others in developing countries to start and prosper in a business for the first time in their lives.
Paul has a strong passion for amateur baseball as all three of his boys earned college baseball scholarships. Baseball provided the opportunity for Paul to meet Bob Kelly which has developed into a long and valued friendship. Paul became inspired by what Bob Kelly started with the HOG organization and is excited to be involved in it's Mission. Paul has been married for 40 years to the love of his life, Ellen
Lori DeForest, Motivational Speaker
Lori Huffer DeForest has a wide array of experiences and strengths. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Marketing, she has used her superb communication skills, along with her strong analytical and organizational skills to inspire the people around her. No matter what the situation is, good or bad, Lori will make sure that there will always be a positive outcome.
Lori became involved with Helping One Guy by attending a dinner that was given for a family member. She saw how that one dinner changed the lives of those around her. In January 2015, Lori chose to give back to Helping One Guy and became the Communications Director. As a board member, Lori is always using her communication skills to further the mission of Helping One Guy
Marsha Inlow, Secretary
I retired in 2008 from the position of Travel Coordinator for McKesson Corporation (formerly Per-Se Technologies).
I have served on the Board of Directors for 2015 and 2016. I continue to help with the Helping One Guy events with set-up, decorating and preparation.
In retirement, I stay busy with volunteer opportunities (church, Helping One.Guy,etc.), travel, and spending as much time as possible with grand kids.
Buddy Inlow, Member-at-Large
I retired in 2012 from VetJobs, Inc., as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. VetJobs, Inc. is a Military Based Internet Job Board for veterans and their families.
I have served on the Board of Directors for Helping One Guy in 2015-2016. I assisted Helping One Guy and Bob Kelly for several years prior and continue to help with site set-up, purchasing of supplies, decorating, etc.
Now that I am retired, I keep busy with volunteering with our church, travel and grand-kids.
Steve Kruger, Photographer
Steve is one of the original Helping One Guy (HOG) team members, helping Bob Kelly get HOG started, turning an idea into reality.
Steve has been a member of Northstar Church for 14 years and enjoys volunteering and helping where he can. He is married to his beautiful wife Lisa Kruger and they are blessed with six children and four grandchildren. Steve enjoys running and photography. Steve is one of the HOG photographers you'll see at our events. Smile! :)
Bill Burbridge, Donations
Bill is an ATT retiree after 44 years in the telecommunications industry. Married to his wife Annalena for 50 years, they have a daughter and two grandsons. Bill is an active member of the Northstar Church where he is a lead usher and is very involved with the missions work in Guatemala at an orphanage as well as ministry in the mountains.
Helping other people in need has always been a passion of mine and my wife and we have been involved with Must ministries, Hands Across Atlanta, and Fountain of Hope. We became involved with HOG a few months ago and appreciate the mission Bob Kelly has established.
Eddie Leonhard, Donations
I was born in Elizabeth, NJ on June 8, 1943 and lived there for 53 years. Married and raised 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1961and entered the workplace in shipping and warehousing for the first 12 years of my career. In 1975, I went to work in OTR T/L Operations, first as a dispatcher, then a Terminal Manager and eventually a Direcotr of Operations for 4 different carriers in New Jersey. In 1996, I moved to Kennesaw as a Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast, TX/LA. In January of 1999 my wife of 32 years died. In the fall of 1999, I met a woman at a friends house and my life was changed forever. We have been married since 2002. In 2003, the company was sold and I joined a refrigerated T/L Carrier serving the West Coast. My sales territory expaned to CA, WA, OR, ID and UT as we ll as the Southeastrn States. In 2008, I retired.
Cathy Letalien, Advisor
Cathy Letalien retired from The Home Depot November 2015 with over 28 years of service. Her responsibilities included Accounts Payable Lead, Electronic Data Interchange Supervisor, Services Coordinator, and Financial Systems Analyst. She is currently working with her husband Paul Letalien at his company Archer Restoration Services Inc. Her responsibilities include paying bills, account reconciliation, sub-contractor payouts, banking deposits and assisting Paul with day to day activities. She is a member at their business networking group “Momentum”. Her responsibilities for the group include a 60 second discussion regarding their business and sharing leads with other members of the group.
Cathy’s hobbies include gardening, running, bicycling, fishing and TRAVELING! . She also enjoys riding passenger on her husband’s motorcycles.
Cathy is an active advocate for addiction education with a strong interest in prescription drug education. Her experience with drug addiction comes from her son Jeremy Leo Letalien who proudly graduated in 2011 with high honors. Jeremy struggled with an addiction and lost his fight on January 22, 2013. Cathy and Paul are supporters for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery and have endowed a scholarship in their sons name: The Jeremy Leo Letalien Endowed Scholarship. They have been active in assisting families with addiction and have spoken at Barber Middle School, KSU, and the Cobb County Juvenile Court.
Cathy and her husband attend Branches of Christ church and have a strong faith and care about their community.