Our Mission

The mission of Life Skills for Soldiers is to improve service-members' lives through life skills education. Our vision is to create a platform and leverage the train-the-trainer methodology to make it easy for all military leaders to teach their troops valuable life skills.

How We Do It

EDUCATE

We make easy-to-understand classes on vital life skills that are tailor made for military audiences

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By teaching our courses, troops win through learning vital life skills, and leaders win through building camaraderie and lowering disciplinary issues.

EXCEL

We provide military leaders with everything they need to learn about and teach their troops life skills.

EMPOWER
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Courtney Class, Seoul Airbase, 06:01:202

Meet the Team

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Brendan Duebner

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Brendan started Life Skills for Soldiers in 2019 while on Active Duty as a Field Artillery Officer. He is currently a Captain in the Army's 75th Innovation Command and an MBA candidate at the Wharton School of Business.

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Kyle McCormick

Chief Community Officer

Kyle is a former Active Duty Army Artillery Officer who has been working with Life Skills for Soldiers since the beginning. He is an MBA candidate at Fordham's Gabelli School of Business.

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Bill McNamara

Chief Operating Officer

Bill has led the Life Skills for Soldiers Operations team since early 2020. He is a former Army Active Duty Officer and a current MBA candidate at UNC's Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

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Pablo Arroyo

Chief Marketing Officer

Pablo is an active duty Psychological Operations Officer in the US Army. He joined Life Skills for Soldiers as the Chief Marketing Officer in 2019. He ensures LSFS's brand is always focused on encouraging military leaders to help their troops grow. 

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Peter Paychev

Chief Technology Officer

A technology driven organization needs technology first leadership. Peter brings over five years of growth company technology leadership to Life Skills for Soldiers and leverages his experience to keep LSFS ready to keep scaling.

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Brian Bell

VP Marketing

Brian currently serves as an active duty officer in the US Army, and gives his free time to help Life Skills for Soldiers grow. He enjoys investing and learning about smart financial options. He joined LSFS to help his soldiers do the same. 

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Marley Redd

Head of Community Outreach

Marley Redd joined the Life Skills for Soldiers team in the fall of 2020. Prior to that, she was a program and community outreach coordinator for a Michigan-based nonprofit, provideInc. She has a passion for connecting communities and creating cohesive content and outreach materials. Marley plans to bring a different perspective to the table as a young professional female. 

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Joebie Mijares

Head of Finance & Accounting

Joebie is a global Finance expert. He has over 5 years of Financial experience under his belt. He takes what he's learned from EY and his current role at Whittaker's as a Financial & Commercial Analyst and adapts it to serve LSFS's non-profit needs.

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Kevin Black

Finance Volunteer

Kevin is a US Army National Guard team leader and a student at the University of Pennsylvania. He leverages his investment banking experience to assist the LSFS team.

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Joshua Winston

Partnership Analyst 

Joshua helps the LSFS team with partnerships and is currently a senior at the University of Maryland, where he is an ROTC Cadet and the President of the Black Students in Public Policy Organization.

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John Teh

Analytics Specialist

John is an Economics graduate from the University of California, San Diego and currently works in Autodesk's finance department as a data analyst. For Life Skills for Soldiers, he brings clarity and insight to messy data for the community and technology team. In his spare time, he enjoys building data visualizations and reading about investment trends and opportunities.

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Curren Kulkarni

Head of Growth

Curren leads LSFS Growth and Strategic Finance initiatives, leveraging his vast experience as the Head of Strategic Finance for Apex AI, and Investment Banking experience with Goldman Sachs and Citi Group. Curren is an Alumni of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Ellie Duebner

Social Media Volunteer

Ellie helps the LSFS team maintain a strong social media presence and is a graduate of New York University. 

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Brian Holahan

Brand Specialist

Brian is a 2021 graduate of Temple University with a BA in Finance who utilizes his graphic design and financial modeling expertise to further LSFS's educational mission. He leads landing page design and builds module assets for Life Skills for Soldiers.

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