John Lyon is a global relief and development visionary and a licensed law practitioner. John has organized and supported rapid responses for emergencies and provided first responders training and equipment around the world since 2013. Prior to joining My Medic Charities, John was the President of World Hope International where he developed an emergency relief program that responded with immediate healthcare, water and sanitation, and protection services to emergencies or conflicts worldwide, including fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, hurricane relief for islands in the Caribbean, and supporting first responders in Ukraine during the Russian invasion. Prior to this, John served as General Counsel for Joule Africa, an innovative London-based, renewable energy company focused on developing hydroelectric and solar energy in Africa. Prior to his time at Joule Africa, John practiced law at WilmerHale, an international law firm, where he supported development projects for clients in Uganda and Sierra Leone. John served in the United States Peace Corps in Jamaica from 1998 to 2000. John holds a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College and a JD from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law.
Chris Schaff is an innovative leader in international disaster response and capacity building and serves as an advisor to multiple humanitarian organizations. He has over 32 years of professional experience with a focus on training, resiliency development, and crisis response. Chris retired from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department as a Battalion Chief in the Special Operations Division. In his final assignment, he served as the Program Manager and Task Force Leader of the world-renowned international urban search and rescue team USA-1. Chris also has over 30 years practicing pre-hospital emergency medicine, serving as an EMS supervisor and a critical care flight paramedic. Chris has served in the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group as a member of the U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination team. He has numerous international deployments as a subject matter expert in disaster response coordination and mitigation supporting host country leadership and non-government organizations. As a member of the U.N. team, Chris served as a disaster response team assessor, classifier, and primary mentor to organizations seeking United Nations response team classification. Chris’s years of real-world experience equips him to lead government and non-government organizations in the development, training, and successful deployment of response organizations. Chris holds a Bachelor's degree from Liberty University in Political Science
CHIEF MARKETING officer
Jonathan Burgoyne is a marketing and brand leader with 16+ years of experience and a track record of building high performance teams that elevate brands and drive revenue. Jon cut his teeth in marketing in multiple agencies as well as in the consumer electronics world. This led him to Overstock.com where he helped lead the charge on brand messaging and focusing the company on home goods and furnishings. Jon then jumped into the startup world, helping a fledgling travel and backpack company called NOMATIC to grow into the respected brand it is today. Currently, Jon spends his time between building My Medic, which is the world’s #1 visited first aid company and his passion of helping in relief efforts locally and throughout the world with My Medic Charities. Jon has participated in several local and international studies and service projects in conjunction with The University of Utah, Westminster College, VIDA, UPAVIM, Good in the Hood, Eyes for Zimbabwe and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These projects have taken him thoughout Central America and Southern Africa. Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Utah and a master’s in Community Leadership from Westminster College.
Dr. Dan Hanfling
senior medical advisor
Dan Hanfling, MD is a board-certified emergency physician on the medical staff at Inova Fairfax Hospital, northern Virginia’s Level I trauma center, where he spent 18 years leading emergency preparedness and response efforts in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax mailings. He is a recognized national and international leader currently working at the intersection of health security and national security. He was a founding director of the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance, one of the first emergency preparedness and response health care coalitions in the country. He served as a medical team manager for Virginia Task Force 1 (Fairfax County, VA) with responses to many of the most notable domestic and international disaster events over the past two decades. And he has had a leadership role at the US National Academy of Sciences, co-chairing the committees that developed a framework for catastrophic health emergency response (aka Crisis Standards of Care) and he oversaw the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Hanfling is Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. He received an AB in political science from Duke University and was awarded his medical degree from Brown University. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and an emergency medicine residency at George Washington/Georgetown University Hospitals.
Senior Communications Advisor
A combination of 15+ years of military and NGO immediate international disaster response has allowed Cody Hromada to become an expert in austere communications with a depth of experience and knowledge in line of sight, satellite voice and data, tracking, situational awareness, maritime, and air to ground communications. Cody has deployed worldwide in a variety of situations and environments successfully increasing mission and response capabilities through communications.
Billy Haley has worked in healthcare for 25 years as a U.S. Special Operations Medic. Trauma care is Billy’s bread and butter. He maintains a broad range of medical skills and experience from performing surgeries in hospital O.R., treating and triaging patients arriving in the E.R., caring for patients in the I.C.U., responding to calls as a firefighter/paramedic, and working as a rescue diver. Between the Army, State Department, and other U.S. Government agencies, Billy has had numerous deployments that have taken him to every corner of the globe. With over 1100 days in combat, Billy is well versed in triage and treatment of a wide range of illnesses and injuries in austere environments. He has also stood up and commanded foreign force battalions in several foreign countries as well as provided aid in humanitarian missions. Billy is the owner and lead instructor for his own company and several other companies that specialize in teaching weapons, tactical, trauma care and first aid, hunting safety, survival skills, and mountaineering skills, teaching everyone from civilians and law enforcement to military and elite units. Billy has a love for the outdoors, and active lifestyle with a history of being a sponsored athlete in cycling, skateboarding, and snowboarding.