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About US

HERoes in Deed is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization inspired by the memory of our HERo, Army Lieutenant Colonel Jaimie E. Leonard, who was killed in Aghanistan on June 8, 2013. Jaimie's drive to make the world a better place is the force behind our mission. Our current initiatives include hosting an annual HERo Run in Warwick each summer, partnering with Warwick Historical Society to build a Nature Play Area, and offering scholarships to deserving Warwick High School students. We are in the process of learning more about the needs of the community and local veterans and servicemembers to develop programs that will inspire and educate the community to recognize and serve with and for those who serve.
Honoring Jaimie...

In an article she wrote for her home town paper in Warwick, New York on Memorial Day 2010, Jaimie wrote …“…Remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country in war, but also honor those others who sacrifice in other ways to make this country great – law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, volunteers, etc. Please honor them in deed and not just giving thanks, parades, or planting flowers or flags on graves. Take measure of what have you done for your country and ask yourself if you could do more.”

Our Projects

Communities Serving Those Who Serve
HERo Run

Every year, with the help of our sponsors, we host a 5k and 10k race, as well as a kids fun run, in Warwick, NY, in memory of Jaimie. This is an opportunity for us to honor our local veterans as well as promote fitness for everyone.

Scholarships

Jaimie valued education and never stopped learning. HERoes in Deed provides scholarships each year to deserving Warwick High School students in Jaimie’s memory. Clicking on Jaimie’s photo above will take you to our Scholarships page where you can learn more.

Meet our Board

HERoes In Deed is managed by an all-volunteer team of professionals who have been inspired by Jaimie to serve those who serve our nation.
Elizabeth Harman
Elizabeth Harman
Executive Director
Elizabeth Harman is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of HERoes In Deed Inc. (HID). On June 8, 2013 Liz’s sister, LTC Jaimie E. Leonard was killed in action by an insider attack in Afghanistan. Honoring Jaimie’s love for her peers and country Liz formed HID as a way to honor Jaimie and continue Jaimie’s passion to serve veterans, active duty members and our country. When Liz is not planning programs and events for HID she works as a Secondary Montessori Mathematics teacher in Yonkers, NY. Liz has taught at Yonkers Montessori Academy, a public school, in Yonkers for 16 years and is currently working on her National Board Certification in teaching. She is also involved in and supports many other nonprofit veteran organizations including TAPS, Battle Dawgs, Team Red White Blue, wear blue: run to remember, Hudson Valley Honor Flight, United for the Troops, Wreaths Across America as well as local VFW and American Legions. Liz is passionate in connecting communities and Veterans through community service projects and events. Liz lives in Putnam Valley, NY with her husband and two daughters.
Laurie Courage
Laurie Courage
Board President
Laurie has led several business development, marketing and technical teams in IBM, and worked in small business and non-profit roles supporting environmental initiatives. She has served on non-profit boards for over 25 years, been an active community volunteer, and currently owns a plant-based nutrition education and health coaching business. Laurie was Jaimie’s aunt and Godmother.
Robert “Bo” Kennedy
Robert “Bo” Kennedy
Board Treasurer
Robert Kennedy owns a Commercial Real Estate business and manages properties located in New York, New Jersey and South Carolina. He currently sits on the Town of Warwick planning board and has served on several committees for various organizations including St. Anthony’s Hospital in Warwick. Robert has been a friend of the Leonard family since childhood.
Patty McPhillips
Patty McPhillips
Board Secretary
Patty served with Jaimie in the 10th Mountain Division. She has 23 years’ experience in the US Army and has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. She is currently serving as a Professor of Military Science with the Eastern Illinois University ROTC program. In addition to serving as Board Secretary, Patty is responsible for maintaining the HERoes In Deed web page and social media sites.
Peter Artusa
Peter Artusa
Board Member
Peter Artusa is the President of All County Window Cleaning, a company that specializes in commercial and residential window cleaning, power washing, roof cleaning, gutter cleaning and blinds sales which employs 25+ people and located in Northern NJ. He graduated Valley Central High School in Montgomery NY. After graduating from Valley Central he went to work in the family business, a janitorial company located in Newburgh, NY. In 1985 he attended the Orange County Sheriff’s office Police Academy and after graduation went to work for the Town of Montgomery Police Department. During 1987 and 1988 he was on loan to the Orange County District attorney’s office as an undercover investigator where he had several successful investigations and was promoted to senior investigator. He then became a Police Officer with the Town of Warwick Police Department were in 1993 he was asked to form the town’s first K9 unit. This unit was started and still runs successfully today. Artusa’s first K9 was Paco, which he worked until 2001 and then he worked with K9 Basko until his retirement in 2008. After retirement from the Town of Warwick Police Department he started his first business, A Sparkling View, which became a successful company and won, Small Business Of The Year, along with several other awards and commendations from the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Artusa went on to grow his company with small acquisitions. In 2013 he purchased the nation’s largest residential window cleaning company, All County Window Cleaning, which covers 9 counties throughout NJ, NY and PA. He is constantly growing his company and has become a viable employer in Northern NJ, employing 25+ people within his organization. He was a graduate of Leadership Orange and also became a board member of that same organization. He volunteered with the Warwick Ambulance Corp and has served on several committees with several chambers of commerce that his company belongs to. He is currently a board member or HERo’s In Deed. He is married to Tammy Artusa and has 3 children and two grandchildren.
Karen Baker
Karen Baker
Board Member
Karen served with Jaimie in the 10th Mountain Division. She has 16 years’ experience in the US Army and has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. She is currently serving as an Executive Officer for the Deputy Inspector General at the Pentagon.

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