Founder and Chairman of the Board
Mark Hoke is a Senior Project Manager at Dimensional Marble and Tile. He is an avid outdoorsman and spent most of his formative years guiding hunts and playing sports. When he was 21, he married his high school sweetheart, Susan. They started their family shortly after that.
Mark has been a professional guide since 1982. He is a sought-after industry expert and has worked with companies like Avery Outdoors and Zink Calls. This opened a lot of doors and helped build a foundation for Operation NPLB Outdoors.
In January of 2000, Mark lost his father and mentor to heart failure. Mark’s dad was an Army Sergeant and WWII veteran. Mark vividly remembers his father talking about how Vietnam veterans were treated after returning home. He said, “they did what their country asked of them and were treated unfairly for doing it.”
Mark never served in the military, but he knew what it meant to his father to serve God and country. After the 9/11 attacks, he felt a calling to do something for our returning men and women. He wanted to help make sure they were treated properly.
In 2004, Mark worked in partnership with his friend and fellow professional guide, Cody Kittleman, to found NPLB Outdoors. Cody and Mark have always wanted to show the utmost respect to veterans and their families for their sacrifices made on behalf of our country.
“I am very proud to have had the opportunity to serve my country in many ways. It is highly gratifying to be a small part of something much bigger than myself.”
Adam Kisielewski grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Following the 9/11 attacks, he expedited his high school graduation and joined the US Marine Corps in early 2002.
After completing his training, Adam was stationed in Washington D.C., where he provided security for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Chief of Naval Operations and other senior officers. During this time, Adam was hand selected to serve on the presidential security detail at Camp David where he protected the 43rd President of the United States, the first family and other visiting dignitaries.
COMBAT AND INJURY
After completing his tour at the presidential retreat, Adam rejoined the infantry and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines. In 2005, he deployed to Iraq as an infantry squad leader. Just over a month into his deployment, Adam was severely injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) while breaching a door in a building known for hostile encounters.
Adam’s wounds required the amputation of his left arm and his right leg. His left leg was also badly damaged in the blast and required several months of continuous surgeries. After 14 months of recovery, Adam retired from the Marines as a Sergeant.
For the first 3 years following his military retirement, Adam worked for the Department of Defense managing Congressionally funded projects. In 2010, Adam left his government position to pursue a career as a nonprofit executive.
Currently, Adam serves as the President of NPLB Outdoors – a 501(c)3 organization that helps wounded, injured and ill veterans through a variety of outdoor activities and outings.
Adam has a bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s and a master’s degree from Georgetown.
He proudly serves on the board of directors for Homes for Our Troops and is a pilot and ambassador for the Veterans Airlift Command. He also sits on the advisory board for Able Flight.
In his free time, Adam enjoys riding his custom-built Harley Davidson with the Battlefield Chapter of the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club. He also enjoys aviation, outdoor activities and traveling. He lives in Maryland with his wife Carrie and son Evan.
“I am proud to share my love for the outdoors with these amazing men and women who have risked life and limb to protect us and our freedom. Along with my family, I consider it a privilege to welcome these heroes home and help with their recovery through the activities and fellowship that Operation NPLB Outdoors makes possible”.
Ted D’Anna is the Executive Vice President of Mars Holdings LLC. Ted started working with NPLB in 2006 as a volunteer and became one of the original board members in 2008. Since then, Ted has continued to serve on the board, and in 2016, was named Vice President of the organization.
As a tournament fisherman and an avid hunter, Ted has organized many fishing trips, all types of hunts, and many other outdoor activities for NPLB Outdoors.
““Working with and watching our vets become involved in our organization has been the most rewarding part for me. I would love to see the quality of life improve for all our wounded men & women who fought for our country””
“It has been very rewarding to be involved With NPLB Outdoors. When I see a vet smile, I know we are doing good things.”
Richard Kluckhuhn was born and raised in Laurel, Maryland. After finishing high school, Richard served in the Navy from 1966 until 1970. Upon completing his service in the Navy, Richard began working at his family’s business, Laurel Fuel Oil. Today, he serves as the company’s president.
Richard began volunteering with NPLB Outdoors in 2009. During his first event, Richard had lunch with a veteran who wanted to talk about how he was injured. The veteran wanted Richard to know what he had endured. He wanted every American to know what injured veterans go though.
While he was sitting there listening, Richard realized this was a way to help. He saw the impact NPLB was making. The lunch conversation inspired Richard to do whatever he could to help all veterans. He has been committed to the cause ever since.
“Our veterans have given so much so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. I’m proud to help injured veterans heal through a shared love of the outdoors.”
Cody Kittleman was born in Sharron, PA and grew up in Howard County Maryland. He is a professional trapper, hunter, and fly fisherman.
With over 50 years of experience, Cody has spent most of his adult life working in the outdoors. Cody spent 8 years guiding anglers in Belize and 15 years working as a charter boat captain on the Chesapeake Bay.
In 2004, Cody helped found NPLB with his friend and fellow professional guide, Mark Hoke. They had a strong desire to help veterans and their families but didn’t have much money. The outdoors offered a perfect way for the duo to help.
Cody continues to stay involved with NPLB Outdoors. He enjoys guiding veterans, especially ones new to hunting and fishing. Cody lives in Maryland with his wife and has three children.
“As a young man, my father served his country in WWII. Though never served in the armed forces, I grew up in a household that respected God, country, and your fellow man. Being a part of NPLB is my way of giving back.”
Henry Hoke was born in Riverdale, Maryland and Graduated from Laurel High School 1985. After graduating, Henry trained to be a carpenter. Now, with over 34 years of experience, he own’s and runs HNH Deck & Porch Builders. In his free time, Henry enjoys horse racing, playing sports, and hunting. He lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter.
Henry got involved with NPLB very early on to support his brother Mark, one of the organization’s founders. He helped by cleaning out barns, fixing tree stands, driving deer, and cleaning up afterwards. He believed in the cause and did whatever it took to make the events successful. Henry continues to support NPLB and its mission to help wounded, injured, and ill veterans and their families.
“I am proud to give back to those who have sacrificed so much.”
“Doing what I can to help our nation’s service members is the least I can do in return for all they have done for us.”
Kevin Kenney is a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot. Currently, he flies emergency medical calls (medivac) for a large hospital in southwest Florida. Prior to his current profession, Kevin spent nearly three decades in law enforcement, retiring as a Major in the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
Kevin’s true passion is assisting veterans and their families as they rehabilitate from injuries or illnesses, as well as, transitioning to civilian life. Kevin believes strongly that connecting people is the key to success in rehabilitation.
Kevin resides in Sarasota, Florida with his wife Jan.
“I got involved with NPLB to help those who have given so much for this country. It’s the least I can do for these guys and girls.”
Kenny Gray grew up in Clarksville, MD. From an early age he had a love of the outdoors.
He attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD and Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. He received a degree in Environmental Science from Gettysburg but following college he entered the construction industry and has worked as both a specialty contractor and a general contractor. Kenny is currently the Vice President of KRM Construction Company LLC based out of Chestertown, MD.
During his free time Kenny enjoys, hunting, fishing, photography and watching his sons play sports. Kenny lives on the eastern shore of Maryland with his wife Kate, sons Cole and Zac and Black Lab Tank.
Both of Kenny’s grandfathers were in the service and thought him to love our country. Kenny has been involved with NPLB from the start and cherishes the time spent in the field with our veterans.