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 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.
“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.
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.
“Our veterans have made such great sacrifices so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. Words alone can’t express the gratitude I have for those who have fought for our country. NPLB’s actions support the recovery of these great men and women and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Matt Drummond grew up in Howard County, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with degrees in accounting and finance. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Mars Holdings, LLC.
In his free time, Matt enjoys golf, grilling, playing and watching sports, and adventures with his family. He lives in Howard County, Maryland with his wife and sons.
“I have been incredibly blessed over the last six years to meet and work with the young men and women that have sacrificed their limbs and their lives to provide the freedoms that we enjoy in this country. My copilots and I have turned many of our missions transporting veterans into hunting and fishing excursions throughout the country. NPLB Outdoors gives me the opportunity to continue working with our veterans.”
Mike grew up in Maryland. He graduated from Montgomery College, Frostburg State and the University of Maryland School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Washington State.
Mike is a former prosecutor for Montgomery County, Maryland. After a few years in private practice he cofounded Closeline Settlements, a title company that provides real estate closing services in over forty states. They have twenty local offices in the MD/DC/VA area and operate as Capitol Title and Monarch Title.
Mike married his high school sweetheart in 1982 and they have three kids and three grandkids. He has been interested in hunting and fishing since childhood. Mike is also an avid pilot with an ATP rating and takes to the skies as much as possible.
When Mike’s not volunteering for NPLB, he helps veterans by flying for the Veteran’s Airlift Command. The VAC flies combat wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
“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.
“I am proud to give back to those who have sacrificed so much.”
“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.
“We have our freedom, our businesses, our way of life thanks to the Veterans that protect and go to battle for us. We owe them everything. Having seen the success of NPLB firsthand, I am proud to have the privilege to serve the Veterans and be part of this organization!”
After school, Linda Oliff-Rohleder started a new company with her husband at the time raising money for Volunteer Fire Departments in Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Over a 10-year span Linda worked directly with Volunteer organizations fundraising through photography. With over 50 employee’s Columbia Productions went on to include additional fundraisers for Churches and Schools in the venture raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for these organizations to fund equipment, events and much needed vehicles.
Linda has spent most of her entire work life in the appliance industry. She worked for ADU beside her father for many years as an independent contractor, then opened The Appliance Source on her own in 1999. A MD State Minority Venture, she worked hard and maintained a very successful business in the Annapolis area. She opened her second location in 2005 on the Eastern Shore and continued to have success at that location as well. After her fathers sudden passing in 2017 she merged all three The Appliance Source’s with her father’s company A.D.U., Your Appliance Source. Currently A.D.U. has 8 locations and over 100 employees. As the President, she is continuing his legacy on the foundation of integrity, service, and community.
She is committed to being a contributing member of her community, whether through directing donations or the generous volunteerism of her coworkers who receive her support with paid time off to volunteer with charitable organizations. She has been recognized by the Maryland National Guard, Chesapeake of the Hospice, MD Therapeutic Riding, NWTF, Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls, Wounded Warriors and various Churches for her altruistic support of their organizations.
She was one of the co-founders of the Annapolis Design District and worked her way up to Vice President. She successfully helped organize the opening of the non-profit, then continued her tenure in 2008 from Secretary up to Vice President until her father’s passing in 2017 when she handed the baton to one of the employee’s in the Annapolis location.
She currently lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband Daniel. When she is not working, she enjoys her time with her four grandchildren.
“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”
Board Member Emeritus
Susan Peacock grew up in Laurel, Maryland. She managed her family business, Laurel Glass and Mirror for 27 years before retiring in 2007.
Susan started volunteering with NPLB Outdoors in 2009. In her free time, Susan enjoys boating and spending time with her grandchildren.
“It has been very rewarding to be involved With NPLB Outdoors. When I see a vet smile, I know we are doing good things.”
Board Member Emeritus
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.