RYAN MANION BOREK
Inspired by her brother 1st Lt. Travis Manion’s character, leadership, and sacrifice, Ryan Manion Borek has dedicated her life to supporting the nation’s military, veterans, and families of fallen heroes. Ryan has always had a close connection to the military community. Her father, Col. Thomas Manion served in the United States Marine Corps, and her brother chose to follow in his footsteps, attending the United States Naval Academy and then becoming a Marine.
On April 29th, 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq while aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded comrades. Ryan’s mother, the late Janet L. Manion, founded the Travis Manion Foundation shortly after Travis’ death to assist veterans and other families of the fallen. As a Gold Star sister, Ryan has been involved with the Travis Manion Foundation from the beginning in a number of roles. Ryan currently serves as the President of the Travis Manion Foundation and is responsible for overseeing strategic development, planning, marketing, and execution of Foundation events and programs.
Ryan also serves as the keynote speaker for Character Does Matter, a program that connects veterans and families of the fallen with future leaders. Using the examples set by Travis and other fallen heroes, Ryan and other TMF Ambassadors teach the importance of leadership and character to students and young leaders. Ryan has presented to thousands of students at schools across the country, as well as at the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar and STEM camps.
Ryan has also had several opportunities to speak to a national audience about the importance of supporting the military community. During a Memorial Day 2012 segment on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Ryan called on fellow Americans to recognize the continuing sacrifices of U.S. troops and military families: “Every day is Memorial Day to me,” she said, “and I think it’s important that every day is Memorial Day to the rest of this country.”
Ryan is an active member of the Doylestown, PA community where the Foundation is headquartered. Currently, she is a Township Supervisor, a position she has held since 2011.
Ryan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Cabrini College, has run two successful small businesses, and is currently enrolled in a master’s program in Global Leadership at Delaware Valley College. She resides in Doylestown with her husband and three children, Travis, Maggie Rose and Honor.
Matthew T. Pruitt is an executive with a financial services firm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Throughout his professional career, he has held a variety of positions including more than 25 years of service to our country with the United States Navy and is a Commander in the Navy Reserve. In 1991, Matthew served in Operation Desert Storm and in 2002, he was recalled to active duty to serve in Bahrain during Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle where he received the Meritorious Service Medal.
Matthew is an Ambassador with The Travis Manion Foundation, is active in the Navy League of the United States and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 175, Doylestown, PA. He holds a BSBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, and an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.
ABOUT THE TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION
“If Not Me, Then Who…”
Shortly after the death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion in Iraq on April 29, 2007, the fallen Marine’s mother, the late Janet Manion, founded the Travis Manion Foundation to assist our nation’s veterans and families of the fallen. Headquartered in Doylestown with another office in San Diego, the Foundation is focused on assisting the nation’s veterans and families of the fallen.
The words Travis spoke before leaving for his second and final deployment to Iraq – “If Not Me, Then Who…” – have inspired a national movement that is growing rapidly. Veterans and families of the fallen are spearheading this movement to build a nation of heroes in which character, leadership and service are in action every day.
The Travis Manion Foundation engages with veterans and families of the fallen in all stages of their personal journeys and offers them unique opportunities to empower them to achieve their goals. The Travis Manion Foundation believes that the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living. Through Mentorship and Advocacy, Expeditions, Character Does Matter, and the 9/11 Heroes Run, veterans and families of the fallen are leading in their communities. They are challenging themselves and others to continue the service to community and country exemplified by the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans.