Matthew Boulay, Chair

Matthew BoulayMatthew Boulay enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1997 and served a tour of duty in Iraq from February to

September 2003. During that time, he was a gunner for a light armored vehicle and participated in the initial invasion of Iraq. He received multiple decorations, including the Combat Action Ribbon, before separating from the Marine Corps in 2005 having attained the rank of Sergeant.

Matthew is the founder of the nonprofit National Summer Learning Association. He previously served as the Director of the Fund for Veterans’ Education and the Campaign for a New GI Bill. In this capacity, he designed and managed a national scholarship programs for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and successfully lobbied Congress to pass a new GI Bill. Matthew organized a multi-state tour of “Hometown Hero Events” to highlight the plight of veterans struggling to pay for college and now speaks frequently on the issue of veterans’ education, including giving both radio and television interviews. Matt’s advocacy of veterans issues has also been published in the Huffington Post. Matthew moved from NYC to Salem, Oregon six years ago with his wife and two daughters.

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Linde Groover, Executive Director

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Linde Groover spent her last two years teaching 8th grade science as a Teach For America corps member in Saint Louis, Missouri. She was a Teach For America Sue Lehmann regional finalist, the most prestigious award for second year corps members. As a corps member, she also completed her Master’s in secondary education.

Linde is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia. She graduated with distinction in biomedical ethics and anthropological healing studies. Her highest accolades at the University include Echols Scholar, summa cum laude, Raven Society Member, and Lawn Resident. Because of Linde’s fundraising efforts as the Chair of Camp Kesem, a nation-wide student-run organization serving children of cancer patients, Camp Kesem Virginia received the highly revered Seven Society Award during her last year at UVa.

Linde is also a published contributing author in Full Bloom: Cultivating Success and was the winner of a national essay contest that landed her and her dad a nationally televised interview about fatherhood. Her true passions lie in helping disadvantaged youth, writing, and adventuring anywhere outdoors. She currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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