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Donald has more than 20 years of experience as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Prior to starting as Medical Liaison at National Defense University,
He served for 20 years as an Army Medic and Licensed Practical Nurse

Served in Kuwait, Bosnia, and several overseas medical support

Duty assignments include:

  • FAMC (Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center)
  • Fort Hood Texas 21CSH
  • Ft Lewis Madigan Army hospital
  • IIleshiem Germany 11th aviation
  • Ft Greeley Alaska CRTC cold region test centers
  • Ft Stewart Georgia 3rd ID MSB
  • FT McNair US Army Health Clinic

Holds a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University Lynchburg Virginia

Training includes:

  • Allergy Immunization Specialist
  • CPR instructor


  • Independent duty Corpsman, Treatment Platoon Sergeant
  • NCOIC CTMC (consolidated troop medical clinic)
  • Assistant Ward master
Nancy Kay Gouveia

Nancy Kay Gouveia

Nancy has been a Registered Dietitian since 1995. She graduated from Western IL University in Macomb, IL. Following graduation, she was selected for a dietetic internship and commissioning with the United States Air Force. Nancy is passionate about helping people to live healthier lives. She is board certified in sports dietetics. She loves spending her free time with her family and friends. You can often find her bird watching or taking photos of wildlife.

McElroy Antonio

McElroy Antonio

Lead Pastor and Founder of Word of Life Christian Church, in Woodbridge, Va since September 2014. He was commissioned as a United States Army Reserve 2nd LT in 1988 from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with B.A. Degree in Biblical Languages and minor in Philosophy. He was ordained under the National Baptist Convention in November  of 1994 at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. He graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY December of 1994 with a Master of Divinity in Christian Education. He was commissioned as an Army Chaplain and came on Active Duty January of 1995.He officially retired from the United States Army as LTC Chaplain after 30 plus years of service on 31 December 2014.


Pastor McElroy believes a Christian is put on the earth to serve only the purposes of God. He believes everything a Christian does should be done to bring Glory to God. His greatest joy in life is to give to people and to help the hurting people. He is married to the former Debra Hollowell of Cleveland, OH for last 26 years. He has 3 girls, Whitney Jackson(Woodbridge, Va), Christina(Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA), and Semone (Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA) He has one son, Antonio Jerome Jr.

Portrait of a happy family

Chris Hardnick

When Nick became ill, Karen and I, realized It Takes Everything You Got to manage neurological and Immune Deficiency Disorders. We birthed a commitment to help families navigating thru disorders similar to Nick’s because there are no limits to what you will do for your loved ones. We ultimately realized and accepted that we couldn’t perform this task without God. The blessings were immediate from our family, church, friends, neighbors, co-worker and local organizations. The volunteers donated $3000.00 to help us share our story with families coping with non medical needs caused by Neurological and Immune Deficiency Care.


Chris Hardnick is the founder of Patriots 4 Families. He served the United States Army from 1984 to 2004. He spent two years at Grambling State University and studied Business Management. He received his associates degree from Pike Peak Community College in 1986. He was a volunteer sports coach from 1984 to 2016. Born again Christian that serves at Grace Church in Triangle Virginia. In 2017, he decided to postpone his retirement at the National Defense University and spend more time supporting Nick and his mother’s medical and spiritual needs.