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Team Foster

Matt X. Ryan, CPA

With over 15 years’ experience building and leading strategic operations across both private and nonprofit organizations, Matt currently serves as the Director of Finance at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation in Arlington, VA. Prior to his current role, Matt served as a management consultant and interim-CFO for small to mid-size entities across the mid-Altantic. Specializing in financial forecasting, risk management, internal controls, and operational improvement, he has worked with firms ranging from startups to established entities with $150M in annual revenue. Serving as a nationally-recognized instructor on management and ethics-related topics to the accounting industry, Matt has also been a featured speaker at over 300 conferences across North America.

Outside of the accounting profession, Matt is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and a veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Spartan Shield. Enlisting in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 2003, Matt later earned his commission in the Medical Service Corps. He has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions, including a 3½-year tour as the Distribution Company Commander for the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He currently serves as the Chief, Medical Operations Branch for the 338th Medical Brigade out of Horsham, PA.

Matt earned his MBA at The Wharton School and holds a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Master’s Certificate in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University. He volunteers on the boards of numerous nonprofits and previously served as Chairman of the Professional Ethics Committee for the Maryland Association of CPAs.

Andrew Fleming

Andrew joined Team Foster as a mechanic for the fledgling Foster 100. He eventually graduated to head mechanic and later joined the board. When not fixing bikes, he races them, coaches grassroots bike racers, and works as an editor in scientific and medical publishing.

Randy Sylvester

Randy came across Team Foster in 2018. Initially drawn to the cause Randy quickly got to know the leadership team and mission and knew Team Foster was something he really wanted to get more involved with.Randy attended Temple University for Electronic Engineering. He has held engineering and project management roles in the Cable TV, Commercial AV, Radio and Television Broadcast industries. Excited to help Team Foster grow and expand Randy will use his skills to help our Foster cycling events continue to evolve and expand starting with our inaugural Oil 2 Iron ride in Pittsburgh this November.

Julianne Herbster Leighton

Julie comes to Team Foster with over 25 years of experience as a marketing leader, helping Fortune 500 companies create growth through digital transformation. She was part of the executive leadership team to build LendingTree and take the company public in 2000. She also created one of the first healthcare exchange networks after the Affordable Care Act was passed, and helped Comcast and Verizon adjust to the wireless shift as customers unplugged. Most recently, Julie served as the head of Consumer Marketing and Patient Centricity for AstraZeneca’s cardiovascular and diabetes portfolios – acting as the U.S. “voice of the patient” on global workstreams aimed at creating better health outcomes.

In addition to Julie’s career contributions, she’s also held several board positions in both the “for profit” biotechnology space, as well as non-profit organizations that she’s passionate about. Since 2015, Julie has actively brought in corporate donors and revamped marketing and fundraising for Gemma Services, an organization serving abused and traumatized children across Pennsylvania. Julie’s pro-bono marketing support for the American Red Cross in 2017 garnered Ben Franklin Awards for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign and Best of Show. She’s also been a significant contributor to the Philadelphia Ad Club Kids initiative, a program aimed at teaching marketing and advertising skills to inner city teens as a career alternative.

Julie is a graduate of Penn State University and the mother of two teenage children, the youngest of which is interested in serving in the military. She’s honored to join the board of Team Foster and eager to bring her experience and energy to advancing the Team Foster mission, and give back to our military veterans.

Mike Cashe

Mike comes to Team Foster with 19 years of experience as a Software Engineer. He currently serves as a Software Engineering Associate Manager at Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems in Valley Forge, PA.

Mike has been a significant contributor to various community activities at Lockheed Martin and is a 2019 recipient of the Presidents Service Award for his involvement in the Philadelphia Science Festival, Young Minds at Work, and Junior Achievement, to name a few. He also served as an emcee for Lockheed’s CodeQuest event which brings together high school kids in the region and challenges them to compete against one another by solving tough coding problems. Mike also volunteered as a puppy raiser for Susquehanna Service Dogs in their first year of having raisers in the Philadelphia area. While Mike has never served in the military, his career at Lockheed Martin has afforded him the privilege of often working closely with members of our Armed Forces. These experiences have given Mike a great appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our military personnel. As a result, Mike has been naturally drawn to Team Foster and our mission to serve our military veteran community.

Mike received his Master’s degree in Management Information Science from Penn State and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Cheyney University