Meet the Team
Board of Directors
The board of directors is an essential part of business and is the organization’s governing body. The board of directors for The Ruyts Foundation is comprised of individuals that bring experience and passion to the table in the fight against veteran suicide. Please feel free to contact any of the members with questions or concerns.
PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
Jessica Ruyts is the President and Founder of The Ruyts Foundation of Veteran Suicide Prevention. I am no different than the rest, I too have suffered from thoughts of suicide and a attempt to take my own life. Jessica holds several college degrees in Accounting, Criminal Justice, Criminal Law and Allied health, including two Associate degrees, one Bachelors degree and one Juris Doctorate. She has a mission in life to end all veteran and soldier suicide. While on this mission I have a mission to also end the stigma that surrounds mental health. I have family who fight thoughts of suicide daily, and that is something I never want them to feel or act on. “Help our heroes fight the battles they can no longer fight alone.” -Jessica Ruyts
Lisa has a degree in Corporate Accounting from Stark State College as well as a degree in Forensic Accounting from Franklin University. She works for a veteran owned company as their Senior Accountant and has a passion for helping those in need. She has seen many of those around her battle with their mental health and the stigma that goes with getting the care needed. “I have great respect for those that have served our country and want all people that struggle to know they don’t have to do it alone .”
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & EVENTS
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My name is Ben Borja, I’m from the beautiful island of Guam. I’ve been in the US Army for 24+ years and still going. I locked arms with the Ruyts Foundation to help my Brothers and Sisters in arms. I personally know the battles each of you fight. I’m on a mission to make sure my Brothers and Sisters know they are not alone in their fight!! Each and everyone of you are loved!!
Donna Carter has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and is currently studying to be a Surgical Technologist. Married 20 years to a military veteran, she witnesses many struggling with mental health while volunteering as Command Ombudsman as well as her time with the Family Readiness Groups. After losing people close to her to suicide in both the military and civilian world, Donna wants to help others select life over death.
Tom Holmes is a 9-year Marine Corps Veteran. He deployed to Kosovo and Iraq in support of our country. He has faced loss while deployed and since leaving the Corps. Tom has obtained a MBA, MS Cybersecurity & MS Psychology: Child & Adolescent Development. He struggles with PTSD and depression from his time in the Marine Corps. Having this firsthand knowledge of the struggles our Veterans face Tom dedicates his time to support Veterans and Veteran Charities. Tom is a member of the WarFighters MC which s a Veteran MC that supports Veterans and Veteran Charities. He has five children, two of which are now serving in the Marine Corps and one is a Stafford County Fire Paramedic.