Meet Mike Reynolds
While deployed to Iraq in 2009, Mike sustained multiple injuries and was forced to retire after being found “Unfit for Duty.” During his long journey to recovery, he found renewed purpose through farming.
HERO Agriculture is Mike’s vision. Many people supported his recovery and successful transition to farming. He created HERO Agriculture to support other Veterans in the same way.
Mike lives in Calhoun, Georgia, where he and his wife, Kim, operate their 82-acre farm with their children, Katie and Camden.
Our Board of Directors
Committed to the Cause
Chairman of the Board
William “Bill” M. Gleaton, Chairman of the Board, is the Chief Financial Officer for Material Handling Inc. Bill brings his business and finance expertise to the team as well as his passion for working with non-profit organizations. The Gleaton family have been friends of the Reynolds for years and are a witness to Mike’s life journey. Bill joined the board of HERO Ag after hearing Mike’s mission and purpose for the organization and seeing his passion for helping other Veterans who are facing the same obstacles in their life journey. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia Southern University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. Bill lives in Dalton GA with his wife Amy, and their two daughters, Abby and Bailey, where he is active in his local church and enjoys golfing and spending time with family.
J. Barrett Carter, Treasurer, is a Residential and Land Real Estate Agent with The Meridian Way Real Estate Group based out of Cobb County, Georgia. He brings his experience of finance, real estate and land management to the team. He joined HERO Agriculture at its inception in an effort to continue Mike Reynold’s vision of “See One, Do One, Teach One.” Barrett holds an MBA in International Business from Mercer University. Barrett is very active in his church, his business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and his community as he sits on the Board of Directors for the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation and the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Commission. He and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Smyrna, Georgia with their two children, JB and Annelise.
Director of Training
Rick Cobb, Support/Training Director, is the Project Support Coordinator-Paramedic at Floyd EMS. He brings many years of experience teaching/training adults to the team. Rick served in the 82nd Airborne Division and 57th Medical Detachment. Rick currently serves as Vice-Chair of NWGA EMC Inc 501c3. Rick joined the Board of HERO Agriculture because of the utmost respect he has for Veterans and the sacrifices they made, having grown up in a family full of them - his dad Thomas Cobb (Army), his brother T. Michael Cobb (Navy), Uncle Ronald Hughes (Navy retired), Roy Hughes (Army WWII) and Marvin Hughes (Army WWII-Died of Wounds, Holland, 17 December, 1944). Rick and his wife, Elaine Cruise Cobb, have four grown children (one son who was in the Marines) and seven grandchildren.
Director of Communications
Stacy Campbell, Board Member, is a Professor of Management and Executive Director of the Scholars Program at Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Stacy brings her business expertise and passion for education to the team. When an international study abroad was cancelled due to the pandemic, she had to pivot and find a local entrepreneur for her students to work with. Mike Reynolds and his new venture, HERO Agriculture, was a perfect fit. Working with HERO Agriculture also provides a way for her to honor her dad, Eddie McIlraith, (101st Airborne). Stacy has a PhD in Organizational Behavior & Human Resources from the University of Georgia. She lives in Athens with her husband, Keith, two girls McKinley & Charlotte, and her dog, Murphy.
Matt Mirtes, Board Member, is a Technology Support Specialist for The Dixie Group, Inc. Matt served in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist. As a Veteran who had to adjust to life after the Marines, Matt realizes the importance of helping other Veterans find their new purpose in life. He feels that HERO Agriculture is a way for him to help. Matt and his wife, Anissa have lived in Calhoun, GA for 27 years. Matt is an active member of his church and enjoys spending time outdoors.
Our Hero Partners
Committed to the Cause
Anissa Mirtes, is a third grade teacher for Gordon County Schools. She brings her experience of teaching and mentoring to the team. After meeting Mike Reynolds and hearing about his story, she joined HERO Agriculture as a way to give back to those who have given so much for our country. Anissa holds an Ed. S. in Technology Education from Lesley University. Anissa is active in her church and enjoys volunteering at Hot Air Balloon events locally and in other states. She and her husband, Matt, a Marine Corps Veteran, live in Calhoun with their three college students, Colter, Maggie, and Josie.
Kaitlyn Morrell is the Services Coordinator for the Gordon County Child Advocacy Center in Calhoun, GA. She brings knowledge and experience concerning direct client services, mental health, and working in the non-profit sector. She joined HERO Agriculture because the mission of HERO Ag resonated with her and she is passionate about being a part of helping Veterans find renewed purpose and hope. Kaitlyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Toccoa Falls College. She lives in Adairsville, GA with her family where she is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and hiking.
Alexander Stoecker is a freelance graphic designer from Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from Kennesaw State University where he was a member of the Coles Scholars Program. Alex was introduced to HERO Agriculture by Dr. Stacy Campbell. He was won over by the mission of the organization, and he enjoys using his web development skills to support this cause. In his free time, Alexander writes music, and performs with the alternative music group, The Wake Up Kids.
Nate Tyre, Outside Counsel, is an Attorney with the firm of Alston & Bird LLP and a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He brings his military and legal experience to the team and advises HERO Agriculture on nonprofit and corporate law. Nate is passionate about the mission of HERO Agriculture and is proud to be a part of such an accomplished and committed team. On the weekends, Nate can be found at his home in Atlanta playing silly games with his two children, gardening with his wife, Alex, and impersonating a handy man.