mental health and family services executive vice president
Dave Ward brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience to the executive team at Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Prior to his current role, Dave also served WWP as Warriors to Work director and economic empowerment executive vice president, where he was responsible for oversight of all WWP organizational programming related to the economic empowerment and education of Wounded Warriors, including TRACK, Transition Training Academy, Warriors to Work, and Campus Services. Today, as mental health and family support executive vice president, Dave oversees and leads all WWP mental health and support programs including Peer Mentoring, Family Support, the Combat Stress Recovery Program, and volunteers.
Before joining WWP, Dave served as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, regional director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and regional vice president of Best Buddies International. Dave also spent six years with the Wood County Board of Mental Retardation/ Developmental Disabilities and was once a licensed psychotherapist providing home-based counseling to at-risk youth.
Dave’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from Bluffton College and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Bowling Green State University.
A native of Bowling Green, Ohio, Dave now calls Jacksonville home, where he resides with his lovely wife, Priscilla, their children, Cohen and Callie, and their Saint Bernard, Mitchell. During football season, Dave can be found passionately cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers.