Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of legal, nonprofit, and corporate men and women of varied ages, genders, professional backgrounds, political affiliations, and experiences. They share a common dedication: to harness the available resources of the Military Assistance Project and its network to meet the needs of our United States servicemen and women.  

The current Board of Directors of Military Assistance Project is comprised of the following individuals:


Board Members


Albert A. Ciardi III, Esq

MAP Founder and Board Chairman Albert Ciardi III is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a JD from the Villanova University School of Law.

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Lee Schmeer, Esq.

Lee is an attorney in the Philadelphia Office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.  He is also a Major in the Air Force Reserve, where he serves as a C-17 instructor pilot.


Melissa Farkouh

With an MPA, a certificate in nonprofit studies, and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Marketing, Missy brings a well-rounded skill set to our Board.


Cyrus Shaw, Esq.

Cyrus attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in psychology. He went on to earn his JD from Widener University School of Law in Delaware.


Chelsea Carter, CPA

Chelsea is currently a manager at Morgenstern Waxman Ellershaw. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rowan University in 2004 and received her Pennsylvania CPA Certification in 2010.


Matthew X. Ryan, CPA, CFE

A Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, Matt is also currently the President of a management consulting firm specializing in turnarounds, strategic planning, and economic forecasts.


Stephen Iacavo, Esq

US Army veteran Stephen Iacovo is an Associate in the Restructuring Group at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Stephen graduated with a J.D./M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped found the MAP Pro Bono Project in 2014.


Julia Melle, Esq.

Julia serves with Temple's Office of University Counsel in 2014. She serves with MAP through the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board Observer Program.



Advisory Board

Jack McLaughlin, Esq.

Jack practices primarily in the area of commercial bankruptcy but has broad based legal and trial experience.