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.  

Board Chairman


Albert A. Ciardi III, Esq.

MAP Founder and Board Chairman Albert A. Ciardi III, Esq. 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.

Board Members

Robert (“Bert”) H. Bender, Jr., Esq.
Attorney (Marine Veteran)

Heather Carnes, MS, SPHR, SHRM-CP
Founder & Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Envision HR, LLC

Chelsea Carter, CPA
Partner, Morgenstern Waxman Ellershaw LLC

Melissa Farkouh, MPA
Independent Consultant

Glenn Forté, Jr.
Healthcare Fraud Investigator, Independence Blue Cross

Stephen L. Iacavo, Esq.
Associate Attorney, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Julia M. Melle, Esq.
Assistant University Counsel, Temple University Office of University Counsel

Matthew X. Ryan, CPA, CFE, MBA
Captain, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Cyrus Shaw, Esq.
Founder, Shaw Law

Lee C. Schmeer, Esq.
Associate Attorney, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Major, United States Air Force Reserve