Board of Directors

Mitch Serlin, Founder, Executive Director

Mitch, a retired Westchester County K-9 Police Officer and Desert Storm Combat Veteran of the US Army, Founded Hope for Heroes in September 2010. Through his years of service, Mitch connected with Military, Fire, Police and EMS heroes, who were also suffering from PTSD and other debilitating conditions.

His desire for emotional and spiritual healing inspired him to start Hope for Heroes and create services for other everyday heroes who were in need of recovery and healing.

Mitch and Hope for Heroes have served hundreds of disabled heroes since its inception. He is excited to continue and serve this community and raise that number exponentially.

Mike G. Gallop, President

Mike Gallop, Director of Business Development and Sales, InSite Wireless Group, owner and operators if national wireless networks.  His experience in the telecommunications industry spans over more than 25 years. 

Mike sits on the Board of Directors and is President for Hope for Heroes.

Eric Mayerson

Eric Mayerson joins Hope for heroes as the Director of technology. Eric has worked in Technology for the last 20 years and joined the Hope for Heroes Board of directors in July 2018. Eric loves the outdoors. Camping and backpacking are some of his favorite activities. Eric lives in Brookfield CT with his wife and Daughter Sierra. Sierra is studying to be a marine biologist and Eric’s son Jacob works as an Organic Farmer in Durango CO.

Joe Carinha

Joe Carinha comes to Hope for Heroes as our Secretary. Joe retired as an NYPD Homicide Detective and retired after serving over 25 years of dedicated service. He is still serving NYC in another law enforcement capacity. He grew up and went to school with both Mitch and Mike. Hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors, are a way of life. Joe brings his morals, character, integrity, and loyalty to HFH from his law enforcement background to our heroes, empowering them to continue fighting through their disabilities and building a passion for the outdoors. He is married to his wife Kathleen for 30 years and are proud parents of 2 children, Joey and Katie.