Board of Directors - 2021

 Amanda Marsh, President Amanda Marsh, President

Jason Perez, Vice President

My name is Jason Perez. My wife Shay and I have 3 children, ages 13-20.  My family and I reside in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

My fire service career began in 1996 and for the past 17 years I have worked for the Los Angeles Fire Department in Southern California.
My position as the Vice President of the Eric Marsh Foundation has been completely humbling.  I have been extremely fortunate to be apart of developing relationships with a variety of fire agencies from Federal, municipal and fire contractors to name a few. During the past couple of years I have been able to develop a working relationship with other non-profits to raise money for our Wildland LODD, our Firefighter injuries and for our brothers and sisters experiencing Mental Health challenges. 
It has been an honor serving in this capacity in the name of Eric Marsh and the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots!

Jason Perez, Vice President

Tom Haney, Director

Hello my name is Tom Haney, I was born and raised in a middle class working family in Las Vegas Nevada. My father was a Tile Setter and I followed him into the trade and became a Tile setter and Stone mason. I traveled around the country and worked for some of the largest commercial companies in Northern California and Southern Nevada. I moved to the Prescott area in 1996 and opened my own tile business but after 24 years in the business I felt the need to give back and help people. I became a volunteer for the Mayer Fire District in 1996 and became a full time career Firefighter in 1997. Mayer Fire District is a small rural department that not only provides Fire Suppression but has an EMS ambulance service and contracts wildland with the state of Arizona. In my 24 years on the job I have obtained the rank of Fire Captain/Paramedic and HazMat Technician. In Wildland I am a qualified Task Force leader and a Division/Safety Officer trainee. I have been deployed in wildfires in over 20 states and had the opportunity to work for FEMA during Katrina and Rita Hurricanes.  I also had the opportunity to serve as an elected officer in the IAFF for 16 years with 12 of those as IAFF President of the L3066 and an officer in the PFFA. One of my most treasured duties was to become a member of the Board for the Eric Marsh Foundation, named after a good friend of mine who I knew and worked with for years. 

Tom Haney, Director
Tom Mackenzie, DirectorPresident, Supply Cache Tom Mackenzie, Director
Blake Vinson

              I was born and raised in Central Illinois farm country. Served in the U.S. Army from 1999-2001. I went to college and studied Zoology with an emphasis in Wildlife Management. After college, started my fire service as a paid on call member for Savoy FD in Savoy, Illinois. Two years later I started at Caterpillar as an Industrial Firefighter, and left as a Lieutenant when I was offered a job with the Milwaukee Fire Department.

Started with Milwaukee in 2009, I am currently at the rank of Captain. While with Milwaukee, I have been on the Dive Team, Hazmat Team, Instructor, and Milwaukee Honor Guard serving as Deputy Commander for 9 years of those years. Also an instructor for the Milwaukee Honor Guard Clinic.

Blake Vinson, Director

I was born on a farm in Sparta WI. Growing up I was always active in anything outdoors. Our farm was 157 acres’, so I had plenty of forest to roam in. At the age of 11 my family moved to Chino Valley AZ. Moving from, and into such drastically different climates was a huge change for me as well my area to roam was cut to just 2 acres. My Father was a very experienced Hang Glider pilot and I received my own Hang-Gliding license at the age of 9 as a Beginner.

A year and a half after moving to AZ my father was killed in a freak hang-gliding accident on Mingus Mountain. On that same day there was a wildfire on Mingus and several Prescott Hotshot’s were called to come help recover my father from the cliff side.  Growing up without a father was a challenge but due to family support I made the best of my situation. Upon graduating high school, I had 2 options; spend money I didn’t have and continue going to school that I didn’t enjoy or start working.

My first job was on the Prescott National Forest in 2001 and my workstation was based on Mingus Mountain about 200 yards from where my Father was killed. I also worked on the Tonto National Forest for 2 seasons. I worked as a seasonal employee for the U.S. Forest Service for 9 seasons before I received my Career position as a Squad-leader on the Midewin IHC where I spent 8 seasons as a Hotshot. In my current position I am an Engine Captain on the Mark Twain National Forest in Southwest Missouri.

On the Mark Twain National Forest, we are aggressively eradicating invasive Eastern Red Cedar and have a very active Prescribed Fire Program that treats about 60,000+ acres a year in combination with mechanical treatment. We also are engaged with many wildfires on our forest.

Jake Hauser, Director
Jason Jones

My name is Jason Jones and my passion for fire started at a young age. My father was an Arson Investigator for the District Attorney’s office and as a child I knew I wanted to be a fire fighter. In 1992 I became a cadet in Tuolumne County and in 1993 I joined Cal Fire. I worked my way from Firefighter to Captain before leaving Cal Fire in 2017 and transitioning to the private contract fire service, where I still work. During my almost 30 years of fire service, my zeal for the safety of my firefighters has grown into a lifelong goal of education and mentoring our younger firefighters.

Being a part of the Eric Marsh Foundation has given me the ability to use my enthusiasm for our fire family to give back to those who give so much. Through the Foundation, I am able to reach out and support our fire family through some of the toughest times of their lives, supporting them emotionally, letting them know they are not alone, and also being able to financially assist them to give them a bit of breathing room. Family is the most important thing in life, and our fire family should never feel alone. When tragedy strikes, it is our job to pull together and do what we can to ensure that everyone involved feels loved, supported, and cared for through their hardship. I am proud to be a part of the Eric Marsh Foundation where our goal is just that.

Jason Jones, Director

Mario Aviles

MMy Name is Mario Aviles I am 39 years young and I am currently a Fire Captain for CAL FIRE/ Riverside County California. I started my career with CAL FIRE in San Diego CA as a Seasonal FireFighter in 2002 and have 18 years serving citizens of California. Throughout my career I have had the privilege to work and fight fire all over the great state of California as well as internationally being called on to fight fires in Mexico using my Bi-lingual skills.

 
Some of my Accomplishments are receiving the 2003 exceptional service award for the 2003 Fire Siege, Received State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition from Senator Mike Morrell 23rd District for life saving efforts in 2015, Over 200 volunteer hours in our Fire Prevention bureau. I am also Qualified in Peer Support in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) through CAL FIRE for debriefings and defusing for traumatic events that occur on the job.
 
My Proudest accomplishment is being selected as The Assistant South Area Leader for CAL FIRE L2881 Honor Guard. I have been with Honor Guard since 2016 Where I have been a vital role in assisting in planning, Logistics, participating in Funerals, Award ceremonies, Competing in Honor Guard Competitions and annually Attending Memorial services all over the United States. In 2019 I was selected to represent CAL FIRE L2881 Honor Guard At the Fire Department International Convention (FDIC) In Indianapolis Indiana. We Competed and took 1st Place in the Honor Guard Competition and won the Commander's Award for our masterfulness and professionalism throughout the competition. I am also on the CAL FIRE International Association of Fire Fighters Line of Duty Death Team (CALFIRE IAFF LODD Team) which monitors LODD within the IAFF and sends CAL FIRE Honor Guard members to support and assist our brothers and sisters across the United States.
 
When not on duty you can find me at home with my beautiful Family in San Juan Capistrano CA. Ive been married for 5 years to my Wife Becky and we have 3 children, Adrian 15, Cash 14, and a 2 year old little girl, Cheyenne May. We are an active Family that enjoy Horses, Dirt bikes, Surfing, skating, mountain biking as well as running a Turquoise Jewelry business, "Cinnabar Ranch Co." Named after our Family Ranch in Menifee Ca.  
 
Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization and look forward to meeting everyone that makes the Eric Marsh Foundation one of the pinnacle organizations in First Responder support. 

Mario Aviles, Director