Freedom Flag Foundation Board
Listed below are the profiles of the Freedom Flag Foundation's Board Members. These selfless ladies and gentlemen contribute their time and talents in an effort to ensure that future generations of the United States "Never Forget" the events of September 11, 2001.
Mary Elizabeth Daniel (Libby) is retired from Powhatan County Public Schools after 22 years in educational administration. Libby holds a B. A. from N. C. State University and a M. S. W. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Previously Libby worked for The N. C. Department of Mental Health in evaluation services for children and families. Libby is married to Carl R. Daniel and they have one son, Scott who lives in Charlotte, N. C. She serves on The Freedom Flag Foundation Board where her passion for and experience in education can contribute to The Board's mission of remembrance and triumph for generations of children.
Joshua Dickerson is an IT Specialist for Techead, currently working with Capital One. Joshua holds 2 degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. The first degree is in Political Science and the second is in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Joshua was part of one of the first classes in the country to receive such a degree. His hope is that with bi-partisan support, at all levels of government, the monument to remember all those lost on September 11, 2001, can be constructed. He currently lives in Henrico, VA with his wife and two children.
Karen Liu is an Implementation Project Manager at Monument Consulting. A native of New Jersey, she moved down to Richmond after graduating from Cornell University in 2003. After her first GORUCK endurance event in 2013, she began to get more involved with her local and national veteran communities, volunteering and leading events to honor those that fought for our country. In 2017 she joined the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) as the Lead Race Director for the Richmond 9/11 Heroes Run. The TMF empowers Veterans, Gold Star Families and at risk youth through acts of service and they hold 9/11 Heroes Runs across the country to honor the sacrifices of those heroes from September 11th and the wars since. Through the 9/11 Heroes Run, she met several board members of the Freedom Flag Foundation and admired their passion to educate our youth and to Never Forget. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Freedom Flag Foundation.
Richard N. Melito is the owner of Melito’s Restaurant which was established in 1981. In 2001 Richard designed the Freedom Flag, and in 2002 he founded The Freedom Flag Foundation. Richard is currently the Secretary of the Freedom Flag Foundation. The Freedom Flag was recognized by Governor Mark Warner and the State of Virginia as the state’s symbol of remembrance. The Freedom Flag Foundation’s mission statement is to educate school children and make sure that Americans will not forget the acts of terrorism against our nation. Richard’s passion to live the mission is the main force behind the project.
John D. Riley, PE, PTOE, is the traffic section head in the Richmond office of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. He joined the Freedom Flag Foundation’s board in 2008 and is currently serving as the Foundation’s president. On September 11, 2001, John lost one of his best friends in the attacks on the World Trade Center. He currently has four children enrolled in Chesterfield County Public Schools. His desire to remember the victims of 9-11 and educate current and future generations of students about the events of 9-11 has made the Freedom Flag Foundation's mission a passionate cause for him. John holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering as well as a B.A. in Spanish, all from Virginia Tech. Previously, he served in transportation project management roles with Bowman Consulting Group, Inc. and Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. The latter was the consulting civil engineers for the Virginia 9-11 Memorial.
Rhett Townsend is the third generation President of RRS Foodservice, Virginia’s largest family owned and operated Foodservice distributor in the state. Rhett’s love of community and public service started at a young age. When he was 17 years old, he joined Goochland Volunteer Fire and Rescue at Manakin Company 1 and he is still a member. While attending Longwood University, where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration, the tragic events of 9/11 occurred and he and the rest of the team at Prince Edward rescue squad were put on standby to respond to the Pentagon. Rhett was instrumental with the Freedom Flag Foundation’s donation of World Trade Center Steel to Manakin Company 1 for their Monument. Rhett is also one of the founding members of the Ashland Police Foundation where he served as Vice President since their inception in 2012 and their President since December of 2014.
Clarence Singleton is a native of Sumter, South Carolina and graduated in 1967 from Lincoln High School. In 1975 he attended New York City Community College while working full time as a Quality Control Supervisor at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. In 2001 he attended the Fire Science Institute of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, becoming a Fire Safety Director. He is a retired United States Marine, a veteran of the Vietnam War, a Purple Heart recipient and a highly decorated retired New York City Fire Lieutenant of 22 years. He was responsible for saving many lives during the World Trade Center attack in 1993 and was seriously injured volunteering during the 9/11/2001 attack. In 2013 he published his first book “The Heart of a Hero”. Clarence has spent the last several years dedicated to keeping the events of 9/11 alive and delivering motivational speeches throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The past three years he delivered the keynote address, at the Chesterfield County Honor and Remembrance Ceremony, commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. He currently resides in Midlothian, Virginia with his wife Mary Jean.