Active Ambassadors

Candi Spitz

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Candi Spitz is the Director of Development for the non-profit 211 HelpLine Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, an agency that provides such extremely valuable community services as crisis intervention, suicide prevention, developmental screenings, special needs advocacy, elderly adult care, veterans services and assistance to the financially disadvantaged.

She is also the Host of WPTV NewsChannel 5’s daily segment “Take 5: Now You Know.”  She is the former National Spokesperson for Autism Speaks, she spent years as a Special Needs Advocate for the Palm Beach County Court System, and she has served as an autism trainer for Palm Beach County law enforcement and rescue workers.

Most importantly, she is the mother of identical twin sons, Brendan and Jaden, who both were diagnosed with Autism in 2009. She knows firsthand the struggles and concerns that families face each day as they navigate the maze of life with special needs and is passionate about helping families find the help they so desperately need.

She was recognized as a Project Lifesaver International Ambassador in 2012 and was appointed as the Director of Ambassador Relations in 2021.

Year Recognized: 2012

Haley Moss

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Haley Moss was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and made international headlines for becoming as the first documented openly autistic attorney admitted to The Florida Bar. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2018, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminology.

Following her admission to the Bar, Haley learned that less than 1% of lawyers reported having a disability. When she was an associate attorney practicing in healthcare and international law, Haley realized her impact in the field of inclusion as a sought-out public speaker across the nation. To help revolutionize the practice of law, Haley founded her own company to lead the charge of working with businesses and law firms to hire and retain autistic and neurodiverse talent.

Haley is the author of “Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About” and “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About.” She also illustrated and contributed to the anthology “What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew.” Her writing about autism, neurodiversity, and disability has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, ABA Journal, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, FastCompany, and more. Haley also co-hosts the Spectrumly Speaking podcast, which is dedicated to women on the autism spectrum. In addition, she has forthcoming scholarship on lawyers with disabilities, disability’s intersection with standardized testing, as well as on crimes against disabled children.

Haley has been featured in major media such as the TODAY Show, Forbes, CNN, USA Today, Yahoo!, and People, to name a few. She currently serves on the constituency board for the University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the Board of Directors for Different Brains, is the Chair of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Junior Board, and is a co-chair of the Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers diversity committee.

“Project Lifesaver is privileged to have Haley serving as one of our ambassadors. Both Haley and her parents have demonstrated great character by overcoming and flourishing in spite of the many obstacles and challenges they faced. They also clearly understand the importance of educating the community and caregivers of individuals who have cognitive disorders about the safety issues that exists for their loved one that wander”, said Gene Saunders, President and CEO of Project Lifesaver International.

Year Recognized: 2011

Max Gail

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Max Gail, after spending the majority of his formative years trying to “make sense” of the world around him, began acting at the age of 27 in a number of small supporting roles in television shows and movies. He explains that he had never really thought about being a celebrity, but that notion flew out the door after gaining notoriety while portraying what is likely known to be his most notorious role: Detective “Wojo” Wojciehowicz on ABC’s hit sitcom, Barney Miller. Many believe that, unlike most other cop shows of its time, the hit-running show portrayed a more factual representation of community policing with just enough wit and comedic relief. Max portrayed the fun-loving “Wojo” for 8 seasons until the show went off the air in 1982.

Unsurprisingly, given the generation in which he was raised, he has always had a passion for and interest in environmental and social activism, for which he believes influenced much of his on-screen and on-stage work. Within a few short years after the conclusion of Barney Miller, Max decided to step back from his acting career to care for his young daughter after his wife lost her battle with cancer. After later remarrying and beginning to grow his family with more children, he decided it was time to return more prominently to his acting career. That decision was short-lived though, as he quickly noticed a shift that occurred in the industry during his absence, and decided that that was no longer his path. Again, deciding to take a step back from acting, and instead exploring his interest in activism; returning to his roots which were heavily influenced by world activist movements.

During this time, he founded LAP – Local Access Places (www.lap.org). The acronym itself took on many different meanings and metaphors, but the philosophy of the organization, stewed deep in the heart of his passion for social activism, was that being one as a community and society is stronger than the concept of individualism. The goal of the organization was to promote dialogue, through collaboration and integration, that brings people together because while each individual/group/culture is their own, they are more the same than one may think. Max still profoundly believes in this philosophy, and actively tries to spread this belief throughout communities, only now, instead of speaking on the topic during seminars, he has returned to acting, taking on roles that help create a dialogue for a number of issues.

Most recently, Max has taken on the award-winning role of Mike Corbin, the father of the long-term protagonist, Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital. For more than 55 years, the soap opera has been taking its viewers on a rollercoaster of stories and plot twists, some a bit more suited for the drama while others depict real-life social problems and solutions, as is the case with Gail’s depiction of an individual succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease. With the significant and growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, this storyline and the portrayal of these characters have resonated with so many people who are also going through the same or at least similar struggles each day.

“Activism has always been heavily prominent throughout my life – something I have always been truly passionate about, and I am proud to be able to continue on this journey as a Project Lifesaver Ambassador, to open communications about the dangers of wandering.”

Year Recognized: 2019

Dale Neuburger

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Dale Neuburger is Director of Burson Cohn & Wolfe Sports Practice – North America, a regional office of the international sports consultancy based in Lausanne, the “Olympic Capital.” From 2005 to 2018, the company was known as TSE Consulting, before its acquisition by WPP Group, one of the world’s leading communications companies. Since 2005, he has provided management expertise to international sports organizations, National Governing Bodies, and nonprofit organizations, primarily in strategic planning, event hosting, program evaluation, and business performance planning. Additionally, he has helped city governments and sports commissions to develop sport tourism plans, event hosting strategies, and international event development programs for cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Prior to joining TSE, Dale was President/CEO of Indiana Sports Corporation (ISC) from 1993 to 2005; Director of Administration/Chief Operating Officer for USA Track & Field from 1991 to 1993; and, Assistant Athletic Director of Indiana University from 1982 to 1991, managing three world-class facilities on the Indianapolis campus: the IU Natatorium, IU Track Stadium, and the Indianapolis Tennis Center, each of which staged national and international events annually. Dale has a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from Princeton University, and holds two Masters degrees from Indiana University, in philanthropic studies and in public administration. On two occasions, he has been awarded the state’s highest award for distinguished service, the “Sagamore of the Wabash,” by Indiana Governors Frank O’Bannon and Joseph Kernan.

Dale was a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee from 1995 to 2002, and a member of its Executive Committee from 1996 to 2000, serving as chairman of the National Governing Bodies (NGB) Council. In 2004, Dale was Deputy Chef de Mission of the 700-member United States delegation which won 104 medals at the Athens Olympic Games. Dale has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles within the aquatic sports, including as President of United States Aquatic Sports; President of USA Swimming; and, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He was a Board member of USA Swimming for 28 years and the USA Swimming Foundation for six years.

Dale is currently in his fifth consecutive term as Vice President of FINA, beginning his tenure at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. He is Chairman of the FINA Development Commission and Chairman of the FINA Technical Swimming Commission, serving as the Technical Delegate/Competition Director for the swimming competition in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games, as well as 2020/21 Tokyo Olympics. In his role with Indiana Sports Corporation, Dale represented Indianapolis in attracting and staging more than 200 major athletic events during his tenure. He played a leadership role in events such as the National Sports Festival; Pan American Games; world championships in rowing, gymnastics, track & field, swimming, and basketball; Olympic Trials in three aquatic sports, wrestling, track & field and rowing; and, national championships in six different sports.

In 2015, Dale was elected as President of UANA, the continental association for aquatics, and served in this role until the Pan American Games in Lima (PER) in 2019. Additionally, he was elected as the First Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of ACODEPA, the council of continental organizations that oversees sport competition in the Pan American Games. Dale led and managed the $50 million fundraising effort to attract and relocate the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Federation of State High School Associations to Indianapolis. For his service to the NCAA, he was presented with the prestigious “Flying Wedge Award” in 2000.

Year Recognized: 2020

Ron Yeaw Jr.

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Ronald Everest Yeaw, Junior serves as the Deputy Director for the Digital Health Innovation Center (DHIC) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command’s (USAMRMD) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Additionally, Ron serves as the Virtual Health Task Area Capability Manager Project Officer for the Army Research Portfolio.

He is a 1997 graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology, a degree focusing on the ethical and effective use of technology to support the application of science across society. Mr. Yeaw has used this degree as a foundation to support medical technology across the Defense Department in such diverse roles as electronic health record (EHR) programmer, EHR trainer, Clinical Workflow Analysts, and Process Improvement Project Manager. Mr. Yeaw has over 24 years of experience serving military medicine as both a civil servant and contractor.

Ron Jr.’s initial work after college was in supporting the first worldwide EHR program for the Military (through Northrop Grumman). It was during these initial employments that Mr. Yeaw first developed his passion for the use of medical technology to support the injured and at risk warriors and to help save wounded soldiers lives and bring them safely home.

Prior being tapped to be the DHIC Deputy Director, Ron served as the Clinical Workflow Analyst lead for the US Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), in Kaiserslautern, Germany. LRMC is the only forward-stationed medical center for U.S. & Coalition forces, Department of State personnel, and repatriated U.S. citizens. LRMC is the largest U.S. hospital outside the United States where it serves as the sole military medical center for more than 205,000 beneficiaries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 100% of all combat wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines deployed within the Middle East and Africa are treated and stabilized at LRMC before being flown to the United States. It was during this assignment that Mr. Yeaw was honored with the US Army Superior Civilian Service Award by the European Regional Medical Command Commanding Officer, BG Jeffrey Clark in 2014. This is the 3rd highest citation possible for a civilian in the Army.

As the current DHIC Deputy Director for TATRC, Mr. Yeaw supports the mobile health initiatives and research focused on emerging mobile technologies to enhance the quality of life for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. The DHIC team is comprised of clinical, technical and administrative staff members, who together form an innovation center of excellence for evaluating mobile health technologies and networks by providing subject matter expertise and a unique laboratory environment for intramural and extramural research activities in support of service members, beneficiaries, patients and Role 1 (first responders) through Role 4 (definitive health care facilities) of the military healthcare system prior to enterprise wide deployment. Mr Yeaw was just recently honored with the US Army Civilian Commendation Award, by USAMRMD Commanding General Michael Talley. This is the 5th highest citation possible for a civilian in the Army.

He is greatly honored to be a Project Lifesaver International Ambassador and is looking forward to fulfilling his related responsibilities. Mr. Yeaw is the proud parent of two young daughters, Kara and Anna. When not supporting TATRC Ron is an avid adventurist and distance runner.

Year Recognized: 2021

Ron Yeaw Sr.

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A native of Media, Pennsylvania, Ron graduated from Penncrest High School in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Economics from Grove City College in northwest Pennsylvania in1965. His 50 year professional career is highlighted by his 30 years of service in the Navy where he completed 3 operational platoon combat tours to the Republic of Vietnam with SEAL Team TWO. He subsequently filled such positions as Chief of Staff of the Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, NC and Commanding Officer of both Underwater Demolition Team TWENTY ONE and SEAL Team SIX, the world’s premier commando force that killed Osama bin Laden and rescued Captain Phillips from the Somali pirates in the Maersk Alabama lifeboat. He served two tours in the Pentagon on the Special Operations staffs of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He earned a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from the Navy Postgraduate School, attended the Navy War College, and was the president of his class at the National War College. Ron retired as a Captain in 1995 after having been awarded 45 medals and ribbons including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Navy Legion of Merit, 2 Defense and 3 Navy Meritorious Service Medals, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, 7 Vietnam Campaign Medals, 9 individual commendation medals with the Combat “V” for valor including 4 Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart for multiple fragmentation grenade wounds.

Following his Navy career, Ron served 7 years with the multi-million dollar Research Planning Corporation professional services firm in Falls Church, Virginia. His service included duty as a Program Manager, Director of the Marketing Department and Vice President of the Installations Operation Division. Following his relocation to Florida, Ron concluded his professional career in 2015 following 13 years with the G4S Professional Armed Security Corporation including service as the Site Security Manager for two upscale gated residential communities.

In 2012 Ron was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of Penncrest High School and was inducted into the Rose Tree Media School District Hall of Fame. In 2017 Ron was presented with the Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Award by Grove City College.

He was recognized as a Project Lifesaver International Ambassador in 2017 and was appointed as the Director of Ambassador Relations in 2020. Ron lived with his wife Shelley in Port St. Lucie, Florida which enabled him to attend the organization’s headquarters weekly meetings. He was the proud father of twin children and 2 grandchildren.

Year Recognized: 2017

Jack Jacobs

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If Jack Jacobs wanted a challenge, he certainly had one in 1966. He had a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a wife and a daughter, and no money. He had been through ROTC, and his plan was to enter active duty to earn a regular paycheck, then attend law school when his three year Army commitment was finished. He volunteered immediately for airborne duty. A year later, Lieutenant Jacobs was in Vietnam as a adviser to a Vietnamese infantry battalion in the Mekong Delta. He had wanted to deploy with his unit, the 82ND Airborne Division, and when he asked the Army why he had been chosen for the frustrating job of adviser, he was told it was simply because he had a college degree.

On March 9th, 1968, Jacobs was with the lead companies off his South Vietnamese battalion as they searched for the Vietcong. Suddenly, a large enemy force, hidden in bunkers only fifty yards away, opened fire with mortars, rifles, and machine guns. With no place to hide, many South Vietnamese soldiers were killed or wounded in the first few seconds. A mortar round that landed just a few feet away sent shrapnel tearing through the top of Jacob’s head. Most of the bones in his face were broken, and he could see out of only one eye. He tried calling in air strikes, but the intense enemy ground fire drove off the U. S. fighters. Shortly afterward, the lead company commander was badly wounded, and the South Vietnamese troops began to panic. Jacobs assessed the situation and realized that if someone didn’t act quickly, everyone would be killed. The words of Hillel, the great Jewish philosopher, jumped into his mind: If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?

He assumed control of the unit, ordering a withdrawal from the exposed position to a defensive perimeter. He dragged a wounded American sergeant, riddled with chest and stomach wounds, to safety, then returned to the fire-swept battlefield to rescue others. Each time he returned, he had to drive off the Vietcong, and single-handedly killed three and wounded many others. Despite from being weak from blood loss, he went back time and time again, bringing to safety thirteen fellow soldiers before he tried to take a brief rest – and discovered he couldn’t get up again. During the helicopter ride to the field hospital, he lost consciousness several times. Days later at another hospital, doctor’s pieced his skull and face together. Though he would undergo more than a dozen surgical operations, he never regained is senses of taste and smell.

Back in the United States, Jacobs was assigned to Fort Benning, where he became the commander of an Officer Candidate company. About a year after the action, he received an order to report to Washington, and on October 9, 1969, at a ceremony at the White House, President Richard Nixon awarded him the Medal of Honor. After completing graduate school at Rutgers University, where he earned an M. A. in international relations, Jacobs asked to return to Vietnam. The Army granted his request on the condition that he remain out of harm’s way. When he returned to Vietnam in July 1972, though, he immediately got himself assigned to the Vietnamese Airborne Division in the thick of fighting in Quand Tri. He walked away unscathed when the helicopter taking him to his unit was shot down, but he was subsequently wounded again.

Ultimately, he retired as a colonel after 20 years on active duty—quite a bit longer than the three years he had originally planned.

Year Recognized: 2010