Our Team

Todd Bennett - CEO


Chief Executive Officer - US Army Retired

Contact Todd at 706-304-2094


Jana Tarleton


Founder and Co-Board Chairperson


Mike Tarleton


Founder and Co -Board Chairperson


Roxanne Gatian -Communications Director


Contact Roxanne at Roxanne@gamedayforheroes.org


John Mock - Program Director


Contact John@gamedayforheroes.org


Beth Bennett - Volunteer Coordinator


Board of Directors


Jana Tarleton Co-Chair

Jana is one of the original founders of Gameday For Heroes.  She originally started the organization as a service project for the Columbus/Phenix City Auburn Club.  That humble beginning has grown into the organization we are today. Jana currently resides in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

Mike Tarlton Co-Chair

Mike is one of the original founders of Gameday For Heroes and serves as Senior Mortgage Loan Officer for the Bank of England. Mike is a key volunteer who has worked tirelessly to see this organization meet it potential.   Mike resides in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

Jon Hyink

Jon is the owner of 17/16 and Quixotes in downtown Auburn, AL.  He also serves as incoming president of the Downtown Merchants Association, and a member of the Lee County Board of Leadership.

Ben Leard

Most of us remember  former quarterback Ben Leard as being 4th on the all time Auburn pass completion chart and 8th in passing touchdowns.  Today Ben is Sr, Vice President at J. Smith Lanier & Co.  

Coach Sonny Smith

Coach Smith served as a head coach for twenty-two seasons. Best known as the head coach at Auburn  from 1978 to 1989, he also coached at ETSU(1976–1978) and VCU (1989–1998). Smith has won both SEC and CAA titles. He also has six appearances in the NCAA Tournament.  Smith is currently on the broadcast team for the Auburn Network.

LT. General Ronald L. Burgess

Lieutenant General Burgess held a variety of key staff and command positions throughout his 38 year military career. General officer assignments include Director of Intelligence, J2, U.S. Southern Command; Director of Intelligence, J2, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Customer Outcomes transitioning to Director of the Intelligence Staff in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He is currently working at Auburn University as the Senior Counsel for National Security Programs, Cyber Programs and Military Affairs.

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Board of Directors


Mike Stover

Mike is the Employee Relations Manager at the Auburn University Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.  Mike was also the former President of the Lee County Auburn Club.  He is also a member of the Auburn Rotary Club.

John Boles -Treasure

John has served on numerous boards and committees, including the AICPA, Way 2 Serve Ministries, and the Auburn University School of Accountancy Advisory Board. John always tries to bring his best as he daily reminds himself that he’s been called to a purpose that is not about him, and will find far more success when he puts his own desires and wants aside to honor and obey Christ.On his off days, John and his wife, Janie, love to take a road trip to some distant place, filling up their suburban with all four kids and all of their stuff. When there’s not enough time for traveling with his family, John enjoys fishing and teaching The Bible.

Bill Benham



Bill Benham lives in the greater Atlanta area and is currently the managing partner & CFO of JBB Education Partners, IN. a post-secondary education consulting firm. An accounting graduate from Texas A&M University - Mays Business School, Bill has over 28 years of experience in various financial roles across the education and advertising sector. 

Bill has served as the former President of the Atlanta A&M club and as a representative at large for the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. He is the father of two sons who have both celebrated their teams winning national championships, one as a graduate from the University of Alabama and the other as a graduate from Clemson University. He is also a very proud grandfather to a young granddaughter whose allegiance is yet to be decided.

In his spare time, Bill enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and following Texas A&M Athletics. As a football and basketball season-ticket hold, he especially enjoys finding ways to do all three in the same trip.

Todd Bennett - CEO


As CEO Todd is a non voting member of the GDFH Board. Todd is a 1992 graduate of Auburn University and is medically retired from the US Army after being Injured in Iraq.  Todd has a passion for helping military families overcome the wounds of war.  Todd lives in Auburn, AL.

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