Staff Leadership

Captain (SEAL) Todd Perry, USN (Ret.)

Captain (SEAL) Todd Perry, USN (Ret.)

Todd is from Escondido, CA, and enlisted in the Navy in April 1982. Upon graduation from BUD/S Class 123, MMFN Perry reported to SEAL Team 3 as a Plank Owner. During these 40 years of active-duty service, he also served at ST-8, ST-1, NSWU-2, NSW CEN, WARCOM and 18 years at a Special Mission Unit. He conducted over 20 operational deployments to Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central America, with the majority in support of Afghanistan or Iraq combat operations.

His three Command Tours included Advanced Training Command; CDR, Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force – Iraq (CJSOTF-I 19-2), and his final command at NSW Leadership Education and Development (NLEAD) until retirement.

Todd’s wife Jackie has been along for the full ride, raising three great kids during Todd’s lengthy absences and served as NSW’s longest serving spouse in NSW’s 80-year history. Todd is now proudly serving as the Executive Director of the Navy SEAL Museum San Diego; he and Jackie are excited to see the long-overdue NSMSD brought to their hometown of San Diego.

Chief Warrant Officer (SEAL) Lance Cummings, USN (Ret.)

Chief Warrant Officer (SEAL) Lance Cummings, USN (Ret.)

Lance is a native of Macon, Georgia. He enlisted in the Navy in 1981 and served in the fleet as ships navigator before reporting to SEAL Training in 1983. After graduating in Class 124, he became a plank owner (original member) of SEAL Team THREE, where he deployed to the Western Pacific theater. Subsequent duty as a BUD/S instructor and at Defense Language Institute took him to SEAL Team FOUR and three deployments in South America, working with US Drug Enforcement until 1995. He then transitioned to SEAL Reserves while going to Chiropractic College, receiving his Doctorate in 2000.

After 9/11/01, he mobilized to active duty and four deployments to the Middle East in support of US foreign policy. Retiring from the Navy in 2011 as a Chief Warrant Officer, Lance lives in San Diego with his teenage children.

Lance serves as the Navy SEAL Museum San Diego Operations and Special Events Director, and conducts adventure fundraising events for the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Kim Rhinehelder, CFRE

Kim Rhinehelder, CFRE

Kim is a successful, passionate, and effective nonprofit leader and fundraising professional. Driven by her fervent belief in the value of philanthropy, Kim is described as a masterful relationship builder. Constantly, thinking about the donor’s wishes and how to connect those wishes to the mission of her organization earned her the coveted role of Director of Development for the Navy SEAL Museum San Diego.

In her previous position as the President of Eskaton Foundation she was charged with building the philanthropic arm of the largest senior health care organization in the Sacramento region. With the experience of successfully building from the ground up, after 9 years as President, Kim took on a new role as VP of Communications, Outreach and Philanthropy at the same organization. In that position, her immediate goal was to build from the ground up a comprehensive communications department. Under Kim’s leadership her team created Eskaton’s first-ever Brand Message – “Age is Beautiful!” As Kim would later say, “Age is Beautiful” is a legacy that will be with the organization for years to come.

When asked the question, what was one of your proudest accomplishments, Kim enthusiastically would say the founding of an advocacy Think Tank which brought together the brightest and most influential individuals in the Sacramento Region. Its purpose was to ignite human stories and inspire local change in the belief that seniors are relevant.

After living in Sacramento for over 25 years, Kim and her husband Charles set out on a new adventure landing in Carlsbad, CA. Kim is a Master Gardner, a piano enthusiast, bread baker, and mentor to several nonprofit fundraising professionals.