David Lynch Foundation Benefit

Healing the HiddenWounds of War



The David Lynch Foundation is pleased to honor General Stephen Rippe, Strategic Advisor, DLF Center for Excellence in Military Health, and Ken Falke, the founder and chairman of Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, for their lifetime of dedication and service to active duty military, veterans and their families.


General Rippe

General Rippe served 29 years in the military. A graduate of the National War College, he served as a ranger, parachute and aviation qualified infantry officer, and he earned a Master of Military Arts and Science from the Advanced Military Studies Program. During his last three years on active duty, General Rippe served at the Pentagon as the Vice Director/Director of Management for the Joint Staff. General Rippe’s overseas leadership and management experience includes two tours in the Republic of Korea, two tours in Germany, and a tour in the State of Kuwait, where he was the senior U.S. military officer. The recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, General Rippe’s expertise is recognized by membership in both the Honorable Orders of St. Barbara (Artillery) and St. George (Armor). General Rippe currently serves as a member of the Board of Military Advisors of the David Lynch Foundation’s Center for Veterans Health; a member of the Board of Directors of Norwich University, and Executive Vice President of TrueTandem, a Microsoft solutions company. Previously, MG Rippe served as the President and CEO of The Army Distaff Foundation and Knollwood, a Military Continuing Care Retirement Community. Prior to his position at The Army Distaff Foundation and Knollwood, General Rippe served as the Vice President, Middle East Operations, for L-3 Communications, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to assuming his duties with L-3 Communications, General Rippe served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation in Washington, D.C. General Rippe is a resident of the District of Columbia, and he is married to Kate Rice.


Mr. Falke

Mr. Falke, a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy, is the founder and chairman of The Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to America’s combat veterans and their families. Boulder Crest is committed to improving the physical, emotional, spiritual and economic well being of this remarkable community of heroes, and ensuring they have the opportunity to succeed in their new mission — a life of passion, purpose and service — here at home. Mr. Falk is highly respected around the world and throughout the military and civilian Bomb Disposal and EOD communities as an innovative and forward thinking leader in Anti/Counter terrorism training and technology development. He serves as an expert for the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Falke also serves as the Chairman of Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation, Member of DoD Counterterrorism Technology Task Force, DHS Counterterrorism Advisory Group, International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, and Young President's Organization (YPO). He has served as Chairman of A-T Solutions, Inc. since January 1, 2010. Mr. Falke is a Member of Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. Mr. Falke holds a BS in Education from University of the State of New York, Regents College in 2001 and an AS in General Education from City University, Bellevue, Washington in 1989.