About Us

Our Founders: David, Kelly and Ryan

Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) David Trogdon recently retired from the US Army after 33 years of military service including 25 years of active duty. He currently serves with the HOPE Project and ministers to Soldiers, military families, wounded warriors and veterans. His many years of military service include 16 years as an Army Chaplain where he deployed to Iraq twice, Afghanistan, Africa and Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards include three Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. David Specialized in trauma, combat stress, child loss, grief and family ministries. He also pastored numerous Army chapels both at home and while deployed. David is a graduate of Welch College, Southeastern Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Army Command and General Staff College, US Army Chaplain Basic and Advance Courses, US Army Intelligence Center and School, the Basic Airborne Course and Clinical Pastoral Education. David and his wife Connie have two children, Joshua and Rebekah and have been blessed with four awesome grandsons, Nate, Tony, Blake and Jake.


Kelly Ison graduated from London School of Economics with a Master's in Social Policy and Administration with a DIPSW attached. Kelly has been working with military families and childcare since 2003. Kelly was a trained equestrian in the U.K. and states she is the "organic waste technician".


Technical Sergeant Ryan Ison proudly serves in the Florida Air National Guard as a Training Manager. Previously, Ryan was on active duty in the communications field, followed by the medical field. Since 2006 Ryan has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally Ryan currently attends Florida State University at the Panama City campus. Ryan is a graduate from Gulf Coast State College, Community College of the Air Force, Aerospace Medical Service course, Ground Radio Communications Course, Airman Leadership School course, and is going to attend an Air Force Education and Training course this July. Ryan and his wife Kelly have two boys, Tommy and Terence who both volunteer at the HOPE Project.