I started The Minus 22 Foundation because I felt that the veteran and servicemember community needed an organization that would take a practical approach to eradicating the suicide phenomenon and supporting the families who are immediately affected by it. Too often I have seen “nonprofit” organizations who claim to support this cause fall short. I have created a board of members who are all veterans that I trust with my life and every one of us has agreed to never take a salary for our positions as board members. We aim to put as many donated/raised dollars to practically influential use as possible. We believe that bureaucracy is what has been the root problem that the majority of the issues in the veteran and servicemember community stem from and our goal is to set a higher standard of excellence and assistance than those organizations set before us. We have 4 main goals:
Neil Newman is a Senior Information Systems Technologist at Raytheon Intelligence and Space. He served eight years of Active Duty with the United States Army, both CONUS and throughout the Pacific region. He is currently a Senior at the University of Massachusetts, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology. Neil lives in Southern Massachusetts with his wife Chelseá and their children, Rowan and Guineviere. When he is not spending time with his family, he enjoys volunteering at a local non-profit organization, Cape Cod HELP.
Jason Teague is a Massachusetts native who is 49 years old and served 12 years as a US Army Infantryman. He participated in countless missions across the globe during his time in service, most notably he was part of the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. Following his military service he pursued careers in civil service and continues to support his local community by volunteering to help support local veterans and their families on an ongoing basis. Jason is a member of the Patriot Riders of America and the secretary for The Minus 22 Foundation. He enjoys the outdoors and motorcycle riding in his off time.
Sarah Pinkerton is a fighter. In 2003, she enlisted in the Marine Corps, eventually earning the rank of sergeant, and deploying to Iraq in 2008. After an honorable discharge in 2011, she took her fighting spirit to the classroom, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Health Counseling. Today, Pinkerton is fighting against the opioid crisis and mental health stigma in the capacity of a Licensed Social Worker Associate, giving help and hope to the many who are homeless and addicted. Pinkerton’s dedication to the community started in high school. Through church sponsored outreach programs she volunteered at homeless shelters, parlaying this passion into many jobs in substance abuse, child protection and mental health counseling. Most of the veterans she worked with were homeless, often afflicted by PTSD and substance abuse.
Aundrea Harter is a 31 year old Pittsburgh, PA native relocated to Laconia, NH. She served 6 years with the Army Reserves as a Signal Support Systems Specialist. In her spare time, Aundrea loves the outdoors and spending time with her family, her boyfriend, Brandon, and their 6 animals.
David Gambone is a 31 year old Massachusetts native who served 5 years of Active Duty in the United States Army as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic from 2013-2018. He was medically retired from the army after sustaining injuries during a training incident in which his neck was fractured. David Lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters and is a musician who also enjoys video gaming in his off time.
Erich Meltvedt is a director, producer, that currently lives in Orange County, California. Born in Hollywood, Erich has many commercial credits showcasing well known products that have been used all over the world.
Erich’s father, Richard Meltvedt, produced the film 21 Years for Pepperdine University, the same school Erich attended and from which he received his business degree. But Erich couldn’t stay away from making movies while attending college. He made his first movie for incoming fraternity pledges, a cross between Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Greek life.
After graduation, he moved to Germany to work, learn the language, and discover his heritage (his mother is from Germany). When his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Erich returned to the United States. He spent the next 15 years making marketing videos for Whitmont Legal Technologies. In 2012, he started Integrity Media Corp, which specialized in digital content. Erich went on to produce and direct product commercials for companies all over the globe. Erich managed to travel to India and Mexico where he wrote and produced three short documentaries for local organizations trying to make a difference in the lives of the people of Tecate and Tenali. The films brought awareness to the lack of resources and medical conditions in those areas.
It was not until 2019 that Erich met Paul Bayne, a gentleman from his alma mater who had brain cancer. It was from his initial conversation to say hello and console Paul on his diagnosis that Erich pitched his first film. Paul loved the idea, and the rest is history the award-winning film Living with the Odds is Erich’s debut film and has won awards all over the United States and Europe.
Hi I’m Nick Casucci, President of Storycraft Productions and one of the Executive Producers of Minus 22.
I was a musician and artist in high school and when I realized film was a blending of both of those mediums, I rotoscoped my first lightsaber fan film (with a lot of help) and called it macaroni.
After getting a Film major (and Bible minor) at Biola University I set my sights on LA and started working as a Production Assistant on Let’s Make A Deal and made my way onto other notable shows such as America’s Got Talent and Duck Dynasty. 12 years later, I am an award winning film director and have helped sell two television shows and edited over 60 episodes of network television as well as 10 films. You will have seen my work on platforms such as Disney+, Netflix, NBCUniversal, MTV, Bravo, Oprah Winfrey Network, BET, Amazon Prime Video and in theaters.
Days after I started Storycraft Productions, Dave approached me about how the veteran suicide phenomenon was affecting his life, I immediately felt called to use Storycraft to help tell this story and to turn the tide against this invisble enemy.