Liz Gerads


President and Founder

Liz Gerads is a fundraiser, speaker and advocate.  She has been involved with non-profit organizations for over 10 years.  Liz began her career in Washington, D.C. and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Eating Disorders Association, Minnesota Youth for Life and On Angels Wings of Minnesota. Along with Vice President, Lisa DePasquale, Liz had the idea of creating a non-profit dedicated to showing law enforcement appreciation and helping law enforcement families and lives by the motto, “What more can I do?”

 

  • Email: liz@thankanofficer.org

Lisa DePasquale


Vice President

Lisa De Pasquale is a political and culture columnist and the author of The Social Justice Warrior Handbook (political humor), I Wish I Might (novel) and Finding Mr. Righteous (memoir). She’s a frequent guest on Fox News and Fox Business. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. In 2016, she founded Bright, a daily email for women that focuses on culture, lifestyle, and national news.

 

  • Twitter: @LisaDeP
  • Instagram: @LisaDeP

Patrick J. Neaton


Secretary / Treasurer

Pat is a founding partner of Neaton and Puklich, PLLP.  Pat graduated  cum laude from the University of Minnesota where he served as Managing Editor of the law review.  Pat has a diverse litigation practice primarily focusing on the areas of employment, business, construction and condemnation law.  Pat has been an active member of the Lions Club for 40 years, has been the attorney coach for Watertown-Mayer’s Mock Trial team for 23 years.

 

 

 

Jon Larson


Board Member

Jon Larson is a technology professional with a passion for volunteering. He is a network engineer that focuses on network security for public schools in Minnesota. Growing up, Jon volunteered for many local non-profit’s and loved when he could introduce technology that helped the organizations do even greater good. In addition, he’s provided hundreds of volunteer hours providing technology help to his local high school.

 

  • Email: jon@thankanofficer.org

Tara Gesy


Board Member

Tara has spent the last 10 years as a volunteer with non profits, the last three being with Operation Thank an Officer. She enjoys making a difference through supporting and educating on causes she is passionate about. She recently moved her career into the non profit sector to follow that passion and believes that making a difference is the best gift we can give.