The Forgotten Heroes Foundation seeks to inspire and serve under privileged elementary, middle school, and high school students including minorities, girls, economically disadvantaged and children with special needs. FHF also seeks to improve the communities in which they reside.
The foundation supports students by providing educational opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) all with an emphasis on aviation. We own (or have access to) historically significant airplanes which are used to motivate the children to explore both the STEM basis behind the development of these aircraft and the history of the heroes who flew them.
Chairman and CEO
Raf Collado is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has founded or co-founded numerous companies, including Protocom Devices, Phacil, GetMyBoat, Hazon Solutions, Bern Associates and Sigma Research. Mr. Collado is an engineer, pilot and IT systems expert. He majored in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and served as an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the Cooper Union Institute in New York.
Vice President and Treasurer
Katherine “Kathy” Diaz previously managed technical support services for Northern Business Systems in Mahwah, NJ, after joining the firm from Savin/Scriptex where she was employed in a similar position. Ms. Diaz is now retired and promotes many philanthropic causes. She is the founder of the Las Madres Scholars Program, a scholarship program for deserving girls attending private school. The Las Madres Program was established in honor of her mother and the mother of fellow Bronx native Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The scholarships are privately funded by Ms. Diaz and to date has provided educational opportunities for over three dozen youngsters.
Cdr. Micah Lenox
US Navy Ret.
Commander Lenox is a retired Naval aviator with a 26 year military career. Micah majored in mechanical engineering at the University of Memphis and has a masters degree in business administration. In the United States Navy he served as a pilot and instructor. He holds various licenses and certificates and currently works as a consultant in defense acquisitions as a senior warfare analyst. Commander Lenox’s background in aviation, instruction and leadership serves as a source of inspiration in FHF programs.