Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and has already had a significant impact across the country. To date, we have over 350 home projects completed or in planning in 33 states providing custom-built, mortgage-free homes and home modfications to veterans, first responders and their families, those who have worn America’s uniform and sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. While we are very proud of the work we have been able to do, we are keenly aware that there is much more to be done.


Our Mission & Vision

At Operation FINALLY HOME, we provide homes and home modifications to veterans, first responders and their families who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values.  We bring together corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, remodelers, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these Heroes and their families by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a place to call home.

With faith in God and determined action, we will have hundreds of homes built annually across the nation for our Heroes, those who have sacrificed while wearing America’s uniform in defense of our freedoms and values, helping them get their lives back on track after the hardships they have faced. We want Operation FINALLY HOME to be a nationally recognized charity and a household name that inspires others to help in our cause.

Our Team & Staff

Russell L. Carroll

Executive Director

615-969-9988 (cell)

615-732-6143 (office)

Molly Halliday

Senior Vice President Marketing and Project Management

615-414-9004 (cell)

615-732-6142 (office)

Lee Kirgan

Vice President Project Management


Ashleigh Chesser

Director of Administration and Controller


Katie Herries

Director of Donor Engagement

(512) 970-3114

Ronnie Lyles

Senior Project Manager


Deb Kane

Senior Case Manager


Ginger Rainey

Senior Case Manager


Ruth Coffman

Senior Case Manager


Chris Reiley

Finance and Casework Coordinator

Meredith Hill

Donor Engagement


Board of Directors

Dan Wallrath

Co-Chairman of the Board
Founder: Operation FINALLY HOME
New Braunfels, TX

Carol Wallrath

Board Member
Co-Founder: Operation FINALLY HOME
New Braunfels, TX

Aaron Wallrath

Co-Chairman of the Board
Aaron Wallrath Custom Homes
Celina, TX

Major General Jerry Icenhower

Vice Chairman of Board
United States Army (retired)
Houston, TX

Charles Arnold

Board Secretary
EVP & Chief Credit Officer: Westbound Bank (Retired)
Austin, TX

Terry A. Collins

Board Treasurer
President and Owner: Dynamic Builders
Houston, TX

Gary Henley

Board Member
President and Owner: Henley Homes, Inc.
Austin, TX

Ken Smith

Board Member
Vice President of Construction: Luminant (Retired)
Dallas, TX

Lana Henley

Board Member
Henley Homes, Inc.
Austin, TX

Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi

United States Navy (Ret.)
Indianapolis, IN

Toni Collett

Board Member
Owner: Hurricane Construction
Houston, TX

Lt General Willie Williams

United States Marine Corp (Ret.)
Huntsville, AL

Advisory Board

Allison Hickey

Under Secretary for Benefits VBA and USAF Brigadier General (Ret.)
Arlington, VA

Chris Larson-Mayzn

Expressions Home Gallery
Houston, TX

David Drew

MiTek, Inc.
Houston, TX

Ed & Elizabeth Horne

Developers – Santa Rita Ranch
Austin, TX

Eddie Martin

Tilson Homes
Houston, TX

Ian P. Faria

Bradley - Partner
Houston, TX

Kristen Bryan

Southern Living
Birmingham, AL

Murphy Yates

Harbour Classic Homes
Houston, TX

Phil Crone

Dallas Builders Association
Dallas, TX

Lt General Rick Lynch and Sarah Lynch

United States Army (Ret)
Dallas, TX

Scott Norman

Texas Association of Builders
Austin, TX

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