Who We Are



Ryan Sawtelle - Founder and Executive Director - www.ryansawtelle.com - ryan@whiteheart.org

Originally from Jaffrey, N.H. Ryan graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Economics.  During his tenure at Pepperdine, he barely went to class and instead spent his time establishing the 8-acre 9/11 memorial entitled the Wave of Flags that has now become tradition around 9/11.  In 2016, Ryan was named one of Pepperdine's 40 under 40 and was also honored by The Malibu Times for Citizen of the Year.  In addition to starting White Heart, Ryan is a comedic actor, resides in Los Angeles, eats nothing but Jack in the Box, and has a profile on FarmersOnly.com

Josh Dunlap - Board Chair - josh@whiteheart.org

Originally from San Jose, CA, Josh graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics. After moving down to Orange County to pursue musical opportunities, he finally found the true rock star life working for a publishing company. Although he has stayed in Southern California, Josh likes to keep true to his old school Silicon Valley roots by using Ask Jeeves instead of Google to settle late night disputes.

Eric Matthews - Advisory Board -  eric@edm-capital.com

Originally from Danbury, CT. Eric graduated from the University of California Riverside with a degree in Business Administration and Finance.  After college, Eric moved to Los Angeles with his twin brother where he worked with Al Gore on "An Inconvenient Truth". After Eric's wonderful success with that film, he felt he needed to test the other extreme and work for another Hollywood activist in support of all his military causes. After years in entertainment he transitioned to wealth management, and has been dedicated to White Heart since 2010. Eric has a certificate in financial planning from NYU and is now the CEO and owner of EDM Capital, based in Los Angeles and Phoenix. 


John E Nanney - Advisor - john@whiteheart.org

Mr. Nanney is currently a Director of Maintenance at URS based out of Las Vegas, NV.  Formerly the V.P. of Maintenance at Ameriflight, LLC headquartered in Burbank, CA, Mr. Nanney, a former Marine, has taken his leadership skils honorably through the military for seven years and into aviation beginning in 1986.

After working for reputable companies such as SkyWest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Mr. Nanney quickly grew his accolades and certifications into his current postition at URS War Fighter Support, Federal Services.

John E Nanney is the co-founder of the Ride to the Flags and was the organization's first board chair.