Board of Directors

Running 4 Heroes is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by then-10-year-old Zechariah Cartledge in 2019. The Board of Directors was put into place that same year, and has served this organization, its mission, and the community well. The following individuals comprise the Running 4 Heroes Board of Directors.

President, Board of Directors

Tim Nazzaro

Tim Nazzaro comes to the Board of Directors with 24 years of law enforcement experience in the Central Florida area. His last 22 years have been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando. He currently holds the rank of Sergeant and works on the Tourist Oriented Policing Squad in the Patrol division. Tim is a graduate of the State University of New York at Delhi, where he earned a degree in Architectural Technologies.

Tim is also a bagpiper who plays with the Central Florida 1st Responders Pipe and Drum Band, and has routinely helped honor fallen heroes during Zechariah’s runs with his piping.

Director

Bernadene Loemker

Bernadene Loemker is from the “Show Me” State of Missouri and has resided in St. Louis upon graduating from the University of Missouri. She graduated from the Columbia, Missouri police academy in 1985, where she served as a Reserve Police Officer before leaving for St. Louis and attending the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Police Academy in 1986. Upon graduation, she worked at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport where achieved the rank of Sergeant. Her law enforcement career included Patrol, Evidence/Property, Supervisor of the Police Record Room (UCR), and Deputy Bureau Commander of the Bureau of Security Operations. 

Although she left law enforcement several years ago, she continues to remain active and supportive when it comes to law enforcement and the community. She has volunteered her personal time to ALIVE (a domestic violence program) and the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation. Most recently, she and her daughter have taken the initiative to handcraft blue mosaic crosses for the family members of those law enforcement officers in the St. Louis area who lost their lives in the line of duty. 
Bernadene has the passion and commitment to honoring first responders, which she believes is needed now more than ever. Once blue, always blue.

Director

Dr. Bryan Woodard

Deputy Dr. Bryan Woodard has served as a Peace Officer in the Great State of Texas for 16 years. Deputy Woodard’s law enforcement career includes service as an active SWAT officer with distinguished service, holding the Honor of Merit as well as two life-saving medals. Deputy Woodard also holds an Instructor’s License and Master Peace Officer License through the Texas Commission on law enforcement and has proudly taught many incoming law enforcement cadets in police academies across the metroplex.

A native Texan, Deputy Woodard was raised in Cedar Hill, Texas and graduated in 2000 from Cedar Hill High School. He was raised in a military family which led to his career in law enforcement and being a strong advocate in community policing. 

Deputy Woodard is considered one of the top social media influencers in law enforcement; he holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration (Hon. Causa from the Trinity International University of Ambassadors School of Business and recently received the President’s Lifetime Volunteer Service Award in 2023.

Deputy Woodard takes pride in giving back to the community he serves. He understands it is critical to take care of and protect our senior citizens in all communities as well as our veterans who have put their lives on the line to preserve our freedom. Deputy Woodard believes in investing in our citizens future by being physically present in the community serving those citizens who deserve to have a community leader with excellence, integrity, courage, and commitment.

Director

Dillon Hunter

Dillon Hunter is a resident of a small town in the Central New York region. He comes from a family with many generations of military and first responder members. From a young age, Dillon has been inspired to follow in the footsteps of his relatives and serve the community as a first responder. He has accomplished his goal of serving his community in many ways. He has been serving as a volunteer firefighter for the Weedsport Volunteer Fire Department since 2017, where he currently holds the tiles of Lieutenant and Vice President. Since obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice, Dillon also serves his community by working for the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department as a Custody Officer. Dillon is grateful to serve on the Board of Directors for Running 4 Heroes, after Zechariah honored his late uncle, who passed away from 9-11 related illness, in September 2019.

Director

Robert Babcock

Robert Babcock is originally from Central California but moved to Las Vegas in 2007. He met his wife in the Philippines, where they fell in love and went on to get married in 2010 here in the United States. Robert currently works in the computer field in Vegas valley.

As a young boy, Robert would often watch “Emergency” and “Chips”, which highlighted the roles that First Responders play. This is where his love and appreciation of First Responders started. It grew from there, as he and his best friend in high school took Forestry as an elective to become a Firefighter. Following high school, however, they decided to change directions and seek a college degree in Criminal Justice. Robert ultimately decided that it was not the career path he wanted, but his best friend went on to be a Sgt. in their old hometown. A couple of years ago, Robert and his daughter, Theresa Ann, got to meet Eric Estrada, star of “Emergency” and “Chips”, which brought the love back full circle. 

Robert’s appreciation for First Responders never left, and when the Dallas and Baton Rouge ambush happened, his daughter wanted to show her love too. At the age of three, Theresa Ann started “Love with Lemons”, which has since raised over $19,000 for First Responders, Toys for Tots, the local Children’s Hospital and K9 organizations.

The Lemonade Stand led to some powerful interactions with many K9 officers throughout the country, as well as new friendships for Robert’s daughter. Some of those friendships included Chief Garivey, Officer Abigail Arias (stay relentless!), as well as Zechariah from Running 4 Heroes. Theresa Ann was given the opportunity to run with Zechariah when the Running 4 Heroes team came out to Vegas to honor all fallen Nevada First Responders, including Lt. Lloyd, a fallen Las Vegas hero that was a big supporter of hers. Robert’s family quickly bonded with the Cartledge family, and the friendship began.

When it came time for Theresa Ann to change her mission, Robert approached Chad about having Theresa Ann run for Fallen K9s. She wanted to find a way to ensure our fallen K9s received appreciation for their service, just as Zechariah does for fallen Heroes. That idea led to the two families joining forces and creating Running 4 Heroes K9s.

Robert and his family are excited to be part of the team and cannot wait to help further the reach of Running 4 Heroes with the addition of Running 4 Heroes K9s.

Director

Steve McDaniel

Investigator Steve McDaniel is employed by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. He received his Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College. He is currently considering his Masters Degree in Wildlife Biology.

Investigator McDaniel retired from the Winter Park Police Department after almost 25 years as an officer in 2008. While at Winter Park, he was assigned to street patrol, traffic enforcement, school resource/DARE, Special investigations, community policing, bike patrol, sex offender and gang investigations.

He is a nationally published author on juvenile crime and truancy. He has been featured on television including Top Cops and in several published law enforcement articles. He was a member of the Florida Gang Investigators Association and the Seminole County Multi-Agency Gang Task Force (MAGTAF). He has lectured extensively on the subject of gangs and juvenile crime.

Investigator McDaniel was awarded many commendations and medals by the police department for his actions in the performance of his duties including the Medal of Valor, Lifesaving and Officer of the Year several times. Investigator Steve McDaniel has also been awarded many commendations from outside the police department including Officer of the Year on three occasions, and a Presidential Citation while on the Board of Directors of the Florida School Resource Officer Association.

Steve has been with the FWC since 2009.  Currently he is assigned to Captive Wildlife- Statewide Investigations section.

As a uniformed FWC officer, he was assigned to Orange & Seminole County. He was promoted to Investigator in 2014. He was promoted to Senior Investigator in 2021. Currently he is assigned Seminole, Lake, Volusia & Flagler Counties as a Senior Investigator in Captive Wildlife. He is a court- certified expert on Captive wildlife and a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on reptiles. He has received several medals and numerous commendations including Officer of the year in 2012 and Investigator of the Year 2018 and 2023. Steve has participated in several long-term undercover operations involving the smuggling/illegal trade of wildlife all
over the world. Steve has also assisted other wildlife agencies in various states and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service.

Co-Founder & CEO

Chad Cartledge

Chad Cartledge has helped create the mission of Running 4 Heroes as a way to show support for his son, Zechariah, and the efforts Zechariah puts in to honoring our fallen heroes. While Chad is not a runner himself, he has experience in Theater and a degree from the University of Central Florida in Radio/Television/Communication. Chad uses his experience in his day-to-day duties for the Foundation. Some of his tasks include maintaining the Running 4 Heroes social media channels, emceeing the 1-mile tribute runs that Zechariah puts on for the fallen, and maintaining the day-to-day budgeting of Running 4 Heroes, just to name a few.