Meet Our New Board

Meet Our New Board

LMSG President Dave Schroeder

Dave Schroeder, LMSG President, spent his youth on a small family farm in rural Eitzen, MN. Following high school graduation, He enlisted in the US Army in January, 1964.

After completion of Basic Training and Advanced individual Training, Dave was assigned to the 6th US Army Missile Master Support Detachment, Fort McArthur, CA. For the balance of his enlistment, he served as a Radar Display Equipment Repair Technician. In April, 1973 he joined the US Army Reserves and was assigned to Bravo Company, 397th Engineer Battalion, 416thEngineer Command. For the next six years Dave held positions as Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant. In 1979, he was selected to serve as the Senior Intelligence Sergeant (E-8) at the 397thEngineer Battalion Headquarters, Eau Claire, WI. He served in that position until January, 1983 when his civilian employer required him to transfer to Traverse City, MI. Following the relocation to Michigan, he was reassigned to the 5033rd US Army Reserve Forces School, Lansing, MI. As a Senior Instructor, his primary responsibility was instruction of leadership Courses for senior enlisted members of the Army National Guard and US Army Reserve units located in northern Michigan. Dave retired in 1993 at the rank of MSG/E8.

Dave was employed by Ace Communications Group for over forty years and retired in 2010 as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Dave and his wife reside in Buckley, MI and are members of Prince of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church in Traverse City, MI. They have two adult children. David is the Principal at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond Du Lac, WI and Angela is the church secretary at First Ev. Lutheran Church, LaCrosse, WI. 

Dave joined the LMSG to serve his Lord, his fellow Active Duty military members, Veterans, military families, and to use the gifts God has given him to support the mission of LMSG. 


Thomas Kroon, Vice President LMSG

Vice President Thomas Kroon graduated from High School in 1963 and went to Penn State extension in Greensburg PA, where he received an associate degree in Business Dec. 1965.  Thomas was drafted in Dec 17, 1965 into the Army and sworn in the state of Pittsburgh. Then he was sent to Ft  Jackson, SC for a month and  from there was sent to Ft Lewis, WA for basic and AIT training. He then was assigned to be a gunner on the UH1 Helicopter and trained on it at Ft Lewis. Thomas was with the 120th Aviation BN, and then was attached to HHC 2nd Bn 4th INF DIV. He went on a troop ship to Viet Nam and went on shore Aug 15th, 1966, and was sent to Dau Tieng  in War Zone C  Plekieu Area along Cambodia border, then the 25th Div took over.  Thomas left Viet Nam on Sept 27th, 1967 and was discharged from Oakland Army base.

Tom retired from aviation work in 2005 and is enjoying time with his wife Linda and spending time with family and friends. Thomas is still busy with the US Army Reserve,  Family Readiness Program and is an Elder at his church, Gethsemane Lutheran, Omaha, NE.


Dan Butler, LMSG Treasurer

Dan Butler serves the LMSG Board as their Treasurer. He is the Information Systems Director for Grand Traverse Pavilions. He started as an Information Systems Technician in 2000 and is responsible for all technologies used at the Pavilions including phones, call lights, cell phones, tablets, wifi, networks, security, and of course computers.

After serving 8 years in the United States Marine Corps, Dan attended Lansing Community College and Baker College. He has an MBA with a concentration in Computer Information Systems, and is certified in Novell, Microsoft, and is an Ubiquiti Certified Installer. 

Outside of the office, Dan is very involved in his church, serving on the Church Council, in various roles and currently as President. He’s also worked with the Traverse City Young Professionals and assisted several small non-profits by donating his time and talent. 

Dan has been married to his lovely wife for 20 years. They have three kids, a daughter and twin boys.  Dan is active with his kid’s school functions including coaching sports both at their schools as well as through the YMCA and TBAYS program. Dan and his family enjoy camping and spending time together at the lake. He also enjoys an occasional round of golf to relax.


Heather Hellwig, LMSG Secretary

Heather Hellwig is serving as the Secretary for the Lutheran Military Support Group.  She is a member of Our Savior in San Antonio, Texas, and feels blessed to be a part of a group that provides support from a Christian perspective to those who have served or are serving their country in the armed forces.  She is an Active Duty Navy Pharmacist and currently serves as the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Section Chief for the Defense Health Agency and also serves as the Navy Pharmacy Assistant Specialty Leader.   
CDR Hellwig was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy in 2002. Her first assignment was to Bremerton Naval Hospital where she deployed to Rota, Spain as the Pharmacy Lead for Fleet Hospital Eight. Over the next seven years, she led the pharmacies at Branch Health Clinic Bangor, Washington; Branch Health Clinic Iwakuni, Japan; and Naval Hospital Beaufort, South Carolina. After taking a year away from leadership to complete her residency, CDR Hellwig served as the Pharmacy Assistant Chief at the newly opened Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia and in 2013 assisted in the multinational Pacific Partnership Humanitarian Mission. She then served as Pharmacy Department Head and in 2016 became the Director for Clinical Support Services for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, the nation’s first fully integrated DoD and VA federal facility.  
CDR Hellwig earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2002 and her Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of Florida in 2011. She also completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at the National Naval Medical Center in 2011, is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, and a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association.
CDR Hellwig’s military awards include one Defense Meritorious Service Medal, one Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and various service related awards and campaign ribbons.