Board of Director Profile
Richard T. Blackwell, AIF®, AAMS®

Rick provides thoughtful recommendations based on his clients’ goals and objectives, combined with a deep understanding of financial markets. As a Private Advisor, his key areas of responsibility within his team include relationship management and business development. He is a contributor to his team’s portfolio management committee.

Rick began his career at Truist’s predecessor investment firm, BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, in 2004 after completing BB&T’s prestigious Leadership Development Program. He merged his successful advisory practice with Lewis Wealth Partners in January 2016, and later joined Rockefeller with Lewis Wealth Partners in January 2024.

A Maine native, Rick attended and graduated from Wake Forest University’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Analytical Finance. He has earned and maintains the Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation from the Kaplan College for Financial Planning as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation through Fi360.

Following his Army ROTC scholarship, Rick was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and served two combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his military career, Rick served as a Platoon Leader, a Civil Affairs Team Chief, and a Company Commander, among other roles. He was awarded the U.S Army Bronze Star Medal for service in Anbar, Iraq in 2008. Having attained the rank of Captain, he was honorably discharged in 2012.

A strong supporter of various non-profits in Virginia as well as globally, Rick focuses his charitable efforts in the areas of healthcare, education, and child welfare. He is also a proud Watch D.O.G. Volunteer at Battlefield Park Elementary School.

Rick and his wife, Dr. Theresa Call, reside in Hanover County, VA, on a small farm with their two children. In their spare time, the family enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including fly fishing, skiing, horseback riding, and gardening

Board of Directors

David A. Lawrence, MSPT, ATC-ret

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Ann Parker Gottwald


Robin Yoder

Director of Community Reintegration

Gordon Smith, MD, FAAN

Director of Medicine

Richard Blackwell, AIF®, AAMS®

In Memory Of

Mission Gait Foundation would like to recognize and acknowledge Gail Grisetti, MPT, Ed.D, for over 20 years of service and commitment to Walking Free international missions.

Gail Grisetti, MPT, Ed.D

Director of Walking Free