Staff

LeAnna Marchese

Chief Operating Officer

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been surrounded by Air Force, plane and war stories. I personally have never served our country, but I am a proud American through and through. A combo of my upbringing, my American pride, and my constant desire to give back, running a charity that supports our troops only makes sense! Defending Freedom gives me the opportunity to show my appreciation to our service members, and their families, for their sacrifice and commitment to our country. It is an honor for me to support those that serve! God bless American and those that protect our freedom!!

Rowena Hardin

Executive Director

My passion for giving support to those who serve, and have served, in the military comes from being raised in a military family. My grandfather served in WWII, my father is a veteran of the Vietnam war and served 26 years in the Air Force, my brothers and my nephews served as well. I believe it takes strength and courage to volunteer in the military when the world is so troubled. The least I can do with my life is to actively show appreciation to those that bravely serve.

Jan Kaanoi

Community Relations Director

I have lived in Las Vegas for 21 years and work as a librarian for a private school in Summerlin. I have always been involved with charities but it wasn’t until my daughter was accepted into West Point that I felt the pull to support our troops and the military. Being a part of Defending Freedom allows me to give back to those who have sacrificed so much to serve America.

Phil Randazzo

Founder

Phil Randazzo learned early on from his immigrant father that this country offers the greatest opportunities in the world. At a young age, he quickly learned the value of hard work. From busing tables at his father’s restaurants to working three summer jobs from age fifteen until graduating college, to starting his first company at age twenty-four, Phil has never shied away from hard work.

His time is currently being spent writing, consulting, and developing a National Entrepreneurship and Coaching program called American Dream U, held at military bases around the country. American Dream U is a nonprofit organization that assists the military transitioning into civilian life. The program, taught by some of the world’s best and most successful entrepreneurs, is designed to provide soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, and coast guard personnel with the tools to obtain their dream jobs or start their own businesses.

Currently, Phil has ownership in and direct management of Text Safe Teens, LLC, a patented application that prevents teens from using their cell phones while driving and at school (Drive Safe Mode). He owns interest in forty-four Subway Sandwich Stores, 35,000 square feet of Class “A” commercial office space, partnership interest in a 2,800-acre land development project in San Antonio, Texas, and interest in Source Intelligence, a compliance firm, tracking production of products across the planet, and he started CapitalMD, Inc, a medical billing and financial company.

Phil was given the key to the City of Las Vegas in March of 2003 by Mayor Oscar Goodman. He is actively involved in the Las Vegas community, serving on the Advisory Board for the YMCA of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Military Support Alliance. Recently, Mr. Randazzo was commissioned by Governor Brian Sandoval as a member of the Veterans Services Commission.

Phil attended Ball State University and received his MBA from University of Phoenix. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife of over twenty years, Jennifer, and his three children, Philip, founder of Yield Mastermind Group, Megan, attending UCLA, and Joseph, attending and playing basketball at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.