Who We Are
Veteran, Marketing Advisor, and Founder of March for the 22
Adin Colón is a former Combat Artilleryman for the US Army. He served 12 years with 4.5 years in Iraq before he was medically retired as a Sergeant First Class (E-7). As a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division he has been awarded numerous accolades during his Army career. He has called New Bern, NC “home” for 5 years where he enjoys spending time with his two beautiful daughters, Isabella and Gianna. Adin has been an active member of the local community since arriving to Eastern North Carolina. Seeing a need to help local Veterans such as himself, he attempted to start a march in 2018 but suffered a torn ACL while training. In 2019 he approached Liz Hartman with the goal and with her help, March for the 22 was born! Adin is hiking for his Battle Buddies who took their own lives and to remind his fellow Veterans that they are not alone.
Veteran, Entrepreneur, and American Legion Post Commander of Post 539
Liz Hartman is a Financial Advisor in New Bern, NC and a Marine Corps Veteran. She serves as the Commander of American Legion Post #539, and on the boards of the New Bern Military Alliance and the Young Professionals of Craven County. She can often be seen advocating on behalf of veterans at the local and state levels. She is particularly interested in programming that supports and engages Post 9/11 veterans. She is a proud Marine Corps spouse and actively fights for economic initiatives that benefit military families. In her free time, she can be found binging Netflix, eating hummus, and spending time with her pup, Billy. She will be hiking for her Post.
Charlotte is a New Bern native, but spent part of her childhood growing up in the Pacific Northwest. She is an Account Manager of Employee Benefits at Flatlands Jessup Insurance Group, and is the Board Chair for the Young Professionals of Craven County for 2021 and 2022. She has also served a Treasurer for the Women’s Auxiliary of the VFW post 2514.
Both of Charlotte’s grandfathers served in the military, one of which is a Vietnam Veteran. Her father served in the Army and uncle was a Special Forces Medical Sergeant in the Army. Her husband Darrion, also comes from a long line of military service members. Surrounded by these people, she’s always had a strong love and appreciation for our United States Military.
She serves on our board as the Sponsorship Chair, she is in charge of coordinating the sponsorship efforts for the March, as well as all other details and planning. Her and her husband, a local real estate agent and Law Enforcement Officer, enjoy spending time with their two active children, and they all love practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu together. Please contact Charlotte if you have questions about sponsorship opportunities.
Introducing Jack Olmstead, our route coordinator and the coolest member of our board.
Jack is the backbone of this event, as he’s tackling the coordination with local law enforcement, municipalities, and counties.
We found Jack through The Wall That Heals, where Jack successfully coordinated a 500+ vehicle escort.
Jack is a proud United States Air Force veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He’s a member of American Legion Post 539, the Patriot Guard Riders, Inc., and countless more Veteran Service Organizations.
He serves his city with pride, and we are lucky to have him with us.