OUR TEAM

Robert Garland

Founder & chief executive officer

Law Enforcement Outreach

Robert’s devotion to the first responder community has lead him to found and develop Fund the First after seeing firsthand the hardships that are faced both on and off duty. His goal as CEO is to provide a secure space for first responders and their family to request help in times of need.

With his passion for business, Robert was able to put his plan into action with the assistance of four co-founding members. Utilizing years of experience developing business plans and implementing strategies in the financial and business world, Robert built the organization from the ground up. Robert’s tenacity and unwillingness to compromise has been his modus opernadi which has led to the development of this powerful, first of its kind product.

Currently, he is a decorated detective with the New York City Police Department for the past 11.5 years where he specializes in complex investigations. During that time, he has developed numerous working relationships with various organizations and charities. Robert has credentials with the Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is an expert witness to the Office of Special Narcotics New York.

Prior to his career, he attended New York Institute of Technology where he majored in behavioral sciences and played outfield for their Division I baseball program. Robert also volunteers as a baseball coach and AED Director for Massapequa Coast Little League.

John Eichhorn

co-Founder & chief compliance officer

Medical Professional Outreach

John has been a certified Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida for over seven years. His current assignment is a dual purpose canine handler, as well as a part time SWAT operator for the regional SWAT team. Prior to a career in law enforcement, John attended the New York Institute of Technology where he majored in Criminal Justice. During his time at NYIT, he was a relief pitcher for the college’s Division I baseball team. He graduated with honors in May of 2009. As Chief Compliance Officer, John’s experience as a member of the first responder community will help guide the organization to empower those in need.

Michael LaLuna

co-Founder & chief FInancial officer

Corrections Outreach

Michael is a certified public accountant with a wide range of experience in areas such as Assurance, Taxation, Entity Formation, Business Structuring, Offers-In-Compromise and Internal Controls. He provides significant tax consulting and compliance services for clients in various industries including private companies with local, national and international operations. He is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to becoming a CPA, Mr. LaLuna graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and subsequently spent 3 years playing professional baseball for various teams including the Detroit Tiger’s organization.
 

Kevin Darcey

co-Founder & chief marketing officer

Firefighter Outreach

Kevin serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of this organization. He brings 15 years of law enforcement experience and is currently serving as a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department. Prior to his career in law enforcement, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Connecticut State University where he majored in communications with a minor in criminal justice. While attending WCSU, he was a four-year member of the baseball team. Kevin is the son of a retired firemen (FDNY), brother to a member of DSNY, and brother to Sergeant in the NYPD.

Mitch Weinstein

co-Founder & chief strategy officer

Dispatch Outreach

With law enforcement as the foundation of his life and career, Mitch joined the Dade County Public Safety Department in 1973 as a Public Safety Officer at 20 years old. Along the way, earning his Emergency Medical Technician certification, Mitch retired from his full-time law enforcement career as a Sergeant with Plantation Police Department in 1981. His passion to serve his community continued for 10 more years as a reserve officer for both the Broward and Polk County Sheriff’s Departments while beginning his business career.

A business career spanning almost 40 years, Mitch has extensive experience in launching two highly successful entrepreneurial ventures in managed care and insurance brokerage. His most cherished experience during his business career is working with the Boys and Girls Club of Polk County. As a B&G Board Member for more than 15 years, Past President and Board Member of the Year for the State of Florida, his charitable work is only beginning as he joins Fund the First as Chief Business Strategy Officer.

Ashton Reagin

advisor

Military Outreach

Asthon brings extensive experience in enhancing operations, strategic marketing, and organizational design and development.  She also brings experience in military family relations as an active-duty Marine Corps spouse of 13+ years.  Ashton is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Liberty Source, a woman-led flexible outsourcing firm with a social mission to employ military spouses and veterans.

Additonally, she is the creator of a successful military lifestyle digital planning mobile app, Organized Chaos.  The app was created for military families to organize and streamline their chaotic lives.  In 2020, she received recognition from Armed Forces Insurance as the Military Spouse of the Year – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for her work and advocacy for military families.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and an MBA degree from Liberty University.

Mike LiPetri

Advisor

Mike LiPetri was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 6, 2018. His district is comprised of parts of both Nassau and Suffolk counties, including South Farmingdale, Massapequa, portions of Fire Island and the Great South Bay area, Massapequa Park, West Babylon, Babylon, West Islip, and Brightwaters.


As an Assemblyman, Mike will continue his fight to hold criminals accountable, and root out and prevent public corruption in state government. He will also advocate for reduced state spending, small business growth, and the elimination of burdensome regulations that hamper statewide economic development.


As an attorney, Mike has worked with law enforcement and emergency services providers. Understanding their commitment to our neighborhoods and their unwavering service, Mike will continue to advocate on their behalf and take steps to provide additional resources to help curtail the proliferation of heroin and other opioids in communities across the state. Additionally, Mike will fight hard to preserve Long Island’s precious water quality so Long Island can be a sustainable community for future generations.


Prior to being elected to the New York State Assembly, Mike defended the City and its agencies including the NYPD, FDNY, and correctional officers. Mike also worked in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Albany County District Attorney’s Office, and the Attorney General of the State of New York. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

A resident of Massapequa, Mike is very involved in his community. He volunteers his time for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Sons of Italy, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Sons of AMVETS, Massapequa Chamber of Commerce, and the Long Island Association. In honor of his achievements in both the civic and professional communities, Mike has been recognized by the Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s upcoming business and civic leaders.

Joe T. DiPietro

advisor

Keith Locascio

advisor

Keion Mark

advisor

Jessica Mark

advisor

Angela Alberti

advisor