Frances N Heiser, Founder

Fran and Gary Heiser, parents of Michael Heiser, were co-founders of The Michael Heiser Foundation in 2000.  Fran and Gary were the spark plugs that lead the way in getting recognition for the 19 Heroes of  the Khobar Towers bombing assassinations.  After Gary passed away in 2008, Fran  kept up the effort and finally prevailed in her battle for recognition and closure for the victims of terrorism. She is the retired owner of a successful real estate company in Palm Coast, FL.

She chose as her directors those who were and are successful in their careers and who also were civic minded and witnessed tragedy in their lives.


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Director since 2003, served in the U.S. Army with Gary Heiser. Gary and his wife, Ingrid, met the Heisers in Germany in 1971, when Michael was 11 years old.  Gary and Ingrid were with Fran and Gary when the tragedy of  Khobar Towers occurred.


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Director since 2004 , owns a successful Demolition business in St. Augustine with her husband, Vernon.

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 Rob was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 17, 1962. Upon graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in August of 1980 as an aircraft mechanic. While in the Air Force, Rob served in various aircraft maintenance assignments in his 20 year career.

After retirement from the Air Force and a short stint with the Department of the Air Force as a civil servant, Rob was hired by American Airlines as an Aircraft Production Supervisor at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. There he supervised and coordinated the activities of 75+ workers in several occupations to meet the fast paced and constantly changing production and scheduling goals of the airline. After 3 years of airline work, Rob made the decision to go to law school.

Rob attended Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Following Law School, he worked in the areas of criminal defense, foreclosure defense, and civil litigation. Rob currently works as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator in Circuit Civil, Family Law, and Foreclosure Defense.

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Steve Barnier


Director since 2017, CPA,  owns a thriving accounting firm in Palm Coast, FL. Steve has been a CPA for 16 years, a CFP® for 12 years, and has been in business for himself since 2003.  After spending years as a CFO for a mid-sized regional corporation, Steve started Certified Financial & Tax in the Tampa Bay area in 2005.  Steve has worked extensively with individuals, small businesses, estates, trusts, and non-profit entities in providing tax and assurance services.  Steve moved with his family to Palm Coast, FL after acquiring an office there in 2010.  Steve has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 16 years.  Steve and Sarah are proud parents of 5 children.  Steve enjoys coaching and watching his kids’ sporting events, traveling, reading, golf, cooking, and relaxing with friends and family.

Max Clark 

Max Director since 2017, is retired after 40+ years service to two major industrial corporations. He served in the USAF (1962-1966) and is a Vietnam Veteran, (1965-1966). Throughout his life he has served in many diverse leadership positions.

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