Meet our team

In order to capture the history of first responders, it’s vital to assemble individuals who are experienced in capturing stories in images and words. We’d like you to meet our team.

Tim Marchinda

First bitten by the photography bug in his early teens, Tim started his career as a professional photographer at the age of 18. Prior to owning his own company, Tim worked for the largest national photography companies and was a highly sought corporate sales trainer within those organizations.

For Gratitude for Guardians’ upcoming 4-3-2-1 tour, Tim will be combining his favorite hobby of motorcycling with outreach to first responders. Tim is a highly experienced touring rider, with hundreds of thousands of miles on various bikes, as well as having been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor. He’ll be leading the team of three riders on a 30,000 mile trip around the United States to meet and recognize the soldiers, veterans and first responders this organization aims to serve.

Chris Greene

As an advertising and public relations executive, Chris has honed his craft of captioning and conveying stories over the course of a 25-year career. Having represented countless clients at advertising and public relations agencies, as well as working in organizational communications and marketing roles. In 2008, Chris founded Nectar Strategic, a marketing communications firm serving needs of clients in manufacturing, technology and other industries.

Over the course of his 30-year friendship with Tim Marchinda, the two have gone on countless adventures together, from whitewater rafting, mountain biking and – of course – motorcycling. In their work with Gratitude for Guardians, their journeys and adventures will continue, but with a higher purpose.

Larry Bauld

Larry attributes his passion for photography to his grandfather, a WWII vet who served on USS Bunker Hill and captured scenes on 35mm film. In addition to photography, Larry had a 25-year career in retail, as well as eight years in banking. But he’s most proud of his three children, now grown and starting their own families.

Although Larry is relatively new to motorcycling, he threw himself wholeheartedly into the hobby just two years ago. In fact, he was so committed that he already had his bags packed for a thousand-mile road trip the very day he took his road test.

Marcus Smith

An organization such as this wouldn’t be complete without a spiritual advisor, and Marcus keeps everyone involved with our organization grounded and focused on cause. Marcus is the founder of In His Hands House of Glory, where he shares the Good News with his flock.

In addition to his devotion to ministry, he is an equally devoted family man who has been married to his wife Latshia for 22 years. They have three sons. Prior to entering ministry, Marcus served in the US Army as a finance and accounting specialist at Presidio of San Francisco, CA and Oakland Army Base, CA. He was also a Petroleum Supply Specialist at Fort Lewis, WA.

Brenda Merrill

Having spent her career in healthcare and eldercare, Brenda has a huge interest in preserving the memories of veterans, firefighters and first responders. Her ability to connect with people on a personal level is just one aspect of her incredible people skills.
Of all of her accomplishments and skills, however, Brenda is most proud of her three grown children and seven grandchildren.