Operation Encore Forms New Advisory Board

Lucas Hoge, Steve Mansfield and Ed Scheuer join our team.

Operation Encore, has formed an advisory board comprised of experienced leaders in the fields of music, business and law to assist the organization and its community of active duty and veteran military singer/songwriters.  This board will provide insights and advice as Operation Encore grows and expands its mission.  Operation Encore is currently in the IRS approval process to become a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.


Lucas Hoge, Steve Mansfield and Ed Scheur are the first members to join the board, which may expand in the future as other qualified and dedicated members are recruited.

Lucas Hoge is a native of small town Hubbell, Nebraska and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.  His new album entitled "Dirty South" debuted on the top of the Top Country Album Sales chart and included the song "Medal of Honor", a tribute to military members.  Lucas has been a tireless supporter of the U.S. Military.  He's visited bases in Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Africa, Alaska as well as other locations over the last nine years on the Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler National Patriot Tour. Lucas is also the official spokesperson for Guardian Angels for a Soldiers Pet.  Earlier this year, Operation Encore artists Trip Raymond, Tom Abbott, Stephen Covell and Andrew Wiscombe opened for Lucas during a concert for Airmen at RAF Mildenhall, UK.  

Steve Mansfield is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, an international law firm that is assisting Operation Encore after its transition into a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. Steve, an accomplished trial lawyer, represents corporations, officers, and directors in DOJ and SEC matters and civil business trials.  Steve previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting fraud and corruption cases.  As the head of the U.N. War Crimes Investigations Unit, Mr. Mansfield supervised international investigative teams in war crimes investigations in Rwanda, which led to the United Nations’ establishment of a war crimes tribunal for Rwanda. He has served as an instructor with Lawyers Without Boarders on several rule of law and anti-trafficking programs in Kenya and Tanzania.  Steve is also a prolific singer/songwriter who was written and performed a song about fighting elephant poaching called "Kenyan Heroes" and has an album entitled "Arugula".

Ed Scheuer founded Capius Consulting following a consulting career of over 20 years. Ed was a Partner in the Life Sciences practice of Strategic Decisions Group (SDG), a privately held, multi-national consulting firm. He served as a member of SDG’s Board of Directors and chaired its Audit and Finance Committee. At SDG, Ed led corporate growth, due diligence and portfolio management projects at dozens of companies, including some of the world’s largest biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical firms. Ed has also worked with many emerging companies on risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, financial process re-engineering and internal audit. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in the UK and with Arthur Andersen in the United States, where he served in both the external and internal audit groups. Ed is a frequent performer of music and theater, a former rugby player and an expert cocktail designer.

Daryl Klenda