Meet Our Leadership Team

Mark Antal, Founder

Mark is a former Tier One Operator and special operations professional with over 30 years of experience in no-fail direct action missions, including 12 years with 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force). Since his retirement in 2015, Mark has provided risk and crisis management services, counterterrorism consulting and training, and extraction and exfil services to private clients, corporations, federal, state, and local governments in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Caribbean region. Mark is active in New York City regional veterans´ groups and serves as inaugural Ambassador for the Special Forces Charitable Trust.

Christine Quinn Antal, Founder

Christine served as National Security Legal Advisor at U.S. Army Europe (2015-2021) for Ukraine, Georgia, security assistance and cooperation matters, and primary legal advisor to the Strategic Plans Directorate. Prior to focusing on Europe, Christine spent 10 years as both JAG Officer and Civilian Legal Advisor at Fort Bragg, North Carolina focused on international law, sensitive and complex national security plans, and directly advising the 3-star commander. She has served as Military Fellows Program Manager and Research Associate in National Security Policy for the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and is a board member of the Special Forces Charitable Trust.

John Steinbaugh, Founder

John is a 25-year veteran of Army Special Operations, 15 of which were with 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta (Delta Force). Between 2001-2012 John served 14 combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and has deployed in nonpermissive environments across the world in support of national security missions. He holds several patents for hemorrhage control devices and is well known in the trauma research and Combat Casualty Care community. He currently sits on the board of the Special Operations Medical Association and runs a non-profit helping wounded veterans.

P.O., Founder

P. is a 30-year veteran of Army Special Operations and the Intelligence community. He is Task Force Antal’s on the ground fixer and advisor, and has deep experience in both Afghanistan and Ukraine. (Name withheld for security purposes.)

G.G., Legal Advisor

G. is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a licensed attorney and long time special operations spouse and mother. She volunteers countless hours at TFA providing strategic guidance on lawful pathway to the United States, management, triage, and legal support to Service Members. (Name withheld for security purposes.)

K.E., Strategic Advisor

K. is a seasoned special operations professional who served in Tier One units for 15+ years. Instrumental in national mission successes, K. leads operational coordination between case managers and the teams on the ground in Afghanistan. She spearheads advocacy and policy requests for the vulnerable partner forces in hiding in Afghanistan as TFA advocates for their safe passage out of Afghanistan. (Name withheld for security purposes.)

Amanda Knight,
Director of Human Support Elements

Amanda holds a BS from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, and brings to the team a wealth of experience in health administration, education, fundraising, and human resources. An active-duty military spouse, she has managed frequent military moves and is a master of adaptation. Amanda gives critical support to TFA administration such as case management, policy and procedures, and communications.

Oliver Koppany, Executive Board Member

Oliver is an experienced attorney with a remarkable dedication to both international humanitarian causes and legal support for veterans and their families who have served in special operations. He established the largest international network of attorneys to assist Ukrainian refugees at the outbreak of the war, demonstrating his commitment to having a global impact.

Oliver specializes in assisting businesses with international operations, particularly in the fields of technology, life sciences, and real estate. He is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of organizations in Hungary, guiding acquisition teams in M&A projects and establishing Hungarian operations. He also represents foreign interests in Hungary and Europe and works closely with foreign governments.

Oliver‘s extensive legal expertise is an asset to TFA’s daily international operations. His participation demonstrates his dedication to using his legal expertise to promote positive global change.

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