About Us

No Hero Left Behind

Team Foster is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit dedicated to supporting and rehabilitating injured combat veterans. Team Foster raises money to partner service dogs with tri-state area veterans suffering from combat-related disabilities including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). We ensure these dogs are obtained, cared for, and provided a special training team—all at no cost to our veterans.

Mission: No Hero Left Behind

The U.S. military nor the VA nor the government provide funding or support for service dogs for veterans. While service dogs are vital tools in rehabilitation and recovery, they are also expensive and resource intensive. One service dog can take two years and more than $25,000 to properly prepare to partner. Team Foster raises money to provide trained service dogs at no cost to local veterans #NoHeroLeftBehind.

Inspiration: Captain Erick Foster

Team Foster honors the spirit and sacrifice of Captain Erick Foster who was killed while engaging enemy forces in 2007 in Iraq. Erick was a warrior, a leader, and an inspiration. He pushed himself and those around him to be better—to go a little farther, to give a little more. And that’s what Team Foster does. We go a little farther, give a little more to support the service men and women who kept us safe.

Friendly Forces: How You Can Help


The Foster 100 is our signature fundraising event that tests your physical and mental strength. A fully supported and escorted ride, cyclists pedal 100 scenic miles from Philadelphia to Cape May. As a recruit, your responsibility is clear: Charlie Mike. In military speak, that means Continue Mission—never give up until you complete your mission.


Individual and corporate donations support the Team Foster mission.


We’re always looking for a few good men and women to share time and talent during the Foster 100 and other fundraising events.

Email: us@teamfoster.org

Mail: Team Foster, PO Box 2145, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Ride with Team Foster!


Nick Liermann

Nick Liermann

CEO & Founder

Nick founded Team Foster in memory of his friend, Captain Erick Foster. Nick served on active duty with the Army from 2000 to 2004 as a Captain in the 5-7 Air Defense Artillery (PATRIOT) Battalion. He was stationed in Hanau, Germany and deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. In 2012, Nick joined the Army Reserve and currently serves as a Major with the JAG Corps. In his civilian capacity, Nick worked a prosecutor in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ for nine years. He currently works as an attorney with a large Pennsylvania law firm. In addition to his work with Team Foster, Nick leads a program providing pro bono legal services to the Philadelphia Veterans Court.

Erick Foster

Erick Foster

Our Inspiration

Captain Erick Foster was killed in combat in August of 2007. Erick was a warrior, a leader, and an inspiration to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. He set the example for everyone he encountered: full of energy, an amazing teammate and a soldier’s soldier. Erick personified the terms Service and Sacrifice. At #TeamFoster we honor him with all that we do.

Frank Flaherty

Frank Flaherty

Chief of Staff

Frank joined the Team Foster board in 2015, excited to help grow this organization to enable greater support of our veterans. He comes from a large family, many of whom serve and have served this great nation in the Army and Marine Corps. Frank resides in South Jersey with his wife, Danielle and has worked as a defense contractor for the past 15 years. He is an avid rider and long distance runner and looks forward to the Foster 100 every year.

Lou Brecht

Lou Brecht

Chief of F100 Ops: Ride Director

Lou has been a member of the Team Foster Volunteer Army since its inception. Lou is a retired law enforcement officer and is currently employed as a fraud investigator. He resides in South Jersey with his wife, Donna. Donna and their three children also volunteer at Team Foster Events.

Ian Farrell

Ian Farrell

F100 Ride Leader

Ian is an avid cyclist who was involved with Team Foster from the beginning. He was part of first group to take on the Foster 100 and leads are creative design team. Ian jumped at the chance to be part of such a noble cause, and enjoys trying to convince Nick (and others) to kick off their running shoes and into their spandex. In 2015, Ian and his family moved to Lewes, Delaware where Ian reigns as the leader of Team Foster’s Slower Lower Delaware chapter.

Bob Kenney

Bob Kenney


Bob has been involved with Team Foster(TF) since its creation, 2015. Using his financial background, Controller of a Chemical Company, to oversee the finances of the Team Foster organization.
Being a native to the Delaware Valley, the journey with Team Foster has been one of (re)discovering the significance of generosity and the humility to serve the cause in helping veterans who have giving so much.
Bob is an active participant in the annual Foster 100 bike ride and represent Team Foster in a number of area runs.

Catherine Riker

Catherine Riker

Chief of Business & Development

While riding in her first F100 in 2016, Catherine began brainstorming ways that she could use her business acumen to support Team Foster’s mission. As luck would have it, the Team was in need of someone with OCD level organizational skills to keep the Team focused on growing and reaching new goals. Passionate about veterans and dogs (especially puppies), Catherine, a Philadelphia native, quickly jumped at the opportunity to join Team Foster.

Matthew Braden

Matthew Braden

F100 Ride Leader

Matthew G. Braden is a lifelong Philadelphian and bike lover. Matt has spent much of his career in law enforcement and public service. He’s an active community volunteer, works to preserve bike trails in Philadelphia and coaches a youth mountain bike team. The son of a proud Navy vet, Matt believes in taking care of veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. On his off days, you can find Matt and his steel whip in Pennypack Park, or the Schuylkill River Trail , or on the Ocean Drive down the shore (before he hits the beach). His Foster 100 team mates know him as Matty Ice. Charlie Mike.

Andrew Fleming

F100 Mechanic/Support Vehicle Coordinator

Andrew joined Team Foster in 2015 at the invitation of Ian, who was looking for a mechanic to support the fledgling Foster 100 ride. He continued to volunteer in following years, recruiting additional ride staff and helping the support caravan. Andrew lives in Philadelphia, where he races bikes at the grassroots level and helps organize free practices and workshops for cyclocross racers.

Jake Sand

F100 Start Point Coordinator

Coming soon…

Patrick Griffin

F100 Finish Party Coordinator

While Patrick has always held a strong commitment to public service, he was initially drawn to Team Foster by the combination of puppies and craft beer.
Ultimately though, he wanted to become a bigger part of Team Foster’s mission because of their dedication to serving veterans and fostering teamwork.
He lives in Philadelphia with his fiance Briana and their two dogs where he works as an attorney.



Captain Erick Foster

Captain Erick Foster was killed in combat in August of 2007. Erick was a warrior, a leader, and an inspiration to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.

In Erick’s honor, Team Foster is raising money to partner service dogs with tri-state area veterans suffering from combat-related disabilities including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). At no cost to our veterans, your support will cover obtaining the dogs, the dogs’ care, and a specialized training team.