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David Schnell

Executive Director
Christ Kitchen

United States

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David Schnell - Professional Summary:    Over the course of his career in the United States Navy, Captain David Schnell established a distinguished record of service. He was awarded a Joint Service Commendation Medal, a Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and three Meritorious Service Medals. Captain Schnell’s service was also honored with a Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and three Defense Meritorious Service Medals.

During his 27 years of service, Captain David Schnell commanded two warships, the USS Peleliu and USS Ford, deploying numerous times to the highly volatile Persian Gulf. He led thousands of enlisted service members and officers in combat conditions. Captain Schnell was also instrumental in crafting military strategy. He developed anti-piracy tactics that prevented the seizure of many international merchant ships in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean. In addition, the Navy hand-picked him to serve on the US State Department's Task Force charged with devising policies and military strategies to fight terrorism. The group also sought to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

During his Navy career, Captain David Schnell served as a staff officer and technical advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations. He also acted as a Surface Operations Officer, scheduling the movement of over 150 warships in the 5th Fleet. In addition, he was appointed Branch Chief in the War on Terrorism Directorate, where his initiative and strategic vision were cited as superb. He retired honorably in 2010.

Captain Schnell has spent the last year as the Executive Director of Christ Kitchen, a San Diego non-profit that feeds 1,000 displaced residents and those in need. He also is pursuing a Master’s degree in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies at Henley-Putnam University. He already holds a Master of Business Management from Saint Mary College.



David Schnell - Professional Experience:     


Executive Director

Christ Kitchen


United States Navy

Captain (final rank)

Various executive leadership positions


David Schnell - Education:    

Expected 1/2013

M.S.Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies   

Henley-Putnam University


M.S. Business Management

Saint Mary College

Ft. Leavenworth, KS



Political Science

Bemidji State University


David Schnell - Interests:     running, marathons

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