Todd Desgrosseilliers is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. – a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides rehabilitative fly fishing programs for disabled active duty personnel and for disabled veterans.
Todd is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and infantry officer with 31 years of service to our Nation. A native of Auburn, Maine, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1985 and attained the rank of Sergeant before becoming an infantry officer. He commanded at each rank and most recently served as the Commanding Officer, The Basic School from 2012 to 2014. He also served as the Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines from 2005 to 2007 – deploying the Battalion to Iraq in 2006-2007, where they conducted counter-insurgency operations in Ramadi and Fallujah. Previously, he served as the Executive Officer for 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines – deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005. During this deployment he fought in Operation Al FAJR in Fallujah, Iraq where he was wounded several times in close quarters combat with the enemy. He is also a veteran of numerous other operations and 11 unit deployments overseas.
He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Scout-Sniper Instructor Course; the Marine Corps Summer Mountain Leaders’ Course; Amphibious Warfare School; and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also completed the National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008. He holds a Bachelors degree in history from Boston University and a Masters degree in military science from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
Todd is married to the former Christiana Drake. They have a daughter Katherine, and two sons, Todd and Michael. His personal military decorations include the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals both with Valor Devices, two Purple Heart Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Todd developed a love for fly fishing growing up in Maine chasing its abundant native brook trout and landlocked salmon in its numerous lakes and streams. Todd reconnected with fly fishing after joining the Project Healing Waters’ Fly Fishing program at Fort Belvoir, Virginia upon the recommendation of his physical therapist in March 2015. As a participant and volunteer, Todd recognized the remarkable physical and emotional transformation that the Project Healing Waters Program initiated for him and for his fellow participants and he decided that he wanted to join its exceptional team after his medical retirement from the military in 2016.